A Sweet Homemade Marquee Wedding

To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness. —Robert Brault

After a three-year engagement, we decided to get married in a Santorini chapel! Color, style and ceremonial importance of the gown can depend on the religion and culture of the wedding participants.

In Western cultures, brides often choose a white wedding dress, which was made popular by Queen Victoria in the 19th century. In eastern cultures, brides often choose red to symbolize auspiciousness.

Weddings performed during and immediately following the Middle Ages were often more than just a union between two people. They could be a union between two families, two businesses or even two countries.

Many weddings were more a matter of politics than love, particularly among the nobility and the higher social classes. Brides were therefore expected to dress in a manner that cast their families in the most favorable light and befitted their social status, for they were not representing only themselves during the ceremony. Brides from wealthy families often wore rich colors and exclusive fabrics. It was common to see them wearing bold colors and layers of furs, velvet and silk.

White Wedding

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Brides dressed in the height of current fashion, with the richest materials their families’ money could buy. The poorest of brides wore their best church dress on their wedding day. The amount and the price of material a wedding dress contained was a reflection of the bride’s social standing and indicated the extent of the family’s wealth to wedding guests.

About 75 percent of wedding dresses on the market are strapless dresses or sleeveless, in part because such dresses require less skill from the designers and are easier to alter to fit correctly. However, the sleeved wedding gown as well as wedding gowns with straps have both become more popular in recent years.

Even after that, for a period, wedding dresses were adapted to the styles of the day. For example, in the 1920s, they were typically short in the front with a longer train in the back and were worn with cloche-style wedding veils. This tendency to follow current fashions continued until the late 1960s, when it became popular to revert to long, full-skirted designs reminiscent of the Victorian era.

A white wedding is a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding originating in Britain. The term originates from the white colour of the wedding dress, which first became popular with Victorian era elites after Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress at her wedding.

The more traditional bride still prefers white or ivory, but the young girls… seem to like the idea of using colors. – Reem Acra

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 popular colour in Western Europe more generally. European and American brides had been wearing a plethora of colours, including blue, yellow, and practical colours 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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  1. So exciting! Congratulations on your new adventure! Gorgeous photos – you guys are going to do so great. I got married this year and we did it overseas too!

    1. Aww your ring is absolutely gorgeous and you will be such a beautiful bride. My husband proposed last Christmas and we got married in September.

  2. Good luck and I hope everything runs as smoothly as possible for you two! I can’t wait to hear more about it. I’m sure it will be stressful at times, but it’s also fun and exciting!

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