Fabulous To-Know: Lady Cameo

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cam·e·o (n): A piece of jewelry, typically oval in shape, consisting of a portrait in profile carved in relief on a background of a different color. (source)

We’re often intrigued when we see a bride carrying a bouquet adorned with a lady cameo at the handle. Often this piece is a family heirloom, passed down from mother to daughter perhaps various times, for various occasions.

So what’s behind this lady cameo? A cameo, resulting from a commissioned portrait, was a prized possession for many a Victorian woman. However, “another kind of portrait appeared with an anonymous woman” this site states. Cameo designers soon introduced the cameo habillé (dressed), which “depicts the portrait of an idealized woman adorned with jewelry. This type of cameo has found great popularity and continues to be produced in the present day.”

The lady cameo’s not only being incorporated into weddings via jewelry, but it’s gracing decor, stationery and confections, too; this is evidenced in the photos below. Enjoy!



vintage cameo wedding bouquet

cameo stationery and wedding cake

cameo adorned wedding dress sash

Credits: 1 Sweet Monday Photography (via) 2 Silhouette pictures by Erik Johnson / Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2012 (via) 3 (Via) 4 Korie Lynn Photography (via).

burlap and cameo wedding stationery

Lanvin cameo necklace and cameo cupcakes

cameo and burlap wedding decor

5 Burlap wedding stationery created by photographer Jodi Miller (via) 6 Lanvin Cameo Brooch Necklace (avail. at Nordstrom) 7 (Via) 8 Morgan Trinker Photography (via).

 cameo cupcakes and wedding bouquet handle

cameo letterpress wedding stationery

cameo wedding bouquet and reception decor

9 Cameo cupcake by The Cake Parlour 10 Evan Hunt Photo (via) 11 Silhouette letterpress stationery designed by Michael Musser (available from Thomas-Printers Invitations) 12 Missy Cochran (via) 13 Love Is A Big Deal (via).