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Thursday, March 11, 2010


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I gather Joan Kron looked at marraige as a laundry "ball and chain" very clever.

I did not know about Christo's wedding dress and found out that: Christo, 1967 Wedding Dress - white satin and silk ropes for opening night fashion show, Museum of Merchandise.
Anyway, the photo is just astounding.

Looking back to see how simple but elegant wedding planner's did their creation. For me classic is still the best...simple but elegant.

how times have changed lol! So glad I did not grow up back in the day when ladies had to wear long dresses all the time!

I love the classic look. Was it from old couples?

I love a good wedding as much as anybody, but have always wondered why any young couple would want to burden themselves with the debt of a large wedding. Perhaps the Christo dress represents the huge loan which finances the nuptials!

I'd love to have an album of black & white vintage pictures for my wedding, but I am not too sure my boyfriend or family would agree.

Vintage photography and fashion. What more can one ask for? Amazing photos. In fact, I know someone who is having her wedding dress designed after a vintage wedding dress that her mother wore on her wedding day. It will be new, but copied. Beautiful, fashionable, gorgeous.

The marriage certificate is incredible. As is the Christo wedding dress - obviously more for its ideas that for practicalities sake!

I can not understand why vintage weddings are not more popular. I think it may be because even though you can pick up a vintage wedding dress for a song the average bride only has about a 1% chance of being able to fit into it even with a corset and months of dieting.

Wow! Seeing the wedding photo from September 11th 1909 is really interesting. I am involved in Gold Coast Wedding Photography with my brother Derek Smith, and am always interested in finding inspiration.
It is interesting to see that only the bride appears to be smiling in the shot.
Usually today we get the whole bridal party to smile.
Thank you for sharing these photos.

Christo's wedding dress feels like a wedding dress meets DaDaism. It would take an equally artistic man to say "I do."

the head piece on Maud's veil is rather interesting. It adds about a foot of height. I wonder if the veil would have been tossed over her head, and the top piece would have kept the veil from hitting her face.

And, look how Maud's fore arms are exposed. In 1908 I would have thought that as much of her body would have been covered as possible in the photograph. I can see that she is holding her gloves, but the fact is she chose to take them off for the portrait. I have been photographing weddings for years now, and over time I have seen the dresses get more and more provocative. I think it would be safe to say that the first brides that started to use less fabric in their wedding gowns really got an earful.

What great old photos! As John commented, it seems that wedding photography (at least the posed portion) is much the same now as it was 100 years ago. Of course, the ability to shoot candid photos has changed greatly since the cameras of that period required a LONG time between shots just to change the film - and a flash photo was a major undertaking!

Those pictures are pretty amazing. You really don't see things like this anymore. Interesting how our culture has changed and weddings are not near the same as they used to be.

I can't imagine how hot it must have been to wear those kind of clothes and dresses in the summertime, they must have all gotten married in the spring or fall!

As a wedding photographer I found this article especially interesting. The style of photography is both familiar and yet quite wooden from a modern perspective. How much this is down to the prevailing style of the time and how much to the limitations of the equipment it is hard to judge, but from my own point of view, this summer we photographed a wedding at the Brighton Pavilion here in the UK and I had to use old-fashioned techniques because I couldn't use flash and the interior of the building was very dark. By old-fashioned techniques I mean I had to get everyone to stand very still during the photographs. The end result was not that disimilar from the above! Good luck to all the staff from the archives getting married this year. Pat

Its definately a very classy look, though i'm still skeptical many women would prefer to wear this because of how much fabric is actually used.

Looking back to see how simple but elegant wedding planner's did their creation. For me classic is still number one!

The Christo device is packaged like a ball and chain but appears to be "designed" to unfurl like a kite. Obviously a metaphor, but I wonder if it is a comment on the relationship between a woman and marriage or a commentary on formal wedding attire.

I love looking at older wedding photos like this. Its amazing how similar, yet different dresses have changed over the years. Wonderful preserved images!

Lot's of interesting comments. I agree, the vintage photos are great. There's something captivating about them.

I agree, wedding photography really hasn't changed much at all. These almost look like the pictures you can have done in a studio where they make it look like the old days. Even more, I noticed the wedding dress in the one photo above looks just like a dress you'd find at a bridal shop today. When they say traditional at these shops I guess they are right on the money.

The photos were so reminiscent of the old days. Its so great to look at how the styles of wedding dresses have evolved from being simple to much more complicated styles.

The Christo dress is just outrageous. No bride would love to wear such a dress on a very special day.

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Christo's is very interesting. It reminds me on today's cutting edge fashion. It is usually way out there but aspects of it get incorporated in more tame designs. Certainly would make for an interesting walk down the aisle.

Beautiful photos, I love the designs on them, perfect inspiration for me, I'm working on wedding favour designs, for chocolates and chocolate bars, there seems to be a bit of a vintage trend still so I like to try and incorporate a little magic from bygone days. Thanks for the inspiration.

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