COUPLES BOUDOIR | are you an emotionally connected couple? | Vintage mirrored tables, rugs, cupcakes + a linen clad bed make a sunny day in the mountains feel like home…

Ok, about The Bachelor.

Brad Womack said this to Emily last night while her mini-me slept upstairs, during another sleepy installment in what has been a string of boring episodes.

“I guess I’m just a weird guy.”

Nailed it, idiot.

I can’t really stand it anymore.  First of all, he’s soooo boooooring.  But the more alarming issue is the fact that he seems wholly inauthentic.  You might have heard about his ex, who said he’s faking everything on the show.  And you might have thought, “she’s his ex, so she’s fueled by anger, and must be ignored.”  But if you don’t believe her, then you probably haven’t seen an episode of The Bachelor this season.

I don’t dislike Brad.  I’m just wary of what’s going on with regard to these girls and this show.  Does anyone see a connection forming between him and any of the girls?  I don’t.  He’s completely disconnected.  And I imagine the reasons behind that were revealed last night, when he bonded – in a single night, somehow – with Chantale’s father.  (By the way, Chantale’s the one who wore the bad red dress and severe nun bun at the rose ceremony last night – c’mon, Chantale, you’re better than that).  First off, if my dad gave his blessing to a man he knew all of two hours, and who was currently dating multiple women, on a reality show, I would say to you that my father and I don’t speak anymore.  Because I would be very concerned about the ease with which my father gave me away, so to speak.  But back to the matter at hand: both Brad and C’s father had/have bad relationships with their fathers, and, in Brad, that bad relationship looks like it might have resulted in what is severe emotional detachment, and a pervasive lack of ability to connect with others.  Poor guy.  It just weirds me out so much that these girls believe in the relationships they’ve forged with this emotionally immature man.  He probably has the best of intentions.  I’m not really doubting that.  But it definitely seems like he’s trying way too hard to be appropriate; to act like he has feelings, when he’s actually devoid of any emotional connection with any of them.

Last night I realized who he reminded me of.  Remember Brendan Frazier in Encino Man?  That movie in which Brendan portrayed a neanderthal who had to learn how to properly function as a human being?  That’s Brad to me.  Brendan could have shadowed him to learn the role.

How is Brad Womack connected to today’s post?  I thought you’d never ask.  Here’s how: Brad’s lack of emotional connection with any of the women results in what is his across-the-board awkwardness in pretty much all intimate situations.  It’s hard to watch, like plastic surgery on television.  Truly, we had to turn away every time Brad is involved in anything intimate or emotionally demanding with any of the girls.  It’s soooo awkward to watch.

… On the flipside, Robin and Rob, the couple in today’s boudoir session, have an undeniable connection… and it shows.  We’re certainly not saying that a couples boudoir session in the mountains is the ultimate test of your relationship… not by any stretch.  But the fact that they feel comfortable enough with one another to be intimate, and to have fun with an experience like this, proves that their bond is strong, and that they probably have quite a bit of fun together, as a rule.

Enjoy the loveliness, and happy Tuesday!

Here are the details on today’s exquisite session, written by Jessica Beltran of Moira Events:

This lovely shoot from Erica Schneider of Acres of Hope Photography and Jessica Beltran of Moira Events {that would be me} was the glam child of a long car ride.  Erica and I were chatting on a long car ride home from a shoot and started brainstorming the idea of doing a couples boudoir shoot. Shocking, we know.

We were drawn to the idea of capturing a moment between two people – a private, intimate moment shared between a man and woman in love.  We wanted to tell a story of an afternoon spent together; from a walk in a field, to a champagne toast, to the intimate time spent together.

The more we chatted, the more ideas we developed – we wanted an airy, breezy afternoon, a bed in a field, sunshine with crisp white sheets, white lace lingerie, touches of blush and two people who looked at each other with so much lust and passion that we felt like we were invading their moment.  We toyed with the idea of shooting a pair of models, but came up with a better idea:

Enter Rob and Robin.  “The Robs” started out as my wedding clients, soon booked with Erica, who then shot their engagement.  Together, Erica and I also styled and shot Robin’s smoking hot boudoir shoot as well as their rehearsal dinner and their wedding.  It was at Robin’s boudoir shoot that we suddenly realized that they would make the perfect couple for our couples boudoir shoot idea! We left it up to Robin to convince Rob to partake in our adventure.

Erica, Robin and I then worked on their outfits, the styling ideas for the shoot, and set a date.  We all ventured up to the local mountains with a bed and a car full of props.

We loved all the little details of the shoot, which started as a walk through the field.  Robins halo of baby’s breath and dainty little matching bouquet went perfectly with our airy shoot.  We used large area rugs and vintage mirrored side tables along with a white linen clad bed to create an indoor space outdoors.  Little details like calligraphy, vintage candelabras, and little clusters of flowers added to all the gorgeous shots.

Captivating Boudoir by Acres of Hope Photography is a member of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.  To view this listing, click here.

So, what do you think?  Do you think you’d have the balls to rock a session like this, OUT IN THE OPEN?  I’m not sure I could pull it off.  Both literally and figuratively.  (HAHAHA!  I kill myself.)

P.S. – Shawntel dug her own grave last night. ;)  If it wasn’t over when she asked him to get on the embalming table, it was over when her father freaked out about her leaving town and abandoning the family business.  Truly, there’s no better way to show a man you mean forever, than with a visit to the town funeral home.  So way to go, honey.  No, no, don’t worry – death was a great concept around which to focus your hometown date.  I mean, if you have a true connection, it shouldn’t matter, right?  All you were doing was showing Brad that your entire life revolves around a concept with which he is admittedly uncomfortable.  Poor Shawntel.  Will she ever find love?  Am I spelling her name right?

xoxo!  – Alison

Photography: Captivating Boudoir / Styling & floral: Moira Events

Label(s): {Real Boudoir}

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  1. Jennifer on February 22, 2011

    WOW this is sexy! I so wish my fiance would agree to this =)

  2. Katie Schoepflin on February 22, 2011

    WOW! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I love seeing new and fresh ideas, and to top it off – it was uber sexy.

  3. Steph on February 22, 2011

    While I plan on taking pics like this with my honey when we get married, it is just weird to give them to the public.

  4. Kim on February 22, 2011

    If I thought my fiance and I would look this good, I’d definitely do a couples boudoir session. :)

  5. Christie on February 22, 2011

    Beautiful! What treasured photos this couple has!! I would do this photo shoot in a heartbeat.

  6. lizzie on February 22, 2011

    their photos are so beautiful and dreamy and romantic! how awesome to have those forever!

  7. Alicia @CharityWedding on February 22, 2011

    Wow love this!! A bed in the middle of a field is pure genius! I’m not sure I could talk my man into a session such as this but it does make for some incredible photos!

  8. Nicole on February 22, 2011

    ok brad is the worst. does he even like emily??? that whole thing was stupid.
    and the funeral home date was unreal. so bizarre!!
    and chantal should’ve stepped it up with the outfit and hair at the rose ceremony for real :)
    do you read reality steve? i have a feeling youd get a kick out of his commentary. spoiler alert though!

  9. Aileen@Love&Lavender on February 22, 2011

    I haven’t seen this episode of the Bachelor yet but I totally agree Brad is a weird one. Yet I still watch every episode, ha! But on to this shoot…this couple is so ridiculously gorgeous! And what a fab–and brave–idea.

  10. Lauren Elise on February 22, 2011

    Now that was HOT!

    But still classy and sophisticated. Love how the white pops in the field. It definitely doesn’t hurt that this couple is beyond gorgeous :)

  11. Claire on February 22, 2011

    I love this. Elliot won’t do it, ever, but I think it’s so sexy!!

  12. Kerry @ Paper Dahlia on February 22, 2011

    Um, no. Sorry, would not do it. The photos are beautiful and tasteful though. But I’m just imagining this guy’s friends giving him a load of grief for this.

  13. Captivating Boudoir on February 22, 2011

    Thanks for posting these images, Alison! We had soooo much fun setting up this shoot, and Jessica did such an amazing job styling it. It wasn’t as scary as you think! Big thanks to our dear friends Robin and Rob for being great sports. :)

  14. Kim @BrideGoggles on February 22, 2011

    Sexy sexy sexy! But the nerd in me loves the use of the vintage books more than anything else :)

  15. Terrica on February 22, 2011

    This is what I call “ridiculust”. I absolutely LOVE this shoot. It is gorgeous!

  16. Diana on February 22, 2011

    WOW!! What a sexy and romantic shoot! All couples should take photos like this together! <3 LOVE!

  17. Lena on February 23, 2011

    I just finished watching-your commentary is my FAVORITE.

    Also, that boudoir shoot is gross. The world’s best looking couple, all gorgeous and glammed up, loving on each other in a field-I’m horrified.

    xo, Lena!

  18. Alison on February 25, 2011

    You kill me, Lena. ;)

  19. Chelsea Patricia on February 25, 2011


    You think his friends made fun of him?! His wife is hot and he’s all up on her…pretty sure they would be high fiving and jealous (at least, that’s what my hubby says–he is trying to convince me to do this ;D)

  20. Libby James on February 26, 2011

    Totes agreed about the Bachelor…wth Brad?

    Love these photos…so so gorgeous!

  21. Adrienne on February 27, 2011

    I’m all for lusty photoshoots, but this is just too much to share with family and friends. I’d be uncomfortable receiving these!

  22. Heather Pranitis on April 11, 2011

    Incredibly sexy! And the scene is to die for…

  23. Mandy on April 2, 2012

    Wow, this is incredible! About half way through, I was thinking, “This doesn’t look like boudoir,” but then I kept going and wowza! So hot!

  24. Olivia on March 28, 2013

    I love this idea and has got me thinking about my boudoir couples shoot, I was wondering what is that backdrop in on of the pictures? was it always up or just for some diffused light. or was it like a partition between anything that might come or anyone lol. Thanks great job on this


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