The second world war saw a sudden increase in weddings, mostly likely due to the uncertainty of what lay ahead and for those anxious to formalise their relationship.
There was also, no doubt, a need for hope and joy, so these men and women overcame a variety of obstacles including bombs and rationing with ingenuity to make their way to the altar.
The marriage of Sub-Lieutenant Russel and Miss Tapper took place in March 1941, and was described as a quiet wedding “befitting war-time.”
More examples of wonderful War Time weddings can be read on the Imperial War Musuem’s website: What to Wear to a Wartime Wedding
Sub-Lieut. R.F. Russell and Miss N.E. Tapper
A quiet wedding, befitting war-time, between Sub-Lieutenant Rodney Fryer Russell, R.N.V.R., and Miss Nancy Elizabeth Tapper, took place at Keston Parish Church on Saturday afternoon.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs Kenneth E. Tapper of Mornington, Keston, Dr K.E. Tapper, OBE has held for many years the appointment of Medical Officer of Heath and School Medical Officer in the Borough of Bromley, and has a notable record of achievement in the public health services and the Civil Defence services.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr and Mrs C.A.W, Russell, of Ford, Branksome Park, Bournemouth.
The service was conducted by the Rev. R. Gladstone Griffiths M.A., Vicar of Steeple Claydon, Bucks, formerly Rector of Farnborough, assisted by the Rev. W. J. Hepburn Whyte, M.A., Rector of Keston.
Appropriate music was played by Mr E.R. Carlos F.R.C.O., organist of St Mark’s Church, Bromley.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a pastel blue coat, dress and hat, with a spray of rust red orchids on the coat.
the best man was Second-Lieutenant M.S. Levien, Queen’s Royal Regiment,
An informal reception was held by Dr. and Mrs Tapper at Mornington,
The presents included a large number of cheques.
Bromley & Kentish Times, March 1941