Getting Hitched: Bridal Portraits

Because you guys never got to see my wedding dress before I started recaps (in fact I really only mentioned dress shopping in one or two posts), I decided to dedicate a post to sharing some pictures of my beloved wedding gown. I know that bridal portraits are not as common everywhere as they are in the South, and a lot of people don’t “get” bridal portraits, but a pre-wedding photo session was something I always knew I would want to do. I also highly recommend bridal portraits because they are the perfect time so make sure everything (hair, makeup, dress, jewelry, etc.) fits and looks the way you want it to before the big day!

Momma Coach and I headed out one afternoon back in August to meet our photographer, Megan, for a little photo session. I really wanted to get some photos outside and in a completely different setting than we would be in at the Piazza. Megan suggested an area near White Rock Lake in Dallas, and I am still so in love with the photos she got (especially some of the last ones near the weeping willow!). The day leading up to the photos was actually quite hectic. Momma C and I ended up driving all over Dallas in order for me to get my hair done at one salon, makeup at another, put on my dress back at home, pick up my bouquet, and then finally head out to meet Megan. We ended up being super late (which Megan was so nice about—love her!), but we finally made it and had the best time. The whole experience also made me super thankful that everyone was coming to me on the wedding day, instead of the other way around!

Be prepared: this post is pretty picture heavy and it’s a whole lotta Coach in one post. If you don’t feel like looking at my mug for the next 20 pictures or so, feel free to skip this post :) Now that you’ve been warned, I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves…

All photography by Megan Fortner







That laughing face tends to make a lot of appearances during picture time…



I was, and still am, SO in love with my bouquet from Haute Floral. I wanted pops of red with some Fall texture, and Kristen nailed it.




So, are you guys taking portraits before the wedding or setting aside some time on the big day? I typically hate being the one in front of the photo lens, but when you have your hair and makeup done, sometimes it’s just fun to change it up a little!

Next up, we return to our regularly scheduled recaps and the guys get ready!


Miss a recap?

First, I shared some of my favorite guest photos from the big day!

Next, Mr. C and I spent some quality time with family, rehearsed for the big day, and then enjoyed our tasty rehearsal dinner.

My girls and I spent some quality time together and got our hair and makeup done in our hotel suite.

We headed over to the Piazza, where I slipped into my dress.


Mrs. Coach

Wedding Date:
October 2012
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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 5:29 am

    Your face shape is SO gorgeous!
    And the red really stands out in the bouquet. I love the style of the photos/ film! Very romantic!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:40 am

    Gorgeous!!! I love the side profile photos, they’re absolutely stunning.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 6:40 am

    Awh you look amazing!! I had never heard of bridal portraits when I lived in Wisconsin, but they’re fairly common here in South Carolina—at least that’s my experience.

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    HOGUE 28 posts, Newbee @ 7:14 am

    Gorgeous!!!I Love This!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 7:15 am

    Being of semi-Southern heritage, I had bridal portraits done! I really enjoy the calm photos our photographer Amy took; our wedding day was much more hectic.

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:16 am

    beautiful! you look amazing!

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    vorpalette 11300 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 7:35 am

    Gorgeous! I love basically every single one of these, haha. I do the laughing thing, too–so many of our engagement pictures are us laughing.

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 7:39 am

    Love the last one :) so dreamy

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:56 am

    I live in the north where we don’t do bridal portraits… but these are stunning! You look gorgeous. :)

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:11 am

    That bouquet is STUNNING!

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    MrsPadlock2B 488 posts, Helper bee @ 3:38 pm

    Omg I do the laughing face in photos too I’m hoping my will turn out as cute as urs and ur bouquet is stunning

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:10 pm

    Beautiful! I just love the willow tree and your bouquet is amazing!

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    mrshollinger 1109 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:33 am

    You are stunning!!! Beautiful pictures!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:40 pm

    These are so breathtaking!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:29 am

    You look so beautiful!! Also that last picture? Perfection–that needs to be put on a canvas and framed. I’ve never really heard of bridal portraits before–did you do your hair & makeup trial this day to coincide with the shoot?

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 7:13 pm

    Your bridal are gorgeous! I especially love the one with all the green leaves hanging.

    I didn’t want to do bridal, and didn’t. Although my MIL couldn’t believe I didn’t want them, and tried to push me for them. But I really felt like I’d rather not wear my wedding dress with full hair and make-up before our actual wedding day.

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    mscoach 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:39 pm

    @Miss Mongoose: I had my makeup trial previous to the bridal portraits, but the hair trial was that day. It really is the perfect time to try everything out!

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    new york bride 13 334 posts, Helper bee @ 8:43 am

    Oh my goodness! Your bridal portraits are beautiful. Unfortunately, they aren’t an option for me because my dress is in New York, where my wedding and family are, and I live 1,000 miles away!

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