Brides of poverty-stricken 1930s and 1940s Britain reveal their Hollywood glamour wedding portraits

With her cupid’s bow lips, hair set high in lustrous curls and ravishing movie star looks, the bride appears as if she stepped straight off the silver screen.

As she nestles up to her dapper bridegroom , the newlyweds make a captivating picture of elegance.

But this isn’t Ava Gardner and Clark Gable. It’s Renee and Brian Stack, from Stepney, East London, and the portrait wasn’t taken in Hollywood, but in a photographer’s studio in Whitechapel.

“We were so poor we didn’t have a penny to our name,” says Renee, now 90, as she recalls their

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