Bridal portraits are so much fun! Aside from them being a time to play dress up and snap additional images of you, bridal portrait sessions are the perfect opportunity to test out your wedding look. I typically schedule outside bridal portraits in Italy the day my bride has her hair and makeup trial.
And I know what you’re thinking, but no, outside bridal portraits aren’t just for people getting married at home. If you’re having a destination wedding, you should absolutely take outside bridal portraits with your photographer! Choose any day before your wedding, and spend an hour or two playing.
When I was in Italy this past fall, I had the opportunity to photograph Beatrice in a drop-dead gorgeous bridal dress designed by Made Bride. The hand-stitched beadwork is breathtaking to behold. And it fit Beatrice like a glove…seriously, it was like it was made for her.
Since the beadwork of Beatrice’s dress was so feminine, we thought it’d be a cool juxtaposition to take her bridal portraits in the olive grove next to Villa Cetinale. Villa Cetinale is a 17th century Roman Baroque-style villa near Siena, Italy.
We played in the olive trees, pranced down the hill from the villa’s watch tower, and twirled until our hearts were full.
It’s my dream to photograph a destination wedding in Italy. Whether it’s in Tuscany, along the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, or Lake Como I’ll go anywhere my couples want me to go. I can’t wait to photograph all of the love, scenery, and magic of your Italian destination wedding!
Venue: Villa Cetinale
Workshop Host: AMV Retreats
Planning, Styling + Design: AMV Weddings
Workshop Speakers: Sophie Kaye, Rossini Photography, Andreas Georgiou, Koman Photography
Hair/Makeup: Madeline Eleanor
Shoes: Something Bleu
Jewelry: Victor Barbone
Dress: Made Bride
Accessories: White Jasmine Accessories
Models: Fashion Art Wise
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- Josie and Scott
Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.
Lauren made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable!
- Amy and Luke
We just wanted to say thank you again so much for your amazing work. You were seriously incredible to work with and we loved the locations you suggested for both our engagement shoot and the spots in Stillwater. We were very worried about getting professional photos done since we had never done it before, but you made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you!
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- GRACE AND NICK
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
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- Alisa AND Adam
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
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- Emma AND Erik
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
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- Haley AND Erick
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!
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