Advice From My Brides – Madison & Michael

Madison & Michael – 12.31.16


“I was given this advice at the beginning of my planning process and truly believe it is key. Focus on booking the vendors that cannot be two places at once first – venue and photographer. Getting these two items solidified ensures that you can build the rest of your wedding around two key elements.”

“As you begin planning I would suggest to sit down with your groom and select your top three priorities for the wedding. This will allow you to know where you are willing to compromise and what you want no matter what. We knew our date, the bar and fun atmosphere were at the top of our list – so we planned everything around those elements.”


Venue:  The Skirvin Hilton  |  Wedding Planner:  Mackenzie Praytor with Bliss OKC  |  Hair & Makeup:  Lexi Faught  |  Bridesmaids Dresses:  Prim the Bridesmaids Boutique

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Why You Should Consider a Bridal Session Before Your Wedding Day

Are you thinking about doing a bridal session before your wedding day, but not sure if it’s worth it?  Well let me tell you, it is!!  While we will get portraits of you on the wedding day, there are so many benefits to having a trial run in the form of a bridal session.  I always urge my brides to consider it and they are always so glad they did!  Here’s just a few of the reasons why you should, too!

A bridal session is the perfect opportunity to do your hair and makeup trial.  You’ve been dreaming of your wedding day look for months (or years!) so shouldn’t you see it all put together before the big day when you still have time to make any changes?  Maybe you’ll feel like you just don’t love your hair style or you’d rather have darker makeup to stand out better in your photos.  It would be too late to change your mind on the actual day!

At a bridal session, we are much less rushed than on the wedding day.  We are able to really take our time, try different things, and you’ll be much more relaxed without worrying about the timeline.  It also gives us a chance to really use your venue to the fullest and use areas that might not be available on the wedding day due to lighting or other events.

A bridal session is a great opportunity to try a different look!  Can’t decide if you’d like to wear your hair up or down?  Try it one way at your bridal session, and then the other on your wedding day.  Lauren chose loose waves for her bridal session, with an elegant updo on the wedding day.  So fun!

Having a winter wedding?  Doing a bridal session a couple of months before your wedding day gives you an opportunity to get portraits in a different season.  You could get the pretty outdoor portraits you love that may not be possible on your actual wedding day.

Wearing your dress for a couple of hours during your bridal session gives you the chance to make sure it’s actually comfortable and that you can move in it easily.  Lauren’s dress had beautiful beaded straps, but after her bridal session she realized that they were cutting into her shoulders and making it difficult and painful to move her arms.  Who wants to deal with that on the wedding day?  Thankfully, she had enough time to have her dress altered, had the straps removed, and felt much more comfortable on her wedding day!

So if you are unsure about doing a bridal session, go for it!  Bring your mom and MOH along, make a girls day of it, and have fun!



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Styled Engagement Session Giveaway


Newly engaged and looking for a unique idea for your engagement session?  Kristen Edwards Photography is teaming up with Marie Rose Events to give away a FREE styled engagement session to one lucky couple!  What it includes:

 Photography: Kristen Edwards Photography

Styling: Marie Rose Events

Hair and Makeup: Blo Beauty Bar

Wardrobe for the Bride: Prim the Bridesmaid’s Boutique

Florals: Poppy Lane Design

Decor: Ruby’s Vintage Rentals

To enter, use the form below and share your proposal story.  We will announce the winner on Instagram January 31.  Head to Instagram and follow these accounts for more info and an extra entry!

@kristenedwardsphoto  |  @marieroseevents  |  @poppylanedesign  |  @primokc  |  @blo.beautybar  |  @rubysvintagerentals

*We don’t want to step on any toes, so please do not enter if you are already working with a wedding photographer,  wedding planner, or florist.*

Ella & Chase – Winter Wedding at The Springs

Venue:  The Springs Edmond  |  Flowers:  Poppy Lane Design  |  Hair & Makeup:  Lexi Faught  |  Wedding Cake:  Uptown Grocery Co. Events  |  Videography:  Glorious Day Films  |  Bridal Gown:  BHLDN Weddings