Wedding Getaway Cars

It is June so you know what that means…June Weddings!

Steve Backer and Mary Alice Hord getting into the Backer Brothers Flowers Car after their wedding. Steve Backer owned Backer Brothers Flowers, 1947. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr. © Archives of the City of Kingsport

June has long been the leading month for weddings. There are many theories on why this is but one to note is that June is the month that was dedicated by the Romans to the queen of the gods Juno. The goddess Juno was the protector of women in all aspects of life, but especially in marriage and childbearing, so a wedding in Juno’s month seems favorable.

Wampler Wedding Candid, 1953. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr. © Archives of the City of Kingsport

The Archives has some wonderful images of brides, weddings, receptions, showers and some of my favorites, the wedding getaway cars!

Candid wedding photograph taken for the Marvin Whitley and Barbara Chandler wedding, 1954. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr. © Archives of the City of Kingsport
Miss Pat Greer Wedding, 1955. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr. © Archives of the City of Kingsport

Below is my personal favorite image of the wedding getaway car! I was intrigued when I noticed that the car said “Bob and Bobby” and so I did a little digging and found the wedding announcement in the Kingsport Times-News.  Turns out that this car was decorated for the wedding of Bobby Gene Scott and Bobby Jean Taylor! I also love the drawing of the shotgun on the side of the car!

Car decorated for the wedding of Bobby Gene Scott and Bobby Jean Taylor, 1954. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr. © Archives of the City of Kingsport
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One thought on “Wedding Getaway Cars

  1. Pretty Cute! When I got married, we let it be known that we were going to use my Dad’s car. He was the minister of our church so they left his car alone!!!

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