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Past and Present: Royal Wedding Veils

Fashion & Beauty

Continuing our post on Royal Brides from yesterday, we’d like to focus on a perennial royal wedding tradition: cathedral length veils. Though tiaras may be an enduring mainstay of the royal wedding, we’re sure loving the modern twist on these vintage veils – especially cap and mantilla veils.

Some past royal brides whose headwear we’re crushing on in particular:
Royal Vintage Brides Cathedral Mantilla Lace Veils
Clockwise from top left: Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and HRH the Duke of York; Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark; Princess Birgitta of Sweden; Princess Caroline of Monaco; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Some long vintage-inspired veils we’re loving…
DIY vintage lace cap veils

Clockwise from top left:
1. Cathedral length veil from Wedding Veils Online
2. DIY bridal cap veil; see the original wedding here. Love this modern take on a mantilla veil, and you can make your own! All you need is wide Alençon lace trim.
3. Lace cap veil from Twigs and Honey, photo by Elizabeth Messina
4. Delphine Manivet cap veil; see the original wedding here. Available at Lovely.

photo credits: Getty Images

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paloma's nest ceramic wedding keepsakes

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Past and Present: Royal Brides

Fashion & Beauty

With the Royal Wedding upon us, I can’t help but look back at all the vintage brides that made history and set trends that we still see today. Kate Middleton is on her way to becoming yet another bridal style icon, and I can’t wait to see what trend she will add to the list. This week we’re going to share our favorite traditions of past vintage royal brides that we’re likely to see again but with a modern twist. I lost track of time browsing these pretties… First up is long sleeved wedding dresses, and their more practical alternative, cover-ups.

Starting the series with the one and only Grace Kelly:

vintage wedding dresses with sleeves

Clockwise: Grace Kelly, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, and Oscar de la Renta (courtesy of Brides Magazine). Bottom right: Delphine Manivet shot by Elizabeth Messina.

Some ready-to-wear alternative accessories to sleeved wedding gowns…

wedding lace boleros bridal cardigans and capes

1. This black lace bolero over a strapless gown
2. A lace cardigan for a chilly evening
3. Love Lace cape from BHLDN over a mermaid silhouette gown
4. This custom lace jacket is the perfect match if you’re after the Grace look.

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