All photos by Under the Garter
Beauty, n: The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. – Ambrose Bierce
The pre-wedding boudoir shoot stands on the cusp of these relationship stages and serves as a reminder well into the latter. Whether boudoir or dudoir* and regardless of the gender on the receiving end, this style of photography makes an intimate and unexpected gift. It keeps on giving when the wedding photographer captures the look on the receiver’s face too! But the greatest benefit of so called bridal boudoir is the gift you give yourself in taking the time to focus on you during a stressful time. And there is quite possibly no other boudoir experience in Denver that compares to that of blog sponsor, Under the Garter.
Expect pro hair, airbrush makeup, a mimosa and fresh berries before a sexy boudoir photo session personalized just for you. We send you home looking glamorous with a goody bag of high-end cosmetics and a gift certificate for a one-hour massage! We pamper you before, during and after. – Melissa and Ray Trout, Under the Garter
The multi-talented husband and wife team, along with their gifted associates, created this shoot to show us the power of really investing in your boudoir time. The extra chance to pamper yourself and commission beautiful things (they went all out with cake, flowers, and accessories here) really extends the fun of the wedding beyond the all important – and quickly fleeting – day. Beautiful, flattering lingerie choices; theme appropriate accessories and props; and expert beauty services offered by the studio’s team create an exciting preview of things to come.
I chose to feature all three parts of this shoot because I loved the variety in both imagery and bridal style. The first part is all about soft color, whimsical sexiness, and attention to the “bridal” nature of the shoot. The second part does a great job of showcasing the skills of the creative team with gorgeous floral arrangements that include living jewelry! The photography moves more into fine art territory with jaw-dropping, high contrast shots of a model whose sculpted body is out of this world. The piece ends where it began with a new take on the first model. This time the focus is strictly sexy in the traditional sense and every so slightly voyeuristic. The span of images shows us how sexy can be many things: soft and sensual or bold and sultry; a shy smile or an intense stare; a closeup on the blush of a cheek or the monochromatic silhouette of a beautiful form. For me, the freckle on the first bride’s decolletage and the smile of the second on the bed are just those little touches that someone who adores them would zero in on and love.
*The male version, known as “dudoir” is only offered by some photographers.
Photography: Under the Garter | Floral Design: Fluorescence Flowers | Hair: Jaded Beauty | Makeup Artistry: Ally Triolo: Airbrush Makeup & Skin Artistry | Vintage Rentals: Yours for Your Day
All photos by Ashley Kidder
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I was trying to open a vintage rental business (and failed to do so). Why am I telling you this? Because I adore vintage goodies. So much so that I was trying to start a business to conceal my collecting habits. And as soon as I saw the antique sewing machine in this shoot with the Sphinx…well…I was hooked. (And on eBay looking to score my own because I’m also an Egyptian lover from way back.) There is great fun in making the old feel new again. I think that’s what I like about this shoot. The entire setup is awash in vintage decor and nods to Victorian textiles but it isn’t gaudy or matronly. Mismatched china and table linens bring in tons of contemporary color and flair. Rustic elements like the unclothed table bring the feminine down a notch while the modern bride with a striking pink hat adds the pageantry expected of a formal tea. Lush floral arrangements echo the patterned fabrics. Touches of black and wine color on the dessert table are nice a punctuation to the pastel. But my second favorite part of this shoot was the use of edible lace on the cake and cookies. If you want to give yourself a treat, find a video of this technique and be amazed. Victorian ladies would be belly up on their fainting couches if they saw this witchery! For more on the inspiration, lets hear from the shoot’s coordinators:
For this tea party in the park shoot, I wanted to have a light, airy backdrop with an overall timeless feel. Cheesman Park’s pavilion has fabulous Victorian architecture enhancing the romantic vintage-chic touches. I was inspired by how lovely mismatched vintage floral china can come together to create a cohesive and feminine look. The details were as equally light, feminine, and pretty in their pastel color palette. Most importantly, I wanted to create an atmosphere of contagious happiness and elegance. – Laurie Kirkley, Patina Preferred Vintage Rentals
I got my inspiration from Laurie’s vintage tea cups. After seeing the inspiration board created by Laurie I saw she was going for a very vintage yet feminine look. Her beautiful set of vintage tea cups inspired me to use bold blooms with a lot of greenery. I chose a cascade bouquet because that is a very vintage and classic and popular style of bridal bouquet used many years ago. It is slowly coming back in style. Flower recipe: Dahlias, white spray roses, garden roses, greenery and tulips. – Sarah Johns, Something Styled Events and Floral Design
When Laurie approached me to photograph this vintage tea party styled shoot, I couldn’t help but say yes! Her rentals collection is bursting at the seams with character, flair and variety. The combination of her rentals, Pink Paisley Events’ pastel floral design, our gorgeous model in the dress she wore to her summer wedding (Hayley Paige’s Londyn gown), the flawless calligraphy from Whimsy Design Studio, the custom linens from Pear Tree Rentals, the cute-as-a-button desserts from Langilicious Fine Pastries, and timeless hair + makeup from Kim J Beauty was absolutely perfect. The end result was superbly cohesive and I love the looks we created for spring brides. – Ashley Kidder, Photographer
Photographer: Ashley Kidder, Wedding Photographer | Design and Vintage Rentals: Patina Preferred | Bridal Gown: Anna Bé | Hair and Makeup: Kim J Beauty | Desserts: Langilicious Fine Pastries | Rentals: Pear Tree Rentals | Floral Design: Something Styled Events and Floral Design | Stationery: Whimsy Design Studio