Photographs of the wedding of Antonio Luccarini and Irene Wright at Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow in Essex 1959

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Essex : Irene Wright being attended by her mother Margaret in the family bedroom [1959]
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This page features the wedding of Antonio Vincensso Luccarini and Irene A. Wright which took place on June 20th, 1959, at Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow. In this photograph the bride is being helped by her mother, Margaret, who is applying the final touches to make-up and tiara. The photograph was probably taken in the bedroom of the bride's mother with the dressing table in the front bay window.

Essex : Irene Wright at her mother's dressing table before her wedding [1959]
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The bride, Irene A. Wright was born in 1941, the daughter of Frederick Henry Wright and Margaret Queenie Mills, a couple who married at Hackney Wick in March 1929. At that time Frederick Wright was working as a wood machinist, whilst Margaret Mills was a chocolate dipper in a confectionery factory. Both were residents of Prince Edward Road.

Essex : The Wedding Dress of Irene Wright [1959]
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The bridge is ready for her journey to the church ... just time for a quick photograph showing off her beautiful wedding dress whilst sitting in the family settee. Irene Wright was the younger daughter of Frederick and Margaret Wright. Her elder sister, Joan, was born in 1930.

Essex : Antonio Luccarini arrives with his Best Man at Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow [1959]
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Antonio Vincensso Luccarini arrives with his Best Man at Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow. I wonder if they had just nipped into the White Swan for a quickie. The pub can be seen through the trees on the corner of Wood Street.

Essex : Arrival of Bridesmaids to Irene Wright at Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow [1959]
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Whereas not many people took much notice of Antonio Luccarini and his Best Man, a small crowd of people has gathered to catch a glimpse of the star of the show. Just before the arrival of the bride, they admire the dresses worn by the bridesmaids, two women and two young children.

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Essex : Irene Wright arrives at Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow [1959]
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The arrival of the bride, Irene Wright, outside Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow. She is accompanied by her proud father, Frederick. The drivers of the two limousines can be seen having a chin-wag. The photograph affords a glimpse of Havant Road in the summer of 1959. A grocery shop can be seen on the corner of Turner Road, a property since converted into a private house.

Essex : Irene Wright with her father Frederick outside Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow [1959]
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Just before entering Saint Gabriel's Church on June 20th, 1959, Irene Wright pauses for a photograph with her father, Frederick.

Essex : Irene Wright poses for the photographer outside Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow [1959]
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Irene Wright poses for the photographer outside Saint Gabriel's Church,

Essex : Antonio and Irene Luccarini with the vicar of Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow [1959]
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The newlyweds, Antonio and Irene Luccarini, had a photograph taken with the vicar of Saint Gabriel's Church. The origins of the church date back to the early 1880s when it was a mission of Saint Mary's Church. The parish was not formed until 1919.

Essex : Newlyweds Antonio and Irene Luccarini after their wedding service at Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow [1959]
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The newlyweds, Antonio and Irene Luccarini, pose for a photograph outside the entrance of Saint Gabriel's Church. Antonio, who I believe was simply known as Tony, was born just before the Second World War. He was baptised at West Ham in January 1939. He was the son of Vittorio Francessco Abramo Luccarini and Alice Beatrice Dempster. I think his father was known to everyone as Frank. He was a café proprietor.

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Essex : Bridesmaids outside Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow [1959]
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A photograph taken just after the wedding ceremony showing the bridesmaids outside Saint Gabriel's Church. The vicar can be seen peeping around the door.

Essex : Young Bridesmaids on the steps of Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow [1959]
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The photographer is aiming for the cute factor by taking a shot of the young bridesmaids stood on the steps of Saint Gabriel's Church.

Essex : Close members of the Luccarini and Wright families outside Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow [1959]
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The traditional close family photograph before the entire family gather for a commemorative record of the day.

Essex : Antonio and Irene Luccarini departing the church in their limousine [1959]
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Antonio and Irene Luccarini departing the church in their limousine. There is a slightly clearer view of the White Swan on the corner of Wood Street. I notice that the rear part of the pub has since been demolished, the site being used for a modern house. Thankfully, the tree seen here has survived into the 21st century.

Essex : Confetti Shower for Antonio and Irene Luccarini [1959]
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A confetti shower just before Antonio and Irene Luccarini clamber into their wedding limousine. I wonder if that is the bride's older sister in the foreground?

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Essex : Antonio and Irene Luccarini in their wedding car [1959]
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Essex : Antonio and Irene Luccarini cutting their wedding cake [1959]
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Essex : Antonio Luccarini carrying his wife Irene over the threshold [1959]
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Antonio Luccarini carrying his wife Irene over the threshold. I am not sure of the location here, but by 1965 the couple were recorded at 72 Waverley Road, an address they occupied until the early 21st century. This was a commercial property on the corner of Waverley Avenue at Upper Walthamstow. The property would later be used by Focal Point Pharmacy. Antonio Luccarini died on January 28th, 2019.


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