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When choosing my photography collection, I knew that I wanted to include a bridal session. Per my mother’s request, I kept my wedding dress a complete secret to everyone except my parents! There is only one time in your life when you get to wear a gorgeous bridal gown, so don’t be ashamed of wanting a lot of beautiful pictures in your dress. I can most definitely say that your family members will want to frame a bridal portrait of you.

Having a bridal session is important, not only to have a abundance of beautiful pictures, but also to be used as a test to make sure you like the way you look on camera! It’s the perfect time to make sure that your dress and attire fit properly, and it’s a good time to have a trial of your hair and makeup done. However, it does take time and some organizing to get everything planned. Here are the four main things you will want to plan prior to your bridal session:

• Have a bouquet made for your session
• Schedule your hair and makeup
• Make sure that your dress is altered and in your possession in a timely manor
• Choose an appropriate location

I chose to have my session done at the Graylyn in Winston-Salem. Ever since I saw this bridal session, I knew that I wanted to have those gorgeous cherry blossom trees as the backdrop. It’s important to chose a location that is outdoor with beautiful natural light and a place that might hold meaning to you.

As you will see below, I also decided to bring along a small “team” that included my mom, dad, and Becca who made me laugh, helped me move throughout the property and even made some beautiful cherry blossom snow happen! Not only did we have a great time together, but it was a sweet time that really made my soon-to-be marriage feel real.

See my full bridal session blogpost here!

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