There are so many beautiful wedding traditions from around the world. Sadly, many of these costumes and customs have fallen by the wayside. But, for a brief window there existed a time when both old traditions and photography stood side by side, allowing those moments which would pass all too quickly to be captured for posterity. What follows is a collection of these gorgeous and intriguing photographs from long ago.

Hopi bride photographed by Edward Curtis in 1900. Via/ Library of Congress
Korean bride on palanquin from 1919. Via/ Library of Congress
Bedouin bride from the 1910s. Via/ Library of Congress
Kazakh bride (on the left) from the late 1800s. Via/ Library of Congress
Grecian bride from 1902. Via/ Library of Congress
Kyrgyz bride in Turkestan from the late 1800s. Via/ Library of Congress
Japanese bride from 1910. Via/ NYPL