‘Bridal Boudoir – A Definite “I Do!”‘

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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!!

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We have been featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog!!

We have been blessed to have had our Winter Elegance styled bridal photo shoot featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog today!!  Enjoy!

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WINTER ELEGANCE STYLED SHOOT

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!

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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.

VENDORS

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 DressDavid’s Bridal • Alterations: Lorili Design • Bride’s Skirt: Lorili Design • Wedding Cake: Sarah’s Sugar Cookies • Submitted via: Matchology

 

 

We have been featured on the Hello Veil blog!!

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!

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Who Doesn’t Like Flannel?

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
Model @sammykay118
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

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We have been mentioned in Martha Stewart Weddings!!

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

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4 Reasons Why It’s Not Worth Stressing About the Weather Ahead of Your Wedding

Let those worries go.

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Photography by: Landon Jacob Photography

When it comes to the most special and important day of your life, it’s hard to not get at least a little worked up over the little details. However, it’s important to realize which factors are in—and out of—your control. One that you can’t predict or change, no matter how hard you try, is the weather. “While it can be a hassle if you are caught in a sudden downpour on the way to your ceremony, or if a freak snowstorm blows in the weekend of your wedding, it doesn’t have to ruin your wedding,” says Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance.

 

She does recommend, however, that all couples have a backup plan in place for your wedding, especially if any part of your celebration will take place outdoors. To help you cope with the unpredictability that comes along with wedding weather, here are some key reasons why it’s not worth stressing over.

 

RELATED: WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO RESCHEDULE OR CANCEL YOUR WEDDING DUE TO THE WEATHER?

 

You can’t control it.

To really enjoy the wedding day to the fullest, Leah Weinberg, wedding planner, owner, and executive planner at Color Pop Events, urges brides and grooms to accept that certain things will happen that day that are outside of their control. “When those things happen, you’ve just gotta roll with it,” she says. “Embrace whatever happens and make the best of it—that advice goes for things other than weather, too.”

 

Stress might kill the mood.

Not only is stress bad for your own health, but it can impact the moods of those around you. “If you find yourself snapping at others due to the weather, it could potentially cause more permanent damage,” says Sabrina Zeile of Weddings By Sabrina. “Even though it’s your special day, it’s important to be considerate of others.” If the weather is poor, she suggests shifting your focus to another aspect of the wedding like dancing.

 

Inclement weather might enhance your photos.

Believe it or not, but rain can make for incredibly romantic photos with ideal lighting, so embrace it! “I’ve seen some stellar photos taken on rainy days, so if you’re bummed about the rain, just flip your mindset and think of all of the cool images that are going to come out of it,” says Weinberg.

 

Your wedding day will fly by.

What’s the use in spending the majority of it worried and stressed? It’s important to remember that this day will happen rain or shine, and it will fly by. Instead of spending this precious time stressed out, which can cause negative effects such as headaches, fatigue, upset stomach, and muscle pain, Zeile suggests relaxing and re-focusing so you can enjoy the moments you do have while they’re happening.

We have been featured on Aisle Society!!

We have been blessed to have our Kate Spade Inspired styled bridal photo shoot featured on Aisle Society, via The Budget Savvy Bride!!

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  • Kate Spade Inspired Wedding Cake

This styled shoot was inspired by the classic and timeless Kate Spade! We love the eclectic patterns and the pink, white, black, and gold color scheme.

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We have been featured on Martha Stewart Weddings!

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

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Can You Start Tracking Down RSVPs Before the Due Date?

We know you might be impatient.

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If you’ve been an invited wedding guest before, you know the drill: You receive the invitation and your response card, along with a due date indicating when you must let the bride and groom know whether or not you’ll be in attendance. Sounds simple enough, right? But when you’re on the other end of things—the bride and groom awaiting dozens of RSVPs—you realize things become a bit more complicated. You’re at the mercy of your invited guests, and when people don’t respond by the designated date, you’re essentially required to track them down.

Should a couple anticipate the inevitable—that their guests won’t respond in time—and reach out to them before the due date to get an answer? The answer, according to wedding experts, is a resounding “no.” In fact, the pros agree that trying to track down invited ahead of the “RSVP by” date you’ve outlined on your invitations is seen as a rude. “With invites, it’s important to stay organized and calm throughout the entire process,” says Sabrina Zeile of Weddings By Sabrina. “I think couples are often eager to cut their guest count due to costs per person, but the response due date should be at least three weeks before your wedding, which gives guests enough time to decide if they can attend.” By reaching out for an answer before then, your guests may not have a chance to make travel arrangements, request time off work, or determine if it’s in their budget to attend.

If you fear that stress over the bottom line is what would force you to track down RSVPs early, the best thing you can do is only invite the number of guests you can afford to host. Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance says that most brides and grooms anticipate a certain number of invited guests will decline the invitation, but that’s risky business—if they don’t, you’re on the hook financially for the group. She recommends creating an “A list” and “B list.” “For every person on the ‘A’ list of invitees who declines, an invitation could be sent to a guest on the ‘B’ list,” she explains. In order to do this successfully, you’ll need to set an early RSVP date and have two sets of invitations (one with an early RSVP date and another with a later one) printed.

If you’ve already sent your invitations and realize that the RSVP deadline you listed is too late, you have a few options, explains Lindsey Nickel, wedding planner and owner of Lovely Day Events. “The couple could send a quick and polite text to each guests, if there are not a ton or she could send a paperless post invite to the guests and request them to RSVP sooner via that link.” No matter what you’d do, you should apologize for asking for their response early, explain why you’ve reached out ahead of the RSVP date, and express understanding if they need more time to finalize their plans.

As in all situations, the couple should handle themselves with as much grace, tact, and patience as possible adds Lehman. “The last thing a couple wants to do is to become stressed out over the guest count.” Keep calm and remember that once the due date has passed, you have full permission to start tracking those RSVPs!

We have been featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog!!

We have been blessed to have our Kate Spade Inspired styled bridal shoot featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog!  

KATE SPADE INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT

Today’s styled shoot was inspired by the classic and timeless Kate Spade! The background story is the bridal model is getting ready at her family home, while waiting for her love, and another couple, that will be witnessing the intimate ceremony. We love the eclectic patterns and the pink, white, black, and gold color scheme. Enjoy this Kate Spade Inspired Styled Shoot!

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Submitted by: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning

What was your design inspiration?

I have always loved Kate Spade‘s style. Timeless, elegant, chic. I have wanted to put together a styled photo shoot with some of her signature colors for a while now. I try to put a unique spin on all of my themes when I am designing for a photo shoot or my clients. This time, I added a black and white checked pattern to the mix. It added a quaint country touch to a sophisticated style, and made it absolutely adorable!

Describe your flowers.

The flowers were a mixture of fresh and silk blooms. The cake had two small cascades of fresh fuschia tea roses, raspberry mini carnations, and hypericum berries. The silk arrangements on the cake table included silk blush peonies and roses in vintage glass bottles. The silk floral centerpiece on the dining table featured large white magnolias, fuschia dahlias, blush peonies, and white jasmine blossoms. The gorgeous bridal bouquet and boutonniere were created by Linda Silvestri, of Fleur Wedding Bouquets. They featured colorful silk flowers, pink pearls, and black and white checkered ribbon to match our theme.

Describe your cake.

The delicate, single-tier cake was a homemade vanilla bean cake, frosted in vanilla buttercream, and covered in two small cascades of fresh flowers.

Tell us about your attire choices.

I wanted to keep the bridal look for our model, Sammy, very sweet and simply elegant. She wore an understated brilliant white gown, with an embroidered bodice, and organza floor length skirt. We added extra fullness with an additional crinoline. The black and white checkered blouse, tied over the top of the gown, added a relaxed sophistication to the overall look. We had two different pairs of shoes, one being a sparkly gold heel, and the other being an adorable pair of hot pink and white polka dot pumps.

Please describe any handmade, DIY, or personal items.

The colorful paper pinwheels that were hanging above the cake table were created by Melissa Walker. The black and white pinwheels were made of printed sheet music, and the hot pink ones had printed centers that read “pop, fizz, clink”. Very whimsical and playful.

The gorgeous bridal bouquet and boutonniere were created by Linda Silvestri, of Fleur Wedding Bouquets. They featured colorful silk flowers, pink pearls, and black and white checkered ribbon to match our theme.

Describe the tablescape elements.

The dining table was draped in a hot pink linen, with a striking black and white striped table runner. The centerpiece was created with three gold and glass open lanterns of varying sizes and large pillar candles. Surrounding the lanterns there were silk magnolias, dahlias, peonies, and jasmine blooms. The table settings consisted of square plates and bowls with a simple black design and black napkins. We added two Kate Spade embroidered dinner napkins at the place settings of the newlyweds. The antique silverware and glassware are part of the Spring Hill Historic Home estate collection, as are the chairs at the dining table.

The cake table, which we placed on the front porch of the Spring Hill home, was covered in a bright white linen and topped with a large black and white checkered tablecloth. We added the small homemade wedding cake on a glass pedestal plate, and cake knife set, tied with black and white polka dot bows. Also placed on the table were fuschia napkins, gold-rimmed champagne flutes, and soft silk florals. The small, antique dessert plates and silverware are part of the Spring Hill Historic Home estate collection.

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Photography: Whatnot Shop Photography • Ceremony Venue: spring hill historic home • Reception Venue: spring hill historic home • Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Floral: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Stationery: violet and pearls • Non-Floral Bouquet: Fleur Wedding Bouquets • Wedding Cake: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Non-Floral Boutonniere: Fleur Wedding Bouquets • Linens: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Hair: Alysha McLean • Makeup: Summer Knight • Handmade Items: Melissa Walker • Model: Sammy Kay Smith • Cake Topper: Everlaser • Fashion: Lorili Design • Shoes: Whatnot Shop Photography • Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Vintage Rentals: spring hill historic home • Accessories: Lorili Design • Submitted via: Matchology

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