Wedding ensemble, "Journal des Dames," 1813. This could be the first known fashion plate representing a bride wearing a white dress and a veil. The French Revolution had shaken up old customs in all strata of society, hence the new regime looked to the Classical era for inspiration. The wedding veil became popular again, weddings became more of social occasions than the family affairs of old. Where French fashion lead the English was sure to follow and soon the English bride wore white.
La Belle Assemblee, Evening Dress, December 1810. This is definitely before La Belle found their footing with illustrations, but look at the gorgeous detail on that gown! The deep lace around the hem is lovely.