Balmy weather makes June a popular month for weddings in the Northern Hemisphere.  However, 19th- century Russian peasants preferred to take their marital vows following the autumn harvest, when food, rubles, and time were more plentiful.

The night after the wedding, the family often eavesdropped to ensure things got off to a good start. And the next day, was there blood on the bedding?

Once married, a peasant woman was required to always cover her sensual hair and put aside her single hair braid for matronly double braids.

Planning a wedding?  Pick up a few decorating ideas from these images!

Arrival of Sorcerer at Peasant Wedding by Vasily Maximov 1875

         Village Wedding in Tambov Province by Andrei Ryabushkin 1880