We have been featured on Storyboard Wedding!!

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!

Moody Vintage Wedding Inspiration

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.

Photography: Imagine It Photography | Venue: The Glidden House | Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: Celestial Blooms, LLC | Stationery: Emmy Anastasia | Videography: Video Memories, LLC | Wedding Cake: Cake Wasted | Linens: Reasonable Party Rental, LLC | Hair: Ramona Dauksa Studio | Makeup: Ramona Dauksa Studio | Jewelry: Susie Kays Design | Cookies: Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia | Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Place Cards: Violet and Pearls | Model: Lauren Simpson | Model: Sammy Kay Smith | Model: Brandon Klaehn | Table Numbers: Violet and Pearls | Bridal Salon: Consider the Dress | Bridal Salon: Encore Resale Fashions | Bride’s Shoes: Encore Resale Fashions | Bridesmaid Dresses: Consider the Dress | Veil: Over the Moon Bridal | Headpiece: Susie Kays Design | Wrap: Weddings by Laremi | Submitted via: Matchology

We have been quoted on Martha Stewart Weddings!

We have been blessed to be quoted in an article on Martha Stewart Weddings!  Thank you, Jenn Sinrich!!

https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/2108542/should-you-buy-wedding-dress-before-engagement?fbclid=IwAR2Bgc_w4C5E3cnekWU9KIm2157e8pB7HNmw_0KZrKUz76LkVl4DMu-szx8

Should You Ever Consider Buying a Wedding Dress Before Getting Engaged?

There are a lot of sides to this argument.
By Jenn Sinrich

September 27, 2019

wedding dress rack shopping with grandmaPhoto:  Diane Hu

Whether you’ve stumbled across the wedding dress of your dreams at a can’t-pass-up price or know that your engagement is just weeks away, you might be eager to begin the search for (and lock down) the gown that you’ll wear on the most important day of your life. But should you ever go so far as to buy a wedding dress before you actually get engaged? Opinions on this tricky topic vary.

 
Diane Lloyde Roth, celebrity and wedding stylist and owner of L’Armoire, considers it not only bad luck to purchase the wedding dress before getting engaged, but also just bad form. In addition to being presumptuous, you also don’t know where you’re going to get married or what time of year, both of which will play a large part in picking a dress. “For example, if you are getting married in the summer, you don’t want to be wearing a heavy gown,” she says. “Also, the style will reflect the location, whether it be a beach wedding, a formal ceremony in a church, or perhaps a more casual wedding location.” Another important factor that she points out is that body size and shape as well as style changes over time, so if you’re not getting married in the next calendar year, you might find yourself with a dress that’s the right size and/or a style that’s no longer “in.”

Jodi R.R. Smith, owner of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, on the other hand, doesn’t think this idea of buying a wedding dress before you get engaged is as crazy as it sounds. “Weddings can be very pricy affairs, so if you’re able to find a dress you love even before the engagement is official (or even before you find your significant other!), go for it,” she says. “Think about it this way: Brides who wear their mother’s wedding dress technically have their dress before they have the ring, so why should this situation be any different?”

Danielle Rothweiler, owner of Rothweiler Event Design, feels that there are a few scenarios that make sense for someone to consider buying a wedding dress pre-engagement—one being if she and her other half are discussing a future engagement that happens to be quite informal, especially if the engagement period is going to be short. “Most wedding dress take nine months to one year to be ordered and then altered for the bride, so if you’re talking about getting married and setting up details including the date and have limited time, you should start shopping in advance,” she says.

Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance, feels that the decision is really dependent on the bride herself and her unique situation. “A wedding dress is one of the most personal and expensive purchases that someone will ever make, so there are a lot of factors to take into consideration,” she says.
Bottom line: What’s right for you might not be right for your friend, sister or co-worker, so take the advice you’re given lightly and ultimately go with your gut. If it’s the dress of your dreams, why let it go to another bride?

 

Our article has been featured on the Pretty Pear Bride blog!!

We have been blessed to have our article featured on the Pretty Pear Bride blog!  In chatting recently with Shafonne Myers, founder of Pretty Pear Bride, we covered a wide range of topics relating to the plus-size bride.  One of those topics included confidence in being a plus-size woman.  Also relating to having confidence as a woman with curves, we discussed posing in different types of photography:  engagement, wedding, and bridal boudoir.  Bridal boudoir is such an amazing experience!  Very empowering, and you feel like a queen.  She asked me to share an article I wrote regarding this subject.  Please enjoy!

http://prettypearbride.com/bridal-boudoir-a-definite-i-do-at-any-size/

BRIDAL BOUDOIR – A DEFINITE “I DO!” AT ANY SIZE

 

Today we have my good friend and fellow bridal industry wedding planning maven Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning sharing some invaluable insights into bridal boudoirs. Ladies this is something that you can do at any size.

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!

We were featured in Southern Celebrations Magazine!

We have been blessed to have our Audrey Hepburn – Funny Face Movie Inspired styled bridal photo shoot featured on the Southern Celebrations Magazine website!  This feature was also recently published in Vol. 8 of the print edition.

Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire are Hollywood Icons.  Funny Face has been one of my favorite movies for as long as I can remember.  The fashions (House of Givenchy), the music, the scenery (Paris and New York) are just incredible.  I highly recommend watching this classic film!  Here is my tribute to them.  Enjoy!

https://www.southerncelebrationsmag.com/audrey-hepburn-inspiration.html

We have been featured on Layers of Luxe!!

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!!

https://issuu.com/layersofluxe/docs/lol_magazine_2019/36?fbclid=IwAR3bGcARG8vUMsqsueiaIFj9UCaQgN6on4ovPWSIBOaf3dmzikeMIGqjV5o

 

Earth Angel screen shot Layers of Luxe

Here is the companion video, filmed by Video Memories, LLC:

 

Vendor List

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 
Lauren Simpson
Brandon Klaehn

Instagram handles

@lleweddings                                                   @overthemoonbridal

@gliddenhousehotel                                      @sammykay118

@imagineitphotography                               @laurenashhhleigh

@videomemoriesfilm                                    @bklaehn93

@celestialbloomsllc

@reasonablepartyrental

@ramonadau

@considerthedress

@encoreresalefashions

@susiekays

@violetnpearls

@cakewasted

@madcelebrations

@weddingsbylaremi

We have been mentioned on WeddingWire!!

We have been blessed, again, to have been quoted in an article on WeddingWire!!  Thank you, Jenn Sinrich!!

https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/stop-being-indecisive-wedding-planning

How to Stop Being Indecisive About Wedding Planning

By Jenn Sinrich – 
 Is indecisiveness causing you some wedding-planning drama? Here’s how to stop being indecisive and move forward in your planning journey.
couple shopping for wedding flowers
Elizabeth Fogarty

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 featured on The Budget Savvy Bride!!

We have been blessed to have our Owl & Pussycat styled bridal photo shoot featured today, on The Budget Savvy Bride!!

https://thebudgetsavvybride.com/poem-inspired-styled-shoot/

 

POEM INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT

This styled bridal shoot was based on Edward Lear’s classic poem, “The Owl and The Pussycat”.  The walls of the cafe are decorated in fantastic chalk art, and there is such a whimsical woodland vibe throughout the entire establishment. Enjoy this Poem Inspired Styled Shoot! Xoxo, Jessica
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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.

VENDORS

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 DressLove, 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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