Story: Marriage and partnering

Leaping into marriage

Leaping into marriage

Gwendolyn Bayley and David Brown got married within three weeks of deciding to do so. Gwendolyn wore her great-grandmother’s nightie, and David wore jeans and sandals. The bridesmaid wore a muslin dress made from her bedspread. In 1973 this degree of informality was still unusual enough to prompt a photo in the newspaper of the couple leaping off a wall in their wedding outfits.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
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Megan Cook, 'Marriage and partnering - Loosening rules, expanding choices: partnering from the late 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 May 2017