Friday 9 December 2016

Romantic Ireland: Irish weddings from across the decades

We delve into the Independent Archives to bring you weddings from across the decades - a fashionable snapshot of 20th-century Ireland

Sophie Donaldson

Published 20/03/2016 | 02:30

Wedding of Mr. Ken Hingston and Miss Emerald McManus in Booterstown 1964.
Wedding of Mr. Ken Hingston and Miss Emerald McManus in Booterstown 1964.
Church wedding in Ireland in the 1930's, people Unknown. (Part of the NPA and Independent Newspapers Collection)
Groom Mr. Conor O'Dwyer and bride Miss Angela McGrann on the occasion of their wedding on June 5 1964 (Part of the NPA and Independent Newspapers Collection)
Wedding of formerTaoiseach John Bruton and hiw wife Finola in St. Savours church, Dominick St., Dublin. (Part of the Independnet NewspapersNLI/Collection)
Julie Gough marries Harley K. Dillon on July 25, 1964.
Pat Kenny and his wife Cathy (née Walsh) in Paris for their wedding in June 1992.
The double wedding of (from left) Miss Vera Lennon, her sister Miss Miriam Lennon, Coolgreeny, Gorey, Co. Wexford. September 10 1964.
Willie Dillon, a reporter with the Irish Independent marries Angela McCormick in Bettystown, Co Meath.

Despite the tumultuous changes Ireland has undergone in the past 100 years, there are traditions that remain firmly entrenched in the collective mindset.

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The Wedding Collection from the Independent Archives reveals our enduring love affair with the white wedding and shows just how much things have, or haven't, changed since the early 1900s. 

The Wedding Collection features well-known Irish figures - such as broadcaster Pat Kenny and his bride Cathy, and former Taoiseach John Bruton and his wife Finola - as well as the weddings of readers who were featured in the Irish Independent's social pages in the 1960s and 1970s.

This enchanting collection of images details changing trends in society, as well as changing trends in style. The floor-grazing veils of the early 1930s were traded in for fitted and flared 1950s dresses, then puffballs and ruffles in the 1980s, and finally thigh-skimming 1990s numbers - all in all, a rather fashionable snapshot of 20th-century Ireland.

Groom Mr. Conor O'Dwyer and bride Miss Angela McGrann on the occasion of their wedding on June 5 1964 (Part of the NPA and Independent Newspapers Collection)
Groom Mr. Conor O'Dwyer and bride Miss Angela McGrann on the occasion of their wedding on June 5 1964 (Part of the NPA and Independent Newspapers Collection)

No matter what the dress or the decade, the one thing that all of these photographs have in common is the evident love and happiness, now captured and preserved for all time.

Here, we bring you a selection of images from the Independent Archives Wedding Collection.

Over to you

Do you know anyone in these photographs? If you were part of any of these historic big days we'd love to hear from you. Share your story via Facebook.com/IndoArchives. If you would like your 2016 wedding featured in Weekend magazine, email weddings@independent.ie

Willie Dillon, a reporter with the Irish Independent marries Angela McCormick in Bettystown, Co Meath.
Willie Dillon, a reporter with the Irish Independent marries Angela McCormick in Bettystown, Co Meath.
Church wedding in Ireland in the 1930's, people Unknown. (Part of the NPA and Independent Newspapers Collection)
Church wedding in Ireland in the 1930's, people Unknown. (Part of the NPA and Independent Newspapers Collection)

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