By Julie Hunter & Erica Maniez
June has traditionally been known as “Bride’s Month.” In today’s era, September and October are popular for weddings, with June coming in third. In past decades, however, many brides traditionally selected June for their wedding month. The month of June derives its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. If you married in June, it was thought that one would be blessed with prosperity and happiness.
We have a variety of wedding portraits from all eras in our collection. Today we’re looking at three different June wedding photographs from our collection.
First is a 1910 bridal portrait of Grace Eastlick in honor of her marriage to Mahlon Settem. The portrait was taken in a studio, and Grace stands in front of a backdrop. Grace is wearing a gown typical of the Edwardian era. It’s a two-piece blouse and skirt set with a bloused bodice. Most brides of this time period – unless well-off – would have used their wedding dress for special occasions for some time afterward. We’re looking at a black and white image, so the dress looks white in the photo, but it probably was not.
Next we have a portrait from June of 1941, just before the start of World War II. Violet Aune and Willam Vaughan probably posed immediately following their wedding ceremony for this picture. Violet is wearing a simple, country wedding dress. The gown is floor length, and is accompanied by a chapel-length veil. Her generous bouquet makes it hard to see what’s happening with her sleeves.
In our final wedding portrait, Rachel Guetzlaff and Robert Nova pose in front of an altar at their outdoor garden wedding in 1971. Rachel’s dress is made of “crepe backed satin,” which is a synthetic fabric. It has a yoked lace bodice, puffed upper sleeves, and a floor-length skirt – demonstrating an excellent example of the “granny dress” style that was popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. According to the wedding announcement, Rachel’s aunt made the dress “in the style” of the bride’s mother’s dress from 1934.
Were you married in Issaquah, either in June or any other season? Email us at info@issaquahhistory if you’d like to contribute a wedding picture to our collection of community artifacts.