REAL BOUDOIR | The Angel, The Devil and The Student | A soft, sultry session with affordable looks that embodies what a boudoir shoot can be. Plus, The Bachelorette.

I sat through the invasive surgery that was the season premiere of The Bachelorette last night.


Honestly, I have very little to say about it.  Ashley is extremely boring to watch; I can’t put my finger on why that is exactly, but she is.  And I mostly played with the pup and answered “trying” to my sweetie’s variations on “Are you actually watching this crap?  This girl’s pretty boring… gaaaa she’s so BORING Alison!” which he asked a few times throughout the show.  Nope, I wasn’t watching the crap.  Because it was a bit too crappy, even for my taste.  Remember, I’m the one who sat through an entire season of E!’s Bridal Plasty.  Pretty much the only line of intrigue is this bachelor named Bentley, and the main thing he’s on camera saying is something along the lines of “I’m so pissed that Ashley’s the bachelorette.  I was really hoping on Emily.  I could give a F*** about Ashley.”  Actually that’s more like verbatim what he said.  So it’s good to see that the show’s editors are wasting no time feeding on Ashley’s enormous insecurity about being the chosen one this season.  Good to see that.  Also great to see Ashley crying over it in the previews already.  Makings of great television.  I can no longer stand this show.  (Is it just me?  Do you think it’ll get better?)

Moving right along… Megan Welker sent me this boudoir submission with the subject line “you’re gunna love this :)” and so, of course, I had to check if I was gonna love it.  And guess what?  I did.  I totally loved it.  75 internet points for Megan!  (Redeemable nowhere.)

First: the color palette employed in this shoot – in the clothing, the decor, the natural scenery – it’s breathtakingly lovely and accents the female form so beautifully.

Second: the outfits.  Ohhhhh my goodness, the outfits.  They’re so simple, and so perfect!  If this shoot proves anything, it’s that, while you can, you don’t have to wear $100-per-centimeter-of-fabric-lingerie to pull of an amazing boudoir shoot.

Third: Alicia, our bride, seems completely relaxed and comfortable with her body.  ESSENTIAL.  No matter how you feel about yourself, just let loose and rock some poses for a shoot like this.

I mean, COME ON.  How hot is that shot?  Note: the boys, they love seeing us in their oxford shirts.  And they love it even more when we just drape them effortlessly over our bodies, a-like a-so ↑

A few words from Megan about the shoot:

I shot this amazing boudoir session for a bride of mine as her wedding gift for her fiance, Brook! Alicia was such a gem to shoot! So comfortable in front of the camera, which is hard to do almost nude ;) We had a blast picking out outfits and props the day of! She found those adorable chalkboard bins at Marshalls and the vintage books at an antique store! Both the vintage chair we used in the field and the chaise came from one of her best friends! I can’t wait to photograph Brook’s reaction when he opens his wedding gift in a few weeks :)

The rundown from our gorgeous bride, Alicia:

I wanted to do the shoot to provide my husband-to-be with an unforgettable gift on the day of our wedding. Unlike traditional gifts, a photobook of these portraits, is a gift he can look back on over the years and keep for the rest of his life. Its truly a gift for a man, that keeps on giving! I know that when he opens this book he will understand and value the time and thought that went into making this shoot one of a kind, just for him. Doing the shoot was an absolute blast! My photographer Megan Welker, was very professional and easy-going which made me comfortable to show the camera some skin and my inner beauty. Two of my best friends assisted the shoot to ensure laughs and smiles out of me! The time leading up to this shoot was also equally as fun – I shopped for the “perfect” attire to wear on shoot day, and what I felt I would feel most comfortable, and beautiful in! I am truly anticipating the next three weeks until my wedding so I can finally give my fiance the special gift!

My looks: The white ruffled one is from Target! The black sassy one is from Victoria’s Secret, the rose colored shirt thing is from Foreign Exchange, and pretty much the rest of the pieces came from Forever 21!

Holy affordable, Batman!  Pretty much all you guys have to do is babysit your neighbor’s kid for 2 hours and BAM, you’ve got the majority, if not all of these ensembles in the biggity bag, y’all!

And now, like old times, I have to embed a tribute to fingerless gloves.  ‘Cause when else can I embed this video?  Other than the last time I featured something involving fingerless gloves.  Anyway, enjoy:

And one more, for the road…

And, because like I said on Twitter five seconds ago, I can’t help myself any longer…

*Bambino tiempo*

↑ One of the rare moments I give in and give him some one-on-one cuddle time whilst I work. ↑

So, what do you think of Alicia’s shoot?  And are you hating this season of The Bachelorette as much as I am?  Or, part three: did you totally not watch The Bachelorette because duh it’s totally ridiculous and I’m even more ridiculous for watching that abysmal crap?  Or part four: are you having a nice day?  Tell me about it. ;)

xoxo!  – Alison

Photography: Megan Welker

Label(s): Color, Pink, White, {Real Boudoir}

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  1. wow her photos were AMAZING. i loved every single one.

  2. Laurel on May 24, 2011

    Ugh, I love love love this boudoir shoot! It makes me really want to go and do one. I love all of the different places the photos were taken! She reminds of me Taylor Swift in the photos of her in the black outfit. :P
    Don’t really care about the batchelorette show…
    Thanks for posting!

  3. Emily (Gem Photo) on May 24, 2011

    megan you are amaaaaaaze – ing. love these so much.

  4. Sarah {A Paper Proposal} on May 24, 2011

    LOVE this boudoir shoot! I feel like a lot of boudoir shoots are one of two things – sexy to the point of trashy, or the complete opposite, and barely considered boudoir at all. I love how this one toes the line…definitely sexy, but not trashy. What I love most about it though is the fact that Alicia will be able to look back on that shoot and enjoy it just as much, if not MORE than her husband will in 10, 20, 30 years! :)

  5. Alison on May 24, 2011

    Stephanie – I know, right? They’re ALL GOOD. So rad :)

    Laurel – That’s the goal ;) And I agree; all of the locations were so expertly chosen! It’s amazing how much the right scenery/backdrop can do for a shoot!

    Sarah – SO true. Having lovely images of oneself is an amazing gift, especially later on down the road. :)

  6. Plum Pretty Sugar on May 24, 2011

    What a stunning shoot!! Loovee it!


  7. Ala on May 24, 2011

    loooooooove this! so much. so so so much! megan is amazingly talented!!!

  8. Nicole on May 24, 2011

    i watched the bachelorette too. im giving ashley a chance although she could be a heck of a lot more exciting than she is. and when she told chris harrison that she was bummed that bentley was sooo hot i said really? he’s not that cute. you just met a ton of other attractive guys. and for some reason i got a kick out of ames. he’s traveled all of the world and seems like a neat dude but theres something about that guy …
    do you read reality steve?

    on another note, this shoot is incredible. kind of makes me want to do a boudoir shoot because she looks gorgeous.

  9. Rhiannon Nicole {Hey Gorg} on May 24, 2011

    These are the most beautiful photos I have ever seen in my life. Yup in all 25 years of life. This beauty must be so thrilled with the results; STUNNING xo

  10. JenWillPhoto on May 24, 2011

    So SOOO Pretty! I love it too. I think my favorites are the sweet field shots with the simple white outfit. Love the color and the lighting of those photos.

  11. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on May 24, 2011

    Love the sexy student shots!

  12. Alison on May 24, 2011

    Ala – For reals. She really did a great job with this shoot. :)

    Nicole – I know! Bentley is not that hot! I completely agree. And it’s so ridic of her to KNOW the guy is up to no good, and STILL pursue him. I do not get this.

    Rhi – Dittos :) xx

    Melissa – Those are so perfect, I know. I seriously want to do a sexy student shoot at this point. I believe the boy would DEF get on board with that. Not unlike all boys. ;)

  13. lauren on May 24, 2011

    Yay! such a nice surprise to see Bam Bam in this post on a visit back to check out the girl’s outfits. Unexpected, and very very welcome. Feel free to add him randomly and constantly to everything. …please? ;)

  14. Lena on May 24, 2011

    Where to begin? I started watching the Bachelorette, but paused it because I couldn’t watch it without cackling with John. Who will probably categorically refuse to watch because it really is BAD.

    I get that the Bachelor franchise is this is old incest fest, with old contestants the new stars and what have you, but we need a little new blood. Brad who didn’t pick DeAnna who’s marrying some twin of some other Bachelor contestant from Molly’s season…or wait, didn’t Molly not get picked and then get picked? HOW THE HELL ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE CONNECTED?!?

    I guess what I’m saying is Stop Picking Sloppy Seconds. I would never have said that before, but this new season just makes it so clear that this cycle is never going to end.

    On a more positive note, this shoot is ridiculously gorgeous! Those shots of her in his shirt and glasses?! LOVE.

  15. Kimber on May 24, 2011

    This is To. Die. IF I woman up to do a boudoir shoot, I want it to be like this!

    No Bachelorette for me. I already have too much reality shows-Damn Real Housewives…

  16. Tara on May 24, 2011

    I love the use of old vintagey books and all the other little props they used. I’ve never seen a boudoir shoot that used fun props and so many outfit changes! I’ve been hesitant about it but I always wanted to do it… I just might have to try it now, now that I know it can turn out this cute!

  17. Donna on May 25, 2011

    Love these shots!! Fantastic!
    The Bachelorette, no, not for me.

  18. Katie S. on May 25, 2011

    Amazing photo shoot!! Tagging this so I can go back and reference it later when/if I’m in the need of a BF/Fiance gift lol ;-)

    And I know what you mean about Ashley…something that just bugs me about her. Yet, I can’t make myself turn the channel even though I’m totally kicking myself for such a waste of time as I sit there watching it!

  19. Megan Welker on May 26, 2011

    Alison, first off thank you SO much for the beautiful feature!! I am so proud of this session and getting to show it off on The Knotty Bride just made my month. Also, thank you everyone for the sweetest words EVER!! It honestly means so much to me :)

  20. Madison on May 27, 2011

    wow if i had a figure like that i would look this confident too, what a great shoot!

  21. BW on August 25, 2011

    Such a great images. Just so lovely.

  22. Photographie on February 10, 2012

    Wow, the outdoor boudoir pictures are amazing! Great and beautiful work!

  23. Shayla on April 24, 2013

    She is beautiful! so natural! You did a great job capturing her

    I REALLY want that “rose colored shirt thing is from Foreign Exchange” but i cant find it or anything similar enough to it

  24. Alice on November 3, 2015

    Such a beautiful model and great locations for the shoot!


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