Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sepia Saturday: Wedding Celebration

This is my second post for "Sepia Saturday", with my maternal grandfather appearing in the photo again.  Last week you saw him as an infant with his fraternal twin brother, seated in the laps of their parents.  Today he is the groom who just married the love of his life, my dear Nana.  They were married for 60 years, until his death in 1992.


Rocco Colicchio and Josephine Ferrara wed in New Jersey circa 1932.  This picture is an original and in very good condition but for one little wrinkle (although I did take a picture of it again this week instead of scanning, so you can see lots of reflections off the glass). I love the lace detail of the bridesmaids' dresses, their stylish hats and the bride's veil.  The two children on the ends are my Nana's youngest siblings--fraternal twins Concetta and Morris (and yes, this side of my family is Italian!).

Nana was the oldest of eight, and spent her life taking care of her family...first, helping her mother raise the other seven children in a tiny little house; then making a home for her husband, my mom and aunt; and finally, being the sweetest and most wonderful grandmother who would do anything to make her grandchildren happy.  I have so many fond memories of her cooking and knitting her way through life.  She died in 2002 at the age of 91.

20 comments:

Kat Mortensen said...

Is this the side who made the famous "gravy"?
They certainly made a handsome couple!

Kat

gibknitty said...

Yes, Kat, it is one and the same...good memory from my earlier post!

Martin H. said...

That's a very handsome wedding group. A 60 year marriage proves that your Nana was, indeed, the love of his life.

Stephanie said...

I love it!

Cori said...

i love, love, love old photos!! Beautiful wedding party!!

Stopping by from BlogFrog!!!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Loving your old pics. :)

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm really loving these older pictures. I always think it's interesting that in older shots that people didn't really smile. I notice this same trend amongst my inlaws when they post for a formal shot. For whatever reason, I think formal told people not to smile. Either way, I love it and thank you for sharing!

Mildred said...

What a beautiful wedding party. Thank you for sharing this and the heart-warming story of their lives and influence on you.

Splindarella said...

What a gorgeous photo! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Barbara and Nancy said...

The dresses are beautiful. The maid of honors' is made of a different lace than the bridesmaids. And the flower girls hat is great. I wonder if it's supposed to be that tipped or if she's an active kid and it's slipping. What a wonderful love story.

Eric S. said...

Wow, a wonderful picture. I just love the style of that era. I can bet those lace dresses were not cheap nor easy to make. Beautiful couple.

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Pat transplanted to MN said...

What a beautiful wedding photo; I don't think I have ever seen one with caps like on the bridesmaids. Isn't is wonderful to have been blessed with a sweet grandmother! Nice post!

Tattered and Lost said...

LOVE the flower girl!

Titania said...

Hi gibknitty,a beautiful wedding.All the people are so well attired.
The ladies in their lovely lace
dresses and beautiful hats, the men all in elegant dark suits. I love old wedding photographs. I have many and I am thinking of framing them.

Christine H. said...

Your Nana is certainly the shining star of that photo, although little Concetta is a show stealer too.

TICKLEBEAR said...

looking so glam. nice memories.
:)~
HUGZ

Nancy said...

This is a stunning wedding portrait. I'm with you about the bridesmaids' dresses-- they are beautiful. I also noticed the symmetry of the wedding party, from tall on each end to shorter in the center. It's wonderful that their marriage lasted their whole lifetime. No doubt you miss them.

Linsey said...

I love these old photos, awesome!!!

mosey said...

Love these sepia memories. My own (paternal) Nanny was also a wonderful cook and knitter/crafter. I've written a tribute to my maternal grandmother on my blog, and this is a good push for me to finish one for the other one. Just lovely.