June 20, 2013

Our Wedding: Portraits

One piece of advice I can give to brides is to set an ample amount of time for portraits. These are the images you will have and cherish forever. When we started planning, I knew I wanted to take as many pictures as possible at our reception site. Though the Cathedral was lovely, I wanted the natural light and lush grounds to be a background for our pictures.

I only tried on dresses once. My mother and a few bridesmaids came to Birmingham a month after I was engaged to start the process. Our ceremony and reception sites were decided so I felt I could make a decision. We started the day at Ivory & White, and to my surprise, the first dress I tried on was the one. I tried on around five dresses, all in pretty similar styles, but it was the all lace dress by Lian Carlo that stole my heart. I knew going into the appointment that I wanted a lace dress, but I heard that a lot of girls end up with something completely different from their original vision so I kept an open mind. My bridal consultant added a simple silk sash with button detailing the matched the dress and a cathedral length veil. As soon as those details were added, there was no other dress that could compare.

For the rest of my look, I just wanted to look like myself. I chose not to use a makeup artist (I could never find one I liked), and with the help of my maid of honor, I did my makeup myself. A natural eye, rosy cheek, and berry lip gave me the romantic bridal look I desired. For my hair, I also wanted something natural and romantic. Rachel from Salon 11 created a soft up-do that gave my naturally limp hair a little life. I accessorized with simple pearl studs I wear almost daily and a gold cuff that my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother all wore on their wedding.

Will looked very handsome in a classic black tuxedo. I love all of the images we took at The Cedars. They really remind me of such a wonderful day it was.

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