Oh, it’s so exciting! The official opening of our Maid’s Quarters is this Sunday! The installation is complete, the lemonade has been made, chutneys have been bottled and Christmas cakes have been baked. Everything is ready for Sunday!
Wandering around the finished exhibition, I love looking at the tiny details. I don’t want to give anything away, after all you can come and visit it yourself, but I couldn’t help myself with this one photo which we’ve pinned to the corkboard in the maid’s bedroom.
I don’t know anything about this photo, we sourced it from an op shop. But it does tell you some information just by looking at it… For a start, I’m guessing the bride and groom are Arthur and Madeline, as that who has signed the photo. The date is 6 April, 1931. When I think of the ‘roaring 20s’ fashion, I always imagine flapper dresses and cloches. But here, only a year into the next decade and the ladies are all wearing very long, full skirts. The bridesmaid’s look pretty happy, but the bride doesn’t seem to have the same emotion. But in the days of taking only one photo (rather than the ability to take hundreds now with digital cameras) I wonder if the photographer just caught the bride in an off moment or whether she wasn’t as happy on the day as ladies usually are.
The bridesmaids all have tulips in their bouquets, but I can’t recognise the type of flower the bride is carrying. Can you imagine the gorgeous colours they would be? It’s interesting to see that all the bridesmaids are wearing slightly different dresses, unlike the fashion now of getting everyone in the same dress. At one stage, the tradition was that the bridesmaids would wear very similar dresses to the bride, so that any evil spirits that wanted to attach to the bride on her special day would get confused as to which one the bride was and leave them all alone.
But my favourite detail in this photo is not minister in the bridal party, nor is it the different fashion in the gents shirts. My favourite detail is actually that if you look carefully, both the groom and the groomsman on his right are both wearing spats.
Now THAT’S how to dress for a wedding!
If you do wish to come along, the opening is this Sunday the 6 November from 1-3pm here at Heritage Hill. More details are on the navigation bar to your right.