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Bridal Style: Classical Elegance

Bridal portraits have evolved from the portraits of old—and these beautiful images prove why every bride needs the pre-wedding photo sesh!

Could you imagine not having a single photograph of your wedding day? In the 1800s, it was rare for couples to have any images snapped of their nuptials and it wasn’t until about the 1880s that wedding photography finally took root. Even then, most brides and grooms had a single photo taken wearing their best clothes either before or after their wedding. It took a little longer before wedding portraits became more commonplace, especially bridal portraits. Just imagine those Victorian-esque gowns, serious expressions and oversized bouquets!

We’re so glad that wedding photography has evolved into what it is now, which has become much more documentary in style. Precious moments and candid captures are what make the big day truly memorable! “Bridal portraits are a great way to do a trial run for the bride’s Day Of look,” says Jordan. “And it’s also a chance to create stunning pictures they can display and gift in many ways!”

Speaking of stunning, these lovely shots of Jordan Payne Events bride Kristi were captured at the Dallas Country Club by Thisbe Grace: Kiss Me for Eternity. The bride wore a gorgeous white Monique Lhuillier dress, which featured a pretty crystal-studded belt and delicate lace detailing. She paired the gown with silver Jimmy Choo shoes for a classic look.



Kristi’s elegant garden-style wedding was reflected in the picture-perfect bouquet, expertly assembled by David Kimmel Design. The lush arrangement was brimming with fresh ivory and cream hued peonies, garden roses and ranunculus as well as a touch of green from seeded eucalyptus. Ceci New York created the monogrammed invitations for the wedding, which featured more neutral tones and elegant laser-cut details for a layered, textured finish.


While bridal portraits might tout Southern-grown roots, they certainly have earned their place in the list of traditional wedding elements for good reason. It’s a beautiful keepsake, commemorates your wedding venue (if you choose to shoot the images on location) and disproves the outdated wedding dress reference that you only get to wear it once. Capture the beauty of a moment—and one spectacular gown!—to remember forever.