Bridal gowns

I saw this on Etsy and thought how pretty it was – the colour and texture looks gorgeous! Not crazy about the top but the skirt is lovely.

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I didn’t have a traditional wedding dress. I thought of it, but the choice made me blanch and my mother’s one did not fit. She was tiny – much shorter and smaller than I am. I am tall and used to swim competitive long-distance butterfly so I have huge shoulders. Her dress had little pearl buttons all the way up the back but they did not fasten when I tried it on. It was also too short. Still, you can see from the photographs below what a beautiful dress it was. Made for her in 1959 and worn by three brides in my family and one neighbour so far. And it is not fussy or frilly.

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and here is my mom in it. I look very much like her – more so when I get older.

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For my civil wedding I just wore a plain white spaghetti strap dress, hastily bought in Cape Town. With it I wore a black jacket and black stiletto shoes, borrowed from a friend.

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Exactly one year later was the church wedding and I wore a winter white raw silk suit (dress and jacket) with matching slingback stilettos. I couldn’t find the right shoes as it was a winter wedding (November) and the suit was one I already had. As you can guess, going all out is not my thing!

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While traditional wedding dresses are not really ‘me’, I really like Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria’s gown by Pär Engsheden. It is simple with no fuss or frills and her cameo tiara is my favourite tiara ever (who needs diamonds?)

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I think the most beautiful and flattering wedding dress for a mature woman that I have seen, was the Anna Valentine dress the Duchess of Cornwall wore for the church blessing. I saw it at a wedding dress exhibition at London’s V & A museum last year and it was just as beautiful in real life. It looked way better on than off though, and it really suited her middle aged shape.

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They also had Kate Moss’ Galliano dress

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Dita von Teese’s Vivienne Westwood gown

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And Gwen Stefani’s Galliano gown

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Seeing that most of the marriages that went with the wedding dresses on display had ended in divorce, I wonder why people spend so much on weddings.

I like this African one the best, where the bride and groom could only afford bread and butter. I bet it was a jollier affair than many catered designery ones.

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6 replies

  1. Absolutely beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing your personal family photos.

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  2. What wonderful dresses. I love your mother’s timeless dress. No wonder it has been shared by many brides.
    How wonderful to see Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria so happy. I have not seen pictures of European royals in a long time as it is not a popular topic in the US. She resembles her mother so much.
    Brides are beautiful all over the world. I would exclude myself because I never liked any of my pictures taken 38 years ago.

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  3. Oh, Janet! Your mother’s dress is beautiful– absolutely timeless and you look so radiant in all those photos! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. You look fabulous! And I’d be very happy to go to a wedding where they were serving bread and butter. I agree with you – I bet it was an amazing party!

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