Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding photography is an art picture, a family relic and a document imbued with the spirit of times. This photo collection is represented by pictures taken from 1925 to 1990. They feature village open air celebrations with round dances, modest rural festivities, noisy ones with a tableful and a traditional accordion player, demostrative alcohol-free parties, dashing and romantic weddings.

In all times the extent of a feast depended on a family material wealth and public traditions. The Soviet epoch had its own impact, but in different regions and especially in villages, people kept their own traditions with round dances, ransom for a bride and other peculiarities. The chronology of weddings can be traced through such old photographs.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Registry office, Uzbek SSR, 1925.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Ukrainian SSR, 1938.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Stavropol. 1952.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Village wedding. Mikhaltsy village, Northern Bukovina, Moldovian SSR, 1940.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Mikhaltsy village, Northern Bukovina, Moldovian SSR, 1940.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding music. Mikhaltsy village, Northern Bukovina, Moldovian SSR, 1940.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Village wedding, Pskov region, Zhitovo, USSR. 1946.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Farm yard village, 1950s.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Newly-weds Marusya and Vasil Makarenko, 1950.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Dormitory wedding at the Moscow oil institute named after Gubkin. Moscow, 1954.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding in Chernivtsi region, Ukrainian SSR. 1960.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding in Chernivtsi region, Ukrainian SSR. 1960.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding in Chernivtsi region, Ukrainian SSR. 1960.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding registration, wedding in Chernivtsi region, Ukrainian SSR. 1960.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding of a Soviet woman-cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and Adriyan Nikolaev, Moscow, November 3rd, 1963.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Valentina Tereshkova and the chief engineer Sergey Korolev at the wedding of Valentina and Adriyan. Moscow, November 3rd, 1963.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding in Azerbaijan, 1965.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Moscow, 1965.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Russian wedding, 1967.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Bratsk, 1967.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding of Olga Burdeiko and Andrey Garvish, Kamchatka region, 1967.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding in Leningrad, 1965-1979.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

“Up in the clouds”, Moscow, 1969.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding of Eric Kistinev, Moscow region, Protvino settlement, 1969-1974.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Northern wedding, 1970s.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

“That look!”, 1970s.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

1970s.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

1970s.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Irkutsk, USSR, 1972.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Komsomol wedding, 1975.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Accordion player at a wedding. 1975.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Bride and broom, Tatar ASSR, Elabuga, 1978.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

“Happiness”, Moscow, 1978.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Rural wedding, Kuzbass, 1979.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding, Kolomna, Moscow region, 1981.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Decorated wedding car in Odessa, Ukraine, 1982.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

“Demostrative” alcohol-free wedding in Chelyabinsk, 1986.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

“Demostrative” alcohol-free wedding in Chelyabinsk, 1986.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

“Demostrative” alcohol-free wedding in Chelyabinsk, 1986.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Tatar ASSR, 1987.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding in Vyazniki, 1986.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Leningrad, 1987.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

First morning, 1987.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding in Chereshenka village, Ukraine, 1988.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

First snow, 1990.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Bride’s morning, Sheshuevo, Bryansk region, 1990.

Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!

Wedding in Elokhov Cathedral, Moscow, 1990.

2 thoughts on “Oh, Those Soviet Wedding Feasts!”

  1. Photo 36 (Decorated wedding car in Odessa, Ukraine, 1982) is swapped left-to-right. Look at the registration plate and the location of the steering wheel.

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