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Wedding Planning: Why You Shouldn't Skip a Bridal Shoot

Don't skip this when planning your wedding!

The new trend seems to be skipping the bridal shoot in favor of scheduling more getting ready time on the wedding day. I am all for more time before the wedding to capture the detail shots, getting ready and the first look.

But usually, the schedule is so packed on the wedding day (and we can't roam around without the bride being seen), so there isn't a great opportunity to get these types of photos taken.

The fact is a lot of brides have never even heard of a bridal shoot! I think the origination of a bridal shoot goes way back to a time when couple's just had small wedding receptions. Many cake and punch receptions didn't always include a professional photographer, so the couple would go to a studio for formal photos.

Here's why you should consider doing a bridal shoot!


It's a great time to try on your dress and make sure everything is perfect


Have a trial run with your makeup artist to decide the best look for your wedding day


Practice your wedding day hairstyle and make sure it's what you want


Get to know your photographer so you can work together better at your wedding


Take time to get those iconic photos of just you that there just isn't time for on your actual wedding day


Allows you to show off that monster sized photo of you that can be a gift to your parents


Rachel and I scheduled her bridal shoot at her Mckinney wedding venue, D'vine Grace Vineyards, about 5 months before her date. I typically shoot most bridal sessions within 1-2 months of the wedding date, but we wanted to get them done before winter came. With her mom and sister helping me out, we were able to get a variety of images that are truly unique. These are just a few of my favorites from the over 150 final pictures that were delivered.


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