Glimpse into war-era weddings
garage on Maxwell Rd which had belonged to her husband’s great uncle.
She says she discovered the mystery box tucked away on a shelf and looked inside.
‘‘It was really dark in the garage and I couldn’t really see what they were at first but they were glass negatives; the first ones I have ever seen.
‘‘I thought it was a bit bizarre but when I saw what was inside it was quite exciting.
‘‘I think perhaps these are the negatives of photos that didn’t make the grade,’’ she says.
The negatives, still in their original box, are believed to have been taken in Christchurch between 1937 and 1938.
They were first found by a relative og her husband’s as a child playing in Christchurch.
Each negative shows proud newly weds posing with their families and with happy bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Many of the women are wearing smart hats bedecked in ribbon, while trailing bouquets also seem to be in fashion at the time.
Le Brun has devoted hours in a bid to find out more about the puzzling photos.
‘‘They are so cool and it would be nice to be able to give the prints I have made to the families.
‘‘It’s only by chance that I found them really as they were almost biffed out,’’ she says.
Le Brun says she believes the box contains negatives of three different weddings and she believes she has put names to faces in two of the groups.
‘‘One is the King wedding which took place on Ranfurly St in Christchurch on October 16, 1937 and I think the other is the Owen wedding on October 9, 1937.’’
In a marriage announcement she tracked down in The Press newspaper, Le Brun thinks the Owen wedding included a bride called Pyrl Gwendoline and a groom named Keith Richard.
The bride is described as wearing a dress of pearl-tinted satin with a square neckline and a hand-embroidered Brussels lace veil held in place by real lilyof-the-valley.
She was attended by two bridesmaids Miss Rona Nicholls and Miss Betty Owen, sister of the groom.
Both wore frocks of Coronation gold over gold taffeta and carried bouquets of daffodils and polyanthi.
The reception was held at the hom eof the bride’s parents and the mother of the bride wore a ‘‘tailored navy suit with a beige georgette blouse.’’
‘‘It would be wonderful to be able to pass these photos on.
They deserve more than being shut away forever,’’ says Le Brun.
Anyone with any information about the photographs can email Marlborough Express reporter firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 03 520 8929.
Alice Le Brun found a box of old glass wedding negatives.