Monday, 21 January 2013

Handmade wedding - photograph bunting part two.

As I mentioned in my previous post we had two sets of photograph bunting at our wedding. One was above the cake and consisted of family wedding photos and photos from my friend's mum's album - the one that started it off. The other bunting was above our card and message table and was made from all the photographs that I collected from charity shops and antique centres in the months before our wedding.

In this post I am going to do a show and tell of all the photographs that I didn't have room for previously. There are plenty of gorgeous dresses, dapper gents, uniforms, huge bouquets, tiaras and some lovely brides in glasses who hold a special place in my heart as I was one and you don't see us all that often. For a really interesting look at vintage spectacles and another bride in glasses go to this post at Chronically Vintage.

The following two photos are of family members on my mum's side but we sadly do not know who they were. I am pleased to get to include them here.

I think this is 1930s .
Both dresses are high necked and demure. The bride has a waterfall type hemline
which is great as you can just see her beautiful shoes.
Look at her wonderful halo type headpiece.
I am surprised that they do not collapse under the weight of those giant bouquets.
The groom and best man are holding white gloves   - very smart.

The 1950s judging by the shape of the dresses. The brides appears to have
a full length lace overlay and has long sleeves in contrast to the bridesmaid's
short sleeves. Their dresses look to be patterned fabric rather than lace.
Notice the three girls on the left in their smart princess coats, knee length
white socks and shiny shoes. The little boy on the right is not being outdone
in his blazer and shorts.
This next set of photos are the ones from my friend's mum's album.

I think this is the 1930s. The bride's dress has a Peter Pan collar and a button
through front. Her veil is floor length.
In contrast the bridesmaid's dresses are very ornate with net overlays, ruffles
and swirls. They are wearing intricate headpieces.

This photograph is interesting as the bridesmaids on the left and right are the
same as in the previous picture, wearing the same dresses. I think the bridesmaid
stood next to the bride was the bride in the previous picture.

The groom is wearing a lovely pinstriped suit, look at
those sharp trouser creases.
The bride's neckline looks interesting, she is possibly
wearing a bolero. You can just see some lace detail on
the floor length veil.
She is carrying at least two lucky horseshoes.

From the bride's suit and hat I would say this is a 1940s wedding.
Interestingly she has no bouquet just an ornate corsage.
The men are holding white gloves, the women are wearing leather gloves.
The woman on the left either has very frilly sleeves or a pair of white
gauntlet gloves on.
The bride and groom are beaming, it is lovely.

Also the 1940s. The bride appears to have a floral
headpiece with a veil attached. She is wearing
a lovely suit.
Look how her bouquet covers almost one third of her.
She also has a lucky horseshoe.

I think this is 1940s or late 1930s.
I wonder if this was taken outside their house.
The bride appears to be wearing a long jacket over
her dress.
The groom has white gloves, a stripy tie and a waistcoat.

Now we are in the 1950s.
Look at the fabulous flares skirts of the bridesmaids, I bet there are some layers
of petticoat under there. They are wearing elbow length gloves and have gorgeous
floral top knots.
The bride's veil is much shorter and flared than those of the 1920s and 1930s.
She is wearing a nice pair of specs and is carrying a lucky horseshoe and a pair
of lucky black cats.

What an ornate wedding cake!
You can see the lovely shape of the bride's dress and
the detail of the lace. Her veil is much more of a birdcage style/

Look how happy this couple are. I am assuming
this was taken in the churchyard.
Her dress is a beautiful shape and the full skirt is
balance by the lovely pointy shoes.

No veil here but a wonderful fit and flare dress.
Wrist length gloves, a small poesy and many
lucky horseshoes.

The first ring shot. Doesn't the groom look proud!?
Her dress is made of gorgeous lace with a slip dress
underneath. Again, a short, flared veil.

The next three photos are from 1960s weddings.
All the women have some version of beehive or bouffant hair.
The bride's veil is back to being floor length with a shorter front section to cover
her face. She is carrying a lucky black cat.
The bridesmaid's dresses are well shaped but very plain.

I love this because both the bride and groom are spectacle wearers, the bride
has a fine pair of cats eyes frames going on.
Her dress is more of a column and has a funnel neck. Again the veil is two lengths.

I think that she looks beautiful and elegant in
such a simple shaped dress. The below bust bow
detail perfectly finishes it off.

The following pictures are the random ones that I found on my treasure hunts.

The 1900s?
The groom is in tails and a proper three piece suit. He
is holding white gloves and has a wing collar.
The bride's dress is beautiful, on the shoulders and round
the bottom there is detailing which looks like mini bunting.
Look at her lovely dainty heeled shoes.
She has a floor length veil and is carrying a huge bunch of

As you can see this picture is mounted on
card and is handily dated August 2nd 1913
which is fantastic detail to have.
The groom is in tails and a three piece suit.
He has a wing collar and is carrying gloves
and a topper! How dashing!
Do take a look at his mighty fine moustache.
It is hard to see much detail of the bride's dress
unfortunately. I can see that her veil is not
floor length but her dress is. You can just see
the bows and heels on her dainty shoes.

This is from the 1920s. Look at all the women's lovely headgear, especially
the bride's lace cap veil.
I think the bride may be wearing a long string of pearls and it looks like her
dress is lace at the top and changes to fabric under the bust.
I love the expression on the face of the little girl at the front.

I think this is from the 1930s from the bride's dress
and Art Deco type background.
There is writing on the back of the photo but it is not
in English. I can make out that the bride and groom
are Lenon and Maria and if I had to guess I would say
it is in Polish but that is a gut reaction rather than the
result of any linguistic skills on my part.

This has a stamp on the back from the photographer's
studio and it is from Weert in the South-eastern
Netherlands. I bought it in Lincolnshire, it would be
great to know how it ended up there.
The groom is in a three piece suit with tails, white gloves
 and a topper but no winged collar this time.
The bride's bodice has a lace overlay and a Peter Pan collar.
Her little pouch bag hanging from her wrist is lovely.

The detail is quite hard to see on this photo but I think it is
also from the 1930s. Although much is not clear you can see
the beaming bridesmaid on the right which is great.

I love how glamorous this picture is. Look how the
bride's train and veil have been pulled out to pool
round her feet onto the floor. There is fine embroidery
on the veil, possibly crysanthemums.
Look how the bride is stooping over slightly as she is
 clearly taller than the groom!

This bride and groom are also from Weert and had their
pictures taken at the same studio. Their outfits are very
similar. On the back of this picture it is handwritten
to a Mr and Mrs Thompson.

I think this is from the 1930s.
I find it interesting that there are three young bridesmaids and
a pageboy and they are wearing clothes made from floral
sprigged fabric, the first I have seen. The littlest girl has such
a Little Bo Peep bonnet on!
The bride's dress has a lace overlay and she is carrying a lucky

I am going for early 1940s for this one as the groom looks to be in uniform
but the bride and bridesmaid's dresses still have a 1930s look to them.
They have such wonderful big smiles.

This was quite a find as it is a large picture of a full group shot. It is very
tatty, dog eared and slightly ripped so I have done my best to show the
good bits of it.
My gut feeling is that is is late 1940s,  possibly early 1950s.
The groom and best man are in lovely pinstriped suits.
The guests are displaying a fantastic collection of hats.
It is hard to see much detail of the dresses, not helped by the giant bouquets
which are hiding them.

This is William and Colleen, a 1940s wedding.
The picture is underexposed so the detail is
unclear but I think it conveys a sense of the
happiness of the day which I love.

I think this is from the 1940s. I wonder if
this is taken outside their house?
The groom is in a three piece suit.

The 1950s.
The first glimpse in these photos of a wedding car.
She looks such a perfect 1950s bride, her dress is a gorgeous shape.
That is the end of my collection as it currently stands. I imagine that now I have started I will probably be looking out for vintage wedding photographs for some time to come. I love a collection and don't feel that you can ever have too many. At least this one doesn't take up lots of space!

If you are interested in vintage wedding style and details then you may find Vintage Weddings by Marnie Fogg a good book to refer to. I bought it before my wedding as a source of inspiration and loved it even though I have not read it all yet. If you are planning a vintage wedding it gives advice on dress styles to suit you, menus, entertainment, drinks etc.


  1. Great post, thanks Katie. I do love a wedding pic. It always seems so sad to me that photos like that end up in charity shops & no one knows or remembers who the people are - so good for you looking after them!

    1. Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed it. I agree, it is sad that photos of people's happy moments end up unknown and unloved. That is why I included the couple's names when I found them. I guess we should always write some information on the back of our photos!