One (very) warm summer night last August Erin and I had the best time playing dress up! Or rather, we got to photograph some sweet little ladies playing dress up! When we put out the idea of these sessions we were overwhelmed by how quickly they filled up. There is something very sweet about seeing your ‘mini’ wearing something that you may have dreamed about when YOU were a little girl! We partnered with Erica who owns The Rad Botanist and had flower crowns and tiny bouquets on hand.
When we first started kicking around the idea of these sessions I pulled out my own wedding dress and played around with my little girl. At first my whole life flashed in front of me seeing my 5 year old in a big old wedding dress. Formals, and Proms and Weddings OH MY! Did I really want to imagine my pre-schooler in a strapless gown?! But watching her giggle and try to twirl in it, and pretending to be a ghost with my veil brought me right back down to reality…to her this was a big game of dress up. She asked a lot of funny questions–such as ‘why is this dress so dirty?’. My answer was that a wedding dress with a dirty hem is the sign of a lot of dancing and a really good time! She also wondered how I was able to use the bathroom with such a poofy dress?…ahhh the wonderings of a 5 year old! 🙂
We knew once we got the girls in the gowns they wouldn’t be able to move around very much, so we would open up the dresses and then load the little lady in! There were a lot of laughs while were doing this, and boy were all of us sweating! It was really special to see not only the gowns, but wedding day jewelry, veils and shoes come out! I love that we even had a few photos of MOM in their gowns to take a photo with. Of course I made whomever came get in the photos too despite protests about not being camera ready! One little lady even ‘made’ her Mom put on the wedding shoes and a crown. Mom and I laughed that she felt a little silly, but a year later looking at that photo still makes me smile, and I hope it does the same for her.
I will let the photos speak for themselves her…the pictures tell the story of a fun game of dress up for the little girls, but also a really special night for the Moms.
Thank you to all of you who let me share this night with you and play dress up. Someday when these girls are old enough to actually wear their own gowns I hope you pull out these pictures and remember how little and silly they were, and how Moms dress was so much fancier than anything they could have imagined. 🙂
Our 2017 Wedding Dress Mini Sessions will be held the evening of Sunday 8/20. We have a limited number of spaces available, sign up here