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Old Hollywood Wedding on Catalina Island

I was thrilled when Alexis and Chase asked me to design their Old Hollywood themed wedding invitations for their Catalina Island wedding. The Avalon Theatre is the island’s iconic 1929 gathering place along with  Catalina Casino's ballroom—a big, open space perched above the harbor with tons of history! Every summer I went to Swing Camp Catalina to learn how to Lindy Hop, Balboa and Charleston. Dance instructors from all over the globe flew in every summer to teach. It was here that my love for swing dancing blossomed. It was such a treat to dance to a big band in a place where the likes of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman etc. all played. I met Artie Shaw at an art opening in about 2002 before he passed away. I told him I danced to his music and he told me he hated swing dancers because they didn't pay any attention to the band. Well, it was a thrill to meet him anyway! Of course I am digressing, so back to the wedding...

100 Layer Cake recently featured this wedding on their blog and you can read all about it here. The vintage details of this wedding are just so divine! The couple chose my Stardust wedding invitation suite and had me incorporate vintage images of Catalina throughout. My friends over at Paper Moon Shoppe even provided a paper moon backdrop for guests to strike a pose. Please check out the phenomenal photos by Ben & Kadin below. It's such an homage to a timeless and beautiful time in history. What a colorful way to spend your wedding day!

Alexis and Chase in the historical Catalina Ballroom

Photography: Photography by Ben and Kadin / Videography: Max Cutrone / Venue: The Avalon Theatre / Catalina Casino / Planning: XOXO Weddings / Flowers: White Sakuras, Island Blooms, High Camp Gardenias / Hair & Makeup: Styling by Melissa / Invitations: The Gilded Swan Paperie / Paper Goods: Zazzle & Emalias Fancy / Cake: Vons / Catering: Catalina Island Company / Officiant: Kevin Murray / Ceremony Band: Ellenwood Kitchen Club & Merlot Embargo / Music: Vox DJs / Silhouette Artist: Sylhouettes by Sylvia / Mariachi: Mariachi Divas / Photobooth: Paper Moon Shoppe / Bride’s Gown: Vintage / Headpiece: Frollein Von Sofa / Jewelry: Vintage / Shoes: Gucci /Engagement Ring: Lang Antiques / Wedding Band: Antique / Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply / Cufflinks: Vintage / Shoes: Hugo Boss from Vestiaire


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