Is a splash of color for you?
Are you the bride who can’t get enough of bright, cotton candy color? Or, perhaps you want a traditional dress style for your wedding attire, but your soul still calls out to you for joyful color! This is the perfect scenario for a Pre-Wedding Portrait Session, where you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
What is this Pre-Wedding Session you speak of, Marni?
A Pre-Wedding Portrait Session is an opportunity to not only create epic photographs of you and your loved one in formal attire, but also a way to celebrate the unique time that being engaged is. Sure, you’ve had your Engagement Portrait session, and perhaps you are also planning a bridal portrait session (a southern tradition I personally love), but Pre-Wedding Portraits are something unique, and with me – they are all about the experience!
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Pre-Wedding Portrait Sessions often feature couples wearing wedding attire. If you want your First Look to take place prior to your wedding day, then wearing your wedding dress is the perfect choice. It’s about halfsies for the couples who choose this route. If, on the other hand, you still want all the surprise and “butterflies in your stomach” feeling of seeing one another in your wedding attire on your actual wedding day, then your Pre-Wedding Portraits can feature separate outfits from your wedding day for a totally different look. (Enter this amazing pink tulle Elizabeth Dye designer gown!)
A hallmark of the Pre-Wedding Session is the formal styling which can be made even more memorable by working closely with your photographer (me!) plus a professional stylist to craft an environment, include meaningful details, source incredible fashion (to purchase or rent), and pamper yourselves with an experience to remember – this is much the same as a styled editorial is created for publication, but 100% personalized to you.
How is a Pre-Wedding Session different from an Engagement Session?
Think of your Pre-Wedding Portraits as the all-inclusive portrait experience that is a cross between relaxing spa day and epic day date! You will begin the day with professional hair and makeup, followed by your customized portrait experience. Pre-Wedding Sessions can cover anywhere from 6 to 8 hours including travel time, hair and make up, and your chosen experience. If this sounds daunting, don’t let it scare you off, the benefit to an extended timeline is that you get to enjoy your time together exactly as your time together, rather than feeling like you are modeling and posing for the camera. As your photographer, I find a healthy mix of documentary vs. guided photographs because I know when you look back on these photographs for years to come, the thing you will remember is the way you felt … the experience you had together. In other words, there are times you will forget I am even there, but I will stealthily be capturing the in-between moments, the body language, the natural interactions that make you … you!
Here are some ways to include a Pre-Wedding Portrait Session in your plans:
- Go big! Choose a destination that is meaningful to you. Is there a place that holds great memories for your relationship? Is there a spot you have been wanting to experience for the first time together? A scenic mountaintop? Overlooking the Eiffel Tower?
- To make the most of the travel plans you already have for your wedding: Coordinate your pre-wedding session to be in the same city, a few days prior to your wedding date. Whether you choose a destination wedding or a wedding in your own hometown, taking the extra time to soak up the last few moments of your engagement can help you to refocus on one another during a time that can otherwise become quite stressful with last minute items.
- Your Pre-Wedding session can be anything you want it to be. Do you want to exchange private vows? Do you want a fashion editorial vibe, or a purely photojournalistic documentary-style of your day together? Anything is possible!
- Plan together with your photographer and professional stylist. Counterintuitively, when you include these professionals in your early planning stages, you’ll be amazed at the ways the final outcome is even more personal to you than you ever dreamt it could be.