More brides than you realize actually tied the knot in December, combining their nups with a season of Christmas festivities. Above is Fabiola of Aragon who married Baudouin, the King of the Belgians. Their wedding took place on the cold winter morning of December 15, 1960. Her gown was an absolute masterpiece created by Spanish design legend Cristobal Balenciaga. Peau with a mink collar and twenty foot train, it suited this winter bride well. Balenciaga was one of a handful of couturiers who could actually design, cut, and sew his own designs. A designer's designer, his minimalist creations that were so well crafted they resembled sculptures and were considered the optimal of haute couture circa 1950s and 1960s.
The 1960s was a decade for Presidential daughters to tie the knot. Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon who reigned from the mid to later part of the 60s both had a pair of daughters of marrigable age. Above: On December 9, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson's eldest daughter Lynda married Marine Captain Charles Robb in a White House all decked out for Christmas. Seven bridesmaids were in floor-length red velvet gowns. Among the guests was former first daughter Alice Roosevelt who also married in the White House in 1906.
Lynda's designer was Geoffrey Beene. She chose this empire sheath silhouette in a winter-weight peau satin. Notice the border of heavy lace running vertically up the front of the gown creating an apron-like effect. Trendy at the time, was her detachable Watteau train that fell from her shoulders. Topping it off, she wore a pill box cap with a blusher and very long pouf veil.
Julie's gown was by Pricilla Kidder aka Priscilla of Boston. High-necked with pearls and beadwork, it had puffed sleeves and a long train. The bridesmaid ensembles were brocade overcoats with long Juliet sleeves.