July 31, 2015
Travel Back In Time With Paper Chase Press to Three of the Most Iconic Weddings of the Twentieth Century.
We challenged the creative team at Paper Chase Press — a super foxy, L.A.- based, family run printer, bindery and publishing house that creates amazing bespoke, cutting edge invites for the coolest events around — to design the invites for three of the coolest weddings of the past hundred years: Linda + Paul McCartney, Mia Farrow + Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly + Prince Ranier III. Check out what they came up with below.
LINDA EASTMAN + PAUL MCCARTNEY
MET: In 1967, Linda Eastman was in London on assignment taking photos of “Swinging Sixties” musicians. The duo met at the Bag O’Nails nightclub and saw each other a few days later at the launch party for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. In 1968, he visited her in New York and asked her to come back to London with him, where they married.
MARRIED: March 12, 1969. McCartney bought her a $12 wedding ring just before the shop shut the down the evening before the ceremony. They were married at the Registry office. The wedding party headed to St.John’s Wood Church where the couple were blessed by the Reverend.
DRESS DEETS: It rained on the day of the wedding and Linda wore a yellow coat-dress. So did Heather, her daughter from a previous marriage, who also carried a posey of freesias.
RANDOM FACT: Mike McCartney’s train broke down on the way to London. He figured he missed the wedding, but when he arrived at the Registry office, there were thousands of weeping fans outside and Paul and Linda waiting for him inside. None of the other Beatles were invited.
THE CONCEPT: "The square format of this invitation references the ever-classic LP album cover. Nature-inspired, sensual, and delicately sentimental, the theme brings up images of the wind in her hair, the light gracing their lips, the flowers in the field, and the endless, cloudless sky. This is the invitation into a hand-written love tale of two eternal and desperately romantic lovers."
MIA FARROW + FRANK SINATRA
MET: Mia’s father John first introduced her to Frank when she was only 11. The couple saw each other again the fall of 1964 in Hollywood when they were both working on the 20th Century Fox film lot. While talking, she dropped her purse, spilling the contents (including her retainer) on the floor. She was 19, he was 48, she’d never even heard one of her songs.
MARRIED: July 19, 1966 in Vegas, even though she despised it there. The couple honeymooned in London, where she hid in the bathroom to avoid letting his female friends take her out shopping.
DRESS DEETS: She wore a mini-dress and boxy matching jacket, looking especially mod with a close-cropped haircut.
RANDOM FACT: When they married, Salvador Dali’s wedding gift to the couple was an owl, parts of a frog, and a moon rock.
THE CONCEPT: "This invite was inspired by the masculine and loung-y 50s era confronting the modern and informal youth of poolside parties and drive-through Vegas weddings. Bright, light, and happy, the curly font and pink and blue, boy-meets-girl palette raise a toast to the Vegas strip, hotel signage, and cocktail romance."
GRACE KELLY + PRINCE RAINIER III
MET: At the Cannes Film Festival in 1955, she was invited to a photo session with Prince Rainier III at the Palace of Monaco. They met, and when she returned to the U.S. they began a correspondence. Within a year, he came to the U.S. for a tour, spent 3 days with Kelly and her family, and proposed.
MARRIED: She left from Pier 84 in New York with her family, bridesmaids, pet poodle, and more than 80 pieces of luggage. They had both civil and religious weddings, in April of 1956. The ceremony was broadcasted on TV and viewed by 30 million people around the world.
DRESS DEETS: Made by Hollywood costume designer, Helen Rose, the lace and peau de soie masterpiece has become one of the most iconic wedding dresses of the 20th century. Helen Rose was a costume designer at MGM Studios and MGM gifted her the dress. The veil was 90 yards long.
RANDOM FACT: Upon hearing about her engagement, Hitchcock quipped, “I’m very glad that Grace has found herself such a good part.”
THE CONCEPT: "The most formal and detailed, this invitation is a royal expression of elegance and status. Bringing together old-world wealth and Hollywood-era royalty, here is the meeting of two sophisticated individuals. The powder-room quality, typographic embellishments, and central-axis structure, all add up to a classic occasion of affluence and magnificence."