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Pasadena City College

About this collection

These photographs are taken from the wedding album of Robert Anderson and Florence Rodgers. They were married at the Second Dutch Reformed Church of Tarrytown, New York in 1951 and had a reception immediately following at the Rodgers’ family home in the same town. This is not the entire album but does include family members, participants of the wedding and important highlights of the wedding.

The photographs in this collection were taken by David Bern, “well-known photographer to the Wall Street industrialists and the favorite of fashionable society” during the 1940s and 50s. He has been credited with transforming traditional wedding pictures which were the wife standing and husband seated  to so-called candid or casual wedding shots that are still used today. Iconic examples include the bride checking herself in the mirror before she is wed, the first picture of the bride and groom as husband and wife immediately after they leave the altar, the couples first dance, cutting and sharing the wedding cake as well as the bride tossing her bouquet and others. This album is an example of a wedding story which is meant to be perceived and appear as spontaneous but is actually highly staged.

 
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