This is the third of my Classic Weddings posts (find the others here). With the internet so full of modern wedding blogs, I thought it'd be nice to revisit some weddings that happened long before Pinterest came into our lives.
Julie and Derek recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, so of course I wanted to hear all about their wedding. My mum conducted this interview for me, and I hear that she and Julie spent all afternoon giggling over the photos and how 'fancy' it all seemed at the time!
When did you get married?
November 15, 1974 - I was 21. The day after we sent our invitations, we got into a car accident and had to delay the wedding while I recovered from my injuries.
Where was the wedding?
The Ceremony was at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Sefton, Sydney. We both went to primary school there! Derek was two years ahead of me at school.
What was your reception like?
Our reception was held at Elim in Burwood. It was a beautiful old home and seemed so fancy.
We had 100 guests. The bridal party sat at the bridal table. I remember having a prawn cocktail, but nothing else. We spent a lot of the evening having photos taken with all the guests.
During my recovery after the wedding was delayed, I couldn't work. Out of boredom I attended a cake decorating course at TAFE, so I decorated my own wedding cake. I decided the three tiers wouldn’t be stacked high, but sit beside each other - that was very new and modern at the time.
What were you wearing?
I had a long dress with a lace ruffle around the hem, and a high lace collar. Leg o' Mutton sleeves were the height of fashion! I saw a dress I liked in a magazine and had a dressmaker copy it for me - it cost $130. After the car accident I had to wear a corset to support my back, so the waist and bodice had to be altered to accommodate that.
I wore my hair in a bun with a long veil coming out from underneath. I had very sheer white stockings on and my shoes were platform court shoes from Raymond Castles in the Imperial Arcade in town.
I had Stephonotis flowers in my hair to match my bouquet, which was made by a girl I know who worked at Chester Hill florist. She also made pink carnation bouquets with mauve ribbons for the bridesmaids.
What did Derek wear?
It's hard to see in these photos, but Derek's jacket was bottle green velvet! He wore it with white crimplene pants, shirt and shoes. We hired the men’s outfits from Ron Bennett at Bankstown Square.
Who was in your wedding party?
I had my school friend and a family friend for my bridesmaids. Their dresses were made by the same dressmaker who made my dress. Apple green was really in fashion, as were mauve and orange. Derek had his two brothers as his groomsmen.
Tell me about this photo:
Those were our going away outfits! In the 1970s every bride planned an outfit to "go away in" at the end of the reception. Bridal gowns weren’t designed for travelling! So at the end of the wedding we changed into our outfits for more photos and saying farewell to everyone. Derek wore a plaid bomber jacket over a red shirt and white cuffed pants. I had a blue patterned dress and matching jacket, with strappy white rope wedge platforms. I also had a small bouquet to throw to the young girls at the wedding. Traditionally, the real bouquet went home with your mum.
So where did you "go away" to?
The day after the wedding, we went back to my parents place and opened all our wedding presents. Then we went to Nelson's Bay for 4 nights. We stayed at the Marlin Motel... it's still there!
I'd love to make this into a regular feature but it all depends on how many people I find to interview! If you or anyone you know has been married for more than 20 years and would like to reminisce about their wedding, email me at email@example.com with 'Classic Weddings' in the subject line.