Wedding exhibition – old, new and borrowed dresses on display

There were old, new and borrowed wedding dresses on display at an exhibition at Bridge Cottage on Friday and Saturday.

One dated back to 1940, the newest was worn in 2015, and one was worn by both a mother and daughter-in-law.


This dress was worn by Florence McCullough when she got married in 1940. It was the oldest of all dresses on display at Bridge Cottage.

Each dress came with the story of the wedding day it belonged to and it was obvious those who loaned their dresses for the exhibition were pleased to let them see the light of day again.


A wedding dress worn by Kayleigh in 2015.

Nicola Stewart – one of the education officers at Bridge Cottage – told how she
wore her dress to get married in Antigua in 1994.


Nicola Stewart’s wedding dress. She wore it when she got married in Antigua in 1994.

Next door to her dress was one worn by her mother who shared a double wedding with her sister in 1971.


Sandra Vickery wore this dress at her double wedding in 1971.

Maria who wore an stunning pair of shoes with her dress which had a burgundy bodice recalled going to Glastonbury for her honeymoon in 2011. Thankfully the weather was good, bucking the trend that festival has become known for.

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Madeleine Judge told how she was about to buy a wedding dress when her mother-in-law to be produced her own dress. It fit Madeleine like a glove and so she looked no further and wore it in 1988.

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Several of the dresses came from Uckfield’s own Fross Wedding Collections and so it was good to see Fross herself manning a stand downstairs at a wedding show accompanying the exhibition and showing off the newest of all the dresses on display.

Also among the stalls was one run by Martin Sergison from Cheese Etc. He was displaying wedding cakes made from a variety of cheeses.


Martin Sergison from Cheese Etc with his stall at Bridge Cottage Wedding Fayre.

Marking the theme outside was a wedding car bedecked in ribbons. The whole was organised to show off Bridge Cottage as an ideal place for a marriage ceremony.


Bridge Cottage which showed itself off as a wedding venue at the weekend.

More of the dresses exhibited can be seen below:


This wedding dress was worn by Elsa Bourne in 1959.


Emma’s wedding dress worn in 2012.


A Laura Ashley dress worn in 1993.


A wedding dress made for Rita Heelis in 1952 by a dressmaker in York.


This is Sharon Burt’s wedding dress, made in 1995 to a Butterick pattern.


The wedding dress worn by Sue O’Toole in 1971.


Wendy Morgan’s wedding dress from 1973.



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