The 1980s were a dramatic time marked by excess, self-expression, and rapid advancement. All aspects of the ‘80s wedding day were bigger: the dresses, the cakes, the guest lists. The goal was to get as near to Princess Diana’s bridal ensemble as possible on a regular budget.
Dresses were meant to take up space, with dramatic elements and as many frills as possible. Gowns with high lace necklines, larger and puffier gathered sleeves, and lacey details were all the rage.
Along with the grander dresses of the time, equally substantial beauty routines and accessories became popular too. Brides wanted cathedral-length veils and cascading bouquets of baby’s breath and gardenias.
These beautiful photos documented the wedding of Paul Clarke and his wife Sarah on 1st Oct., 1983 at Holy Innocents Church at Great Barton, Suffolk, England.