Haleigh & Clayton were married last month so, I can now share her lovely bridal session! Haleigh’s wedding style is a little classic vintage & a little country chic, with lots of personalized details. She chose Alda’s Magnolia Hill in Little Rock for her session, maybe cue the SNL Stefon voice but, this place has everything - horses, vintage cars, and even a cute little pond with a rowboat! We had so much fun just checking out all the pretty little nooks on the property, petting the pretty horses, & capturing these beautiful portraits.
I am so excited to finally share more of Miki's bridal portrait session. To start, we knew we wanted a golden look in a natural setting. And when I saw this overgrown archway surrounded by a field filled with cheerful, yellow wildflowers I knew it would be the perfect setting.
THE DETAILS : Miki's dress is a vintage 1970s beauty with lovely lace details. It's extra special because it was originally worn by her mother on her wedding day. A few alterations were made to update the dress while still preserving the original details. I just love these sheer polka dotted lace sleeves!
A pearl button from her grandmother and pearl accessories complete the look.
Miki even brought a framed portrait of her Mom in her wedding dress. So sweet!
To compliment Miki's vintage style & for a pop of color I brought my own Victorian sofa (It was my Grandmother's and it's one of my favorite things.) The blue contrasts against the yellow wildflowers & the style compliments her vintage dress oh so nicely. The end result was definitely worth lugging this heavy heirloom out into a field!
This cozy, hand knitted wrap was made by Miki's father. I love that Miki's bridal look represents her style & also the love of her family.
1. Trial Run -This. This is so important. You've found the perfect dress, shoes, & jewelry. You've decided on your hair & makeup look. Now is the time to see how it all comes together before the big day. Schedule a hair & makeup trial on the day of your portraits to feel your best. That also gives you a chance to see how it will photograph. (Sometimes makeup looks different on camera.) Schedule your bridal portraits before your final dress fitting & you'll have plenty of time to make sure everything comes together just perfectly.
2. Location -Back in the day, bridal portraits were in-studio formal affairs. Today, anything goes, whether it's a more stylized, editorial look or something more natural & spontaneous. Maybe you envision your portraits in a lush garden, fine architectural details, or on top of a mountain. Sometimes your home church may have a non-ideal dressing room (fluorescent lighting, anyone?) or your venue lacks the grand staircase you dreamed of. Having a bridal session at another location provides variety & can show off your personal style. Does your venue already have everything you love? Often your vendor will allow you to shoot bridals there for free!
3. You Can Be Creative - You don't have to limit yourself to just your bouquet and dress for your poses. Incorporate props & pets, a vintage car, a unique backdrop (how about a flower wall?), the options are endless!
4. No Rush- Honestly, your wedding day is going to go by so fast! The wedding day shot list will be extensive so, time is of the essence. A separate bridal session means you can relax and take your time to try multiple poses so you have more options to choose from.
5. Wedding Announcements & the Reception - A popular use for bridal portraits is for display at the reception and for wedding announcements in the paper. Your guests will love oohing and ahhing over your gorgeous portrait session at the guestbook or memory table.
6. Thank You Gifts - After the wedding, gift your fine art canvas or framed bridal portrait to a loved one. They will cherish it always!