What is a bridal portrait session?
This rustic bridal session in Asheville, North Carolina will always be a favorite of mine. Katie reached out to me a few months before the wedding to book this session. However, I’ve heard through the grapevine that bridal sessions aren’t typically a thing anywhere except the south. As a predominantly southern wedding photographer, these are fairly common for us. The tradition comes from Europe as a way to honor the bride. But either way, we love to get the chance to work beforehand with our clients to learn how to operate in front of the camera.
In my opinion, bridal portrait sessions are very similar to prewedding photography taken in most Asian countries. Those sessions are similar to an engagement session but are typically in the couple’s day-of-wedding gear.
Most of our brides choose to book a bridal shoot before the wedding to trial run their hair and makeup as well as their bouquet. Some of them also choose to have a canvas or prints made from the gallery for the wedding reception as well.
Rustic Bridal Session in Asheville
This specific portrait session was located right outside of Asheville in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. I’m a Burnsville local (totally okay if you have absolutely no idea where that is), so I’m still very lucky to have a few small-town clients here and there! I didn’t know Katie before she hired me. But she grew up in the small town beside mine so we had a lot in common right off the bat!
Spruce Pine is just a small, cute, southern town with lots of churches and very few restaurants to choose from. Believe me when I tell you this downtown terrace definitely feels like it doesn’t belong in the area! However, it ROCKS. I am so obsessed with the distressed brick and the strings lights. The sun sets directly on the platform which makes for some stunning direct sunlight images. Also, I can never turn down harsh shadows as a photography accessory. Check out Katie’s gorgeous rustic, fern bouquet below!