Vintage Americana Chicago Wedding

Vintage Weddings

What better time than now to share this totally patriotic and vintage Americana wedding in Chicago? Planner Molly Blonn of Soirée Weddings & Events was sure to make this wedding red, white and blue galore, while Kristen Lynn Photographie captured all of the vintage details and decor beautifully, along with some fun DIY super hero touches for the boys. I think it’s safe to say this couple has a lot of love for the 4th of July, comic books and, of course, each other!


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From the bride, Lisa: My husband and I both have a love for Chicago. One of my favorite holidays is 4th of July; BBQs and sunshine make my heart flutter. David is an avid comic book collector and we both love things with historical reference and vintage flair. That is how we came about the idea of a Vintage Americana, comic book wedding in the windy city!


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I am an interior designer and love to mix patterns and textures. I knew that I wanted my bridesmaid dresses to be show stoppers. I got busy to work finding the perfect dresses to create the look I wanted. I hired a design student from SCAD, Julie White, to create the dresses from vintage Vogue patterns. I sourced the fabrics and delegated which vintage patterns the girls had to choose from. Julie got to work and magic was made! Every time I look at the photos of the bridesmaids dresses it makes me smile, I am so happy with how they turned out.
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The guys wore simple gray suits, but to pull in the comic book flair, myself and a friend made the boutonnieres from small pins with super hero symbols on them. We constructed them with wire, ribbon and the buttons then put a live flower in on the big day. Our little ring bearer was thrilled that he got to top off his seersucker pants and red bow-tie with Spiderman shoes. My mom made seersucker table runners and votive candles with comic book art modge podged on their surrounds. My bridesmaids and I made tons of pinwheels in patriotic patterns and colors.


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We had a few vintage details that were close to heart, my engagement ring and wedding band was passed down from David’s late mother and our cake topper was from my late grandparents wedding in 1957, we were the third wedding to use it! My dress was from the fabulous designers of Fancy NY! The Swiss dotting pattern on my skirt was the delicate pattern I was craving. All in all, our wedding was full of so many personal touches, personal styles and truly was a reflection of us.


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View all images from this wedding in the gallery


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Wedding Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer and Videographer: Kristen Lynn Photographie / Wedding Planner: Molly Blonn of Soirée Weddings & Events / Wedding Venue: Kitchen Chicago / Wedding Dress: Fancy NY / Wedding Shoes, Veil and Earrings: The Left Bank Chicago / Hair Bow: I Heart Bella’s Bows / Custom Bracelet: MESH / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A Banks / Caterer: Hell’s Kitchen / Wedding Cake: Sensational Bites / DJ: Toast and Jam / Hotel: Hotel Allegro / Wedding Stationery and Flowers: DIY

13 comments
  1. Tiffany Munster

    Love it! thanks for featuring us! So many cute details!!

  2. BeA Alfresco Wedding

    I loved this wedding! We are in Italy and of course each country/region has its vintage style, but “rummage in history”, looking for ideas, habits and so on is always gorgeous. Thank you for this post :)

  3. Spencer

    So loving this style of wedding. Would love to know what their wedding cake and bombonieres were like.

    • Lisa Gilmore-Sarnowski

      Hi there! There is a photo of our wedding cake, we did a very simple cake since we had my grandparents cake topper, the bouts were made from superhero pins, ribbon, wire and a billy button flower. If you watch the video there is a close up!

      Glad you like our wedding!

  4. Karimah Henry

    I am so happy you featured my friend’s wedding. She put so much thought into every little detail for her big day. Most of her guests, including myself, dressed in vintage attire. The wedding was amazing! You could really see the love between them and I was happy to be a part of their special day.

  5. Lisa Gilmore-Sarnowski

    So excited to be featured on Ruffled! When I was planning our wedding, this was my top site for inspiration!

  6. Kunbi | Aisle Perfect

    WOW.. i love it so much ! her dress .. the illustrations.. love !

  7. Homes and Weddings

    Oh too freaking cute. Love love those shoes! This is one gallery I’ll remember.

  8. DecadesofVintage

    What a fabulous feature …which mean what a fabulous wedding!!!

    Sometimes you see pictures of a wedding and you think, “I wish I had been there”. This is one of those weddings.

    Congratulations to the bride and groom.

  9. Susan Metropoulos

    What a vision this bride had…and how all the textures, patterns and colors worked. We loved working with her and so happy this was featured…definitely an inspriration!

  10. Wedding Invitations Sydney

    Every detail of this wedding works… from the windmill decors down to the vintage cake toppers. Great job!

  11. Mel Gibbs

    Love that bridesmaid and flower girl dresses! I also like this one here – http://www.wallao.com/flower-girl-red-and-orange-rose-petal-dress-white-or-ivory/

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