Are you planning to wear a veil for your wedding day?
For some brides it’s a no brainer, they instantly know they want a dramatic cathedral veil, a classic elbow-length or a retro blusher. For many of us though, the jury’s still out on whether veils are simply just too expected, traditional, or fussy.
And for you guys, we reckon today’s post might change all that.
Over the last few years, the bridal staple was replaced with flowers, vintage style accessories, hair bands, and even regal crowns.
But as modern brides look to inject a little timeless style and romance into their wedding day look, veils of all manner are making a comeback.
And one group of wedding industry pros who couldn’t be happier about it? Photographers.
For any wedding photographer worth their salt, a veil gives them a unique opportunity to capture movement and texture.
Like your bouquet or your dress, it’s a prop of sorts, that adds a little interest to your pictures and helps you pose when you’re feeling a little silly (which you do when you’re standing for photos for 40 minutes straight!)
And if you still don’t think you’d like to wear a wedding veil – this gorgeous video might just change your mind…
Video by Lovebrain Films of The Wedding Artists Collective, features brides Rebecca, Cristina, Natalie, Yoon and Blythe
So, once you’ve decided on rocking a veil on your big day (and here’s a handy guide to the selecting a style), you’ve got to make the most of it in your wedding photos.
To help you do just that, we’ve recruited the help of some pros from The Wedding Artists Collective (a one-of-a-kind curated group of wedding photographers and videographers from around the world) to share a selection of their favourite veil shots, as well as their take on what makes veils just so special to shoot.
(Don’t forget to pin your favourites for inspiration for sourcing a photographer or choosing your veil!)
From Samm Blake of The Wedding Artists Collective:
I always love walking shots if a bride is wearing a veil, I love when the wind catches it as it creates a lot of movement and love the unexpected shots it creates.
I always love photographs taken in the moment rather than staged and a veil can really help more natural moments happen. A veil can definitely adds a lot more variety to your photographs as it can be used to add movement and depth to photographs.
I love when a bride is simply adjusting her veil and letting it wrap around her, it really helps posed photographs feel less staged / camera aware.
From City Love Photography of The Wedding Artists Collective:
The visual quality of a veil is immediately alluring, ethereal.
From a photography perspective, I love the gauzy way in which a veil translates light. This texture and flexibility of shape allows for a lot of play within a portrait session and the wedding itself; you never quite know how a veil will behave, which creates surprising and beautiful photographic moments.
From Shannen Natasha of The Wedding Artists Collective:
There’s nothing more “bridal” than a veil. Veils can make for such interesting composition and moments with it trailing behind the bride and catching in the wind, sunlight filtering through it, or as a wrap around bare shoulders.
I like to recommend some time shooting with the veil and shooting without it to give variety to a bride’s look.
There’s a greater ease to moving without a veil, especially when it’s floor length, but there’s a compositional element that a veil gives a brides look that is nice to have for a portion of the day as well.
From Eager Hearts of The Wedding Artists Collective:
Veils add an extra dynamism to photos – they can be played with to create leading lines, softness and depth to an image.
In photography, action creates opportunity, and the unique way a veil catches the light so beautifully, reacts to a breeze, or fills the frame lends a spontaneity and playfulness to the final images.
A Few More Gorgeous Veil Shots for Inspiration
Some gorgeous pictures, right? Thanks so much to the photographers of The Wedding Artists Collective for sharing their insights on the resurgence of the bridal veil and what makes them swoon.
The Wedding Artists Collective owner and curator, Lisa Raffo Ashley is also the founder of Collective Gatherings, an annual industry retreat, to celebrate the craft of talented wedding professionals – get more inspiration by visiting the The Wedding Artists Collective website, and following them on Instagram.
Check out our Bridal Veil Style Guide.