"A ballroom with hardwood floors and white stucco walls works well with a simple design approach—this decade was about having fun on a budget," says Marilyn. "The Presidio Officers' Club, a Spanish Colonial-style building located in San Francisco's Presidio district, which was the U.S. Army's main Western military base during World War II, is a wonderful example of a site that would work for a wedding with an all-American USO style."
Color scheme: Navy, red, and white
Centerpieces: Simple arrangements of camellias and gardenias
Drinks: Vodka-spiked lemonade served in a vintage punch bowl. "I like to float pineapple and orange slices in the bowl," says Marilyn.
Music: Live swing music
Nice touch: Member of the waitstaff who doubles as a "cigarette girl" during the reception, offering candy to guests
Getaway vehicle: 1947 Buick convertible coupe in which you ride off wearing the vintage 1940's skirt suit you changed into