Beautiful Bridal Portraits in the Desert

Photographer Lauren Bledsoe tells us, “One of the most beautiful places on earth is the Utah desert, where vast and immense sand dunes wind in and out of sight.” We couldn’t agree more — and are so glad that she was inspired by the sand and sun to create this beautiful bridal portrait session in the desert. These endless sand dunes are an incredible contrast to a bride donning a gorgeous gown, and while we can see that a couple may not want to venture out into the desert on their wedding day for photos, we hope to see more embracing their natural landscapes for engagement photos for bridal portraits.

Read on for more from the photographer, Lauren Bledsoe:
“One of the most beautiful places on earth is the Utah desert, where vast and immense sand dunes wind in and out of sight. For this shoot, we wanted to strike a balance between the clean, modern lines of the desert and the romance of being a bride. We chose a sweeping, soft blush gown with a beautiful full skirt to bring a sense of drama, but kept the rest of the details minimal and clean. For florals, we wanted our tones to be muted and soft, but in shape to be wilder and full of movement, like the desert itself. With the wind in our face and sun in our eyes, we set out to photograph our editorial just as the as the setting sun lit up Utah’s Little Sahara. The landscape glowed with its characteristic crepuscular brilliance, and we let the colors, tones, and shapes of the desert, in conjunction with our beautiful bride, tell the story.”

Photography: Lauren Bledsoe  | Florals: Array Floral | Invitation Suite: Lindsay Graviet Greaves | Dress: Gateway Bridal | HMUA: Megan Gorley | Model: Meredith Adelaide


Once Wed was launched in March 2008 to meet a need in the marketplace for an online listing service for second-hand wedding dresses. Within a short time, the company had developed into an online wedding publication and resource to provide newly-engaged brides with inspiration and tools to plan their dream wedding. 

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