White satin dress, 1914. Brussels lace trims the neckline along with clusters of pearls, glass beads and brilliants. The silk net veil is gathered to a band with wreath of wax orange blossoms. Silk stockings, kid gloves and satin pumps accompany the dress. The ensemble was worn by Wilhelmine Dorothea Meyer (b. 1888) for her marriage to Adolf Gevert Hollings in 1914. She was the mother of Senator Fritz Hollings of Charleston. Please be sure to scroll through the photo set as we fortunate enough to have Mrs. Hollings’ bridal portrait, shoes and orange blossom spray. 1986.53 The Charleston Museum
For more about the tradition of orange blossoms (and Queen Victoria’s contribution to the fad), check out this video with The Charleston Museum’s curator of textiles.