I love this photo by Arising Images from a wedding in Greenfield Village. It’s fun, unique to the location and really captures the couple. And it is completely different from this:
But, if you got married in 1888 like this couple – Mr. and Mrs. David Bell – this type of portrait most likely would have been the extent of your wedding photos. (And, that also could have been the extent of your wedding-day attire.)
In 1888, photographs were still new as keepsakes for special occasions. That said, I’m sure most of us know someone whose family memory box contains a similar photo of an expressionless bride and groom on what is supposed to be a very happy day. Remember that posing for a picture back then wasn’t an easy task. Subjects had to sit still for long exposure times, so a straight face was easier to keep than a smile. (It’s up to you to imagine their newly married bliss.)
(David Bell collaborated with Henry Ford on his early automotive efforts. Bell, a carriage blacksmith by trade, worked with Ford at the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit. The photo is part of the collections at The Henry Ford.)
If I say we’ve come a very, very long way in the art of wedding photography, that pretty much sums it up. Don’t you think?