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Photographic print, Metal frame
11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
ca. 1880-1910
Victorian (1837-1901)
Wedding photograph of bride, flower girl, and seven bridesmaids holding staffs and baskets of flowers.
Label Text:
The practice of using flowers at weddings is a time-honored tradition across cultures and religions. They have been used to decorate the wedding ceremonies, receptions, and nuptial bed, as well as adorning the bride and groom. Flowers carry symbolism of love, fertility and prosperity that makes them well suited to setting the tone for a couple embarking in marriage. In the nineteenth century, the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert in 1840, was the greatest influence on American weddings and their floral practices.
Wedding ceremonies were generally held in the bride’s home in the nineteenth century, and the floral arrangements were the primary form decoration. The front parlor served as the chapel, with the alter for the ceremony either in front of the bay window or the mantel. The aisle would be marked with ribbon and small bouquets, garlands of flowers, ribbons, and foliage might be used to grace the staircase and mantle, and potted plants would be placed strategically around the room.
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection. Gift of Frances Jones Poetker.
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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
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Smithsonian Gardens