On February 10th, 2019, a very talented group of vendors joined me at the Glidden House Boutique Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, for our Earth Angel styled bridal photo shoot. It was an awesome day! Enjoy!!
We have been blessed to have this styled shoot featured in the first digital magazine edition of Layers of Luxe!!
Here is the companion video, filmed by Video Memories, LLC:
Planner and Decor: Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning
Venue: Glidden House
Lead Photographer: Stephanie Uptmor of Imagine It Photography
Video: Volodymyr Kashuba of Video Memories LLC
Floral Design: Alicia Herrle of Celestial Blooms LLC
Linens: Renee Szabo of Reasonable Party Rental, LLC
Hair/Makeup: Ramona Dauksa of Ramona Dauksa Studio
Dresses: Kim Zahnke of Consider the Dress
Dresses/Shoes: Encore Resale Fashions
Jewelry/Accessories: Susan Wember Kurtz of Susie Kays Design
Stationery Suite/Place Cards/Table Number: Bonnie Emerald Cavoto-Focht of Violet & Pearls Design
Cake: Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted
Cookies: Heather Kay of Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia
Paper Pinwheels: Melissa Walker
Hand Knit Shawl: Mirela Gorun of Weddings by Laremi
Veils: McGiffin Johnny-Jenette Laub of Over The Moon Bridal
Models: Sammy Kay Smith
(Disclaimer: Mature content in post. Please, no readers under 18 years old.)
Several months ago, I asked Virginia Buckner, the editor and owner of Southern Celebrations Magazine, what type of features she was looking to promote within the next volume of the magazine (Vol. 8). This issue is currently available to order, by the way (insert shameless promotional plug here). She mentioned that she was looking for a styled photo shoot featuring a bridal boudoir theme, and an accompanying article about this particular genre of photography, and why it would appeal to brides. This got my wheels turning. What my team of models and vendors worked with me to create is nothing short of absolutely and amazingly gorgeous!! So please enjoy!!
Written By: Kimberly Lehman | Photography: Stacey Long Boudoir, a divison of Stacey Long Photography | Models: Lauren Simpson, Monyca Tamang, Megan Palko | Event Planner: Kimberly Lehman, Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Venue:Courtyard by Marriott, Canton, Ohio | Makeup: Monyca Tamang | Cake/Cookies: Sarah’s Sugar Cookies | Jeweled Art: Susie Kays Design | Veil: Over the Moon Bridal | Lace Boots: House of Elliot | Invitation: A Pink Sunset | Select Attire & Accessories/Linen/Décor: Lorili Design
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! There are many events that will take place during your engagement and wedding planning, and one of them might include a bridal boudoir photo session. What is a boudoir session, one may ask? It is a photo session, in which you are posed by a professional photographer, wearing pretty lingerie. Often, professional hair styling and makeup are also included in a boudoir session. This photo session may take place in a photography studio, hotel room, or one’s own home. Sometimes photos are taken in outdoor, urban, or unexpected, non-traditional settings. The photos are then often given to your future spouse as a gift before the wedding, or as an anniversary gift.
That’s the basic definition of boudoir photography. But it is so much more than that! Photography is an art form, no question about it. Boudoir photography is that same art form, elevated. It is sensual, soft, cozy, romantic, lush. It can also be edgy and raw, blatantly sexy, and badass. As Patrick Swayze once said in a famous movie, “it’s a feeling, a heartbeat.” Nothing could be more true about this artistic medium. An experienced boudoir photographer can pose you in ways that will bring out curves that you never thought you had, and will show your inner goddess off to perfection. It will leave you feeling glamorous, sexy, and empowered in a way that will keep you (and your significant other) smiling for years to come.
So, what can you expect to happen during a boudoir session? During your initial consultation with a boudoir photographer, you can discuss what you like to wear, whether it is lacy and daring, or soft and sweet. Some of the best boudoir photos I have ever seen have been with the model in an oversized, slouchy sweater, with one bare shoulder, and a pair of warm and cozy socks that reach above the knee. You may prefer to don the bridal undergarments that will be worn on your wedding day. Add your veil for a soft, timeless romantic look. If you or your intended are sports fans, why not go for a playful look with a favorite team jersey? Perhaps you would prefer a button-down shirt and a tie for a classic, professional vibe. Or would you like to go for an all-out bombshell look? The options are endless, as are the wardrobe choices. Play around with different types of looks to see what complements your figure. Don’t forget to consider the shoes, stockings, jewelry and other accessories that will complete your ensemble. A few props can also enhance your photos, like an antique hand mirror, or a soft blanket that feels amazing against bare skin. If you want to feel like a queen, by all means, bring along a tiara. It’s your day! Anything goes!
During your consultation, your photographer will also talk about posing, and how many settings and wardrobe changes you will utilize. You will want to schedule your photo session a few months before your wedding or anniversary, so that your photographer has enough turn-around time for editing your photos, and to place your order for prints or an album.
It’s perfectly natural to feel a little bit nervous about an intimate photo session like this. You will relax once the camera starts clicking, I promise. If you would feel more comfortable with having a gal pal to accompany you to your session, definitely ask. Perhaps they would like to participate in a session as well. Always more fun! Also, go easy on the alcohol and salty foods a few days prior to the photo shoot to prevent bloating. Be sure to drink lots of water, to stay well hydrated, and set your skin to glowing. Enjoy being pampered by a hair stylist and make up artist prior to your photo session. This is your moment to shine, and revel in all of your womanly glory.
I highly encourage all women to schedule this type of photo session for themselves, at least once in their lives. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or size. All women are beautiful in their own unique shapes, and skin tones. The overall experience is amazing, and one that you will never forget! You will come away with quite the boost in self-confidence. You will feel very empowered, and ready to take on the world, in this next chapter of your life. Enjoy!
More images are featured in Volume 8.
We have been blessed to have an article featured in the October 2018 issue of Nanny Magazine!
Found on pages 22-23, we penned an article about planning a Spook-tacular Halloween Party. Thank you for allowing us to share with your readers! Pick up a copy today!
We have been blessed to have an article featured in the Vol. 7 edition of Southern Celebrations Magazine!! We were asked by the fabulous Virginia Conaway Buckner if we would write an article about planning the last soiree of a single gal’s life: the bachelorette party! Of course, we said we would be happy to! Please enjoy the article below. Cheers!
It’s time for “one last fling before the ring!” That’s right, it’s time to plan the Ultimate Bachelorette Party! This is a great occasion to share a memorable evening or weekend with your besties, and let loose before the wedding. Here are some ideas and tips to help you create an unforgettable soiree.
What is a “Bachelorette Party?”, you may ask.
The modern day bachelorette party was modeled after the ever popular bachelor party, as a way for a single woman to celebrate with her closest friends and family before her marriage. This party is usually hosted by the ladies in the bridal party, but may be thrown by a close friend or relative, much like a bridal shower. It is a great time for bonding, and general merriment.
Check with the Bride first. What would she do for a Klondike Bar?
Ask her what she envisions for her party. Does she just want a wild night out, or a relaxing weekend with her nearest and dearest? Does she have a location in mind? She may want to go club-hopping, and to dance with tons of people. She may want to go to a winery for a tasting, or a sip and paint party. The bride may want to stay local in her hometown and have a great meal and a movie with her friends, or she may want to head to the nearest metropolitan area to catch a Broadway-worthy show. Renting a vacation home in a place like Edisto Beach, South Carolina, or taking a riverboat cruise are also fun options. Las Vegas is always a popular destination for bridal parties.
Are there any special requests or hard limits to the bachelorette fun? Would the bride like to see an exotic dancer or sip a favorite alcoholic drink throughout the evening? Does she enjoy games? A fun scavenger hunt, with pre-planned clues and small gifts at several locations, could provide lots of excitement and photo opportunities. Bachelorette Bingo or Pin the (insert item of choice here) on the body part of choice is always good for laughs. Just remember to keep it tasteful, depending on the bride-to-be’s personality. Also, remember that if there are guests that are under the legal drinking age, or simply do not indulge in adult beverages, to plan accordingly. This includes having pre-arranged transportation, or designated drivers.
To Theme, or not to Theme? That is the question.
Many times, the party has a theme, such as Spa Day, or “Pop, Fizz, Clink!” Channeling our inner Mermaids, Unicorns, and Goddesses have been popular themes in recent years. Group fitness classes are also fun, with lots of choices available. Hot Yoga, Pilates, Spin Class, Bungee Cord and Fabric Aerial Classes, and yes, even Pole Dancing are all great options.
Does the bride love music? A trip to Nashville would be a great theme, including cowboy boots, denim, rhinestones, and a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Or perhaps a jaunt over to New Orleans, to sample beignets, gumbo, and the famous French Quarter would be perfect. If your bride is mad about the mouse, then slide on down to Orlando, to the Happiest Place on Earth – Disney World!
Is the bride an avid traveler, or sports fanatic? Or does she prefer to wander leisurely through bookstores and flea markets? Does she enjoy shopping for pretty lingerie and accessories? Why not book a hair and makeup team, and a talented photographer, and host a boudoir marathon? Build the party around the bride’s interests and hobbies. Sometimes a theme can be as simple as using the colors of the wedding, and carrying it through the décor of the bachelorette party, from the invitations, to the tableware. Search a website like Pinterest for really cute and creative ideas. Don’t forget to coordinate the guests’ attire, with fun t-shirts or accessories to announce to all that you are part of the Bride’s Tribe. The bride should stand out among her crew, so add a great tiara and sash and you are ready to hit the town! Be sure to provide awesome swag for everyone, including a hang-over relief kit! There are so many options available, you can’t really go wrong in personalizing the celebration for the bride.
Time is Money, or Divide and Conquer.
Just as planning a very detailed wedding takes time, so does planning a smaller celebration, like the bachelorette party. The bachelorette party can take place anywhere from a few months to a week or two before the wedding. The sooner that the date is selected for the party, the sooner you can put your ideas into motion. Consider hiring an event planner to assist. Create a guest list. If the party is to be a surprise for the bride, consult with the other members of the bridal party and close friends, and decide on date, location, theme and overall budget for the party. Divide the party planning tasks accordingly: finding a venue for the party and making reservations, buying or making decorations, invitations and favors, planning activities or entertainment, ordering food and beverages, and transportation such as a limo, party bus, Uber or taxi. Also consider hiring a photographer to play paparazzi for the evening. They will capture the moments others may miss. Total up the costs of everything, and divide equally. Then collect the necessary amount of money from each guest to cover the bill, including tips. The only person that should not pay for anything is, of course, the bride. All she needs to do is enjoy spending time with her besties!
In December of 2017, Southern Celebrations Magazine announced a Creative Challenge. Those interested were to design a styled photo shoot, featuring one or more of Pantone’s Spring 2018 Top Twelve Colors. The photo shoot had to feature several styled vignettes, including a tablescape, cake/dessert table, and fashion. The winners of the Challenge would be featured on the blog and in the upcoming Volume 7 of the magazine. We answered the Challenge!
On Sunday, February 4th, 2018, my team of very talented vendors and models gathered at the Sunset Vista Ranch, LLC. The results of our Vibrant Country Villa styled bridal photo shoot were absolutely amazing! Our team’s collaboration was one of the top 3, chosen from over 70 entries! We are very excited to share the blog post from Southern Celebrations with you! Enjoy!
We have been blessed to have been featured on the Southern Celebrations Magazine Blog! This is in addition to having been featured in the latest edition of Southern Celebrations Magazine (vol. 6). We are very grateful to have worked with the publisher, Virginia Conaway Buckner, to share our styled bridal photo shoot from July of 2016, with readers nationwide. Thank you so much, Virginia!
We want to also thank our incredible team of vendors and models. We could not have done all of this without your hard work, talent and vision! Y’all Rock!!