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A wedding tradition that’ll always have Southerners ready to pull out their pocketbooks.

Every wedding comes with its fair share of cost cutting, even when Mama’s big wedding dreams are at stake. Once wedding bills start trickling in, you might have to fight to keep those beautiful blush and bashful bouquets a priority as the family starts slashing price tags. Though each bride has her own thoughts on where to splurge and where to save based one her own wedding day dreams, there is one tradition Southern families will always pull out their purses for: the bridal portrait.

Not only did the practice of bridal portraits start in the South, but down here it’s evolved into more than just a keepsake. It’s a family tradition. That beautiful picture of Mama in full bridal glam framed in Grandmother’s living room? You know, the one you admired growing up? Right next to Aunt Amelia's bridal photo? Her actual wedding day was far too chaotic and exciting to have time for such a shot. Thank goodness she sat for her bridal session. We hate to think of where your little girl's wedding day dreams would be without Mama's bridal portrait to spark your imagination.

These days, a once stuffy feeling session where the bride sat still and posed in a studio has transformed into a day of doting on the bride in ways only Mama could imagine…and it often comes with a price. Southern brides get to go full on supermodel as photographers position them in just the right way in front of beautiful gardens and churches. It’s a day all about the bride before the Big Day, with all eyes on her as she poses solo in her full wedding ensemble.

The result? A fairytale-like photo of a blushing bride that’s glowing with anticipation and beauty and worth every penny. Though it may feel a bit extravagant in the moment, a portrait session is a chance for the bride to try on her full look before the wedding and make sure everything is just right. It’s an opportunity to get to know her photographer and become more comfortable in front of the camera. But, most importantly, it’s a Southern tradition.

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Once that perfect shot of the bride looking like a vision in white is framed, it’s easy to say it was worth the splurge. We’re willing to bet 10 out of 10 Southern families would do it again.