The Boudoir Session: Matching Your Personal Aesthetic

Boudoir can be intimidating, especially if you have a very specific vision in mind. Photographer Heather Nan encourages all brides to do it. “[It can be] a very empowering experience. Brides put a lot of work into their health and body during wedding prep. It’s as great a gift for the bride as it is for the groom.”

But most brides spend just as much time on their wedding plans as they do on their honeymoon-ready beach bod. In this gorgeous, nature-inspired shoot, up-and-coming Utah Wedding Photographer Branson Maxwell proves that putting a bit of aesthetic thought into your boudoir session can leave a big, style-packed impression.

This inspirational shoot at River Bottoms Ranch, complete with both bridal and boudoir sessions, was styled to catch the eye of brides that want a modern, organic look to their wedding. Earthy tones and muddy textures were used to evoke the raw, honest style of the bridal vision. Each of these galleries were carefully designed to bring Mother Nature to the stage, and the ethereal bridal shots brought the look home.

But for the bride that wants her boudoir to match her personal aesthetic to a T, from invitations to table décor, this gallery is the perfect inspiration. We didn’t know such simple, forest-fairy vibes could be so alluring.

Compare this session with it’s companion bridal shoot, published on our site here. The hues both in the décor and dainty nightgown flawlessly mirror their counterpart bridal beauty shots, but embrace lighter, more metallic tones for a sensual allure. Considering including florals in your boudoir? Be sure to match the mood of the bouquet chosen for the big day. Here, Maxwell and his team chose fanning displays of foliage and dried grasses for both sessions, bringing the organic feel from the portraits into the more intimate moments.

The location of all of your photography sessions is another important item of attention when it comes matching moods in your shoots. This team was fortunate to shoot in the same location all in one day, but your average bride may not have that luxury. Besides, who wants to have to hide the groom during the boudoir shoot? If you take your bridals in a mountain meadow, an urban edge setting probably isn’t the best match. Rather, go for a floral-filled studio session! Or, if you have an edgy boudoir session in mind, consider downtown bridals to complement it.

Matching your moods is a surefire way to make your nuptials an affair to be remembered, and one you can look back on over the years with joy because it was simply, quintessentially “you.” Scroll on for more modern boudoir inspiration!


Art Direction + Floral Design – Amber Reverie | @amberreverie |
Lab Sponsor – The Find Lab | @thefindlab |
Film Sponsor – Fuji Film | @fujifilm_profilm
Workshop Host – Belle Lumiere Magazine | @BelleLumiereMagazine |
Calligraphy + Paper Goods – Plume Calligraphy | @plumecalligraphy |
Ribbon & Silks – Stella Wolfe | @stellawolfeco |
HMUA – Janelle Ingram | @janelleingram |
Location – River Bottom Ranch | @riverbottomsranch |
Gold Gown + Veil – Emily Riggs | @emilyriggsofficial |
Ring Boxes – The Mrs Box | @the_mrs_box |
Custom Jewelry – Allie Kirk | |
Cake – Flour and Flourish | @flourandflourish |
Bridal Model – Lillian Casscells w/ Niya Models | @lilpillily + @niyamodels
Location – River Bottom Ranch | @riverbottomsranch |
Bridal – Angelica Hedegaard | @angelicahedegaard
Black + White Gown – Emily Riggs | @emilyriggsofficial |
Bridal Boudoir – Brie Michalko | @brie_michs

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