My bridal portraits.
I truly can’t begin to tell you how much I love these photos.
One of the things I’ve learned is that bridal portraits is mostly a southern thing.
A few of my friends up north and out west had either: a. never heard about them or b. didn’t know many people who chose to have them taken. The tradition is you take portraits in your dress (which also stands for a hair/makeup test) and use one of those images to print a picture of and have it displayed at your wedding. I honestly never gave a second thought on if I should/shouldn’t do bridal portraits. Now that I’ve had them done, I’m super happy I did. On your wedding day (at least mine) there isn’t that much time for individual portraits – if you make them a priority, they happen – but it is still a lot shorter than a normal portrait session.
When my friend Susan & I were trying to figure out the look for where I wanted my portraits and I just kept coming back to old Charleston charm. We rented out the Legare Waring House for the indoor portraits and did the outside portraits around the house and down the Avenue of Oaks. Especially since I was moving away from Charleston (my hometown) for a while I wanted these reminders of home when I went back and looked at these pictures.
I’ve had a few questions about my dress so I thought I would share why I chose it.
At the point we got to this dress Maria (my MOH and roomie) had probably put me in at least 30-50 dresses. I can’t remember if my cousin Jade or if I chose this dress to try on, but the minute it was zipped up it just felt right. When I walked around the store Jade and Maria started getting teary eyed and kept saying “this is the one, this is the one”. It took me going home and looking at the pictures over and over again but I really knew it was the dress. I went in wanting a more sheath, great gatsby type dress with lots of beads and classic jewels; I didn’t want a ballgown because they were huge and just something I didn’t think I wanted. My Aunt made me try on a ball gown and I LOVED it – it was totally bridal, but it didn’t feel like AMY bridal. So when I put on this dress and saw the white/blush/platinum/lavender merge together – I was sold.
This dress is me.
It’s different, unique, classic, and wraps up everything in one. <3
Photography: Susan Lloyd Photography
Dress: Allure Romance #2853
Veil: Lace & Sequin Cathedral Veil
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Bracelete: Knot Bangle – The Painted Press c/o
My Rings: Brilliant Earth
Shoes: Lauren Conrad Scalloped Shoes – In Blush