Edwardian Weddings

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.

Wedding of Maud Beatrice Crocker and Arnold Carnegie Heron 1914

Wedding of Maud Beatrice Crocker and Arnold Carnegie Heron
20 October 1914

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.

Beautiful Bouquet

Beautiful Bouquet

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.

A wedding guest shows the fashion for sweeping feather trimmed hats and exotic stoles.

A wedding guest shows the fashion for sweeping feather trimmed hats and exotic stoles.

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 Ltd 165 Victoria Street S.W. & Branches

The Wykeham Studios Ltd
165 Victoria Street
S.W. & Branches

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.


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15 Responses to Edwardian Weddings

  1. Michael says:

    I am glad to see you have found this photo, photos of the past are seldom found.

    • I have been so lucky in finding old family photographs, I started off with so few and gradually I have found second/third cousins from all over the world who have been kind enough to scan and share the images. This wedding photo arrived a couple of weeks ago via Australia!

      • Michael says:

        That is amazing, I too am waiting for some photos from a second cousin I found a few months back, and thanks to her I found a whole line I never knew existed. FYI: I hope you don’t mind but that top photo you have up on your page, I downloaded and restoring it -it’s what I do.

      • Thank you Michael, I find your work amazing. I can understand how my photo irritated your senses, and I thank you for showing me what can be done! The image was sent to me from some new relatives, also fairly limited with scanning knowledge, so I settle for what I can get and am happy with seeing my ancestors – however blurry and grainy! Do you charge for your work, if so how much to get a lovely sparkling image of my ancestors wedding? xx

      • Michael says:

        I thank you for that compliment Jackie. I wouldn’t say irritated , I understand that we sometimes get what we get be a crisp photo, faded through the years or a partially damaged one. So, I tell you what, no charge for the wedding photo. Once I am done with it and you like it, all I ask in return is to get the word out. My email address is michaels.origins@gmail.com

      • Hi Michael, wow thank you so much for your attention to my old family photographs! What a difference, it’s such a joy to see them more clearly. I will be writing a post about it all soon, and will be telling all my friends and family! Thank you πŸ™‚ x

  2. These are completely charming images, Jackie. Loved the post.

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  4. Peggy Guiler says:

    You were wondering about the flowers. It is hard to say but I know that greenhouses and the greenhouse business were booming at that time. I come from a town where a family built acres of greenhouses beginning in the early 1900’s. I’m guessing they were rose.

    • Oh, how interesting! It’s so good to be able to tap into your specialist knowledge, and thank you for sharing! I would never have thought they were roses because of the wedding being in October! I’m rubbish at gardening and had no idea roses could be grown in greenhouses! Thank you for that! And it opens up a whole new world for me also, of ‘flowers in my ancestors times’.

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