Love, Laughter, & Elegance’s antiquated styled shoot with brushed, aged metallics; muted colors seen in florals or other design elements; and baubles scattered throughout the aesthetic is a divine example of the now-often-seen vintage wedding trend into the current age.
Our Autumn Romance styled wedding photo shoot, that has been featured on Chic Vintage Brides, has also been featured on the main page of the Aisle Society website!! We have been very blessed to share this special styled shoot with you. Enjoy!!
Today’s shoot sees us say a sad goodbye to Fall for another year in the most fabulously creative way possible. Inspired by one of my favourite films, and featuring a black wedding cake, a truly unusual engagement ring and not one but two beautiful brides, this editorial is nothing short of magical….
By way of an introduction, here is photographer Keli from Shiny Penny Studios….. “I love the autumn season! I love the variety of colors on the trees and plants, the crisp air, and this sense of magic I always feel. I also love the movie “Practical Magic”, so we wanted to evoke a sense of the film with a nod to the season with a color palette of black and deep emerald greens with touches of copper, to make our own magic.
With so much gorgeous foliage in and around the Spring Hill Historic estate, we added simple floral details. The lush bridal bouquet featured creamy white roses, orange lily, hypericum berries, coral dahlias, fiery red alstroemeria, Italian ruscus, and hints of lavender.
We also used Italian ruscus, large pine cones, and teasels on the dining table, to add a natural element to the strong color palette.
Our table was layered with black and emerald green linens. The black vintage chairs are part of the Spring Hill Historic Home estate, and are replicas of the original 200 year old dining room chairs. The table settings were eclectic, with copper charger plates, vintage green glass plates, and dark green napkins that matched the tablecloth. The vintage silver cutlery also belongs to the Spring Hill estate. The glassware included modern black goblets, and vintage cut green glasses.
This styled shoot featured an eclectic mix of vintage and modern gowns. Our bridal gowns were very different in style, as are our models, Sammy and Sarah. Sammy wore a beautiful modern ivory lace gown with a beaded empire waist and bodice, cap sleeves and court train. In her hair, we added a lovely beaded headband and she wore a vintage Art Deco necklace and earrings, which added lots of sparkle.
Sarah donned a stunning vintage gown from the 1960’s. It was an ivory chiffon over satin crepe gown, with a rosette trim at the waist, and court length train. Soft ruffles adorned the portrait neckline, the long fitted sleeves, and the front of the gown. Around her wrist, we added a vintage necklace as a bracelet, with deep green cabochon stones.
The gorgeous cake was a tall three-tiered delight! Placed on a vintage copper cake stand, the cake was covered in dark fondant, to match our color scheme. The bottom layer of the cake was covered in a dark forest green fondant, while the top two layers were adorned with simple, elegant black fondant. The only decorations on the cake were a copper colored hoop with lush white, burgundy, and coral blooms, and a script “Mrs & Mrs” cake topper. “
Isn’t it fabulous?! I just love the light and the pretty palette is so romantic! Thank-you so much to the wonderful team listed below who lent their creative talents to bring this incredible story to life. And a special thanks to Keli of Shiny Penny Studios for capturing it all so perfectly. You can see more of her beautiful photography by popping across to her website and by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
We have been blessed to have been included in an article on WeddingWire, with several other wedding planners, sharing their favorite wedding songs. Thank you, Jenn Sinrich for including us! Who knows, maybe you will find your favorite wedding song among the list. Please feel free to share your favorite wedding song in the comments. Enjoy!
16 Planners Share Their Favorite Wedding Songs of All Time
By Jenn Sinrich
Looking for the best wedding songs of all time to include in your big day? We asked planning pros for their top picks.
On the laundry list of things you need to plan ahead for in preparation for your big day, one major to-do is choosing your music set list. In addition to hiring your DJ or band, it’s crucial that you go over the songs they plan to play for you on your wedding day. In fact, Farah Saint-Jean of Spectacular Affairs, LLC, in New York City believes music to be one of the most important aspects in setting the mood for a wedding celebration. For this reason, she recommends that the couple not only carefully select their music pros, but provide him or her with a song list that holds special meaning for their relationship or some of the best wedding songs of all time, as well as a list of music that should not be played. “The wrong music can ruin the wedding reception,” she warns.
Jodi R.R. Smith, owner of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, in Marblehead, Massachusetts, agrees that music plays a major role—and recommends songs to match the ages of your guests. “You could play a few from the 40s for your grandmother, a few from the 50s and 60s for your great aunts and uncles, a few from the 70s and 80s for their kids, some from the 90s and 00s for your aunts and uncles, and 2010 to now for your friends and cousins,” she says. “Everyone should be included and everyone should hear a song that resonates so much that they want to get up and dance.”
When meeting with your DJ to plan song selections, be clear in your vision and expectations. Lindsey Sachs of COLLECTIVE/by Sachs in Boulder, Colorado and Minneapolis recommends asking how many songs are reasonable to play given your reception duration so you have a better understanding of how your top picks may be mixed with their selections. “Your DJ may also ask if you’re open to accepting guests requests,” she says. “If so, know that the number of songs played from your list may take a back seat to accommodate.”
To give you some inspiration while you’re making your musical selects for your big day, we asked wedding planners to share, in their view, the best wedding song of all time.
“This is a timeless song that basically expresses one lover’s dedication to the other and evokes emotions of love, gratitude and joy,” says Farah Saint-Jean of Spectacular Affairs, LLC In New York. “It is simply beautiful.”
“The uplifting nature of this song makes me sing out loud every time,” says Lindsey Sachs of COLLECTIVE/by Sachs in Boulder, Colorado. “And, just like a new day, your wedding day is the epitome of the line ‘it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life…and I’m feeling good.’ This song is a beautiful addition to cocktail hour, dinner, or your first dance. When considering the best wedding songs of all time, I think of including songs that most everyone will know, but may not hear that often.”
“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
“The lyrics are meaningful and unique and opens the doors to a lifetime of love and happiness,” says Amy Katz of Amy Katz Events in New York City. “Also, the tempo is perfect and uplifting!”
“It is a classic song that depicts the excitement of finding your true love at its finest,” says Carine Saint-Jean of Spectacular Affairs, LLC in New York. “‘At last, my love has come along my lonely days are over and life is like a song.’ Those lyrics speak to my soul and so many other people’s souls and it’s such a popular wedding song because it transcends time as this song is older than I am but it resonates with both young and old alike.”
“Whatever It Is” by Zach Brown Band
“This was my first dance song and it talks about the person you love just having that ‘thing,’ the ‘whatever it is’ that draws you to them,” says Amber Anderson of Heavenly Day Events in Austin, Texas.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
“This song reminds me of my grandparents dancing together,” says Katelyn Stanis of Wedding Words in Brooklyn, New York. “They were happily married for 61 years. Hearing such a classic and romantic song reminds me of what weddings are all about: true love, family, and legacy.”
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
“Adele’s voice is like rocks in a river, strong, fixed, eternal,” says Nahid Farhoud of Nahid’s Global Events in San Diego, California. “This song brings back lots of memories.”
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
“This song spans across multiple generations and is relatable to practically every wedding guest out there!” says Jen Avey of DestinationWeddings in Wayland, Massachusetts. “It’s energizing and high tempo, but not overplayed or too cheesy. It’s a constant crowd pleaser; something everyone can sing along to and keep everyone’s energy levels up!”
“You & Me Song” by The Wannadies
“I love it because it was my wedding song, but, I also love it because it’s real,” says Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events in Los Altos, California. “The relationship between two people is you and me. And most of the time, it’s not all romantic or like the movies. It’s about being a team. It’s about choosing each other every day. It’s the silly things, the fights, the simple things like watching TV and still it’s you and me.”
“You for Me” by Johnny Gill
“This song resonates with literally everyone,” says Joanna Sheppard of ValiaRose Events in Birmingham, Alabama. “It tells how the two people were living their lives alone and the universe aligned the couple to meet and fall in love. From that moment, dreams came true and they never wanted to separate.”
“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
“It’s such a fun way to end the night,” says Lindsey Nickel at Lovely Day Events in Napa, California. “Most of the guests know the words, they gather around to sing and dance together. It’s a classic song that a lot of people know, so it gets them on the dance floor.”
“Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve
“Love this song for the recessional to an on-site ceremony,” says Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara of Unique Weddings by Alexis in Boston, Massachusetts. “ It’s modern, but love the variety of instruments in the song.”
“Perfect Duet” by Ed Sheeran feat Beyoncé
“The song is literally PERFECT!” says Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance in Massillon, Ohio. “With the vocals of both Ed and Beyonce singing their words of love. I think it’s perfect for a first dance wedding song.”
“Kissing You” by Des’ree
“I have loved this song for over 20 years,” says Ashley Espinal of Dulce Dreams Events in Ozone Park, New York. “It is powerful yet romantic and has this beautiful sense of longing and desire. It evokes so many different emotions all surrounded by love! I had a quartet play this song as I walked down the aisle, and it was truly overwhelming. I’ve seen several other couples play this song in different versions and during different times in their celebrations. It is always a tear jerker!”
If there’s one day you want to feel, look, and act your very best and feel as confident as can be, it’s without a doubt your wedding day—a day that’s entirely centered around you and the love of your life. But accomplishing this feat is a lot harder than it sounds. After all, this is a day you’ve likely been dreaming about for years, if not as long as you can remember, and you want everything to go according to plan. To help make your wedding-day dreams come true, we asked planners to share their best tips for feeling confident in your role as the bride.
To feel truly confident on your wedding day, you need to know that it’s going to go off without a hitch—and that it’s being handled by professionals you can trust to get their jobs done right. Amy Greenberg of Amy Greenberg Events recommends hiring vendors who you really feel understand you and your vision, can be a calming presence on the day, and who you feel comfortable being your advocate. “Trust and comfort are key with all of your vendors,” she says.
Establish healthy habits early on.
Feeling and looking your best on your big day means taking care of yourself in the months, weeks, and days leading up to your wedding. In addition to eating well, exercising, and drinking plenty of water, it’s vital that you get your rest, especially as the 10-day countdown approaches. Don’t forget to pamper yourself a bit, too! “Manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages are wonderfully relaxing treats,” says Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance. “The overall goal is to give you a healthy, radiant glow on your wedding day, which will show from the inside out!”
If you have a wedding planner, you should be all set in this department, but if you’re handling all the details yourself, it’s vital that you keep track of your checklists and timelines. Additionally, about two months before your wedding, Greenberg recommends sitting down with a couple of your most organized and detail-oriented friends and going through all your vendor contracts and noting deadlines and requirements. Then, start inputting these dates in your calendar with a reminder alert a few days before and on the day of. “Make your day-of timeline with the help of your venue or catering team and emcee, review your venue layout, check-in with all of your vendors, and then make more lists (the list of people who will need a day of timeline, all the things you need to pack when you leave your house for the last time before the wedding, what things you still have left to buy, order, or make, like seating assignments, welcome sign, card box, etc.),” she says.
Love your gown—and feel comfortable in it.
Your wedding day is not the day to squeeze into a gown or outfit of any kind that you feel self-conscious in. When choosing your wedding dress, comfort should be one of the biggest considerations. “You should buy something that you feel amazing in today and not something you have aspirations of feeling good in once you’ve gotten in shape or lost weight closer to the wedding,” says Leah Weinberg, wedding planner, owner, and executive planner at Color Pop Events.
Weinberg always recommend that her couples do an engagement session or a couple’s session with their photographer before the wedding. “It’s less about having the photos themselves and more about getting comfortable together in front of the camera, since most couples haven’t been professionally photographed together and might not know how they best interact in front of the camera,” she says. “Doing a session with your photographer before the wedding will get you more comfortable with your partner and also more comfortable with your photographer.”
Do a hair and makeup trial.
For optimal day-of confidence, you should know what you plan to look like—both in terms of hair and makeup. This is where hair and makeup trials come in handy. “You don’t want to spend the morning of your wedding trying multiple styles and re-doing various looks,” says Weinberg. “You want to go into that day knowing what you want and having tried out that look with your hair and makeup person or people well in advance.”
Surround yourself with positive people.
Whether it’s your bridal party, close cousin, or mom, keep people who relax and calm you close by on your wedding day. Greenberg also suggests finding buffers for the family members who are likely to bring you stress. “If there’s someone who you feel like you have to have present while you are getting ready but fear they will cause you anxiety, ask someone else also to act as a buffer,” she says. “All in all, just make sure that you are surrounded by the people who make you feel like the best version of you and you will feel confidence with ease on your special day.”
Remember to breathe—and smile!
Your wedding day is your day, and one you won’t get back—so make the most of it! “If something is really bothering you, talk it out with your partner, family member, friend, or professional counselor,” says Lehman. “Whatever you do, don’t let a small issue get bigger over time until it seems near impossible to overcome.”
For those of you who know me, know that I am a huge Sci-Fi fan. Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate – I love them all! Sometimes, the stories within the stories, reflecting the development of relationships between main characters, will grab me and take hold. Especially if the relationship is a romantic one. One such relationship is that of Col. John Sheppard and Teyla Emmagan, on the Stargate Atlantis tv series. Played by actors Joe Flanigan, and Rachel Luttrell, they never quite became a couple but there was plenty of chemistry between the two. If you are part of any ComicCon, fanfiction, or other fan-based groups, you would see that this pairing is quite popular, and many people wish their characters had gotten together during the show. I am certainly one of those fans.
I am so obsessed by John and Teyla’s story, that I designed an entire styled wedding photo shoot around it. This is my interpretation of their wedding, had it taken place during the tv series. My fabulous team of vendors joined me at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, to produce this stunning visual tribute to one of my favorite shows, and two of my favorite characters. We have been blessed to have this styled shoot featured on the StoryboardWedding blog! I hope you enjoy!
Anyone die-hard “Stargate Atlantis” fanatics? Or how about outer space buffs? Regardless, this “Stargate Atlantis” inspired wedding editorial is right up your alley. Kimberly Lehman from Love, Laughter, & Elegance planned this stellar shoot with epic attention to detail and an explosion of any and all things about space exploration.
Kimberly headed to the Great Lakes Science Center to dress it up with deep jewel tones like midnight blue, royal blue, emerald and jade green; with pops of gunmetal gray and naturally, gold. The shades were a common feature in the sci-fi show and of course, looking up into the heavens, you’ll see a few of them staring back at you. We love the fun allusion of spheres in the ceremony setup, and the reception’s tablescape hosts an elongated floral centerpiece with beautiful geometric structures. Without fail, the EAT Cake 216 stood its ground and rose to the occasion. The three-tiered cake was brushed with various dark shades and had stand-out gold constellations dotted throughout. Cheers to this group of talented vendors. You all out did yourselves!
We have been blessed to have our Earth Angel Styled Wedding Photo Shoot featured on Storyboard Wedding!! The Earth Angel shoot was one of the largest and most elaborate we have produced so far, in February of 2019. Held at the Glidden House in Cleveland, Ohio, and photographed by Stephanie and John Uptmor of Imagine It Photography, it was a wonderful day, filled with fantastic models and vendors collaborating to create amazing art. Enjoy!
An antiquated wedding styled shoot always has a few of these essential components: brushed, aged metallics; muted colors seen in florals or other design elements; and baubles scattered throughout the aesthetic. More is always more when it comes to vintage editorials, and we couldn’t help but realize that this is so on par with moody wedding inspirations. The design concepts for both are almost always luxe and glamorous, with an element of very slight modernity. These two styles absolutely adore their trinkets and their attention to detail, but you’ll also find contemporary styles like geometrics or sharp lines and crisp colors thrown into the mix. Love, Laughter, & Elegance’s moody vintage wedding inspiration is a divine example of these awesome vendor teams taking the now-often-seen vintage wedding trend into the current age.
Event planner Kimberly Lehman was inspired by seasonal transitioning and wanted to showcase it by bringing “heaven on earth”. We are besotted with this color palette: dusty blues, steel greys, lavender, blush, peach, and gold. It’s such a striking line-up and to follow up with that, the florals by Celestial Blooms were so stellar and lush. Large installations were created for the ceremony and reception concepts, respectively. The bridal bouquets donned a variety of blooms like lavender and blush roses, white hydrangea, silver dollar eucalyptus, protea, wheat, pampas grass, albino peacock, and white ostrich feathers. We also get to see a fun idea of having two brides with two different looks, and then outfit changes to give more variety to the viewer. Undoubtedly, after checking out the photos, this inspiration was a labor of love and we completely commend everyone on such a job well done.