The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club

It's been awhile since I dove into the Life photo archives. Usually when I enter this worm hole of vintage photos, I end up finding at least one series that I've never seen before. That's how deep their archive goes. Lucky for me (and you too!), today was no different. I came across a series of photographs by Life reporter Francis Miller of an all-girl hot rod gang in the 1950s. There's not too much I could find written about these gals, but I was able to find out these ladies called themselves The Dragettes and were based in Kansas City. 

The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club

In the mid 1950's, Kansas City had a problem with drag racing on city streets resulting in constant 100 mph motorcycle chases. Sounds like the start of some old rebel movie to me. A meeting was had between Kansas City's chief of detectives and young motorists tin hopes of a resolution that would work for both parties. The result, a strip of land set aside for the sole purpose of drag racing. 

The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club

Sassy club jackets, check! Form fitting capri pants, check! Classic 1950's flats, check! With all the bases checked, Rizzo and the Pink Ladies haven't got a dime on The Dragettes! 

The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club

Wouldn't it be great to see where these women are now! What I was able to find able this girl gang was quite minimal so if you have any info on this girl gang please let me know in the comments below. 

Hey Y'all...We Eloped!

I was over the moon to get our wedding photos back last week and am so excited to share a few of my favorites with you! We opted for an elopement-style ceremony at McKinney Falls, a state park just outside of Austin, Texas. I wore a 1970's vintage gown from Thea's Vintage along with my great-grandmother's wedding bracelet from the turn-of-the-century, my granny's cameo necklace from her 16th birthday and a pair of pearl earrings my Gigi gave me for my sweet sixteen. The evening unfolded exactly as we had hoped and was even more perfect than we had imaged. 

It was hard to narrow the photos down, but I managed to do so a little! Before you take a look, I'll leave you with a limerick my best friend wrote for the occasion... 

There was a girl named Leslie Torbett, in vintage fashion did she orbit. 
She was very glamorous, and all the boys were amorous
But she found them rather sordid.
Until along came a lad named Robbie, and skating was his hobby.
He took her on a date, it had to be fate
Because their love was hot like wasabi.
Their devotion to each other was true, July 27th they declared I do.
The adventure begins of a princess and her prince
And without further ado, here's to you.

---Poet & Best Friend Extraordinaire, Nancy M. Kerschen

Walking up to the ceremony, a natural aisle of moon-like terrain in platform wedges is a difficult task indeed. Not for the faint of heart, especially in nearly 100 degree Texas heat! 

Walking up to the ceremony, a natural aisle of moon-like terrain in platform wedges is a difficult task indeed. Not for the faint of heart, especially in nearly 100 degree Texas heat! 

Robbie's first look as I rounded the path. I'm so lucky to have married such a kind and compassionate human. Every day I ask myself, "How did I get so lucky!?" I'm still not sure.

Robbie's first look as I rounded the path. I'm so lucky to have married such a kind and compassionate human. Every day I ask myself, "How did I get so lucky!?" I'm still not sure.

I believe this was the moment I was telling Robbie and John that I totally forgot to go the bathroom before I left and had to pull my dress up and go in the parking lot next to the car. 

I believe this was the moment I was telling Robbie and John that I totally forgot to go the bathroom before I left and had to pull my dress up and go in the parking lot next to the car. 

I wasn't nervous but naturally I was feeling overly emotional. The entire experience was so surreal and wonderful, I had to (wanted to) hold Robbie's hand for support the entire time. 

I wasn't nervous but naturally I was feeling overly emotional. The entire experience was so surreal and wonderful, I had to (wanted to) hold Robbie's hand for support the entire time. 

My bouquet from Pollen Floral Art was even more beautiful than I imaged it would to be. Brooke took the loose ideas I texted her and ran with them.

My bouquet from Pollen Floral Art was even more beautiful than I imaged it would to be. Brooke took the loose ideas I texted her and ran with them.

Robbie and John both wore succulent boutonnieres made by our friend Brooke of Pollen Art. They were magnetic, erasing all woes of pinning!

Robbie and John both wore succulent boutonnieres made by our friend Brooke of Pollen Art. They were magnetic, erasing all woes of pinning!

I wasn't expecting to cry but ended up balling as soon as we started. Luckily, our friend, the honorable Reverend Choi, started things out with a medley of songs that had me laughing and crying simultaneously. 

I wasn't expecting to cry but ended up balling as soon as we started. Luckily, our friend, the honorable Reverend Choi, started things out with a medley of songs that had me laughing and crying simultaneously. 

Husband looking adorable. No other caption needed.

Husband looking adorable. No other caption needed.

That was soooooo fast...I dunno, we did it!? 

That was soooooo fast...I dunno, we did it!? 

Our first kiss as a married couple. John side stepping away from the cuteness. He just #canteven.

Our first kiss as a married couple. John side stepping away from the cuteness. He just #canteven.

I think this moment went something like, "So are we married now?"

I think this moment went something like, "So are we married now?"

"But seriously, are we???" Everything was super casual, each of us wrote a little something that we read. 

"But seriously, are we???" Everything was super casual, each of us wrote a little something that we read. 

I'm looking forward to grossing people out until the end of time with our dopey grins and PDA's. 

I'm looking forward to grossing people out until the end of time with our dopey grins and PDA's. 

First hug is the new first kiss.

First hug is the new first kiss.

This photo. I wish we had the outtake where Britton, our photographer, was demonstrating the pose, pretending to be me.

This photo. I wish we had the outtake where Britton, our photographer, was demonstrating the pose, pretending to be me.

The wedding party. We wanted a simple, laid back ceremony. Pretty successful, I would say!

The wedding party. We wanted a simple, laid back ceremony. Pretty successful, I would say!

Mr. and Mrs. It's official now!!! I knew my dress was "the one" as soon as I saw it and I definitely exhibited major crazy customer vibes. Thank you to Thea's Vintage for putting up with all my messages and for finding the dress of my dreams.

Mr. and Mrs. It's official now!!! I knew my dress was "the one" as soon as I saw it and I definitely exhibited major crazy customer vibes. Thank you to Thea's Vintage for putting up with all my messages and for finding the dress of my dreams.

Robbie asked me to marry him under the Tree of Life in New Orleans with the most beautiful toi et moi style engagement ring from the 1880s. No diamond, just intricate gold etching and two small turquoise stones. If ever there was a ring I was meant to have, it's this one. 

Robbie asked me to marry him under the Tree of Life in New Orleans with the most beautiful toi et moi style engagement ring from the 1880s. No diamond, just intricate gold etching and two small turquoise stones. If ever there was a ring I was meant to have, it's this one. 

I wanted my hair in some kind of braided updo but my hair wasn't long enough for what I wanted. Ava did such a wonderful job creating a whimsical, romantic updo, even though my hair wasn't super long. 

I wanted my hair in some kind of braided updo but my hair wasn't long enough for what I wanted. Ava did such a wonderful job creating a whimsical, romantic updo, even though my hair wasn't super long. 

From what Robbie is wearing, you wouldn't have guessed it was nearly 100 degrees out that evening!

From what Robbie is wearing, you wouldn't have guessed it was nearly 100 degrees out that evening!

Perfect golden light. This is pretty much how I look at Robbie all the time, I think. He's always doing something make me smile or laugh.

Perfect golden light. This is pretty much how I look at Robbie all the time, I think. He's always doing something make me smile or laugh.

Husband (That's him!)

Husband (That's him!)

Wife (That's me!)

Wife (That's me!)

John C. Choi. Man of much mystery. Man of many skills. Shown here showcasing his ability not only to act as our officiant but also taking on the duty of best man and maid of honor.

John C. Choi. Man of much mystery. Man of many skills. Shown here showcasing his ability not only to act as our officiant but also taking on the duty of best man and maid of honor.

In your arms is where I always want to be! Okay, sorry, these captions are starting to get sappy. 

In your arms is where I always want to be! Okay, sorry, these captions are starting to get sappy. 

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One of those moments only the photographer is able to capture! 

One of those moments only the photographer is able to capture! 

That's a wrap! We headed out to Justine's for dinner and called it a wedding. 

That's a wrap! We headed out to Justine's for dinner and called it a wedding. 

Photographer: Britton Orrange
Florist: Pollen Floral Art
Hair/MUA: Ava Riggins