I don’t do many boudoir projects. With them being so personal in nature, I think clients try to involve a few vendors as possible. And then there’s the question of what to do with the pictures? Do you create an album or gift box for your husband? Is it appropriate to hang them as wall art?
I personally think it’s a really beautiful gift. I think they can be romantic and raw, delicate and feminine and something that doesn’t even necessarily need to be given or displayed to anyone, it’s alright to keep treasures like this to yourself. It’s a way to remind yourself that you are all woman – not just a mommy, career warrior or housewife. There’s a romantic side buried deep inside just waiting for the confidence and occasion to be unleashed.
Ashley approached me with this project over a year ago. We wanted to create something beautiful that would hit home with both brides and married women alike. We wanted to bring the outdoors in with greenery and florals. Candlelight added some romance. Plus a hand painted blue backdrop was the perfect amount of artsy detail.
But my favorite part was the deconstructed settee. The stitching had started to fall loose and the fabric had seen better days. But the curvature and lines were ideal and the wood was warm and welcoming. Adding some ferns enhanced the outline and made it seem as though it had been sitting there longing to be sat on long enough for the earth to take over and reclaim what’s hers.
Photography & Art Direction: Ashley Slater Photography | Florals & Styling: The Day’s Design | Venue: Park Trade Center | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Boucher | Calligraphy & Prints: Wildfield Paper Co | Robes & Jewelry: Spring Sweet | Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box
There’s a lot of focus right now about not being stuck in a man’s shadow. Women want to show how powerful they are – we can do anything. But I don’t think a woman needs to be “in power” to show how influential and mighty she really is. We are strong and capable. However, we were designed to be unique. We get to experience the world in a way that will forever remain a mystery to the male population. And this a really good thing. We need to embrace the joys of being female and always keep it classy.
This editorial was also featured on 100 Layer Cake earlier this spring. You can see the feature here.