Saturday, January 10, 2009

I wish I'd been invited to this wedding...

...don't you?

All the guests look like one big, happy family. The musicians look like they must have provided a lively bunch of music for the crowd. Everyone seems to be having a great time, with just a few exceptions (including the bride, who is looking off to the side with a serious expression on her face).

This photograph belonged to my great-grandmother. It was taken before I was born, more than likely across the Atlantic. It may have been the wedding of a cousin, or perhaps some friends of the family back in what is now northern Croatia (probably Hungary at the time). More than likely this photograph was sent to my great-grandparents' address in Manhattan from loved ones back home. Unfortunately, I cannot identify a single person in the photograph, although some of them look like they have features that could indicate a relation to my family.

It would be interesting to learn just who this bride and groom were, when and where they were married, and the names of some of their guests. But even if I never learn that information, I'll still enjoy being drawn into the wedding celebration by way of this photograph.

Don't you wish you were invited, too?

Image source: Wedding of unidentified bride and groom. Sepia photographic print. Unknown year. Privately held by Lisa, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,]. 2009.

Note: You can click on the image for a closer view.

For more mystery photographs, visit the 9th Edition of footnoteMaven's Smile For The Camera Carnival: "Who Are You - I Really Want To Know?"


  1. For a group of people sitting outside in the snow they look remarkably happy! Perhaps the bride is just cold.

  2. Oh, what a picture! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. It sure looks like a great time to me! I wish I had been invited, they probably "partied" for a long, long time. Great picture. Thanks for sharing.


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