Then and now: couple re-shoot wedding day photographs 40 years on

Then and now: Paula and Brian Burgess recreated their wedding day photographs on the same spot 40 ye

Then and now: Paula and Brian Burgess recreated their wedding day photographs on the same spot 40 yeras on. Picture: Kingsley Healthcare - Credit: Kingsley Healthcare

The fashions have changed, the trees have certainly grown and they are a little older, but the love for one Norfolk couple remains just the same.

Clare Burgess with her parents Brian and Paula Burgess who are celebrating their 40 wedding annivers

Clare Burgess with her parents Brian and Paula Burgess who are celebrating their 40 wedding anniversary. Picture: Kingsley Healthcare - Credit: Kingsley Healthcare

Paula and Brian Burgess, of Cobbold Street in Diss, have recreated their wedding day photographs images that evoke special memories not just of their marriage but also family history.

Ahead of the couple's 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday their daughter Clare Burgess had the idea of taking her family back to The Depperhaugh, in Hoxne, to re-shoot all the photographs in the magnificent gardens where the wedding reception had been held in 1978.

The former 19th century Admiral's house had been the family home of her mother's parents, Mavis and John White, who ran what was quaintly referred to in the EDP wedding report of the day as a 'country home for the retired'.

Brian and Paula Burgess photographed at The Depperhaugh in Hoxne on the day of their wedding in 1978

Brian and Paula Burgess photographed at The Depperhaugh in Hoxne on the day of their wedding in 1978. Picture: Kingsley Healthcare - Credit: Kingsley Healthcare

Joining Miss Burgess and her parents back at The Depperhaugh, now run as a nursing home by Kingsley Healthcare, were her mother's sisters Sarah White, Kate White and Anne White.


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For one of the shots, Miss Burgess, 30, of Sunnyfields, Lowestoft, ushered her father, a carpenter, and mother, a treasury and payroll administrator, into exactly the same position in front of a timeless, but notably larger, backdrop of trees.

She said: 'The idea of recreating the pictures came out of a conversation with my mum. It started about how we were going to celebrate our 30th and 60th birthdays, which were both in September, and moved on to what we were going to do for my parents' 40th anniversary.

Brian and Paula Burgess pose on the same spot where they were photographed on their wedding day ahea

Brian and Paula Burgess pose on the same spot where they were photographed on their wedding day ahead of their 40 anniversary. Picture: Kingsley Healthcare - Credit: Kingsley Healthcare

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'Mum had me after my grandparents sold The Depperhaugh so I never got to see it. However, she and my aunts have always talked fondly about their former home and all the dogs they had there.

'My grandparents were really caring people and proud of what they did there. My Nan only died in 2015 and some of her former staff at The Depperhaugh came to her funeral.'

Miss Burgess said they had great fun on the photoshoot and it brought back lots of memories for her mother and aunts.

Paula Burgess, right, with her sisters Sarah, Kate and Anne at The Depperhaugh where her wedding rec

Paula Burgess, right, with her sisters Sarah, Kate and Anne at The Depperhaugh where her wedding reception took place in 1978, now run as a nursing home. Picture: Kingsley Healthcare - Credit: Kingsley Healthcare

She said: 'The family lived in the coachhouse, next to the main building. They were excited to rediscover their old bedrooms and, outside, the structure of their old greenhouse.'

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