Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Top Ten vintage brides in glasses

You may have noticed that I like to collect vintage wedding photographs, which I have used as bunting, and keep to admire and discuss  I like them as they are a snapshot of fashion history, not just the bride and groom's outfits, marvellous as they are, but those of the guests if you can find a photo with them on. I like them because they mark such a significant event in a person's life and I like to wonder about their back story and about what kind of future they managed to build together. I also feel in a way that I am rescuing them, I don't like to think of someone's once treasured wedding snap ending up in the bin or in a sad dusty pile in the corner of a shop. I like to give them a home and a place where others can admire them.

I don't find them all that easy to find when out and about which makes it all the more exciting if I manage to spot any. When I discovered the wonders of Pinterest I found a new way to come across more and more wedding photographs, you can see my board here.

I have mentioned before that I have a particular love for photographs of brides in glasses as I was one and we are not all that common, as so many people choose to remove their glasses on their wedding day, or sometimes just for the photographs. I can totally understand that, I just like to see some other spectacle wearers occasionally!

So on the day of my first wedding anniversary I thought it would be nice to take a look at my Top Ten vintage brides in glasses. These are all from my Pinterest board. They are in no particular order, because I didn't like to choose between them. That seemed a bit unfair!


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Aside from the amazing pastel coloured splendour of the bridesmaids I like this picture as the bride looks so happy. It is not easy to see the details of her glasses but they look to be straight across the top and curved underneath, echoing the lines of her dress. 
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It is nice to get a less posed action shot of a wedding. It is lovey to get a shot of the band too. This bride looks so petite and neat, down to her glasses.



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Look at the beaming smile on this 1950's bride. I love her dress, with the shorter skirt and many petticoats and the lace sleeved bodice. Her cat's eyes spectacles just finish off her look.
 
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Another beaming couple ready to cut their cake. Look at her lovely hair do and neat, rimless glasses. Very pretty sleek dress too.


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We can barely see this bride's glasses, they look to be completely rimless. Her dress is very beautiful even though it hides the bride almost entirely. She is not drawing attention to herself. I do like the sleeves with all the tiny buttons though they must have been a pain to do up.

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 Another pair of cat's eyes spectacles, possibly my favourite shape. In this case I love that they are so angular yet the bride has a massive ruffle/meringue dress going on. It is such a contrast.
 
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I love this pair as they both have their glasses on. This is even more rare to find. It is a nice close up shot so we can see the spectacles in detail. Loving the cat's eyes again!
 
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Gorgeous dress shape, gorgeous details, gorgeous bouquet, gorgeous lace, gorgeous collar.
 
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The most modern of the vintage brides in glasses. I love the balance between her glasses and her flicky hair and the veil. She looks lovely.
 
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The last bride in my Top Ten. It is a fantastic close up shot and shows so much detail. She is possibly my favourite bride in glasses, she just looks so relaxed, happy and glamorous. She is also proof, with the others, that men do make passes at girls who wear glasses.

12 comments:

  1. I love the couple with the awesome eyewear. Her cat-eye glasses are fantastic!

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    1. I was so happy to find a bespectacled couple!

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  2. everyone of thees pictures is fantastic! I saw your comment on the blog vintage ina modern world and came to visit your blog and its lovely. Im sure I will be back

    www.retrorover-vintagedogs.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you very much. I will head over and take a look at yours.

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  3. What gorgeous pictures
    Julie xxxxxx

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    1. Thank you. Pinterest is so fabulous!

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  4. What a wonderful collection of images. Why don't more brides wear their glasses, I wonder? These ladies do it with style. And, oh my goodness, those dresses! x

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    1. I love looking at the dresses too! I guess with the ever expanding range if contact lenses fewer and fewer people wear glasses all the time now. You are right, these ladies are stylish.

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  5. Awesome post! As a fellow bespectacled lady, I too have long taken note when I spotted a vintage bride sporting glasses. It's not the most common sight by any means! I love that you found ten beautiful examples spanning different decades. This post really was a joy to read and see - thank you!

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Many thanks as well for your immensely nice comment on my vintage coral suit post today, dear Kate. You really paid me a touchingly lovely compliment, as I intentionally try to be (and rather enjoy being) well coordinated.

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    1. Thank you Jessica. Did you wear glasses on your wedding day? I am not surprised that you enjoy begin well coordinated, it is an achievement to pick out colours in your outfit to highlight, especially as you do not always go with the obvious ones and it still works wonderfully.

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  6. What a great post! I love looking at all those photos, great way to start the day!

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    1. Thank you Sarah. I can look at vintage wedding photos all day!

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