My Bridal Portraits

Thursday, July 12, 2012

& today I am linking up with Alison for wedding guest, where I am cheating a bit and being my own wedding guest--bride style  :) 

.....Continuing on with Wedding Week

I am so excited to share my bridal photos with y'all today! This was probably one of my favorite occasions during our engagement. I always dreamed about putting on that white wedding dress and seeing myself in it since I was a little girl. Well, I got to experience it a little bit before our wedding during my bridal portraits. 

This day, you would think with my beaming smile (in my photos) that everything went fine and dandy, but it did NOT. Lucky for me though, it did end up having a fairytale ending. 
Early that morning as I was getting my hair, nails, and make up done I kept looking out the window at the dark skies. I shrugged it off thinking it would pass. But, hours later, it did not pass, and only got worse. It was raining and thundering as I sat in my Mom's car trying to hold back some tears. My bridal session was supposed to be at the beautiful Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. 
Once I realized that I had to make a decision at that moment I began freaking out and calling all over Baton Rouge to see if any indoor locations were open for bridals. I called 7 places and had no luck. I was really upset at this point. My photographer was willing to do it another day, but I already had my hair, make up, nails, and bouquet together. I pretty much had to do it that day. 
All of the sudden I realized that I had one option left that I hadn't thought about before... the Louisiana Governor's mansion. A few weeks prior, I had finished my internship with Governor Jindal, so I called over to his mansion and asked for permission to take my photos there. The lady said she had to call me back let me know. I sat there for probably 8 long minutes just waiting to hear "yes". The phone rang, and the lady said to come on over. Those tears dried so fast! I was so excited, like, really excited! I had forgotten how much I cared so much about Rosedown, and could not even believe that I had this opportunity! The lady said she could only remember 2 other brides who had ever had their pictures taken there. 
The Governor's Mansion is beautiful and timeless. A plantation itself, it was so fitting for my portraits. I had so much fun taking them and really was the happiest girl that it all worked out for the better! 

I really thought at that moment that everything I had planned was ruined, but really, I was blessed with something even more amazing that I never thought was a possibility. In this case, I am very happy that it was raining and that God had other plans for me. So... as I conclude, I'll say my favorite little saying, "Everything happens for a reason." 


:: All photos are copyrighted to Collin Richie Photography ::















Thank you so much for reading & looking! I hope you enjoyed the photos and story! 

Only a few more days until our One Year Anniversary! 



32 comments:

  1. Love your pictures! So pretty.

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  2. I'm not planning on having bridals done, but these are incredible!

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  3. Your dress is gorgeous and those photos.. just breathtaking! You are gorgeous gal :)

    Happy Thursday love!

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  4. Gorgeous photos! The hair, the dress, the location...everything looks beautiful.

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  5. so so gorgeous!! I LOVE your flowers!

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  6. such beautiful photos - i know you'll treasure them!

    - lauren

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  7. Wow, love these pics. You look stunning. This site looks so similar to where we got married. I love the look of the old plantation house. And congrats on the soon to be one year anniversary! I'll be celebrating mine September 10. Hope your first year has been great! I'm starting a new love/marriage series leading up to our one year anniversary. I'm excited to post our proposal, bridal, wedding pic. p.s. Love your flowers!!!

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  8. love your pictures!
    and your bouquet is so so so gorgeous

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  9. Gorgeous!!! I would cheat too! ha

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  10. these are a work of art. Truly breathtaking!

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  11. Good gorgeous those are beautiful!!! I especially love the ones on the stairs - so beautiful!

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  12. I'm so glad that it all worked out! I know and you know as a photographer weather can be so frustrating!

    you look absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

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  13. You are so right that everything does happen for a reason.. even though when we are in the middle of it we often don't see what that reason is.

    Your pictures are phenomenal, by the way. Such a beautiful bride. I think the overcast skies actually add a nice element to the photos!

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  14. Gorgeous! What a wonderful experience and memory :)

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  15. Your portraits are stunning!!

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  16. GORGEOUS! Your dress is beautiful!! :)

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  17. LOve This Dear! i enjoyed seeing it, Thanks For Posting ! ♥

    Mwaks!

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  18. Such a beautiful bride! WOW!!! Breathtaking!! Glad it all worked out for you, Britt!
    Shanna
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  19. These are seriously stunning!! So beautiful and your dress is gorgeous!

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  20. Wow!! These are great!! I just wrote a post about Serendipity a few days ago. It's totally true, everything happens for a reason!

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  21. Awww I'm glad it all worked out! And you look absolutely STUNNING. I am sure there will be tears when everyone sees you on your wedding day :) I love your dress! It's absolutely gorgeous!

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  22. You are beautiful, my dear! :) The Governors Mansion is one of the beautiful wonders of Louisiana! :)

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  23. These are gorgeous! I love how they turned out!

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  24. First time visiting your blog so I hope you don't think this is weird, but these are some great photos!! And your dress is beautiful :)

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  25. Wowzas! You look so gorgeous! What a beautiful dress!

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