To wear or not to wear? That is the question, well at least for today's blog post anyway. Defined by Wikipedia, the bride's veil was traditionally worn as a symbolic reference to the giving of the bride from the father, or family, to her groom. The bride wears the veil down the aisle and then either her father lifts the veil, presenting the bride to her groom, or the groom lifts the veil before kissing his bride as his wife for the first time. And according to Brides.com, apparently, the veil is “the oldest part of the bridal ensemble,” according to wedding historian Susan Waggoner. It dates back to the ancients, who “wrapped brides from head to toe to represent the delivery of a modest and untouched maiden.” Luckily women in the 18th century moved beyond the veil and all of its bizarre connotations, instead adopting accessories such as, “caps, bonnets, wreaths, garlands, tiaras, jewels, lace, ribbons, and other adornments.”But then (you guessed it!), Queen Victoria married in her famous ensemble, a white dress and a veil cascading down her back, “making her the first modern monarch to be married in a veil.” And at that moment, the image of a bride was defined for centuries to come. And while the history of the bride's veil began as a way to cover up and conceal, we have to admit that it has blossomed into a beautiful bridal accessory worn by millions of women, and worn beautifully by our own clients as well. Browse below to see a few of our favorite photos featuring veils that we're still swooning over to this day..!
(All photographers credited below.)
Greg and Jess
Juan & Angie