A 1940’s Love Story + We Want to Publish Your Family’s Vintage Wedding Photos!

On a cool spring day in March of 1944, a raven-haired girl from Brigham City, Utah wed a Salt Lake City boy–the star of his high school basketball team–in a small, elegant ceremony. She was 21, he was 25. She wore a long-sleeved white satin gown and carried a bouquet of calla lilies, freesia, and ribbons. He wore his green Army uniform (he was shipped off to serve as a medical officer in World War II shortly after their wedding).

They had met five years earlier one evening while dancing at the Rainbow Rendezvous in downtown SLC. She had been on a date with another young man, he with another young lady, but they fell in love the moment they were introduced and never spent a day apart thereafter. They were lovebirds for some 70 years. And they were my Grampy and Grammy, Dr. Robert and Dorothy Woolf (aka Bob and Dot).

I came across this photo from their wedding day while digging through boxes of old photos and letters at my Grammy’s house. I love this photo: the elegant gown and bouquet, the sharp uniform with shiny buttons, the curious flower girl, the huge arrangement of calla lilies, and the sly smile on my Grampy’s face as they kiss.

Some 50 years later, my Grammy and Grampy celebrated their wedding anniversary at the Salt Lake Country Club with a huge shindig for family and friends. I came across this photo of them from the party, shown here posing with a cut-out image from their big day.

I loved them so much, and these two images make me smile from ear to ear every time I look at them.

OK, you’ve seen my family’s vintage wedding photo, and now we want to see yours: We want Utahns to share their family photos from weddings gone by to be featured in our next issue! Have a classic wedding picture of your grandparents, parents, aunt and uncle, sister and brother-in-law? We want to publish them!

If you have a sweet/sentimental/funny/bad-bridal-fashion snapshot you’d be willing to share, let’s talk. Email me: tessa {at} saltlakebridandgroom {dot} com. Deadline to submit is Thursday, September 1st.