History of Weddings in the Valley
This exquisite exhibition illustrates heartfelt stories of love, hope, joy and family, and provides a unique insight into the social history of our community.
Curated by Bree Hiatt, History of weddings in the Valley examines bridal gowns and wedding items from museums and private collections of the Clarence Valley. Curated to tell the stories of who wore the beautiful dresses, how their weddings have been celebrated and the secret love story each marriage can tell. Objects and photographs look into the personal memories, moments in time and softly spoken words people hold close to their hearts when they think of weddings.
This exhibition is the second in the series History of the Valley curated by Bree and follows on from the History of Jewellery in the Valley 2016.
A wedding in technical terms is a ceremony where two people are united in marriage but the intricacies and meanings behind what goes into a wedding run much deeper. A dress passed down over generations can hold more meaning than can been seen in its exquisite fabric and delicate stitching. A formal photograph displaying the proud bride and groom not only highlights the fashions of the era but speaks of the economic and social trends of the time. And a gift given to celebrate a marriage becomes a timely reminder of the family and friends that surround us. Many a wedding journey has begun with rituals and traditions to wish good luck and prosperity to the prospective newlyweds and are often whispered in the age-old saying -'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'.
All items featured have been generously loaned from Clarence Valley museums and private collectors.
Image credit: Mauya Deuchars and bridesmaid Sylvia Brabham - Courtesy of the Curator