Mysterious marriage ceremony pictures solved: We meet the bride, 54 years later


The mystery of the nameless couple in recently discovered wedding photos is solved.

The photos were taken by the late photographer Ian Hulse. His son Richard told us how he found her.

Since Checkpoint shared the story and asked the public for help finding the couple, Janise Street got in touch and showed that she still has the wedding dress.

“I’m the mysterious lady you were looking for through some very old wedding photos taken in 1967 by a really lovable photographer named Ian Hulse.

“It was February 4th, 1967. I was 20 years old. The photos were taken at the Botanical Gardens in Wellington. It was a beautiful day and Ian took such beautiful photos. He did a wonderful job.

“And Ken, whom I married, was a year older than me. He was 21. It was a nice wedding and yes, we were very happy with the photos.

“We were kids love from college. I first met Ken when he was a newsboy in Khandallah and we went to the same college. We were elementary school students at Onslow College because it was a brand new college then.

“We played ice hockey together and we just became loved. Everyone knew that we would always get married. And of course we did.”

Janise had her wedding dress in perfect condition from the day these photos were taken.

Mysterious wedding solved: Janise Street with her wedding dress, still in top condition.
Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

“It’s right next to me. I designed it, but I didn’t. It was a sleeveless wedding dress and it had bows on the shoulders as you can see, and the train went out at the back. The dress itself was just a narrow one Dress in the middle. “

She was inspired by a picture in a magazine.

“In the ’60s they were showing different things and I saw a picture of a sleeveless wedding dress and I thought it looked really good. So I sketched it out and gave it to the seamstress. And I have to say she did it really well Job.”

The packaging with the photos said “Barr-Carlyle” when Ian Hulse’s son Richard found them. Janise thinks there must have been some mix-up.

“I would guess the photos were filed incorrectly because it should have been MacArthur-Wood.

“Unfortunately Ken and I got divorced, we had a son … but we divorced a few years later because I think it’s like that when you love children. As you get older and older, you tend to go different ways and that’s what happened to us.

“But we still keep in touch regularly. We’re still best friends and he’s happy in a new life, and so was I.”

Janise has some of the photos from the wedding day. But not all in the recently discovered collection.

“I ordered a couple of yeses because Ian took the photos and then took a look at them and gave us a folder full of photos at the front desk, black and white photos, then a small folder full of color photos.

Mysterious wedding solved: Janise Street with one of her wedding photos.
Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

“We could order a larger one of these photos. I have a large black and white photo.”

“Those were the ones we got back then. I think Ian did it that way. It was part of the cost of the photography that he gave you the binders and then you had the choice of ordering more formal ones that were framed . ” .

“I think I have most of them, but … there was one I didn’t know, so it’s likely that there could be two or three photos that I’ve never seen before.”

Janise clearly remembers posing for the photos.

“The interesting thing was that the bridesmaids were different colors… One was blue and one pink, which was a bit unusual.

Mysterious wedding solved: Janise Street with one of her wedding photos.

Mysterious wedding solved: Janise Street with one of her wedding photos.
Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

“The lady in blue, she is my younger sister … and the lady in pink was the maid of honor who was the wife of a mutual friend.”

She told Checkpoint that she was “absolutely amazed” when she heard news from her daughter-in-law that her wedding photos were in the media.

“I was incredibly moved to see her. I just thought why me?

Janise found her wedding dress in the warehouse to show Checkpoint. She thought it was started, but when she took it out she found that it was held very well.

“There was confetti on the front, so I carefully unwrapped the confetti, but it worked really well. I only had it in a plastic bag.

“I’m just amazed that it looks so good.”

And when she first saw the pictures of her wedding on the news?

“My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, this looks so beautiful’.”

Janise is looking forward to Ken seeing the photos again.

“I think he’ll feel quite a lump in his throat. Which I did pretty well too.”