South Bend Bridal Portrait Session – Charlotte

Back in November, I made the trip to South Bend, Indiana for Charlotte’s bridal portrait session. The day did not disappoint! If you’re from South Bend, you know that the sun likes to stay hidden most of the late fall and winter, but we had the most gorgeous sunny day! Not to mention that evening ended with a Notre Dame victory over Clemson.

What is a bridal session?

What is a bridal session?! If you’ve never heard of it, it’s when a bride dresses up in her wedding dress prior to the wedding day for photos. Typically these photos are displayed on a canvas on the wedding day! I loved getting to see one of Charlotte’s portraits on display at their wedding this past weekend!

How to prepare for a bridal session

You might be wondering – what do you need to prepare for this type of session? It’s super important to schedule the session after your dress has been altered, but with enough time to get the photos edited and ordered to display at your reception. Other than that you’ll definitely want to splurge on hair and makeup – this is a really good time to do your bridal trial if you haven’t already. Finally, you’ll want a bouquet! See if your florist can make you a simple bouquet or you can make your own. Don’t forget your veil if you plan on wearing one!

Why do a bridal session?

Other than what I already mentioned about displaying some photos on your wedding day, you can create an album to gift to your partner! This is a really nice alternative if you don’t want to do a boudoir session. It also gives you PLENTY of time to get gorgeous portraits in your dress! I’m not going to lie – wedding days are hectic. There’s only so much time in the day and if things start to run behind, bridal portraits can get their time cut short. It was so relaxing getting a nice variety of portraits without the wedding day rush!

After Charlotte’s bridal session I am convinced that every bride should consider doing one! We had so much fun! Charlotte’s mom even joined us for the occasion and it felt like a girls day together. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from her bridal session!

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