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Diamond pair celebrate unusual Barking wedding with 16 brides

But a conveyor belt of brides was not abnormal at St Margaret’s Church in Barking in 1955.


One couple who wed on that July 23 were Marion and Nigel Panzetta.


They said cars circulated as brides waited for their slot to jump out and marry while wedding vehicles were double booked with only limited numbers to go around.


“As soon as one bride walked out of the church another bride walked in – all married by the same priest,” recalled Marion.


“I remember seeing bridesmaids in multicoloured dresses everywhere. Our car had been taken by another bride after I left the church – it was chaotic.”


Marion, who lived in Wilmington Gardens, Barking, until she married, said the date was sought-after because the Ford factory closed for a fortnight the previous day. As workers only had those two weeks of holiday, everyone wanted to get married on that date.


“It meant they had time for a honeymoon straight afterwards before they went back to work,” Marion explained.


“And schools had just split up for summer holidays too.”


Marion, now 83, had been teaching at Manor Infants School, Barking, for three years and was surprised to see pupils from her class appear on the day.


Tradition had it the bride and groom would leave their wedding halfway through the celebrations, she explained.


“You’d go off on your honeymoon in your going away outfit and your guests would carry on partying without you – there was never an evening celebration like there is today.”


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The pair’s reception was held at the Plough pub in Ilford Lane.


A speedy photographer developed his snaps immediately and brought them back for guests to choose which copies they wanted there and then.


For their honeymoon the newlyweds visited the New Forest to stay in Nigel’s uncle’s house while he was away.


To earn their keep they were instructed to eat the strawberries and raspberries growing in the garden and mow the lawns.


“I changed out of my wedding dress and into my going away outfit, which was a dark turquoise linen dress and jacket and a lace hat,” Marion added.


“We bought a 1929 Morris Minor before we were married and it cost £5 second hand. We travelled to our honeymoon in it but it broke down halfway to the New Forest.”


The couple had met two years earlier at a train station during a group holiday in the Norfolk Broads.


Despite not knowing anybody, Marion had agreed to go on the holiday with a colleague and Nigel was also on the trip.


The group greeted him as he got off a train and Marion turned to her colleague and said: “That one’s for me.”


Sixty-two years on they plan to revisit St Margaret’s for their diamond celebration.


But to mark the actual day on Thursday they invited friends and former bridesmaids over for an unlikely choice of cuisine.


“We’re having KFC because I didn’t fancy cooking,” Marion explained.


“It’s not really relevant to our wedding, although we did have chicken at our wedding breakfast I suppose.


“We just haven’t had a KFC for ages and fancied it.”

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Red carpet round-up: In vogue at the Vogue Beauty Awards

The sixth edition of the Vogue Beauty Awards witnessed a bevy of Bollywood beauties dressed in striking outfits. As the evening celebrated beauty, the red carpet shone brightly with faces, some new, some old. We pick the three ladies who stood out from the crowd for their stellar sartorial choices.


Anushka Sharma


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Anushka of Dil Dhadakne Do fame certainly made our heart beat faster as she lived out her fairytale in a lemon-yellow neoprene and tulle gown by Gauri and Nainika. Although the gown was beautiful and reminiscent of the summer breeze, her make-up was not up to the mark. She kept it minimalist but the colour of her dress made her look pale and washed out. Perhaps a pop of colour on her lips could’ve elevated her look. She made her first red carpet appearance with beau Virat Kohli, who she also referred to as her arm candy. She rightly bagged the ‘Beauty of the Year’ award on the night.


Athiya Shetty


It seems that Sunil Shetty’s daughter has gotten off the right foot in Bollywood. The budding actor, who won the ‘Fresh Face’ award in the ‘Best of Bollywood’ section, was spotted in a mustard Gauri and Nainika off-shoulder gown and looked gorgeous. Soon to be seen in Salman Khan’s production Hero, the debutante accessorised her look with Dior earrings and a Jimmy Choo clutch. She went for a dark lip and kept the rest of her make-up subtle, which truly showed that she’s soon to rise to the ranks of B-town’s fashionistas.


Neha Dhupia


She looked statuesque on the occasion in this cobalt blue Gauri and Nainika number. Full points to Dhupia for adding an element of quirk to her look with an eight-ball minaudiere by Judith Leiber. She pulled off her plunging neckline by drawing attention to her face with her sleek bun and dark eyes, adding oomph to her look. Hosting the night along with Vogue India’s editor Priya Tanna, Neha carried out her duties for the night in style.

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When were YOU last given a Vogue cover?

Vogue readers are less than impressed with the magazine's latest issue, which features a somewhat unnatural photo of 48-year-old Nicole Kidman on its cover.


So what started out as a proud moment for designer Marc Jacobs, 52 - who made the dress that the actress is posing in - turned ugly when fans took to Instagram to criticize the picture.


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After he posted a snap of the cover on his personal page yesterday, Marc Jacob’s followers chimed in to compliment the dress - before sharing their disappointment that the Oscar-winning actress wearing it doesn't quite look like herself.


Appearing on the front of the iconic fashion magazine's August issue, the Bewitched star looks a bit bewitched herself - by the magic of Photoshop, that is.


Many people are calling out Vogue editors for excess photo editing, charging that Nicole looks nothing like the beautiful woman they've grown to love in films like Practical Magic and Eyes Wide Shut.


So though Marc was excited to show off the cover, which shows Nicole in a stunning backless dress embellished with sequins in a multicolor floral pattern, he didn't quite get the positive response he's used to.


But instead of focusing on the stunning actress in an equally stunning gown, his followers quickly commented on the seeming overuse of photo-editing tools.


'At least they didn't Photoshop the detail from that amazing dress!' wrote one, offering an optimistic view on the debacle, while another made the point more harshly: 'Terrible photo, bad makeup, awful photoshop, surgery gone wrong or just a bad day!!!!! [sic].


Some noted that the expression on Nicole's face looked rather unhappy, writing: 'She does look miserable and totally uncomfortable.'


On Vogue's Instagram page, the same photo fetched similar comments, with complaints that the magazine relied too heavily on Photoshop and made Nicole's mouth look, to put it simply: 'very different'.


Marc, clearly unaware that he waded into hot water when he shared the snap, took the opportunity to defend Nicole as well as the fashion magazine, writing: 'All you haters... When were you last given a cover of Vogue? Damn people have a lot of negative energy..!! [sic]'


All of the controversy surrounding the cover image has shifted attention from the actress' interview with the magazine, which touches on the loss of her father last year and even her relationship with her ex-husband, Tom Cruise.


'When I was with Tom, I don’t remember paparazzi sitting outside our house . . . not like now. This is different,' she said while discussing the ever-present flash of photographers' cameras.


The Aussie star also participated in one of Vogue's famous '73 Questions' videos, in which she takes viewers on a tour of her Australian farm.

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