Here are some random family wedding photos from Mr D’s maternal side. Sadly, we don’t even know exactly who some of the brides and grooms are, or when the wedding was.
This is probably the oldest. They are a rather sad looking group aren’t they? And we aren’t even sure it is a wedding photo – only the small bouquet carried by the seated woman and the posy in the standing woman’s belt hint at that. The photo does reveal one dirty little family secret though. See those trees in the background. Yep. Eucalyptus. Some of Mr D’s ancestors came from Australia. *wink*
This photo is much more ‘bridal’, but the bride looks just as unhappy! Poor thing! Don’t you just love her huge sleeves though? And the little boy lying awkwardly at the front of the group?
I think that the man in the light suit is the same man as in the first photo (those ears rather give it away!) and the boy sitting in front of him may be the same boy as above, a few years older. Is the bride the same as the standing woman? It’s possible.
Moving into the 20th century, I think this is the wedding of Mr D’s great-great aunt, and that is his great-grandfather (the brides brother) on the far left. I might be wrong though.
I’m madly in love with the brides dress and shoes. The crossover bodice with the tassled bow at the hip. The stunning brocade satin. And those tiny, tiny feet! And aren’t the flower girls bubble sleeves and collar so quaint and cunning?
And what wouldn’t you give for the bridesmaids picture hat? Or just the chair she is sitting on! And it looks like those are orchids in her bouquet. Posh wedding that!
In the next decade we get some more posh bouquets (though the brides calla lilies look rather sparse and awkward compared to the bridesmaids selection!) and some attractively asymmetrical hemlines. Also some really sticky-outy ears.
And finally, later in the 1930s we get some rather slinky wedding dresses, and a groom that looks uncomfortably like Frankenstein. I’m glad Mr D didn’t get those genes!