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Vanessa | At-home Bridal Portraits

Hurricane Irene, large and moody lady, attempted to thwart my plans to fly to DC and photograph Vanessa’s at-home bridal portraits. I was able to leave Charleston just before the airport delayed some flights, and we enjoyed a gorgeous afternoon with her family in Warrenton, Virginia. Vanessa’s sister (her maid of honor) had just returned to the States, and her mom, grandmother and childhood friend were on hand watching Vanessa’s dress rehearsal. One of the highlights of the bridal portraits was when she let her dad have a first glimpse of her bridal beauty.

The ladies were agog. Dad was gobsmacked. I was just giddy to be there. It’s a unique privilege to be chosen to document such intimate family moments. I’m grateful to create something lasting for such a wonderful family.

Strapless lace gown and rustic bouquet for bridal portraits in Virginia Sister assists bride with dress rehearsal for wedding portraits Bride collects thoughts, friend delivers bouquet, sister pours champagne First glimpse of bride before she shows her dad her wedding day look Dad

Dad assesses his daughter after seeing her wedding dress rehearsal. Magical moments by Carolina Photosmith Love this fatherly look as Dad approves of his daughter Beautiful backlit black and white bridal portrait in sitting room by French doors Bridal portraits in family home by Carolina Photosmith Bride and Willow series by Carolina Photosmith atuesque bride by willow tree. Natural light portraiture by Carolina Photosmith Grandma is giddy to hold Vanessa A horse is a horse, and a bride is a bride. Portrait by Carolina Photosmith. Bridal portrait collage, hydrangeas, horses Vanessa and Charlie horse. Bridal not bridle. Wedding gown.

Although I usually photograph brides and families throughout the Carolina Lowcountry, I happily embrace changes in topography. Contact Jen to inquire about wedding photography or arrange a portrait session.

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  • Jessica Horton - LOVE that you told the “story” of the bridal portrait…. and it wasn’t just about the dress. Yay for the Lavins!ReplyCancel

  • Maria @ Ritzy Bee - Beautiful work Jen! Can’t wait to see the wedding pictures! PS – love the picture of Nana too! 😉ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks so much, Maria! I’m working on the wedding photos. Fantastic wedding! Enjoyed meeting you.ReplyCancel

  • Tall - Cool! Love the documentary side to bridal portraits. Nicely done!ReplyCancel

  • Leo Druker - Terrific work, Jen. My favorites are the last two – beautifully done.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - Lovely indeed. You make me feel like I was there!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Love the shots in the weeping willow!ReplyCancel

  • Justin - Awesome use of the environment for this bridal session – & that looks like a big, beautiful horse! Great portraits:)ReplyCancel

  • Paul Rowland - GORGEOUS bridal session, especially the black and white curtain picture.ReplyCancel

  • nadine - what a lovely bride.
    and how awesome that you got to shoot with a horse!ReplyCancel

  • Steve Koo - These are lovely! Nice job!ReplyCancel

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