Three Generations of Family Wedding Portraits
A project that I started, but did not finish, before our wedding last October was to print out family wedding portraits to display on the welcome table. And since my parents and in-laws spent the time to find and scan the photos for me, I wanted to share them here in order of wedding date.
My mom’s parents, Joe and Betty Leitch, were married in St. Catharines, Ontario — Betty’s hometown — on May 24, 1937. Papa and Mama — as they were known to their grandchildren, met in early 1936, and Joe was immediately smitten. In 1948, Linda, their third and youngest child (my mom) was born in St. Catharines.
My dad’s parents, Magda and Imre Bart, were married in Budapest, Hungary on May 7, 1939. Nagymama and Nagypapa, as Jeff and I called them — survived the holocaust; almost every member of their immediate and extended family were killed, or died of disease during the six years of war after their wedding. In 1946, Andras (Andy), their only child, was born in Budapest.
Adam’s paternal grandparents, Morris and Bessie Holzband, were married in Los Angeles on July 17, 1943. Bubbe and Zadie, as Adam called them, welcomed Charles Leonard (Lenny), Adam’s dad and their oldest child, in Los Angeles in 1945.
Adam’s maternal grandparents, Sylvia and Milton Oberstein (Grandma and Gramps), were married in Ada, Oklahoma on April 30, 1944. They eventually settled in Tulsa where Paula, Adam’s mom and their oldest child, was born in 1948.
My parents, Andy and Linda Bart, were married in Buffalo, New York on August 4, 1974. They were living in Toronto at the time, and later moved to Ottawa, where I was born in 1978, and My brother Jeff was born in 1981.
Adam and I were married exactly three months after we got engaged, and a little over three years after we met, on December 25, 2011 in Houston. We had already scheduled our wedding for October 2012, but Adam’s 100-year-old Bubbe was in hospice, and we wanted her to see us married.
We got married again — in Austin — on October 6, 2012.
Looking back on these pictures, these events seem to have taken place so long ago, and every couple is so young and innocent-looking. They couldn’t have guessed what great joy and painful sorrows lay ahead. What is amazing is that each couple stood by each other through sickness and in health, in good times and in bad — just as they vowed to each other on their wedding day. We are lucky to come from such loving and loyal families, and look forward to witnessing many joyous family unions for many years to come.Tags: family, wedding