Kate Marie Photography » Colorado Wedding Photographer

If you’re from the South, or the word “y’all” is a regular in your vocabulary, you know all about bridal portrait sessions. If not, it’s time you knew what they’re all about! One of my fan-tab-ulous brides from 2012, Leighanne, described bridal sessions better than I ever could. Enjoy her thoughts on bridal sessions, along with some images from her very own bridal portrait session!

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Growing up in the south, our wedding traditions differ than most of your “typical” nuptials.¬† Large bridal parties, monogrammed everything, koozies¬†in hand¬†and a formal yet laid back atmosphere¬†only slightly describe a big day¬†below the Mason Dixon.¬†
Oh yes… and a large framed formal portrait of the bride prominently displayed on an easel by the guest book.
 
One of the most important things on a southern bride’s “to-do” list is having formal bridal portraits taken about 2-3 months before you wedding.¬†Dress fittings, flowers, make-up and hair must all be perfect as well.¬† Yes, it’s that big of a deal!¬† It’s essentially a dress rehearsal for your bombshell bridal look on your wedding day.¬† Not to mention, it’s one more chance to wear your dress and act¬†like you are a model for¬†wedding magazine.¬† What bride would not want that?!
 
How did the tradition start?¬† Long before the early 1900’s, it was uncommon to have a photographer at a wedding.¬† Therefore, bridal portraits or “Bridals”¬†were usually¬†taken of the bride in her dress to commemorate¬†the special occasion..¬† When the tradition made it’s way to the beautiful south, “Bridals”¬†had soon become¬†a rite of passage for Southern debutantes.¬† Today, it is a keepsake that is hung in the bride’s parents home for years to come.¬† My mother has large framed bridal portraits of both myself and my sister-in-law hung up in her formal living room (both displayed at our weddings), as did my grandparents of my mom and aunt, and so on.
 
I purposely picked out my dress about 15 months before I got married and had my make-up/hair trial done 4 months before the big day strictly for the purpose of perfect portraits.¬† You’re probably thinking it sounds like more work than it’s worth.¬†¬†¬†For some it may be but if you’re like me and love getting all dolled up, it’s one more excuse to feel like you’re Cinderella.¬†¬†Plus… you get to¬†SEE your look¬†in photos¬†before hand, that way you¬†feel confident in¬†that you look like a total¬†bridal goddess on your wedding day.¬† It gives the mother of the bride ultimate bragging rights,¬†it’s¬†a historical¬†tradition you can pass down to your children and grandchildren, and it makes for a great¬†little gift to give your husband for his desk¬†at work (just to remind him how perfect and beautiful his wife is). ūüėČ
 
I had only met one photographer in Colorado who had ever heard of such of thing before I talked to Katie.  Sure we had fears of a snagged dress or a torrential down pour mid-shoot, but Katie exceeded every expectation for the vision of my southern bridal look and created the most beautiful formal portraits every bride-to-be could dream of. We had an absolute blast shooting them!  Thank you Katie for all of you AMAZING work!:)

 

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I love engagement sessions. Spending an afternoon getting to know a couple, and hearing stories of how they met, how they got engaged, and who they are. It’s even better when we’re in a¬†beautiful part of Colorado – just like the area that Kelly and Eric chose. These two are just so fun together, and I can’t wait for their big day to be here soon!

Enjoy a few of my favorites from their very-Colorado engagement session!

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favorite! kelly – you are just so ridiculously gorgeous!

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There’s something about newborn babies that just makes life stop. I witness it every time I photograph a newborn, and experienced it for myself when my little guy was born almost 4 months ago. All of the sudden, nothing else matters. This tiny little munchkin is all there is. It’s absolutely perfect. Sure, they cry at 2 am…and 4 am…and 5 am… and they demand more of your time than you could have ever thought possible, but they’re just so darn precious. Nothing else matters but them.

Little Alexis joined the world on New Years Day and was quite the little trooper during our session. I don’t think I heard even a teenie little peep from her! Enjoy some of my favorites from her newborn session.

 

Baby yawns are by far the best type of yawns.

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Only 10 days old and already found her hands!

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there’s nothing cuter than a baby bum. nothing.

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“i knew i loved you before i met you”

it’s one of those cliche sayings. heck, even a super sappy song was written about it that we all got stuck in our heads way back when. but with some couples, you can just tell.

sarah and jimmy are one of those couples. they’re gonna be the couple that walks down the street together hand in hand when they are 95 years old, just grinning at each other. yep – they’re that adorable. it’s just something about them. they’re just…a pair.

sarah and jimmy’s wedding was one of the most down-to-earth days i’ve ever been a part of (which was good, since i was waddling around 38 weeks pregnant). it was all about the love.

and it was perfect.

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sarah wore toms under her dress, and had them for all of her bridesmaids, too. love it:)

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who says men can’t have spunky socks?

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sarah and jimmy’s decor was so fresh, organic, and local. it was perfect for the ranch.

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sarah’s dad was so proud all day. it was just beaming from him.

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sarah – you are gorgeous.

i know i’ve said it about 100 times by now, but i don’t care. you. are. stunning.

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those  colors Рi love fall!

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sarah and jimmy – congratulations on an amazing day! thank you for trusting a very, very pregnant lady to capture your day:)

and a huge thanks to heidi and katie for shooting with me!

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  • tiffany - so pretty!!!

  • Zani Piehn - You look radiant! Such wonderful pictures!

  • Cynthia Mazzara - Absolutely beautiful photos. I could not agree more, Sarah was just a sweetheart to work with! Wishing them many happy years together!

  • Ali Dahl - Stunning! Can you and Jimmy get married again? It was that fun!

every girl does it. we sit in high school math class pretending to pay attention to the numbers on the white board, and scribble our signature with our boyfriend’s last name. we write it over and over, and part of us actually believes that it’s actually going to happen – our 11th grade boyfriend will someday be our husband. and then the realities set in. the break ups happen, and we grow up and grow apart.

but for some girls, their high school boyfriend¬†does end up being their husband. the dream comes true, and they marry their high school boyfriend. leanne did just that. she and matt met in high school, and married just before their 10 year anniversary. they went to the pep rallies together, the prom together, survived college together, and finally walked down the aisle together. leanne was one of the happiest brides i’ve photographed to date. this was her fairy tale day, and nothing was going to ruin it!

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leanne and her family released lady bugs in stonebrook’s garden in honor of a grandparent who had passed away. such a sweet moment.
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i don’t usually blog family portraits, but this one of leanne and her grandma is just too sweet. she looks so proud!

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i love this shot of leanne and her girls. i don’t know if i’ve ever photographed a group that laughed more than these 5 did:)

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leanne – you are so stinkin cute.

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¬†we shot leanne and matt’s portraits immediately after the ceremony, and i just love how you see how excited they are from the ceremony that just ended.

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shannon snapped this shot Рi love it.

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how cute are these ideas? totally pinterest-worthy if i do say so myself ūüėČ

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jessica green of jgreen weddings helped leanne make all the details just perfect! jess – you’re a total doll:)

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dance-off time!:)(matt might kill me for posting this picture, but¬†come on¬†it’s hilarious!)

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leanne and matt – thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day. you guys are so perfect together:)

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