I love the beautiful fabrics. I don't know when these pictures were taken, but I would guess in the late nineteenth century. I also guess that they were home developed, because there are 2 copies of each of the three wedding dress photos in this album.
The caption on the whole page says "Gertrude Faxon dressed in Wedding dress of Mrs. Lizzie Watson of 1876." By this caption, it is probable that she was not married yet at this time, and her own marriage date is unknown, but probably in 1906.
The other page looks like this...
The following close-ups do have some extra contrast added.
Second, I have no idea who Lizzie Watson was. I can't find any relatives of Gertrude Faxon's who got married in 1879. Gertrude Faxon was born in 1872, so probably didn't even attend that wedding. Whoever the Watsons were, the son, William, is pictured in the boat on the same page of the album. I would imagine they were close friends of the Faxon family.
The dress is wonderful, probably of satin and lace. And that bonnet! I'm sure in 1879 it was the best that could be had. But back to the lovely model, Gertrude Faxon Hillyer had spent some time in the theatre as well as her husband Louis (Schultz) Hillyer. They were living in New York when daughter, Mary Margaret was born (1907).
But the family returned to her parents home in Michigan at least by the following photo. Her father died in 1910. This is the farm house of the Faxon family in Duplain, Clinton County, Michigan.
THis is my third entry this month to Sepia Saturday with a theme of Love and Marriage. Come on over to see what other Sepians have posted.
In our relationships we need to uphold that aspect of the person which is the real person and the soul beyond their own self-doubt. Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan