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.
From America to China to Cameroon and far beyond, the old photographs of brides and weddings from the late 19th and early 20th century capture other worlds. The many ceremonies and complicated local costume of each wedding party speaks to a time when weddings were a huge event for the entire village, when ceremonies might have remained unchanged for centuries, and when new inventions like photography were just beginning to change the way weddings were done.
That’s it for these intriguing photos of brides from around the world. They give us an idea of what weddings from hundreds of years ago might have been like all around the world. They offer a window into a time when the old traditions were still very much alive and kicking.