Wearing an elegant dress of white brocade and carrying a bouquet of what appear to be orange blossoms, this bride is posed in what is probably an upper class photographer's studio. A veil of illusion is attached to an exquisite crown of beads or pearls and small flowers fastened to her dark hair. Similar beads or pearls adorn her bodice and collar and encircle her arms at the bottom of the puffs on her sleeves. Her regal train is swirled around to the front.
The muted studio backdrop is beautifully painted with columns and luxurious foliage, and the photographer has skillfully arranged his props so that it is hard to tell were the backdrop ends and the tangible props begin. The large vase to the right with the classical motif and busts of cherubs I think is real, and so is the chair upon which she rests her white-gloved hand. The flowers and plants in the foreground may by real. If they are artificial, then they are very finely made.
This cabinet card comes from Bulgaria. The inscription on the front is printed in metallic silver, and the reverse is a real gem of Victorian advertising art. Unfortunately as the writing is in Bulgarian, I am unable to read it.
Antique Bulgarian photographic works have been sadly overlooked by collectors. Photographers from that country were as talented and artistic as those in any other European country or the United States.