The Wiltshire Wedding

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For some reason the superstition developed in England that it is unlucky for the bride and groom to see each other on their wedding day until they are in the church for the service. But in ‘Under The Greenwood Tree’ Thomas Hardy writes of the old custom of the bride and groom leading the wedding party round the village together before the ceremony so that everyone can witness their intention and add their prayers and good wishes for the couple. And that’s what’s happening in the top painting.

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