White Heather Bride
With the First World War now over, newsreels could focus on happier events.
Year: 3 May 1920
Production Company: Gaumont
Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Catalogue Reference: NFSA title:124668
Location: St Columba's, Pont St, Chelsea, London
This society wedding in Chelsea, London on 3 May 1920 saw the union of senior British Military officer Sir Frederick Sykes and Isabel Harrington Law, daughter of conservative British politician Bonar Law.
Bonar Law became British Prime Minister within two years of his daughter’s marriage. Ms Law had been previously engaged to Australian war correspondent Keith Murdoch, father of media magnate Rupert Murdoch.
According to Scottish tradition, a sprig of white heather placed in the bridal bouquet brings good luck to the marriage. Sykes and Law were married for more than 30 years until his death in 1954.