My Roman Bridals

Again, I am going to point out that this is just one more example of how I am “using my resources.” I am lucky enough to have a mother who is a professional wedding photographer.

After spending a few days scouting out locations, we decided that we would do the shoot on Saturday night at the Trevi fountain and also at the Coliseum. We knew that we would have to do the shoot in the middle of the night in order to avoid the crowds, and so we didn’t even leave the hotel until somewhere around 10 PM. Walking around Rome in a wedding dress (without a groom!) is an incredibly surreal experience. People are constantly yelling “Tanti Auguri!”, which translates roughly to mean “many wishes.”

All photos by Denise Andersen.

Appearances can definitely be deceiving. The Trevi Fountain was ANYTHING but devoid of crowds that night. We started the shoot at around 11 PM and were lucky enough to find a little corner empty of people.

Once I established myself in this corner for shooting, people tended to stay away from me. Wearing a wedding dress gives you a strange feeling of power.

To achieve a floaty veil shot like this one, you must have a volunteer willing to throw the veil up in the air and run away as quickly as possible. My volunteer was a girl from the U.S. who had a friend with her, and warned that the photos she was taking of me would be all over Facebook the next day.

I think we made it to the Coliseum somewhere around 2 or 3 AM. You will notice that in most of these photos I am not smiling, as I was focusing all of my energy towards trying to figure out what to do with that dang veil.

A gentle wind picked up towards the end of the evening and it was just perfect. It made the veil float, and it kept me from doing really weird things like wrapping it around myself like a mummy (you’ll see a shot of that later).

These last few were taken somewhere around 3:30 AM. I could hardly stand up straight, but the exhaustion was definitely worth it because they ended up being my favorite shots of the night.

If you see a look of extreme pain on my face, it’s because these shots were taken while my Mom held the camera in one hand and took the pictures, and used her other hand to yank my veil up and down. My poor sister will forever be a little bitter that she wasn’t allowed to come along on this trip and act as the assistant photographer. We definitely could have used her for this part of the night.

Hands down, this black and white shot is my favorite. I love the movement in it, and that the Coliseum is a little bit muted in the background.

Once again, thanks to MILLIE for loaning us this gorgeous dress, I hope it was as worth it for them as it was for us!

Have you for some reason not had your fill? There are even more pictures to be seen here!


Mrs. Avocado

Wedding Date:
October 2015
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  1. lovebird Member
    lovebird 261 posts, Helper bee @ 5:20 pm

    OMG~ you look amazing!!! props to mom!

  2. bruschetta Member
    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:22 pm

    Oh wow. These are AMAZING! I’m sending along a few of the swirly-long-veil shots to my photog to add to our must-take list!

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    sally, Guest @ 5:24 pm

    WOW – seriously…. WOW…. i mean, WOW.

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    psu01, Guest @ 5:25 pm

    Wow! Pretty tough to top those! :-)

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    KMC, Guest @ 5:26 pm

    AMAZING pictures!!

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    Ada 118 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:26 pm

    WOW! You look AMAZING. Your mom is seriously talented, and you look seriously gorgeous in that dress!

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    peachypear 343 posts, Helper bee @ 5:27 pm

    Wow, these photos are breath-taking! Your mother is so talented. And you totally rock that dress!!!

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    mdbride 13 posts, Newbee @ 5:30 pm

    I am speechless. WOW.

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    ChicagoSarah, Guest @ 5:31 pm

    Incredible! What wonderful memories too.

  10. misscookie Member
    misscookie 795 posts, Busy bee @ 5:32 pm

    Your mom rocks! Great shots!

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    mandoo, Guest @ 5:35 pm

    uhm, those are the best bridal shots I have ever seen. Hands down. The coliseum in the background doesn’t hurt!

  12. Hydrangea Member
    Hydrangea 414 posts, Helper bee @ 5:35 pm

    Absolutely stunning! What an amazing experience to have had!

  13. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:37 pm

    HOLY MOLY those are incredible! WOW!
    P.S. Tell your sister I feel her pain, my mom and younger sister went to Paris that spring w/o me.

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    Starry-Eyed Barefoot Bride, Guest @ 5:38 pm

    Ok. I speak for some of us who clicked on the link to more pictures.. Its not that we “havent had our fill” its that the pictures are SOO beautiful we are still dying to see more!!!!! bridal picture gluttony at its best!! YOU LOOK LIKE A SUPERMODEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Darlene, Guest @ 5:42 pm

    what awesome shots! absolutely beautiful- the bride, the location, the photos. I love how the veil is captured in so many shapes & forms- it’s like it has a life of its own.

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    Linzerella, Guest @ 5:45 pm

    Oh. my. God. These are UNBELIEVABLE!! Totally gorgeous – the most beautiful bridals I’ve ever seen!!

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    Stephanie, Guest @ 5:54 pm

    OMG! These are totally amazing and beautiful. You’re mother is very talented and you look gorgeous! What a great experience for you.

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    Mary, Guest @ 5:59 pm

    What a creative way to drum up business for your mom. Gorgeous but a bit over the top for my taste.

  19. mspomegranate Member
    mspomegranate 961 posts, Busy bee @ 6:01 pm

    Oohhhh I love these photos! They’re gorgeous! The lighting the softness of it all – so romantic!

  20. gingerbread Member
    gingerbread 649 posts, Busy bee @ 6:01 pm

    Wow, way to make the most of your trip to Europe! Beautiful photos, Miss Avocado.

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    mlindsey 348 posts, Helper bee @ 6:05 pm

    Your mom is awesome and I assume she is going to be your wedding photographer? You probably have the most unique bridals I’ve seen to date…..

  22. seabreeze Member
    seabreeze 972 posts, Busy bee @ 6:22 pm

    Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the ground.

  23. toucan Member
    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:27 pm

    Gorgeous. What an awesome opportunity to take portraits in ROME! <3 <3 These are FANTASTIC.

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    KateMW 2704 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:32 pm

    Those are great! I love the pictures and your mom is super talented!

  25. mschampagne Member
    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:41 pm

    I TOTALLY just got chills looking at your photos. When I first looked at them, I honestly couldn’t believe it! IIIIIIIIII wanna go to Rome now and I want your mom! :)

  26. mschampagne Member
    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:43 pm

    ps that dress is amazing on you!

  27. greentea Member
    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 8:04 pm

    dang, sexy! whenever you need someone to throw up your veil and run, call me, ANYTIME 😉

  28. espresso Member
    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:09 pm

    Stunning! Gorgeous! Beautiful! And you’re so brave to pose in front of all the crowds!

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    ceche, Guest @ 9:54 pm

    Wowzers! These are fantastic! (And I doubt your Mom needs you to drum up business for her :)

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    cupcake 1456 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:00 pm

    What an amazing opportunity! Not many American brides have Rome as a backdrop for their bridal portraits, I’m pretty sure :-) You look amazing and there is nothing wrong with using your resources 😉

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    sja, Guest @ 10:50 pm

    Wow! Simply gorgeous!

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    Marnee, Guest @ 12:22 am

    Wow… so unique and completely beautiful. Love that you stayed up all night to get these shots. Once in a lifetime!

  33. eggplant Member
    eggplant 304 posts, Helper bee @ 12:37 am

    WOW, simply wow! No wonder your photography skills are amazing. :-)

  34. pumpkin Member
    pumpkin 61 posts, Worker bee @ 12:43 am

    Simply amazing! The Trevi fountain ones are my favs but they are all absolutely beautiful!

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    groomzillaisme 59 posts, Worker bee @ 1:54 am

    see! I knew it, your mom is bomb diggity

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    HeyTigerlily, Guest @ 2:41 am

    Bellisima! Your pictures are gorgeous. I was a Rome bride (married in April 2008) and these pictures made me teary eyed and nostalgic. I remember how the crowds would part to let you through. Yes, it definitely had to do with the “power of the wedding dress.” Auguri!

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    pinotnoir 799 posts, Busy bee @ 9:24 am


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    bridalmonkey, Guest @ 12:46 pm

    You look so wonderful! And your mom is a beautiful photographer. What a totally amazing experience (and a beautiful dress!)

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    Getmarried4Less, Guest @ 3:54 pm

    i echo everyone else… are stunning in these portraits. the backdrop, the dress, YOU….all come together in a moment of perfection.

    man…i wish my mom has some incredibly useful talent/skill… of yet, she’s only proved to be a minor thorn in my side, LOL!

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    Slicey19, Guest @ 7:51 pm

    the photos are AMAZING but the dress is AMAZING on you! I know it’s been seen but you should consider maybe altering it to fit the temple and wearing it for your actual wedding!

  41. avocado Member
    avocado 1538 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:01 am

    @mlindsey: My mom would be my photog, but she has to be my mom and so she has motherly duties to fulfill. My photo is just as awesome though!@HeyTigerlily: Did you have those nasty flower sellers attempt to “give” you flowers and then try to make you pay for them? Because they LOVED to do that to me.

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    That Wedding: Me and My Maids (+ Manmaid) » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 6:22 pm

    […] would think that my Roman bridal shoot would have prepared me for photos with a crowd of people gathered around, but I did feel oddly self […]

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    carrieitly, Guest @ 8:58 pm

    Um. If your mom is up for another Italy session, we still need a photog for June. WOW. These are stunning… just, stunning.

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    carrieitly 243 posts, Helper bee @ 9:00 pm

    Um. If your mom is up for another Italy session, we still need a photog for June. WOW. These are stunning… just, stunning.

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    WPPI 2009 in Vegas: Part V, Dumpling As Bride » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 4:30 pm

    […] plans for the shoot were set in motion almost a year ago, when I posted my bridal portraits in Rome by Mamacado, and Dumpling, before she was a writer for WB, commented on my mom’s blog to say how […]

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    Vacation Planning Tips - That Wife, Guest @ 9:32 am

    […] seriously, that really is me in a wedding dress in front of the Coliseum. You can see more of them here if you’d […]

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