Nasim and her fiancé Juaquin are gettin' hitched this December, and while a lifelong commitment to her main man will be the focal point of the festivities then, her closest friends were the center of the celebration during a bridesmaid photoshoot captured by Casey Brodley.
Bridesmaid shoots are a trendy new addition to photography packages, and for good reason: you WANT professional photos with your besties. So when this badass bride-to-be brought the idea of a special photo sesh to her gals (and guy), the response was a resounding "HELL YES!". YBOD was lucky enough to tag along during the all-too-fun photoshoot!
From the bride:
Doing a photoshoot with my bridespeople is something I'd been thinking about way before I even got engaged. Not only do I love photography - a secret obsession - but I've always valued a great photo of me and my loved ones over anything I own. On my very first call with our photographer Casey Brodley I said, "I definitely want an engagement shoot with my fiancé, Juaquin, but what are your thoughts on an engagement shoot with my bridal party?" Her response was "OK... I've never done that before but I. LOVE. THE. IDEA". It was game on from there.
The group dressed in shades of gray for the first shoot, with colorful Melrose Avenue as their backdrop. Don't these classic shots make the bridal party look like T-Swift's squad?
But make no mistake, the party was just getting started...
The second shoot of the day was inspired by the Justin Bieber's "Sorry" music video - colorful 90's hip hop garb, red lips, and booty shakin'. The group brought their A-game (obviously), hitting the streets of West Hollywood in snapbacks, sneaks, bomber jackets, giant hoops, high ponys, and short-shorts.
The bridal party flew from all over the country - from San Diego to Pittsburgh - to be part of the bride's unique photo op. Said Nasim:
There were months and months of planning and conferring on fashion and lipstick colors and hair styles. Each of my bridespeople was into it in their own way. Some were more concerned with nailing the right shade of grey and others wanted to ensure there was enough booze for the day. And at the end of it, we all cracked-up and totally embraced the experience. I get choked up just thinking about it. It was so special to see all my people together in that setting doing something that meant so much to me... When we're old and wrinkly, we'll be really grateful we have these pictures to remind ourselves of when we were young and hot.
Ready for all of the feels? Here's what Nasim's MOH Ashley had to say when I asked her what made the day so special:
What makes any event in your life special? The women who fill you up. I'm fortunate to have claimed many of these women as my own dear friends over the years, so I have a very unique advantage to ingest almost as much joy as Nasim from this circle of ladies. They are each a lightning rod of beauty and individuality, which makes for a celestial day. And, it fills my heart seeing my best friend so stinking happy (please, don't tell her that...she'll start to get the feels).
Sorry Ash, we had to let her know.
We LOVE the idea of a bridesmaid shoot! It's the ultimate bonding experience for you and your bridal party (especially those that aren't yet best friends), and a great way to get some QT in with your photographer too. Have YOU thought about doing a bridesmaid shoot?
Photographer: Casey Brodley (IG: @CaseyBrodley) || Makeup: Kassiopia Fiala (IG: @kassiopiafiala)