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Everything You Need to Know About Bridal Portraits


  • Trial for your hair and makeup | Most brides will do a trial of their wedding day look. I encourage my brides to schedule their bridal portraits on the same day so you can see everything together.

  • Trial for your bouquet | Flowers add a beautiful touch to bridal portraits. It's also a great time to test how the bouquet looks with your dress and inform your florist of any changes before your wedding.

  • Get comfortable moving in your wedding | Your bridal session will reveal any areas where you might need more alterations made. Your session will also get your comfortable posing and moving around in your dress.

  • Your wedding shoes | This is the perfect opportunity to break in your wedding shoes and avoid day of blisters.

  • They're a lot of fun! | I encourage my brides to make a day of it and bring along their mom, sister or best friend. You get to enjoy being dolled up, in great company, and more time in your wedding dress!


  • Give as a gift | Bridal portraits are incredibly special gift to give parents and grandparents.

  • Display at your reception | Many brides like to display their favorite images at their wedding reception.

  • Create an album | Displaying your images in a gorgeous album makes an incredible heirloom.


  • Determine the type of location your want | historic buildings, wedding venue, park, beach, garden, greenhouses, city.

  • Ask your photographer | Once you know the type of location you want, share it with your photographer and they should be able to send you a list of specific locations that match that style.

  • Do them at your wedding venue | Many brides choose to do them at their wedding venue and in most instances the venue will allow them to do so for free.

  • Permits and location fees | There are many places that require a permit or studio fee so be sure to check ahead of time.


  • I recommend booking 1-2 months before your wedding so that you have time to order prints or an album. This will also give you time to do additional alterations you found necessary during your session.

  • You will need to coordinate the date between your venue, hair and makeup artists, photographer, and florist.

  • If doing your session at your venue, know that most venues require bridal sessions to be booked on a weekday since they have events on the weekends.

  • Many brides also take their rings in for cleaning and schedule time to get their nails done the week before their session.


  • Wedding Dress

  • Veil

  • Wedding Shoes

  • Wedding Jewelry

  • Your Rings

  • Your "Something Blue"

  • Garter

  • Bouquet

  • Signage - Some brides like to take a special picture for their parents holding a sign that says, "Always Your Little Girl"

  • Accessories - have a special wrap, jacket, or hat you want to incorporate? Bring those items along!


  • Express yourself - incorporate something that showcases your personality or interests.

  • Make a girl's day of it by bringing your mom, sister, or best friend.

  • Enjoy being the bride - this is all about you!

Ready to book your bridal portrait session with Rivers Light Photography?


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