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Why Every Bride Should do a Boudoir Shoot

Boudoir shoots are nothing new. Hell, I had one when I was engaged in 2007 (and no I’m not going to show you them!) While lots of brides might consider doing them, I’d have to hasten a guess that a lot of you reading this might have dismissed the idea as something silly, vein and super embarrassing. While in 2007 the main marketing push for boudoir photos was an “a gift for your man” (vom) ten years later and I’d still like to encourage you to consider doing one, but as a gift for YOURSELF.

A boudoir shoot is a great way to celebrate what a gorgeous bad ass you are and to create some amazing photographs to reflect that. It’s often easy to get swept up with work, life and current insecurities and not celebrate who we are. It’s a cliche, but when you’re much older I guarantee you’ll look back at photos of yourself now and think “Wow what a babe I was back then!” This is your chance to take some photos for you, but also for future you!

I was submitted this gorgeous set of images by Italian wedding photographer Ludovica Lanzafami recently, and I thought as well as sharing them, I’d use this post to share some things to think about if you’re considering your own boudoir shoot.

Choose the right photographer

This is obviously really important. You want to find a photographer you feel happy with, who will make you feel comfortable. You also want someone who’s on the same wavelength, who understands the style of imagery you want to produce.

Meet them in advance

If possible, I think its always a good idea to meet any photographer before you hire them (whatever the shoot) but especially if you’re doing a boudoir session. It doesn’t matter if the shoot is going to be tame or risque, you’re going to be in a potentially vulnerable situation so you need to be sure you feel good about who you’re hiring.

Set some boundaries beforehand

Show the photographer some examples of the kind of photos you like, but also some that you really don’t like! Explain the vibe of the shoot, what you’re going to wear and how you’d like the photos to look. If they’re thinking of creating something really raunchy and overtly sexual, whereas you want something cute and playful… Well that would be a terrible day for everyone involved!

Trust them

Don’t be afraid to ask if you can speak to their past clients before you book, or read some testimonials.

Also, don’t be worried about them critiquing your body! Yes, they’ll be looking at you, but to figure out poses and lighting that will work best for the shot, they won’t be thinking about what your belly looks like, I promise!

That being said, if you are super nervous, there is no harm in asking if you can bring a friend or your partner along to the shoot too.

Wear something you feel GOOD in (sexy lingerie does not have to be it) 

This is the perfect opportunity for you to buy something new, something you feel your most fabulous in. This is your shoot so your underwear style is more Agents of Shield themed boy shorts over Agent Provocateur lingerie, wear the damn boy shorts! You’ll love the photos more if you look and feel like yourself.

Speak up if you ever feel uncomfortable

It’s a good idea to go into the shoot with a clear idea of how much skin you’d like to show. If the photographer wants you to show more than you’re comfortable, or wants you to pose in ways that you don’t happy about, do not be afraid to say something! Remember this is your shoot, you’re in control. This should be a fun and empowering experience, not a scary one!

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Wedding Dress Shopping Advice From Bridal Stylists

The wedding dress search should be the most fun part of wedding planning, but it can at times be an overwhelming process! Bridal stylists strive to make it a fun and painless experience focused on helping the bride find a dress she feels the most beautiful and completely herself in!

I’ve rounded up a few bridal stylists to share what to expect and tips to find the perfect gown!

Mariel Hannah

Start the process early
Allison Koehler from AOK Style & Planning explains, “Gown shopping should be one of the first things you do for your big day, not only because of the time it takes to make, but because it helps set the tone for your big day. Do your research, and don’t try and find the “perfect” dress. Try and find the “perfect for you” dress,” she says.

Start shopping for your wedding dress as soon as you have a venue locked in, as it will set the overall tone of your wedding. Starting to look a year in advance is ideal, as the lead-time for gowns is around 6-8 months. Allow a few months to shop around before you decide.

According to Kelly Leggett of the Little White Dress Bridal Shop, “We’ve helped brides find their dress and complete alterations with less than a month to go before the wedding (though we definitely wouldn’t wait that long, for the sake of the bride’s stress levels!).”

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Deciding on a budget
“Traditional wedding guidelines say that your dress should be 10% of your overall wedding budget, but if your dress is a priority for you, then it’s absolutely ok for it to be more than 10% of your budget, and vice versa. Just remember that with any wedding category, you get what you pay for!” explains Leggett.

If your budget is flexible, set a “scary number”- this is the cost you absolutely cannot go over. “Don’t be shy about your budget, there’s no right or wrong number,” says Lauren Hartman of Trousseau Style. “Make sure you factor in alterations and the rest of your fashion elements into your budget – your veil, shoes, jewelry and clutch will add up fast.”

The bridal appointment
For your first appointment, go somewhere with a variety of styles for you to try. The first time shopping is about honing in what you like, and potentially finding some favorites. Visit around 3-4 shops, this way you know you’ve seen a good variety and won’t get overwhelmed.

Some salons will limit the number of guests you are allowed to bring and this is for your own benefit! Too many guests tend to take the focus off the bride and too many opinions do not help in making a painless decision.

“Choose a dress you feel confident, comfortable and beautiful in. Opinions are great, but remember this is your day and you get the final say,” says Hartman.

“I normally would try to tell my brides sleeping on it is a good idea, so they don’t get buyers remorse,” advises Melissa Laws of BHLDN Chicago.” I think they should feel sure about themselves when they’re saying yes to the dress.”

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Leggett describes sizing as “very different than what women are used to for their everyday clothes. Each designer has different sizing, so once the bride selects her gown, we measure her and size her according to that designer’s size chart. The gown is ordered in a size that is closest to the bride’s measurements, and then we fine-tune the fit in alterations, since most bodies don’t fall perfectly into each designer’s sizing.”

Alterations can be intimidating, but when else do you get to have a garment completely tailored to your body?  Hartman offers some great advice. “Alterations can make or break a garment, so it’s important to spend the time and money on this crucial step. The seamstress will pin your dress to give you an idea of how it will look when the alterations are complete. Usually, they’ll take it in or let it out, add cups, fix the hem and add a bustle. ALWAYS try on your dress after the last fitting before your big day!”

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Keep in mind is that your gown is not made of magic. It will bend and crease when you move your body, just as all garments do. Communicate well with your seamstress and remain realistic in your expectations. Their goal is to make sure you love your gown!

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Goli Parvinian is a bridal enthusiast and masters student living in Melbourne, Australia. Over the past few years, she has worked for bridal brands in her hometown of Chicago, New Zealand and New York City. You can typically find her in a cafe, face-timing her nieces or out on a long run.

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Because from beautiful bar carts to glassware, to decanter sets and tumblers — there’s pretty much something for everyone in the entertaining section of this sale! We’re talking about the loveliest of wine glasses, the cutest items for beer-lovers! And can we just talk about the metallic goodness we’re seeing here? Gold, copper, and rose gold lovers rejoice! See something you love? Simply click it to see it up close and personal.

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