Planning and coordinating a bridal portrait session is a favorite event most Southern Bride’s look forward to when purchasing their dress, selecting a bridal bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers, glittering jewelry, perfect make up and hair style and a photographer to capture it all. The completed professional framed portrait is usually set up on an easel at the wedding reception for friends and family to enjoy.

There are many benefits to planning and preparing for a bridal portrait session. It allows the bride to see her wedding ensemble all together and be able to change or tweak elements that may need attention so that her wedding day will flow effortlessly.

A bride must contact and coordinate many professionals for this portrait date. The photographer, makeup artist, hair stylist, florist and venue manager must all be contacted and a date agreed upon that will work well for everyone’s schedule.

The cost of a fresh custom designed bridal bouquet is often more expensive than on the wedding day because the florist has to specially order specific flowers that are sold in minimum stem count quantities. This cost is a bit less during the wedding event because a florist will factor in all of the flowers to be used in corsages, boutonnieres, bouquets, centerpieces, etc. Often a florist will charge the bride the same amount as the price of the bouquet that was quoted for her wedding day as a professional courtesy. Specialty flowers such as callas, orchids, specific colored roses, stephanotis, tropical flowers, etc. must be ordered by your florist 10 – 14 days in advance.

Jenny Fallon, our beautiful bride shown in this blog had met with her photographer Brantley Freeman, at the historical Lace House ( in Columbia, SC for her portrait session. The lovely black lace iron work of the gates and fences, beautiful large water fountain and mature plantings of magnolia, crape myrtle and ivy make it a perfect venue for weddings, receptions and bridal portrait sessions.

Jenny selected fresh, indigo blue colored hydrangeas and white cymbidium orchids styled in a hand-tied bouquet for her bridal bouquet. Professional photographer Brantley captured the beauty of Jenny’s eyes in a flirtatous moment as she enjoys inhaling the floral aromatherapy of her bouquet.

Summer is a wonderful time to celebrate a wedding especially if your venue is on the shores of Lake Murray, SC. Kristi and Dan’s family and guests gathered at Dan’s Aunt’s home located on Lake Murray to share their vows with each other and enjoy a “famously hot” 4th of July to be remembered forever. Wedding Planner, Melanie Murphy¬† provided all of the expertise to make sure that all the bride,her family and guests had to do was to relax, laugh, drink, eat, celebrate and enjoy this happy day.

Kristi and her bridesmaids selected a claret red colored dress for the bridesmaids to wear. Cool white Hydrangeas and white cymbidium orchids with red colored throats were the perfect compliment for the bridesmaid dresses. Kristi loved the same flower and color combination for her personal bridal bouquet. You may think that Hydrangeas are too fragile for a summer wedding but today’s grower’s are producing hardy blooms and with proper hydration and care, hydrangeas are the perfect flower for weddings year-round.
The Groom and groomsmen boutonniere’s were designed with a white rose, red hypericum berries (common name: coffee berry) and a lemon leaf. Hypericum berries are the perfect accent when you want just a hint of color in a corsage, boutonniere or centerpiece.
Kristi’s adorable flower girl carried a white flower girl basket adorned with red ribbons and filled with red petals and a petite hairband with a simple miniature red rose attached.
The natural, fresh air “aisle” was embellished with fresh white rose petals.
Kristi and Dan’s wedding cake was adorned with a spiral of fresh cymbidium orchids. This cake was not only beautiful but also very memorable as her aunt was their special baker.