Let’s talk about the bridal session, babe. You spent months and months planning your wedding and in the blink of an eye, it’s over. The music has faded and the flowers have lost their freshness, but the dress remains. What’s the rush in taking it straight to the dry cleaners? Before you put that beauty to rest in its new permanent home (i.e. your closet), consider giving it one last chance to shine.
There is no rule that says you can only wear your wedding dress once. You’ve spent good money on all that fabric. You may have even worked your butt of to look your very best in it too. So why treat your dress like it’s a one and done piece of clothing?
Hello Bridal Session, Bye-Bye Timeline
Bridal sessions are some of my all time favorite sessions! Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? There are no more time constraints for you or your photographer. A wedding day is like a well-oiled machine. There is a strict timeline to follow and even the slightest delay can have major consequences.
When there is a delay in the timeline, the first time slots to get cut down are the photo sessions. We know how incredibly disappointing this can be. After all, your wedding photos are cherished memories to smile back on.
Bridal sessions are a great way to make up for lost time during the wedding day. You can now dedicate an entire session to photos of you and your new husband, recreating those magical moments.
Oh, Sweet Freedom!
By opting for a bridal session in your wedding gown, you’ve broken more than just the chains of time. You’ve gained so much more freedom to capture exactly the images you want and deserve! We’ve already talked about time in the sense that there’s more of it now. However, let’s not forget that we are now no longer limited to a specific time of day either.
If you’re ceremony was set for 5PM, you’re basically stuck with one or two timeslots to get those couple’s photos. There wasn’t a whole lot of wiggle room and if you missed that golden hour that was it. A bridal session means you can capture your images at any time of day and in any lighting scenario your heart desires.
You’ve also got a lot more freedom with the location of your bridal session as well. Perhaps your venue was a bit limited in terms of picturesque locations. You now have a multitude of locations to choose from that will give you amazing, wall worthy images. Even if your venue was picture perfect, new and different locations will add that much more variety to your gallery!
Don’t be afraid to get a little wild with your bridal session. Think outside the box and go for images that will really have a wow factor. Climb to the top of the mountain or let the ocean waves wash over you. Do whatever it takes to get that jaw dropping shot (and THEN go straight to the dry cleaners!). The point is, we want you to take advantage of this freedom. Aim for creating meaningful pieces of art to hang in your home. After all, your wedding photos aren’t meant to live on social media!
Relax and Enjoy
One of the reasons we’re so in love with bridal sessions is how much more our couples get to enjoy their session. There is literally nothing left to stress or worry about. There are no more vendors or guests to be concerned about. It’s just you and your hubby reveling in your newly married status.
We’re all about capturing fun, lighthearted, and joyful moments between couples. With all that pressure off your shoulders, it’s easier to let loose and have fun during your bridal session. Trust us, it shows! Especially if you schedule your session soon after the wedding during that honeymoon phase of bliss. Those are the feelings you’re going to want to capture and hang on your wall to remember forever.
We know bridal sessions aren’t for everybody, and that’s okay. We also know that the images captured on your wedding day are going to mean the world to you. But, if you have the opportunity to do a bridal session after the wedding, it will be SO incredibly worth it!
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About Ashley and Erik Photography
We are a family of like-minded creatives in Miami serving South Florida and various destinations, who wish to be a spark in the lives of the clients and families we serve. We are dedicated to loving and serving our clients as if they were our own family, and elegantly preserving their stories to be shared with future generations. We’d love to grab a coffee with you and discuss any questions you have about our Wedding Photography Experience. Please feel free to contact us anytime.