The Bridal Portrait Accessory You Absolutely Need

You did it! You've walked down the aisle with that special someone, stuttered out your vows, and managed to kiss each other without passing out in front of a hundred of your closest friends and family. Your guests have filed away, dutifully, heading towards their cocktail hour (more like cocktail 30 minutes) and now it's time to relax and bask in the glory of what just happened.

 Not seen - soggy grass, recently trudged through by intrepid bride.

Not seen - soggy grass, recently trudged through by intrepid bride.

TAP TAP TAP...TAP TAP TAP...

Standing behind you with a slightly embarrassed grin is your photographer. Oh right! It's portrait time! No sweat, this will be easy after walking down the aisle. 

Your photographer points out one spot that would be amazing. It's a gnarled, old tree that will be amazing to shoot with. It's just over there across that field. Let's do it! You take one step into the field and *SQUISH* goes your Jimmy Choo. Your heel plunges into the wet soil of a newly watered lawn like a thermometer into a Thanksgiving Turkey.

"Um...can we find another spot? I can't get there in these heels."

 Jimmy Choo never stood a chance...Eddie Bauer to the rescue!

Jimmy Choo never stood a chance...Eddie Bauer to the rescue!

Your gallant photographer, monk-like in his patience and understanding, leads you to another spot. It's over on the beach. Not near enough to get wet, but far enough to look fantastic! You get that sinking feeling again. There's no way you can make it there without someone carrying you. You get the feeling that you're missing out on some great pictures...and you are.

 A little dust never hurt these clodhoppers!

A little dust never hurt these clodhoppers!

On the day of your wedding, you will be fabulous. Looking fly (Do people still say that? Probably not, but bear with me) from head to toe, the last thing you're going to want to do is dirty up your shoes getting to a photo location. So here's my piece of advice. BRING SHOES. 

And not just any shoes. Bring comfortable, lightweight shoes that are grippy, easily taken off, and clean. When it's time for your bridal and romantic portraits, when you see that fantastic shot on the other side of a soggy lawn, just pop on your other shoes and go! When you get to the spot, change back into your wedding shoes for the shoot. Easy peasy.

 Why do they always water the lawns RIGHT BEFORE a wedding??

Why do they always water the lawns RIGHT BEFORE a wedding??

In all seriousness, I've seen brides miss more shots because either the terrain was wet and heels wouldn't work, or because it would have taken too long to get to the spot in those heels. When you're prepared with the right shoes, getting to the best spots becomes much easier. Grab a small bag to put your shoes in (have someone else carry it. It's your special day after all!) and never miss a shot. Don't let that crazy North Carolina terrain ruin your photos.

Your photographer will thank you.

Vintage Inspired Bridal Styled Shoot

I love it when a great team comes together!

I had the pleasure of working with some really awesome vendors and artists on a styled shoot in Durham, NC a week ago. Together, we created a bridal vibe that is at once unique and vintage, but without pretension. Please take a moment to check out the vendors I worked with on this shoot, as they worked their tails off to make it happen!

Of course, I'd be remiss in if I didn't talk about the cameras and film used to create these looks. The film portraits were created on a Mamiya RZ67 medium format film camera with Kodak Portra 400 and a Shen Hao 4x5 with both Ilford HP5 Plus and Kodak Portra 400.

Makeup Styling: Theresa Burden

Venue: Durham Fruit

Florals: Blissful Celebrations, LLC

Attire: Fifi's of Durham

Jewelry: Styled by Markie

Hair: Christy Callaghan

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