My Grandma's Wedding Picture


My object is a picture and frame that was taken during my great-grandparents wedding, in the 1930s. Both my grandparents were born in America. They are posing in traditional American wedding outfits, which consists of a long white dress that is embroidered with flowers, and a black tuxedo. The picture shows my Great Grandpa and Grandma standing against a white backdrop after they got married. It is printed in black and white and is in a bumpy gold frame that was also my great-grandmother’s. My grandpa who was born in the US gave the picture to my mom, who has kept it next to her own wedding pictures.  My mother always dusts it so it will be in good shape when she passes it down to me. Her own grandmother wasn’t able to see her at her wedding, but she was able to honor my great-grandmother’s tradition by having a Jewish wedding because my great-grandma was also Jewish. My mother doesn’t know the specific place that the wedding took place in, but she was able to figure out that they had a wedding in New York City. She wanted to have her wedding in the same area as her, but she wasn’t able to.  This picture has been passed down through generations of my family. It helps my mother feel connected to not only her identity but her past families. It also helps me feel the same way so when I get married I can also continue this tradition of having an American wedding and passing it down to my children.

Place(s): New York
Year: 1930


Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant