Down here in the South, we love our bridal portraits. Simply put, bridal portrait sessions are a Southern tradition in which you get to basically try out your wedding day look! It's typically a month or two before the wedding, and you will get all dolled up with a hair and makeup trial, wear your bridal gown, veil, jewelry, and so on, and of course, carry a portrait bouquet! A lot of the time, couples will print a few of these photos and use them at their reception.
What I love about bridal portrait sessions is that they're basically a dress rehearsal for that aspect of the wedding day! It gives you a great opportunity to connect with your hair and makeup artist and nail down your wedding day look, at the same time as being a nice private, relaxing time as opposed to what happens on the wedding day - which is almost always chaos! You can also let loose with a little more creativity than on your wedding day. For example, for a bridal portrait session, you can go anywhere for those photos, while and on the wedding day, you'll be limited to nearby locations. Having a portrait session done also makes the timeline of the wedding day easier, because those bridal portraits have already been taken.
So why do I love bridal portraits sessions and think that you absolutely must book one? From a floral designer's perspective, it's a great opportunity for me to play with your color palette and really figure out what you want. I typically design a smaller version of your wedding day bouquet, and it's like a preview of what you're going to get - unless you want to get creative, and do something a little more fun or different for the portraits! For example, on my own wedding day, I had a soft, feminine bouquet in blush tones, but for my bridal portraits, I chose to incorporate a lot more color to have some fun.
Even better, if you want me to style your bridal session in a larger capacity, I can do that through my Design + Planning Consultations. This is a particularly great option for a bride who wants a more pampered, boutique style experience and needs help tying it together. We can go as over the top or as low key as you wish - the beauty of portrait sessions is that we have so much flexibility. Take a look at Deanna's bridal portrait session as an example- I styled it very simply with a bed of rose petals, and it took her photos from basic to a little more interesting.
Take a look at some of Kemmerley's bridal portraits from my friend Charla Storey Photography - and now you'll see why you absolutely must have bridal portraits taken!
Wedfully Yours is now booking 2018 wedding dates for floral design and coordination packages in the Dallas area, and floral design packages in the Lubbock area. Get in touch today to see if we still have your date available!