What is a Bridal Session?!
Bridal portrait sessions are a tradition where the bride takes portraits (typically 1-2 months before the wedding) in her full wedding day attire – hair, makeup, jewelry, veil, bouquet, and of course, the dress. Generally a large portrait from the session is displayed at the reception near the wedding cake. In many cases the large photo is given as a gift to the Mother of the Bride after the wedding, with smaller photos being given to the Groom and the Father of the Bride, as well. Beyond tradition, consider the following reasons for a bridal session.
The Advantages of a Bridal Session.
Not only is a bridal session one of the few times that a woman gets to be primped and polished and have gorgeous portraits of herself taken, but it’s also a great trial run for the wedding day look. Most brides do a trial run of hair and makeup anyway– at least put that beauty to good use!
The majority of brides who do a bridal session end up changing something about their wedding day look after the bridal session. Maybe they realized the dress was too big, or the shoes gave her blisters, or the eye makeup was too intense, or the hair kept falling in her eyes and annoying her, or the hydrangeas in the bouquet wilted and browned in the sun. Each time, the bride was able to make adjustments BEFORE the wedding day.
Location, Location, Location!
Another great advantage of a bridal session is to have your dream wedding portrait taken at a location other than your wedding venue. This is your time to have your wedding portrait exactly the way you envision it. Make it unique!
If you are afraid of getting your dress dirty before the wedding, or would like some unique couple portraits with your new husband after the wedding a Trash the Dress session may be a great a alternative to the Bridal Session.
In either case, I encourage you to choose a location that is unique to you. Perhaps you have always envisioned yourself in a free flowing wedding gown surrounded by a field of flowers, or perhaps you are drawn to a classical, elegant side lite portrait under a cathedral ceiling. If you don't have anything specific in mind ask your wedding photographer- they may know of some unique locations!
Make your wedding extra special with beautiful portraits you can look back on and take the opportunity to showcase your beautiful wedding dress and accessories!
Getting married this year, or know someone who is? Contact me for wedding portrait packages and I will happily send you more information!
Enjoy life's adventures!
Laurie (Laurel) Mitchell