Bridal Portraits

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Yesterday as I was sitting down to write my blog post I realized, “I never shared my bridal portraits!” It’s almost been a year and I’m not sure how this slipped through the cracks! haha. I’ve gotten a few requests, so I thought I would share a few of my favorites!

I’ve always wondered why people get married in the summer in Texas. It’s so hot, how do they manage?! And then I realized they are so stinkin’ brilliant. Geniuses. Absolute geniuses.They spend their wedding inside and take bridal portraits in the spring. When you get married in the fall you take your bridals when it is 104 degrees outside and you aren’t sure if you are sweating, your hair spray is running or that’s just your spray tan. But thankfully I had my dad to refuel me with lots of Diet Coke! πŸ˜‰

It’s so hard to believe that it’s almost been a year [it goes by so fast!], but at the same time it’s been the best year of my life. I’ll share more ways about how we have both changed since marriage come our anniversary, but it really is true. You don’t change people, but you can bring out the best qualities in them. I’m still Katey, a million flaws stuffed inside a short body. I’m overly sensitive, I get emotional quickly, I build walls when I’m hurt and I can be as sassy as the next Southern girl when I’m in the wrong. But Paul has been able to bring out the softest side in me. I forgive so much more quickly, I want to apologize first and I can understand others’ perspectives so much more easily.

I’ll share below all the wedding-related links if you are searching for a makeup tutorial and the products I used getting ready for my bridal portraits! Thank you so much for reading!

Wedding Post: Here

Wedding Makeup Tutorial: Here

Bridal Beauty Must Haves:

-You will be sweating a lot in between the pictures and the hugs, this is the BEST deodorant I’ve ever used and can’t use anything else now! Plus, you don’t smell like deodorant, I think this is what Carrie Underwood probably smells like. Who doesn’t want to smell like her on their wedding day?

-I didn’t want to get a spray tan before my wedding, so I used this in gradual tanner! It’s amazing, but this is even better if you want an instant glow!Β No streaks whatsoever!

-This is Paul’s favorite perfume I’ve ever worn and I wore it on our wedding day. It’s a little bit more expensive, but he never comments on anything except this perfume!

-This body butter makes your skin glow and I applied it on my arms and legs while I got ready that day.

-This is the skincare set I used 6 months before my wedding [and still do!] to prep and make sure I had no skin issues the day of.

Photography by: Jojo Pangilinan

XOXOKatey-2

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24 Comments

  1. Kelly K wrote:

    I LOVE your bridal posts! That Donna Karan deodorant and Kiehls body butter need to get in my shopping cart for the big day!

    http://www.rosyoutlookblog.com

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  2. These are absolutely stunning! Goodness!

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  3. Virginia wrote:

    That dress is perfect!! It’s so unique, fun and glamorous!! Thanks for sharing the portraits!

    theritzyglitzy.com

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  4. Amanda wrote:

    I love anything and everything you share from your wedding! As you can see from my last blog post, I’m so addicted to Tula and that’s because of you! I’m using it to prep my skin for my wedding this October. I’m not sure if I was going to do bridal portraits, but I’m starting to reconsider it now that I’ve seen yours!

    Amanda
    XO Strawberry Chic

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  5. EJ wrote:

    Katey- What did your other dress look like? Didn’t you have 2 and one ripped? I got my dress at the same bridal shop you got yours in Fort Worth and always eye your beautiful gown when I am in there πŸ™‚

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi EJ!

      It was very simple! I went with just an all-white fitted mermaid gown and it had no beading or anything! I just wanted simple and then when that ripped and I couldn’t wear it, I decided to go 100% opposite that way I wouldn’t compare! πŸ™‚

      xoxo,

      Katey

      Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  6. Lindsey wrote:

    I just adore your wedding dress, it’s so stunning! Your bridal portraits are beautiful with the hints of sunlight hitting your blonde hair. My wedding was a little over three years ago and I miss my dress so much. I want an excuse to wear mine again. Do you feel the same way?

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  7. Alyssa wrote:

    Are bridal portraits a Southern thing? What a great idea… wish we did this in MA! I would love to have photos in my wedding dress before the big day, when I was so busy before the ceremony and afterwards just wanted to get to the reception, and I only have a couple of photos in my dress! Maybe I’ll get back into it for a little 2 year anniversary thing πŸ˜‰

    Alyssa
    Feathers and Stripes

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Alyssa!

      You know what, it might be! I never thought about it because everyone here does it! You take bridal portraits and then there are normally 2 framed ones of them at the reception and then one of the portraits goes to your parents and the other goes to your husband! Normally your husband hangs it in his office at home/work or in your master bedroom. We have such a small house I just left both at my parents and when Paul has a “home office” one day and I don’t look like that anymore bahaha he can have it! lol It’s so fun you should totally do it!!

      xoxo,

      Katey

      Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  8. emelia wrote:

    Absolutely breathtaking! Your dress is so fun and you look beautiful! I had never heard of bridal portraits until I saw a few more Southern bloggers doing them. Great idea!

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  9. Olivia wrote:

    Hey Katey- I LOVE your blog. Random question- I love how your engagement ring and wedding band stay separated! Do you have something put in place to do that, or is it just how your rings lay next to each other? I love the look and am dying to know how I can do this with my eternity band and engagement ring! Thanks!

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Olivia!

      I got them made that way! Paul had my engagement ring custom made and the only other way to pair a wedding band with it was to get one that wraps around and I wanted them separate for when I have kids, etc and just wear a band sometimes! So the jeweler made one that sits a bit farther from it and I think it’s the way the stones lay! I’m not 100% sure but you can definitely ask a jeweler and they can lay it that way!

      xoxo,

      Katey

      Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  10. Mel wrote:

    You looked absolutely beautiful!! Just stunning!!!

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  11. Katie wrote:

    These are to die for. Did you find your dress or have it custom made? It’s so unique, I’ve never seen a dress like that!

    Katie // thosebakergirls.com

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  12. Kathryn wrote:

    These shots are absolutely stunning!! I’m dying to try that gradual tanner. It sounds amazing!

    xx Kathryn
    http://www.chicandshimmer.com

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  13. Taylor wrote:

    I absolutely love your dress. I have always imagined myself in a non-traditional (not white) dress – and this is just beautiful!

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  14. Kate wrote:

    Wow, these photos are gorgeous!!!! I absolutely love your dress! That deodorant is my favorite too, just wish it wasn’t so pricey. I have never heard of that perfume so I need to head to Nordstrom and check it out!

    Kate
    katelovesmakeup.com

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  15. Jade Newman wrote:

    So tell me more about bridal portraits! How far in advance of the wedding do you do them? I’m intrigued!

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  16. Jade Newman wrote:

    Also for the portraits do you typically do a different location or where you are getting married? Same hair and makeup as the big day too? I think it would be fun to try a different look for the portraits than the day of! πŸ™‚

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Jade!

      Do you follow me on snapchat? I kind of explained the whole process and why I did the same look so that would help you! If not I can explain here! πŸ™‚

      xoxo,

      Katey

      Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  17. You, my dear and this dress are absolutely STUNNING! I’ve always been obsessed with this dress and to see it on a “real woman” and not a stick figure model makes me fall even more in love. The nontraditional color truly shows your unique style! Thank you for sharing your personal life with us πŸ™‚

    Your wedding & wedding photos do seem to be as beautiful as your marriage <3
    xox, Tess | Sequins are the New Black

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  18. Hillary wrote:

    I love your dress!! So gorgeous!! I went to TCU- but am from Orange County and am back living here- all of my college friends did these for their weddings but it has to be a Southern Thing! A few of bridesmaids were from TCU and last year when I got married they all asked me where my Bridal Portraits were and my friends from here did not understand what they were talking about… also there is no Queso here πŸ™ that’s been the hardest part of coming back here haha.

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  19. Caroline wrote:

    Love your Hayley Paige gown! You look so beautiful in it & I loved how light and airy the bridal portraits turned out!

    http://www.colorfullystyled.com/

    Published 07 Jul 16Reply
  20. You look absolutely stunning!! XO

    @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

    Published 08 Jul 16Reply