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The Bride and Her Girls: The Fun Behind Bridal Party Photography

Shannon Arney - Friday, April 29, 2016
The Bride and Her Girls: The Fun Behind Bridal Party Photography

You can't imagine spending one of the most important days of your life without your best friends.  There aren't many chances to gather some of your closest friends in one room and demand they wear the same dress!  Photos of the bride with her bridal party produce some of the most vibrant, captivating and emotional images.  Within one shot you are able to witness the love, bond, and respect a group of women have for one another.  Here we are featuring some of our favorite aspects of documenting these friendships among the bride and her bridesmaids.

Oh, the color! 

With most brides opting to stick to the steadfast tradition of wearing white on their wedding day, bridesmaid dresses offer an opportunity to add pops of color to your wedding (along with bouquets and other fun accessories of course).  They don't just add to the wedding decor, they make for incredibly powerful images. 

Bride and her bridal party standing outside of Bryon's South End DaLice and her girls are a perfect example.  The group is standing outside of the fun and modern  Bryon's South End in Charlotte, where the bridal party is sporting deep plum dresses and hand bags in a vibrant pink.  With all that color the white dress on the beautiful bride is what jumps out of this image at you. 

Getting Ready

We love capturing images of our brides getting ready for her big day.  The images are even more special if they include the bridesmaids.  There is so much to document at this stage of the day: the hair, the makeup, the laughter.  A personal favorite of mine are images of the bride with her bridal party in their matching getting ready gear. 

Bridal party and bride standing in their hotel room in matching robes as they prepare for the wedding. Here Alyssa and her girls showcase their adorable matching robes while they are getting ready at the luxurious Ritz Carlton.  It is the little details that are specifically chosen that we never miss documenting!  Capturing it with 8 of your best friends is just icing on the cake.

Fun Shots

Photos taken with the bridal party also offer a great chance for photographers like Deevo to play around with images.  It's a chance to breakaway from the traditional image where the wedding party face straight on for all their images.  Like in this photograph bellow, Kaitlin is placed front and center becoming an automatic focal point of this image, while bridal party becomes part of the background.

Bride and her bridal party standing in a line while posing for a picture


And of course capturing the friendship is the most amazing part documenting a bride with her bridal party. You have spent years getting to know these women and it truly shines through each and every smile.  The love, respect and sisterhood simply radiates off of the images. 

Bohemian bride sitting with her bridesmaids laughing.

Our bohemian bride, Kelly and her bridesmaids are sitting together at the gorgeous Fourth Ward Park located in the heart of Uptown.  The genuineness of this photo is what's so striking to me.  Yes, the girls are gorgeous, especially the bride, but you cannor recreate an image such as this between strangers.  You know instantly there is warmth and love among this group of women.  Such a powerful take away from a single image.


Share with us what you loved about your wedding day images that feature you with your bridesmaids.  We would love to hear it firsthand!



Bride laughing with her bridal party. Wydea with a bridal party that adds punches of deep teal to the image are standing a top A Roof With A View.

Bride and her bridal party are posing for a pictures in Wintsom Salem NC

The very beautiful Sara is among her bridal party, aka best friends, on the lawn at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem.

Bride and her bridesmaids posing for a photo togetherHere we have Lindsey standing with her bridesmaids at the beautiful and serene Ballantyne Country Club.

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