Oh, this dress…

There’s no reason you can’t have a lovely couples shoot after your wedding – whether for an anniversary, or as a post-wedding portrait session, or just for fun. That’s why I call them Love Shoots instead of Engagement Sessions! Tauri and Dylan decided to take some beautiful portraits with photographer Ciara Richardson, a few weeks after their Utah wedding.

I got Tauri to share a bit about the decision to take portraits after the wedding, as well as a bit about the wedding day, too.

Why did you decide to take formal photos?  We took the formals a few weeks after our wedding – we wanted to make sure we got enough pics of just the two of us since the wedding day was quite rushed and we opted not to do a first look. (It was all about the ceremony for us and looking back, I’m so glad we waited to see each other for the first time until I was walking down the aisle. It was perfect.) Aaaand… so we could dress up again! What girl doesn’t want to wear her wedding gown more than once?! Plus, we love having pictures at a totally different location from our wedding.

Tell us about your beautiful dress!  I grew up knowing my Mom would make my wedding dress – she made all of my homecoming and prom dresses growing up, and she’s the most talented person I know. Before starting, all I knew was that I wanted the top to be made of lace and that I wanted a poofy high-low skirt – we went through several drafts and ideas during the design process. My mom worked tirelessly in the months before the big day to make sure it was perfect and that it was done in time. She hand-placed and delicately hand-sewed each appliqué on the top. The lace is vintage, made even more beautiful by my mother’s talent and creativity. The skirt is layers upon layers upon layers of tulle. Pretty much the first time I tried on the finished dress was the morning of my wedding. When I stepped into the skirt, I felt something different in the back than I had anticipated – my mom had sewn a large section from her own wedding dress into my silk underlay slip. I lifted up the tulle and looked in the mirror and saw what she had done and knew immediately what it was. We both started crying – it was a very special moment for us. Seeing it all come together and having her there with me, I’ll never forget that moment.

What was your favorite moment or part of your wedding day?  My favorite moment hands down was the second I saw Dylan’s face when I was walking down the aisle with my dad. The whole day leading up to that point was so emotional for me because I just missed Dylan so much. There was a lot to do when I got to the venue that morning and I was definitely feeling the stress because my best friend wasn’t there to help me make decisions or give me a hug. The second I saw his smiling teary-eyed face, it was like I could just let go of all that emotion, and feel nothing but pure joy. It was the happiest moment of my life, knowing we had found each other and how lucky I felt that he loved me back. Neither one of us can remember much of what the Officiant said because we were just lost in our own little giddy world.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Best advice I received as a bride was to take time out of the stress to remember why I was planning this event. It makes it all even more special. And it gave me motivation to keep going when I felt overwhelmed.

What advice do you have for other brides? The advice that I would pass along (and wish someone had told me) is that it’s too much for one person to handle – you need to delegate. It’s very hard to let go of that power but I promise, you’ll enjoy the process a lot more if you let others help you, and no one expects you to do everything on your own. Most people mean it when they say, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!”


See the full gallery here.

Photography: Ciara Richardson / Tauri’s Dress: Kaylene Stevens / Earrings: Bauble Bar / Hair, Makeup: Stephanie Brinkerhoff / Dylan’s Attire: Dress Code
  • Romantic Post-Wedding Portraits in Utah

    9 October 2012
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    Married almost seven years, Stephanie and Brandon are in the midst of building the house of their dreams, literally. “I had this dream that our house was falling down hundreds of years from now and the new owners saw some writing behind the layers of paint,” says Stephanie. “As they started to peel back the layers, they saw our vows.”

    Stephanie shared the idea with Brandon, to write their wedding vows on their home before the walls were painted over, and he loved the idea, so the two donned their wedding attire and asked Ali Harper to photograph this sweet vow “renewal.”

    Says Stephanie, “I wanted to do this because the words that we spoke to one another on our wedding day were the most important words either of us will ever say in our entire lives. In the years since our wedding we have been through some difficult, emotional experiences with our families and the meaning of those words have only gotten stronger, as has our love. Each day I love my husband more than the day before. Building this house was a dream come true for us and it felt like the perfect opportunity to recommit ourselves to one another. Now when we go to bed our words will be there to remind us of our love and every morning we will begin another day in our journey through life together.”


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    Photography: Ali Harper
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    Props can be fun, but all you really need for a darling engagement session is a pretty place and each other. And a good photographer of course!

    Photographer Cassidy Carson shared a bit about the shoot: “Lindsay and Ben’s love is radiant. You don’t even have to know them to know how crazy about each other they are. It’s such a wonderful thing to witness and I’m so honored that I was able to capture their engagement session. We took a short drive from Nashville to Hatchland Hills Vineyard in Joelton, Tennessee for the shoot. It was raining for most of it, but they were both so easy going, it didn’t bother them. Right as the shutter clicked on the last frame, the bottom fell out of the sky. It was a perfect session for an amazing couple.”

    See lots more photos from Lindsay and Ben’s love shoot over on Cassidy’s blog!

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    Aalicea and Mike are high school sweethearts who were married this past Saturday, so it seemed like the perfect time to feature their sweet love shoot from photographer Brittany Sharday

    You have to love how apparent their love is for one another in these photos! Says Aalicea: “Before I knew him very well I somehow knew deep down that we would be together someday. We just fit, like we are supposed to be together and that’s it. Most of the time people around us can’t understand our conversations because they mainly consist of inside jokes and lines from our favorite shows and movies. We are definitely best friends – how cool is it to marry your best friend? After five years it still feels like we are back in high school – flirting in the hallway, only now it’s the hallway in our little yellow farm house with our cat. What a beautiful life we have – I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

    Congratulations Aalicea and Mike! See lots more photos from their engagement session over on Brittany’s blog.

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