Last week, we had the the pleasure of sharing the sweetest, most romantic boudoir session from Erich McVey, and today, we’re happy to share the traditional bridal portraits they took as well. Bridal portraits, or bridals, are a right-of- passage for many brides in the South, but it seems like the tradition is waning a bit. We’d hate to see this tradition die so we’re especially happy that this beautiful bride took time out before her wedding to take these shots that her family will treasure forever.

If you are lucky enough to schedule bridals with your wedding photographer, make sure to print them to give to your parents to hang in their home (which is tradition). They’ll appreciate that you took the time to give them something special. They spend a lot of time (and probably money) on your wedding, and these shots of their favorite girl would be the perfect way to say, “Thank You!”

Tell us, are you planning bridals before or after your wedding? Are you planning on gifting some portraits to your family?

Photography: Erich Mcvey | Gown: Emily Riggs 

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Comments (13)

kelsey | Reply

this is too gorgeous. love to see collabs between emily riggs and erich mcvey
ladies in navy

Rachel Wells | Reply

I absolutely love the tradition behind bridals. These are so dreamy!

Lauren Carnes | Reply

I absolutely adore bridal portrait sessions and think there is something so special about them! Plus, one more excuse to wear your beautiful dress! These are gorgeous!

Julia Jane Photo | Reply

These are stunning! She looks wonderful in her gown.

Maggie | Reply

The woman in the photos above is my cousin Heather!! She is so photogenic and looks amazing in literally anything!!! Love te photos!!! :)

Sonia | Want That Wedding | Reply

That dress is amazing! Beautiful bride, love the portraits XxX

Pernilla Engström | Reply

I’m just wondering if anyone knows where I can find/uy this dress? I totally love it!!

Pernilla Engström | Reply

I’m wondering if anyone knows where I can find/buy this beautiful dress? I totally love it!

Emily | Reply

Hello Pernilla,
You may find my gowns on my website http://www.emilyriggsbridal.com


Abigail | Reply

I absolutely love the pictures, she’s a stunning bride. I can’t describe the feeling I got when I saw this dress except that it took my breathe away and completely encompasses every element in every way I’ve dreamed my wedding dress would or even could. Even though I’m not ready to be married anytime soon this dress goes on my vision board ASAP! Love your work & the beautiful dress, congrats to the beautiful bride!

Kathryn Bruns | Reply

Truly beyond exquisite!

Melissa Delisle | Reply

Where did you find that gorgeous headpiece? I’ve been searching for one that looks like this one and can’t find one that is similar?!

Lauren B Kaercher | Reply


Love this dress! Where is it from?


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