Gosh, where do I even begin with this session. One day at the beginning of 2017, Katie and I dreamed up the perfect bridal session. As an Arkansas bridal photographer, I knew of a place where the sunrise light just begs to be photographed and Katie said YES. Heck yes. She was totally up for getting up hours before sunrise, having hair and makeup done by 7am (shoutout to Hayley with NWA Occasions for being amazing!) and shooting out on the boulders overlooking the Arkansas River. We planned it, we booked it, we got there and…it was pouring. It rained all morning, before sunrise, through sunrise and seemed like it was never going to stop. The wind whipped, the sky was dark, and we waited at the hotel watching the Weather Channel like hawks. Finally around 9am it looked like it might be clearing up, so we drove out to our location. But then it started pouring even harder! Sitting in our cars, watching the rain fall around us, I started to get discouraged. What if it rained all day? What if all our plans and getting up before dawn was all for nothing? I texted my husband and said “Oh man…I don’t know if this session is even going to happen.”
And, almost as if it was on cue, the rain stopped.
I sort of wish I could say the wind stopped blowing too, but that would be a little bit too ideal, wouldn’t it? Ha! Instead, Katie’s mom Vicki and I wrestled against high winds on the edge of a cliff to get Katie’s dress and veil (from Low’s Bridal – aren’t they perfect?!) just so. It was a huge challenge, but nothing worth having ever comes easily, right?? Katie and her mom were troopers and the images we got from that windy day on the cliffs are some of my favorite bridals ever!
Eventually the winds died down some and we got to shoot the rest of the morning and into the early afternoon in just absolutely near-perfect conditions. But even if it hadn’t, hot dang these images are worth every wind gust and all the nerves we had waiting to shoot and hoping it was all going to work out. Scroll down and enjoy Katie’s breathtaking bridals at Petit Jean State Park!
Corrie Childers is a sought-after Northwest Arkansas wedding photographer, Arkansas engagement photographer, Arkansas bridal photographer and Arkansas proposal photographer. Corrie has a natural passion for classic, timeless wedding photography in an elegant and relaxed style. Corrie is currently booking weddings in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs and all of Northwest Arkansas, as well as Little Rock, Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City and beyond!
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