How to Incorporate Boudoir Portraits on Your Wedding Day

We’re beginning the week on a beautiful note! This stunning boudoir session is filled to the brim with both inspiration and flowers – what’s not to love!? We were so honored when Melissa Blythe reached out and shared her vision for this shoot. Her team drug a mattress up into the Bridal Suite (yep, those beautiful windows and that natural light belongs to our 1600 square foot Bridal Suite!) and transformed it for the shoot.

But you don’t have to haul a mattress in just to have boudoir portraits done! In fact, you can create some time for them on your wedding day, which is extra special if you ask us.


Here are our four tips to incorporate a boudoir session into your wedding day: 

  1. Hire your photographer for the full day so you can take advantage of getting ready shots. Remember, these shots will need to be taken after your hair and makeup is done, so plan accordingly! Also, this doesn’t need to take long. A few portraits taken on a chair or with an arrangement would be the perfect way to remember and honor that morning!
  2. Choose something that you feel beautiful in (whether a robe or otherwise) for those moments. Plan this ahead of time (like most of the other details for your wedding) and you’ll feel like it’s a natural part of the day instead of a stressful interruption.
  3. Consider having your florist create an arrangement for these portraits. While not necessary, the addition of florals adds such a dynamic piece to the boudoir images. If you’re strapped for time or resources, you can skip this and still end up with beautiful photos you love!
  4. Have a clean space designated for these shots! We love our Sitting Room in the Bridal Suite because it’s home to most of the bridal party’s bags, dresses, etc. Which means the rest of the Suite can stay fairly clean AKA picture perfect!



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How to Incorporate Boudoir Portraits on Your Wedding Day | Wedding Resources from the McAlister-Leftwich House Blog |  Melissa Blythe, North Carolina Film Photographer

Photography: Melissa Blythe | Venue: McAlister-Leftwich House | Florals & Design: Plume Events | HMU: Karen Michelle Clark | Model: Rheanna Ried of UC Models | Calligraphy: Manifest Calligraphy

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