Wedding Cake Ideas for Columbus Weddings
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Black wedding gown

Up until the death of Queen Victoria in 1907, the traditional color for a wedding gown was often black, not white. Only the wealthiest could afford a white gown that they would probably never wear again. Of course, whenever you had your photo taken, the photographer would say "Don't smile. Look serious." You would have to hold the pose for as long as the camera lens was uncovered, which could vary from several seconds to half a minute. Notice how young the bride looks in the face, and then look at her hands. She must have worked very hard. The sleeves and hair style indicate that this picture was taken in the early to mid-1890's.


Black wedding gown

This photo is from the 1860's. The dress, hair, bonnet, and the gentleman's attire all indicate civil-war-era costume.

Black wedding gown

Elaborate draping and folding of the material with the tight-fitted sleeve indicates late 1870's or early 1880's. Notice how the gentleman buttons his coat at the very top--a style very typical of this period.

Black wedding gown

Another photo from the same era. The gentleman wears white, ill-fitting gloves, probably provided to him by the photographer. The ruffles on the sleeve and collar are typical of this period.

Black wedding gown

A wonderful photo of Mr. and Mrs. Beck from the turn of the century. The styles are more Edwardian than Victorian by this time. Notice the choker collar of pearls worn above the collar instead of below. This is a modest woman whose only fine piece of jewelry is a string of pearls and she is determined to wear them regardless of how they look with her outfit. But she is just pretty enough to carry it off.

Layered Dress

Although black gloves were common for the gentleman, courtesy dictates that he remove one to hold his bride's hand. The elaborate ruffles and white gown indicate a woman of some means.

White Dress 1

Mid 1890's. Again, the white ensemble is so well thought out that it must be a woman of considerable means.

White Dress

Another wealthy family from 1896-7.

White Dress 3

Clearly Edwardian, 1904-1908. Her hair is worn higher on her head, the fullness of the sleeves is offset by a falling, and the fabric is lighter and more delicate.

Long Veil

White Dress 1(On left) Late teens, early twenties. The gentleman wears a morning coat popular in this era. The brides' hair is bobbed and bouquets are starting to become larger.

(On right) From the same wedding. The apron-layering is typical of the teens. Big hats became popular around 1910.

1920's bride

20's BridesmaidsGreat Gatsby at its finest. The cloche style hats and the layered dresses on the bride and bridesmaids, the white pants with dark coats on the men are all reminiscent of this period.

White Dress 1

Same period as above. The bride wears a scarf tossed casually over her shoulder in a style that is timeless. Clearly, this is someone who likes understated, classic style.

Unknown Couple

Unknown Couple Probably thirties, judging from the style of the hat.

Two Couples 1940 1

Two couples in the 40's. Wartime restrictions meant that wedding dresses for the average bride couldn't be very costly or elaborate.

Vintage Wedding Gowns. Photos of wedding gowns from the last two centuries. Black wedding dresses were common in the 19th century.