40+ Incredible Wedding Veil Photos
A veil is the perfect finishing touch to any wedding dress. Whether your style skews ball gown or tea-length, it adds a romantic appeal that complements your look and makes you feel like a true bride! The tradition has been around for centuries, and it’s become one of the most fun and interesting bridal accessories on your big day. For your creative team of photographers and cinematographers, the veil can be a creative element that adds visual interest in many ways. To get your ideas going and to help you decide what type of veil is right for you, here are 40+ incredible images of wedding veil photography from our collection of award winning photographers.
We’ll break down the veil photos in the following categories:
- Wedding Veils Bending into the Camera
- Veils Flying in the Wind (Veil Tosses)
- Comedic Veil Timing
- Wedding Veils Over the Couple or Bride
- Solo Portrait of a Bride Featuring a Veil
Wedding Veils Bending into the Camera
One of the best techniques for incorporating the veil into your wedding photography is what we have coined, the “Veil Swoop.” With this type of image, the photography or an assistant typically holds the veil close to the lens and lets then lets the veil blow in the wind, causing the veil to “swoop” away from, and then back in, to he camera. This adds dynamic movement to the image for visual interest. See a few examples below:
Image by Mauricio Urena Garbanzo
Image by LJP
Veils Flying in the Wind (Veil Tosses)
Another popular technique for using the veil is what we call the “Veil Toss.” In these photos, an assistant tosses the veil in the air and quickly runs out of the frame. The result is a veil flying in the air and adding interest to the scene. The veil especially looks amazing if backlit by a flash or the sun. See a few of our favorites below:
Unposed Veil Wedding Moments
Of course, unposed, photojournalistic moments look great with a wedding veil as well. The unpredictable nature of a thin piece of cloth can create interesting, sometimes funny moments on a wedding day. See a few of our favorites below.
Wedding Veils Over the Couple or Bride
Another interesting use of the wedding veil is to using it to cover the bride and groom. The veil creates a surreal, dreamy feel to the photo, as you can see in the images below.
Solo Portrait of a Bride Featuring a Veil
Of course, the veil is also a great accessory for bridal portraits. In these portraits, you can use the veil with any of the techniques mentioned above such as veil swoops, veil tosses, or over the bride’s face.
Image by Mauricio Urena Garbanzo
Wedding Veil FAQs
Do I need a long wedding veil?
A long wedding veil can add interest to a photo and present more creative options to your photographer. However, a good photographer will be able to create interesting, dynamic photos without one. So the choice is ultimately yours. Also keep in mind that you can use your veil for a few photos and remove it for the other events of the day, so your choice of wedding veil doesn’t have to affect the entire day.
Does the design, price or type of veil matter?
In general, photographers rarely focus on close up details of a wedding veil, so practically speaking, the cost and design of the veil is not very important to the photos.
If you have any more questions regarding wedding veils, please let us know in the comments below!