This may be controversial, but I think more brides (and grooms) should consider booking a bridal editorial session before or after their wedding. Hear me out. You’ve invested in what might be the most expensive outfit(s), had them tailored specifically for you. You’ve probably gotten a manicure, timed your haircut for the date, and you look incredible. And you are probably looking forward to your bridal portraits from the day of your wedding, and those will be beautiful and special. But here’s the thing, on your actual wedding day you will be surrounded with people you love who want to spend the day celebrating with you. You may feel the pressure of the timeline, or the nerves of the moment. All of these factors and more are normal for a wedding day, and we will coach you through them. We will create space and hold time for you to have your bridal portraits taken, and the photos will be a time capsule of what your wedding day was like and deeply special. However, there will be unavoidable factors that can be removed when you plan a dedicated portrait session. A dedicated, editorial style session allows you to play with different looks and allow creativity to take over. It can be scheduled during the most flattering light, and can be a dedicated time without interruptions or scheduled events. An intimate, dedicated space and time for your portraits outside of your day can result in more authentic, personal photos. If you’d like to start your session with bridal boudoir, try another lipstick shade, show case a second dress or a view your venue did not provide, a bridal editorial gives you the opportunity to maximize your photo value. We can help you plan a session that keeps your outfits in immaculate condition, if you’d like to have a session before your wedding. If it’s after, you may want to play in the water (yes, brides have asked for this!) or have a session where you aren’t as concerned about keeping your dress perfectly clean – and it’s ok if you do want to keep it clean!
If anything, maybe these photos of Rachel and her beautiful Katie May dress may convince you that it’s worth it to slow down, shine the spotlight on you for a little bit longer, and have an uninterrupted hour or two to create beautiful photos with your favorite bridal details.