How to prepare for your boudoir photography session
That hot yoga class you’ve been meaning to try? It’s time to stop procrastinating. The better you feel, the better you’ll look.
Mark your calendar! Schedule hair, makeup, nail and/or esthetician appointments. Give yourself plenty of time to shop for something that makes you feel confident and beautiful. I recommend creating a secret Pinterest board and sharing it with your photographer.
Get waxed a few days prior to your session to make sure any redness has time to subside. Try on outfits and narrow down your selection, but feel free to bring anything you want to your session! If you’re trying out a new hairstyle or color, give yourself a few days to adjust, and to make any changes if needed.
Moisturize your skin before bedtime. Most important of all: Get a good night’s sleep!
The great part about shooting with me is that you get to have your hair and makeup done at the studio before your session, so you don’t even have to think about getting ready. This time is all about you! Don’t be shy and let your photographer know what kind of music you prefer. If there is a certain lip color that you feel best in, bring it! Most importantly- have fun!
Written By: Dana, of Dana Laymon Photography
Dana loves to capture the beauty of the every woman. The girl next door.
Schedule your boudoir session with Dana Laymon Photography.
Photographer: Dana Laymon Photography
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Forte Makeup Artist
Model: Chelsey Bishoff
Styling: Drewe Smith
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved a beautiful love story, and for me, a wedding is the chance to truly capture the most perfect day of that love story. From beautiful florals to finding the perfect dress, I’ve always been enthralled with the makings of a wedding. When the Pinterest-era began, it only cultivated my love of weddings, and I began to envision what my own would one day be like, especially when I found the person I knew I wanted to spend my life with.
Stephen and I first met in college when mutual friends introduced us at a beach music concert. Fun fact – he asked me to dance and I said no, though he eventually won out, and I ended up dancing with him anyway. Flash forward a little while when we started dating. Little did I know then that I was experiencing my last first date or last first kiss, but everything quickly fell into place as a couple, and we moved towards a more serious relationship. We spent the next three years of college together, and he graduated from North Carolina State University on the same day I walked across the Meredith College stage and accepted my diploma.
The next few years were made up of long distance and a lot of moves. We covered what felt like all sides of North Carolina, moving to and around Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington. It felt like we would never get settled into a place that wouldn’t require us to spend countless hours and miles on I-40, but in the winter of 2016, we ended up living in the same zip code after what felt like forever. We’re both proud to now call Wilmington home.
On a warm summer evening in August, Stephen asked me to marry him overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. The day had been a great one but ordinary nonetheless – a morning spent on the beach with friends followed by an afternoon thunderstorm. We made plans to take dinner out to my grandmother’s beach house for an impromptu picnic on the dock, which I thought nothing of as we both loved spending time there. Before I knew it, dinner had ended, the sun was setting, and Stephen dropped to one knee, asking me to be his wife. As I realized what was happening, I immediately started crying – it was such a surreal moment! What began as an ordinary day became one that will always remain one of my favorites.
Everything about the moment was perfect. My grandmother’s beach house has always been important to me. My Nonny, as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren and our friends, and I spent many hours on that same dock where Stephen proposed, talking about life, love, and everything in between. Sadly she passed away after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease before Stephen proposed, but despite that, it felt like she was right there to witness it all. The fact that Stephen chose a place so special to me made the proposal that much more emotional. To top it off, Stephen hid my mom and sister on the top of the balcony to take pictures of the proposal while I stood oblivious below.
After a few days of soaking up the engagement bliss, we delved into the wedding planning process, coming up with ways to make our wedding truly represent us. I’ve been inspired by classic, timeless elements with Southern flair. We will be saying our vows in a Baptist church followed by a country club reception at River Landing, so I’ve been drawn to neutrals and greenery, lush flowers, gold calligraphy, and meaningful details that are representative of us. We met at a concert and both have a love for beach music, so booking a band that allows us to dance the night away with our friends was an important part of our planning. I also have a sincere love of french fries, so our guests may be seeing a little late-night snack or two.
Though our wedding is turning out just like I always dreamed, the most important thing I’ve learned is that, despite my affection for all things wedding related, the flowers, the dress, and the weather won’t matter when August 5th arrives. Whether it’s just the two of us or we’re surrounded by 300 guests, my wedding will be absolutely perfect because I get to marry my best friend.
You can follow along with Zelle on her blog, Southern Style.
Make sure to look out for her wedding in our next issue!
For Now & Always
Twenty years from now, your husband will be at your side, but your life will be very different. Take the time to revel in the beauty of the before, the anticipation of marrying your beloved, by capturing those moments on film with an elegant boudoir shoot.
The Beautiful Couple: Hannah & Tyler Stott
The Special Day: September 24, 2016
The Gorgeous Location: St. Thomas Preservation Hall
The Talented Photographer: Treebird Photography
The ballroom of St. Thomas Preservation Hall was the site of Hannah’s first awkward dance with a boy, and sixteen years later, it was the site of the first dance with her husband.
Aiming for a bohemian, eclectic feel, the couple injected meaningful details throughout the wedding in different ways, including leaving an empty chair in remembrance of her father. In his absence, her grandfather walked her down the aisle. As a Vietnam POW and Hannah’s hero, she said that “the ceremony was the most emotional 30 minutes of my life.”
The reception music was another important part of the wedding for Hannah and Tyler. The night ended with Billy Joel’s ” Only the Good Die Young,” a song very special to Hannah. “My husband made an extra effort and had this song played because it was one of my father’s favorite songs. I even have it tattooed on my body in remembrance of him. So, of course, I lost it at the end of the night when the song came on. It was such a sweet and meaningful gesture that I’ll remember for years to come.”
Photography: Treebird Photography
Second Shooter: Mary Me Photography
Venue: St. Thomas Preservation Hall
Wedding Planner: Orchid Island Events
Gown: Coastal Knot
Hair + Makeup: Bombshell Brides
Florist: Bella Florals by Theresa
Caterer: City Club of Wilmington
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Lighting: High Performance Lighting
Music: Active Entertainment
In the last issue of Focus on the Coast Weddings, we featured a doughnut hole cake that is perfect for your next party! It is a simple show stopper that all of your guests are sure to enjoy. Honestly, the hardest step in the process is calling ahead to your local doughnut shop and making sure they can accommodate your doughnut hole order. It should take 1 hour from start to finish. Happy “cake” making!
1 Styrofoam cone (any craft store should have these)
(17 7/8″ X 4 15/16″ In)
150 doughnut holes (we bought ours from Dunkin Donuts- make sure to call ahead and make sure they have enough)
Wash your hands
then take your cone and start inserting the toothpicks along the base.
It will take multiple toothpicks per doughnut hole. So just scatter them throughout.
Start sticking doughnut holes onto toothpicks.
I found it easier to do this in segments than all at once (you will be way less likely to get stabbed by a toothpick). I started at the bottom and worked my way up – if you are using glazed doughnut holes then I recommend having wet wipes ready! Your hands will get pretty sticky.
Continue filling in the styrofoam cone until no white space is left.
Once the cone is full you can leave it as is or add flowers!
That’s it! It really is that simple.
There’s no denying that music helps set the mood, no matter the occasion. You’ve likely had your big day soundtrack together for months, but have you given any thought to the music you and your best friends will be getting ready to? To avoid a back and forth song battle between your bridesmaids, Drewe‘s crafted the ultimate morning playlist that’s filled with lots of love and low-key music. It’s basically the musical equivalent of a mimosa, a little sassy, but sweet enough that your flower girl and future mother-in-law can still enjoy. On the day of, all you need to do is hit play and focus on what really matters: friends, family, and your future.
When you’re newly engaged, your world is full of checklists. Start collecting inspiration photos. Decide on a budget. Book the venue, followed by Vendor A, Vendor B, Vendor C … and so on and so on and so on. Check, check, check, checkity check.
That approach will get you from here to there, and probably produce a wedding as pretty as the pictures you’ve been collecting.
Pretty, but maybe not very personal.
At Honeysuckle Events, we’re big believers in a different approach. We’ll absolutely help you navigate through all the decisions, manage the logistics, and ensure that your day flows exactly as you’ve dreamed. That’s a given. More importantly, though, we approach your wedding as a way to tell your unique story as a couple, infused with meaning in every detail.Before we ever start planning, we want to know all about you: your favorite relationship stories, hobbies, passions, quirks, and — especially — what makes your eyes light up.What sets us apart is our ability to help you translate those wisps and fragments into tangible components of your day that you can see, hear, touch, taste and remember for the rest of your lives.We help your ideas find expression in every decision made, from the design of your stationery to the selection of your ceremony readings, the way you design your tablescapes, and even what you put on your feet.
We’re detail-obsessed planners with a gift for design, and our passion is making each wedding a truly one-of-a-kind celebration that speaks to you and about you.
Enter Amanda and Justin.
Over the course of our first meeting with these two, we learned that Amanda grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with family vacations in Ocean City, Maryland and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. She spent countless summer afternoons in her grandmother’s garden and loves scrapbooking and paper crafts. A lover of all things 1940s, from fashion to movies to music, she recently signed herself and Justin up for swing dance lessons.Having grown up in a small town in northeastern Ohio, Justin’s a diehard baseball fan and considers himself a “collector” of roller coaster rides, planning whole vacations around amusement park visits. With a grin, he says he asked Amanda to marry him just before the first drop on Cedar Point’s Mean Streak wooden roller coaster.
Teasing all that out was the first step.
The next was narrowing our focus. We had to figure out which elements could be tied together by a common thread while letting go of others. And that’s where inspiration — dressed as vintage boardwalk — struck. Ferris wheels and carousels. Suspenders and tea-length dresses. Salt water taffy colors.
We imagined tables named for classic coasters, centerpieces anchored by miniature carousels, boutonnieres crafted of handmade paper pinwheels, and an expanded version of Amanda andJustin’s roller coaster scrapbook as a guest book. The Pearl and the Petal on the Carolina Beach boardwalk set the scene perfectly, invoking the energy of the Swing Era with a modern day twist.As the vision began to take shape, we expanded our focus to include a variety of ‘40s touches. We sourced Depression glass and vintage china, poured over photos of Grandma’s garden for floral inspiration, tracked down flowery prints for the bridesmaids’ dresses, and found T-strap heels for Amanda.
The rest was magic.
Honeysuckle Events is a boutique wedding planning company, specializing in partial and full planning and accepting a limited number of commissions each year.
910.599.2589 • www.honeysuckleevents.com
Images: Anchored In Love
Design & Coordination: Honeysuckle Events
Venue & Floral Design: The Pearl & The Petal
Gown & Hair Accessories: Camille’s of Wilmington
Hair & Makeup: Meraki Beauty
Table | Linens | China: Provision Design Methods
Cake: Creative Cake Designs by Tammy Hodge
Chair & Cart Rental: Martha My Dear Rentals
Calligraphy: Southern Bee Designs
Models: Tyler Berry & Lexi Jones
Written by Dianna Dames | Images by Kate Supa Photography
Imagine walking along a rooftop aisle onto a terrace filled with family and friends or giving your guests the unforgettable memory of dancing the night away under the starry sky. With The Terraces on Sir Tyler, these are attainable visions.
The profoundly modern exterior of this three-story building is highlighted by warm olive stucco and accented with thick slabs of grey stone. While two copper pillars connect the terraces, the expansive windows showcase geometric cutouts within the glass panes to finish off this illustrious design.
At first glance, this venue may appeal to the innovative bride who is looking for something out of the ordinary, but the inside has the traditional ambiance that can cater to any classic wedding style. The grand ballroom is illuminated by an assortment of hanging and wall chandeliers along with several floor-to-ceiling windows framed by gold curtains. The coffered ceilings not only add dimension, but also characterize the old-style interior.
Adriane Joyner, who had her vintage wedding at The Terraces, says “we used lots of tea cups, old mirrors and candles for decoration.” On the other hand, Elizabeth Williams’ eccentric peacock-themed wedding utilized lots of bright colors and fun textures. “I felt confident in knowing that this was the place that my wedding dreams could be transformed,” Williams says. “It was contemporary, but still warm. It was spacious, but still relational.”
Dayma Edwards, Director of Meetings & Events, believes the flexibility of having the activities outside or inside is what emphasizes this venue, in particular.
Although most brides who opt for outdoor weddings have high hopes for good weather, it’s still important to plan accordingly. Edwards recalls one wedding where the possibility of rain became reality.
“She was having her ceremony outside somewhere else, and they actually moved it here. We were able to accommodate and flip the grand ballroom for the reception as well as the ceremony,” Edwards says. “But if she hadn’t had us, it wouldn’t have happened.”
Williams, who opted to have her ceremony inside rather than out on the terrace, had no regrets about the decision. “The entry way made an exquisite welcome with its openness and sophistication. The violins echoing as you entered created the mindset of beauty and loveliness.”
The Terraces on Sir Tyler bids a layout that will make setting up your big day as effortless as possible. “There’s not much that you have to do to this space. “We have high ceilings, awesome windows, that at nighttime, just sparkle,” Edwards says. “You don’t have to try to hide walls, or move things around to make the background look pretty.”
The Terraces provides a beautiful foundation for your event as tables, chairs and linens are available to rent with the space. Sir Tyler even offers water walls for the artsy bride who would like to add another elegant focal point to the scene.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, make it a memory both you and your guests will cherish at The Terraces on Sir Tyler.