Wednesday, May 09, 2007

My 1920s headpiece and reproduction veil

Quite a while back, I blogged about the headpiece I'd found for my veil: a 1920s (or thereabouts) wax flower wreath. During the decision-making process of what I wanted the actual veil to look like, I also posted links with lots of information about 1920s veil styles.

Although I had my veil (a modern reproduction) made a couple of months before the wedding, I didn't get a chance to sew it on to the headpiece until the last couple of nights before the wedding. Unfortunately, that meant that I also held off posting about the veil, for lack of good pictures.

The good news is now that the wedding has passed, I have some really great pictures to show you of the veil!

Maria, the woman who made my veil for me, was absolutely fantastic. We exchanged many emails and swatches before she started anything, so the finished veil was exactly what I wanted and needed to go with my dress. To get the soft look of a vintage veil, she used chiffon Georgette instead of tulle. (I really liked this idea because the scallops on the hem of my 1920s wedding dress are made of silk chiffon, too!) She sent me several color swatches, and I chose a color called flax, which was just a shade lighter than my gown (if that).

When Maria sent me several swatches of the typical bridal veil lace, I didn't like how wide and stiff most of it was, so she found me several types of narrow, softer lace. The lace that I eventually chose was a simple eyelet style of lace, very narrow (maybe half an inch wide) and flexible. Maria dyed it to match the flax chiffon Georgette, and the color matches perfectly.

In this picture, you can see how beautifully the light shines through the chiffon Georgette. I can't imagine any other veil being more beautiful or more appropriate:

Taking the advice of several sites about creating retro veils, I had Maria make the veil fairly rectangular in shape, with the corners just slightly rounded. The width was fairly narrow, and the length was approximately fingertip length. The result was a simple, sleek veil that complemented the 1920s style of the dress quite nicely, without drawing attention away from it.

This picture shows the length and the cut of the veil, as well as how it looks with the wreath:

I was so impressed with Maria's work that I would recommend her to anyone who needs a veil, whether their wedding theme is retro or modern -- but her vintage-inspired work is particularly stunning. She has done some vintage veil restorations, too, which is worth noting. You can see Maria's veil portfolio here, or contact her via Southern Artistic Veils, her seller's account on eBay.



At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Julia Temlyn said...

The second picture reminds me of The Great Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Beautiful!

At 4:47 PM, Blogger myste said...

this is a stunning photo. i stumbled upon your blog looking for pictures of 20's wedding hairstyles and i really enjoy your blog. my dress is a little more 30's style but it has the same hemline at the bottom, shorter in front with a little train on the back.

lovely lovely lovely!

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks for visiting, Myste -- I love this photo too! I'm glad you have enjoyed my blog.

I would love to see your dress. If you ever post pictures online, feel free to comment again and leave the link in your comment!

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Stephenson! said...

Hi! I came across your blog while searching for short curly hairstyles (which pulled up that cute picture of you in the hat). I just wanted to tell you that I am awed by the two beautiful wedding pictures you've posted. I particularly like the one of your MOH helping you with your veil... The picture itself looks vintage! I had a themed wedding last year, but you definitely pulled your theme off better than I did, I think. If you have your other wedding pictures online somewhere and you wouldn't mind sharing with a stranger, I'd love to see them.

Take care!

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Jennifer --

No, of course I don't mind sharing my pictures with strangers -- after all, that's what this blog is here for! :o)

Other than my wedding blog, I have also posted pictures on my personal blog and on myspace. The links are below (you'll need a myspace account to access that URL):

I'm a married woman now

More wedding pictures

My myspace photo album

At 2:13 PM, Blogger shane said...

Where did you find that gorgeous wax flower head piece???!!! I have been looking EVERYWHERE for something luck:(

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


Thanks for visiting. I found the wax flower headpiece on eBay. They come up occasionally, although the sellers don't always know what they are. If I were you, I would search eBay periodically, or set up a search in your account that automatically emails you when one is found.

Remember to be thorough in your searches -- not everyone knows what they are!

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Sandra L. said...

Your ensemble is beautiful! I had a 1920s wedding ensemble too. If you look at, in my Misc. photos set, you will see a couple of pictures of the wedding outfits, plus my Grandmother in 1929. I tried to have my gown made to look like hers. In 1988, there was no ebay or vintage clothing stores round these parts so I had to settle for a reproduction. I found $5 shoes to match and voila! We will be married 20 years on May 21.

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


Thanks for visiting my blog and inviting us to look at your pictures! To make them a little easier for my readers to find, I'm linking to the individual pictures:

Sandra's 1920s wedding ensemble

Sandra's 1920s wedding ensemble - B&W

Sandra and her bridesmaids

Sandra's grandmother's wedding picture

I LOVE the picture of your grandmother. Those period pictures are so much fun!

At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Paulette said...

What a lovely unique wedding.
I adore the fashions of the 20's and 30's. I paint vintage fashions too. With 6 years now in the making I will soon have my website up for...
Should any be interested in the meantime, please feel free to email me at

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


Thanks for stopping by. Do you have your website up and running yet? If you send me the link or some pictures I might be interested in featuring your work on this blog. Contact me for more information.


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