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Chic Vintage Bride – Shirley Schiff

Good morning lovelies! My Chic Vintage Brides are always some of my favourite posts, but even more so when they are the much cherished family photos from you the reader. And so today I feel incredibly chuffed and honoured to be sharing with you the beautiful wedding of Shirley Schiff and Lawrence Weiner – the grandparents of lovely CVB regular Allison……

Chic Vintage 1940s Bride - Shirley

They were married in Columbus, Ohio at the Roosevelt Hotel on May 14, 1944. Lawrence the dashing groom was just shy of 21 – and was on leave from the Navy, whilst Shirley was sweet 19. Her beautiful long sleeved wedding dress was made of liquid silk satin with the most lovely lace yolk.

Shirley cherished it so much that she even kept the original page from The Godey Lady Magazine in which she spotted it in 1944, until her death in 2012.

Chic Vintage 1940s Wedding Dress

And it seems Shirley wasn’t the only one to love it too, Allison told me “We still have her dress and headpiece. My Aunt and Mom both wore it for their weddings and so it’s been vacuum sealed since 1979.”

Shirley’s headpiece, sitting above those fabulous victory rolls, was made of buckram and adorned with delicate real flowers. And she carried a charming bouquet of orchids and star lilies, with a small copy of the Tanach (the Hebrew Bible).

Chic Vintage 1940s Wedding

How proud their parents look, what a wonderful day it must have been. In the photo above the Groom is standing with his beautiful Mum and the Bride with her dapper Father. Sadly, Lawrence lost his Father and Shirley her Mother when they were children.

Chic Vintage 1940s Bride - ShirleyOh those smiles! Don’t they just give you the warm fuzzies?

Chic Vintage 1940s Bride - ShirleyI love to think of them gliding across the dance floor to Jimmy Dorsey’s “Bésame Mucho” or the crooning tones of Bing Crosby.

A huge thank-you to Allison, and her family, for sharing such treasured memories of your wonderful grandparents with us! If you have a Chic Vintage Bride (from Victorian to the 1960s ) in your family that you would like to share, then please do email me at [email protected] with Chic Vintage Bride Submission in the subject box, attaching any photos (greater than 650 pixels wide) and giving as many names, details, dates and stories as you can. I promise they will be loved by us as much as they are by you!

If you love this era, you might want to take a peek here, here, here and here at some more inspiring chic vintage 1940s weddings and brides.