Modern indoor bridal portraits in South FloridaBeing a modern bride can mean anything you want it to, including embracing traditions that touch your heart and skipping those that don't. Angela chose to embrace her long brown hair, opting for loose, flowing curls on her wedding day rather than a traditional updo, but she also chose a traditional mermaid silhouette strapless lace gown and beaded belt, making her more traditional in style than some women. One of the traditions that we're starting to see go by the wayside is having a wedding or bridal party: involving your close friends and family doesn't have to mean a traditional group of bridesmaids, and in fact the entire day can feel significantly more relaxed if the formal structure of a wedding party is removed. Think about it: how many of your close friends really want to dress up in a dress you picked for them, show up super early to the party, and bicker with each other? Our guess would be: not many. We're finding that modern brides are foregoing this tradition (which originally stems from a fear that evil spirts would curse the bride and groom, and so their attendants were dressed as decoys to keep this from happening– romantic, huh?) in favor of a relaxed day, including a private first look with their soon-to-be spouse, and some even getting ready with their partner instead of separately.
Location: Hyatt Regency Pier 66, 2301 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316. 1/500; f/2.5; ISO 1250; 35.0 mm.