Gorgeous Bridal Session: Ballet, Airport Runway and a Vintage Hangar, oh my {Robinson Studio & Design}

OK before we even get going here, can I tell you that it took me about 20 minutes to find just the right picture to put up here at the top? That’s how amazing today’s bridal portrait shoot is, from the superhero talents behind Robinson Studio & Design, based in Mobile, Alabama. A bride in pointe shoes? Rusty, vintage airport hangar contrasted with a pure, white bridal gown and glowing bride-to-be? You get the picture on why I love today’s post so much. If you don’t this next image will explain it all:

Right?? I know.

So down south there is a long standing tradition called Bridal Portraits, where the bride has photos taken of her in her wedding gown a few days or weeks before the wedding. I had no idea what this was when I was getting married, being from the northeast and now living in California, but I know that down south the tradition is going strong, and starting to catch on elsewhere as well. Personally I love this idea, why not spend as much time as you can in your dress? Rather than a trash the dress session {which PS I can’t even imagine trashing my dress, the whole thought just makes me sad}, these southern belles have some gorgeous photographs taken, which can then be used for wedding announcements, on the day of the wedding, etc. Personally, I love the idea.

And another fave…

Kathryn is probably one of the most stunning brides I have ever seen - and this was just the dress rehearsal! These images absolutely captivated me from the second I saw them, and I am so thrilled to be able to share them with you today. Meet Kathryn, the fierce, gorgeous, {and daring!} bride to be! And scroll down a bit further to hear all about the shoot {and why we go from ballet to the airport} from her mother, Peggy!

From Peggy, Gorgeous Mother of the Bride:

A wedding is an event! I made a folder and a checklist which I checked weekly. Kathryn did the lion’s share of the planning and she had some solid ideas about how she wanted things to look. Kathryn was a dance major at college so I knew there would be some non traditional aspects with her artsy brain. The dress set the tone for the event for us, so when she picked this gown I knew the rest would have a modern touch. The gown is from a spanish designer San Patrick. Kathryn has never liked “puffy” gowns and we felt she would be lost in a big dress. She also did not want to wear strapless so this gown had everything she wanted in style and elegance. The moment she put it on she knew it was the one and when I said this gown cannot have a big veil the store owner came in with the birdcage veil and completed the look. Her photos came from her work at the airport here in Mobile. She was set on using this old vintage hanger at Mobile Regional. I asked her since we were going to be on the grounds could we also use the runway? The results made for some non-traditional shots with a beautiful bride set on a runway and in front of 1930′s vintage hanger. She also wanted some shots in her pointe shoes so we also went to Mobile Ballet for some lovely pictures.

Oh, and Peggy didn’t give herself enough credit - she also made the bouquet for the shoot :)

Don’t these look like they should be in the advertisement for the dress?

And the ballet pictures… love.

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I just love how Kathryn can so effortlessly go from runway chic…

… to letting her hair down and enjoying the moment as a free spirit.

With a preview like this, I cannot wait to see the wedding pictures!

Photography: Robinson Studio & Design
Wedding Gown: San Patrick

  • Victoria Mary Vintage says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Wow these are stunning. What a beautiful bride. I LOVE the idea of a bridal shoot - would totally have done that. Great to be able to take your time and not worry about keeping the guests waiting!

  • Very pretty, the bride, the dress, the location. A pretty picture!

  • Bless Your Heart says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    these are absolutely breathtaking! i love the shoe change up at the end :)

  • jillian says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    these are just gorgeous! love the ballet. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  • Kewain Scott says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    YAY!!! For Kathryn representing southern belles proud!! So many times in the north people think our traditions are old, outdated and my fav word ‘country’ but this shows the elegance and grace that southern belles possess at all times. Love this post!!

  • Ashley {lemon and lavender} says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    OMG!!! As a former ballerina I really love those shots in the studio but the shots on the runway are breathtaking!

  • Brancoprata says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Beautiful…. she looks perfect in every photo, absolutely perfect!!

  • Steph says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Beautiful. I’ve been toying with the idea of a dance/ballet shoot as well - always stunning!

  • Lisa says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Oh my gosh, are you kidding me!? These are GORGEOUS!! I’ve always wanted to take bridal portraits in my pointe shoes… I think this bride and I would get along well, haha :) Can’t wait to see the wedding, I hope!

  • Heather aka Bicoastal Bride says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Wow, what an incredible shoot! The “tiptoe” photo is to die for!

  • louise :: bijouxbride says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Just LOVE the second image, completely and utterly gorgeous

  • postcards and pretties says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Wow! that in pointe photo in insanely beautiful!! Makes me wish I took ballet as a child

  • Laura *You Stir Me* says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Is it weird that rust is quickly becoming my favorite detail for weddings? I love it on tin cans, old boxes and apparently airplane hangers. These images are just stunning - you certainly chose the right images for the top and bottom pics - those two are my favorite!

  • Frugalista says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Wow…really incredible shots. Pointe shoes and a wedding dress. Oh, how I LOVE that!!

  • Nicole says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Wow, they are stunning! And the toeshoes… how awesome are those!

  • Jaclyn Robinson says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Thanks so much for showcasing our images of Kathryn! She was a dream to work with!

  • Sarah {A Paper Proposal} says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    GORGEOUS! Love all of these photos and the different settings…perfect!

  • Claire says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    HOLY. CRAP. This is perfect, absolutely mind blowing. WOW.

  • The pictures with the vintage hangar are gorgeous! Makes for a great backdrop.

  • Kelley @ Kelley Maria says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Wow. Stunning! Love the dress!

  • Aleah + Nick Valley says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    *Gasp* How incredibly breathtaking! Talk about creative shots….just lovely!

  • Melina says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    So much personality! Absolutely stunning!

  • Lauren @ ELD says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    So pretty! :)

  • Monique @Oh Darling Bride says on June 15, 2011 Reply


  • alicia@Charitywedding says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    I’m speechless! SO amazingly stunning in every way!!

  • Pearl Parasol says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    So much gorgeous packed into one shoot! and the contrast in locations! Love it

  • The Perfect Palette says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    wow! she’s stunning! really and truly! xo, chrissy.

  • Stephanie/ TheVintageModernBride says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    that is one heck of a shoot. she is AMAZING. probably the best bridals i’ve seen in a while!

  • Lena says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    These photos are jaw dropping-how gorgeous!

  • dancy says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Pointe shoes with her gown on?!?! WHYYY did I not think of that? Seriously Awesome. Those are totally new shoes though, it’d look even cooler if they were her old dusty beat up ones in contrast with her gown. And the studio shots - I die. So intriguing.

  • Brenda's Wedding Blog says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    you had me at ballet - I LOVE this shoot and I can totally see my daughter doing one like this someday {a long time from now as she’s only 4}. But, she does ballet moves all day long :). These photos are breathtaking. So great to see something so different for a bridal session.

  • Calli @ Wedding Favors says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Love that photo with the airplane. :) She’s stunning indeed. Her photos deserve a place in a magazine.

  • Amanda says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    Absolutely breathtaking!

  • Kate/MagnoliaRouge says on June 16, 2011 Reply

    Holy heck these are out of this world stunning!! I LOVE the contrast between the pure pretty white and the industrial rusted building. Amazing shoot!

  • Rhiannon {Hey Gorg} says on June 17, 2011 Reply

    Oh wow these photos are so gorgeous!! I love her gown and especially that last shot; just stunning! :)

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