Vintage Textile Brides

Over the last 16 years, it has been my privilege to provide to the future bride among valued clients the gown she will wear on the most important day of her life. In this new section at Vintage Textile, you can share my pleasure in viewing a selection of these gowns as first presented on the site and then in all their glory at the wedding.

Swedish wedding

In a charming and stylish manner, the "vintage bride" combines the traditional with the modern. Like her grandmother, our bride yearns for the marriage of true minds, two souls joined in love for eternity. She is also quite modern. Her independent spirit expresses itself in the choice of a distinctive and gracious gown, the outward expression of inner joy and beauty on her wedding day.

In our first dress, there inheres an uncommon beauty that is both historic and classic. Custom designed from antique lace elements in the 1970s by the bridal department at Henri Bendel, the gown is both antique and 1970s vintage (modern and traditional). The dress is an harmonious symphony in lace, most of it handmade. The period of the lace ranges from late Victorian to early 20th century.

Bendel wedding dress1
Bendel wedding dress2

swedish wedding

In the picture above, the bride prepares for the wedding ceremony. Below we see the bride and groom together in the historic church in Sweden where they took their vows.


Our second bride chose a beaded tulle over dress, c.1910. Fashioned from white cotton tulle, the overdress is finely embellished with faux pearls, gold seed beads, and silver cut beads. The designer used highly stylized, flowing, curvilinear forms in a memorable Art Nouveau design. The contrast between the quiet mystery of the sinuous, exotic motif and the bold brilliance of the materials is an aesthetic triumph.

beaded 1910 overdress1
beaded 1910 overdress2

Trying on the gown
Escorted by Dad

We see the lovely bride at a spring wedding in Rhode Island. The wedding pictures in the panels above and below are courtesy of Kevin Trimmer Photography. The panel above shows the bride preparing for the ceremony. The panel below shows the happy couple at the wedding reception. (If necessary, click on the panel tabs to see additional pictures).

The wedding portrait
wedding portrait
Holding hands
holding hands
Cutting the cake
cutting the cake

Marriage is a public ceremony, only the First Act in a lifelong Play, in which husband and wife share equal billing. In Act I, however, the bride is the star, costumed in an elegant and graceful gown befitting the great occasion.

Our third vintage wedding gown is a hand-embroidered tulle tea dress, c.1912. The three skirt layers in the ingenious asymmetrical design lend a dignified charm to the happy bride. The two outer layers are hand embroidered with a floral pattern of raised padded satin stitch with eyelet accents.

tea dress1 1912
Hand-embroidered Edwardian tea dress
1912 tulle tea dress2
Before the vows in the heirloom wedding gown

For a summer wedding, our gracious Australian bride "found my absolute dream dress, second love at first sight, my husband being first! When it arrived, I could not believe how stunning it was. It fit me absolutely perfectly. I cannot tell you how much I loved and still love this dress."

1912 tulle tea dress3
The joyful couple after the ceremony
1912 tulle tea dress4
Husband and wife

Another Australian bride is shown in an embroidered mixed lace bolero, c.1905. As delicate as a cobweb, the bolero gently covers her shoulders. It features beguiling, hand-embroidered floral appliqués of padded satin stitch on a mixed lace/tulle ground.

mixed lace bolero

Our stylish Edwardian bolero gives just the right vintage touch to a traditional white wedding gown. The glowing bride is seen here at the December, 2009 wedding in Tasmania, Australia, where the sunny weather reflected the spirits of all the guests.

1912 tulle tea dress3
Toasting the guests
1912 tulle tea dress4
Cutting the cake

Signing the marriage certificate
marriage certificate
Husband and Wife
Husband and wife

For an Irish crochet lace dress, the simple style creates the ideal canvas to display the fine lace. The skirt is longer and fuller in back. Our radiant Australian bride wore the magnificent dress at her October, 2013 wedding.

Irish crochet lace dress
Irish crochet lace wedding dress, c.1912
Train in back of Irish crochet dress
Graceful train in back

lace floral motifs
Bold 3-dimensional lace floral motifs

Entering the chapel
Bride and groom entering the chapel
Till death do us part
Husband and wife till death do us part

The bride wrote: "Here are photos from our wedding day. Everyone adored the dress. It fitted absolutely perfectly and was even more amazing than your pictures made it look!"

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