Long, long ago it was not customary to have a photographer at your wedding. Your bridal portraits (with the groom) would have been taken before or after the actual event at a photographers studio. These portraits were then the couples only form of wedding photography. Over the years wedding photography has grown and developed into the documentary style that we see today, but where along the way did the South start it’s love affair with the bride’s bridal portrait? Searching the internet for answers (for about an hour)… I’m not sure that anyone knows! The images of the gorgeous bride from this special session, by herself, are typically a keepsake for the brides parents. Being a Southern California bride, I was completely unaware of this tradition, but here are a few positives from my perspective:
1. It is a fantastic opportunity to do a trial run of your hair and makeup!
2. Seeing what you look like on film, can help hone your look and pose ideas for your big day.
3. No rush and no wedding day worries, it’s all about you…
4. You can take these portraits anywhere! It doesn’t have to be near your venue.
5. Just another reason to put on that beautiful dress of yours!
These beautiful bridal portraits of Jennifer were taken in downtown Statesville, North Carolina… by the talented Amber S. Wallace Photography. I don’t receive many bridal session submissions, but these were so gorgeous it inspired me to write about this tradition…