Susan Stripling Photography
Winterthur Museum Wedding PhotographerDo you know how bridesmaids came to be? The tradition is thought to have come from Roman Law, where weddings had to have ten witnesses in order to outmaneuver evil spirits that were long believed to be in attendance at wedding ceremonies.The witnesses dressed similarly to the wedding couple so that the evil spirits would not be able to distinguish the brides or grooms from the rest of the crowd. Some reference the Biblical story of Jacob as the origin of "bridesmaids", citing how Leah and Rachel came with servants to the wedding ceremony who were meant to attend to them.While modern day bridesmaids are absolutely not servants nor are they dressed just like a bride, it’s a tradition with a long history that today is becoming anew. I've photographed weddings with 25 bridesmaids, no bridesmaids, a best woman, a man of honor, a best sister, with men and women mixed on either side of the aisle.
I say stand up with who you love. Choose whoever you hold dear to your heart, and keep them by your site when you get married. Have a huge wedding party, or no wedding party at all. Have your day your way, and craft it however you want.These bridesmaids at this Hotel duPont wedding traveled with us to Gibraltar Gardens and the Marian Coffin Gardens for some formal portraits. I love this image of the bridesmaids with the bride. We were setting up a formal portrait and they stepped in to help fluff her dress and veil. I love the light, the setting, and the super sweet moment. I love that this symbolizes the wedding party - you and those who love you. And what is more of a party than THAT?