Photo Research - 1920s  New Mexico

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Early New Mexican Church
Early New Mexican Church

Twin steeples with bell towers

1900 wedding photo
1900 wedding photo

Matilde's mother's and father's wedding portrait which hangs in the living room

The traditional La Marche
The traditional La Marche

Band and wedding guests gather for the march to the wedding couple's new home. This period is not shown however it shows the precedent for the 1920's wedding.

1920 Brides
1920 Brides

Ribbons, lace & bouquets

1920s Wedding
1920s Wedding

Bridal party

1920s village children
1920s village children

Children waiting for the bride and groom

Violinist
Violinist

Master of ceremony of the wedding ceremony.

La Marche
La Marche

Parade from the church to the newlywed's home.

La Marche
La Marche

Musicians leading the bride and groom to their home

                    Matilde and Severo

Matilde, one of four sisters, lives in an isolated northern New Mexican village established in the "age of the Conquistadors."  Generations of brides and grooms married according to long established courtships, ceremonies and music. However with the advent of statehood in 1912 and the end of World War I, cracks are beginning to undermine the established norms.

 

It was the parents prerogative to arrange for suitable marriage partners for their dutiful daughters. Yet Matilde, only 15,  is infatuated with an impetuous  young man,  not the older, WWI veteran almost twice her age. And she doesn't like his mustache!    

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