This is a photo of my Great-Grandparents, Hilda and Albert Laws, married, during the "Gilded Age" on 17th September 1913 in Durham, England.
The wedding was shared with Hilda's twin sister Evelyn. The girls were born in County Durham, England in 1886. The Cockburn family enjoyed a good standard of living for the day, they lived in a nice neighbourhood, along with the luxury of a servant.
Albert's parent's owned a farm in Yorkshire and Albert, born in 1889 was a butcher by trade.
The couple had two children and were married for 51 years. During the course of their marriage, they endured the dark days of World War 1, were fortunate to escape the Spanish flu epidemic and experienced first hand, the social upheaval, brought on by World War 1, which swept across Britain during the 1920s. They weathered the hardships of the Great Depression together and faced yet another war, as World War II brought its bombing raids and rationing, death and sadness to cities all over Britain. Despite all the hardships they faced, they stayed together. In the last years of their marriage, as post war prosperity and an air of optimism returned, they witnessed the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and were able to enjoy time with their grandchildren. Hilda never lost her grace or her manners, a true lady to the end. My Mum has very fond memories of the time she spent with her "Granny". Hilda passed away in 1964 and Albert a few years later.
Albert and Hilda witnessed so many of the defining moments and events of the 20th century. I really wish I had been able to meet them, just once, I know they would have had some wonderful and interesting stories to tell.
This is one of my most favourite and treasured photos, it epitomises to me, the elegance and romance of early 20th century England, it's like my own "Downton Abbey" story.
I kept the colour palette, soft and neutral for this lo to capture the feel of wedding decor. The gorgeous corner flourishes are Scrap FX (Australia) - a gift from Jilly (thank you). I heat embossed them with an 'antique gold' embossing powder.
The small paper roses are from Flying Unicorn (thanks Alda)and I created the 'flower urn' using the Prima resin birdbath embellishment, the paper roses and some silk flower stems from Michaels.
I thoroughly enjoyed putting this lo together. Sincere thanks for taking the time to stop and look at this page and for your kind comments. Each and every one is appreciated.
Scrap FX (Australia) - chipboard flourishes
Flying Unicorn - small white roses
Joanns (Offray) - ribbon
Hobby Lobby - beaded trim
Michaels (Recollections) - white paper flowers
10" square doily