Portraits! (The Non-Snowy Version)

I know what you’re thinking… wait a second Champagne, wasn’t your wedding in the snowy mountains of Colorado? It was, indeed but I thought a bridal session without snow might be fun! Plus, I figured I’d get back into my recaps with a series of two different portrait sessions—our original day-after photo session with my cousin (and bridesmaid) Marybeth of Design MB Fotographie, and my second session with DC area photographer Abby Jiu.

This summer, I got together with a fabulous group of women to create photos of what might be the last time I fit squeeze myself into my wedding dress. So this photo shoot was a group effort and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. Hair: Sommer Seneca (Reston, VA) Makeup: Laura Batemen Flowers: Fleurish Events and of course Photography: Abby Jiu

After getting ready at Abby’s place, we drove to a private silent retreat in Maryland where Abby had scouted out a gorgeous field for our photos.

The weather was perfect, and I couldn’t help but think of how different our wedding was when compared to this rural summer setting.

I obviously didn’t get married in the DC area, but if I had I would’ve used make-up artist Laura Bateman in a heartbeat. Laura was so professional and all I had to do was explain the way I wanted to look and she got it! Imagine that after my failed trials for my own wedding!

The grounds on this property was gorgeous, and around every corner was another great photo.

My hair was actually very similar to my wedding day style. I’m a hopeless romantic and there’s something about long flowy curls that I can’t help but love. I can see why local brides love having Sommer around to do bridal hair—she kept me laughing the entire time!

Abby arranged for local DC area event planner Carrie Moe from Fleurish Events to provide a few different flower bouquets and I was BLOWN AWAY at how beautiful they both were! The first bouquet was something seriously out of a bridal magazine and if I had chosen a fall wedding, this would be my choice—I call it the “Figs and Feathers Bouquet”!

Very earthy inspired and very unique—it even included real figs!

The second bouquet was equally as gorgeous and completely different! More of a spring look, this bouquet included real herbs and smelled delicious!

I had such a fun time with Abby, and she kept me laughing and calm—even when my wobbly bits seemed to want to slip out of my dress.

So for any of you winter brides (or summer brides, for that matter) who have a very distinct wedding season, you may want to consider a bridal session in completely different weather! It’s fun and you’ll see your wedding dress in an entirely different light!

Up next, I’ll share the photos of our day-after photo session with my cousin Marybeth—expect snow, more snow and lots of kisses!


Mrs. Champagne

Wedding Date:
February 2009
Moving is an Adventure
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  1. glitter Member
    glitter 986 posts, Busy bee @ 9:19 pm

    You are so pretty, Champ! I love those bouquets, too. Such beautiful portraits!!!

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    IvyClimb 2612 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:48 pm

    Love your shoes, and the shot of the shoes with the rings! What awesome photos.

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    piglet 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:09 pm

    You’re so beautiful, Champ!!!

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    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:30 pm

    That earthly bouquet is pure awesome! And you win the WB award for best ta-tas EVER. 😉

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 10:42 pm

    Gosh girl, you look absolutely stunning! And those flowers are breathtaking. These seriously look like they are straight out of a magazine!

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    msswan 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:45 pm

    Hey, gorgeous! These are lovely. I’m glad that you were able to take some pics that you liked.

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    PassionatePhotoLady 992 posts, Busy bee @ 11:34 pm

    Mrs. Champagne, I actually thought that your original wedding photos just did not quite do you justice. You look quite gorgeous in these!

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    Carbon Girl 691 posts, Busy bee @ 11:42 pm

    Interesting idea. I would love to have bridals outside. I have yet to receive my wedding day photos but getting photographed in the snow was way colder and harder than I thought it would be, it was definitely hard to relax. Too bed my husband would probably consider it too superfluous to have bridals on top of e and wedding pics.

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    stripes 1063 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:48 pm

    These are such beautiful pictures Champagne! I LOVE them! And the shoes and le mystere bras rock too! :)

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:50 pm

    These shots are gorgeous! I love the contrast between your winter wedding and the green of this shoot. You are beautiful!

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    sprinkle 542 posts, Busy bee @ 1:27 am

    I love the apple photos! Adorable!

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    DrHollyCat 46 posts, Newbee @ 9:10 am

    Beautiful pics! What a great idea! I’m getting married in the spring but I love fall…such a fun way to reuse the dress :)

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    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:03 am

    God Champy, you are so breathtakingly gorgeous! I LOVE the pictures SO much. What a great idea.

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    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:27 am

    LOVE. :)

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    AmandaOpp 30 posts, Newbee @ 11:15 am

    LOVE these!! I have been waiting for more recaps from your beautiful wedding. I ordred your same dress for my wedding this summer and I love to see it in action :) The dress – and YOU! – look amazing in these pics!

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    Heavnzbrat 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:06 pm

    omg, these are just freaking AWESOME!!!!!

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 2:33 pm

    You look SO gorgeous!

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:08 pm

    Wow. Just wow! You are so gorgeous, and what a fabulous setting!

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    EMARILU 322 posts, Helper bee @ 8:42 pm

    Mrs. Champagne u look stunning. Seriously you look model-like gorgeous. Awesome pictures. Ps. I love your shoes.

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    seabreeze 972 posts, Busy bee @ 2:32 am

    I could just eat you up, you barefoot beauty!!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 1:02 pm

    Champagne, champagne, you are so beautiful. *happy sigh* I LOVE looking at your pictures! This is an awesome idea :)

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    PeachandPearl 278 posts, Helper bee @ 9:30 am

    So beautiful, Mrs. Champagne! I’m so happy you had the chance to take these, especially since you weren’t thrilled with your wedding day photography. And that bouquet!!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:34 am

    Good gracious you are just gorgeous in these pics! So awesome!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:17 pm

    I love them! The apple pictures are great. :)

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:51 am

    Beautiful, Champ!!!!!

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    nk, Guest @ 10:16 am

    Beautiful!!! I live in DC and would love to contact Sommer Seneca but can’t find her info – can you let me know how to get in touch with her?

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    Lauren, Guest @ 8:57 pm

    Loooove these photos!! you look beautiful! can you post a close up picture of your engagement ring and wedding band on your finger… I too have a pear shaped engagement ring and don’t know what kind of band I want to get, and what will look good etc? Did you have trouble with it sitting flush?

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