Fourteenth: The Return of Romance

Many ask me about wedding trends. Honestly, I pay no attention to trends. Every bride I meet with, every bridal gown I see, every veil or accessory I create, is a new story. Although, one thing I do see happening today is the bride’s desire to return to romance.

Wedding photography by Tanya Salazar

traditional bridal style

Lindsey O’Loughlin envisioned tradition and romance when she planned her wedding to Will Laco. Hamilton Farm Golf Club, in Gladstone, was the perfect setting with its rolling lawns and climbing ivy.


Every detail was well thought out including her wedding veil. Lindsey came to unaware of the vast possibilities to design a veil that included her idea of traditional romance, while also offering a unique romantic style that would set her apart from common bridal veils.


I consulted with my lacemaker in France to find the perfect lace pattern to compliment her custom wedding gown made by Glamorous Bride in New York City. The added challenge was finding the lace pattern we liked made in the color blanc (pure white).

I loved every aspect of my veil. The shape, the length, the lace; it was all custom designed and went beyond what I had envisioned. When I met with Marie, I tried on all different types of veils. I touched the netting and laces. All were so beautiful. The European netting stood out to me. It was so soft.
— Lindsey Laco
The bottom of my veil was the most unique part of my design. It had a square edge and laid beautifully around the round train of my wedding dress. My veil was gorgeous, and the best part about it was that it felt like me!

Lindsey had a first look with her dad and her fiance without her veil on.

I put my veil on right before going to the church, and I’m glad I did. I will never forget the feeling of walking down the aisle with my veil on and my gorgeous train trailing behind me. It was perfect!

Lindsey and Will married in Church of Christ the King in New Vernon, NJ. It is where she was baptized, and received her first Holy Communion and Confirmation. Her parents also married in this church. Its significance gave her a sense of tradition.


The maid of honor’s task of straightening a wedding veil as beautiful and unique as Lindsey’s is essential not only for the view of the guests but for the memories that will remain through wedding photos long after your wedding day.

Everyone absolutely loved my veil. I received countless compliments from my guests. My husband could not believe how long my veil was. He said, “Wow, you look like a princess.”

Lindsey shared with us the ease of putting on and taking off her veil during her wedding day. She wore her veil for the ceremony and took it off for the cocktail hour and reception. Towards the end of the day’s light, the new Mr. and Mrs. Laco found a bit of romance under the veil of a gorgeous sunset!


A Rustic wedding with Vintage romance

Wedding Photography by Jimmy Chu

Cassandra Fernandez was an inspiring bride. She came to me looking for something different. Cassandra wasn’t looking for the traditional bridal veil. She wanted her wedding veil to compliment not only the romantic style of her wedding gown but also the rustic nature of her wedding venue, Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Mountains.


Cassandra and Corey’s wedding was more than a day-long celebration. They planned a weekend getaway where all of their guests could stay onsite. This rustic setting outside of the city provided a relaxed feel where everyone could enjoy themselves and be in the moment.


Cassandra’s hairstyle choice of glamorous finger waves combined with the romantic lines of her Emmy Mae wedding gown called for a bridal accessory beyond the industry standard. She was looking for a vintage style veil with a romantic, outdoorsy flair. Sparkles and poof were not in her vocabulary. Her design had to be outstanding enough to wow her guests, while also being simplistic and relaxed for the mountain air of the Catskills.

Beauty by  Ashley Lugashi

Beauty by Ashley Lugashi

I was a bit nervous as I started the hunt for a wedding dress. I wanted to be sure that I bought something that I could look back on years from now and still love. That’s when I started leaning towards a vintage feel. I still see my grandmother’s wedding photos, and to this day I think they look stunning. Her style really stood the test of time. I wanted a full lace dress with a very delicate, romantic style.
— Cassandra Fernandez

Cassandra was searching Instagram and came across Juliet style veils. The veil ideas she found were not created using professional design techniques to acquire a traditional Juliet cap shape. I had just completed a Juliet cap veil for our new collection and asked her to try it on at the end of her consultation. In my heart, I felt she would not be able to turn back from this beautiful design. It was indeed made for her!

When I put the veil on and looked in the mirror, I knew it was that special piece of my wedding day look that stood out. It was so unique, and it brought that vintage feel to life.
My husband and I did do a first look before our ceremony. Initially, I was very against the idea, and I did not want to see each other until the ceremony. It ended up being a very special moment between the two of us. It was a sweet moment and tears were shed. Corey told me how beautiful he thought I looked and that it was just how he imagined me as a bride.
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Cassandra’s mom is very talented and into DIY projects. Her mom made a lot of the wedding day decor from scratch including the arbor they were married under.

My aunt said that she was happy to buy the veil and wanted to be able to do that for me because if my grandmother were here, she would have wanted to do something special for the first wedding of her grandchildren. It was so meaningful to me. It also brought a piece of my grandmother into my wedding day, which was quite appropriate since my vintage wedding day style was inspired by hers.

As the designer, I love it when a bride enjoys her wedding veil after the ceremony. So many brides rush to take it off. Look at the photo below and picture it without her wearing her Juliet cap cathedral veil. This moment would not be the same in the absence of her veil.


The night ended exactly how it began…in a state of romance.


Next month on the Fourteenth:

A Bridal Consultation With Marie