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(Hippie) Handmade Weddings: Circa 1972, Baby!

Apr 10, 2009

by topsyturvydesign

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Growing up, I always had a flair for the theatrical.  I think I inherited this inclination from my awesome hippie parents. You see, my parents’ 1972 Hippie Wedding is a thing of legend in the small town of Alameda, California.

New in town, they posted signs on telephones poles inviting the town-folk to attend their “no-hoopla wedding.” The ceremony was held in a small, tree-shaded park across the street from their apartment.   They expected 50-odd guests, but attracted crowds in the hundreds.  Some musicians walking by set up on a stage and jammed into the wee hours.  My Dad’s co-workers surprised him by pulling up in a converted school bus turned hippie love bus filled with libations.


Greeting guests in front of the hippie bus.

Cutting the cake for throngs of hungry children.

I have heard the legend and have admired the terribly groovy photos, but the elements I treasure most from their big day are the handmade ones.  My Mom recently brought over my Dad’s handmade wedding vest and her vintage bridal shoes, so I could admire their handiwork.

My Dad, the ZZ-Top looking fella’, was “just not into suits” and asked if my Mom would make him a “groovy” wedding vest.

“He actually joked that the wedding would be called off if I didn’t make him one,” my Mom recalls.

“I had just started to crazy quilt at the time and decided to go patchwork for his vest. I handembroidered around each patch, and in the centers of some on the backside, I embroidered your father’s initials. We found a pink paisley shirt at the Five & Dime, and I made him a pair of red velvet arm garters to finish off the look.”



My Mom and her bridesmaids decided to make their gowns from simple, store-bought patterns. 

“We decided to make our gowns because we were on a budget.  Back then, you would have to go to a fancy boutique or department store to find a gown. I found them to be very intimidating and impersonal.”

“I chose ivory brocade, which was a bit rebellious at the time. In Chinese culture it is traditional to wear a red gown for good luck.  I figured since there was nothing traditional about our wedding, I would buck the ‘old ways’ and wear what I liked.  I wore my red dress in our engagement photos instead, which made your grandfather happy…” 

Of course, no wedding day would be complete without something old.


“We found my vintage (now antique) bridal shoes at a small mom & pop shop during a road trip to Monterey.  They were wrapped in their original packaging materials and were in pristine condition.  I really loved the silk embroidery and the bright colors, a lot of work went into them. They were the perfect finishing touch on my perfect ‘no-hoopla’ wedding ensemble.” I would agree.

My parents celebrated their 36th Wedding Anniversary in October.

If you have a soft spot for nostalgia, check out more posts about real weddings and their vintage elements. Not only are Kim’s parents fabulous, you should see her hats! Watch this video we made with Kim about her millinery, topsyturvydesign.

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215 comments

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 8 years ago

    Best post ever! Yay for hippie weddings and handmade weddings vests. Brilliant.

  • thisilk

    thisilk said 8 years ago

    Beautiful story !!!!!!!love the hippie look. What a perfect wedding!

  • KittyKatoure

    KittyKatoure said 8 years ago

    love it!

  • pengpengs

    pengpengs said 8 years ago

    Being the result of a 1969 Jewish (dad) + Chinese (mom) marriage, I completely enjoyed Hippie Wedding story! Thanks for making me smile :)

  • HamboneDesigns

    HamboneDesigns said 8 years ago

    I love this story, so cute!

  • ShesFancy

    ShesFancy said 8 years ago

    Congratulations to them (and you) on a long marriage and happy life!

  • katiearms

    katiearms said 8 years ago

    This is the greatest post in the history of posts! I swear to blog!

  • foxtrailgeneralstore

    foxtrailgeneralstore said 8 years ago

    Great story! Love the idea of a non traditional wedding. That patchwork vest is awesome!

  • PussDaddy

    PussDaddy said 8 years ago

    That quilt is awesome.

  • avantanthologue

    avantanthologue said 8 years ago

    wow!

  • florigander

    florigander said 8 years ago

    Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing! That's what I want my wedding to be like!

  • misohappi

    misohappi said 8 years ago

    heartwarming and cute!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 8 years ago

    Awesome post!!

  • thepairabirds

    thepairabirds said 8 years ago

    I agree. This is by far one of the best post. I'm an "Hey, baby, let's elope" kind of girl. So most wedding things do not interest me. But, this one is great. It's all about community, life, and culture. I would certainly have a wedding like this!

  • fromthefigtree

    fromthefigtree said 8 years ago

    cool

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 8 years ago

    I had a wedding almost just like this in '76... and made my hubby a paisley shirt and my own wedding dress that I have stored. Embroidered with green ivy on white wool. It's still beautiful. Fun memories~

  • MayaBella

    MayaBella said 8 years ago

    This is such a neato article. I love his crazy quilt vest! It looked like such a fun relaxing time.

  • Sonniesuellc

    Sonniesuellc said 8 years ago

    i love it all!

  • lizroca

    lizroca said 8 years ago

    That is a lovely story. What great photos.

  • WoollyWonka

    WoollyWonka said 8 years ago

    Great pictures!!!

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 8 years ago

    It was so cool to see these pictures! My parents also had a hippy wedding and my mom made her wedding dress and the grooms-men's shirts. Your mom did a beautiful job on your dad's vest, by the way. ;) Thanks for sharing!

  • VieModerne

    VieModerne said 8 years ago

    Can this be a permanent feature in The Storque... sellers writing about their parents or grandparents weddings? This is the most enjoyable post I've come across in quite a while!

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures said 8 years ago

    That is so awesome. My parents had a semi hippie wedding, full of handmade touches too! I should dig up their old photos and maybe I'll blog about their wedding!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 8 years ago

    Awww, so sweet I'm tearing up! Their wedding sounded like so much fun!! Yay for Monterey too! :D oxox.

  • TangledDaisies

    TangledDaisies said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this! Such an awesome story! They look so happy!

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 8 years ago

    So cool! I love no fuss weddings. We got married in a helicopter over the Vegas strip and there was absolutely no stress involved. Yay!

  • chakrapennywhistle

    chakrapennywhistle said 8 years ago

    I smiled the whole way through this story! Lovely! Congrats to your parents:)

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 8 years ago

    i agree~! best ever!

  • missrubysue

    missrubysue said 8 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I laughed and laughed! Great story- I think this article should go to Time Magazine! Real Hip photos, true style and written well! Simple Weddings are a great way to go! xoxo, mrs

  • hemlockhollow

    hemlockhollow said 8 years ago

    Can't we write about our own? I wore a deep sapphire blue velvet mini dress. 1968. first marriage. (next marriage has lots of love and flowers and lizards.)(that was another weird wedding)

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 8 years ago

    absolutely amazing wedding story!! love it!

  • maryjanefrances

    maryjanefrances said 8 years ago

    YEY! my headband is here! thanks so much

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 8 years ago

    Kim, you've outdone yourself with such a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing this delightful tale, complete with photos of beloved handmade goodies!

  • renouveauclothing

    renouveauclothing said 8 years ago

    i absolutely LOVE this story!! Thanks for sharing!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 8 years ago

    i agree...such a sweet story, great pictures. thanks so much for sharing!

  • IWillFly

    IWillFly said 8 years ago

    oh man, I just cried! Lovely!

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 8 years ago

    OMG, I LOVE, love, love this story. Thank you for sharing this. Such a great story! And, your Mom's dress is amazing.

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 8 years ago

    I can't wait to share this post with my folks! They are truly the most amazing, creative, loving & terribly groovy people I have ever known. Thank you Storque for letting me share the story of their wedding & thanks everyone for your sweet comments. Peace & Love Kim

  • jewelrybyallison

    jewelrybyallison said 8 years ago

    Beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 8 years ago

    I love the wedding articles!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 8 years ago

    What an awesome wedding. Your Dad's vest and your Mom's shoes are both so beautiful. What a perfect celebration. thanks for sharing!

  • shopgoldmine

    shopgoldmine said 8 years ago

    this is totally what my wedding will be like (hopefully!) love it! thanks for sharing your story :)

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 8 years ago

    What a GREAT Story! That wedding looked Amazing :)

  • capitolagirl

    capitolagirl said 8 years ago

    That was one of the BEST posts on Etsy that I've read!

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 8 years ago

    this was the sweetest and most inspiring story ever! it completely explains the genius and spirit of kim, too. i love you even more miss kim! xo

  • lovinganvil

    lovinganvil said 8 years ago

    this is so wonderful!! gracias! xoxxoxooxox

  • cozycottagecreations

    cozycottagecreations said 8 years ago

    Great story!! I love every bit of it! Makes me wish I could go back to that time! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • choklit

    choklit said 8 years ago

    OMG, my parents wedding looked EXACTLY like this, and they got married in the East Bay in the early 70's, too... YAY! Too sweet.

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 8 years ago

    what an amazing story! great to see the photos and the history of the items - super!!!

  • jenniferlynnstudio

    jenniferlynnstudio said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing..that vest was amazing! takes me "back in time".

  • SavonShoppe

    SavonShoppe said 8 years ago

    Fantastic photos and story...feel like I was there. Really sweet that you can build memories and find inspiration around their special day.

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware said 8 years ago

    Great story. Love handmade weddings!

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 8 years ago

    coooooolllll 60!!!!

  • lusterbunny

    lusterbunny said 8 years ago

    Hey I was born in Alemeda around the same time and my parrents were hippies, I wouldn't be surprised if our folks knew each other! Cheers, Rain

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 8 years ago

    hemlock, convo me if you want to submit an article in this series. we're all intrigued.

  • MintyFreshFusions

    MintyFreshFusions said 8 years ago

    As my mom would still say, what a gas! seriously, awesome story, and for some reason the lawn mower in the bus pic cracks me up, there are just so many layers of stories in the pictures. and some of us had hippie weddings more recently- http://www.flickr.com/photos/wingnutmagnet/sets/72157614426101644/

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 8 years ago

    this rocks! I had to add it to kirtsy.com asap! xoxo the world will love this! fab!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    I enjoy reading this wonderful story. Very sweet!!

  • HookableDesigns

    HookableDesigns said 8 years ago

    There's something about hippie weddings that will always intrigue me. Probably because my own parents looked especially hippie-ish at their own wedding.

  • livefunky

    livefunky said 8 years ago

    I love it, I love it! This so reminds me of my mom and dad's hippie wedding in 71. My dad and uncle with their hair down to the middle of their backs, my mom and her brides maids in handmade hippie dresses, driving away in a flower power painted vw bug. Too classic. Hip hippie hooray for this article and for your parents still going strong! I particularly love the vest. It's wonderful that it's still in such great condition. Love and peace!

  • JesseMosher

    JesseMosher said 8 years ago

    This is a great article ......could be just the perfect wedding gift here in my shop ... I like the bus too , and the qulit

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story! I love the community aspect of your parent's wedding and the fact that they followed their vision of a dream wedding and didn't bend to the set standards of the time. It was an enjoyable read!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 8 years ago

    what an awesome story. It's hard to find marriages that last that long these days. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  • vintageitville

    vintageitville said 8 years ago

    Oh my goodness as soon as I read the title of this blog.......... I knew I found my handmade wedding :) Well maybe one day. Love the pictures of your parents.

  • sandali

    sandali said 8 years ago

    I LOVE your article !! It's such an awesome story & your features are trigger happy -- it makes me want to sing "flowers in my hair, the power is to share" -- Happy Days ;)

  • LippincottSoapCo

    LippincottSoapCo said 8 years ago

    I love the silk embroidered shoes! They are so awesome! Very vintage, yet modern at the same time. Love!

  • TwoKazoos

    TwoKazoos said 8 years ago

    What an awesome story! LOVE that vest and the story behind it. You have some amazing parents! Thanks for sharing.

  • RockisSupplies

    RockisSupplies said 8 years ago

    This is right up my alley! LOVE this article and everything about it - made me smile big time! I actually got goosebumps while reading it. Congrats to your parents! The smile is still on my face :)

  • clubviv

    clubviv said 8 years ago

    what a lovely story

  • GeeZees

    GeeZees said 8 years ago

    so unique...so much fun!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 8 years ago

    This is absolutely the BEST storque yet... I just love it!

  • OffTheHooks

    OffTheHooks said 8 years ago

    love this story- definately one of my faves!

  • EarthBabyDesigns

    EarthBabyDesigns said 8 years ago

    I love this article and wedding. The vest is truly "groovy." Article reminds me of my own wedding 16 years ago. While decidedly not hippie, it was nearly all homemade and personal. Wore my mom's wedding dress from 1967 that my grandmother made. And I carefully took apart my mom's handmade veil, replaced the smooshed flowers and sewed it all back together again. This is how weddings should be!

  • solocosmo

    solocosmo said 8 years ago

    this is so cute!

  • pumpkinhaus

    pumpkinhaus said 8 years ago

    I love this! I had a hippie handmade wedding myself, only it was in 2001... your parents are so wonderfully cool!

  • kittytrishia

    kittytrishia said 8 years ago

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww Kim this was the most awesome story about weddings ever! BIG loads of kitnip and chocolate to you my dear!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    I love everything about this wedding! Oh, the bride's shoes are simply amazing. I have been eying threadhead's spectacular dresses for months!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 8 years ago

    PS...Alison & Vanessa - I love that you put ZZ-Top in the tags :p

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 8 years ago

    I agree with all the comments- this is the best! I would love to see a series in this vain. It's always so incredible to learn more about talented Etsians! My mom made her wedding dress too- out of gorgeous gray velvet! She also made my older, half-sister's dresses (it was her 2nd one) & the pictures of event are so magical to me. Thanks for sharing this awesome story TopsyTurvy!

  • donnasserendipity

    donnasserendipity said 8 years ago

    groovie!

  • Fancy0Frances

    Fancy0Frances said 8 years ago

    Aw, this made me smile sooo much. Thank you. I needed that. I love the spirit - and the look - of the hippie movement. It's so peaceful and comforting- I can't help but think of a balmy breeze and sunshine. And color! All mixed up! That's my favorite look of all. Plenty of color in my photos and necklaces: Fancy0Frances.Etsy.com

  • lavalleygirly

    lavalleygirly said 8 years ago

    I have a BIG grin on my face!

  • mizzluvlybonez

    mizzluvlybonez said 8 years ago

    wow this is such a lovely story... and really neat for me because i live like 30min from alameda! this article encompases many ideas which draw me to the hippie culture of the 60s

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 8 years ago

    Daydream is so cute. It's like a fairy tale.

  • eraseandrepeat

    eraseandrepeat said 8 years ago

    this gave me goosebumps(in a good way)!! such a lovely story and even more awesome pictures :)

  • millalove

    millalove said 8 years ago

    This made my day!

  • bastiano

    bastiano said 8 years ago

    I have hippie parents and their hippie wedding was in 1969. Sadly I have no anything of their clothes from that time, but still there were when I was child and I used to wear belts, sandals and bags made for them with leather. I like very much there is here in Etsy people with hippie parents. Where else! Hippies forever!

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 8 years ago

    This is so sweet! The "groovy" vest is, I must say, outta sight. @ bastiano: Hippies forever!

  • MixedMediaByZehner

    MixedMediaByZehner said 8 years ago

    My day and time...brings back memories...the only thing missing is a current photo of your parents...love it

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey said 8 years ago

    that was an great story, i love it, i love the whole hippie wedding thing, totaly my dream :)

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 8 years ago

    lovely story!!

  • dlkdesigns

    dlkdesigns said 8 years ago

    so great! love that wedding dress~

  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage said 8 years ago

    what incredible and down to earth folks. and the vest- it's a dream. no wonder topsy turvy is so creative!

  • cherrylippedroses

    cherrylippedroses said 8 years ago

    What a great story! The photos were wonderful! Thanks for a great day brightener!

  • monamivie

    monamivie said 8 years ago

    Oh, I love this story! What a perfect wedding :)

  • dotia10

    dotia10 said 8 years ago

    i love this posting. best one ever!!! so jealous of your parents. what a groovy wedding.

  • quirkybeauty

    quirkybeauty said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful story! I'm getting married in 2 weeks - this story made me feel warm and excited at once. Thanks!!

  • futurowoman

    futurowoman said 8 years ago

    That's such a great story!!!! Your parents created an event for their community and made their wedding something I'm sure everyone remembers! Congratulations to them on their anniversary! :)

  • SkinnySwallow

    SkinnySwallow said 8 years ago

    What a fine story... a good read early on a saturday morning... filling my day with vintage thought and hippy credo:)

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign said 8 years ago

    sweet story, thank you for sharing it!!

  • seaglassvintage

    seaglassvintage said 8 years ago

    Your mother is so pretty and did a great job on the vest, and I love those shoes!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    lovely article ~ my mother made my wedding 'gown' 32 years ago :)

  • knittles

    knittles said 8 years ago

    what an uplifting article. makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 8 years ago

    Oh how lovely! I remember wandering through my parents old hippie wedding momento's as a little girl. My mom's handmade peach floral wedding dress with matching peach hat. and my dads cords and pheasant blouse(of course handmade by mom) cowboy hat and boots. I think my mom's creativity helped to make me the designer I am today. I remember thinking how wonderful it was that she made everything herself, and I hoped that I could do the same someday! Thank goodness I get to fulfill my childhood dream!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 8 years ago

    It makes total sense that many etsians would have hippie parents or were hippies themselves :) I love to read your stories & would love to see your hippie wedding photos if you have them on flickr. I just uploaded a recent picture of my parents-today on my flickr page - Thanks MixedMediaByZehner for the suggestion! http://www.flickr.com/photos/topsyturvydesign/sets/72157616624287776/

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 8 years ago

    Great Post! I loved it!

  • PetiteRobeNoire

    PetiteRobeNoire said 8 years ago

    What an awesome story to have as part of your own history...your parents are very cool! Thank you...

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    What a fun story. I'm curious to see what your parents look like now. That vest should be framed!

  • ThePurlMinx

    ThePurlMinx said 8 years ago

    Best storque article ever. Thanks for sharing!

  • starlettefinery

    starlettefinery said 8 years ago

    The sweetest story!!!! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • WallisReid

    WallisReid said 8 years ago

    Out of Sight! Love is all there is...thanks for sharing.

  • dajoli

    dajoli said 8 years ago

    So Cool* :)

  • papaververt

    papaververt said 8 years ago

    Oh that is just the sweetest story ever! And I live in Alameda Ca! Small world.....

  • HeadCaseByG

    HeadCaseByG said 8 years ago

    Right up my alley. Awesome article.

  • jasperpoppies

    jasperpoppies said 8 years ago

    Love it!!!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 8 years ago

    ummm, most adorable ever!

  • Thinkoutsidethebox

    Thinkoutsidethebox said 8 years ago

    I adore this couple..and love the photos from their wedding..I secretly wish that the world were this peaceful and low key..There is much to be said for the non-traditional. It is very evident from the photos and the story that there is much love and acceptance from your parents..You are very fortunate to have been brought up with these values. I too am a California baby of sorts and also had a very hippie mom..back in the day of course and a lot of that has stayed with me throughout my life. Thanks so much for sharing this personal story!

  • michellesadventures

    michellesadventures said 8 years ago

    I love it! my mom got married (1968) in a silver brocade mini skirt and jacket. Who'd a thunk it would be cool again?

  • nectorgirl

    nectorgirl said 8 years ago

    This is the best wedding article I've read in a long time, and I hope I can have a non-traditional wedding in this fashion someday. LOVE the bus that pulled up front! The shoes are so gorgeous, well, everything is. Speaking of vests, my aunt gave me a suede hippie vest with feathers floating off of the fringe... I'm gonna have to find that one in the depths of my vintage clothing! I cannot wait to see pics of the other hippie weddings out there! ~peace, love, positivity, and grooviness~

  • piperewan

    piperewan said 8 years ago

    kim- that is so awesome! i am a huge sucker for crazy quilts (and quilts in general), and i love those embroidered shoes! your parents are so adorable! xo, k

  • comfortablyblue

    comfortablyblue said 8 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • babymomo

    babymomo said 8 years ago

    So sweet!! Thanks for a great article! I love hippie weddings!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 8 years ago

    True romance! Weddings shouldn't be about how much money is poured into the celebration or status. Heartwarming to know this marriage has lasted 36 years. The shoes are beautiful, too.

  • TeacupAdventure

    TeacupAdventure said 8 years ago

    so cool!

  • ExQuisiteInVitation

    ExQuisiteInVitation said 8 years ago

    so cute.

  • Donauluft

    Donauluft said 8 years ago

    by reading this article I remembered my own wedding. A self sewn dress with a braid which was taken from India by my husband.... Now we had 31 th anniversary....very nice article!

  • minouette

    minouette said 8 years ago

    That is such a sweet story to share!

  • ManoCelebrates

    ManoCelebrates said 8 years ago

    Romantic story, and 1960-1970 shoes adorable. I love to wear those kind of shoes. A year ago I bought something like that and wear it very often.

  • PAINTINGSBYSAM

    PAINTINGSBYSAM said 8 years ago

    What a great story! and Beautiful Photos! Thank you so much for sharing :) Peace & Love ~

  • EyePopArt

    EyePopArt said 8 years ago

    You guys rock and those shoes are amazing! Love the photos! What a great wedding. My parents were married on December 31, 1971, in a courthouse. My mom was 7 mos. pregnant with my older sister and she wore pants, there are only a couple of pictures. I always wished they had had a hippie wedding like this!

  • berrymorin

    berrymorin said 8 years ago

    I so loved reading your parent's wedding story. I hope that our teen will have nice things to say about our renewal ceremony.

  • novadesigns

    novadesigns said 8 years ago

    I just love this story. I was raised by a hippie mom myself and this story brings back some great memories of my childhood!

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry said 8 years ago

    I just loved the wedding story and the wonderful "hippie" selections!

  • LifeUncommon

    LifeUncommon said 8 years ago

    What a great post (and fabulous photos!) - thank you for sharing :)

  • jennabanena

    jennabanena said 8 years ago

    thanks so much for sharing! definitely one of the best wedding stories i have EVER heard!

  • TigerTeeth

    TigerTeeth said 8 years ago

    so wonderful. a beautiful article!

  • BeautifulSoaps

    BeautifulSoaps said 8 years ago

    Love this - especially as a baby from 1972!

  • Pussykat

    Pussykat said 8 years ago

    This is really sweet the type of memories we all can enjoy. Hopefully I can provide that essence with my clothes. Pussykat Clothing.

  • angelcake

    angelcake said 8 years ago

    as a fellow east bay-er and alamedan, i love this story and the pics especially! sooo sweet!

  • Lelikat

    Lelikat said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful wedding story! And the photo's really captured the feeling. That wedding vest is amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • OpusMuse

    OpusMuse said 8 years ago

    such a beautiful non traditional wedding. mixed marriages are very rare back in those days. this reminds me of my own wedding. ;)

  • CourtneyBathBoutique

    CourtneyBathBoutique said 8 years ago

    Great story!

  • thevintagethread

    thevintagethread said 8 years ago

    Gosh, just about the best story I've read on Etsy! How wonderful that your parents followed their hearts - congratulations! Lucky you!

  • fifthquadrant

    fifthquadrant said 8 years ago

    what a sweet personal story and wonderful photographs ~ your parents are adorable

  • yoganoodles

    yoganoodles said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful story! My husband and I were married outside at sunrise on Easter Sunday almost 17 years ago. We, too, expected only a handful of people and ended up with over a hundred (handwritten invitations on Current stationary). My wedding dress was handmade and I made my floral arrangements by hand the night before. I guess there is a little hippie in all of us! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • gjarvisjewelryetc

    gjarvisjewelryetc said 8 years ago

    I agree with thevintagethread, this is one of the best, and my favorite stories on Etsy so far. Keep them coming!

  • thecraftpantry

    thecraftpantry said 8 years ago

    I l.o.v.e. this story, it really makes me smile!

  • kachingdesign

    kachingdesign said 8 years ago

    Great story!

  • Signs

    Signs said 8 years ago

    Hippies rule and so does that school bus in that photo@@

  • Signs

    Signs said 8 years ago

    this is a good story too :) my parents were hippies too. My mom and dad could both sew.

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 8 years ago

    Great love story and the best part is that the love is still going on after all the years together. I have a 1971 marriage that is still going strong.

  • eMeLLeS

    eMeLLeS said 8 years ago

    i love a good love story....nice job.

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 8 years ago

    How cute are they? So many times I have heard "If I had saved all my clothes from the 70's I'd be rich" I don't know about that but,they sure are groovy!!!!!!!!! Happy Easter!peace out!

  • kthyvnhrn1

    kthyvnhrn1 said 8 years ago

    What a Groovy story...and the pic's just topped it off ! Thanks so much for sharing. Peace to you and your family.

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord said 8 years ago

    Ah - those were the days!! Great article!

  • savistudio

    savistudio said 8 years ago

    Very cool, my parents were hippies too! As a child I grew up around that whole vibe. High quality article!!!

  • jiorji

    jiorji said 8 years ago

    i love her hair piece

  • Ozknits

    Ozknits said 8 years ago

    I want those shoes!! This was a really awesome story with great pics. Thanks so much for sharing and happy anniversary to your parents. You have reason to be proud!

  • WeddingSkulls

    WeddingSkulls said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding for a wonderful couple!

  • haannh

    haannh said 8 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful story..

  • JcLaure

    JcLaure said 8 years ago

    awesomely beautiful wedding gown custom design. wow!!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    Wonderful post! And gorgeous vest. :)

  • sleepingcatbeads

    sleepingcatbeads said 8 years ago

    I'm so glad I stumbled upon this...what a lovely story! I love the quilted vest, and your mom (and dad, heck, lol) are adorable!! I love the old pictures too, they remind me of my childhood. Thanks for such a lovely story - well written and with great photographs.

  • lolitarose

    lolitarose said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful story! I think it's awesome that your mother made her dress and your father's wedding vest, and how neat that the whole town was invited to the wedding! Hooray that they've managed to make it for thirty some years too, that's sure a rarity in this day and age.

  • cefische

    cefische said 8 years ago

    love it! the pictures are amazing!

  • OnTheRound

    OnTheRound said 8 years ago

    great article! Thank you for sharing!

  • niTeBecOmEsdAy

    niTeBecOmEsdAy said 8 years ago

    wow, that vest is amazing! thanks for such a sweet story.

  • poppyandclover

    poppyandclover said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this story and great photos. I love that they invited anyone who wanted to come...and that a big fun party developed! The best thing about this story is that your parents are still together all these years later. I wish your family continued love and happiness!

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 8 years ago

    This is such a cute and heartwarming story! Thank you for sharing your personal photos:)

  • HistoryofArt

    HistoryofArt said 8 years ago

    What a totally great wedding with spectacular wedding-wear! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • mamaofcuties

    mamaofcuties said 8 years ago

    I loved this story, it always makes me smile to read about people who are themselves despite what every one else thinks they should be. We should all strive to be this individual and cool! Wonderful and heartwarming story, thank you for sharing it!

  • hummingbird26

    hummingbird26 said 8 years ago

    What an awesome way to meet the neighbors. : )

  • TheRusticHome

    TheRusticHome said 8 years ago

    What a great way to bring the community out together!

  • ModFarmgirl

    ModFarmgirl said 8 years ago

    How awesome is that!!! Very cool parents, and wonderful story!!!

  • thehippiechicks

    thehippiechicks said 8 years ago

    Right on!

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 8 years ago

    This is a wonderful story to share, so personal and sweet, and put a totally new light on the seller here for me. Just wonderful!!!!!!

  • wolfmothercommune

    wolfmothercommune said 8 years ago

    what an amazing wedding!!!! the spirit to which every marriage should aspire to! the vest is so incredible...thank you for sharing your story and pictures! a beautiful story from an incredible era...

  • DenasDesigns4sl

    DenasDesigns4sl said 8 years ago

    question im new so very new i get my daughter to do these things for me now im trying my self> I just put a few things on here to sell. took the pictures and down loaded them my self that how lame i am.. so question now that ive done this how do i know if it sells. say someone want to buy it take me step by step what i will see and need to do. PLEASE

  • mamabear82

    mamabear82 said 8 years ago

    Awwww, what beautiful old photos! This really brightened my day. Thank you for posting this!

  • RawrRinne

    RawrRinne said 8 years ago

    People may not believe this but the man in the pictures is Joesph Brown and the and he is my grandfather. My fathers dad. My dad is a junior accuiring the same name: Joesph Brown as well as my brother. The women happens to be my step mother. I'd include more fact proving I know them but I'm Corinne May-lynn Brown a 12 year old girl who lives in New Jersey while my Grandfather and his wife live In California. We've never met the only thing I know is we are related, the storys a hear from my father, and what online provides.

  • WanderlustBling

    WanderlustBling said 8 years ago

    Long live the hippie wedding! Great photos and love that Daydream wedding dress!

  • creativefeltboards

    creativefeltboards said 8 years ago

    Love it!!!! What beautiful pictures!

  • THIMBLEandACORN

    THIMBLEandACORN said 8 years ago

    That is so great, thanks for sharing! I love the beard!

  • FiregypsyVintage

    FiregypsyVintage said 8 years ago

    Wow, You are a luck one, for having such a great parental pair. I wish I lived during that era, it must have been a blast! I find some of the most amazing hand made garments here in Cali from that generation! Great story thank you for sharing, Happy crafting and creating...

  • RawrRinne

    RawrRinne said 8 years ago

    Okay, Fact: I forgot my grandpa's name. Fact: That makes me feel stupid. Fact: Kids shouldnt use the internet. Fact: Sorry grandpa. -Corinne

  • ThePaperPeddler

    ThePaperPeddler said 8 years ago

    This is the cutest post everywhere! yeah for your parents, 36 years!! This made me happy!

  • katinkapinka

    katinkapinka said 8 years ago

    i love this! i love that they put up signs inviting folks to their wedding. seriously, your story gave me goosebumps.

  • LauraF07

    LauraF07 said 8 years ago

    I love this so much!! Thanks for sharing!

  • brownbear9

    brownbear9 said 8 years ago

    Hi, I'm Kim's dad and I signed on to get a message to my New Jersey grand daughter. Honey you have NOTHING to be sorry about in not knowing my first name. Your grandmother and I went separate ways over40 years ago and your father who I love dearly is not much into keeping contact with his West Coast family. You and your brothers can call collect at any time or e=mail. Love you, Grand pop

  • mospirit

    mospirit said 8 years ago

    I love it! Your parents are fabulous!

  • themolliellama

    themolliellama said 8 years ago

    Fun! Kim, you need to come up with a hattie that is a nod to your folks! :) -m.

  • sintajimenez

    sintajimenez said 8 years ago

    beautiful story and beautiful pictures!

  • gardendiva

    gardendiva said 8 years ago

    What a great story! I was a wedding photographer for over 20 years, and I always found that the best weddings were those where people added personal touches that made their special day unique and special to them.

  • ireneagh

    ireneagh said 8 years ago

    love it! :) beautiful story! :)

  • ToxicInk

    ToxicInk said 8 years ago

    What a great post. Steping back into that corner of time, I love it!

  • DarkStar

    DarkStar said 8 years ago

    Oh my god I completely adore your parents, they are so FREAKING ADORABLE! Thank you for this lovely story, and the priceless, priceless photos. Just wonderful. :) Heidi

  • rachelchristydesigns

    rachelchristydesigns said 8 years ago

    I love this story, so exquisitely beautiful! The pictures are soooo freakin cool. I wish I could go back in time and be an attendee! It reminds me a little bit of that movie Fandango. This is such a cool story, so glad I read about it.

  • strawberriesandcream

    strawberriesandcream said 8 years ago

    what a beautiful love story, love love love the pictures!! Happy 36th anniversary!

  • modflo

    modflo said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing this wonderful story and awesome pics!

  • Art2ArtColorado

    Art2ArtColorado said 8 years ago

    far out! ;D this brought an immediate smile... and i'm wishing you all the best. *keep on truckin'!*

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 8 years ago

    I can feel the love, 36 years on. Congrats to them for doing it their way! Very inspiring.

  • fjonesart

    fjonesart said 8 years ago

    That was a cool wedding!

  • shanskimo

    shanskimo said 8 years ago

    Truely inspirational! :-) Thanks for sharing!

  • nicolatex333

    nicolatex333 said 7 years ago

    Fabulous story. Congratulations to your Mum & Dad x

  • NJBeads

    NJBeads said 7 years ago

    What a great story! thanks! :)

  • LaFaeVert

    LaFaeVert said 7 years ago

    Super sweet story. Thank you!

  • redpumpkin

    redpumpkin said 7 years ago

    There is nothing I love more than hearing great stories that have been passed down by a generation. I love everything about this story- and the pictures! So awesome!! Your parents are a truly inspirational couple! Congrats to you and them, and thanks for sharing this :)

  • PenGwynneBeads

    PenGwynneBeads said 7 years ago

    What a great story! I love the vest your Dad wore! Thanks for sharing!

  • libbyfab852

    libbyfab852 said 7 years ago

    Awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

  • CraftyStitches

    CraftyStitches said 7 years ago

    how inspirational! so beautiful.

  • HillTribeDesign

    HillTribeDesign said 7 years ago

    So Cool I love Hippie Style Thank you.

  • lkmccray

    lkmccray said 6 years ago

    What a great story and what wonderful clothing! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Beatrue

    Beatrue said 6 years ago

    You took me back to my teenage years with those photos. Your work is an inspiration, reminding me that is not the destination, but the journey, peace, Tea, of Beatrue

  • LeapARTandVintage

    LeapARTandVintage said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love your story Kim! And the wedding vest is incredible, so special and one of a kind! Thank you for sharing, your parents' wedding is very inspirational!

  • Vastlyvintage

    Lori from Vastlyvintage said 5 years ago

    What a treasured "memory" for you, the fact that you have pictures of that awesome unique day are priceless.

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