It’s always so hard for me to sit on bridal sessions…just waiting for the wedding day to come so that I can share these beautiful images of these gorgeous girls! Needless to say, I’m more than thrilled to share Manda’s Lowndes Grove Plantation Bridal Session. Because this is wedding planning season, I also thought this was a great opportunity to share some tips on how to plan for your bridal session. Read more below….
First off, Manda is gorgeous and her dress is amazing!! She found her gown at the Gown Boutique of Charleston; so for you brides who are still looking for their wedding dresses, please check them out! The ladies at the Gown Boutique are so sweet and helpful!! You will absolutely love your shopping experience!
So now for some tips on what to expect and how to plan for your bridal portrait session! The first thing to ask yourself is, “am I flexible?” Due to the nature of bridal sessions the answer for most of us is “no”. For example if we are coming in from out of town, we will need to reserve flights, hotel, hair & makeup, bouquet pickup, etc. This requires planning and expense and these things cannot easily be rescheduled…if it’s raining.
As gorgeous as Charleston is, one thing it is not is consistently dry. The likelihood of rain will always be about 50/50 at best in any given season. So to ensure a gorgeous charleston bridal portrait session no matter the weather, I strongly recommend reserving an indoor venue. This leads me to the first step of planning.
With a bridal session, we CANNOT have rain or even damp ground. We don’t want to soil your dress prior to the wedding day. So if you are coming in from out of town or don’t think you will be able to reschedule your session in the event of bad weather, below are the venues that have beautiful indoor areas. They run about $150 for a weekday portrait reservation and you can reserve them directly. Because these are wedding venues, most of them have a standing policy of Monday-Thursday reservations for portrait sessions. And even if it doesn’t rain, the heat and humidity can be a challenge. Depending on the time of year, the indoor conditioned air can be a real treat!
Legare Waring House
The Thomas Bennett House
the William Aiken House
Lowndes Grove is also an amazing choice of indoor venue. Most of these images were taken indoors and they define a “Charleston” bride!
IF YOU HAVE FLEXIBILITY:
If you don’t mind rescheduling for bad weather, we will have more options because we can stay outdoors. For example, if you are a Charleston Bride it may be much easier for you to reschedule. You don’t have to think about travel plans and we can simply keep an eye on the weather and make a decision 48 hours ahead of time. If it looks sketchy, you’ll have plenty of time to let everyone know that you’re going to reschedule. At that point we can look at Magnolia Plantation
or Middleton Place Plantation
. They also have a bridal session fee, will need to be done during the week, and will require a reservation. Boone Hall
is another great option and is free to my clients, but it does also require a week day reservation that I will secure for you.
FOR WEEKEND ONLY SESSIONS:
If you absolutely MUST do your session on a weekend or would rather not pay for a venue, we still have the options of downtown Charleston and the beach. Folly Beach out near the lighthouse photographs so beautifully. And downtown always works well around Washington Square, the Battery, or the College of Charleston. Again, you will need to be flexible in the event of bad weather.
HAIR & MAKEUP:
Absolutely make an appointment for hair and makeup with whoever will be doing this for you on your wedding day. The bridal session is a wonderful trial run to see if there is anything that you would like to tweak or change.
Also be sure to discuss a bridal portrait bouquet with your floral designer as part of your floral package. You will definitely want a bouquet for the session!
PROTECTING THE DRESS:
Wedding dresses are usually very forgiving when it comes to dry dirt. It seems to just fall away like magic!! Its always good to inquire about your specific fabric, but in most cases the dress will do great!
Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation
Gown: Gown Boutique of Charleston
By Ava Moore
Lowndes Grove Plantation bridal session