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A collection of images taken on wedding days with the looks of joy, happiness, or even trepidation. The photographs show the different fashions down the years for which I am kindly assisted by C.J. as special fashion correspondent.

Most of the photographs I have are single snapshots of the event. However, in some cases I have more than one image or even what may be a full set of wedding photographs so I have listed these on separate pages where I have displayed them together. These can be accessed via the menu below.

Click or tap here to view photographs of the wedding of Frederick Beaken and Betty Lane at Clapham Park Congregational Chapel in London

Click or tap here to view photographs of the wedding of Herbert Brunker and Sylvia Wiggett at Clapham Park Congregational Chapel in London

Click or tap here to view photographs of the wedding of Antonio Luccarini and Irene Wright at Saint Gabriel's Church at Walthamstow in Essex


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Gillingham : Groom, Bride and Bridesmaid at Saint Augustine's Church [c.1972]
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A photograph of the groom, bride and bridesmaid taken in front of the entrance to Saint Augustine's Church at Gillingham. C. J., my fashion correspondent, says : "Here we have a bride and groom at possibly a winter's day wedding as both bride and bridesmaid are wearing fur-lined hoods and long dresses with Leg o' Mutton-style sleeves in a Taffeta fabric. The groom is sporting impressive sideboards and a suit with straight-cut trousers, which could indicate early 1970s." Is it me or is he a bit of a ringer for Rodney Bewes?


Medway Towns Bride [c.1949]
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This woman may be the mother of the 1970s bride seen above outside Saint Augustine's Church at Gillingham. The photograph was in a small collection of images I bought that included both images. I bought the collection because one of them featured a pub! Anyway, I may be wrong but there does seem to be some similarities in appearance. My fashion expert, C. J. says : "This lovely bride has chosen a soft fabric wedding dress with a beautiful long train. She is holding a bouquet of what looks like carnations, possible dark red, with an abundance of feathery fern. Note the traditional lucky horse shoe. The whole outfit is finished off with a snood-style head dress and a veil of fine Tulle which compliments the whole 'Soft, Floaty' look."


Gillingham : Bride outside Saint Augustine's Church [c.1972]
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This returns to the 1970s wedding held at Saint Augustine's Church at Gillingham. The bride looks really happy and it makes a lovely photograph


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Stepney : Donald Smithen and Mario Fortunato outside a Restaurant [1957]
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In this photograph the bride is being carried over the threshold of a restaurant in London. She was Mario Fortunato and she had just married Donald Ward Smithen in July 1957 at Stepney. Born in Hackney in October 1929, Donald Smithen was living in Kendal House at Shore Place in Bethnal Green around the time of the marriage. He lived until he was 85, dying in April 2014. Seemingly comfortable lifting his new wife, the guy has a smile like Robert de Niro. I am not sure if they are having a post-wedding meal in this restaurant or whether it is a family business. C. J. says : "the bride looks lovely in her ballerina-length, full-skirted dress of brocade material with pearl button detail, sheer patterned sleeves and short veil."


London : Bride on morning of Wedding [c.1959]
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This bride is all ready for the big occasion and seems to be sitting in the function room or club room of a public-house. It is in the East End of London but the exact location is not known. She looks quite calm but she was possibly a bag of nerves. C. J. says : "This lovely bride looks completely relaxed as she poses for this photograph which may have been taken at the wedding venue. The bodice, with its very pretty neckline, and sleeves are made of a very fine lace which continues over the whole of her wedding dress. A bouquet of orchids with sprays of Gypsophila complete a very lovely photograph."


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London : Delroy Douglas and Gloria Mongal after their wedding in Hackney [1959]
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Here is Delroy Douglas and Gloria Mongal just after their wedding ceremony in the East End of London in 1959. Delroy Douglas was, at the time, a resident of 31 Glennarm Road in the Hackney and Lower Clapton area of E5.

London : Confetti After Wedding [c.1958]
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No carrying over the threshold for Delroy Douglas, his bride, Gloria Mongal, leading him up the step and into the house. C. J. says : "The dress features patterned lace over a ballerina-length dress with a beautiful deep layer of frills on the back of the skirt which looks utterly stunning. A short veil, wrist-length fine gloves, along with sleeves decorated with pearl buttons to match the necklace, plus a simple spray of flowers. How unusual but rather nice to see the groom wearing a pair of white cotton gloves."


London : Confetti After Wedding [c.1958]
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Two photographs [above and below] from a wedding in London taken around 1958. I believe that the parents of one of this couple were Albert and Patricia Brown who resided at 65 Hazlemere Gardens at Hornchurch in Essex. The bride could not look happier. C. J. says : "The bride chose a wedding dress Of broderie anglaise which is beautifully simple and, I would imagine, extremely soft and comfortable to wear. She has a bouquet of roses, gypsophila, the traditional rolling-pin and lucky horse shoe, completing this happy photograph."

London : Couple in Limousine after Wedding [c.1958]
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