Boudoir Session at the Retreat at Cool Spring

Last April I worked with Michael and Carina Photography to style a few shoots for their workshop at the Retreat at Cool Spring, in Bluemont, Virginia. Luckily for us, the Retreat boasts the most romantic and wonderfully decorated master bedroom, which is the most inspiring place to hold a boudoir session. I asked the workshop attendees to be freshly inspired by art, music, and design surrounding the year 1799, when the Retreat at Cool Spring was built. 

I drew inspiration from to 5 'I's' of Romanticism to structure each workshop shoot:
1. Imagination
2. Intuition
3. Idealism
4. Inspiration
5. Individuality

For this boudoir session, we looked at sculpture and painting around the year 1800, especially partially nude paintings of women. Prior to this era, the only women who had posed nude for painters were their courtesans/prostitutes, but in this new century, more socialite women were posing and even looking right into the painter's eyes while doing so! This feeling of confidence yet tenderness is so inspiring to me, and is exactly a quality that our model, April, possessed. 

As a bride, if you have ever thought about posing for your own boudoir shoot, it can be a truly tasteful and elegant way to capture your pre-wedding day beauty and glow during this exciting time of your life. (Because, honestly, all brides have a pre-wedding glow!) I love styling sessions like these because they are so calm, intimate, and inspiring. 

We are honored to have had this shoot featured on Style Me Pretty


Creative Direction: East Made Event Company | Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Florist: La Fleur du Jour | Hair & Makeup: Emily Artistry | Attire: Girl and a Serious Dream | Calligraphy: Signora e Mare | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Accessories & Jewelry: Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart | Garter: Garter Girl | Model: April Lentz | Decorative Dish: Marbella Dish | Venue: The Retreat at Cool Spring