Monday, July 18, 2011

The Best Day Ever...Bridal Portraits

It's been awhile since I have done another recap, I know--I apologize in advance. This was one of the most fun days, as it was all about getting dolled up and glammed in prime time wedding gear to "run through" for the big day. 
Funny enough, it started off raining that Tuesday morning, and when I say raining, I am referring to torrential downpour. But we prayed and crossed fingers and around lunchtime when the beauty gurus were getting started, the clouds parted and the bright sunshine came out to play, sealing the perfect springtime day for a photoshoot. Someone was looking after us that day ;)
Mom and I solicited the top ladies in Nashville to help us with hair and makeup and I loved the final look...so much that I didn't change a single thing for the big day--they nailed the look I was going for! Amy Lynn Larwig did wonders on my face, to which now I have an obsession with Makeup For Ever from Sephora. And the lovely Mary Malone reworked my hair into a romantic style complete with extensions for added volume.
We spent about 2 hours taking over the grounds at Scarritt Bennett to make sure we got just the perfect shot for our big canvas that would welcome guests to the reception, and I love the end result...that will come with the reception recap! So without further adieu, here they are, my bridal portraits {and yes, I am a bit biased--hehe}











 the winning picture below...the one we had framed--my absolute favorite!





All pictures via Chris and Adrienne Scott
So here's my two cents: If you're engaged and are unsure as to whether or not you want to have bridal portraits taken prior to the wedding, I am telling you now, run, don't walk to your photographer and make sure you get these done...they will be your saving grace to help you see what you're going to look like and to see if you need to "tweak" any certain element. Not to mention another reason to put on that gorgeous dress and frolic around for a few hours in advance...yes, I do love my dress that much ;)

52 comments:

  1. Your dress is gorgeous and I love your hair!!

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  2. You're not biased, you're absolutely gorgeous! And I LOVE the shoes!

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  3. I love your blog and I just had to comment on your pictures. They are BEAUTIFUL! Your dress and hair look amazing and you look so happy!

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  4. Gorgeous photos... and Happy {belated} Birthday! :)

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  5. Wow - unbelievably gorgeous. I am drooling over your dress. You are absolutely beautiful!!!

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  6. gorgeous!! i love love LOVE the 2nd picture. what type of extensions did she put in? Clip ons? who did you say made your dress again? its gorgeous!

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  7. Love the pictures. They are all GORGEOUS!!!

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  8. STUNNING! You were a beautiful, beautiful bride.

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  9. You look absolutely stunning! I love your dress and all of these photos. They did a fantastic job. Of course it doesn't hurt their subject is pretty gorgeous. :) Love them.

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  10. Gorgeous! How far in advance did you take them? I am planning to do bridal portraits- even though almost no one is California does them. It's funny what a Southern tradition it truly is- which i think is weird, since it makes so much sense. I'm hoping having a run through will help me to relax on our wedding day.

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  11. Beautiful! Can't wait to see more wedding recaps!

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  12. Love these!

    Question - were you afraid you would get your dress dirty/did you have it cleaned after?

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  13. You look like the photo that comes in a new picture frame!! Stunning, gorgeous, perfect, so beautiful!!

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  14. Oh. My. Gosh. SOOO beautiful!!! I am LOVING that big ol' veil!! You are so stinkin' cute!

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  15. You look SOOOO beautiful!!! And happy belated birthday :)

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  16. You look so beautiful! These are terrific.

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  17. They turned out perfect! love.

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  18. Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photographs with us! :)

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  19. Simply beautiful! I hope you had a great birthday!

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  20. You look beautiful! I didn't get bridal portraits done and totally wish I had.

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  21. GORGEOUS!!!!

    I definitely wish I had bridal portraits done.

    Happy belated birthday!

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  22. Gorgeous!! I'm not sure that anyone I know has done bridal portraits before... How fun!

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  23. You look SO gorgeous!! I absolutely love the place you took them at!

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  24. Great pictures!! All of them are so beautiful!

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  25. Great pictures!! All of them are so beautiful!

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  26. Oh goodness gracious they are LOVELY Natasha! And I couldn't agree more ... bridal portraits are a must-do. We decided to fore-go the large canvas and instead just had an 8x10 framed in a large frame, but I wanted to do it more for the experience and the run-thru aspect. So glad I didn't rely on the day-of pictures to have nice portraits taken, it was too rush-rush!

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  27. You were such a stunning bride. Just gorgeous!

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  28. You are gorgeous and I LOVE the dress! Can't wait to see more wedding pics!

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  29. They all turned out beautiful! I don't think you got one bad picture!!

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  30. I think the shot of you in the church with your viel on (did I spell that right?) where your dress is all fluffed out and your have your head tilted to the side gets my vote as one of your top pictures!! :) You look beautiful. hands down!

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  31. Wow! I am in love! Both with your bridal portraits and your blog :-). Just happened to stumble upon you today for the very first time, and you can be sure I'm a new loyal reader! Hope you're having a wonderful day...it's nice to meet you, ~Kristin

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  32. you are stunning!!! and i love the picture with your shoes. precious!

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  33. Absolutely gorgeous! WOW! I kinda want to frame one for my house...haha! :)

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  34. Love these Natasha! Especially the one with the hot black shoes, LOVE it!

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  35. holy moly you look SO pretty natasha!!! the last one is definitely one of my favorites! i should definitely consider getting these done when i'm engaged!

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  36. I love the detail on your dress. It's gorgeous!

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  37. Beautiful photos. You look gorgeous!

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  38. LOVE your pictures!! You're so pretty! Your dress was gorgeous!! Love the shoes :)

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  39. You are so BEAUTIFUL! I am so glad to here you enjoyed your bridal shoot because I was hesitate to pay the extra money to have them done! Cant wait to see your wedding pictures!!!

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  40. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! What a fabulous idea to do bridal portraits before the wedding as a "test" run. Plus, you get comfortable in front of the camera and get to see how you look. Genius!

    Oh, and happy late birthday! I've been meaning to tweet you that!

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  41. Uhm perfection. You look FLAWLESS. Let's be friends in real life please :)

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  42. Natasha! These pictures are just gorgeous!!! You look amazing!

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  43. Love the pics! When are you going to give the details on your dress? It's gorgeous!!!

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  44. Congrats on your wedding! You look beautiful :) Your dress is amazing!

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  45. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I'm loving your lacy dress and that long veil!

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  46. GORGEOUS!!! You look absolutely stunning and your smile just shines your pure joy and happiness through it! Thank you for sharing those...just lovely!

    Liesl :)

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  47. You have such a contagious smile! I was looking at your pics mostly to see the dress, but I couldn't help but break into a smile when I saw yours! I hope you still love these pictures, cuz you are a beautiful girl!

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