Vintage Wedding Veils

For thousands of years, the wedding veil has been noted as one of the definitive symbols of weddings. Its name derived from the meaning to obscure, shroud, mask, or cover was thought to ward off evil spirits and protect Roman brides as the walked toward their betrothed. During the 1800s, in England, the veil became synonymous with purity, chastity, and virtue for brides. Today, we wear the veil not only to enhance our wedding gown, but also as a symbolic way to hide the bride’s features from the groom until he’s permitted to see her.

Regardless of the emblematic interpretation, a wedding veil can add that certain je ne sais quoi and extra femininity to your gown. If you’re bride who values heirlooms and desire a perennial look, an antique veil may be just what you’re looking for. Antique veils have an ageless air about them and really tend to invoke romantic nostalgia for another time. And with the introduction of shows like Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, we’re really beginning to see the trend of these timeless veils progress.  If you’ve seen Lady Mary sweep the stairs in her cathedral-length veil, you know what I’m referring too. It really just makes you want to swoon.

But, finding these gorgeous veils can be a bit of chore-especially with the launch of historic shows like Downton Abbey. So, today we’re bringing you a few places where you may be able to find these elusive and eternal pieces.

1). Cheryl Taylor of Taylor Clarke Bridals is an amazing resource and seamstress to boot. Her knowledge and plethora of antique lace is enough to make you gape-mouthed. She is perfect as she acquaints herself with your gown to determine which veil would best suit you, your face shape, and your style.  If you’re lucky, she’ll even draw you a sketch.

2). Etsy, another great reference, is perfect for those who want the freedom to search on their own and still have the knowledge of shop owners to guide them a bit.

3). Ebay. For the more adventurous and those who prefer to be a bit more hands on. There are variety of veils ranging from the 19th century to the 1930s and up that will suit your needs and taste.  Just be sure to do your research and ask questions.

Wherever you purchase your antique veil, you’ll be a show stopping sensation. And you can be sure you’ll have a look that will withstand the ages.

To see more wedding veil inspiration from Once Wed…

1. DIY flower crown over a drop veil

2. Wedding hairstyles with a drop veil tutorial

3. Wedding hairstyles with drop veil

Photography: Rylee Hitchner // Styling: Joy Thigpen // Hair + makeup: Amanda Paige  // Vintage Veil: Cheryl Taylor of Taylor Clarke Bridals // LongVeil: The Bride Room  // Dress: Temperley London // Location: Callanwolde // Article written by: Katie Decker

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03.25.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Joseph Jewelry Engagement Rings

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Are you looking for a unique engagement ring or custom designed wedding bands for you and your partner? Our new sponsor, Joseph Jewelry, may be able to give you what you’ve been looking for. Joseph Jewelry works closely with you to design your own engagement ring or wedding rings. You can work with their jewelers at their Bellevue, Washington store or online by creating a design profile for your custom jewelry.

The process for designing your custom engagement ring starts when you decide on a style by uploading inspiring images or as you look through Joseph Jewelry’s collection of rings online to find a design. They will work with you to create a custom ring that fits within your budget and then give you a free quote!

We think one of the best things about Joseph Jewelry, besides the fact that they are able to create custom engagement rings for brides that will last a lifetime, is that they use conflict-free gems and non-mined metals from recycled jewelry and precious metals in all of their pieces. You can have your unique ring, while also being respectful to the planet! Get your free quote from Joseph Jewelry today!

03.24.13 / Featured, News Blog

Crown Braid Tutorial

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This crown braid hair tutorial is the 4th hairstyle in our 4 part braid series from the lovely Jesse of Our Labor of LoveAlison Brislin, and Kelly Shew. If you’re joining us for the first time, don’t forget to check out the other 3 braid tutorials in this series including the waterfall braid tutorial, french braid bun tutorial, and fishtail braid tutorial.

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1. Part hair down middle. Secure one side of the hair with a clip or elastic so it doesn’t get mixed in with the other side.

2. Grab a section of hair at the nape of the neck. Split into three.

3. Start to do an INSIDE-OUT French braid (instead of crossing sections over each other, cross under).

4+5. Continue braiding inside-out, wrapping around the side of the head.

6. You’ll cross the forehead and finish the braid. Secure with a hair tie. Let braid hang whilst you braid the second side.

7. Grab a section of hair at the top of the head and split into three.

8. Start to do an INSIDE-OUT French braid down the side of the head.  Finish the braid and secure with an elastic.

9. Take braid and wrap around the back of the head.

10. Secure with Bobbi pins. Tuck and hide small tail under the other braid. Grab the braid resting on the forehead and secure with Bobbi pins. Tuck tail under other braid. 

Photography: Jesse of Our Labor of Love // Hair and Styling: Alison Brislin // Makeup: Kelly Shew

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03.19.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Register with SimpleRegistry

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Are you looking for an exciting and creative way to set up your wedding registry? Tired of the same old retail-store registry lists? Look no further than our sponsor, SimpleRegistry. With SimpleRegistry you can add anything to your registry, giving you the freedom do redeem your gifts as cash and decide where, when and how to arrange the purchase of your gifts! With cool and specialized tools that make registering for gifts fun and personable, our members create a registry that is reflective of their personality instead of the latest inventory of the big box retail stores. Plus, friends and family can all go in on expensive items through their Group gift option.

When we write anything from anywhere, we really mean it…even non tangible items like season tickets to the summer concert series in your city, deep see fishing lessons on your honeymoon, or a donation to your favorite charity. Literally *anything* that can be thought up can be added to your registry!

Setting up a registry with SimpleRegistry is super easy. Customize your registry with purpose-built tools like the SimpleAdder(bookmarklet for adding any item from any item from any website with one click), free Mobile App(scan barcodes or snap a photo of anything and add it to your registry), and Instant Registry for those in a hurry(pre-made lists of professionally curated items).

SimpleRegistry will give one lucky couple a $5,000 credit toward their registry on SimpleRegistry if they register between 1/1/13 and 4/30/13! Click here to start your registry today!

Bedroom photo via Interiors, Kitchen photo via House and Home, Outdoor Photo and living room unknown

03.19.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog