We have a wedding picture of our parents taken in 1938. It was very much washed out, but after some touch-up, it gives us a glimpse of its original glory. My mother tried very hard to keep her pictures safe. She valued them more than the old silver coins, which she knew would save lives during the war emergency.
In this picture, you can see that taking a wedding picture was an event in itself. You would have to go to a studio, bringing your formal clothes, and spend a considerable amount of time there, with hair-dressers and with your best friends’ help. It was a more intimate commitment. You may be surprised to learn that this private “ceremony” could be more important than the public wedding ceremony followed by dinner.
By 1965, the photographer would come to the wedding and be part of the process to record the ceremony:
Nowadays, everyone who participates in the wedding can take his or her own pictures of the ceremony. The record is multidimensional; it is more than a technological change. The whole purpose of having a record of the event has been expanded. Our children’s wedding pictures are more relaxed and natural: