The Cake and The Getaway Car

Mom and Dad were married in April of 1957. They had a lovely church wedding — in the Staples Congregational Church. Mom wanted them to be married in the Nimrod Lutheran Church, but there was some problem with that…Mom wasn’t a Lutheran at the time. It all worked out OK though, and then they had a nice wedding reception in the church basement.

I like those old-fashioned arrangements where the wedding and reception were all at the church. Mother Goose has had three weddings (yes, three…), so she knows all about wedding arrangements and cakes and dresses and church requirements. Mom and Dad had just one wedding and they did it up right.

I’m guessing that the church ladies made a lovely lunch for all the reception guests. I bet there was an old piano in the basement of the church and some people gathered around to sing some songs. I don’t think they had an official wedding dance, and I know for a fact that the bride was not twenty-one, so she was not allowed to drink alcohol. I do wonder if the church allowed alcoholic beverages at the wedding reception… Those were different times, for sure. And I don’t know much about the congregationalist church — are they fairly liberal when it comes to parties?


Anyway, Mother Goose is sure it was a fun time!

And then the newlyweds looked at each other with sparkles in their eyes, and everybody knew it was time for them to go…ON THEIR HONEYMOON! Did they go to Niagara Falls? Or did they fly off to Acapulco? Was it a grand tour of Europe?

They jumped into their Getaway Car. Do any of the readers of Mother Goose Smiles know what kind of car this is? 🙂

What in the world? HONK HONK

And off they drove into the Great Unknown…

Married life.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianna
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 06:13:17

    Love these photos! Motor Man says the car is definitely a Chrysler product – he thinks it’s a Plymouth.


    • Natalie
      Apr 07, 2012 @ 07:55:04

      I’m sure you’re right, Motor Man! I remember Mom talking about their Plymouth — I sure don’t know the model though. After this car, they had a Plymouth Valiant — a wonderful classic! It was white, and she looked very cool in it.


  2. Three Well Beings
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 23:19:39

    What wonderful photos! Boy have weddings changed! My mom and dad were married in 1951 and I think by the photos they could have been in the same church! Ha! The simplicity of those weddings seems to belong only to the past. Today they are full events, aren’t they? And expensive events at that! I’ve enjoyed your celebration of your parents very much, Natalie! Debra


    • Natalie
      Apr 08, 2012 @ 07:18:20

      Debra, thanks for taking that little journey with us… I like to think about those days — it looks like a gentler time, doesn’t it. Funny… there was not one picture of people texting on their phones or any kids playing handheld video games… 🙂


  3. eof737
    May 10, 2012 @ 15:59:51

    I love these old pictures… 🙂


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