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Couture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoCouture Parisian-Inspired Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville, North Carolina: http://allisonmannella.com/2014/10/01/couture-parisian-inspired-bridal-portraits/ | Photo: Allison Mannella | Bride’s Gown + Veil: Ines Di SantoAs we sipped on lavender lemonade in Scratch a few months back, I listened to Kathryn excitedly describe the plans for her upcoming wedding day. Inspired by her love of all things French, she had decided on blush and gold as her colors for the day. She detailed how she created the perfect wedding dress for her day – having the top from one favorite gown combined with the bottom of another favorite – as her best friend and Matron of Honor, Hannah, squealed with delight in sharing their top secret photos of Kathryn in the dress.

A few weeks before the wedding, we all met up again, this time at Kathryn’s grandparent’s impeccably decorated home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Kathryn absolutely floated in her custom, jaw-dropping blush gown, walking the same hallways she had played dress-up in as a child. She donned her mother’s earrings and gold comb, all while loving on her sweet cat, Gigi.

Photographing Kathryn in this beautiful, meaningful setting in her dress was just like a dream. I adore every image from this shoot, but perhaps not one more than Kathryn sitting in the hallway with her grandmother’s portrait hanging behind her with the same expression on their faces, her grandmother watching over her sweet girl.

Photography: Allison Mannella | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Bride’s Gown: Ines Di Santo custom gown from Bridal Reflections | Veil: Ines Di Santo


Allison Mannella is a fine art film photographer specializing in weddings and portraits. She is based in Durham, North Carolina and is available to travel worldwide.

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  1. Joyce Philbrick

    October 2nd, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    These are incredibly professional. I cheated and went to the end to see if they were yours and they are.
    You had a beautiful subject and gorgeous dress and you made the most of it. All I can say is wow.
    I am bowled over with your talent an love of the art really shows.
    You have to use a lot of creativity to get the poses and expressions and you captured it all.
    So proud of you.

  2. Barbara Boulter

    October 5th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Beautiful inside & out

  3. Kathryn & Gray’s Glamorous Fayetteville Wedding » Allison Mannella Photography

    November 7th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    […] her soon-to be husband, Gray, as we talked about their love story. You may remember Kathryn’s Parisian-inspired bridal portraits, and their Fayetteville wedding was equally as glamorous. Throughout the entire day, the love […]

  4. Glamorous Fayetteville Wedding by Allison Mannella Photography

    February 26th, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    […] her soon-to be husband, Gray, as we talked about their love story. You may remember Kathryn’s Parisian-inspired bridal portraits, and their Fayetteville wedding was equally as glamorous. Throughout the entire day, the love […]

  5. The Tradition of Bridal Portraits - Allison Mannella Photography

    June 25th, 2015 at 10:17 am

    […] I generally schedule bridal portraits about one month before the wedding, allowing for a true trial run of wearing and moving in a wedding dress, carrying flowers, wearing jewelry, and finalizing hair and make-up choices. It also allows the bride and photographer valuable time together prior to the wedding day, capturing classic, timeless images without the hustle and bustle of wedding day activities. Just as with engagement photos, time together prior to the wedding day ensures the photographer gets a true sense of the bride’s personality, how the bride looks most natural, and angles that work best for capturing the dress and bride’s emotion. Some brides prefer to choose a location that will be on the grounds of their ceremony and reception, as in the photos above, and some brides prefer to chose a meaningful location that would not otherwise be captured on the wedding day, as Kathryn did in her Parisian-inspired bridal portraits. […]

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