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April 6, 2015

Take a deep breath.  Do you smell that?

"What?  Spring?" you ask.

No, goose.  Here's a clue: the delicious scent of romance, hope, anxiety, flowers, cake.

That's right - love is in the air!

Which means it's Wedding Season.

I've always been fascinated by antique and vintage wedding photos
and today we're going to enjoy some beautiful, classic bridal portraits.
The lace of most of these mantillas and
veils was hand made as were the gowns.

I don't know when these two photographs
were colorized but the tones are a little off.

Her train is as heavy as a comforter.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas (Edith) Hughes, 1905

They look so young and scared.

English model and actress Lily Elsie, 1911
Her train was trimmed in ermine.


Mrs. Charles (Clara) Higgins, 1914

English wedding during WWI, ca 1916

Rural American home wedding during WWI, ca 1917




Royal wedding of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and George VI
(Queen Elizabeth's parents) April 26, 1923

Brisbane, Australia, 1925

Princess Astrid of Sweden, November 10, 1926

Eva Kasawich Alane, September, 1927

 Silent screen star Clara Bow (the 'It' girl), December, 1930

Gorgeous gown, gorgeous veil

They must have married at Easter - look at all of the lilies.

Sydney, Australia, September, 1935

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier married John F. Kennedy on Sept. 12, 1953

The Epitome of Chic - Grace Kelly married
Prince Rainier III of Monaco on April 19, 1956

Actress Brigitte Bardot married her third (but not last)
husband, Gunter Sachs, on July 14, 1966.

Today's brides certainly have an abundance of beautiful choices
when it comes to picking out the perfect wedding dress.  But,
for a truly unique creation, they might want to take a look at
stunning gowns from the past.


  1. These are stunning, Jan. It's always interesting to see the solemn expressions, compared to modern photos. The handwork involved in the creation of these costumes must have

  2. The styles of yesteryear were so very beautiful and elegant.

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