About Bridal Sessions

What is a Bridal Session?

Bridal Sessions are the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with your wedding dress!    They are a great opportunity to try out hair and make-up,  get detailed dress shots, and get comfy in your wedding shoes without the stress of being in the middle of your wedding day.  If cold weather, rain, or heat and humidity are possible on your wedding day, a bridal session gives you the opportunity to bring your dress into the studio or to a location on a day we know the weather will be good.  You’ll get a variety of portraits without having to fight the elements.

If you’re planning on eloping without a formal ceremony or guests other than your witnesses, having a bridal session before your ceremony allows you to give portraits to family and friends who might not be attending your wedding.

Portraits from bridal sessions can also be used to create a canvas to display at your reception, or a framed print with a signature matte around it that your guests can sign.

For couples, doing your portraits together by scheduling a Couple’s Bridal Session can save time on your wedding day photography.  It’s an opportunity to spend some time together as a couple looking fabulous without a lot of people watching, or any the pressure of a wedding day schedule.


What Happens at a Bridal Session?

Your stylist will have the opportunity to do a test run of your hair and make-up.  You will want to bring your dress, veil, and any other accessories you have.  You will want to bring a friend with you, usually your maid of honor, to help you get into your dress.  Once you’re ready, the fun begins!  We will be able to pose and play in your dress!  Many times doing a bridal session can  help you narrow down which hair style you like best, get you used to your shoes, and feeling more comfortable about getting ready on your big day.

How Do I Schedule a Bridal Session?

Bridal sessions can be scheduled any time up to a few days before your wedding day, or after it if you wish to do a session where you dress might encounter dirt. (Like going into the Minnesota River Valley Preserve or Lake Calhoun for a beach shoot.)  Contact your stylist and get her availability, because you will want to bring her with you to the session.  For studio sessions I recommend you schedule a month in advance, as the studio tends to fill up fast, especially in the winter months.

How Much Are Bridal Sessions?

Bridal sessions are priced at my regular portrait session rate and are available as full session or mini sessions.  For complete information please email info@christareedphotography.com