One of the most expensive parts of any wedding is often the dress. It can be so hard to have your dreams exceed your purse when it comes to such an important aspect of your big day. And if we’ve learned anything from our all-day Say Yes to the Dress binge sessions, it’s that you shouldn’t try anything on you’re not willing to sell your soul for. But as vintage lovers, we’ve come up with a little trick to solve this conundrum. How you ask? Well, by utilizing one of the best resources we all have…our ancestors. So when brides take advantage of that fact and use family gowns as their own, we always have to share. Our friends at Julia Sharapova Photography sent over this 1950’s heirloom dress bridal portrait shoot, and it’s proving to brides everywhere that hand-me-downs are as good as new.

According to Julia, “I believe a passionate life leads to a life well lived. I believe a life well lived is made up of fleeting moments that add up to one extraordinary story that deserves to be told. And from the very first e-mail that I received from Mary Catherine and Patrick I knew that their story is going to be the one I would love to tell and to share.  Their story is elegant, and classic with delicate details and family heirlooms. Their love is timeless and I hope that I was able to reflect the romance that they both share…

For her bridals Mary Catherine picked Aldredge House (built in 1915-17) in Dallas to compliment her style.  She was wearing a very special dress. The dress, that both her grandmother and mother wore for their weddings. That must be very special to have this dress from 1953, to see two happy marriages that is was a part of and to be able to preserve this legacy.   I am honored and happy to be part of this beautiful story, and it’s my joy to share this beautiful portraits.



1950’s Heirloom Dress Bridal Portrait Shoot





Floral Designer: Antebellum Design, LLC//Makeup Artist: Shelly Styll//Hair Stylist: Lyndsey Peck//Event Venue: Aldredge House//Photographer: Julia Sharapova Photography

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