Love is in the air

Everyone loves a good wedding, so this Valentine’s Day, I have searched the photographic archive for wedding snaps from Hampshire’s past.

There were so many images, giving a fascinating glimpse into the fashions and formalities of the times from all parts of the county. I love looking at the details in the images, the man playing the fiddle, the dog, the flowers and all those hats!

However, my favourite is the candid photograph the couple and their guests outside St Cross Hospital Chapel, Winchester, who are captured as they pass by rather than in a posed scene.

Wedding group at a local farm, Funtley, Fareham.
Bride, groom and wedding guests outside St Cross Hospital Chapel, 1897.
Bride, groom and wedding guests outside the main door of The Priory Church, Christchurch, Dorset.
Bride and groom in a rural setting, c.1946-1955.
Family wedding group, c.1900.
Mr and Mrs Stacey on their wedding day, Hampshire.
The Beauclerc wedding, Old Alresford, c.1870.
The first wedding at the Salvation Army Chapel, Eastleigh.
The wedding group of Miss May, niece of Col. May.
Wedding group in Bali, 1924.
Wedding party group, Bishopstoke, Hampshire.

Visit Hampshire in Old Photographs to explore more of the history of Hampshire through the photographic collections managed by Hampshire Cultural Trust.

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Emma Banks

Collections Programme Manager
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