5 Reasons to Schedule a Bridal Session

Bridals, For Brides

Below I’m sharing the top 5 reasons why every bride should schedule a bridal session along with Ashley’s bridal photos at Firefly Gardens!

A question I hear most as a wedding photographer is “what is a bridal session?” Simply put, it is a portrait session scheduled prior to the wedding day. The bride gets dressed up in her wedding dress and takes portraits at her wedding venue or another location. Typically brides will schedule a trial run of hair and make-up and get a fresh bouquet from their florist. And it is so much fun!

Firefly Gardens Wedding

Trial Run

There are so many decisions that come together to complete your bridal look (from the dress, to your hair and make-up, to the size and color palette of your florals). Taking the time to schedule bridal portraits gives you a chance to see it all come together. It also allows you to make little tweaks here and there before your big wedding day debut! You’ve spent a lot of time choosing these elements, so why wait until your wedding to see how they all come together?

Get to Know Your Photographer

It’s so important to have a relationship with your photographer leading up to your wedding day. Scheduling a portrait session is a fantastic way to get comfortable in front of the camera and learn photographer’s shooting style. On your wedding day, the photography jitters will be virtually non-existent if you’ve had some time in front of the camera beforehand! 


While I make sure every bride gets her moment to shine on her wedding day, usually the time allotted for individual portraits is limited. Having a bridal session ensures that you get the portraits you love without the time constraints of the wedding day schedule. 


I love photographing bridal portraits at the wedding venue. This way the portraits feel cohesive with the wedding day images! However, some brides choose to get creative and select a unique location for their portraits. It could be a botanical garden or a family estate. The options are endless!


A common Southern tradition, especially here in Texas, is to display a framed bridal portrait at the wedding reception. A bridal session ensures you have a gorgeous photo to show off!

Photos from Ashley’s sunny, winter bridal session at Firefly Gardens in Midlothian, TX!

Venue: Firefly Gardens
Wedding Planner: Jen Rios Weddings
Dress: Bridal Boutique Lewisville | Essence of Australia
Florals: Kate Foley Designs
HMUA: Tease to Please
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Feb 22, 2020

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