On February 10th, 2019, a very talented group of vendors joined me at the Glidden House Boutique Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, for our Earth Angel styled bridal photo shoot. It was an awesome day! Enjoy!!
We have been blessed to have this styled shoot featured in the first digital magazine edition of Layers of Luxe!!
Here is the companion video, filmed by Video Memories, LLC:
Planner and Decor: Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning
Venue: Glidden House
Lead Photographer: Stephanie Uptmor of Imagine It Photography
Video: Volodymyr Kashuba of Video Memories LLC
Floral Design: Alicia Herrle of Celestial Blooms LLC
Linens: Renee Szabo of Reasonable Party Rental, LLC
Hair/Makeup: Ramona Dauksa of Ramona Dauksa Studio
Dresses: Kim Zahnke of Consider the Dress
Dresses/Shoes: Encore Resale Fashions
Jewelry/Accessories: Susan Wember Kurtz of Susie Kays Design
Stationery Suite/Place Cards/Table Number: Bonnie Emerald Cavoto-Focht of Violet & Pearls Design
Cake: Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted
Cookies: Heather Kay of Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia
Paper Pinwheels: Melissa Walker
Hand Knit Shawl: Mirela Gorun of Weddings by Laremi
Veils: McGiffin Johnny-Jenette Laub of Over The Moon Bridal
Models: Sammy Kay Smith
(Disclaimer: Mature content in post. Please, no readers under 18 years old.)
Several months ago, I asked Virginia Buckner, the editor and owner of Southern Celebrations Magazine, what type of features she was looking to promote within the next volume of the magazine (Vol. 8). This issue is currently available to order, by the way (insert shameless promotional plug here). She mentioned that she was looking for a styled photo shoot featuring a bridal boudoir theme, and an accompanying article about this particular genre of photography, and why it would appeal to brides. This got my wheels turning. What my team of models and vendors worked with me to create is nothing short of absolutely and amazingly gorgeous!! So please enjoy!!
Written By: Kimberly Lehman | Photography: Stacey Long Boudoir, a divison of Stacey Long Photography | Models: Lauren Simpson, Monyca Tamang, Megan Palko | Event Planner: Kimberly Lehman, Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Venue:Courtyard by Marriott, Canton, Ohio | Makeup: Monyca Tamang | Cake/Cookies: Sarah’s Sugar Cookies | Jeweled Art: Susie Kays Design | Veil: Over the Moon Bridal | Lace Boots: House of Elliot | Invitation: A Pink Sunset | Select Attire & Accessories/Linen/Décor: Lorili Design
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! There are many events that will take place during your engagement and wedding planning, and one of them might include a bridal boudoir photo session. What is a boudoir session, one may ask? It is a photo session, in which you are posed by a professional photographer, wearing pretty lingerie. Often, professional hair styling and makeup are also included in a boudoir session. This photo session may take place in a photography studio, hotel room, or one’s own home. Sometimes photos are taken in outdoor, urban, or unexpected, non-traditional settings. The photos are then often given to your future spouse as a gift before the wedding, or as an anniversary gift.
That’s the basic definition of boudoir photography. But it is so much more than that! Photography is an art form, no question about it. Boudoir photography is that same art form, elevated. It is sensual, soft, cozy, romantic, lush. It can also be edgy and raw, blatantly sexy, and badass. As Patrick Swayze once said in a famous movie, “it’s a feeling, a heartbeat.” Nothing could be more true about this artistic medium. An experienced boudoir photographer can pose you in ways that will bring out curves that you never thought you had, and will show your inner goddess off to perfection. It will leave you feeling glamorous, sexy, and empowered in a way that will keep you (and your significant other) smiling for years to come.
So, what can you expect to happen during a boudoir session? During your initial consultation with a boudoir photographer, you can discuss what you like to wear, whether it is lacy and daring, or soft and sweet. Some of the best boudoir photos I have ever seen have been with the model in an oversized, slouchy sweater, with one bare shoulder, and a pair of warm and cozy socks that reach above the knee. You may prefer to don the bridal undergarments that will be worn on your wedding day. Add your veil for a soft, timeless romantic look. If you or your intended are sports fans, why not go for a playful look with a favorite team jersey? Perhaps you would prefer a button-down shirt and a tie for a classic, professional vibe. Or would you like to go for an all-out bombshell look? The options are endless, as are the wardrobe choices. Play around with different types of looks to see what complements your figure. Don’t forget to consider the shoes, stockings, jewelry and other accessories that will complete your ensemble. A few props can also enhance your photos, like an antique hand mirror, or a soft blanket that feels amazing against bare skin. If you want to feel like a queen, by all means, bring along a tiara. It’s your day! Anything goes!
During your consultation, your photographer will also talk about posing, and how many settings and wardrobe changes you will utilize. You will want to schedule your photo session a few months before your wedding or anniversary, so that your photographer has enough turn-around time for editing your photos, and to place your order for prints or an album.
It’s perfectly natural to feel a little bit nervous about an intimate photo session like this. You will relax once the camera starts clicking, I promise. If you would feel more comfortable with having a gal pal to accompany you to your session, definitely ask. Perhaps they would like to participate in a session as well. Always more fun! Also, go easy on the alcohol and salty foods a few days prior to the photo shoot to prevent bloating. Be sure to drink lots of water, to stay well hydrated, and set your skin to glowing. Enjoy being pampered by a hair stylist and make up artist prior to your photo session. This is your moment to shine, and revel in all of your womanly glory.
I highly encourage all women to schedule this type of photo session for themselves, at least once in their lives. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or size. All women are beautiful in their own unique shapes, and skin tones. The overall experience is amazing, and one that you will never forget! You will come away with quite the boost in self-confidence. You will feel very empowered, and ready to take on the world, in this next chapter of your life. Enjoy!
More images are featured in Volume 8.
We have been blessed to have had our Winter Elegance styled bridal photo shoot featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog today!! Enjoy!
Today’s Styled Shoot is unique because it was specifically created to showcase the venue. The barn at Century Farms was built in the 1930s and fully restored by the current owners. The natural wood tables and chairs in the venue are absolutely gorgeous and the decor fits the rustic elegant theme tied together by a color scheme of burgundy, copper, gold, sage green, and ivory. Enjoy this Winter Elegance Styled Shoot!
WINTER ELEGANCE STYLED SHOOT
Submitted by: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning
What was your design inspiration?
Kerri Lambert asked me to create a styled shoot for her venue, Century Farms, in Carrollton, Ohio. We wanted a winter look, without it being too “Christmassy”. I designed a look that could be used throughout the late fall and well into the winter season. I used a color palatte of burgundy, copper, gold, sage green and ivory. The restored 1930s barn has a lot of beautiful woodwork and handcrafted wooden tables and chairs that begged to be shown in their natural glory accented with candlelight and lush florals. I built my design around those elements.
Describe your flowers.
The florals were absolutely gorgeous! Dietz Falls Florist used deep red flowers, lots of greenery, and ivory and blush blooms to create our winter look. We had a huge centerpiece for our dining table, two large full arrangements placed on copper stands in front of the fireplace, a darling wreath that we hung above the dessert table, two massive bouquets for our models, a charming floral crown, and a hair comb with delicate blooms. There were several stems of loose blossoms that were tucked into the grapevine wreath above the dining table and used in small vases along the table runner. We also used several loose stems of ferns and greenery in various spots to complete our decor. Flowers and greenery included amaryllis, hypericum, cedar, cypress, red roses, burgundy mini carnations, pink lisianthus, and dahlias.
Susie Kay‘s Designs created a stunning gold and ivory brooch bouquet for this shoot. It was a perfect compliment to all of the lush red and green florals.
Describe your cake.
The cake was a brilliant confection of style! The four-tiered cake was created with alternating square and hexagonal layers. Each layer was decorated differently. The bottom layer was covered in burgundy icing and had gold painted fleur-de-lys designs. The second layer was painted with an ombre effect, going from burgundy to ivory. Between the second and third layers, the cake was encircled by large burgundy silk roses. The third layer was decorated in a quilted diamond pattern, accented with small gold balls. The top tier of the cake was covered in ivory icing and then had gold frosting drizzled over the top, and allowed to drip over the sides, to create an awesome effect. The cake topper was painted with the same gold frosting. Overall, simply stunning!
Tell us about your attire choices.
We had several looks for our models. For our bridal model, Sammy Kay, she wore an ivory sheath gown with allover lace and an empire waist as her ceremony look. We accented her natural waist with a beaded sash. Her cathedral length veil was made of soft ivory tulle. She wore sparkly gold heels to complement the look. Sammy’s second outfit, perfect for mingling at the reception, was a knee-length ivory dress with a high neck and sheer illusion sleeves with a diamond pattern. We added a modern red suede belt with a gold buckle and a custom made overlay ivory tulle skirt, embroidered with burgundy and pink roses, and edged in a soft sage green thread. We finished her look with ivory lace boots by the House of Elliot. Sammy’s third look of the evening was definitely meant for the after-party. She wore a nude-colored cocktail dress that was completely covered in brilliant copper colored sequins. She sparkled! She added strappy burgundy suede heels to dance the night away in.
Monyca, one of our bridesmaid models, started the evening in a very sexy, form-fitting dark red velvet dress with a thigh-high slit, that set off her long silver hair and golden skin tone. For her accessories, she wore clear strappy sandals and a delicate floral crown. Monyca’s second look was a sexy, dark golden satin maxi dress, which had thin spaghetti straps that crisscrossed in the back. Both gowns showed off her petite figure brilliantly.
Kerri, our other bridesmaid model, wore two red gowns for our styled shoot. The first was a deep red, floor-length gown with a black lace bodice. The second dress was also a dark red satin, but more form fitting with subtle ruching. Both looked amazing on her! Kerri also wore a lush floral crown created by Dietz Falls Florist.
Please describe any handmade, DIY or personal details.
The gold and ivory brooch bouquet was handmade by Susan Wember Kurtz of Susie Kay‘s Design. The embroidered tulle overskirt used in Sammy’s second outfit was created by Laurie Wallick of Lorili Design.
Describe the tablescape elements.
We had two gorgeous tablescapes for this styled shoot. The first was the beautiful natural wood dining table, that was just too pretty to cover up. The tables are one of the best features of the Century Farms venue. We centered the dining table underneath the large natural grapevine wreath light fixture, which we adorned with loose flowers and greenery. The table, which seats eight guests, was draped with a simple burgundy cloth runner. We layered a long, multicolored scarf that featured our color scheme on top of the runner.
We then added the large centerpiece that featured gorgeous amaryllis and deep red roses. Tall sage green taper candles were added in copper candlesticks, along with gold mercury glass votives. Small clusters of loose blooms were placed along the runner in round crackle glass containers with gold footing. Pinecones and loose pieces of greenery were added to the runner to complete the look. The tableware, although a bit eclectic, created a stunning look on the natural wood table. We started with gold beaded glass charger plates, and then added vintage ivory china edged in gold. We used two types of napkins. The glassware included large gold-rimmed goblets etched with a winter scene.
The dessert table was also eclectic by design, but nonetheless gorgeous! On the wall behind the table, we hung a heart-shaped wreath of fresh greenery and blooms and finished with a burgundy chiffon bow. We placed the stunning wedding cake on the table along with a crystal handled cake knife set, tied in sheer burgundy ribbon. We added a single tall candle holder, that was decorated in a dark red and gold glazed design, and had dark gold scrollwork at the top and bottom. On this, we placed a tall red pillar candle. On the table below the pillar candle, we placed several cut crystal champagne flutes that were edged in gold, and a bottle of bubbly.
We added a vintage tin of coffee (fresh of course), a copper drink shaker, and a jar of homemade hot cocoa mix, to provide the guests with a variety of wintery beverage delights. To complete the overall look on the tabletop, we added the gold and ivory brooch bouquet, and several gold mercury votive candles. On the lower shelf of the table, we added a large lighted “bar” sign and several creamy pillar candles in large cylinder vases. Small touches of fresh greenery finished our wintery dessert table.
Photography: Photos by Mindy Lewis • Venue: Century Farms • Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Floral: Dietz Falls Florist • Stationery: violet and pearls • Jewelry: Susie Kays Design • Veil: Over the Moon Bridal • Makeup: monyca tamang • Model: Sammy Kay Smith • Model: monyca tamang • Model: kerri lambert • Bride’s Shoes: House of Elliot • Non-Floral Bouquet: Susie Kays Design • Linens: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal • Alterations: Lorili Design • Bride’s Skirt: Lorili Design • Wedding Cake: Sarah’s Sugar Cookies • Submitted via: Matchology
We have been blessed to have our Starry Starry Night styled bridal photo shoot featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog!!
This styled bridal shoot was inspired by “The Starry Night” painting by Vincent van Gogh. The shoot is set in a historical home in Massillon, Ohio, and features a gorgeous custom made bridal gown, and beautifully themed decor details. Enjoy this Starry Night Inspired Styled Shoot!
STARRY NIGHT INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT
Submitted by Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning
What was your design inspiration?
I have long wanted to do a starry night theme. Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting plays well along with this. The mood was to be ethereal, light, sparkling and romantic. A little bit of heaven on earth, if you will.
Describe your flowers.
I wanted to use a mostly white floral scheme, with a hint of blue and silver. My florist created lush, gorgeous bouquets and a centerpiece featuring white anemone, white hydrangea, scabiosa, waxflower, white veronica, dusty miller, and peonies. The flowers were a bright contrast against the navy and silver table linens and formal dresses. The flowers were also to be reminiscent of groups of stars.
Describe your cake.
The cake that Gearhart Custom Cakes created is absolutely gorgeous! It is a four-tier cake, with the bottom layer hand painted in silver. The top 3 tiers are covered in sparkling navy blue edible glitter. Each tier is defined by a band of bling. The topper is a custom acrylic piece made especially for this project, to finish the cake beautifully.
Tell us about your attire choices.
The attire for this styled shoot was so glamorous! The bridal gown and starry overskirt were custom-made for this shoot by Nidel Dresses in Louisiana. It is a modified trumpet gown with a strapless, sweetheart neckline, and corset back. The removable overskirt features a jeweled belt, and layers of starry fabric. Light and flowy, and simply gorgeous! The cathedral length ombre blue bridal veil was from Over the Moon Bridal in Washington state. The dark blue bridesmaid gown was provided by Doreen Leaf Designs in Hartville, Ohio. The designer is Madeline Gardner for Mori Lee. It is a floor length gown with allover lace and sequins. Very sparkly!
The gentlemen wore stylish suits of their own. The groom’s dark blue tie, pocket square, and pocket watch were all provided by Groomsday. The groomsman’s silver bow tie was provided by Doreen Leaf Designs.
Describe any handmade, DIY or personal items.
The jewelry provided by LivyLynn Vintage is handmade and very unique. Their collection is eclectic and matched our bride’s fun-loving personality.
The dark blue gauze table runner on the outdoor tablescape was custom made and hand-dyed especially for this shoot by Thistle and Twill. There are little white flecks in the material of the runner, that are reminiscent of stars twinkling in the night sky.
Describe the tablescape elements.
We had three tablescapes for this shoot:
The indoor tablescape was created on the 200-year old dining table and chairs, which are part of the Spring Hill Historic Home estate. We used the navy blue satin tablecloth and napkins, and the navy diamond overlay, from L’nique Linens. The silver luxe charger plates are also from L’nique Linens. The china, silverware, and crystal are all part of the Spring Hill estate. The floral centerpiece was created by Alyssa Schlegel, and we used the gold cake topper from Ever Laser to complete the look. The favors are blue and silver wrapped Hershey’s Kisses, placed in small tulle gift bags printed with silver stars.
The cake table was located in the formal parlor of Spring Hill. The table was covered in the navy blue satin tablecloth and the silver medallion sheer overlay from L’nique Linens. The gorgeous four-tier navy blue and silver cake was provided by Gearhart Custom Cakes. The silver mirrored acrylic cake topper was made by Traditions Engraving. We also placed blue and silver star-shaped votive candles around the table for extra sparkle.
The third tablescape was placed outdoors on the terraced lawn of the Spring Hill home. Dining al fresco under the stars was the order of the evening for our couples. The table was draped in navy blue satin, with a silver sequin table runner and navy blue napkins. The china, silverware and crystal are all part of the Spring Hill estate. The centerpiece is the same one that was used on the indoor tablescape. We changed out the cake topper to a different silver one created by Traditions Engraving, The heavy pewter candlesticks were added to provide illumination into the evening hours.
Photography: Imagine It Photography • Venue: spring hill historic home • Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Floral: Alyssa Schlegel • Bridesmaid Dresses: Doreen Leaf Designs • Videography: Joseph Testa Productions • Wedding Cake: Gearhart Custom Cakes • Jewelry: LivyLynn • Linens: L’Nique Specialty Linen Rentals • Hair: Angelyse Trammell • Makeup: Summer Knight • Table Runner: Thistle and Twill • Model: Lauren Simpson • Model:Brandon Klaehn • Model: Sammy Kay Smith • Model: JOE MORALES • Wedding Dress: nidel dresses • Table Numbers: Traditions Engraving • Tableware: spring hill historic home • Pocket Squares/Ties/Watch: Groomsday • Cufflinks: Over the Moon Bridal • Decor Items:Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Cake Topper: Ever Laser • Cake Topper: traditions engraving • Paintings: amber elfrink • Stationery: Santina Amendola Design • Wedding Dress: nidel dresses • Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee • Veil: Over the Moon Bridal • Submitted via: Matchology
We have been blessed to have our 1960s Mod Daisies styled bridal photo shoot featured on the Chic Vintage Brides blog!! Thank you so much to all of the vendors and models that worked so hard on this shoot! Enjoy!!
‘Summer of Love’ – Fun 1960s Garden Wedding Inspiration
IMAGINE IT PHOTOGRAPHY
Today we’re going back to the swinging sixties – fitting really given the news today 🙁 – with a charming garden wedding inspiration shoot full of mod fashion, daisies (one of my favourite flowers) and super sweet details; all in a vibrant palette of white, yellow and green that screams Summer……
“Welcome to the Summer of Love! The 1960’s were such a cool era. I love Mod looks, the glamorous hair and makeup, and the groovy fashions. I also love bright colors and flowers. Daisies were the perfect fit for this sweet little styled shoot, they are such cheerful and hearty flowers. I decided to use a bright yellow and white color scheme to bring it all together. The overall look is fresh and light, perfect for summer!
We used two different bouquets. One is a brooch bouquet of daisies, created especially for this shoot by Susie Kays Design. The bridal bouquet was a mix of daisies, hydrangea, and small fillers. The bridesmaid bouquet was a mix of daisies. The table centerpiece was a mix of daisies, hydrangea, and fillers in a rustic teapot, set upon a vintage cake stand.
The cake by Cake Wasted was a beautiful three tier confection of perfection! The bottom tier was hexagon shaped, covered in yellow fondant frosting and a delicate white geometric pattern. The top two round tiers were covered in creamy white fondant frosting, and adorned with a cascade of handcrafted daisy blooms. The golden cake topper, provided by Everlaser, read “I love your sunny funny face.” It was a cute nod to one of my favorite actresses, Audrey Hepburn, and complemented the bright yellow color scheme of the shoot.
I wanted vintage attire for this shoot. I chose an elegant, long sleeved cream gown, which featured a woven cream and gold top, and a wide gold belt, which looked amazing on Lauren. On our bridesmaid model, Sammy, I chose a flirty sundress in light yellow with an overall polka dot design. We accessorised with a pale yellow birdcage veil, and short vintage gloves. On our groom Brandon, we kept a clean, classic look with a button down shirt, pastel bow tie and suspenders. On Lauren’s adorable daughter Addie, we chose a light yellow shantung dress with a simple white organza overlay skirt that had a few floral appliques.
Our tablescape was an eclectic mix of items. The lemon yellow satin tablecloth was topped by a daisy print runner, handmade by Laurie Wallick of Lorili Design. We used beaded glass charger plates, white dinner plates with a basket weave detail, and smaller dessert plates with hand painted daisies on them. Glassware was a combination of vintage green cut glass goblets, and small champagne flutes. The matching napkins and napkin rings were also made by Laurie Wallick. The centerpiece was placed on a vintage white cake stand.”
Isn’t it fabulous?? I always picked my Nan daisies when I went to visit her so I love how much they feature in this shoot! Such a huge thankyou to all the wedding pros and creatives whose hard work created this mid-century charmer, but especially to Stephanie and John of Imagine It Photography who captured it all so perfectly. If you would like to see more of their work you should head to their website at imagineitphotography.com – and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
If you love the vibrant colours in this editorial, you might also want to take a look at this mid-century inspired garden wedding inspiration, or this mid-century elopement and this bright and quirky editorial was inspired by Penguin books!
Contributors & Credits
Photography – Imagine It Photography // Venue – Private Residence // Event Planning – Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning // Floral Design – Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning // Stationery – Pink Tomato Creative // Wedding Cake – Cake Wasted // Accessories – Susie Kays Design // Non-Floral Bouquet – Susie Kays Design // Decor Items & Linens – Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning // Paintings – Michal Elaine Johnston // Cake Topper – Everlaser // Hair & Makeup – Ramona Dauksa Studio // Children’s Fashion – Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning // Napkins & Table Runner – Lorili Design // Desserts – Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia // Bride’s Shoes – Susie Kays Design // Veil – Over the Moon Bridal // Wedding Dress – English Rose Vintage Oh // Bridesmaid Dresses – Encore Resale Fashions // Models – Lauren Simpson, Brandon Klaehn, Sammy Kay Smith | Submitted via Matchology
Sometimes I like to share personal experiences of when I was a young bride myself, and not just nuggets of wedding planning knowledge gained over the last 20 years or so. Jenn Sinrich recently asked for brides to weigh in on whether they would or would not wear a veil on their wedding day. I was happy to share my thoughts. Thank you, Jenn!!
Veil or No Veil? Real Brides Weigh In
“Veil or no veil?” is a question most modern-day brides might be asked. However, decades ago, it was a no brainer that a bride would wear a veil. It has long been a tradition embedded in a myriad of different cultures and societies all around the world. While veils are an undeniably beautiful aspect of wedding day attire, their purpose was for far more than appearance. In fact, a veil symbolized virginity. The act of “unveiling” the bride, or having the father lift the veil and present his daughter to the groom, was symbolically meant to represent the allowance of her to essentially no longer be a virgin. Kind of crazy when you think of it in modern terms, right?
Clearly, nowadays veils have lost most of that symbolism, of course depending on the culture. And, in modern American society, they’re not even an essential, or required, part of the ceremony or wedding day. In fact, many brides choose to forgo wearing a veil altogether. While some choose not to wear a veil because, well, they’re often quite expensive, ranging in price from $200 to $1,000+, others choose to keep their bridal look less traditional. For some women, walking down the aisle with their face covered feels belittling, while for others it’s an important and romantic tradition to uphold.
If you’re still trying to come up with your own answer to the “veil or no veil” question, these opinions of brides who’ve come before you might help you arrive at a decision.
“I never even considered not wearing one”
“I’m very much a traditionalist when it comes to weddings. I love the romance and softness of veils and I wanted to feel like a princess on my wedding day. I wore my veil for my entire wedding ceremony and reception and hated having to take it off at the end of the night along with my wedding gown. I recently pulled my veil out of storage and was showing it to my seven-year-old daughter, when she looked up at me and said, ‘Mom, can I wear that for my wedding?’ My heart just melted. I told her of course she could wear it. Of course, she may change her mind as she gets older, but I will hold onto that dream for her.”—Kimberly L.
“I was back and forth about veil or no veil”
“I tried on so many different types of veils—long, short, small, feathered, you name it. I ended up deciding on a two-tier ivory veil with gems up the sides and it was perfect! I was told by a few people that it tied my whole wedding look together. Looking back, especially at the pictures, I’m so happy that I decided to wear one—it’s the only time in my life that I will be able to!”—Sally L.
“I am NOT a veil girl”
“I sort of suspected that would be the case before I started shopping for a wedding dress, and I only had to try one on for a few seconds before confirming the fact. I know that in Say Yes to the Dress (which I love) the veil is always the piece that makes it feel ‘real’ to the clients—the missing piece that ‘makes them feel like a bride,’ but it felt costume-y to me (which is funny considering we had a Moulin Rouge-themed wedding that was full of costumes). I did, however, recognize that I needed something on my head to make the outfit complete, so I had a friend who’s a professional hat maker create a tea hat for me using the lace from my grandmother’s wedding dress as the foundation and border. Not only is it stunning, but it helped me feel close to her on a day I really wish she could’ve been there for. Plus I’ve worn it like six times now, which is a lot more use than I would get out of a veil.”—Molly C.
“I was team ‘no veil’ until a month before my wedding”
“I consider my style pretty modern and was never into the whole puffy dress and ‘princess’ bride look, so wearing a veil seemed a little over the top. Another factor that turned me off from veils was the price! Like many other brides, I was on a budget, so it was hard to imagine spending over $100 on a piece of tulle that I’d wear for five hours tops. Closing in on less than 30 days before the big day, I had been browsing Etsy every day and found a simple, delicate and pretty veil for around $60. I decided to go for it and figured, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t feel bad about spending that amount. Well, that last-minute decision was one of the best decisions I made during my wedding planning. As soon as I took the veil out of its box, I got butterflies and instantly fell in love.”—Jannelle G.
“I felt pressured into wearing a veil”
“I never wanted to wear a veil, especially because I was having a more casual beach wedding, but felt pressured into it by family members. Eventually, I gave in and bought one. It ended up being so windy that day there was no way the veil was going to work, so I didn’t even put it on. Ultimately, it was a waste of money and I really wish I had stuck to my gut feeling. I think it depends on the bride’s personality and the formality of the event. If you’re Meghan Markle, for example, you probably didn’t have a choice in the matter!”—Kristin C.
“I wore two veils during my wedding!”
“Deciding ‘veil or no veil’ at my wedding wasn’t even a question for me. I knew exactly what I wanted to do even before I found my dress. For me, it was all about the photos during the ceremony and getting those forever memories. I wanted that ethereal look in the church with the light pouring through the windows, and a veil can help capture that light and create that feeling around a bride. I’m also no-fuss when it comes to my personal style. A wedding dress can be a lot to handle on it’s own, and a piece of tulle getting caught in the breeze or in the door or in a cactus (as was my experience) isn’t exactly ‘no fuss,’ so, I opted for both options. I wore a cathedral length veil during my ceremony and photos then switched it up with a floral accent piece in my hair for my reception. Best of both worlds!”—Jessica F.
“My veil caused so much chaos”
“I was ambivalent about the veil or no veil question, but my mom really wanted me to wear one, so I got one to make her happy. Truth be told, I was happy with how it looked, but I didn’t really think it through when it came to our venue. There was a spiral, carpeted staircase I was to descend. As I started going down, I felt the veil’s comb start to pull at the back of my head because my veil had stubbornly attached itself to the carpet at the top of the staircase. I was alone at the top of those steps and had to turn halfway around to tug at the veil to prevent it from yanking my hair back even further or popping right off, which would have been quite the surprise to the 150 people watching. Minor veil disaster averted until we said our vows and began to make our way through the crowd, at which point my husband stepped right through my veil.” —Amy B.