In pictures: A sneak peak at London Jewish Museum’s wedding retrospective For Richer For Poorer

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Miriam Solomons married American GI soldier Al Friedman in June 1945. Some 70,000 British women married GI soldiers during the war.

The London Jewish Museum’s new exhibition is glorious and beautifully put together. For Richer For Poorer delicately weaves artefacts and archives from the museum’s collections with delightful personal material donated or lent by members of the public to tell the story of Jewish marriage throughout the years. Including Jewish immigration and life, with its aspirations and tribulations, its joys and challenges over the years and even centuries. The dresses are gorgeous, the menus mouth-watering – and challenging in the huge number of courses on offer – and the photographs and personally written experiences extraordinarily moving. Anyone who’s partial to shedding a tear at weddings should take a packet of tissues!

Also don’t miss the free crowd-sourced exhibition Love. The range of everyday objects, historic artefacts and artworks on display are by turns beautiful, surprising and touching – and by no means all Jewish. They include a hand-me-down child’s puzzle, a glass shattered under the chuppa (wedding canopy) preserved in blue perspex, and a pin combining the Indian and Scottish flags that symbolises a multicultural union.

By Judi Herman

For Richer For Poorer: Weddings Unveiled runs until 31 May and Your Jewish Museum: Love runs until 19 April. Jewish Museum, 129-131 Albert Street, NW1 7NB; 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

If you can’t make it down to the museum, take an audio tour of the exhibition with Judi and Jewish Museum curator Elizabeth Selby.

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This wedding photograph dating from 1928 was taken by brothers Louis and Joseph Suss who were born in Austria in the 1870s. They set up their first studio in Brick Lane in 1898 and around 1904 opened the Vienna Art Studio on Whitechapel Road. They were still operating in the 1930s.

For Richer For Poorer exhib, Jewish Museum, Press 2015

Family group photograph of the wedding of Morrie and Clara Moore, who owned the Admiral Duncan pub in Old Compton Street, Soho, London. Nearly all of the other members of the Moore family became publicans in the West End, c.1910.

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Mr and Mrs Simmons by Boris, the celebrated East End wedding photographer, 1935.

For Richer For Poorer exhib, Jewish Museum, Press 2015

Invitation for the wedding of Miss Kate Kopelansky and Mr Morris Eagle at Sandy’s Row Synagogue on Sunday 23 December 1888.

For Richer For Poorer exhib, Jewish Museum, Press 2015

Menu for dinner in honour of the marriage of Miss Kitty Grossman and Mr Nat Mellows at Manchester Hotel, Aldersgate Street on 16 February 1930.

For Richer For Poorer exhib, Jewish Museum, Press 2015

Ronnie Wiseman on her wedding day to Joe Cookson, 1936.

For Richer For Poorer exhib, Jewish Museum, Press 2015

Abraham Rafer married Russian immigrant Esther Andur at the East London Synagogue in 1908.