The wedding of Maud Beatrice Crocker to Arnold Carnegie Heron took place at the end of the Edwardian era on the 20th October 1914. Maud was my 1st cousin 2x removed, her mother Charlotte was my great grandfather’s sister.
There were other weddings in the family during the Edwardian period, but this is the only photograph we have found so far.
During this time it had become popular to be photographed outside, instead of the more formal studio images of the Victorian era. From looking at the dresses of the bride and her sisters (the four young ladies seated either side of Maud) it is apparent that the family were in a position to provide a formal white wedding with several attendants.
The flowers and bridesmaids were now an established part of weddings, and the social status of a family could be assumed from the size of the wedding party, the location, setting, elegance of participants and the scale of the floral arrangements.
Maud was holding a very large floral arrangement, the wedding was in October so I’m not sure what flowers they would have been, or what colour they were.
Large, trailing bouquets were a characteristic of the Edwardian era.
There is one very well dressed lady, to the left of the bridegroom.
Fashionable head wear for younger women was to wear wide-brimmed hats, which we can see the younger sisters of the bride chose to wear.
During the war it was usual for the bridegroom to wear their military uniform on their wedding day, with other male guests being a frock coat or a lounge suit, with a tie in a plain colour being worn instead of the more formal white tie or bow tie of the late Victorian weddings. (jayneshrimpton.co.uk)
The photograph has a name printed at the bottom:
The Wykeham Studios in Victoria Street opened in 1913, and was there until 1957 and was owned by Frederick William Emuss and Montague Picton Prout. (photolondon.org.uk)
The church Maud and Arnold were married in was St. James, West Streatham. This church is still there, it was completed in 1910 with the chancel and spire added in 1914 – 15. Here is a photo, from their website.