bridals

bridal portraits: a southern tradition

jenna mcelroy weddings

One of the most common questions I get from my destination brides is, “what exactly are bridal portraits?” Well ladies, I’m so glad you asked!

Originally, meaning way before the camera was even invented, a bride’s family would commission an oil painting of their daughter in order to commemorate the momentous occasion of her wedding day. The idea was to capture her beauty in that very special season of life prior to marriage.

The development of photography obviously magnified that tradition dramatically and now bridals seem to have taken on a life of their own, especially in the south I’ve found. Why that is, I have no idea but personally, I love shooting bridals! Why?

Bridal portraits are essentially solo portraits of just YOU - the bride - prior to your wedding day. This gives you the chance to hop in your wedding gown, grab your florals, get your hair and makeup trial done, and ensure that your beautiful vision is exactly how see you it! (Psst: It also gives your parents the chance to print a large framed or canvas portrait of you to display at your reception space and beyond! You’re their little girl, can you blame them?)

And in my experience, this opportunity to nail down some of your bridal logistics before your big day pays off BIG TIME when your wedding day actually does come along. When you know that all of your special details - your gown, your bouquet, your makeup, your hair and nails, and everything in between - is just the way you want it, you’ll naturally be more relaxed and having more fun on YOUR big day.

And if giving yourself a fun day of pampering and relaxation before your wedding day to double check everything you’ve already invested so much energy into doesn’t remind you of the beautiful marriage that is about to unfold, then your beautiful bridal portraits, which often become cherished heirlooms for you to pass down for generations to come, certainly will!

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Venue: Villa Del Lago | Film Scans: Photovision | Photography: Jenna McElroy | MUAH: Wander Salon | Wedding Gown: Carol Hannah | Shoes: Kate Spade | Florals: Whim Hospitality | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride | Veil & Dress Restructuring: Nardos Designs | Planner: Westcott Weddings

moody editorial at craggy gardens

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Recently featured on Magnolia Rouge.

We decided to make the most of it and embrace the dark moodiness, and this shoot became one of my very favorites I've ever done! Tori was the greatest model, willing to be daring in white wedding gowns even while it was rainy and cold! Katelyn's bright yet moody florals were the perfect complement to the deep tones of the wet rocks earth! TESSA PINNER created the most beautiful and yummy dessert tarts for the shoot. Both gowns each added a beautiful element to the story, and we couldn't be happier with how this inspiration shoot turned out! We all learned an important lesson, sometimes you have to just dance in the rain, and then true magic is made!

Planning & Florals: Katelyn Pinner Studio | Photography: Jenna McElroy | Film Scans: Photovision | Model:  Tori Sizemore |  Dress Designer (lace):  Saint Isabel |Dress Boutique: Wildflower Bridal Boutique | Dress Designer (round back): JLM Couture  | Paper Design: Lazywood Lane | ShoesBella Belle  |  Rings: L Priori  | MUAH: Megan Diez Salon |  Rentals: A Darling Day  |  Desserts: Tessa Pinner  

italian wedding romance

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THANKS TO WEDDING SPARROW FOR THE FEATURE!

Photography: Jenna McElroy |  Film Lab: Photovision |  Stylist & Planner: Eighteenth Avenue Events |  Floral Designer: Clementine | Dress Designer: Saint Isabel Bridal | Rentals: 10th Collection | Venue: Garden Grove | Cake Designer: Simply Delicious Custom Cakes and Desserts | Hair & Makeup Artist: All Dolled Up | Paper Design: Wondrous Whimsy | Rentals: Marquee | Olive Oil Bar: Texas Hill Country Olive Co. | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Ribbon: Pistils and Stamen

warm wintry inspiration at the prospect house

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A huge thanks to Wedding Paper Divas for reaching out to us for this shoot! And to Junebug Weddings for the feature!

Photography – Jenna McElroy

Event Planning – Wescott Weddings

Venue – Prospect House

Floral Design – Bristol Lane

Catering – Contigo

Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas

Hand Lettering – Mint & Maple

Makeup Artist – LoLa Beauty

Wedding Dress – Dress Theory

Rentals – Loot Vintage RentalsSweet Sunday Events

Linens – La Tavola

Film Lab – Photovision

spring garden wedding in new orleans

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Thanks to Wedding Sparrow for the feature! 

Photography: Jenna McElroy Photography | Film Lab: Photovision | Design and Styling: Sapphire Events | Florals: Kim Starr Wise        |Venue: Houma’s House | Hair and Makeup: Kiss and Makeup Beauty Services | Gown: Kenneth Pool | Stationery: Tupelo Honey | Linens: I Do Linens | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Veil: Jennifer Leigh from Wedding Belles | Accessories: Haute Bride

ethereal seaside galveston // once wed

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Thanks so much to Once Wed for the feature! 

Photographer: Jenna McElroy, http://jennamcelroy.com

Styling & Florals: Katy Bohls with Without Wax, Katy, http://www.withoutwaxkaty.com

Film Lab: PhotoVision, www.photovisionprints.com

Model: Irena Kukh

Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth, http://www.whitneyfarnsworth.com

White gown with sleeves: Elizabeth Dye, http://elizabethdye.com

Gown with beaded top: Rebecca Schoneveld, http://www.rebeccaschoneveld.com 

MUAH: Andrea Juarez,  http://www.andreamjuarez.com