Weddings — a summer special

From exhausted bridesmaids and over-excited guests to ridiculous cakes, photographers and writers shed light on our most hopeful tradition

Photographer Mahesh Shantaram on his ringside view of the ultimate social theatre

In the 1970s, José Luis Venegas and his wife Julia opened a photographic studio with a fresh idea

‘Was it mean of us doing as we did? Is having a big wedding an extravagant version of getting your round in at the pub?’

We’ve had the register office warm-up. Now comes the grand-scale event

The pictures show the artist and his partner in a number of absurd domestic scenarios

Natasha Caruana collected photographs posted online by women hoping to find buyers for their gowns

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Why the highlight of the feast is all about self-expression

Sometimes it’s the smaller, less lavish ceremonies that leave a big impression

The writer and critic on being descended from divorcees and what an ideal wedding promise might be

These all-female ‘dress rehearsals’ for nuptials became a feature of US women’s colleges