Take My Sweater: Day-After Photos

About three weeks after our wedding, Mr. Cardigan and I met up with our amazing photographer, Melanie for our day-after shoot. Because we had decided to forgo a first look, we didn’t have a ton of photos of the two of us from our wedding day, and we wanted to make sure we had plenty of photos of us all gussied up.

The thing I loved most about this shoot was how relaxed it was. Mr. Cardigan forgot his tie at home, so he was tie-less. I left my hair down and curly, and I didn’t care if it was messy. I plopped down on the floor of a dirty bar in my dress and didn’t even worry about whether or not it got dirty. It was fun, playful, and easy, and I absolutely loved every second of it.

We did the shoot in an old house-turned-bar in downtown Austin called Lustre Pearl and I’m so glad we did ”“ even though people gave us crazy looks when we told them the shoot would take place in a bar. The photos turned out spectacularly and I’m absolutely in love with them.























I love looking back on these photos and remembering how giddy we were about the fact that we’d been married for three whole weeks. Towards the end of the shoot, it was about time for the bar to open so there were several people milling around, drinking, and playing ping pong. We got some crazy looks for frolicking around in our wedding clothes, but we were having a blast and we didn’t care.

I’m so grateful to have these photos, and I’m so incredibly glad we chose to do them. I highly recommend doing a day-after shoot if you don’t have a ton of time for portraits on the day of the wedding—it’s so much more relaxing, and I felt like we were able to be much more in the moment than we were on our wedding day.

Did you have or are you considering a day-after shoot?

(All photos by She-N-He Photography)


Mrs. Cardigan

Wedding Date:
January 2011
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  1. highwire Member
    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:31 pm

    Amazing!! I’ve totally hung out at that bar before!!!!!

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    KCheer 370 posts, Helper bee @ 4:33 pm

    Wow – these turned out amazing!! I loooooooove them! Makes me want to get in my dress again for some photos!

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    sweetcream 216 posts, Helper bee @ 4:33 pm

    Your pics are amazing! Not only are you & your Mr. adorable… theres great gritty backgrounds in the back that are great! (Especially lovin’ “Welcome Home” on the fence!).

  4. macarons Member
    macarons 241 posts, Helper bee @ 4:34 pm

    The fence photos are too cute! We’re doing a day-after shoot since we weren’t able to take engagement photos.

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    gill84 731 posts, Busy bee @ 4:40 pm

    love them! especially the shots where he is kissing your shoulder.

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    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 4:41 pm

    Wowo, these are fantabulous! I love how much character that bar has. The hints of yellow and gold in the walls tie in so well with your wedding, too. Also, your “messy” hair is absolutely beautiful.

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    Mrs Sarah McK 4056 posts, Honey bee @ 4:43 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! I especially love the ones of him kissing your shoulder, so sweet!

  8. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:52 pm

    These are so beautiful!!

  9. spaniel Member
    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:52 pm

    Gorgeous, and your messy hair = kind of amazing. :)

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    Laura, Guest @ 5:01 pm

    Extremely lovely shoot. I never got one thing about day after shoots though; how come they aren’t on their way to their honeymoon!???? JK…just lovely!

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    Nicole, Guest @ 5:07 pm

    Beautiful!!! You look like a model in these!!! SO stunning!

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:17 pm

    GAH! You are gorgeous, Cardy! These are so darling and I LOVE how relaxed they are, too! The setting is just perfect, I agree! GREAT GREAT GREAT day-after shoot!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:34 pm

    Gorgeousness, Cardy. The messy ‘do is amazing!

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    Kate, Guest @ 5:45 pm

    I absolutely adore that last one! You look fantastic in all of these!

  15. snowcone Member
    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:52 pm

    those fence ones are spectacular… love the quote in the background!

  16. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:54 pm

    Can I still do a day-after shoot if we did a first look? These pics are so awesome. I want an excuse to wear my dress again.

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    xtatic1 783 posts, Busy bee @ 6:06 pm

    Those pics are amazing! Love your hair down and the photo of the Mr kissing your shoulder. We did e-pics and probably won’t do day after pics but I might have to incorporate my dress in my boudoir shoot.

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    piglover 319 posts, Helper bee @ 6:20 pm

    Beautiful Miss Cardi, just beautiful! I can’t even pick a favorite!

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    luli29 3500 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:25 pm

    these are beeeeautiful!

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    Miss Fish 1786 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:27 pm

    YOU ARE FIERCE!!! I love these!!

  21. prairiedog Member
    prairiedog 455 posts, Helper bee @ 6:38 pm

    omg loving your hair down

  22. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:46 pm

    HOT! Love every single photo :)

  23. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:58 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! I definitely want to do a day after shoot now!

  24. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:23 pm

    LOVE! You two totally rocked this!

  25. starfish Member
    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:41 pm

    These are awesome! :)

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 7:48 pm

    Awesome pictures! Your hair looks fabulous, I think the first pic and the Welcome Home ones are my faves :)

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    kentuckygirl 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:11 pm

    Wow! Your pics are A-MAZ-ING!!!

  28. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:52 pm

    Beautiful pics!!! These are so fun. :)

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    MissBike 40 posts, Newbee @ 9:18 pm

    I have never heard of day after photos… I LOVE IT !!!

  30. msbuttons Member
    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:48 pm

    Ohhhhh my goshhhh!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

  31. cannon Member
    cannon 513 posts, Busy bee @ 11:01 pm

    Very nice! I think after-pics are a great idea. The more excuses to wear the dress, the better!

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 11:41 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful. Love the whole shoot.

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    mrsbowieii 704 posts, Busy bee @ 7:25 am

    I really love all of these photos the two of you look so much in love.

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    TraceyD11 86 posts, Worker bee @ 7:50 am

    I’ve never thought about day after photos…didn’t even know they existed! BUT…now that I’ve seen them, I just have to have some of my own!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  35. marmalade Member
    marmalade 296 posts, Helper bee @ 10:05 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the relaxed look. Now, how do I convince the mister that we need this?

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    AdrienB 31 posts, Newbee @ 10:08 am

    These are stunning!!! Never thought of this before but I’m definitely going to put it on the list!!

  37. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:27 am

    That is an awesome TTD! You look so beautiful!

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    anna4041 213 posts, Helper bee @ 12:04 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful. You both look relaxed and in love!

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    polkadotbridetobe 160 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:45 pm

    Amazing!! You look like a model!

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    dreamocracy 1570 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:47 pm

    So many good pictures! And wow your hair is gorgeous! I love the attitude you give ^_~

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    eeper 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:21 pm

    holy cow I LOVE these!!!

  42. seashell Member
    seashell 1689 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:48 pm

    i’m obsessed with these, by the way.

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