I recently photographed our lovely bride Alex inside the historic Barker Mansion in Michigan City. The venerable structure serves as a monument of industry, charity, and turn-of-the-century life in Michigan City. It is also a wonderful venue for modern day weddings of elegance as well as bridal showers. Let's take a tour of bridal portraits throughout the building.
Our morning started off with Alex's elegant wedding dress hanging in the bridal suite on the second floor of the mansion. The dress came courtesy of Paris House of Bridal located on Franklin Street in Michigan City, Indiana. If you are in search of the perfect dress, do visit them in the thriving Uptown Arts District of Michigan City. Their customer service is excellent and Alex had nothing but high praise for the staff there.
You are going to see quite a few vintage toned images here as parts of the mansion lends itself so well to a sepia toned, old film look. At times, Alex very much became a 1920's era starlet as we roamed from room to room.
Of course, some of the images begged to be in glorious color - such as the incredible lounging room with it's vibrant reds and unique ceiling. I loved the stained glass hallway as well as showing off the dress train on the red carpet of the stairway.
The spacious master bedroom was another great photo opportunity. The incredible old wood and artifacts and mementos of an era gone by were perfect for bridal portraits.
While I definitely wanted to show off the historic residence, I also wanted to showcase the beauty and elegance of Alex herself in some close up images.
The "piano room" as I call it was another perfect opportunity for the vintage treatment of these photos.
I hope you have enjoyed this photographic tour of bridal portraits at Barker Mansion in Michigan City. We took many more pictures that I don't have the space to share here, so be sure to follow Region Weddings on Instagram to view more and fill out the Contact Form to inquire about your big day. Also, be sure to visit Barker Mansion and take a tour of the three floors of incredible history as well as the outdoor courtyard where the ceremonies are held.
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classic, artful and fashion forward posing
a chance to display these images next to your mother or grandmother who also had these done
an opportunity for more locations / more time than wedding day and being able to work around weather
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a great trial run for your makeup
usually takes place about 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding, but not a rule.