What would a wedding mean without pictures? To British couple Mel and Margaret Grogan, that's the conundrum they've faced for the past 42 years — a family friend took their wedding photos, and presented them in slides. At the time, the pair didn't have the equipment to develop the images. Then, soon after, they couldn't find the slides and thought that the physical mementos from their wedding day in 1973 were lost forever — at least until recently, when Margaret found the snaps in her attic, U.K. paper Manchester Evening News reports.
"We had a photographer but a friend took photos himself and gave us these slides. But we never had anything to show them on," Mel said of the photos. "We've had them in the house 42 years. It was amazing to see photos of family and friends who have all gone, including my sister who was one of the bridesmaids and died 32 years ago when she was 21. It was lovely to see pictures of our wedding, it was a smashing day."
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Their son Steve, who's a wedding photographer himself and developed the photos for his parents, said they had a few staged shots from the big day, but that this crop of photos shows a more candid side to their celebration. "My mum and dad had only ever seen a couple of photos of their wedding day. The photos they had were quite staged with just a few key people in them," Steve explained. "The ones on these slides are quite unusual for the time as they show a more informal side to the day, more similar to what I would take when I'm shooting a wedding myself."
"It was good to see the pictures, especially as a lot of the people who are in them are not here now," Margaret added.