The date was July 7, 1954, my mother and father’s wedding day. This photograph, of all of them, is my favorite. All the players are there, both of my grandfathers are looking on with smiles on their faces. I recognize aunts, uncles, cousins, grands. The photographer for this event was AMAZING. Every shot was beautifully composed, exposed and printed. This was back in the day of Speed Graphics and 4×5 sheet film, hand processed, hand printed.
The main reason for this post today is I’m waxing nostalgic about my mother’s wedding dress. I threw it away yesterday. I’m assuming that will be the most painful thing I get rid of and it wasn’t without trying to keep it, honest. The dress was disintegrating, things had lived in the bag, it was stained. I brought it to my sister’s house just to have confirmation that I was doing the right thing (there really wasn’t an option). While there I took the scissors to it and cut off the train of tulle with the had applied lace and folded it to keep, the rest went into the dumpster. There’s no going back on that one.
I’m taking solace in the fact that we do have those amazing photographs and those are really more important to me than a mouse and bug infested piece of satin and lace.