Brenna & Larry’s Art Deco Wedding

This next real wedding united two Air Force members, so it seemed only fitting that we feature it on Veterans Day! Overflowing with glamorous details and thoughtful touches that reflect Brenna & Larry’s interests, it’s a celebration filled with timeless style. Brenna designed the stylish yet classic invitations and came to us for printing (we featured her beautiful invites on our blog back in March), and they really set the perfect tone for this 1930’s inspired wedding.

Can you share with us a bit about your wedding and your inspiration for the event?
The wedding was held at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina. I was an art major in college, and my husband studied in Germany for his degree. The hotel is in an artful German hunting lodge style, so that was inspiring in itself. We both have a love for Art Deco style, and 1930’s music and movies.

A special performance by Brenna’s sister (a trained opera singer!) added a lovely personal touch to Brenna & Larry’s ceremony – she sang a solo from Handel’s “Messiah”.

What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?
Pick something inspirational and plan the wedding around it. For us, it was Busby Berkeley Films. All the black and white contrast and lavish sets helped make all the decisions about design quickly. Keep your venue in mind, too, and work with the details therein.

How did you choose your invitation design & ink colors?
I made the design myself, and trusted it to Bella Figura to make it happen in the highest caliber. The rest of the wedding stationery matched the design, so it was easy to continue the theme. I wanted the invitation to show off the good design, so it was a cream and black letterpress; very classic and always in style.

art deco letterpress wedding invitation

Favorite design element of your big day?
I chose to contrast the stark geometric art deco design with jewel tones and peacock feathers. Since my husband and I are both Air Force (I am a pilot), we created named tables with graphic engineering pictures of Boeing aircraft from 1930s-1960s. A lot of our history buff knowledge was incorporated into the event.

What surprised you most about your wedding?
How quickly the evening went by! The swing band ended up staying an extra hour because everyone was still dancing and having a great time. Like they say, a great party starts with great people, but an open bar and great music always helps.

What’s next for the newlyweds?
My husband is currently deployed in Afghanistan, and I am deploying in a month as well. We’ll be apart for ten months; most of our time dating & engaged we have been apart! It’s just part of being in the service. Appreciate one another while you have that precious time together!

Congratulations to Brenna & Larry! We thank you for sharing your special day with us and for your service, and wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

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Photographer: Laurie Johnson Photography, Asheville, NC
Videographer: Signature Wedding Films, Boiling Springs, SC
Swing Band: Gary Lewis & Swing On!