Stoic Trousseau, A Bridal Portraiture Collection by Louisville Photographer Gary Barragan, The Beauty Patrol and Modern Trousseau Bridal Boutique
There’s “day of” bridal portraits and then there’s studio bridal portraits, although the two both have value to them, each are unique in their own way. On the day of, you get to capture the emotions of that day, the raw energy that makes that day cherished for years to come. However being at the mercy of a tight schedule or the aesthetics of a particular venue, sometimes you simply can’t capture what is envisioned. This is where studio bridal portraiture comes in, free of the wedding day stress, but rich in the planning of aestheitics and styling, resulting in a sentimental piece of art to be hung on one’s wall. Recently, I teamed back up with The Beauty Patrol to show how stunning these styled sessions can be. Our idea was to take a traditional portrait and give it a darker edge, showcasing the moodier side of beauty to bridal portraiture through the juxtaposition of modern styling in an industrial aesthetic. Although every bride can be striking, not all are a bubbly, ball-gown type. Some brides demand a more a stoic appeal and are just as breath taking with sometimes an even more “on-trend” appearance. With dresses provided by Modern Trousseau Louisville, The Knot Hall of Famers Pam Butler and Brooke Meadows transforming our charming yet stunning talent Heather Rous Weeks, we had the trifecta results of a perfectly executed vision. However, no bride is complete without a beautiful arrangement, so we had the fortunate opportunity from State & Arrow in providing a floral design. The darker crimson spectrum of the bouquet was already a perfect compliment of Heather’s features, but yet taking it even a step further for a hint of vintage, State & Arrow blended a few antique white roses into the bouquet. I brought all of this together by capturing our artistry with gorgeous blends of natural and strobed lighting then finishing our work with my treatment that has been best described by clients as being reminiscent of a Vanity Fair editorial. Each of the artists contributed their time and talents to this collaboration, in which we all walked away with work that is bound to push bridal portrait standards and trends!
Photography – Gary Barragan
Make-Up – Pam Jean / The Beauty Patrol
Hair – Brooke Meadows / The Beauty Patrol
Talent – Heather Weeks
Floral Bouquet – State and Arrow
Additional Styling – Morgan Edwards
Tiered Dress – Modern Trousseau
Hand Painted Backdrops - Oliphant Studios
Behind the Scenes
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