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Brooke and Dean’s day-after shoot is gorgeous, obviously.  Stunning, really.  The wide-open field crossed by a galloping horse?  The LIGHTNING?  Almost too good to be true.  But what really got me in Brooke’s story, below, is her feeling of something “rising up inside her” when she thought about the shoot.  I knew exactly what she was talking about: that giddy, bubbling feeling you get when you’re truly excited about something, and can’t believe it’s really happening.  I think everyone should experience that sometime in their wedding planning process, and I’m so happy we’re all able to share in Brooke’s moment.

P.S. Her dress is by Allure , his boots are by Anderson Bean, and the stunning photographs are the work of Aric + Casey.  Thanks so much for sending them over!

From the bride:

“Dean and I love the ranch; in fact, it’s my favorite place on earth.  The ranch is the place where Dean first fell in love with me (I was already in love with him!), and the ranch is where he proposed.  Everything about the ranch is so meaningful to the both of us, so when my best friend suggested we take our day-after photos there, I wouldn’t take no for an answer. 

I wanted the photos to capture the beauty and adventure of the ranch, as well as the love that my husband and I share.  To be perfectly honest, I still can’t believe I rode bareback on a horse in my wedding dress! But I remember being in junior high when the movie Runaway Bride came out.  When Julia Roberts finally says “I do,” she rides off into the sunset on a horse, in her dress, with her groom.  The first time I saw that, something rose up in me, and I wanted to do the very same thing.  But life happened.  It became silly, and I stuffed that dream, that desire, away… until suddenly I was nervously sitting bareback, on a horse, holding tight to my husband, and he was asking, “Are you ready?” 

If I had any advice to give a bride for her wedding, I would say don’t worry about the dress.  That was my biggest fear throughout my entire wedding process, but I did more damage to my dress dancing at my reception and walking down the aisle than I did riding a horse across the field.  If there is a dream that you have, but you are worried about getting your dress dirty in the process, remind yourself that for the rest of your life, your dress is going to be in a box, never to be touched or worn again.  And, if something does happen, you can have the dress cleaned and repaired.  I will be forever grateful to my sister, who said to me, “You will regret it if you don’t do it” (referring, of course, to the whole riding-bareback-on-a-horse-in-my-beloved-wedding-dress thing).  So I did it.

Be bold.  Go after your dreams.  Do something that you love, that’s totally you!  Take the pictures that you want, and don’t worry about the dress. Do you want safe pictures that kept your dress intact?  Or do you want pictures that take people’s breath away, and remind them of what life is supposed to be like?  The choice is yours.  I, for one, am glad that I chose to go after my dreams.”

Thank you so much for sharing, Brooke + Dean!  Your photos and your story are inspiring!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
13 Comments
  1. avatar Lemon reply

    It's too gorgeous for words. These are just stunning.

  2. avatar Stacy Reeves reply

    That last shot – are you kidding me? WOW!!

  3. avatar nancy ray reply

    holy wow this session is EPIC! straight out of a dream. love love LOVE.also – i want every bride i photograph to read what she said about not worrying about her dress. it's SO true!

  4. avatar Oakstream Photography reply

    OH MY WORD that last shot….AHHHHMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. avatar Astrid and Rene reply

    As a mom to a little girl in love with horses and weddings (because she always sees me working on wedding images), this is wonderful advice that I can pass along to her when it's her turn to marry. And as a wedding photographer, Aric and Casey's work is simply breathtaking. Excellent job capturing what the bride felt in her heart…..

  6. avatar Becks reply

    Okay, those photogs obviously have an in with Mother Nature, because these pictures are breathtaking!!! The lightning, the dusky clouds, the sun, the breeze… these are the most beautiful natural bridal shots I've ever seen.

  7. avatar Kelly reply

    WOW! Seriously. Amazing. Congrats to the bride and groom!

  8. avatar Robyn reply

    I am glad i am not the only one who decided to do pictures in my wedding dress on horseback!!!! I did mine before the wedding and had my dress cleaned before the wedding. I love your pics

  9. avatar Daniel reply

    beautiful shots.. a lightning storm and a horse ride that's pretty awesome for a shoot!

  10. avatar diana elizabeth reply

    beautiful! I love it, i shot some images of a girl and her horse in northern california and these just took me back. the lightening shot is spectacular!

  11. avatar Kate@MagnoliaRouge reply

    Wow these look straight out of a blockbuster movie!! Beautiful!

  12. avatar Tara reply

    I love Aric+Casey! These shots are gorgeous.

  13. avatar Chandler Adaway reply

    I remember seeing these pictures on their blog and thinking, "Wow… THIS is where I want to be as a photography..," talking about their beautiful talent. I love these pictures so much and I wish I took them more than anything. Great job guys!

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