Love is in the Air

The month of June, named after the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno, is all about weddings and this June we're celebrating the marriage of our NEFA colleague, Dave Parsons, and his partner Rachel, who tied the knot on June 3rd. We wish them every joy and happiness, and to send them on their way, we're taking a look at some of the wonderful weddings captured on film in our collection.

Let's begin with an early film, featuring three stylish weddings in the ‘flapper’ age: Wedding Bells at Houghton le Spring (1926-1927).  The brides featured in these films are sisters, whose father, local entrepreneur Jack Lishman, co-owned the town's Coliseum cinema, where the films were most likely screened.  As is often the case with weddings, a crowd of well-wishers have turned out, although the presence of a film camera - a real novelty in those days - probably also proved rather alluring!

Moving onto the 1930s, we have The Wedding of Miss M. Barnes and Mr G.L.R. Collins at St. George Church, Jesmond (1938), a colour film beautifully shot in Kodachrome, and featuring some fabulous examples of pre-WWII haute couture.  The reception, at the Gordon Hotel, Jesmond, is a glamorous affair, with an elaborate wedding cake, bottle upon bottle of Champagne, and a confetti-strewn departure in a silver Rolls Royce.

Finally, to the '50s, with the wedding (on a Wednesday, unusually) of Elizabeth Anne Webster and Norman Kincaid, held at St Gabriel's Church, Heaton, Newcastle in 1954.  Another Rolls - black this time - ensures that the bride and her father arrive in style, although a rather strong breeze means that a little last-minute adjustment to the bride's floor-length veil is required before walking down the aisle!  After the service, the happy couple emerge into the sunlight, followed by bridesmaids, best man and ushers, and the rest of their guests, ready to pose for the photographer before heading off on their first journey as husband and wife. 

Many congratulations, Dave and Rachel, from all of us at the Archive!