Rocker Femme Vows in the City of Seattle

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Leia and John are two fiercely independent humans who kick butt and take names in all the things they set their minds to. The yin to each other’s yang, these two committed to making a life together in their Seattle home almost a decade ago. Marriage was not a part of their story; instead, this family focuses on creating a relationships full of love, support, understanding, and generosity. We were lucky enough to work with them on an intimate celebration of their relationship and an exchange of vows as a milestone marker of their commitment to one another.

Leia and John met at a concert. He instantly like her laugh, her tattoos, her Philly accent, and her taste in friends. She instantly like his kind nature, his beard, and the miracle that he was single. Together, they founded a relationship on travel, independence, and job love. They had their son Johnny six years ago and never looked back.

John admires Leia for her positive attitude and her drive. Leia admires John for his generosity. They share a lot of strengths: their ability to be their own person and “do what they want”, to follow their hearts, to do what they feel is right as individuals, and to support each other’s personal decisions. Together, they work hard to grow into parents and do the #adulting thing. They encourage each other’s growth by accommodating their family’s busy schedules and communicating about everything.

Marriage is not a part of their story; but commitment and love and support are. When Leia shared with us that she wanted to forego the big soiree but wanted to have an intimate celebration of the commitment she and John share, we had to make it happen. We were inspired by their fierce independence and how the City of Seattle brought them together to create a shared story of family. The reasons these two rock were brought literally and figuratively into the design of their day: a geode cake, a vignette of mountains on their vows, a leather jacket, their tattoos, and a non-traditional wedding ring highlight the strength and resilience that these two share. We created softness to contrast with feminine details with layered lace, pink and purple florals, cushy rentals, and elegant hair and make-up.

While fierce independence lives at the heart of these two individuals, it is the kindness and flexibility they share with one another that makes this a story of love and celebration. Leia supports John by always sharing the next chapter together: “If he feels he needs to change something, move, or find a new job, I will be there to help him through his life choices.” John supports Leia in her career growth: “I want to support what she does, or decides to do, every day.” They are most excited to watch their son grow and the impact that will have on their family.

Leia shared that, “My mom is my hero and I want to be just like her—a strong, happy, easy-going, beautiful woman. I am constantly sharing my childhood stories, traditions and photos to John and Johnny so they know what it was like growing up in Philadelphia. And to this day I still ask my mom questions about parenting and how to be an adult.” John is similarly inspired by his parent’s commitment to stay together, the sense of closeness his family felt, and the sense of always helping each other out. Marriage is not a part of their narrative; family is the brilliant centerpiece. Their story just happened and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Photos courtesy of    Kate Miller Photography   .

Photos courtesy of Kate Miller Photography.

FAQ: What to Expect from Ain't No Body Like This Body Boudoir Events!

Our mission:

Our boudoir events are for ladies who live for their universal tribe. We make feeling sexy in your skin easy by hosting an all-day girl hang in a cozy environment with all of your favorite things: coffee, champagne, snacks, bad-babe music, chick flicks, and pampering services to set the tone. The environment of our shoot changes with each event, but is consistent in its ability to foster community, connectedness, and body positivity. Read on to hear what you can expect from each of our events.

Q: Where are these events?

A: We change the location for each event because every boudoir experience is unique. We host events in cozy houses and rentals, welcoming and upscale hotels, and getaway and retreat locations. The spaces we select are bright, fresh, intimate, and embrace the seasonal offerings of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Unless otherwise (and clearly) noted, we host our events and around the neighborhoods of Seattle.

Q: How many people participate?

A: Each event has spaces for up to 8 participants. If you want to share the event with friends, we recommend booking early to ensure you both get spaces in the same event.

Q: What does the event cost? And how do payments work?

A: That depends on when you book! The event costs $400 + taxes at regular price. We have a special Early Babe price of $350 + taxes for women who book two or more months before our event date. The Early Babe gets the worm (or the discount)! You can pay in full OR split the total cost into a deposit and 1 or 2 remaining payments. All payments are due a month before the event.

Q: What does the day-long schedule look like?

A: Our events start around brunch time (9:00-10:00am) and run all day until dinner time (5:00-6:00pm). Each participant is scheduled for a 45 minute hair and make-up session followed by 45 minutes of boudoir shoot time. After you sign up, you fill out a contact form to opt for your preferred time slots and we reach out to schedule your time slot the week of the event. Whatever your scheduled time slot, everyone is welcome to hang at our getaway space for the whole day to enjoy our pampering services, each other’s company, and delicious food and drinks.

Q: What kind of services are offered?

A: Every event is supported by the incredible photography by Kate Miller Photography; hair and make-up services by Holly Tipp Makeup; and event planning and coordination by Tapestry Event Company. Just like every event location is unique, so are our event services. We bring in other talented artists like florists, body positivity coaching, catering, and/or massage therapy. Check out the event page for which services to expect.

Q: What if this is my first time? What if I feel uncomfortable in front of the camera? What if I don’t know what to wear?

A: TOTALLY NORMAL—AND WE HAVE YOUR BACK. Your boudoir session will be exactly how you want it to be. Upon sign up, we share with you a thoughtful questionnaire to understand the “why” behind your shoot, what we can do to create a comfortable environment for you, and what your concerns are so we can be supportive. We can help you choose outfits, direct your posing, build your confidence, and laugh through any awkwardness. Bring it all into the room and be ready to let all your quirks shine.

Q: Is my boudoir shoot private or open to the other participants?

A: It’s up to you! Some women enjoy the shared space getting ready and pampered, then want a private, intimate shoot to help them get in the zone and shed any layers of insecurity that might come with an audience. Other women attend this event with friends and thrive off of encouragement and laughter during their shoot. The choice is yours, and if you would like your lady friends present, just let us know in the contact form so we can schedule you accordingly.

Q: What do I receive after my shoot?

A: After your session, you will receive a gallery of proofs within a week. Participants pick their top 10 photos to transform into 10 edited, high resolution images that come with the price of your boudoir session. You also have the option to purchase any extra images, prints, or albums through the photo gallery website!

Q: Ready to join us?!

A: Heck yes! Check out our Events page for the next #AintNoBodyLikeThisBody event, our Blog page for recaps of our most recent experiences, or email kate@tapestryeventco.com for inquiries.

Vintage Vow Renewal in the Olympics

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Kristle and Josh are two incredible humans. Their compassion and care for one another is palpable and their kindness is infectious. We learned about their marriage and family and instantly fell in love. Always down to travel, Kristle and Josh road-tripped out to the Olympic Peninsula with a talented team to create an intimate vow renewal in the forest. We are honored to share this day and their story with you!

They met at a house party on Sinto Street in Spokane, WA. The owners of the house were on Kristle's track team so she knew everyone there and anyone who would potentially walk through the doors. Josh walked in--an surprisingly unknown entity--and she was instantly drawn to him. They interacted over a game of beer pong, and though he had her distracted and flustered, Kristle kept up her winning streak (go girl!). She won’t ever let Josh forget he trolled on the first night they met.

Kristle was attracted to and still loves Josh for his confidence. In the early stages of dating, she was aware that she barely knew him but felt like they had known each other for years; like he was a piece of home while they both were away from home. While she initially had reservations about dating someone in the Military, they quickly melted away when Kristle realized that it was that same part of Josh that outlined his groundedness and strength.

They chose marriage because they believe in marriage. Kristle shared that, "I’m always in my feelings and want to shower those around me with love and encouragement. So I never saw myself without a husband and family. Didn’t think Mr. Right would come so soon, but I’m certainly glad he did". Each of their family dynamics may be a little different, but they were both raised with a similar foundation, and attribute their ability to confidently marry to those shared experiences of family. They love each other hard and trust their foundation, and that has helped them parent together fluidly. 

Cut to seven years and three boys later. To this day, they are best friends and "it’s always been that way". Their trust, respect, and love for one another has only grown deeper with all that they endured together over the years. Kristle and Josh are most excited for where the Military will take them and the adventure of raising their boys. Kristle makes a conscious effort to support Josh's job and all that entails. They use their differences to learn from one another and contribute to each other’s individual growth. They give each other a listening ear and different perspective. Their shared trust allows them to go anywhere and tackle anything.

Shortly after their vow renewal—and sending their kiddos off to the first week of school—Kristle and Josh received orders to Japan. While they feel blessed for being able to spend so much time near their friends and family the last few years, they are excited for their next adventure. Follow their family’s journey on Kristle’s instagram @hereyeswereolivegreen. We wish you and your beautiful family all the best!

Photos courtesy of    Beginning and End Photography   .

Photos courtesy of Beginning and End Photography.

Boho Elopement in Vantage

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Deanna and Wylie are a couple that make you feel ambitious and grounded at the same time. They work hard in their careers, travel internationally and often, and share a complementary chemistry that makes you feel at ease. They shared their wedding day with a large gathering of family and friends; however, the photographer from their big day was unable to recover many of the photos of their celebration.

Enter an amazing team who put together a bohemian dream of an elopement. We traveled to Vantage for the couple to renew their vows and recapture their love on camera. We partnered with this couple to select a location in Vantage, WA that challenges the traditional PNW imagery many people come to associate with where this couple calls home. From the dress to the jewelry to the hair and make-up, this team went above and beyond to recreate the excitement of exchanging vows. We at Tapestry Event Co. loved having a hand in bringing together the overarching vision, coordinating vendors, and creating the arch for Deanna and Wylie's commitments.

It took a few cars, an extensive road trip playlist, and lots of snacks, but the experience of that day was a blast. Deanna and Wylie worked the wind to their advantage and shared sweet words about their marriage. The vendors on site hustled to tackle the elements, which included direct sunshine, chilly shade, and gusts of wind. We exchanged laughs and tears and moments of adoration the whole way through. Before we knew it, it was time to pack back up and head home across the mountains. 

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The Boho Elopement All Stars:

This Boho Elopment was also published in White Magazine!

A Bride-to-be's Boudoir Experience

This 2018 bride-to-be had some misgivings about whether a boudoir photo shoot was right for her. We are so grateful that she opened up about her experience to the team behind "Ain't No Body Like This Body". Below, she shares what used to hold her back from self-celebration, how she got ready and excited for the shoot, what her experience was like during the event, and what she loved best about the process and final photos.

Photo courtesy of Kate Miller Photography.

Photo courtesy of Kate Miller Photography.

I had seen boudoir pictures on Pinterest over the years and always thought it would be fun to do. Honestly though, I haven’t ever really felt comfortable with my body up until about a year ago. When I found out about the opportunity to do this and learned more about the vibe of the shoot, I was immediately intrigued--although scared that I wasn't really "model material" enough to do it. I took myself shopping to get excited though, and bought things that I usually picture on other people. Because, why the hell not?! While I hope that I’ll always feel good about my body, I know that I won’t look like this forever and someday I’ll look back and think, “damn, I wish I could see how good I looked then”. I was still super nervous about how the pictures would turn out though, as I don’t have any professional modeling experience, but so SO glad that didn't stop me from doing this. 

I know Kate F. and she knows logistics like nobody else. She ensured all my questions were answered before the big day and was clearly as pumped to organize this as I was to attend it. The setting was absolutely gorgeous, and the cold brew coffee awaiting us was much appreciated. Everyone was there on time and gushing with ideas, outfit combos to try, and excitement for the day. I didn’t know anyone there except for Kate F., but we all immediately loosened up and morphed into girly mode while listening to throwback tunes—it felt like waking up from a sleepover with good friends. Kate F. cut off tags, folded my clothes, suggested outfit pairings, laughed at my jokes, and generally kept the positive energy flowing.

Holly shared tips and tricks as she airbrushed me into a Sports Illustrated model, that somehow still looked like me (albeit, the best version of me). As we chatted, she customized the look as she got to know me better, adding extra lashes and a little glitter on my eyes, following suite with my "more is more" life philosophy. She suggested adding a red lip towards the end of my shoot, to vamp things up a bit. Above all, she was so kind and gracious.

Kate M., the photographer, could probably moonlight as a lion tamer or snake charmer, if she wasn’t such a skilled photographer. She continuously reassured me that I was doing great, looking beautiful, and could do this, even when I felt like I was slipping into my usual self-conscious ways. When I asked her for more coaching, she gave it. When she told me how to lay or move, I did it. I’m still not sure how, but she captured the best of me, all of me. The cherry on top: the edited pictures arrived in just a few days’ time. Kate M. is a gem, and I look forward to working with her in the future to capture other special moments.

I really didn’t know what to expect, but it sure was a blast! The shoot took a little longer than originally planned, but the final photos were well worth it. That said, in a relatively short amount of time, Kate captured a lot of different angles—literally and figuratively: my smile and laugh, glowing skin (thanks Holly!); my hair, breasts and belly (thanks Mom!); a sly smirk, and a fierce sexiness that I wasn’t convinced I had in me, but clearly these photos put any doubts to rest. My fiancé was floored when he saw the photos, but even more impressive, I loved the photos of myself, the result every girl wishes for.

Without hesitation I would recommend booking a boudoir session with this dream team to a friend, and look forward to giving the gift of a session to someone too! Us ladies spend a lot of time, money, and energy to look and feel our best, why not capture that with photos you’ll treasure forever? Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

For details on our next boudoir session, visit our Events page! The next "Boudoir Workshop: Ain't No Body Like This Body" is September 22nd. We only have a few slots left!

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