A Model Family! 125 Years of Society Beauties in Vintage Wedding Dresses.

26/10/18 General
Dear Reader,

You may recognise this beauty: Patience, the darling girl who regularly models my vintage wedding dresses…

Patience in original 1960s wedding dress.

Well, it seems Patience comes from an illustrious line of society beauties! Aided by her lovely mother Rose, Patience recently raided the family archives – and uncovered a remarkable history of fabulous vintage wedding fashion… 

125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great–Great–Grandmother Fanny, January 1888
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great–Great–Grandmother Fanny, Canterbury 1888

I’m delighted that the family has agreed we can share these gorgeous photos – many of which are from original wedding announcements in The Times, some even illustrated by hand from the days before photography!

125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Fanny & The Wedding Party, 1888

So here it is: Patience’s family treasure-trove of vintage wedding dress fashion – going back almost 150 years! Captioned in red are the brides from Patience’s maternal lineage, and in blue her paternal line. Can you trace the likeness…?

125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great–Great–Grandmother Apphia Elizabeth’s engagement photo, 1904 
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great-Great-Grandmother Gladys’ wedding, June 1904
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Apphia in beautiful honeymoon outfit
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great–Great–Grandmother Apphia, 1904
Great–Great–Grandmother Apphia, 1904
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great–Great–Grandmother Apphia, 1904
Miss Irene’s ‘wedding gown and bridesmaids’ toilettes’ from The Times, 1910
Sir Walter’s engagement to Miss Gladys, from The Times
“Each bridesmaid was attired in a Romney costume of white muslin, with belts 
of pale blue silk, a fichu of white muslin being draped round the shoulders 
and caught in front with a single La France rose…”
Miss Gladys’s ‘wedding dress and travelling costume and bridesmaids’ toilette’ 
from The Times
The wedding of Miss Irene to Mr F A Atchison, from The Times, 1910
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:

Great–Grandmother Georgina in Edwardian silk dress

125 Years of Wedding Dresses: Patience’s Great–Grandmother…
No, she didn’t marry in tennis whites! In a romantic twist 
worthy of 

Downton Abbey, this thoroughly modern lady married in secret!
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great Aunt Apphia in beautiful high-necked satin dress, 1961
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great Aunt Apphia in 1961
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great Aunt Apphia and page boy, Patience’s Uncle!
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great Aunt Jennifer, married 1962
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Grandmother Lisa, stunning in 1950s duchesse satin.
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Mother Rose, pretty in classic 80s peach, 1984
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses: The story continues… 
Gorgeous Patience models an original 1950s cotton lace dress.

I’m secretly hoping that one day I’ll feature the next generation of weddings from this fabulous clan. Big thanks to Patience and her family for sharing their story – what a wonderful group of ladies!

 
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides