Monday, 17 February 2014

Holy Matrimony

I never tire of gazing at Wedding veils and I'll have been married 19 years this October! On one of the most special days of her life, the bride approaches the Altar of God and her husband-to-be full of joy and peace. Dressed usually in pure white, she will have her hair covered in modesty and reverence to God and her bridegroom.

The stunning Grace Kelly on her Wedding day - she chose a Juliet cap (made famous from Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet') decorated with orange blossoms and the  circular veil, with lace motifs, was 90 yards long.

Another Juliet cap style veil- this one is handmade by 'Kelima K' in New York and is made of vintage lace and beaded trim. 

A glistening, fully beaded long mantilla.

Crocheted white Wedding veil, absolutely glorious!

Elegantly simple, traditional style mantilla.

Veiling the sacred - in Judaism at the 'bedeken' ceremony the bridegroom places the veil over the bride's face and recites the blessing given to Rebecca by her mother and brother before she left for her marriage to Isaac. 

“When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.” 

+Fulton J. Sheen

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Modest in mantillas

When one veils there is a special yearning for reverence and humility. It shows an understanding of the virtue of modesty and respect in the presence of God. Seeing young ladies wearing mantillas is a real joy, especially in a world which is rife with impurity and immorality. Covering their heads and dressing in modest attire shows Our Lord that He is at the centre of their hearts.

A beautiful, black lace mantilla for a young lady.

Modestly fashionable in white.

I love the way this Russian girl has made her ivory mantilla her own by tying it around the base of her neck. 

A wonderful array of pure white lace with a pale pink and ebony mantilla...feminine beauty at its best.

Our young ladies will lead the Church into Her next generation - may they always remain virtuous, modest and faithful.

'How beautiful then is modesty and what a gem among virtues it is.'

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church