Wedding season is in full swing here in Tune Town, which means I also get to unveil favorites from bridal portrait sessions that occurred a few weeks before the big days themselves. I’ve been sitting on these images for nearly two months, and I’m so excited to share them here.
First, meet Leslie. I met Leslie through Sarah of Music City Events (who created a fabulous wedding event at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art for Leslie & Terry), and I really dig the vibe Leslie has. Sophisticated yet unstuffy, cosmopolitan yet casual all at the same time. She had me at “I want a bridal portrait” so we checked calendars and booked it for early March. A bit early for the bloomfest that overtakes a botanical garden, yet the weather on shoot day was gorgeous.
We arrive on location at Cheekwood, where I meet her mom Nancy, and get things set up to begin hair & makeup by the great Talin Love. Then Leslie pulls out a pair of royal blue and signature red-soled Christian Louboutin shoes. Quite the lovely surprise guest for sure. How’s that for some unexpected decadence, eh?
Check out a few favorites of this lovely rocking a Pronovias gown from The White Room with her blue Louboutins (Blueboutins?).
She climbed down and up rocky steps ever-so-carefully…
…And plopped herself down on the “comfy” old stone steps. You know, something a bride would always do in her Pronovias dress, right? Never fear, dear fashionisti. No wedding dresses were harmed or dirtied during the making of this image. Through some creative finagling, Leslie’s gorgeous gown is protected from the dirty, rough stone steps by a cleverly hidden shirt. Three cheers for always wearing an undershirt with the outershirt. Always makes for a fun moment when the shirt comes off … only for situations like this, mind you. Gotta protect the dress in order to get the shot.
See there? Even at her bridal portrait session, she has something old (those steps), something new (amazing dress), something borrowed (my shirt for a seat cushion), and something blue (those sexy shoes). And I love how her blue shoes sing with vibrance in an otherwise monochromatic setting as Leslie delivers a beautifully warm smile. Great presence.
By now, we’ve shot for an hour-ish. Fast forward 35 minutes to shoot in another location then walk an easy trail connecting several excellent sculptures to this amazing glass bridge. Cheekwood’s website elaborates that more than 500 years ago the great glassblowers of Murano, Italy, tried to build a glass bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice. Sadly, the sparkling gem collapsed into the lagoon, not to be recreated – until now.
Cheers to artist Siah Armajani for making one that still stands. Tucked away in the back forty of a botanical garden and forestation that had yet bloomed (translated, still looked like the dead of winter) stands this amazing structure that begged to be photographed, exuding its cosmopolitan-ness amongst the rustic natural setting. The curves, the lines, the texture, the beautiful bride in her gorgeous gown with those shoes. Time to grab a lens, cut out all signs of barren trees, compose for those cool lines, create a scene, and make a new favorite image with a fun bride.
What a great way to spend an afternoon.
Big thanks to Leslie for having me do what I love to do. Nothing quite like a bride in her wedding dress. What’s your favorite image here and what strikes you most about it? Always curious. Cheers.