Ariel | Bridals

Ariel Bridal Portraits Bellingrath Gardens Mobile Alabama

Bridal portrait sessions are some of my favorites, hands down. But they are so hard to keep to myself sometimes. I won't forget the day Ariel stepped out in her wedding gown. It took my breath away. I had not seen anything like it before. The fit & flair style (yes, I watch way to much Say Yes to the Dress) paired with her simple veil & long red curls were every photographer's dream!

Now that Ariel is Mrs. Smiley I can finally share a few of my favorites from her day of dress up. *Plus I am sharing a few tips on how to prepare for your very own bridal session...just keep reading.

Ariel Bridal Portraits Bellingrath Gardens Mobile Alabama

Goodness, this bride is goregous!

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It's like Ariel stepped into a magical secret garden for these shots. Ah so in LOVE!

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And now can we just discuss the back of her dress from I Do Bridal & Formal? It is stunning. Absolutely stunning.

Ariel Bridal Portraits Bellingrath Gardens Mobile Alabama
Ariel Bridal Portrait Session Bellingrath Gardens Mobile, Alabama

...and if these are her bridals just wait until you see the photos from her wedding day! She knocked that one out of the park, too! Stay tuned :)

Just a few friendly tips from your photographer if you are planning to book a bridal session during the fall in Mobile, Alabama:

  1. Bring a portable fan. It doesn't matter if it's the end of September, it will still be a thousand degrees outside. That mixed with 10 layers of me, you'll want a fan.
  2. Stay hydrated & bring a little something to eat beforehand. You will fit into your dress, I promise. Plus I don't need you passing out on me.
  3. Bring your sweet momma (or best friend). Having an extra set of hands is soooo helpful. They will be there to help you laugh, to wipe away the sweat, to fluff out your train, to hold your veil...and the list goes on.
  4. But most of all remember to have fun! This is your time to play dress up before the big day. Schedule a trial run with hair & makeup. Walk around in your shoes. Your only job is to relax & smile because the next time you put on your dress will be your wedding day that you've only dreamed about.

Bride's Dress: I Do Bridal & Formal Mobile, Alabama

Bridal Portrait Location: Bellingrath Gardens & Home Theodore, Alabama

Ring: Hayes Jewelers

Florals: Sharon Summerlin with Costco