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5 Reasons to Schedule a Bridal Session

What is a bridal session? Do I need to have one? The question of whether to do a bridal session or not comes up fairly often in wedding consultations before booking. Many people don’t know the exact reasoning behind the tradition and are curious if it is something I do often for other brides. I would say about 60% of my brides have a bridal session that is separate from their wedding day. The tradition behind the portrait session is a sweet reminder of years past, but there are practicalities to it that we can appreciate in the 21st century.

First, let’s dive into the history of the bridal portrait. I love history, a lot. I nearly minored in it in college, so it’s one of the reasons I love bridal sessions so much. Bridal portraits were traditionally commissioned by royalty and wealthy families in Europe to commemorate the special time in their daughter’s and family’s life. Photography became a more affordable medium, and so families began having portraits taken of their daughters before their wedding days, as it wasn’t very common prior to World War II to have a photographer at wedding on the day-of. Even after it become commonplace for photographers to capture portions of the wedding day, the Southern tradition of bridal portraits prior to the wedding stayed, and now many times these portraits taken before the wedding are displayed at the reception. I love seeing bridal portraits hanging in family homes, especially when you’re able to see generations of women in your family. How special is that?!

Now, let’s get to the practical reasons!

  1. Hair and Makeup Trial: Many brides have their hair and makeup done professionally on the wedding day, and often they do a trail with their hair and makeup artist before the wedding. Why not use that trial as an opportunity for photos? You’re already all dolled up, it just makes sense.

  2. Bouquet Trial: Along with a makeup and hair trial, many times brides use the bridal session as a trail for their florist to make their bouquet. It’s hard to know what exactly you want in a bouquet, and many times creating a bouquet for the bridal session helps brides know what they want and what they do not want their bouquet to look like. You do have to consider some flowers may or may not be in season at the time of your bridal session, so that’s something to discuss with your florist. But, who doesn’t love a beautiful bouquet of flowers? Plus, you get to enjoy them all week long, unlike the ones for your wedding day.

  3. Dress Fitting: Bridal sessions are a wonderful opportunity to see everything come together for your bridal “look.” You finally see yourself in full hair and makeup with your dress, veil, and jewelry on. It’s quite a magical moment! You will get the chance to move around and feel what being in your dress will feel like on the wedding day, and it helps you determine if something is not fitting quite right or if it’s perfect!

  4. Enjoying your time as a bride, a bit more stress-free: I try to help create a low stress environment on the wedding day, but nerves and occasional unforeseen events can get in the way of that sometimes. Bridal sessions are a spectacular way to truly enjoy these sweet and fleeting moments as a bride. Many brides bring their moms, sisters, and best friends along to the session, and that helps create a fun and memorable event.

  5. Giving your photographer an opportunity to scope out your venue: Many brides choose to do their bridal session at their wedding venue. This gives the photographer a great opportunity to explore and see the venue, whether it be for the very first time or the 50th time. I often find new photo spots when doing sessions that I wouldn’t have had time to find on wedding days because of the fast-paced nature of the day.

These are just some of the reasons a bridal session may be right for you. If you’d like to know more about the process or what goes into a session, you can email me at kristina[at]kristinarossphotography[dot]com.

In the mood for some pretty bridal sessions? Be sure to take a look at a few of my favorite past bridal sessions linked below.







Antique Rose Emporium | Wedding Vendor Spotlight

I've been feeling the need to connect with and get to know wedding vendors in the Bryan/College Station area. As a wedding vendor myself, I know the ups and downs that come with being in this crazy business, but I also know that people who are passionate about what they do and create are some of the most awesome people around! 

So, I've decided to feature vendors I love here on the blog occasionally, along with some tips for planning your own wedding.  

Many couples ask me for location recommendations when it comes to taking their engagement or bridal photos. They don't want the same old, same old, and would like something they can share for a long time to come. The Antique Rose Emporium gives couples and brides the option of a unique location with one gorgeous backdrop!

It is a beautiful location for both weddings and engagements or bridals, and is located just outside of College Station in the village of Independence, Texas. They have a wonderful variety of different settings for shooting photos in. Whether you fall in love with the adorable antique greenhouse, like myself, or you love the classic look of the old farm house with its beautiful wrap around porch and awesome evening light. There's plenty of little sections that help create an intimate session for couples and brides alike! Not to mention all of the beautiful flowers all around you! Honestly, I felt like I was in my very own secret garden when wandering around the grounds checking everything out and loving every second of it. 

If you are interested in booking your wedding at the Antique Rose Emporium, be sure to check out their website with all the details at

Location: The Antique Rose Emporium