When Jacklyn called me the first time, I knew she was a bride who had done her homework. I love that! She already knew what I offered, which wedding package she wanted, and was ready to set up a time for a consultation. When she and her mom, Angel, came for the consultation, we hit it off immediately. I fell in love with their positive attitudes and excitement about the wedding planning process. I was able to give them some advice about other vendors which was really fun. They decided to use my favorite florist, Forget-Me-Not Flowers and Gifts, and the awesome hair and make-up artist, Merry Pearson at Shear Magic. I have worked with Forget-Me-Not and Merry for over a decade and they never disappoint. As we were talking, I mentioned bridal portraits. This was an idea they were both a bit unfamiliar with since it’s a “southern thing.” When I showed them examples of bridal portraits, they were all in!
I like bridal portraits for a couple of reasons. First, it gives me a chance to get to know the bride a little better. And second, it gives the bride a chance to test out hair, make-up, and to make sure her dress fits well. Plus, who wouldn’t want to photograph beautiful brides all dressed up in their wedding finery? The only hard part about bridal portraits is waiting to show them until after the wedding! Jacklyn and Emanuel were married this afternoon – so now I get to show off some of my favorites from her session.
When possible, we try to photograph bridal portraits inside in a studio setting as well as outside in a natural setting. The weather was beautiful the day of Jacklyn’s portraits so we were able to get outside. Everything about the day was perfect. Jacklyn’s gown was absolutely perfect for her. Her hair and make-up was exquisite and her bouquet was quite possibly the prettiest I have ever used in a bridal portrait. First, the studio portraits . . .
We decided to photograph the outdoor portraits at Marston Pavilion aboard Camp Lejeune. Jacklyn’s husband, Emanuel, is a Marine and their wedding was at the Catholic Chapel about the base with the reception following at the Officer’s Club. It just made sense to photograph her portraits aboard base as well.
Karen and I had a great time with Jacklyn and Angel. We talked, laughed and took pictures for a very long time. In fact, this was probably my longest bridal session ever. But it was worth it to get so many great portraits. Both Jacklyn and Angel were relaxed and having fun – until it was time to get the dress back on the hanger and in the bag. Let’s just say, it’s not easy to do outside on the grass when mosquitoes are biting.
Congratulations Jacklyn and Emanuel. I’ll be blogging about your beautiful wedding in a couple of days!