Are you looking for a fun experience that doubles as a sexy gift? Then you have come to the right spot!  Introducing Charlottesville’s premiere boudoir studio, The Sweet Spot Boudoir Shop! The Sweet Spot Boudoir Shop is a collaboration between Ron Dressel Photography and Charlottesville’s popular beauty salon, The Spot Beauty Shop.

Having a boudoir photo shoot done is a fabulous way to express yourself and to show off your inner sexy. Boudoir has become very popular with brides; but it does not have to be just for new brides. Boudoir sessions also make a great gift for anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, birthdays or even as an unexpected “just because” gift! While these photos make a great gift for your man, it is important to realize how much of a gift it is for yourself, too.

The Sweet Spot offers a one stop shop boudoir experience. Get pampered with full service hair and makeup by the talented staff at the Spot Beauty Shop. After your hair and makeup is done you will get an hour and half boudoir photo session at the studio. The studio offers many exciting photo opportunities as you can see from the images displayed from the first shoot at the studio!

Other services available include waxing, facials, and custom spray tanning for the perfect glow.

The Sweet Spot Boudoir Shop is now booking and we are offering special introductory pricing to celebrate our grand opening!!  Be sure to act soon to secure your spot for the holiday season as demand will be high and we can only guarantee Christmas delivery to the first several bookings.  All inclusive packages starting at $550 include hair, makeup, refreshments, photo session, private gallery, and 50 web-sized digital images. We also have lots of other sexy gifts you can add including the popular Little Black Book and extravagant Luxe Albums.  Demand will also be high for Valentine’s Day so be sure to book early to ensure your images and gifts will be done in time for the holidays!

If you want to find out more information or schedule your session, contact us at – We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Models: Melissa Adams & Crystal Whitaker
Hair: Cici Hunt
Makeup: Nikki Benedikt
Photos by Ron Dressel

The Couple’s Love Story:
Kaitlin & Drew love hunting, and their relationship is a reflection of that. Kaitlin caught Drew’s eye but she was not about to give in right away, and neither was Drew – the hunt was on. Drew bugged Kaitlin for about 5 months to talk to him and give him a chance but she wouldn’t give him the time of day.  Finally he told me “I guess your too good for me” and that got under Kaitlin’s skin, so she messaged him back they’ve been together ever since. They have become best friends and now husband and wife.

Kaitlin- “I know people say this all the time but we seriously complete one another.”

Kaitlin & Drew’s First Look

The Couple’s Wedding Inspiration:
Kaitlin & Drew have such love for the outdoors that they decided to have their wedding outdoors. They chose Muddy Run Farm in Crozet as their venue because it offered such a beautiful Virginia countryside setting.

When asked what their favorite/most memorable moment of the day was, Kaitlin said “Along with being pronounced husband and wife; the moment he said his vows to me and I knew that he meant forever when I looked into his eyes.”

Whats Next?
Kaitlin & Drew are planning a honeymoon in February and also looking forward to children!

Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?
Don’t sweat the little things and enjoy ever single moment of it because before you know it, its over with

Venue: Muddy Run Farm – Crozet, VA
Wedding Coordinator: Logan Powell – Real Southern Accents
Officiant: Dave Vogt
DJ: Mike Bean
Caterer: Allen Powell
Cake: Chandler’s Bakery
Florist: Logan Powell
Makeup Artist: Amber Lowe
Hair Stylist: Amber Lowe/Shelley Ward
Dress: David’s Bridal
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

Charlottesville Wedding Phototraphy

I had the pleasure of photographing Rachel and John’s wedding at Rosebrook Inn, located in Stanardsville, VA. Rachel and John had a beautiful afternoon on a Labor Day weekend for their wedding.

The Couple’s Love Story:

“We meet at a mutual friend’s birthday party. I (Rachel) don’t remember talking to anyone else at that party; I think we talked for 3 hours straight. We bonded over a shared love of technology, stand up comedy, and our town, Charlottesville.”

What was the couple’s inspiration for their wedding:

“John and I wanted a small wedding in an outdoor setting with minimum muss and fuss. My mom and dad had the idea to bring paper parasols for our guests to shade themselves from the sun. It was a perfect touch! Extra color and a very useful.”

They also put the parasols to use for fun and colorful props in portraits after the ceremony!

“The ceremony meant a lot to us. We wrote our own vows and did not share them with each other before the wedding. We also both really enjoyed the cake cutting. Neither of us knew what we were doing and I had to improvise to actually get the slice of cake out onto a plate.”

After their wedding Rachel and John went to Savannah for a brief rest after the wedding and they are planning a vacation to Iceland in the coming year!

Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?

“I’m too new at this to have advice about marriage. As for weddings: having a small wedding can be really great because you get to spend more one on one time with each of your guests. It will say all goes by as one big blur though so have a great photographer like Ron. :)”

Rosebrook Inn Wedding


Bride & Groom: Rachel & John
Venue for the Ceremony & Reception: The Rosebrook Inn – Stanardsville, VA.
Officiant: Claire Goodman
Wedding Coordinator: Bridget Powell
DJ: Neal Carter
Catering: Rosebrook Inn
Florist: Rosebook Inn
Makeup Artist: Shae Riddle
Hair Stylist: Shae Riddle
Dress: Alfredo Angelo
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

Emiliano and Soulmaz met in graduate school at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. They met at a mutual friend’s birthday party and the chase begun there. After several coffee dates, they went on an official dinner date. Although the connection was instant, it was our first official date that did them in. Ever since, they have been supporting one another through their long and grueling graduate programs, as well as, finding time to travel around the world. Several months from their wedding date, they will be celebrating five years together and look forward to many more.

The inspiration for their wedding was the merging of their two cultures (Italian/Mexican and Persian/Turkish) and thus their two families in a very unique and historical U.S. monument at the University of Virginia. Themes included “us”, in terms of the location of the event (where they met, on grounds at UVa), their officiant being a former professor of theirs and catering by Hotcakes (where they had one of their early coffee dates). Other themes included a casual, family-centered, Mediterranean garden feel with spring, pastel colored flowers with loose foliage and greenery decorated around the Colonnade Club, a historical colonial building. Guests enjoyed moving from the different rooms to the outside of the garden, nibbling on Persian pastries and Turkish tea or sipping on traditional Italian cocktails like the negroni or bellini.

Their favorite part of their wedding day was the traditional Persian ceremony. The couple sat before a Sofreh Aghd, a traditional Persian spread which includes various items that symbolize the couple’s new future together (walnuts for fertility, candles for fire, sugar canes and honey to sweeten the union). They had an ornate, traditional Venetian-styled mirror in which they gazed into as they were married. There was a very talented family friend who played the tar, a long-necked traditional Persian string-instrument as our officiate, UVa Professor and Literature/Gender Studies legend, Dr. Farzaneh Miliani officiated the wedding. She spoke of Italian, English and Persian poets – the language of love and the unique union of their families. The Sofreh Aghd spread was breathtaking, the music was enchanting and Dr. Milani’s words were forever inspiring. It was a very beautiful moment.

Whats next after you’re married?  Luckily, we have been able to travel together to a handful of different countries in Europe and North America. For our honeymoon, we will be traveling to the Middle East for the first time together and for our first trip as a married couple.

Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married? You should quickly and readily adopt the view “If it rains on your wedding day – it’s good luck!”

Bride & Groom: Soulmaz & Emiliano
Venue for the Ceremony & Reception: The Colonnade Club, Pavilion VII, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
Officiant:Dr. Farzaneh Milani (Professor at University of Virginia, Chair of Mid-East and South Asian Studies Department)
Wedding Coordinator: Lisa McEwan
Ceremony Music: Amin
Videographer: JC Vera
Catering: Hot Cakes
Cake: Hot Cakes
Florist: Hedge Fine Blooms
Makeup Artist: Naghmeh (Melody) Moadab
Hair Stylist: Mahogany at Salon Cielo
Dress: Bridal Elegance in Richmond, Virginia

Who: Anna & Tony

What: Wedding Cocktail Reception

Where: Cherry Blossom Riverboat – Alexandria, VA

The day after Anna and Tony had an intimate wedding ceremony at the Inn at Mount Vernon, they had a riverboat cocktail reception with all their friends and family on the Cherry Blossom Riverboat! The riverboat departed from Alexandria and traveled up the Potomac towards Washington DC where everyone could get a great view of the monuments! We were able to get some great dusk portraits on the boat with the Washington Monument lit up behind Anna and Tony. All their friends and family had a great time celebrating Anna and Tony throughout the evening!

Reception Venue: Cherry Blossom Riverboat (Potomac Riverboat Company)
Wedding Coordinator: Alison Grant
Makeup Artist: Valerie Hammer
Hair Stylist: Christophe Jouenne
Dress: Carine’s Bridal
Cake: Custom Cake Design
DJ: DJ/MC Justin and Jordan
Photography: Ron Dressel Photography

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