Being a southern bride meant that I had a few things on my wedding checklist that were a ‘must’ based purely on tradition. One of my favorites was having bridal portraits taken, separately from the wedding.
When we originally picked our venue we were living in North Carolina with no plans to move. About 3 months after booking, I got a new job in Florida and the wedding became an out of state one! I am so grateful that I got everything booked when I did, so it wasn’t a problem to plan from about 11 hours away. Despite the convenience of the internet, the one thing that can’t be done over email is a hair and makeup trial. Sam and I decided to use my bridal portrait session as my hair and makeup trial to maximize my time in North Carolina before the wedding!
I originally didn’t think that a bridal portrait session was a southern-specific thing, but after telling a few friends and family members about it (and having to explain what I was doing) I found out that it is. Southern or not, I highly suggest it to all brides-to-be! It was such a relaxing experience, and was really great to have that time with the photographer, get comfortable in a fancy dress and makeup, and have one less photo to take on the wedding day!
I absolutely LOVED my bridal jewelry. I designed it at the Kendra Scott Color Bar in Tampa, and also designed coordinating pieces for all of my bridesmaids. Full post on that coming soon because it was so fun!