Erik and Alicia Photography
studio inspiration stunning bridal portrait

One of the most exciting things about getting engaged and planning a wedding is choosing the dress. There are endless designs, shades of white, or blush, and lovely detail features to choose from. Choosing a look for the big day is an entirely different process than collecting wedding professionals to put on and record the show. We love hearing about our brides and their finding "the dress" stories. Erik and I thought, why not build a shoot that strips away the long list of details and settings that make a wedding day and focus solely on the beauty and possibilities for a bridal style. So, we contacted model, Phebe Akesson for a fun day of dress up!

We wanted first and foremost to strip down the scene and make the dress, hair, and makeup the only focus of our shoot. We rented a studio space with a white cyc wall for the session and used only window light to create drama and a sense of airy romance. Phebe came with us to Celestial Selections where owner Teresa Burgess Akers helped us find a series of dresses with romantic flair, from cap sleeves, drape sleeves and lots of lace detail to a very simple white tank, skirt separates. We came out with three gowns that all feel very different but suited the fashion focused intent of the session. Then we reached out Makeup by Alyssa Walsh (our favorite, incredible artist locate in Spokane Valley) and Kila Herve, hair stylist extraordinaire at Dezining Shearz Salon to see if they would be up for styling the gorgeous Phebe. We asked Kila to give us a hair style you don't see every day, something outside of the box, romantic and maybe a little messy and trusted makeup artist, Alyssa to make the magic she makes with pretty faces. We were not disappointed.

We noticed something as Phebe cycled through the dresses and gave us exactly what we were asking for: emotion, movement, and showing off the look we put her in... Dresses give off attitude. Her demeanor and emotional response changed in each gown.

A little wedding gown shopping advice:

1. When looking for the dress, remember who you are. A wedding dress is an extension of your personality.

2. Complete your look with trusted professional stylists. Make sure you book a trial run for your makeup and hair after you decide on the dress. Show your stylist your gown and be detailed about the look you want as well as be a little open to some creative suggestions. Be honest with your stylists about your look. If something needs changed, don't be shy, or too polite. If your stylist is worth their salt, they will love you for your honesty.

3. Relish in the process of playing dress up. Try on as many dresses as you want, then try on a few more. Feel beautiful because you are. Choose a gown that you love so much that you might actually slip it on sometimes and dance around the house. 

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