Bridal portraits at West Palm Beach wedding
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Bridal portraits at West Palm Beach wedding

Capturing a few classic beauty portraits immediately after the bride finishes her preparations can be a much needed break for a few deep breaths away from family and friends; a time to collect herself and get ready for the coming events. The simplicity of this image is why it's so beautiful: the cropping removes all traces of her outfit, almost implying that she's not wearing a dress at all, though her elegant diamond drop earrings and perfectly applied makeup contrast with this suggestion. This wedding took place entirely at the Marriott in West Palm Beach, eliminating the need for any guest transportation between events. The bridal suite at this hotel is flooded with sunlight during the earlier parts of the day, providing ample opportunity for beautiful documentary getting ready images in natural light, and the clean aesthetic of the property allows us to create beautiful portraits without having to work around excessive decor. This bride’s classic and glamorous old-Hollywood style makeup and sweeping updo feel like she’s just stepped from an old film and one can’t help but wonder what she might be wearing below the crop of the image. Keeping the focus on her eyelashes allows the rest of the image to fall out of focus into a soft, almost painterly background, leaving the edges of her collarbones and the clean lines of her elegant neck to tell a story of health, youth, and beauty in her prime.

Location: West Palm Beach, Florida.

1/320; f/2.0; ISO 400; 85.0 mm.

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