vintage glamour wedding. part 1

This is our first wedding feature here on J. Sorelle, and it only seems fitting that we feature one of our own…Jenna and our beloved new brother-in-law, William!

I was the lucky girl to plan it. We had a short period of time to do it…
Engagement – Florence, Italy, July 2009
Wedding – Denver, Colorado, January 23, 2010
Decision to get married in January 2010 – September, 2009

Jenna’s love of all-things vintage, black and white damask print and fleur de lis design, along with Jenna and William’s love for New Orleans served as inspiration for their 1920’s “Great Gatsby” style wedding.

The result: Vintage. Dramatic. Black and White. Unique. Gorgeous. DIY details.

cathedral church

the men on side of cathedral

inside of cathedral

Jenna and William said “I do” at the magnificent The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver. The crisp white marble altar, powerful organ and high, dramatic ceilings set the stage for a grandiose wedding. The intimate events started with an emotional surprise from the Italian bride to her Scottish groom – Scottish bagpipe player Scott Beach to greet the groom and guests in the Cathedral foyer. The couple wanted simple, yet romantic décor at the church. Florist Judy Stevenson, A Design Resource, set white ostrich feathers held together by black silk ribbon and a vintage broach on each pew. The vintage brooches were found among various Etsy sellers, as well as antique fairs.



getting into car with dress

Jenna wore her grandma’s vintage white Chantilly lace wedding dress from 1956. Our grandma is alive today, and joyfully watched Jenna walk down the aisle in her wedding gown. The bouquets, as well as all flower arrangements used at the reception were orchids and gardenias; ironically, the same flowers used at our grandmother’s wedding over 50 years ago.

getting ready with veil

jenna in veil

vintage veil

wedding dress with nani

jenna & will cathedral

kiss in the doorway

Jenna had another surprise for all the guests, including her soon to be hubby. Immediately following the ceremony, she changed into a gorgeous silk satin ivory Palazzo wedding dress from Felice. She wore vintage-inspired ankle boots from Bakers with our grandma’s dress and peep-toe, black rosette Valentino pumps from Nordstrom with her Palazzo dress. Her custom-made veil, made by Sara Gabriel at Anna Be Bridal, completed her vintage look.

jenna new dress

dress in car

Jenna and Will were escorted in style by a 1953 white Rolls Royce, and their bridal party followed in a 1936 Touring Coach. When they arrived at their reception site, Mile High Station, they were introduced by the very talented Hazel Miller, and then danced to their first dance as husband and wife, At Last, by Etta James.

jenna & will in 1920's car

  {images via Betsey Holley Photography}

Don’t you just love it? It’s so unique. Stay tuned for GORGEOUS pictures tomorrow of reception and the amazing details.


  1. […] Vintage Typewriter Jenna used our grandparents antique typewriter for her guest book to coincide with her “vintage glamour” wedding. Guests typed a message and she compiled all the pages in an antique book for a memorable keepsake. See the rest of her gorgeous and vintage wedding here. […]

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