Bridal Portraits by Avery Earl

I hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday! Today I decided I would share a few of my favorites from my bridal portraits. Just a peak at Avery Earl's beautiful skills!

Finding THE dress: I visited a couple of shops before I "said yes to the dress". I thought I knew just exactly what I wanted in my wedding gown - I had a vision and I was sure of it; A fitted lace gown with long sleeves & a long veil with lace around the edges. When I walked into my first appointment, I didn't even look at anything else. I had blinders on.. eye on the prize. I tend to do this quite often - I have a specific vision in my mind of what I want and I block out the idea of anything else. After trying on about 10 wedding gowns, I had the feeling that something wasn't quite right. I actually loved a few of the dresses, but I definitely wasn't IN love, and they just weren't "the one". I didn't get that feeling that everyone talks about when they know they've found it. I left disappointed that I didn't purchase a gown. I almost felt guilty that I made the entire day about me and then left empty handed, with my mom, two sisters and best friend along for the ride. 

A couple weeks later, I visited another bridal boutique - no luck there either. This dress experience was actually a little uncomfortable and awkward, and I felt pressured the whole time to choose a dress that I didn't really like. Ten minutes into the appointment I was already over it and I could sense that my parents and sister were as well. I did, however, discover something. My mother asked me to try on a completely different style, and I decided I would do it just to make her happy. I wasn't having any luck anyway.. might as well! It was everything I thought I didn't want - strapless, mermaid, tulle. Funny thing is, I fell in love. The style of the dress seemed like it was made just for me. It was the end of my appointment and I still wasn't sure, so I decided to make a third appointment, this time at the boutique I had originally visited a couple weeks before (the Bridal Boutique in Lewisville). My consultant was the sweetest girl and made me feel so beautiful even when I didn't necessarily love a dress I was trying on. I knew she was who I wanted to help me find my dress, so I called her back and made another appointment.

At this appointment, I tried on the mermaid dress I had requested, and it was perfect. I finally felt like a bride! I didn't think I would cry, but I couldn't hold back the tears, and neither could my mother. I finally had my "this is the one" moment I had been searching for.

Now, on to the sweet girl that took these amazing pictures for me - Avery Earl. She is just the sweetest thing and her love for life & the Lord shines bright!

I previously met Avery through work when she was photographing our new building opening party at a company I used to work for. She was seriously so sweet and her smile was contagious. I was so excited to have her take my bridal portraits, and she made it such a fun experience!

You can check out her beautiful work on her website here.

Bridal Gown: Enzoani 'Ibarki' in all ivory. Purchased from Bridal Boutique in Lewisville.

Sash: Sara Gabriel (I had the beading customized so that it would extend around the back of my dress as well as a clasp added on. Otherwise, it would have tied with a ribbon.)

Hair Piece: also purchased from Bridal Boutique, but I don't have the link!

Flowers: Blossoms on the Bricks

Hair: Liza Trevino

Makeup: Sophia Lee Beauty

Shoes: Badgley Mischka in 'Ivory Satin'