On February 10th, 2019, a very talented group of vendors joined me at the Glidden House Boutique Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, for our Earth Angel styled bridal photo shoot. It was an awesome day! Enjoy!!
We have been blessed to have this styled shoot featured in the first digital magazine edition of Layers of Luxe!!
Here is the companion video, filmed by Video Memories, LLC:
Planner and Decor: Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning
Venue: Glidden House
Lead Photographer: Stephanie Uptmor of Imagine It Photography
Video: Volodymyr Kashuba of Video Memories LLC
Floral Design: Alicia Herrle of Celestial Blooms LLC
Linens: Renee Szabo of Reasonable Party Rental, LLC
Hair/Makeup: Ramona Dauksa of Ramona Dauksa Studio
Dresses: Kim Zahnke of Consider the Dress
Dresses/Shoes: Encore Resale Fashions
Jewelry/Accessories: Susan Wember Kurtz of Susie Kays Design
Stationery Suite/Place Cards/Table Number: Bonnie Emerald Cavoto-Focht of Violet & Pearls Design
Cake: Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted
Cookies: Heather Kay of Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia
Paper Pinwheels: Melissa Walker
Hand Knit Shawl: Mirela Gorun of Weddings by Laremi
Veils: McGiffin Johnny-Jenette Laub of Over The Moon Bridal
Models: Sammy Kay Smith
We have been blessed, again, to have been quoted in an article on WeddingWire!! Thank you, Jenn Sinrich!!
How to Stop Being Indecisive About Wedding Planning
Although wedding planning is most definitely fun and exciting, it can also be quite overwhelming, especially considering the myriad of decisions, both big and small, you’ll have to make in a relatively short period of time. As a result, couples planning their big day might come across a few situations where they just can’t choose and will need to just stop being indecisive.
This can happen for many reasons. According to Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events in Long Island City, New York, the most common reason for indecisiveness over planning your wedding is that the experience is entirely brand new. “All of the different options to choose from can sometimes lead to decision paralysis, not to mention the fact that the couple is likely spending more money than they even imagined on their big day,” she says. “While you can’t necessarily take all the time in the world to make decisions during the wedding planning process, you should make sure that the decisions you do make are informed and thought out.”
If this sounds like you and your soon-to-be-spouse at the moment, don’t fret! Consider putting these expert-approved solutions to help you stop being indecisive about wedding planning.
Make a list of non-negotiables.
Early on in the planning process, Deb Erb of Simply Events Inc. in Lititz, Pennsylvania, suggests that couples make a concrete list of what is most important to them. “If flowers and pictures are a big deal to you, know that you should spend more time selecting your photographer and florist than perhaps your DJ or band,” she says. “Thinking through the most important aspects of a wedding day early on will also make it easier to stay within a budget.”
Block out the chatter.
Everyone is going to have opinions on your big day, from your best friend to your boss. While it’s fine to lend an ear to their dos and don’ts, you have to be careful when soliciting too much of their advice in order to stop being indecisive. “The more people you involve, the more opinions you are going to get,” warns Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design in Verona, New Jersey. “Without a doubt, those opinions will eventually conflict and you’ll be confused with whom to believe and not wanting to offend anyone.” She suggests keeping your circle small and making a pact with your partner that you two have to agree before deciding on anything.
Trust your vendors.
“Professionals know how to guide couples because they have the experience needed to know what works and how to cater toward the couple’s likes and dislikes and things they have dreamed about,” says Deb. “Vendors who only want the best for their clients will steer them in the right direction and help them stay on budget.”
Set social media limits.
While Instagram and wedding websites are amazing resources to plan out your big day, Deb warns that they can also make a couple feel pressured to keep up with what other couples are doing. “When a bride feels like she needs to include every décor idea and Pinterest suggestion into her day, it becomes very hard to make simple decisions, let alone difficult ones,” she adds.
Create a timeline—and stick to it.
Just as you would for your job, it’s helpful to create a checklist for when you should ideally have a wedding to-do crossed off your list. “Any accountability coach will tell you that the only way to truly get something done is to see it, formalize it, plan it and then tackle it,” says Jenny Orsini of Jenny Orsini Events in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey.” “Can’t figure out if you want your color palette to be blush and white or lavender and cream? Give yourself a limited amount of time to ponder the options and assign a due date by which you must decide.”
Ask for help when you need it.
This can include your mom, aunt, sister, grandma, BFFs—essentially anyone who is close to you and whose opinion you value and trust, advises Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance in Massillon, Ohio. “A few positive opinions will reinforce your decisions and help you stop being indecisive, which will help you to go on to the next step in the planning process,” she adds.
Keep things in perspective.
At the end of the day, wedding planning is a huge endeavor, so of course some of the decisions are going to be met with a little hesitation to say the least. However, while it’s one of the most amazing days of your life, you do need to keep things in perspective. “You’re marrying your best friend, while surrounded by dear friends and family,” says Jenny. “Your guests will only remember the amazing energy of the party and how you glowed when you walked down the aisle, not whether the roses were purple or pink.”
We have been blessed to have our Owl & Pussycat styled bridal photo shoot featured today, on The Budget Savvy Bride!!
POEM INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT
SUBMITTED BY: KIMBERLY LEHMAN OF LOVE, LAUGHTER & ELEGANCE: WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING
What was your design inspiration?
I have always loved the classic story of “The Owl & The Pussycat”, by Edward Lear. I recently came across a beautifully illustrated children’s version of the story, and I knew that I had to bring this story to life. In the neighborhood in Akron, Ohio, where I work, there is the most charming cafe. The decor is very eclectic and whimsical, and owls are a prominent feature. There are fantastic chalk murals on the walls and a handcrafted tree in the very center of the cafe. I knew this was the perfect location for this styled shoot. There is also a wonderfully casual patio outside of the cafe, that beckons you to sit and stay a while. I also wanted to incorporate the literary aspect of the project, so we wandered across the street to the library, and took some shots in the reading garden, and inside among the book stacks.
Describe your flowers.
Since the cafe is so colorful and whimsical, I wanted to keep our floral look soft, with muted pastel colors. The bridal bouquet is comprised of lavender, blue, and pink silk hydrangeas, and pastel silk roses. The boutonniere is a large pastel silk bloom that looked wonderful against Conner’s dark blue suit. I created a rounded centerpiece of the same silk hydrangeas and roses as the bridal bouquet. For a little depth and contrast, I also added large blush silk peonies. This arrangement was placed in my grandmother’s antique soup tureen, and then placed on top of my vintage white cake stand, with a decorative floral edge. We also used some of the natural greenery and wood elements found in the cafe as decor.
Describe your cake.
The cake, created by Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted, was a magnificent three-tiered confection! The three round tiers were each decorated in a shade of blue or green, to represent the ocean in the story. She added several beautiful handcrafted flowers to accentuate the gorgeous cake. The cake topper, created by Katie Meek of Meekly Yours, was a charming rendition of the owl and the pussycat sailing away for a year and a day in their little boat.
Tell us about your attire choices.
Our male model, Conner, wore a slim fitting blue suit of his own. I added a bright yellow silk tie that had little sailboats embroidered on it to go with the theme of the shoot. He also donned adorable owl-framed glasses, that looked so cute on him!
For Sammy Kay, we had 4 different looks. The first was a lovely flowing bridesmaid gown in a color called “desert rose”. This gown set off Sammy’s neckline and beautiful creamy skin. The bridal gown was an ivory lace sheath dress with an embellished empire waist, cap sleeves, sweetheart neckline, and sweep train. She looked amazing in it! The second bridal dress was a tea-length vintage design from the 1940s, sheer with an overall lace design. The final dress was also a vintage design from the 1950s. It was a day dress, deep rose in color, and had an overall lace pattern. The neckline was trimmed with matching satin piping. Sammy Kay added vintage gloves, hats and jewelry to complete the overall look for each outfit.
Please describe any handmade, DIY, or personal items.
There were several handmade items provided by vendors for this amazing photoshoot! Michal Elaine Johnston created a beautiful painting with colors featured in the original inspiration board. Katie Meek of Meekly Yours, created the cake topper, round wooden sign, and table number. Jodi Kennedy of Pink Tomato Creative hand made several of the decorative items, like the large banners, and paper goods.
We used my grandmother’s antique soup tureen as the display container for the floral centerpiece, as well as other sentimental items from my personal collection like vintage books, gloves, and figurines. We also displayed a poster of The Owl & The Pussycat, which had been mounted on a multicolored backdrop, and framed.
Describe the tablescape elements.
We had two tablescapes, one for the cake, and one for the dining table. The cake table was covered in delicate pink table linen, and the gorgeous wedding cake was placed on an ornate antique gold pedestal cake stand. We added gold mercury and small blue glass jar votive candles, and the children’s book of “The Owl & The Pussycat.”
The dining table was covered in a gorgeous blush pink petal tablecloth. Behind the table, we had our bride and groom models seated in magnificent high backed chairs, covered in white leather. The place settings were layered with gold beaded clear glass charger plates and ivory bone china with gold rims. We also used vintage floral china, and gold flatware. The stemware included cut crystal glasses with gold rims and smaller amber aperitif glasses. White and pastel linen napkins completed the look. The place cards were handmade paper boats with sails, as a nod to the boat in the story. I created a rounded centerpiece of the same silk hydrangeas and roses as the bridal bouquet. For a little depth and contrast, I also added large blush silk peonies. This arrangement was placed in my grandmother’s antique soup tureen, and then placed on top of my vintage white cake stand, with a decorative floral edge. We also added a few small owl and cat figurines, and gold mercury votive candles.
Photography: Stacey Long • Venue: A Walk in the Park Cafe • Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Floral: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Stationery: pink tomato creative • Wedding Cake: cake wasted • Bridesmaid Dresses: Doreen Leaf Designs • Headpiece: Doreen Leaf Designs • Model: Sammy Kay Smith • Model: Conner Moore • Laser Engraving: Meekly Yours • Bakery: A Walk in the Park Cafe • Wedding Dress: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Fashion: English Rose Vintage Oh • Tableware: Millers Party Rental • Cake Topper: Meekly Yours • Paintings: Michal Elaine Johnston • Handmade Items: pink tomato creative • Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Submitted via: Matchology
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Several months ago, I asked Virginia Buckner, the editor and owner of Southern Celebrations Magazine, what type of features she was looking to promote within the next volume of the magazine (Vol. 8). This issue is currently available to order, by the way (insert shameless promotional plug here). She mentioned that she was looking for a styled photo shoot featuring a bridal boudoir theme, and an accompanying article about this particular genre of photography, and why it would appeal to brides. This got my wheels turning. What my team of models and vendors worked with me to create is nothing short of absolutely and amazingly gorgeous!! So please enjoy!!
Written By: Kimberly Lehman | Photography: Stacey Long Boudoir, a divison of Stacey Long Photography | Models: Lauren Simpson, Monyca Tamang, Megan Palko | Event Planner: Kimberly Lehman, Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Venue:Courtyard by Marriott, Canton, Ohio | Makeup: Monyca Tamang | Cake/Cookies: Sarah’s Sugar Cookies | Jeweled Art: Susie Kays Design | Veil: Over the Moon Bridal | Lace Boots: House of Elliot | Invitation: A Pink Sunset | Select Attire & Accessories/Linen/Décor: Lorili Design
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! There are many events that will take place during your engagement and wedding planning, and one of them might include a bridal boudoir photo session. What is a boudoir session, one may ask? It is a photo session, in which you are posed by a professional photographer, wearing pretty lingerie. Often, professional hair styling and makeup are also included in a boudoir session. This photo session may take place in a photography studio, hotel room, or one’s own home. Sometimes photos are taken in outdoor, urban, or unexpected, non-traditional settings. The photos are then often given to your future spouse as a gift before the wedding, or as an anniversary gift.
That’s the basic definition of boudoir photography. But it is so much more than that! Photography is an art form, no question about it. Boudoir photography is that same art form, elevated. It is sensual, soft, cozy, romantic, lush. It can also be edgy and raw, blatantly sexy, and badass. As Patrick Swayze once said in a famous movie, “it’s a feeling, a heartbeat.” Nothing could be more true about this artistic medium. An experienced boudoir photographer can pose you in ways that will bring out curves that you never thought you had, and will show your inner goddess off to perfection. It will leave you feeling glamorous, sexy, and empowered in a way that will keep you (and your significant other) smiling for years to come.
So, what can you expect to happen during a boudoir session? During your initial consultation with a boudoir photographer, you can discuss what you like to wear, whether it is lacy and daring, or soft and sweet. Some of the best boudoir photos I have ever seen have been with the model in an oversized, slouchy sweater, with one bare shoulder, and a pair of warm and cozy socks that reach above the knee. You may prefer to don the bridal undergarments that will be worn on your wedding day. Add your veil for a soft, timeless romantic look. If you or your intended are sports fans, why not go for a playful look with a favorite team jersey? Perhaps you would prefer a button-down shirt and a tie for a classic, professional vibe. Or would you like to go for an all-out bombshell look? The options are endless, as are the wardrobe choices. Play around with different types of looks to see what complements your figure. Don’t forget to consider the shoes, stockings, jewelry and other accessories that will complete your ensemble. A few props can also enhance your photos, like an antique hand mirror, or a soft blanket that feels amazing against bare skin. If you want to feel like a queen, by all means, bring along a tiara. It’s your day! Anything goes!
During your consultation, your photographer will also talk about posing, and how many settings and wardrobe changes you will utilize. You will want to schedule your photo session a few months before your wedding or anniversary, so that your photographer has enough turn-around time for editing your photos, and to place your order for prints or an album.
It’s perfectly natural to feel a little bit nervous about an intimate photo session like this. You will relax once the camera starts clicking, I promise. If you would feel more comfortable with having a gal pal to accompany you to your session, definitely ask. Perhaps they would like to participate in a session as well. Always more fun! Also, go easy on the alcohol and salty foods a few days prior to the photo shoot to prevent bloating. Be sure to drink lots of water, to stay well hydrated, and set your skin to glowing. Enjoy being pampered by a hair stylist and make up artist prior to your photo session. This is your moment to shine, and revel in all of your womanly glory.
I highly encourage all women to schedule this type of photo session for themselves, at least once in their lives. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or size. All women are beautiful in their own unique shapes, and skin tones. The overall experience is amazing, and one that you will never forget! You will come away with quite the boost in self-confidence. You will feel very empowered, and ready to take on the world, in this next chapter of your life. Enjoy!
More images are featured in Volume 8.
We have been blessed to have had our Winter Elegance styled bridal photo shoot featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog today!! Enjoy!
Today’s Styled Shoot is unique because it was specifically created to showcase the venue. The barn at Century Farms was built in the 1930s and fully restored by the current owners. The natural wood tables and chairs in the venue are absolutely gorgeous and the decor fits the rustic elegant theme tied together by a color scheme of burgundy, copper, gold, sage green, and ivory. Enjoy this Winter Elegance Styled Shoot!
WINTER ELEGANCE STYLED SHOOT
Submitted by: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning
What was your design inspiration?
Kerri Lambert asked me to create a styled shoot for her venue, Century Farms, in Carrollton, Ohio. We wanted a winter look, without it being too “Christmassy”. I designed a look that could be used throughout the late fall and well into the winter season. I used a color palatte of burgundy, copper, gold, sage green and ivory. The restored 1930s barn has a lot of beautiful woodwork and handcrafted wooden tables and chairs that begged to be shown in their natural glory accented with candlelight and lush florals. I built my design around those elements.
Describe your flowers.
The florals were absolutely gorgeous! Dietz Falls Florist used deep red flowers, lots of greenery, and ivory and blush blooms to create our winter look. We had a huge centerpiece for our dining table, two large full arrangements placed on copper stands in front of the fireplace, a darling wreath that we hung above the dessert table, two massive bouquets for our models, a charming floral crown, and a hair comb with delicate blooms. There were several stems of loose blossoms that were tucked into the grapevine wreath above the dining table and used in small vases along the table runner. We also used several loose stems of ferns and greenery in various spots to complete our decor. Flowers and greenery included amaryllis, hypericum, cedar, cypress, red roses, burgundy mini carnations, pink lisianthus, and dahlias.
Susie Kay‘s Designs created a stunning gold and ivory brooch bouquet for this shoot. It was a perfect compliment to all of the lush red and green florals.
Describe your cake.
The cake was a brilliant confection of style! The four-tiered cake was created with alternating square and hexagonal layers. Each layer was decorated differently. The bottom layer was covered in burgundy icing and had gold painted fleur-de-lys designs. The second layer was painted with an ombre effect, going from burgundy to ivory. Between the second and third layers, the cake was encircled by large burgundy silk roses. The third layer was decorated in a quilted diamond pattern, accented with small gold balls. The top tier of the cake was covered in ivory icing and then had gold frosting drizzled over the top, and allowed to drip over the sides, to create an awesome effect. The cake topper was painted with the same gold frosting. Overall, simply stunning!
Tell us about your attire choices.
We had several looks for our models. For our bridal model, Sammy Kay, she wore an ivory sheath gown with allover lace and an empire waist as her ceremony look. We accented her natural waist with a beaded sash. Her cathedral length veil was made of soft ivory tulle. She wore sparkly gold heels to complement the look. Sammy’s second outfit, perfect for mingling at the reception, was a knee-length ivory dress with a high neck and sheer illusion sleeves with a diamond pattern. We added a modern red suede belt with a gold buckle and a custom made overlay ivory tulle skirt, embroidered with burgundy and pink roses, and edged in a soft sage green thread. We finished her look with ivory lace boots by the House of Elliot. Sammy’s third look of the evening was definitely meant for the after-party. She wore a nude-colored cocktail dress that was completely covered in brilliant copper colored sequins. She sparkled! She added strappy burgundy suede heels to dance the night away in.
Monyca, one of our bridesmaid models, started the evening in a very sexy, form-fitting dark red velvet dress with a thigh-high slit, that set off her long silver hair and golden skin tone. For her accessories, she wore clear strappy sandals and a delicate floral crown. Monyca’s second look was a sexy, dark golden satin maxi dress, which had thin spaghetti straps that crisscrossed in the back. Both gowns showed off her petite figure brilliantly.
Kerri, our other bridesmaid model, wore two red gowns for our styled shoot. The first was a deep red, floor-length gown with a black lace bodice. The second dress was also a dark red satin, but more form fitting with subtle ruching. Both looked amazing on her! Kerri also wore a lush floral crown created by Dietz Falls Florist.
Please describe any handmade, DIY or personal details.
The gold and ivory brooch bouquet was handmade by Susan Wember Kurtz of Susie Kay‘s Design. The embroidered tulle overskirt used in Sammy’s second outfit was created by Laurie Wallick of Lorili Design.
Describe the tablescape elements.
We had two gorgeous tablescapes for this styled shoot. The first was the beautiful natural wood dining table, that was just too pretty to cover up. The tables are one of the best features of the Century Farms venue. We centered the dining table underneath the large natural grapevine wreath light fixture, which we adorned with loose flowers and greenery. The table, which seats eight guests, was draped with a simple burgundy cloth runner. We layered a long, multicolored scarf that featured our color scheme on top of the runner.
We then added the large centerpiece that featured gorgeous amaryllis and deep red roses. Tall sage green taper candles were added in copper candlesticks, along with gold mercury glass votives. Small clusters of loose blooms were placed along the runner in round crackle glass containers with gold footing. Pinecones and loose pieces of greenery were added to the runner to complete the look. The tableware, although a bit eclectic, created a stunning look on the natural wood table. We started with gold beaded glass charger plates, and then added vintage ivory china edged in gold. We used two types of napkins. The glassware included large gold-rimmed goblets etched with a winter scene.
The dessert table was also eclectic by design, but nonetheless gorgeous! On the wall behind the table, we hung a heart-shaped wreath of fresh greenery and blooms and finished with a burgundy chiffon bow. We placed the stunning wedding cake on the table along with a crystal handled cake knife set, tied in sheer burgundy ribbon. We added a single tall candle holder, that was decorated in a dark red and gold glazed design, and had dark gold scrollwork at the top and bottom. On this, we placed a tall red pillar candle. On the table below the pillar candle, we placed several cut crystal champagne flutes that were edged in gold, and a bottle of bubbly.
We added a vintage tin of coffee (fresh of course), a copper drink shaker, and a jar of homemade hot cocoa mix, to provide the guests with a variety of wintery beverage delights. To complete the overall look on the tabletop, we added the gold and ivory brooch bouquet, and several gold mercury votive candles. On the lower shelf of the table, we added a large lighted “bar” sign and several creamy pillar candles in large cylinder vases. Small touches of fresh greenery finished our wintery dessert table.
Photography: Photos by Mindy Lewis • Venue: Century Farms • Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Floral: Dietz Falls Florist • Stationery: violet and pearls • Jewelry: Susie Kays Design • Veil: Over the Moon Bridal • Makeup: monyca tamang • Model: Sammy Kay Smith • Model: monyca tamang • Model: kerri lambert • Bride’s Shoes: House of Elliot • Non-Floral Bouquet: Susie Kays Design • Linens: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal • Alterations: Lorili Design • Bride’s Skirt: Lorili Design • Wedding Cake: Sarah’s Sugar Cookies • Submitted via: Matchology
We have been blessed to have our Kate Spade in Flannel styled bridal photo shoot featured on the Hello Veil blog! This is a newer wedding blog, and one we are happy to share with all of you!
Our Kate Spade inspired shoot produced two wonderful galleries of gorgeous photos, from two exceptionally talented photographers. This feature showcases the beautiful work of Gabriella Sutherland Photography. Enjoy!
We all know that black and red go together like PB&J but the flannel with the neutral, coral and light blue accented bouquet really give this Kate Spade inspired photo shoot some zing! Let’s not forget to mention that every bride needs a great pair of shoes. I would wear those any day of the week 🙂 Loving the contrast. It all fits together so nicely.
Don’t miss out!! Follow us on Instagram to see more from this shoot. Definitely feel free to follow the lovely planners and photographers as well. Their links can be found at the bottom.
Planning & Design Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning @lleweddings PhotographyGabriella Sutherland Photography @gabriellasutherlandphotography
Venue Spring Hill Historic Home @springhillhh
Stationery Suite Violet and Pearls @violetnpearls
Non-floral Bouquet and Boutonniere Fleur Wedding Bouquets @fleurweddingbouquets
Cake Topper: Ever Laser @everlaser
Fashion Styling & Accessories: Lorili Design Hair Stylist Alysha Mclean @alysha.mclean Makeup Artist Summer Knight @summer_makeup1547 Handmade paper decor Melissa Walker