BRIDAL SESSION GUIDE
Items to Bring
This is definitely not required but we like to mention it because a lot of times our client forget to order a bouquet for their bridals in the midst of trying to remember to bring everything else for their session! Most floral packages usually include a bridal session bouquet so definitely double check with your florist to see if its an option. :)
Make sure to bring all of the accessories you will be wearing on your wedding day! Examples would be earrings, bracelets, heirloom pieces, shoes, engagement ring and veil (whichever is applicable!) PS. Bring think about bringing a more comfortable pair of shoes that is around the same height as your wedding day shoes. That way you will be more comfortable and not worry about possibly getting your shoes dirty. :)
We highly suggest bringing a family member for friend to help out during the bridal session. We will of course be there to assist with your dress during the photos, but most of our clients like having somewhere there to hold on to some of the items. Also, having somewhere there to help with your most natural laugh and smile is always a great benefit as well! :)
Besides getting beautiful images to display on your wedding day, we find that our clients derive a lot of value in finalizing their day-of look!
Dress Fitting and Final Alterations
We usually suggest scheduling your bridals right before your last alteration. During the bridal session you will be moving around like you would be on the wedding day, so if something feels too tight (or too loose) or maybe you would like the length altered you will be able to tell your alterations vendor any last adjustments you would like. Also, looking at the photos from the session can also help to see if anything else needs to be adjusted.
Makeup & Hair
Just the same as you feeling out your dress, you will be able to see how your makeup and hair holds up to moving around. In addition, once you receive your photos, you can see how your makeup shows in your images to see if there is anything you would like to change for the day-of. As an example, blush and or eye-makeup can photograph lighter than it appears in person, meaning you would need a bit more on your wedding day. Of course, feel free to forward your images to your makeup and hair artist so that they can reference per your feedback! We are also happy to provide feedback as well if needed. :)
The majority of our brides choose to do their bridal session at their wedding venue. This choice is completely up to you! There is no right or wrong location! Traditionally, bridals are done the wedding venue or church but a lot of our brides opt to do a non-wedding day location so that it looks different that what will be taken on the wedding day. There is no right or wrong location! :)
As mentioned above, some past clients have chosen a location other than their wedding venue(s). This choice is usually because they believe that since they will already have so many photos from their wedding day at their venue, that they see their bridal session as an opportunity for a different backdrop. This could be anywhere from a local park or another venue altogether. Often, we have brides that will go to another venue such as Chandelier Grove or Chateau Cocomar! Whichever your choice, we can help facilitate that communication with the venue to make the process as simple as possible. Another option, especially in case of rain is to have your bridals at a local studio in Houston. An important note is that there will be a rental fee if choosing a studio or venue other than the one you have rented for your wedding day.
We typically recommend scheduling your bridals 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding date. This insures plenty of time to get the photos back and to not be rushed with canvas and print orders. If that is not possible, we completely understand! At the very least, we need at least 3 weeks for the images to be ready, but your print orders will need to be ordered directly through us (instead of your gallery) so that we can insure your orders come in on time.
Below is a link to our availability so you can schedule your date as soon as you know when your dress will be ready!
Request Your Date
Once you are ready to schedule your bridal session, fill out this form!