This styled bridal shoot was inspired by “The Starry Night” painting by Vincent van Gogh. The shoot is set in a historical home in Massillon, Ohio, and features a gorgeous custom made bridal gown, and beautifully themed decor details. Enjoy this Starry Night Inspired Styled Shoot!
STARRY NIGHT INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT
Submitted by Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning
What was your design inspiration?
I have long wanted to do a starry night theme. Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting plays well along with this. The mood was to be ethereal, light, sparkling and romantic. A little bit of heaven on earth, if you will.
Describe your flowers.
I wanted to use a mostly white floral scheme, with a hint of blue and silver. My florist created lush, gorgeous bouquets and a centerpiece featuring white anemone, white hydrangea, scabiosa, waxflower, white veronica, dusty miller, and peonies. The flowers were a bright contrast against the navy and silver table linens and formal dresses. The flowers were also to be reminiscent of groups of stars.
Describe your cake.
The cake that Gearhart Custom Cakes created is absolutely gorgeous! It is a four-tier cake, with the bottom layer hand painted in silver. The top 3 tiers are covered in sparkling navy blue edible glitter. Each tier is defined by a band of bling. The topper is a custom acrylic piece made especially for this project, to finish the cake beautifully.
Tell us about your attire choices.
The attire for this styled shoot was so glamorous! The bridal gown and starry overskirt were custom-made for this shoot by Nidel Dresses in Louisiana. It is a modified trumpet gown with a strapless, sweetheart neckline, and corset back. The removable overskirt features a jeweled belt, and layers of starry fabric. Light and flowy, and simply gorgeous! The cathedral length ombre blue bridal veil was from Over the Moon Bridal in Washington state. The dark blue bridesmaid gown was provided by Doreen Leaf Designs in Hartville, Ohio. The designer is Madeline Gardner for Mori Lee. It is a floor length gown with allover lace and sequins. Very sparkly!
The gentlemen wore stylish suits of their own. The groom’s dark blue tie, pocket square, and pocket watch were all provided by Groomsday. The groomsman’s silver bow tie was provided by Doreen Leaf Designs.
Describe any handmade, DIY or personal items.
The jewelry provided by LivyLynn Vintage is handmade and very unique. Their collection is eclectic and matched our bride’s fun-loving personality.
The dark blue gauze table runner on the outdoor tablescape was custom made and hand-dyed especially for this shoot by Thistle and Twill. There are little white flecks in the material of the runner, that are reminiscent of stars twinkling in the night sky.
Describe the tablescape elements.
We had three tablescapes for this shoot:
The indoor tablescape was created on the 200-year old dining table and chairs, which are part of the Spring Hill Historic Home estate. We used the navy blue satin tablecloth and napkins, and the navy diamond overlay, from L’nique Linens. The silver luxe charger plates are also from L’nique Linens. The china, silverware, and crystal are all part of the Spring Hill estate. The floral centerpiece was created by Alyssa Schlegel, and we used the gold cake topper from Ever Laser to complete the look. The favors are blue and silver wrapped Hershey’s Kisses, placed in small tulle gift bags printed with silver stars.
The cake table was located in the formal parlor of Spring Hill. The table was covered in the navy blue satin tablecloth and the silver medallion sheer overlay from L’nique Linens. The gorgeous four-tier navy blue and silver cake was provided by Gearhart Custom Cakes. The silver mirrored acrylic cake topper was made by Traditions Engraving. We also placed blue and silver star-shaped votive candles around the table for extra sparkle.
The third tablescape was placed outdoors on the terraced lawn of the Spring Hill home. Dining al fresco under the stars was the order of the evening for our couples. The table was draped in navy blue satin, with a silver sequin table runner and navy blue napkins. The china, silverware and crystal are all part of the Spring Hill estate. The centerpiece is the same one that was used on the indoor tablescape. We changed out the cake topper to a different silver one created by Traditions Engraving, The heavy pewter candlesticks were added to provide illumination into the evening hours.
This versatile venue is a blank slate in the best way.
We’re so excited to bring in another styled photo shoot this week. Like the last few we’ve featured, it takes place at The Estate at New Albany. (Events director Kristen Pulcheon is killing it with getting these things going at her venue, isn’t she?) Unlike those few, this one has a different theme from the others. Gabriella Sutherland of Gabriella Sutherland Photography styled this shoot to be both minimalist and elegant, and we think she really succeeded. This shoot was unique, too, in that it featured a real-life couple instead of models.
“The models were friends of mine,” Sutherland says. “Brianna and Joseph are married in real life and never got professional wedding images done, which made this photo shoot that much more special to me because I was able to give them special wedding photos.” Brianna and Joseph wore their own wedding-day attire for the shoot, which Sutherland styled along with help from Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance Wedding & Event Planning.
“I asked [Lehman] questions throughout the planning process about things that would match the color scheme I wanted/planned for the shoot,” Sutherland explains. “She helped me plan the color scheme of the tablescape and details to match my diea the best we could. I also reached out to vendors that were able to match my ideas perfectly and really tied into the shoot.”
Sutherland sourced many of the props from local antique and second-hand shops, as well as Amazon and Facebook buy/sell pages.
We have been blessed to have our 1960s Mod Daisies styled bridal photo shoot featured on the Chic Vintage Brides blog!! Thank you so much to all of the vendors and models that worked so hard on this shoot! Enjoy!!
‘Summer of Love’ – Fun 1960s Garden Wedding Inspiration
IMAGINE IT PHOTOGRAPHY
Today we’re going back to the swinging sixties – fitting really given the news today 🙁 – with a charming garden wedding inspiration shoot full of mod fashion, daisies (one of my favourite flowers) and super sweet details; all in a vibrant palette of white, yellow and green that screams Summer……
“Welcome to the Summer of Love! The 1960’s were such a cool era. I love Mod looks, the glamorous hair and makeup, and the groovy fashions. I also love bright colors and flowers. Daisies were the perfect fit for this sweet little styled shoot, they are such cheerful and hearty flowers. I decided to use a bright yellow and white color scheme to bring it all together. The overall look is fresh and light, perfect for summer!
We used two different bouquets. One is a brooch bouquet of daisies, created especially for this shoot by Susie Kays Design. The bridal bouquet was a mix of daisies, hydrangea, and small fillers. The bridesmaid bouquet was a mix of daisies. The table centerpiece was a mix of daisies, hydrangea, and fillers in a rustic teapot, set upon a vintage cake stand.
The cake by Cake Wasted was a beautiful three tier confection of perfection! The bottom tier was hexagon shaped, covered in yellow fondant frosting and a delicate white geometric pattern. The top two round tiers were covered in creamy white fondant frosting, and adorned with a cascade of handcrafted daisy blooms. The golden cake topper, provided by Everlaser, read “I love your sunny funny face.” It was a cute nod to one of my favorite actresses, Audrey Hepburn, and complemented the bright yellow color scheme of the shoot.
I wanted vintage attire for this shoot. I chose an elegant, long sleeved cream gown, which featured a woven cream and gold top, and a wide gold belt, which looked amazing on Lauren. On our bridesmaid model, Sammy, I chose a flirty sundress in light yellow with an overall polka dot design. We accessorised with a pale yellow birdcage veil, and short vintage gloves. On our groom Brandon, we kept a clean, classic look with a button down shirt, pastel bow tie and suspenders. On Lauren’s adorable daughter Addie, we chose a light yellow shantung dress with a simple white organza overlay skirt that had a few floral appliques.
Our tablescape was an eclectic mix of items. The lemon yellow satin tablecloth was topped by a daisy print runner, handmade by Laurie Wallick of Lorili Design. We used beaded glass charger plates, white dinner plates with a basket weave detail, and smaller dessert plates with hand painted daisies on them. Glassware was a combination of vintage green cut glass goblets, and small champagne flutes. The matching napkins and napkin rings were also made by Laurie Wallick. The centerpiece was placed on a vintage white cake stand.”
Isn’t it fabulous?? I always picked my Nan daisies when I went to visit her so I love how much they feature in this shoot! Such a huge thankyou to all the wedding pros and creatives whose hard work created this mid-century charmer, but especially to Stephanie and John of Imagine It Photography who captured it all so perfectly. If you would like to see more of their work you should head to their website at imagineitphotography.com – and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Brainstorming different ways to propose is exciting, but it’s also fraught with pressure. You’re approaching a major milestone as a couple, and the moment you ask her to marry you will be one you both remember forever. One of the first decisions to make when it comes to the proposal is location. Where will you pop the question? While many choose to get down on one knee in an exciting, often public, setting, others prefer the comfort of their own home. Neither is a wrong choice, but determining which is right for you depends on a variety of different factors.
According to Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance, proposals at home are a long-standing tradition. “Not everyone has the time, money, or desire to plan an expensive or elaborate proposal,” she says. “In truth, the only requirements for a successful proposal are two people who love each other and want to spend their lives together, the question of ‘Will you marry me?’ and an affirmative answer.” Even an engagement ring is not always a must-have, she adds.
If you’re thinking about proposing at home, consider these pros and cons.
Home is often the most relaxed and comfortable setting for any occasion, but especially something as monumental as a proposal. The lessened pressure to perform in front of a crowd allows the couple the opportunity to solely focus on what’s happening between them. In addition to a more relaxing setting, couples proposing at home score the benefit of having more control over their setting, whereas in a public forum, anything can happen to get in the way of their moment.
Con: It can be underwhelming.
If you’ve been dreaming of the moment you would someday be proposed to since you were a child, and always pictured it happening in a romantic place with lots of people around to ooh and aww it, you might be sorely disappointed when your partner winds up asking for your hand at the dinner table you sit at each and every night.
Pro: Your furry friend can play a role.
It’s tough to include Fido or Fluffy in a public proposal, especially since he might cause a distraction in the midst of such a crowd, but in the comfort of your own home, he can be the star of the show! There are countless ways to involve pets in proposals, and doing so might make the moment all the more sweet and memorable. “My favorite proposal has always been putting the ring on a collar,’ move,” says Catherine Kowalski, founder and designer of Catherine Kowalski Bridal. “While this can get dangerous if you’re cat or dog isn’t trained properly, when done in the security of your home, your chances of a disaster greatly decrease.”
Con: You might not have a photographer on hand.
Unless you hired a photographer, or asked a family member, to hide out in your home until you popped the question, you’ll likely have a hard time scoring a photo of your proposal. If you propose in a public setting however, you’ll have a plethora of people to ask to take your picture, or capture a video of you in the act.
Pro: It’s affordable.
If you’re looking to start saving for your future wedding, the idea of proposing in a place that will cost you an arm and leg isn’t so appealing. But, as Lehman points out, a proposal does not have to be an expensive undertaking. “Other than purchasing an engagement ring, you only need the love in your heart,” she says. “The emphasis should be on the words you say and the memories created in that moment.”
Con: It’s not the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Canyon.
If you and your future husband or wife like to travel or visit grand locations like museums, concert halls or monuments, then an at-home proposal may seem a little lackluster, Lehman explains. However, as an alternative, she suggests making a scrapbook of all the places you’ve visited together, including photos and mementos. “You can title it ‘Our Journey Together,'” she adds.
We were pleased to collaborate with Nikki Avramovich of Avra Studio, on this gorgeous Geometric Greenery styled bridal photo shoot. It has been featured on B.LOVED Blog, a wonderful wedding blog in the UK. Congratulations to all of the vendors and models!
CHIC GEOMETRIC WEDDING IDEAS WITH A NEUTRAL PALETTE + GREENERY
Avra Studio together with Wedding Planner Love Laughter + Elegance shares this modern wedding inspiration a neutral colour palette with hints of gold, black and green, and statement geometrical shapes as well as on trend greenery!
“Photographer Nikki Avramovich inspired this editorial – she wanted to incorporate on trend geometric shapes into a light filled, industrial style setting for a modern wedding. The florals by Nikki’s Perfect Petal Designs were a mix of pretty white blooms and heaps of lovely greenery! The intention was to present a lush mix, adding softness and a fresh look for this urban backdrop and for a industrial chic wedding. The wedding cake designed by Gearhart Custom Cakes was a clean modern design, decorated with gold and marbled geometric shapes. This continued with the stationery by Gold Leaf Calligraphy, where table numbers, and menus were all created to reflect the statement geometric theme. Adding a gold sequin table runner and metallic gold charger plates, with modern gold cutlery- all added a contemporary touch of elegance too. The style of the attire was to feel luxe and modern. For the Groom, a classic suit and tie looked very dapper – and for the Bridal look we chose a dress by All Brides Beautiful which was simply stunning! The gown’s overlay element to the skirt gave it a sophisticated yet modern edge.”
Sometimes I like to share personal experiences of when I was a young bride myself, and not just nuggets of wedding planning knowledge gained over the last 20 years or so. Jenn Sinrich recently asked for brides to weigh in on whether they would or would not wear a veil on their wedding day. I was happy to share my thoughts. Thank you, Jenn!!
Once you’ve said yes to the dress, there’s another important question to answer: Veil or no veil? Here’s how real brides made the call.
“Veil or no veil?” is a question most modern-day brides might be asked. However, decades ago, it was a no brainer that a bride would wear a veil. It has long been a tradition embedded in a myriad of different cultures and societies all around the world. While veils are an undeniably beautiful aspect of wedding day attire, their purpose was for far more than appearance. In fact, a veil symbolized virginity. The act of “unveiling” the bride, or having the father lift the veil and present his daughter to the groom, was symbolically meant to represent the allowance of her to essentially no longer be a virgin. Kind of crazy when you think of it in modern terms, right?
Clearly, nowadays veils have lost most of that symbolism, of course depending on the culture. And, in modern American society, they’re not even an essential, or required, part of the ceremony or wedding day. In fact, many brides choose to forgo wearing a veil altogether. While some choose not to wear a veil because, well, they’re often quite expensive, ranging in price from $200 to $1,000+, others choose to keep their bridal look less traditional. For some women, walking down the aisle with their face covered feels belittling, while for others it’s an important and romantic tradition to uphold.
If you’re still trying to come up with your own answer to the “veil or no veil” question, these opinions of brides who’ve come before you might help you arrive at a decision.
“I never even considered not wearing one”
“I’m very much a traditionalist when it comes to weddings. I love the romance and softness of veils and I wanted to feel like a princess on my wedding day. I wore my veil for my entire wedding ceremony and reception and hated having to take it off at the end of the night along with my wedding gown. I recently pulled my veil out of storage and was showing it to my seven-year-old daughter, when she looked up at me and said, ‘Mom, can I wear that for my wedding?’ My heart just melted. I told her of course she could wear it. Of course, she may change her mind as she gets older, but I will hold onto that dream for her.”—Kimberly L.
“I was back and forth about veil or no veil”
“I tried on so many different types of veils—long, short, small, feathered, you name it. I ended up deciding on a two-tier ivory veil with gems up the sides and it was perfect! I was told by a few people that it tied my whole wedding look together. Looking back, especially at the pictures, I’m so happy that I decided to wear one—it’s the only time in my life that I will be able to!”—Sally L.
“I am NOT a veil girl”
“I sort of suspected that would be the case before I started shopping for a wedding dress, and I only had to try one on for a few seconds before confirming the fact. I know that in Say Yes to the Dress (which I love) the veil is always the piece that makes it feel ‘real’ to the clients—the missing piece that ‘makes them feel like a bride,’ but it felt costume-y to me (which is funny considering we had a Moulin Rouge-themed wedding that was full of costumes). I did, however, recognize that I needed something on my head to make the outfit complete, so I had a friend who’s a professional hat maker create a tea hat for me using the lace from my grandmother’s wedding dress as the foundation and border. Not only is it stunning, but it helped me feel close to her on a day I really wish she could’ve been there for. Plus I’ve worn it like six times now, which is a lot more use than I would get out of a veil.”—Molly C.
“I was team ‘no veil’ until a month before my wedding”
“I consider my style pretty modern and was never into the whole puffy dress and ‘princess’ bride look, so wearing a veil seemed a little over the top. Another factor that turned me off from veils was the price! Like many other brides, I was on a budget, so it was hard to imagine spending over $100 on a piece of tulle that I’d wear for five hours tops. Closing in on less than 30 days before the big day, I had been browsing Etsy every day and found a simple, delicate and pretty veil for around $60. I decided to go for it and figured, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t feel bad about spending that amount. Well, that last-minute decision was one of the best decisions I made during my wedding planning. As soon as I took the veil out of its box, I got butterflies and instantly fell in love.”—Jannelle G.
“I felt pressured into wearing a veil”
“I never wanted to wear a veil, especially because I was having a more casual beach wedding, but felt pressured into it by family members. Eventually, I gave in and bought one. It ended up being so windy that day there was no way the veil was going to work, so I didn’t even put it on. Ultimately, it was a waste of money and I really wish I had stuck to my gut feeling. I think it depends on the bride’s personality and the formality of the event. If you’re Meghan Markle, for example, you probably didn’t have a choice in the matter!”—Kristin C.
“I wore two veils during my wedding!”
“Deciding ‘veil or no veil’ at my wedding wasn’t even a question for me. I knew exactly what I wanted to do even before I found my dress. For me, it was all about the photos during the ceremony and getting those forever memories. I wanted that ethereal look in the church with the light pouring through the windows, and a veil can help capture that light and create that feeling around a bride. I’m also no-fuss when it comes to my personal style. A wedding dress can be a lot to handle on it’s own, and a piece of tulle getting caught in the breeze or in the door or in a cactus (as was my experience) isn’t exactly ‘no fuss,’ so, I opted for both options. I wore a cathedral length veil during my ceremony and photos then switched it up with a floral accent piece in my hair for my reception. Best of both worlds!”—Jessica F.
“My veil caused so much chaos”
“I was ambivalent about the veil or no veil question, but my mom really wanted me to wear one, so I got one to make her happy. Truth be told, I was happy with how it looked, but I didn’t really think it through when it came to our venue. There was a spiral, carpeted staircase I was to descend. As I started going down, I felt the veil’s comb start to pull at the back of my head because my veil had stubbornly attached itself to the carpet at the top of the staircase. I was alone at the top of those steps and had to turn halfway around to tug at the veil to prevent it from yanking my hair back even further or popping right off, which would have been quite the surprise to the 150 people watching. Minor veil disaster averted until we said our vows and began to make our way through the crowd, at which point my husband stepped right through my veil.” —Amy B.