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Handmade Weddings: 1965 Blast from the Past with PetereneDesign

Mar 30, 2008

by PetereneDesign handmade and vintage goods

The Handmade Wedding Series put out a call for bridal blasts from the past, and for vintage and retro fans, you are in luck. This week we have the clean-cut 1960s with PetereneDesign, a Pawtucket, RI native, who was married in 1965. In looking at these fresh-faced photos, I feel like they could almost be taken today at vintage-inspired wedding. Maybe it’s the black and white that gives them a timeless feel, or maybe it’s the classic style that PetereneDesign and her family created with the many handmade elements. Fittingly, she now sells vintage wedding dresses and custom garters on Etsy! Here’s more…

I started selling  my own handcrafted traditional garters and vintage wedding gowns about five years ago.  I noticed a trend toward Theme Weddings and that was the spark I needed to get my businss going: themes suggest fabrics; fabrics suggest charms; charms suggest even more themes.  Then brides started making special requests. Today’s bride knows what she wants right down to the color of the ribbon on her garter.

I especially like working on what I call “challenges.” Some brides want me to enhance their family traditions. Some want garters that match their wedding gown or reflect their “Destination Wedding.” I love it when a bride says “This may seem odd, but…” I know I’ll be surfing the web for the perfect charms or hand dyeing ribbons and lace for just the right color combination. What could be more fun?

For custom garters, contact her through her private Alchemy. Here’s the story of her 1965 wedding…

I didn’t make my dress, but Mom and I made the bridesmaids dresses and mailed them to the girls to have fitted where they lived in other states.

The reception was at my in-laws house and garden, all the decorations which were very reserved where made or arranged by my mother-in-law from her beautiful collection of silver and china. The cloth on the cake table is really a gorgeous sheer curtain panel all scrunched up.

Since most of the reception took place in the backyard, my mother-in-law planned ahead and planted flowers that would be in bloom early in July.

And yes, my cousin Louise Marie, the girl in middle did catch the bouquet.

It’s ironic that I’m selling handmade garters here on Etsy and I can’t find the garter toss picture, or the garter being placed on Louise’s leg.

Oh and I made my own garter too.

I made my “Going Away” suit. It was pale yellow shantung.

We drove off in my father-in-laws new red mustang convertible, 1965. Wish we had it now.
At least I still have the same husband!

Comment below if you have photos of a wedding from another era! Maybe we’ll post them on the Storque!

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  • futurowoman

    futurowoman said 11 years ago

    That is wonderful! And I love your final line! Congratulations on such a long marriage! :) Thank you for sharing!

  • LoucheLab

    LoucheLab said 11 years ago

    Beautiful wedding, your photos are wonderful. This is such a stylish and awesome wedding, really inspiring.

  • beadifulthings

    beadifulthings said 11 years ago

    Sweet! I'd love to have seen a later photo too! :-)

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 11 years ago

    Such a beautiful bride! Love the wedding dress ...and the cute little suit as bride and groom leave for the honeymoon. Thank you for sharing, and I agree with the other posts - lovely, LOVELY photo's!

  • snarkosaurus

    snarkosaurus said 11 years ago


  • leeleeoh7

    leeleeoh7 said 11 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding!! Thanks so much for sharing with us :)

  • AutumnRussell

    AutumnRussell said 10 years ago

    Love That era!!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 10 years ago

    You were a STUNNING bride & the photos are WONDERFUL!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 10 years ago

    Ok - How sheik was your "going away" suit ?!

  • MaggiesbridalShop

    MaggiesbridalShop said 8 years ago

    Breathtaking wedding! thank you for sharing with us.

  • envision1prosper2

    envision1prosper2 said 8 years ago

    WOW! this is soo classic! I absolulty love it!... Simply my favorite time of Style adn Fashion! You look soooooo sophisticated and he looks so Debonair! Congrats on a owonderful life together!

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