Love and Marriage
Love and marriage do indeed go together like a horse and carriage as you can see in this selection of great films from the LSA partner collections. London likes nothing better than a good wedding and getting its glad rags on!
Tell us what you think in the comments! We’re urgently seeking more films about London life (love is an optional extra!), particularly from the outer boroughs. We welcome films from all local communities and groups - and would love to improve the diversity of the collections.
A section from a creative municipal film from 1951, which sees Cupid in the form of the borough Treasurer’s Department. No, seriously, it’s Love, actually.
Our young couple can be seen in glorious 1950s colour, planning their future life together in a forest on a summer’s day. As they try to navigate finding somewhere to live, the borough treasurer comes to their rescue helping them to find the home of their dreams.
We see their big day at the town hall - check out the clothes and hats and the wedding photographer’s fabulous camera.
Do look out for the happy couple leaving in the car with a Just Married and L plate sign. A young boy runs after the car with his faithful dog by his side and is soon joined by a young girl in hot pursuit - perhaps Cupid’s arrow has struck again!
The Wards of Woolwich
All the classic ingredients for a wedding are here from this 1955 film. From a beautiful bride and bridesmaids to impeccably tailored and suited men.
A young baby in a bonnet steals the show as she dashes around in her new outfit in dashing purple, Scarlett O’Hara eat your heart out!
Family and friends wait their turn as the photographer composes the wedding groups for the album and the sartorial elegance of all is here to see in glorious colour.
Finally the happy couple escape in a shower of confetti and our mystery Scarlett in the purple outfit can’t resist one final twirl for the camera.
Happiness really is a wedding on a beautiful sunny day.
Uxbridge Charter Celebrations (incomplete); Unidentified Family Film
Here comes the bride, all dressed in white – very elegant. Here comes the groom, resplendent in full scoutmaster uniform. And here comes the crowd, including his troupe, eager to celebrate the wedding of these valued members of the local community.
If they can’t get into the churchyard, they peer over the hedge. After the ceremony (unseen), there are photos for the family album. Come on, you’ve got to be in the shot, of course you do! What’s this? Everyone’s running inside. Has it started to rain? The photographer is packing up for the day. What a shame, but I think he got what he needed.
A lovely film, possibly made by local photographers Ivan and Athelstone Bawtree - some of Ivan’s WW1 photos held by the Imperial War Museum.
A wonderful wartime wedding. Here, almost everyone is in uniform, including the bride & groom. But it’s still ever so romantic.
The wedding party line the bride’s route – a chance for some fantastic portrait shots. We don’t see the ceremony, but soon the happy couple are out on the porch for photos and off to the pub (perhaps) for the reception.
There is some serious snogging – not just by the newly-weds. And then - run, men, run! The women are getting out of control! Settle down, and fix your hairpins! We need a nice group shot, not an undignified bundle.
And now a final kiss. Awwww! The film is beautifully shot & edited, unsurprisingly as Charles was in the Royal Army Ordnance Corp’s professional training unit, which had filmmaking experience.
Wedding of Frances Burgess and Charles Holmes at St Andrew's Church, Kingsbury, 8 July 1944
A lovely look at a personal day - this home movie shows Richard and Lyn Brooke’s wedding at the Beehive Lane Synagogue, Ilford in 1973.
Family and friends gather to celebrate the couple’s big day. The men are all wearing kippah; toasts and speeches are made, dances are danced and everybody is smiling!
The course of true love never did run smooth as our star-crossed office couple find out in this very entertaining and inventive amateur fiction film from 1963.
Both dream of the perfect date with Champagne, roses, music, dance and love. The reality of their date threatens to ruin our couple’s dreams…
Will true love conquer all? Watch and find out!
Great period footage of two suburban London weddings in these family films from the 1950s.
From the Lawford collection of home movies, it’s great to see how people acted and dressed at weddings at this time. A particular stand-out is the shot of four young men with huge quiffs deep in conversation. Pay particular attention to the flowers and the confetti, as their colours seem to glow against the neutrals.
Eileen's Wedding 31st October 1955; Joan's wedding 31st March 1956