Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

I’m delighted to share another lovely styled shoot that I had the pleasure of collaborating on with Maegan Hay Imaging. Here’s what Maegan has to say about the inspiration behind the shoot:

In planning for this shoot, one thing became glaringly clear me – the 1940’s that we use as inspiration have been highly romanticized. In reality it was a time of loss, sadness, hardship, ration, and war.

See more after the cut!


Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

They didn’t feed full meals at weddings (if they even had a celebratory wedding) because they couldn’t afford it; many women didn’t have wedding dresses because they were more poor than we can ever imagine, and men wore their military uniform because it was the nicest garment they owned; Children were sold, men went to war and didn’t come home, people went hungry and homeless.

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

It was, however, a time of blushing romance, chivalry, emotions poured onto pages upon pages of letters sent overseas to a wishful recipient…One thing always prevailed, and that was love. I wanted to create a mix of authentic 40’s, and “Hollywood 40s” for this shoot.

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

We didn’t serve a full meal; we used actual wedding napkins from a 1942 wedding; our groom wore his dress greens and there were authentic 40s letters between lovers during WWII. Our car was a 1941 Studebaker Champion. I hope you see the magic that I see in these images, and that is that if all you have on your wedding day is each other, then you’re blessed.

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Styled Shoot: 1940's Shoot by Maegan Hay Imaging

Thank you Maegan! For more information about Maegan Hay Imaging, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide Profile or head straight to her website.

What do you think of this styled shoot? Let us know in the comments below!

Photographer:  Maegan Hay Imaging
Dress Store: Alicia’s Bridal & The Formal House Tuxedos
Jewelry:Borthwick Jewelry
Floral Designer: Elegance On The Avenue Custom Satin Bridal Bouquets
Cake Designer: Hey Cupcake!
Makeup Artist:Jade Shallcrass
Reception Venue: Lairmont Manor
Hair Stylist:Lux Salon
Professional:Models Northwest
Invitation Designer: Odd Duck Press


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