Lindsey & Matt in Athens, GA
Georgia Wedding Photographer

January 20, 2016

When my dear friend Lindsey told me she wanted to put her wedding dress back on for some more photos, I jumped for excitement!  I LOVE when couples want to put their wedding attire back on AFTER the wedding day for more portraits.  This type of session has many different names, including “formal session,” “encore session,” “day after session,” etc. and is quickly becoming a popular option for couples who just love those gorgeous swoon-worthy wedding photos you see on Pinterest.

Here are some of the benefits of putting your wedding attire back on after the wedding day:

1. Wear it twice!

What girl doesn’t want an excuse to wear her wedding dress again?!  This is a great way of getting more use out of your gorgeous gown & therefore more bang for your buck!  Plus, you’ll be much more relaxed about getting your dress a little dirty after the wedding festivities are all said and done (which opens up more possibilities for some really amazing photos!).

2. Weather control!

Unfortunately, we don’t have control over the weather you get on your wedding day.  But when you schedule a time to get back into your dress for photos, we can reschedule if need be to ensure we get a beautiful day.  Lindsey & Matt got married on a rainy September day, so they were excited to get some bright & sunny wedding photos for their walls!

3. Relaxed & intimate portraits!

Let’s be real… There is a LOT going on during a wedding day.  There’s a timeline to uphold, places to be, & people to please.  Sometimes you don’t have enough time during your wedding day to truly relax and get all of the photos you want of you & your new hubby.  By scheduling another day for portraits, you’re eliminating all distractions & timelines and just being together with your husband for some yummy, intimate photos.

4. Location options!

Why limit yourself to only getting photos at your wedding venue?  The great thing about taking more photos later is that you can choose whatever location you want!  If you got married in a church but crave photos in a field of wildflowers or on the side of a mountain, YOU CAN DO THAT!

When Lindsey & Matt decided to put their wedding attire back on and take more photos, they chose Athens as their location.  They’re both UGA grads, and Athens is where they first met & fell in love and spent many of their years together.  It was so much fun exploring the Classic City with them without any cares in the world!  We started at the Georgia Theatre where they got their names on the marquee (SO cute!) and then walked around downtown and all across UGA’s campus, stopping at all the major icons: the Chapel Bell, the Arch, Sanford Stadium, & more.

I love the photos we created, and I love even more that Lindsey & Matt now have bright, fun wedding photos in one of their favorite places that they can cherish forever.  Oh, and we took these on Lindsey’s birthday as a way of celebrating.  HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, beautiful girl!

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