This is a Cabinet Card from the antique shop in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
O E Flaten expanded his business from Moorhead to Halstad and Lake Park Minnesota in the years 1894 and 1895.
We finally had a white or very light colored dress. I think it was most likely white, which means that the bride may have come from a wealthy family. ( White dresses got dirty especially along the bottom, so this dress would have only been worn a few times.) The dress has large sleeves with wings which were fashionable during 1895. They both have corsages and the bride is wearing the wedding bonnet with dangling flowers and greens. There is a bit of a shadow behind the grooms left leg..it looks like a posing stand to me. The bride is showing off her ring.
They may have been really happy. It is hard to tell, having your photograph taken was a big (quite serious) event. They had to remain motionless during the exposure time for the photograph. That could have been up to a minute or more. Smiles were hard to hold for a minute, and many people lacked dental care..so dazzling smiles were not the norm.
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This photo is Full Circle 35 on November 22, 2011