Welcome to Love, Laughter & Elegance – The Blog!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Welcome to Our New Blog!!
Mood:  special
Welcome to Our New Blog!   We have just transferred from our previous blog, so we will have new posts shortly.  We beg your patience and understanding during this transition.  The entries below are from our previous blog.  Please feel free to read the messages as they are posted, and to leave comments, share ideas, or ask questions.  This blog will be used to share events, trends and ideas, vendor news, and other items.

We hope you enjoy our blog, and please feel free to visit our website: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning.

Happy Planning!  The Love, Laughter & Elegance Staff.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Ideas for a Green Wedding
Mood:  happy
Being Eco-Friendly is a growing trend in all events, including weddings.  We have one planet, let’s keep it in good working order! 

Some ways to honor your commitment to each other,  and our home, by planning a green wedding:

1.)  Have the caterer use foods found locally.  If you plan to serve fish, make sure it’s certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

 2.)  Use eco-friendly paper, recycled materials, and vegetable-based inks for your invitations, save-the-dates, and other special stationary.  Check out www.blueskiesanddaisies.com/resources/green.html

3.)  Rent your linens and table settings, and ask the caterer to not use materials singularly if at all possible.  Be sure you have recycling containers nearby.

4.)  Wedding attire can be stylish and earth-friendly at the same time.  Visit greatgreenwedding.com/attire.php for some great ideas!

5.)  Wedding jewelry can also be part of the plan.  Fair-trade jewelers are great for this.  The buzz right now is to look for conflict-free diamonds.

6.)  Photography has come long way from flash pans and powder, and bulbs the size of eggs.  Digital imaging is the way to go!

7.)  While favors are traditional, they can be pricey, and sometimes unappreciated.  Make a donation to your favorite charity in your guests’ names, and set out recycled place cards with the information.  Encourage guests to do the same. 

(Source: Deirdre Shevlin Bell, Alternative Medicine, June 2007)

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 12:03 AM EDT

Sunday, 4 November 2007

A new book for all of you crafty brides out there!
Mood:  happy
Hello Everyone!

I wanted to let everyone know about a new book that will be coming out shortly.  It’s called The DIY Bride, by Khris Cochran.  It will feature all kinds of crafts and ideas that will make your wedding fabulous!

Below are some reviews from Amazon.com:

Editorial Reviews

“DIY Bride is a classy, sassy, oh-so-fun crafty approach to livening up your big wedding day. Khris Cochran serves up a delectable tray of clever ideas that are frosted with style and originality and proves that having a luxurious, signature wedding doesn’t mean you have to empty your bank account. Just your glue gun!” Kathy Cano-Murillo, CraftyChica.com

Book Description
From choosing a delicious menu to assembling the guest list, hundreds of details go into planning a successful wedding. The DIY Bride helps brides put their stamp on the big day without breaking the bank. Written by the creator of the number one Web site for wedding crafts, DIYBride.com, this fun, easy guide showcases unique, easy-to-do craft projects that range from beautiful handmade announcements and invitations to personalized favors and much more. Khris Cochran includes valuable cost-comparison sidebars that clearly detail the huge savings involved. She also shows brides how to involve their friends and families in the project-making process, making this a fun journey for all. The DIY Bride is an essential purchase for any woman who dreams of an unforgettable wedding–from the inside out.

About the Author
A DIY Bride herself, Khris Cochran is the creator and founder of the award-winning DIYBride.com, one of the most popular bridal crafting websites out there today. The DIYBride website is one of the most-linked sites, with links from The Knot, Modern Bride, and Brides magazines, and hundreds of references to the site from wedding message boards. In addition to dishing out wedding expertise daily on DIYBride.com, Khris teaches craft classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is her first book.

40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding

The list price on the book is $19.95.  Pre-order your book at Amazon.com, and save!!



Khris’s website is:  www.diybride.com

Enjoy!  I can’t wait to start crafting!!

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 8:02 PM EDT

Updated: Sunday, 4 November 2007 8:23 PM EDT

Mansfield, Ohio Couple Reclaims Precious Memories
Mood:  happy
There is always a place to find lost items…..as is evidenced in the following local news story:

Lost wedding memories found 27 years after Mansfield couple’s big day

 Vic Gideon  

Created: 10/22/2007 4:20:49 PM

Updated:10/23/2007 3:22:24 AM

MANSFIELD — A teen couple didn’t have the $150 to pay for their wedding photos in 1980 and thought the pictures were gone forever.

Eighty-year-old Jim Wagner took the wedding pictures and recently came across them, then set out to find the bride, Karen Cline. He walked into the Taylor’s Country Diner last week, where Karen works.

“I didn’t recognize him, I did not know who he was and he said maybe this will help you remember and he handed me the photo album from twenty-seven years ago,” says Karen Cline. “He gave me the photo album and I opened it up and there it was, there were the pictures from my wedding album.”

“She gave me a big hug and then another big hug and another big hug and I said I got more hugs than I got in a month,” says Wagner. “And she laughed and cried, laughed and cried, laughed and cried.”

Karen and Mark Cline will celebrate their twenty-seventh anniversary Thursday. They have two sons and a daughter, a granddaughter and are expecting a grandson in January. But they didn’t have anything to help them remember their special day in 1980.

“They’re priceless,” Karen says. “My mom’s gone. My husband’s parents are gone, our grandparents are gone and there they were on one of the most special days of our lives!”

Karen wrote a check to Jim for $150 to square her account.


Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 3:49 PM EDT

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Weddings at your local Wal-Mart, the next big thing?
Mood:  quizzical
Hello Everyone!

Does anyone remember the 2000 movie, “Where the Heart Is”, with Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, and Stockard Channing?  In the movie, Natalie plays a pregnant 17-year old who tries to rebuild her life after being abandoned in a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma.  She meets her love, Forney Hull in the local library, and they eventually get married in the local Wal-Mart store at the end of the movie.  Good movie, I highly recommend it.

There are many DIY brides out there, who do find acessories and wedding-related items at their local Wal-Mart.  I can always find a bargain, or items to make a craft for an event.  Although I would not have imagined a couple actually using a Wal-Mart store as their chapel of love, there is a couple in Ohio that did!  Please read on:

Love blooms in Wal-Mart aisle

Sat Oct 6, 3:17 PM ET

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Attention Wal-Mart shoppers, wedding in lawn and garden.  Employees Chet Eldridge and Danna Hornback tied the knot Thursday amid the retailer’s flowers, shrubs and lawn chairs.

Eldridge, 51, an automotive manager, and Hornback, 45, an arts and crafts associate, met during the store’s employee orientation. She agreed to their first date in the furniture section. After the couple became engaged, a manager suggested they exchange vows at the store.

“We met here; he asked me out here. Why not?” Hornback said.

The only unexpected turn occurred when the familiar “Attention Wal-Mart shoppers” announcement over the public address system broke into the ceremony.

After the couple was pronounced husband and wife, the cheers could be heard in customer service on the other side of the store.

Springfield is about 40 miles west of Columbus

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 9:52 AM EDT

Updated: Sunday, 7 October 2007 10:06 AM EDT

Saturday, 6 October 2007

“The Chapel in the Moonlight”
Mood:  lyrical
Hello Everyone!

I am still working on my signature event:  The Chapel in the Moonlight.  I came across an old TV Broadcast of a group called the Bachelors, who performed “In the Chapel in the Moonlight”.

The song was also recorded by a few different artists.  Patti Page is one, and Dean Martin is another, perhaps the better known of the two.  This song is the theme to my event. 



Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 11:37 AM EDT

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Celebrating a love that has stood the test of time!
Mood:  amorous
Hello Everyone!

Just thought I would share a story I saw this morning, about a couple who has been married for a very long time!  Enjoy!

Ala. couple celebrate 80th anniversary

Tue Oct 2, 9:56 PM ET

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – A Scottboro couple recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary, one of the longest marriages among living people when compared to reports in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records.

Alonzo, 97, and Beulah Sims, 94, celebrated their anniversary a day early Sunday at the nursing home where they have lived since May 2002.

Without their families’ approval, the two teens married in 1927, when he was working at a farm, plowing fields with a mule and picking cotton for 50 cents a day.

The couple, who raised six children, credit their long lives to hard farm work and eating lots of vegetables. They moved frequently to find farm work, going from Paint Rock Valley near Garth to Atchley Bottom in Madison County and then to Woodville in the 1960s.

They said their eight decades of marriage have been virtually free of fussing.

“We’ve been too busy to fight,” Beulah Sims said.

Alonzo Sims retired from farming in 1966 and did janitorial work at Redstone Arsenal until 1972. They also operated service stations in Paint Rock and Woodville for a few years. Now, they spend their time visiting other residents at the nursing home, listening to gospel music, and playing bingo.

“After all these years,” he said, “I still enjoy being with her.”


Information from: The Huntsville Times, http://www.al.com/hsvtimes/hsv.html

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 7:49 AM EDT

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Come party with me!! It’s my birthday!!
Mood:  party time!
Hello Everyone!!

It’s my birthday today!!  I thought I would share some of my favorites, and my wish list (just in case anyone was wondering, LOL).

Under the category of Birthday Cakes:


 Birthday Dinner Settings:


 And now, for the gifts………

Lastly, where I would love to go back to on a Birthday Bash Weekend:

The NH Krystal Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  We went there for a 2nd honeymoon in 2002, and had a fabulous time!  Can’t recommend the place enough!!

That’s all for today!  I’ll check back in when I’ve recovered!!

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 11:42 AM EDT

Friday, 14 September 2007

Upcoming Wedding Trends for 2008
Mood:  surprised
It’s the weekend, finally!!  I wanted to post some trends that are upcoming for 2008.  These are from the blog at About.com: weddings

A Guide to the Hottest Wedding Trends of 2008

Incorporating some of the latest wedding trends is a great way of ensuring your wedding feels fresh and up-to-date. But with many engagements lasting a year or more, figuring out what the the trends will be is a tricky business. Fortunately, I’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s what I predict will be the biggest 2008 wedding trends.

1. An Emphasis on the Waist for Wedding Dresses

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Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG

After a tumultuous affair with the trapeze dress, America is ready to re-embrace the waist. And not a moment too soon in my opinion! At the Spring 2008 Fashion Week, designers showed nipped in waists, often accented with wide belts. Look for wedding dresses to follow suit, with a reinvigoration of the obi belt, and contrasting color sashes.

2. Great Wedding Invitations


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Letterpress wedding invitation from Dauphine Press

A wedding invitation is the first clue guests will get about your wedding style and theme. It helps get them excited for the big event, and even gives guests clues about what to wear! Letterpress wedding invitations will be an especially big wedding trend for 2008, with couples designing custom invitation packages to reflect their personality. But if your wallet doesn’t stretch for top-of-the-line letterpressed invitations (like this one from Dauphine Press), there are many other options. Consider making your own wedding invitations using an at-home screenprinting kit like Print Gocco, or even finding affordable letterpress at Costco!

3. Yellow

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Photo by Nina Callaway

Yellow was all over the spring 2008 runways, which is great news for brides. This ideal wedding color is fresh, energetic, and summery. For a day-time wedding, consider yellow and white for your wedding colors, with yellow daisies, gingham accents, and cheery yellow ribbons tied around vases, napkins, bouquets, and waists. For an evening wedding, pair lemon yellow with chocolate brown. Or, choose a brighter yellow paired with silvery gray.

4. Silver

Silver dress from spring 2008 Badgley Mischka fashion show

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The bride who wears a metallic silver wedding dress is sure to stand out and be remembered. If you’re more traditional, incorporate the silver wedding trend in other ways. Your bridesmaids could wear grey satin bridesmaids dresses, or carry bouquets of white roses mixed with eucalyptus, Artemisia Silver King and/or Dusty Miller. Decorate your reception space with silver linens, branches painted silver, and rhinestone accents. Or punch up your own look with silver heels peeking out from under your dress, and a rhinestone hairpin.

5. Other Bold Colors

Reem Acra Green Satin Dress

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Photo by Nina Callaway

Jewel tones are back in style! If you love rich purples, bright greens, and shocking pinks, you’ll be excited by 2008 wedding trends. But stay far away from the ’80s. Today’s couples should look to use jewel tones sparingly, mixing brights with cream or gray, or more muted versions of the same color. Avoid the satin jewel tone bridesmaid dress – it’s definitely one look she won’t wear again. Instead, look for chiffon or other matte fabrics to carry off this look.

6. Green Weddings

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Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

Many couples are realizing that if we don’t take care of our planet, who will? A wedding is full of opportunities to make ethical informed decisions as well as many opportunities for waste. If you’re an environmentalist, consider using organic flowers in your bouquet, recycled paper in your invitations, local and organic foods at your reception, and even biodegradable plates and forks. Each step can make a difference in this world!

More about Green Weddings and Nature-Centered Weddings

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 4:20 PM EDT

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

The Chapel in the Moonlight
Mood:  happy
Hello!  It’s time for me to again begin planning what is becoming my signature event:  The Chapel in the Moonlight.  This is held every year on New Year’s Eve in downtown Akron, Ohio, as part of the city’s First Night Celebration.  This is my 3rd year as the committee chair, and I am looking to kick things up a bit this year, and really turn on the pizzaz!!  The Chapel in the Moonlight is where couples may come and get married or renew their vows, free of charge.  Quite a way to ring in the New Year!

One of my colleagues, Susan, came up with this inspiration board when I asked several people to help me with ideas for this event.  Here is what she envisioned.  Enjoy!

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 11:21 PM EDT

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Sweet Dreams: Dreaming of a Parisian-inspired wedding.
Mood:  happy
Bonjour!  Have you ever thought of planning a Tres Chic Affaire?  Here are some ideas to have you swooning in no time:

Some of the most beautiful French-inspired note cards, from Shabby fufu, http://www.shabbyfufu.com/pastelle-paperie.htm. These adorable cards made me want to go out and buy some baguettes!

This wonderful, hip bridal shower, as shown on www.hostessblog.com, has a color pallet that I feel is essentially French, pink, black and white:

Jen’s Bridal Shower: Modern Parisian

Modern ParisMy good friend Jen is getting married June 9! Here are a few snapshots from the bridal shower I co-hosted this weekend. Jen got engaged at the Eiffel Tower and LOVES modern style, so we did a Modern Parisian theme with fluffy feathers, scroll patterns, and a color palette of pink, black & white. (Studio pics and details on how to recreate this theme will be up on the website soon too!)

Modern ParisModern ParisThe shower was held at Kinara Cafe in L.A. – in an amazing private outdoor patio filled with tons of lush greenery, flowers, a loungy sitting area, and a gorgeous fountain…such a beautiful setting to work with!

Modern ParisAmy did a great job on the rehearsal bouquet…not too long before Jen will be holding the real thing!

Modern ParisCongrats, Jen! We’re so glad you loved the shower – and now the countdown begins…!

Emily’s wedding is a Vintage Inspired, Chic French Garden Wedding…


Finally, for the ultimate in Parisian wedding flair, there is an American-owned agency in Paris:  www.parisianevents.com.  Kimberly Petyt is the owner and director.  She is the also the author of her company’s blog, Parisian Party, http://parisianevents.com/parisianparty/.

Hope these ideas inspire you!  If you would like to learn how to incorporate some of these elements into your event, just contact us!

Au revoir!

Posted by cl-kimber0613-ivil at 5:53 PM EDT

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Great Father-Daughter Dance Songs!
Mood:  lyrical

This is a great mix of classics and contemporary tunes! What a Wonderful World  

You should be able to find one to suit you perfectly!