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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

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:

 

veil wedding photography megan allenImage by Megan Allen

veil photography rey benasfreImage by Rey Benasfre

veil photography scott josuweitImage by Scott Josuweit

veil swoop wedding lin jirsaImage by Lin and Jirsa

veil photography scott josuweitImage by Scott Josuweit

veil photography mauricio urena garbanzoImage by Mauricio Urena Garbanzo

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:

veil toss wedding lin jirsaImage by Lin and Jirsa

veil wedding photography dave mossImage by Dave Moss

veil wedding photography kevin holdingImage by Kevin Holding

veil photography rey benasfreImage by Rey Benasfre

veil photography angela nelsonImage by Angela Nelson

veil photography jason vinsonImage by Jason Vinson

veil photography jason vinsonImage by Jason Vinson

veil photography timothy eyrichImage by Timothy Eyrich

veil photography angela nelsonImage by Angela Nelson

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.

veil wedding photography dave mossImage by Dave Moss

veil wedding photography kevin holdingImage by Kevin Holding

veil wedding photography citlalli ricoImage by Citlalli Rico

veil wedding photography citlalli ricoImage by Citlalli Rico

veil photography angela nelsonImage by Angela Nelson

veil photography david mendozaImage by David Mendoza

veil photography jason vinsonImage by Jason Vinson

veil photography jason vinsonImage by Jason Vinson

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.

veil photography marissa joy dalyImage by Marissa Joy Daly

veil wedding photography megan allenImage by Megan Allen

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.

veil wedding photography marlies hartmannImage by Marlies Hartmann

veil photography timothy eyrichImage by Timothy Eyrich

veil wedding photography citlalli ricoImage by Citlalli Rico

veil wedding photography marlies hartmannImage by Marlies Hartmann

wedding veil bridal portrait lin jirsaImage by Lin and Jirsa

veil wedding photography citlalli ricoImage by Citlalli Rico

veil wedding photography citlalli ricoImage by Citlalli Rico

veil photography rey benasfreImage by Rey Benasfre

veil photography timothy eyrichImage by Timothy Eyrich

veil photography jason vinsonImage by Jason Vinson

veil photography jason vinsonImage by Jason Vinson

veil photography jason vinsonImage by Jason Vinson

veil photography jason vinsonImage by Jason Vinson

veil photography marissa joy dalyImage by Marissa Joy Daly

veil photography marissa lyndah wellsImage by Lyndah Wells

veil wedding photography citlalli ricoImage by Citlalli Rico

veil wedding photography mauricio urena garbanzoImage by Mauricio Urena Garbanzo

veil wedding photography kevin holdingImage by Kevin Holding

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!