Wedding Photograph, Howth Head, 3rd September, 1930
January 15, 2010 by jacolette
This young bride is photographed on Howth Head, County Dublin. I think it is a really glamorous image – very much of its time. I love the headdress and oversized bouquet. These coupled with the setting and textured paper upon which it is printed make for a very atmospheric portrait. She looks like she could float away!
The marriage featured in the society pages of The Irish Times in September 1930. The bride, Monica, was a judge’s daughter and according to the 1911 census she had 5 sisters. The household, in Fitzwilliam Place, had 6 servants including a butler and a French governess. She married another bastion of upper class Ireland – a young army officer from Cork who was the son of manufacturer.
The Victoria and Albert museum have gathered an archive of wedding photographs
in preparation of an exhibition on that theme. It is arranged by decades and I think you will agree that this Irish bride was definitely in tune with the style of day.