Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Photographs’

This wedding photograph marks the marriage of Alice Maud Ellen Sutton and Daniel Christie Beggs which took place on the 4th of January 1900. The guests come in many ages, shapes and sizes as do their magnificent hats. The bride looks rather ghostly behind the sheer gauze veil as dapper Mr. Beggs peers through a fine pair of pince-nez spectacles. 

Alice was originally from York and was a well educated young lady. She was the Modern Language Mistress at Darlington College before teaching at Victoria College, Belfast when she met the solicitor Daniel Christie Beggs. In the 1901 census Alice describes herself not as the usual ‘housewife’ but as a Bachelor of Arts. However, by 1911 she leaves the ‘Profession or Occupation’ section of the form blank. At this stage, she had three children: Mary, Stanley and Marjorie, born in 1906, 1907 and 1908. 

The couple lived in this beautiful house called Ollar Lodge on Main Street, Ballyclare, County Antrim. Alice and Daniel’s married life was not a long one as he died in March 1912 at the age of 50. I don’t know what became of Alice and the children. Perhaps they went to England or maybe she returned to teaching? Another view of the house, which is still standing today, can be seen at the following local history site.

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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. 

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