One thing that makes shooting a bridal portrait difficult is that fact I can’t blog it until the wedding is over. Alise’s wedding was the weekend before Christmas so I can go ahead and show you the photos now, since everyone has seen the dress. Alise wanted a Duke Chapel bridal portrait as it was both her Alma Mater and the location of her December wedding ceremony.
My favorite place to photograph at Duke Chapel is the arcades. The arcades are the wings that extend from the main narthex off to each side. The architecture is gorgeous and the light filtering through the openings in each wing makes for beautiful and contrasting light – perfect for a bridal portrait.
We spent a good amount of time, until the sun went down in fact, outside (which was very cold by the way – thank you Alise for toughing it out) and then we moved inside to the library. Now I am a huge fan or architecture and structure in photos so the library entrance was perfect for what we both were looking for. In fact, the portrait she chose (and displayed at her wedding) was one we took inside the library. Here are a few of my favorites from her Bridal Portrait session at Duke Chapel.