{Volpes Tie The Knot} Our Bridal Session

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I am so excited to share some photos with all of you. We now have some amazing images from our wedding, but they have been submitted to publications, which means I can’t post them on this here blog until they have been accepted or denied. But here’s to hoping they are accepted! What I do have to talk about is our post-wedding bridal session.

Typically a bridal session would take place prior to the wedding and only include the bride, but they are now becoming more popular for both the Bride and Groom after the wedding. I knew I wanted to do one of these as soon as we got engaged, leaving as much time as possible the night of our wedding for dancing. After having our session, I couldn’t be happier! I also loved being able to wear my wedding dress again. I was worried this wouldn’t happen because it was covered in mud after our wedding- long story, I’ll get there in one of these posts, but my mom is incredible and did such a great job cleaning it!

After our wedding I knew that I would need a break, and boy did I! We decided to schedule our session for after the honeymoon, which meant we had it when we were married for almost 2 months. Like I said, I loved putting my dress back on, but it was really special for the two of us to really have fun with something that celebrated our marriage. I loved spending a few hours focusing on a big moment of our lives when we were really able to let it all sink it, even though we had been married for several weeks by this time.

Another benefit of having this session was allowing our photographer, Zack, to let his creativity flow. He was able to try things with us that would take a few minutes to figure out with the lighting and some fun gadgets, in turn, the photos turned out amazing. When we talked about this session we tossed ideas around about where we would take the photos and decided to go around Baltimore. Baltimore brought us together, we had our first date at the Aquarium and around the harbor, and we have spent countless hours just walking around talking. Getting Ravens stadium in the background was an added bonus!

Just like on our wedding day, we needed to dodge the raindrops in between photos. It has been the wettest summer in over 40 years here in Baltimore! Even with the rain we had a blast. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I have!

Fells Point, Maryland

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Federal Hill, Maryland


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Quick story- On first Halloween together, we dressed as Buzz Lightyear and Woody. We wrote each others names on our shoes, and took a picture with them. We of course needed something similar from our wedding!
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Did you do a bridal session? Are you thinking of doing a bridal session?

all pictures by Bow Tie Photo


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  • Jordan Kennedy

    Love these Macy, such a great idea to do the bridal portraits after the wedding! We’re planning a “morning after” session where we get back into our wedding gear and go out on the “beach” of Lake Erie and get some photos together. It will be a laid back session that’s a win-win for us and our photographer because this will be her first morning after shoot.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! We were so glad to have this extra time. Photos after the wedding will be wonderful! My dress was covered in mud after the wedding, so it would have looked like a “trash the dress” session if we had done that haha

  • http://pinkypersistence.blogspot.com/ Pinky

    Your pictures are fabulous. I didn’t do a bridal session and even though we celebrate 2 years this week I kind of want to do one just to have, ya know.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much! I think you should get back into your dress and celebrate 2 wonderful years 😉

  • http://www.oakleighrosestyle.com Meaghan Shelton

    Love these! You two make such a beautiful couple!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Aww thank you!! It was so much fun taking these

  • http://www.believeinthesparks.com Morgan Sparks

    These are stunning! You make a beautiful bride!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you, Morgan!! It was so much fun putting my dress on again.

  • Svetlana Holt

    Love these photos Mace! So glad you and Dave were able to do this after your honeymoon for some extra “wedding time”! – Svetlana @Life with a Side of Wine

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! It was really nice having this since things were rushed at the wedding. And of course any excuse to wear my dress again 😉

  • http://www.thegoodlifegirl.com/ Maria Angelique

    I love this idea! And the photos are beautiful. I love brick structures and love how your dress contrasts with the color. Beautiful!

    Maria @ Island Living Midweest

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you! I couldn’t be happier that we had some extra time with our photographer and were able to get all dressed up again!

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS!! I love the very first one and the Ravens jersey! Mike and I decided to do some 1st anniversary photos since we don’t have like any of the two of us in Charleston, so I will definitely be stealing some of these ideas. Can’t wait to hear if your photos get selected!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! That will be so sweet to have photos in your new home town, and there seem to be SO many gorgeous locations!

  • http://www.always-al.com/ Alexandra Stacey

    These photos are gorgeous! I would have never thought to do a bridal session after, but now I totally want to!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! It’s so worth it. Ours was included since we didn’t do an engagement session with our photographer and switched it to this, but I can’t imagine it would be too much extra. Also, check with photographers in your area that may have a “styled shoot” coming up, they are always looking for models to get back into their wedding attire!

  • Lauren

    Beautiful pics of a beautiful bride! And Dave looks okay, too 😉

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      aww thank you <3 Dave fancied up pretty nicely.

  • http://lostrightdirection.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    Great photos! I love the one with the jersey :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! The Ravens jersey was a must for me since our wedding wasn’t inside of the stadium 😉

  • Megan

    Love these photos! The names on your shoes is the perfect detail of going from a dating couple to a married couple. Love it!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! We had such a fun time taking these.

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