Formal Bridal Portraits
All these photos are thanks to the one and only Amilia, of Amilia Photography.
Before I interrupted your regularly scheduled recap with a details post about our wedding day, we left off with us and our fabulous, fun bridal party down a trail in the woods. Before I jump into the beginning of our ceremony, I wanted to share some photos with you that I sort of hesitated to share at first. As a bit of introvert who is shy and self-conscious about pretty much everything, it is really hard for me to love, or even like, photos of just me. While I will share the crap out of a photo of Mr. Blue Moon and me (I mean, he’s so handsome), or myself in a group picture with family or friends, I am really not about being photographed by myself.
Though our photographer includes a separate day for bridal portraits (another popular Southern wedding tradition) in most of her packages, I firmly vetoed it because I just couldn’t imagine anything more horrible than spending hours being photographed by myself, being told how to pose, and (potentially) screwing it up with all of the weird and awkward stuff I do. Though I know Amilia would have done a lovely job, bridal portraits with anyone sounded like a special form of torture to me.
So when she pulled me aside from the rest of the group, I panicked just a little bit. I was (a) thinking about the time, and how much of it we had before our ceremony was set to begin, and (b) freaking out about all these people standing around watching me pose for individual photos. Thankfully, neither fear ended up manifesting itself in a significant way beyond my imagination.
In the end, I’m really happy that we took these photos. Mr. Blue Moon’s encouraging comments from the sidelines really helped, and I think the old adage is true, that you never feel as beautiful as you do on your wedding day. I’m glad we took some more formal shots than just my getting-ready photos, if only to look back on and remember this special time as a bride.
And you have to admit, Tennessee’s natural backdrop is gorgeous.
Blue Mom wants to frame this one, because she says it’s the only photo that exists of me looking serious. We can keep the fact that I was trying not to laugh in this shot our little secret. This is due to the fact that at some point, Amilia and I realized that a BUG had made its way between the lace and liner of my dress. We oh-so-carefully picked it out so as not to smash it in the dress, but she says this happens a lot when she shoots in woodsy locations. Though I would not have gone near my dress with bug spray originally, I sort of wish I had.
Later, Amilia asked me to do some twirly stuff with my dress. I’m happy to report that my inner princess came out, despite the critters.
Although the spotlight definitely isn’t for me, I’m happy that I got to have my moment to just be silly and feel pretty on my wedding day. Even if you’re like me and don’t want to spring for a separate bridal portrait session, mention to your photographer that you want some formal individual shots. You’ll be glad you did!
After we got these final shots before the ceremony in, we headed back to the bridal suite to prepare for liftoff and head over to the church for the ceremony. We salvaged as much of everyone’s hair and makeup as possible, cooled off for a minute, and then arranged ourselves into a car caravan to head over to the church, which was about four or five minutes away.
Oh, and MOH K and I forgot Mr. Blue Moon’s wedding band. Told you this would be an adventure.
Do you need to catch up before we get to the good part?
- My girls and I indulge in some R&R.
- We have a fancy bridesmaids’ luncheon.
- We rehearse, eat, and forget to take pictures.
- I get ready with my girls.
- My dad and I pretend like we are not the most awkward people on the planet.
- We have the hottest first look of all time.
- Our wedding party takes a hike.
- We share all the little details.