Boudoir photography is popular with brides as a pre-wedding gift to their husband-to-be, but also for events like Valentines Day or a birthday. Some women even use the sessions as a reward for recovering from surgery or illness, or for a move towards a healthier lifestyle. Shanna from Davista Photography recently held a pre-V day boudoir session at the sleek and stylish Rumor Boutique Hotel shared a few photos with me. The shots, the hotel and the model are gorgeous!
Boudoir is more about the suggestion of nudity, rather than outright gettin’ nekkid. Shanna says her favorite part of shooting sessions like this is that she is helping women feel even more beautiful, and that having them see the finished images helps them envision how others see them: gorgeous. The intimate shoots have helped her make fast friends with not only the model, but with the crew helping her do hair and makeup that day. Sounds like a lot of fun!
Shanna thinks Rumor is a great place for such photographs because it’s quiet and has a boutique feel. That’s certainly reflected in the photos – although the decor is certainly clean and modern, it has a certain old Hollywood glamor, no?
Shanna was kind enough to share some tips for choosing the perfect boudoir outfits:
- she recommends starting the session with a cozy, comfy outfit like a favorite t-shirt or even a sports jersey
- high heels are a necessity!
- props like a chunky necklace of string of pearls helps hands be more relaxed and can give nervous models something to hold onto!
- a mix of daring and conservative lingerie so that you have some good photos for around your home, but also for your partner’s eyes only…
And how does she know this? Well, she was on the other side of the camera to see what it felt like. You can read about her experience doing her own boudoir shoot on her blog.
Davista Photography holds sessions year round for women looking for a boudoir shoot, and the price ranges from $240-415 depending on what package you get. Here are a few more photos from the day spent shooting at Rumor.
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Shot on location at: Rumor Boutique Hotel / Photographer: Davista Photography / Hair & Makeup: Bianey Martinez
Here are eight fabulously fresh Las Vegas venues you may not have considered for your wedding. Did we leave out your favorite modern Las Vegas venue? Share it in the comments!
Update: here are 7 More Modern Wedding Venues! You might also like to browse through the coolest wedding venues in Las Vegas for ceremonies and receptions in the brand new Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide! We’ve got them all, from modern industrial style warehouses to funky historic museums!
1. Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Photos courtesy Mandarin OrientalLas Vegas’s Mandarin Oriental hosts one of the most expensive wedding packages in Vegas, but for those of us with more modest budgets, they also offer affordable options in one of the newest, most modern hotels on The Strip.
There is an air of exclusivity due to the design of the hotel, and the lavish, thoughtfully designed spaces and furnishings make for an opulent, clean feel. The ballrooms and restaurants feature unique spaces for wedding parties of 10 people through 600, and the catering features gourmet food that is a step above. View More Photos & Real Weddings at Mandarin Oriental
On Strip: Yes | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Accommodates: up to 600 people banquet style | More Information
2. CityCenter Las Vegas
Photos by Gaby J Photography, Brian Leahy and Aria.
CityCenter with three hotels (four if you count Mandarin Oriental) offers a range of options for those seeking a modern, chic venue for a wedding ceremony, reception or cocktail party. You could use a ballroom or rent a suite at Cosmopolitan, Aria or Vdara and hold your ceremony there, and do a photo session amongst the modern art pieces and sleek lines of CityCenter. Aria opened a dedicated wedding chapel in 2013, as well.
Cosmopolitan has a variety of modern art which makes for fantastic photos and sets the mood of the event, while Aria and Vdara have gorgeous modern waterscapes and landscaping details that look great in photos. Head over here for more information, pricing and photos of real weddings at various venues at ARIA, Vdara and Cosmopolitan.
On Strip: Yes, plus a host of on-site restaurants | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information
3. Rumor Boutique Hotel
Photos courtesy Rumor Hotel Las Vegas
The Rumor Boutique Hotel offers glamorous modern spaces for weddings and receptions, with elegant finishes and electric colors. It’s a very “Miami” feeling hotel, with contemporary furniture, on site catering and a smaller more intimate property with stunning views of the Strip. Due to its slightly off-Strip location, it remains a great option for those on budgets, too
On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information
4. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Photos courtesy Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay is primarily a tropical themed hotel, but it actually features a very chic wedding chapel with modern touches and neutral colors. Mandalay Bay offers a number of unique options for wedding ceremonies and receptions, but their chapel itself is quite modern. With cubic touches and neutral colors, it has a definite modern slant.
They have more than ten different venues for ceremonies, so if you are not fond of the chapel, check out the many other Mandalay Bay wedding ceremony locations, indoors and out. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at Mandalay Bay
On Strip: Yes | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, plus a host of on-site restaurants | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, outside catering allowed in suites | Booking Information
5. Platinum Hotel
Photos courtesy Platinum Hotel
Platinum Hotel, just a stone’s throw off the Strip, not only offers a non-gaming boutique hotel experience but vista views of the Strip, as well as modern furnishings and colors. With indoor and outdoor venues, there is a wide selection of choices, and anything from a rooftop cocktail reception to a pool top ceremony on a lucite catwalk is possible. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at Platinum Hotel
On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information
6. Las Vegas World Market Center
Photos courtesy Asha Efia, World Market Center
World Market Center Las Vegas offers modern, clean spaces, on-site catering, indoor and outdoor spaces and event planners. Special features like state of the art entertainment an A/V setups as well as indoor water features and Strip views make this a unique venue you might otherwise consider.
Contemporary design, geometric shapes, unique lighting and modern steel and stone finishes make for beautiful photo backdrops. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at World Market Center
On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1600 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information
7. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Photo courtesy Smith Center
The Smith Center is one of Las Vegas’ newest venue choices, and is actually a world class theatre and performing arts site. The venue hosts a number of features including packages with rentals included, well appointed halls with incredible architectural details, indoor and outdoor spaces and as one might expect for a theatre venue, grand stages and awesome acoustics.
Nearby are some fantastic photo opportunities, including but not limited to “classic” Vegas, urban streetscapes and the ever popular Neon Museum. These are in addition to the grand ballrooms, popular rainbow sculpture and Indiana limestone architecture. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at the Smith Center
On Strip: No, near Fremont Street | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 500 | On Site Catering: Yes, with Culinary Arts Catering and Four Seasons | Booking Information
8. Keep Memory Alive Center at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Interior of Keep Memory Alive Center Credit: Little Vegas Wedding
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a testament to the architect’s design sense and will wow any fan of modern architecture you know, both inside and out.
Part research center for degenerative brain diseases and part event venue, the Keep Memory Alive Event Center portion of the building can be rented for weddings and other special occasions with the proceeds going to fund the center’s research. For 4 hours the facility rental rates are $5,000 for events Mondays through Thursdays and $7,500 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional time is $500 an hour. This includes use of the in-house furniture which is a fabulous array of Frank Gehry designed sofas, Pedrali chairs, tables and bars – but that’s just the start, and an entire decor list can be provided upon request.
Furnishings are as modern as the exterior and a breezeway courtyard allows the space to “breathe.” The building itself facilitates extremely unique photos taken inside and outside of the space, and the location provides easy access to the nearby downtown district and Neon Museum. And it’s nice to know that the fees go to a good cause. Head here for more information and photos of the event space at Lou Ruvo Center.
On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: up to 700 standing, 400 banquet style with indoor and outdoor spaces | On Site Catering: Yes, KMA Center works with three companies for on-site catering. Outside caterers are allowed after permission is granted, but there are extra fees | Booking Information
Looking for yet MORE modern venue choices? Check out 7 More Modern Wedding Venues in this post.
And if none of these venues fit the bill, check out our mega-directory of unique Las Vegas wedding venues including country clubs, chapels, desert locations and more!
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