Susan Stripling Photography
I got married in 2013 and I vividly remember the search for my wedding dress. I tried on many different dresses at so many different stores, and ended up going back to purchase one of the very first ones I had ever tried on. I remember exactly how I felt when I stood in the dress and looked at myself in the mirror for the first time. It wasn’t a moment of "OMG I’m a princess and this is my special day" but more of a beautiful calm knowledge that this would be what I wore when I stood by my husband for the first time as his wife. Every time I walk into a brides getting ready suite and see her dress hanging on the door or in the window, I know that the bride must have gone through the same experience. There is something so quietly luxurious about the dress on a hanger before the bride puts it on. While I always try to make a portrait of the dress before the bride gets ready, I also love the moments when she begins to put the dress on for the first time. At this wedding at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, the bride had a gorgeous room to get ready in with an extraordinary amount of perfect lighting. I hung her wedding dress in the window to photograph it, and I left it there when I was done. I knew that the bride and her mother would have to take it out of the window before she could put it on, and I knew that would give me a wonderful opportunity for a photograph.

Location: 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202.

Keywords: Louisville (12), St. John United Church of Christ (12), The Brown Hotel (12), The Henry Clay (12). 1/250; f/1.8; ISO 200; 35.0 mm.