STL Wedding Dress: 3 shops you want to check out

Most brides purchase their wedding dress eleven months before their wedding. Have you started looking yet? If not, I have some great suggestions for your STL wedding dress purchase.

And no it’s not clearance racks, Monica.

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By the way, this article will probably be full of Friends’ GIFs. Sorry?

On her wedding day, a woman should be certain she has found a dress that makes her feel confident, and above all else, beautiful.” – Carolina Herrera

Weird facts about wedding dresses

I thought this would be a fun and interesting thing to research and I wasn’t disappointed.

  • 1.85 miles: The length of the world’s longest wedding gown train. I may not be happy if you bring that kind of train to your boudoir session and expect me to photograph it.
  • The average price of a wedding dress is $1,564.
  • 18% of brides buy their dresses online(I’m not sure I could do that).
  • 14% of brides show the groom their dress before the wedding.

I don’t think I would want to show my groom my wedding dress. Save those emotions for the wedding day. I mean look at Chandler. Would you want to miss out on that?

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STL Wedding Dress Shop Suggestion #1

The Ultimate Bride is located at 1115 South Big Bend Boulevard, in St. Louis, MO. They carry wedding dresses by designers like Stella York and Stella York Plus Size, Essence is Australia, Mikaella, L’Amour by Calla Blanche, Morilee, and Juliette Plus Size.

They not only carry STL wedding dresses, but they also carry bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, and accessories!

By the way, the fourth annual National Bridal Sale Event takes place on July 20- 27, 2019. Find out more information here.

STL Wedding Dress Shop Suggestion #2

Clarice’s Bridal is located at 5714 South Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis, MO. They provide brides with a one-of-a-kind, personalized dress shopping experience and carry more brands than I can name, but a few are Allure, Madison James, Mori Lee, and Martin Thornburg.

They have been around since 1979 and really know wedding gowns and the wedding industry. You won’t go wrong trusting Clarice’s Bridal for your STL wedding dress shopping.

STL Wedding Dress Shop Suggestion #3

Town and Country Bridal and Formal Wear is located 2730 North Ballas Road in St. Louis. Their goal is to provide you with the highest quality wedding dresses from the designers that you adore at an affordable price, as well as a five-star experience that will provide memories for years to come. 

They also carry tuxedos so you can send your groom and his groomsmen here for his wedding attire!

Conclusion

No matter where you decide to purchase your wedding dress, make sure it’s the dress of your dreams. You only get one wedding day, so it should be exactly what you want. The Ultimate Bride, Clarice’s Bridal, and Town and Country Bridal and Formal Wear are all great options, but there are tons of options in STL. I know you will find THE dress of your dreams in this city.

“I can’t keep calm, I said yes to the dress.” — Unknown

I’ve written some other bridal tips in other blog posts, so be sure to check them out. You’ll find a wedding cake designer, a wedding invitation designer, a photographer, suggestions for groom’s gift, bridal boudoir session tips, and so much more. All the information is free for you, and each recommendation is from my heart. I know each of those business owners and would use them myself if I needed to.

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The Pink Bride Wedding Show

I want to mention, I will be at The Pink Bride wedding show on January 11-12 at America’s Center. They are taking over for STL Bride and Groom and I think you all will love them. It will be a super interactive show and Renee, the owner, knows so much about the wedding industry. I’m super impressed.

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Groom’s Wedding Gift: The Perfect Idea

Bridal boudoir albums are so much better than flasks or watches. I’m sure he will agree.

Have you googled “the perfect groom’s wedding gift” since you started your search for something for your man on the wedding day? If so, I bet the results were something like watches, flasks, whiskey glasses, or tech stuff.

That’s all great and I’m sure he would love it.

But this is your ONE WEDDING DAY. You need to wow him with something unique and personal.

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How about a bridal boudoir album? Something to remind him of how lucky he is to get to spend the rest of his life with you.

Not something that you both will set aside in later years. Something you can look back on to remember how hot you were when you were starting your life together.

In this post, I’m going to explain to you what a boudoir session is, why it’s the perfect groom’s wedding gift, touch on what to wear, AND help you figure out how to gift it to him the day of the wedding.

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What is a bridal boudoir session?

A bridal boudoir session is just like a normal boudoir session, but the end goal is to have the PERFECT album to give as a groom’s wedding gift on the most important day of your lives.

Hair and makeup, mimosas, and pampering are all included in the session. I guide you on what to bring as far as outfits and even show you how to wear that sexy lingerie you want to surprise him with on the wedding day.

I know what you’re thinking. “But I don’t have a CLUE how to be sexy.”

I’ve got you covered here. I pose you from head to toe during the session. That’s not something you need to even think about before, during, or even after the session.

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So, why IS this the perfect groom’s wedding gift?

Like I said before, it’s unique and personal. Unlike the flask or whiskey glasses I mentioned before, this is something he won’t just set aside to collect dust.

When he opens the gift that day, he will be so excited that this beautiful woman is the woman he is marrying and choosing to spend his life with.

It’s something you can BOTH cherish for the rest of your lives. He can look back and remember the woman he fell in love with, while you can remember how confident and beautiful you felt at this point in your life.

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But what should you wear?

For in depth ideas, refer to these blog posts… What to Wear: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and 2019 Outfit Suggestions.

But as an overview, you will want to bring:

  • At least one bodysuit- usually a thong so that it’s more high waisted.
  • At least 2-3 bra/pant sets
  • One of his button-up shirts or something meaningful to both of you.
  • High heels- the higher the better

For the underwear, I’d recommend cheekies or thongs and make sure they are one size bigger than you would normally wear to prevent “muffin” over your underwear.

We all have it no matter what size we are, I promise.

Like I said above, be sure to check out those blog posts for more recommendations! Or email me at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com. I’m happy to answer any questions you have!

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How to give this AMAZING groom’s wedding gift

I have an entire blog post written ALL about this topic. But here’s a quick overview on previous client’s ideas.

  • When you would traditionally give the album- just make sure the groomsmen aren’t around!
  • Give him a small nightstand album with less risque images and a super sweet note explaining he will get the rest of the gift later.
  • After the rehearsal dinner so he can get excited about the wedding day(and night).
  • The wedding night when you both are alone.
  • At the Honeymoon, so you can both take the time to enjoy it.
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Conclusion

I’m sure you are nervous about a session. Totally understandable.

My client Rebecka said this after hers…

“Tracy is absolutely amazing. Being someone who is self conscious, let alone exposed in front of a stranger, I have never felt more comfortable. She was very friendly, personal, and professional. She made me feel beautiful and like I was simply just hanging out with a friend.”

I am over the moon in love with her work. She really has an eye for making your body look it’s absolute best. I received my album super quick and she was wonderful to work with. 100% so glad I chose her.”

This gift is unlike any other groom’s wedding gift you could choose, plus it’s something you both will enjoy when reminiscing about this time of your life for years to come.

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Groom’s Gift: A Bridal Boudoir Album

A bridal boudoir sessions makes the perfect groom’s gift for the wedding day. It’s an intimate gift he will never forget and will appreciate forever. Remember, your wedding day is a day that won’t happen again. This album will help you both cherish the day even more than you already will.

The Groom’s Gift: How to Give it to Him

What I really want to talk about, though, is how to gift it to him.  This is a common question I get from my brides.  There are so many options!

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The Wedding Day

You are giving him a gift anyway, so the obvious answer is to give it to him when the bride traditionally gives the groom his gift. I have had several clients gift it this way, but it honestly depends on your comfort level.  The only thing I recommend is making sure his groomsmen aren’t around when he opens it in this situation!

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Another option is to give him a super sweet note explaining that he will get his gift later and it will be worth the wait. Maybe even give him a sneak peak of one of the photos.  Some of my brides add on The Miami album that I offer, which is small folio album perfect for his desk. This album could have a less risqué photos in it that would be nice for him to have in the office.

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After the Rehearsal Dinner

Most couples spend a few minutes after the rehearsal dinner alone before the go their separate ways for the night. At this point some bride’s give the groom’s gift to him so she can see his reaction first hand.  This is a super sweet and intimate way to get excited for the wedding day!

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Wedding Night

After the wedding, you will both be so exhausted from such a long and super fun day! What better way than to come back home(or to your hotel room) than to have your album laid out on the bed waiting for him to open?

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At the Honeymoon

One other option is to give the groom’s gift on the honeymoon! What a way to extend the wedding excitement than to wait to give him the gift after the wedding is over.  The only problem with I can see with this is packing it around for a few weeks if you are taking a long honeymoon! Otherwise this is a great idea. 🙂

By the way, for honeymoon destination ideas, check out this blog post.

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The Groom’s Gift

Whatever way you decide, he is going to love the album because he loves you. These are just a few options of how to gift it to him, but there are so many other ways!

Remember, although this gift is for him, it’s also a gift for you. Going into the wedding, you will have all of the confidence in the world after I show you how truly beautiful you are during your boudoir session.

Book your session about 2-3 months prior to your wedding to give me plenty of time to perfect your album. It will be the most fun thing you do in preparation for the wedding.  I promise. 🙂

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Wedding Day Photographers

Have you chosen one yet?  Try any of these.  They are some of my favorites that I know personally!

Laura Ann Miller Photography

Joel Conner

Image Clairity

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St. Louis Boudoir Photoshoot

St. Louis Boudoir Photoshoot

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Shannon hired me in May 2017 for her St. Louis Boudoir Photoshoot.  She found me through my Instagram and decided to book a session after she got back from family vacation in Disney World!  Side note- I think Disney sounds like way more fun when you are an adult and can enjoy it than when you are a kid! I still haven’t been, but it is on our bucket list. 🙂  Follow Shannon’s Instagram as well! After her session with me, she started modeling locally as well. Be sure to follow her modeling.  She is also a student and recently bought her first house! Talk about having her stuff together. I was so impressed when she told me about buying her first house already.

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Shannon’s St. Louis Boudoir Photoshoot Outfits

Shannon followed my recommendations about what to wear to a tee. She wore both sexy and comfortable and totally rocked both while still being herself! I absolutely love this Calvin Klein outfit- we al l know I love Calvin Klein.

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This cute crop top was perfect for a cozy and sexy look to her images.  I especially love that she brought the super cute light pink(and gold!) coffee cup as a prop.  It was the perfect pop of color with the neutral tones of her outfits and my studio.

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And Sexy

Shannon threw some sexy outfits in as well.  They were more laid back than some ‘sexy’ outfits that I have photographed in the past, but I love her take on it . Check out my recommendations for what to wear for a sexy photoshoot in this blog post.

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Most of my clients have  been opting to end their session with a few images in the white sheets! This has been a favorite pose from almost every session.  I LOVE how it turns out.  The perfect ending for a bridal boudoir album, or any boudoir album in general. 🙂

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To schedule your next session, contact me! I can’t wait to get to know you during our session, and I can promise we will have a blast!

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Bridal Boudoir Video // The Perfect Groom Gift // STL Boudoir Photography

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While a bridal boudoir photography album is often used as an excellent wedding gift for your groom, there are other options to add on to that gift. Have you ever given thought to a bridal boudoir video? Perhaps you’ve never even heard of such a thing! It is the perfect gift for your groom in addition with your boudoir photos.

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Element of Surprise

If you check out my previous post you will see the reason you should do a bridal boudoir photography album. Now, while your bridal boudoir album may be a surprise and exciting thing to him, a video will surely knock his socks off! I love to suggest my clients send their groom a text or email while he’s getting ready on the big day. In it, include your saucy, sensual bridal boudoir video. He will be floored by your initiative to surprise him; and of course, he will love the boudoir video itself! Just make sure, if you do send it while he’s getting ready, none of his groomsmen are around!

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Excitement

Boudoir photos are already provocatively arousing, but a video is all the more exciting! If you were to send him your boudoir video before you actually walk down the aisle, it would heighten his anticipation and excitement. I think this idea is so fun and unexpected! It’s not every day you take off your clothes in front of the camera, and he knows that. A boudoir session will make you feel powerful and sexy, and he will think it is a considerate for him. He will be all the more ready for your first night as a married couple when he gets to see a preview of what awaits him.

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Uniqueness

A boudoir photography session as a gift one unlike any other. It shows your fiancé/husband that you took a bold step and embraced your body. And your body is definitely something he appreciates, to say the least! Giving a boudoir album as a bridal gift is special and unique; it is not the average bridal gift and there’s no way he won’t love it. He’ll love seeing your confidence and sensuality. Adding a bridal boudoir video will be the icing on the cake. Images are one thing; video brings things to life. He’ll love the initiative you took to give him something different than just the average gift. Because with a bridal boudoir photo album and video, you’re giving him you!

Contact me today and we’ll set up your boudoir photography session and create a boudoir album and a bridal boudoir video that will have your man’s heart racing! Talk to you soon.

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Wedding Day Gift// St. Louis Boudoir Photography

What would your groom want most as a wedding day gift?

A flask, a watch, cuff links…. or maybe an album of you in a lot less than your wedding dress?  I am pretty sure a boudoir album would win in most, if not all, cases as a wedding day gift. Bridal boudoir albums are becoming a trend in the wedding industry with good reason. They document a time in your life when you are looking and feeling sexy.white sheets// bridal boudoir// wedding day gift// boudoir by tracy brown// st louis mo

Do all the images have to be serious/sexy?

NO!  I like to incorporate your personality into the images.  Fun flirty, sporty, comfortable and sexy can(and should be) incorporated as well.

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Some of my very favorite images come from bridal boudoir images and they have NOTHING to do with bridals! I want your personality to shine through.  Your groom knows you and he wants to see you being you. That’s who he fell in love with and who he is marrying on this special day!

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How do I give him the images?!?

There are many different ways you can go about this, but the most popular is what’s commonly known as The Little Black Book.  That’s not what I call it, but we have all heard of them.  Find out more about sessions with me here.

The best time to give him the images are the morning of the wedding when your wedding photographer is there to capture his reaction.  You won’t be there so you need to be able to see what he thinks right???

By the way, do you have a wedding photographer yet? If not check out Laura Ann Miller Photography.  😍sexy bridal boudoir//wedding day gift//st louis mo//Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//boudoirbytracylynn.com

Where do I shop?!

I am going to go in to more detail in future blog posts(probably in the next week or so), but for now, email me to request my Exclusive Session Planning Guide. 

Some places to shop are below:

Victoria’s Secret

Marie Angelique Lingerie

American Eagle and Aeri

Kiss Me Lingerie

TJ Maxx— calvins are usually priced well here

Forever 21- for body suits

Hot Topic- for Knit socks

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If you have ANY questions, contact me! I am here to help. 🙂