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Amazing Vintage Wedding Photos from the 40′s-70′s

When I was a little girl, the walls of my grandparents’ living room were covered in photos of my aunt’s and uncles’ weddings. I remember loving the way everyone looked in the yellow bridesmaid dresses worn at my aunt’s wedding, and the way I looked in the silky lavender dress I wore in my uncle’s wedding. The colors were perfectly muted in that late 70′s/early 80′s patina we so desperately try to recreate today with our Instagram filters and editing tools. The fashion was inspired; the men wore grey tuxedos and the women floppy bridal hats. Smiling was not required, even in a wedding portrait. As posed and contrived as these photos were, they looked so much more authentic and in the moment than the “real” tableaus we work so painstakingly to capture in the digital era.

In the spirit of that now “vintage” era, I’ve gathered a collection of vintage wedding photos taken from the 40′s through the 70′s at weddings around the country. All the photos are in miraculous color and will have you longing to look back at your own family’s old wedding photos, if only to see what your uncle looked like in a giant moustache:

  • McCall Cover, June Bride 1 of 17
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    1942. Photo via Flickr user George Eastman House.

  • Endless Gown 2 of 17
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    Bride at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr in Chicago on August 29, 1943. Hand-painted photo via Flickr user chicagogeek.

  • Charles and Blanche Babb 3 of 17
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    Rochester, NY, 1945. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle (center) walked the bride down the aisle. Photo via Flickr user San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives.

  • 60s Bride and Groom 4 of 17
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    This photo is undated, but the bride's hairstyle and the groom's clean-cut look make me think this is mid-late 60s. Photo via Flickr user Dixie Chic (Southern Style).

  • Cutting the Cake 5 of 17
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  • Daryl Westbrook 6 of 17
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    ... being prepared by her bridesmaids, 1970. Photo via Flickr user Nantucket Historical Association.

  • Undated 7 of 17
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    But that's one of the best white boy 'fros I've ever seen. Check the yellow daisies in the bouquet! Photo via Flickr user Justin Waits.

  • Bride and Groom with Captain, Belle of Louisiana 8 of 17
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    Wedding On The "Belle Of Louisiana." Paddlewheel Steamboat Is Owned By The City Of Louisville And Jefferson County, March 1972. Photo via Flickr user The US National Archives.

  • Belle of Louisiana 9 of 17
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    Bride And Groom At Wedding Reception On The "Belle Of Louisiana" Steamboat, May 1972. Photo via Flickr user The US National Archives.

  • Sara Johnsen and Gary McCoy 10 of 17
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    1978. Photo via Flickr user Nantucket Historical Society.

  • Debra Roby 11 of 17
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    1978. Bride is wearing the wedding dress worn by Arline Wilma Preston, when she married Clark Wallace Bishop in 1928. Photo via Flickr user Nantucket Historical Society.

  • Bridal Portrait 12 of 17
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    1975 wedding in New Ulm, Minnesota. Photo by Art Hanson, from this collection on Flickr provided by The US National Archives.

  • Stache, Bouquet and Floppy Hat in one pic! Score! 13 of 17
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    1975 wedding in New Ulm, Minnesota. Photo by Art Hanson, from this collection on Flickr provided by The US National Archives.

  • Priest Conducting Wedding Mass 14 of 17
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    1975 wedding in New Ulm, Minnesota. Photo by Art Hanson, from this collection on Flickr provided by The US National Archives.

  • Candle, Flower Girl 15 of 17
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    1975 wedding in New Ulm, Minnesota. Photo by Art Hanson, from this collection on Flickr provided by The US National Archives.

  • Bridal Party 16 of 17
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    This is perfection. 1975 wedding in New Ulm, Minnesota. Photo by Art Hanson, from this collection on Flickr provided by The US National Archives.

  • Groovy Gym Reception 17 of 17
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    1975 wedding in New Ulm, Minnesota. Photo by Art Hanson, from this collection on Flickr provided by The US National Archives.

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