I am almost done editing Jessica and Donny’s wedding photos form a few weekends ago. In the mean time, I wanted to share a few of Jessica’s bridal portraits!
She is an incredibly beautiful bride, inside and out!
One of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer is photographing the bridal portrait. I like to use a blend of fashion, photojournalism and portrait photography and to capture a variety of images. The advantage of doing a bridal portrait before your wedding day is that we can focus on getting some really creative images with very little stress.
The bridal session is the perfect opportunity to do a hair and makeup trial run before the big wedding day. If you need recommendations for hair and makeup artists, feel free to ask. I’m also happy to help provide you with a bridal stylist as they are becoming more and more popular these days. They help you style your dress and accessories and sometimes provide props for the photo shoot.
What to bring:
• I always recommend bringing a pair of flip flops in case we find ourselves walking a little bit between locations. We don’t want to get those wedding shoes dirty!
• I try to keep in my car a white sheet that we can use to put under your dress to keep it off the ground. So I’ll have that with me.
• Mosquitoes love pretty brides. So you may want to give yourself a spritz before we head out.
• I highly recommend having a bouquet made for the portrait session. It could be trial version of the one you’ll have on your wedding day.
Where to do your bridal portrait:
• One option is to do the bridal portrait at the same location as your ceremony or reception. It gives us a great opportunity to photograph around the property at our own pace before the wedding day.
• Two venues where I love photographing bridal portraits are Lowndes Grove and the William Aiken House. Both are owned by Patrick Properties and you are able to use their venues for your bridal portrait for a reasonable fee. (If you are using one of their venues for your wedding, they often will let you do your bridal portrait shoot without an extra charge.)
• Another spot I love to use for bridal portraits is Boone Hall. Their fee is simply the entrance fee, $19.50/person. There is a bathroom there where you may change into your dress. Highlights include the oak allee, a fantastic garden and the cotton dock. This is where Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were recently married!
• A new favorite is the Thomas Bennett House, which has a great veranda, architecture and well manicured grounds.
• Historic downtown Charleston has endless amazing locations for bridal portraits. I know of some great cobblestone streets, gardens and hidden locations for your bridal portrait.
• Lastly, for those of you with connections to Charleston, private residences are always an excellent choice especially if it has a veranda and garden.
For more information or if you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email at Leigh@LeighWebber.com or call me 843-697-0376.
One of the most beautiful brides got married last weekend. She flawlessly combined vintage and modern pieces to create her wedding ensemble. A Monique Lhuillier top from Madison Row was combined with a skirt made from her debutante dress for a flawless silhouette. The crowning piece was her grandmother’s veil, making her the consummate Charleston bride.
I love doing bridal portraits. This one with gorgeous bride Laura was no exception. We had a morning shoot at Lowndes Grove and it was such a treat to take advantage of that great morning light!
Check out the belt she is wearing with her dress, which she found at Maddison Row. I love it! Tanesha Dupree of Affair Hair by Tanesha did her gorgeous hair and Elizabeth Quinton of EQ Makeup did her makeup to perfection.
Her wedding was this past weekend, so more to come from that soon! It was held at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian with the reception at the William Aiken House and was designed by Mary Susan Henderson of Southern Protocol.
Gorgeous bride Sarah was married a few weeks ago at Cassique and I almost have her stunning wedding ready to share with you. But to warm you up, I wanted to share her bridal portrait photos, which we did at Charles Towne Landing.
She found her dress at Maddison Row. I especially loved the shrug she had made to go along with it. It’s classic and stylish, not to mention versatile!