Non-Traditional White Wedding

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According to Wikipedia, the tradition of a white wedding dress is commonly credited to Queen Victoria’s choice to wear a white court dress at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.  Royal brides before Victoria did not typically wear white, instead choosing “heavy brocaded gowns embroidered with white and silver thread,” with red being a particularly favorite color in Western Europe more generally. European and American brides had been wearing a plethora of colors, including blue, yellow, and standard colors like black, brown, or gray. As accounts of Victoria’s wedding spread across the Atlantic and throughout Europe, elites followed her lead.

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Worldwide, the color white has paired well with weddings and other significant life or spiritual events for millennia. In ancient Greece, white was the color of bridal joy, and brides not only wore white dresses and white flowers, but they also painted their bodies white.  In China, it was the color of purity and perfection, and thus uniquely suitable as a color associated with death, which they saw as the time when the deceased person moved towards the ultimate achievement.  In ancient Japan, white was also the color of purity and innocence. In Africa, the color white is associated with deities and worship. In the Christian tradition, white clothes were worn at the time of baptism to represent spiritual purity and the washing away of sins.

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Etiquette books then began to turn the practice into a tradition, and the white gown soon became a famous symbol of status that also carried “a connotation of innocence and purity.” 

By the end of the 19th century, the white dress was the garment of choice for elite brides on both sides of the Atlantic. However, middle-class British and American brides did not adopt the trend fully until after World War ll.

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The portrayal of weddings in Hollywood movies, particularly immediately after World War II, helped crystallize and homogenize the white wedding into a normative form.

Okay, the stage is set. We decided to do a non-traditional white wedding shoot. It was time to gather up some friends and make a plan.

We contacted Kristen White, at White Weddings in Farmington for some non-traditional dresses. Then Kendra Harris at Jayson Jewelers in Cape Girardeau for some fun non-traditional bling. Linda McHenry, at DragonFly-In in Arcadia Valley for a cool location. For a cool prop, we reached out David, at WT Customs in Fredericktown for a vintage truck. Our own Vivian Myers to do hair and makeup. Last, but not least, we found the perfect non-model – Stephanie Barnett from Bonne Terre. What can I say, 573 Magazine gets around.

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