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  • Miss Gator’s {sort of} Boudoir Sneak Peek!

    Okay… so the title is a bit of a lie.

    I know I promised a sneak peek of my boudoir session with Jaime of Sweet Serendipity Photography in a previous post. I have been a little nervous to put any pictures up, but I feel it is important to show my fellow brides in the blog-o-sphere what the final product looks like. I’m not ashamed of any of the photos I have taken and like I said in a previous post, I didn’t take any photos I wouldn’t feel comfortable showing Gator Dad or Gator Mom. But… I sort of had a freak out today on whether I really wanted my grandparents to possibly see these photos (or the whole world wide web). In the end I’ve decided to take a cropped screen shot (so you can see my awesome hair and makeup, courtesy of Seminole Bridesmaid). I’ve also included some pictures of the other lovely ladies who also participated in last weekend’s Rockstar Boudoir Session with Jaime. I hope these will convince those who are on the edge of whether to do this, or not, to just DO IT! :-)

    Miss Gatorsource: Sweet Serendipity Photography
    *crop job by Miss Gator

    The makeup for this session was actually a sort of ‘test run’ for my wedding day look. I’m really happy with the makeup. It looks natural but still brings out my features. I originally wanted my hair up for our wedding but, after seeing these pictures I’m now leaning towards having my hair up for the ceremony and down for the reception. I didn’t realize how much I would love having my hair down, because I always wear my hair up. But I love it!

    Check our some of the other ladies who particpated in the Rockstar Boudoir Session this past weekend (they are so brave!).↓

    Lovely Lady from Rockstar Boudoir Session
    Lovely Lady from Rockstar Boudoir Session

    Lovely Lady from Rockstar Boudoir Session

    A Lovely Lady from the Rockstar Boudoir Session

    It’s always exciting for me to see the other girls from the weekend; what they wore, what poses they did, etc. I kept mine pretty mild. I really like how my pictures turned out. I wanted that classic feel and I’m so happy with what I got! Jaime is just amazing (I ♥ her) and so easy to work with. For all those brides/wives/girlfriends out there who are on the edge of whether they want to do a boudoir session or not, I say, DO IT! You will be so happy that you did. :-)

    Jaime’s next session, I believe, will be in January 16th. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. ♥ Stay tuned to her boudoir blog for updates!

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  • Yes… I did it… I Boudoir-ed

    I took the plunge this weekend and did my boudoir shoot with Jaime of Sweet Serendipity Photography. This past summer I went with Seminole Bridesmaid to her Boudoir shoot with Jaime and knew I wanted to do one for Mr. Knight after seeing her shoot and photos (which turned out amazing!).

    Mr. Knight knew about the shoot (it is incredibly difficult to hide something from the person you live with). All he knew is that I was doing the shoot. My inspiration, outfits, etc. were all kept a secret. I plan on giving him a book of the photos on our wedding night. Initially I wanted him to get his ‘little black book’ before our ceremony during the typical time the bride and groom exchange gifts. I had really wanted photos by our photographers of him looking through the book. My only worry? I really don’t want any of his groomsmen seeing the photos. I didn’t take any photographs that I wouldn’t feel comfortable showing Gator Mom or Gator Dad, but I really don’t want a group of guys looking at my boudoir photographs that are meant only for Mr. Knight’s eyes. So, as of now, he will be receiving his ‘little black book’ on our wedding night.

    Seminole Bridesmaid came down the day before to help me get my outfits together. She was sweet enough to pick me up some outfits from the new H&M store in Orlando. By the way, amazing lingerie for incredible prices ($14.95 for a bra and $6.95 for underwear… pretty difficult to beat!). Sunny MOH (Maid of Honor) was amazing and drove down from Jacksonville for the day to support me in my little endeavor. It made me so incredibly happy to have my two best friends in the whole world there to help me get through the session and calm my nerves. :-)

    Sunny Bridesmaid (MOH) and Seminole Bridesmaid before my shootSunny MOH and Seminole Bridesmaid waiting with me at the Camilla Rose Inn before my shoot. My moral support and style. Love them♥

    Miss Gator before her Boudoir ShootSeminole Bridesmaid just let my hair down and we are about to go in to the room and meet with my photographer, Jaime.

    I have been debating whether to show a shot or two on the blog. I think I will have to wait till Jaime is done editing them to check them out and decide then. I most likely won’t be showing any photos with skin, just a few close ups to give you all an idea of how the shoot went and so ya’ll can check out how amazing Jaime is of Sweet Serendipity Photography.

    Here is the price rundown on the shoot (for those interested in doing one!):

    Rockstar Boudoir Session
    (yes… I am a Rockstar… just kidding!)

    • $250 for shoot with Jaime
    • Shoot includes:
      1 hour photography in Anticipation Room at Camilla Rose Inn
      Champagne for those over 21
      Little Black Book with 20 images
      Private Online Gallery of proofs
      She also will have a 15 minute consultation with you before your shoot
    • + 10 images on a disc (I stalked her blog and managed to win a giveaway she was having… yes I’m a blog stalker); this is not apart of the package
    • $95.88 Lingerie and accessories for the shoot (primarily from H&M)
    • $85 on 2 pairs of heels (1 from Target and 1 from Nine West); totally re-wearable, so not that upset about spending the moolah on them :-)
    • Hair and Makeup = Free; Seminole Bridesmaid was kind enough to do my hair and makeup for the shoot. Jaime does have a hair and makeup artist on location for an additional fee if you need it

    Total: $430.88
    ($345.88 if you don’t count the shoes)

    Seeing the look on Mr. Knight’s face when he finally gets to see all the images from the shoot? Priceless.

    I still have to admit. Seeing that final total sort of knocked me back a step. But you know… I’m really glad I did this. It has been something I’ve always wanted to do for Mr. Knight but have never had the courage to do so, or the means. I’ve been saving for months to do this for him. Now will come the hard part of keep the images from him for the next 6 months. I can’t believe we are 6 months out!

    Stay tuned for a possible sneak peek in the next few days!   :-) (which means a mini sneak peek for Mr. Knight too!)

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  • Oh My! Your Boudoir is Showing!

    I recently had the opportunity of accompanying a courageous friend to her boudoir shoot. Many brides choose to do a boudoir shoot before their wedding day, but my friend’s wedding day has come and gone so she has chosen to give the photos as a gift to her husband (lucky him!). I have been nervous about doing a boudoir shoot for quite sometime but know that this is something I might want to do for my hubby-to-be. There is just something about skimping down to my undies for a photographer I don’t know that sort of creeps me out… So, alas, my friend (we will call her the ‘guinea pig’) has tested the waters for me so that I may live vicariously through her!

    The photographer we went with was Jaime from JLS Photography out of Gainesville, FL.  Jaime held what she calls a “Rockstar Session” at the The Camelia Rose Inn (a local bed and breakfast) in the ‘Anticipation’ room (by the way, super awesome room). I have to say we were both incredibly nervous going into this but Jaime and her sister were incredibly nice and easy-going. We turned up some tunes and handed my friend (the guinea pig) some champagne as she posed (tastefully!) in her lingerie.

    Before diving head first into a boudoir shoot you will need to find some inspiration…

    Inspiration boudoirYou gotta keep it classy and tasteful girls!
    Left Source: Studio Nouveau Right Source: Spoiled Pretty

    Remember, boudoir shoots don’t have to be risqué—they can be very classy if the pictures are taken with the right photographer. Make sure to communicate exactly what you are looking for with your photographer.

    I definitely recommend bringing a friend that you feel comfortable with when doing a shoot like this (you will need someone to help you get ready, amongst other things). Be sure to have poses and ideas about how you want your shoot to go. My friend arrived hair glamorized and makeup completed. She did a fantastic job and her husband is going to be surprised and shocked when he receives his ‘little black book.’

    Here are some pictures of some of the other ladies who had their boudoir pictures taken by the lovely Ms. Jaime of JLS  Photography

    boudoir examples

    Here is my friend, the awesome and glamorized ‘guinea pig’ (I sooo need to stop calling her that!) and her beautiful photos. These are a surprise for her husband but she has been very kind to give Gator Bride’s blog readers a sneak peek (as long as we keep her pictures a secret!) ↓

    emily

    Jaime at JLS Photography will be having another Rockstar Session this fall on Saturday, October 24th. It is currently $250. The session includes:

    A Pre-Session Consultation
    1 hour of photography in the awesome Anticipation Room
    Champagne for those over 21
    a Little Black Book with 20 of your images
    and a Private Online Gallery for your Proofs

    And if you book by the 10th of July you will get $25 off! What a deal on something your man will absolutely love.♥