Monday, October 4, 2010

Vintage wedding - Lucy and "Ricky"

My all time favorite funny lady is Lucille Ball. I Love Lucy has and always will be one of my top three favorite shows of all time. It doesn't matter how many times I've seen an episode - I'll watch it again.

The movie Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter slightly traumatized my young life. As a kid I honestly thought that they were a happily married couple, so it was sad for me to find out that they had their pens poised above the divorce decree for the entire run of the show.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married on November 30, 1940 and then filed for divorce in 1944, but did not dissolve their marriage. They stayed married for the full run of both I Love Lucy and The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour before finally divorcing in 1960.

Lucille Ball's Wedding Portrait

Photo from Getty Images

The dress has a low sweetheart neckline, but is still very modest thanks to the lace overlay and sleeves. I love the flame-red hair, lips and nails. Unfortunately I couldn't find any pictures of Desi from their first wedding, but I'm sure he looked handsome.

Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz at their second wedding

Photo from Corbis

The couple had a second wedding in 1949 and both were in white. The bride's style looks more youthful here than it did in the formal gown above. She has a full skirt, floral headpiece, sheer lace gloves, and a knotted wrap around her shoulders. The groom looks great in a white suit with a dark tie and pocketsquare.

I'm still sad that their romance ended, but I'll always love them together.


Info and dates from and the always-reliable wikipedia.

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