We have been featured on Chic Vintage Brides!!

We have been blessed to have our Fall Romance styled wedding photo shoot featured on Chic Vintage Brides!! 

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Fall Romance Inspired by ‘Practical Magic’

SHINY PENNY STUDIOS

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. “

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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.

If you’re considering a Fall wedding of your own and are looking for more inspiration for a celebration in this beautiful season, you should take a look at this boho-vintage desert elopement inspiration, or this gothic inspired editorial and this breathtakingly romantic styled shoot at Twickenham House. And this stunning wedding inspiration shoot from Sweden has a beautiful Fall color palette, in a Scandi style. And if its color ideas you are looking for, then do take a peek at these 10 inspiring Autumn palettes!

Amy

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Credits & Contributors

Photography: Shiny Penny Studios | Venue: Spring Hill Historic Home | Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: Cathy Cowgill Flowers | Stationery: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Wedding Cake: Cake Wasted | Rentals: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Hair & Makeup: Aimee Alessi Artistry | Handmade Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Model: Sammy Kay Smith | Model: Sarah Riddle | Cake Topper: Everlaser | Wedding Ring: Raw by Olivia Mar | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal | Wedding Dress: English Rose Vintage Oh | Fashion: English Rose Vintage Oh | Jewelry: English Rose Vintage Oh | Headpiece: English Rose Vintage Oh | Submitted via: Matchology

We have been mentioned on WeddingWire!!

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!

https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/best-wedding-songs-of-all-time

16 Planners Share Their Favorite Wedding Songs of All Time

Jenn Sinrich
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.
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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.

“For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder

“I’m biased since this was my wedding song, however, the reason it’s my favorite is because the lyrics are exactly how my husband and I feel about each other,” says Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design in Verona, New Jersey. “I think it’s really important to pick a song that you and your partner can relate to instead of selecting something trendy.”

“For You” by Kenny Latimore

“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.”

“I Only Have Eyes For You” by The Flamingos

“This is an unexpected first dance song that has some added interest because of the minor keys it incorporates,” says Kate Lerman of Chicago Vintage Weddings in Chicago. “You also can’t go wrong dancing to it!”

“Feeling Good” by Michael Buble

“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!”

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

“It is fun and lively to begin with, and easy to dance to!” says Patti Hasting of P.Hasting Design and Event Planning in Columbus, Georgia. “The line, ‘Then I Look at you and the world’s alright with me,’ should be your mantra of how your marriage should be!”

“At Last” by Etta James

“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!”

We have been mentioned on Martha Stewart Weddings!!

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

https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/2139134/tips-feeling-confident-wedding-day

Every bride should feel great on this special occasion.

By Jenn Sinrich

November 25, 2019

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.

Related: Easy Ways to Get Your Energy Up Before Your Wedding

Hire a great vendor team.

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!”

Be organized.

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.

Related: Five Tips for Feeling Your Best on the Morning of Your Wedding

Schedule engagement photos.

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.”

Our Stargate Atlantis styled shoot was featured on Storyboard Wedding!!

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!

http://storyboardwedding.com/stargate-atlantis-inspired-wedding-editorial/

Stargate Atlantis Inspired Wedding Editorial

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!

Photography: Regovich Imaging Company | Venue: Great Lakes Science Center | Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: Cathryne’s Creative Details | Stationery: KatSHOT Designs | Cookies: Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia | Wedding Cake: EAT Cake 216 | Seating: Cathryne’s Creative Details | Linens: Cathryne’s Creative Details | Hair: Heather O’Boyle Erman | Makeup: Heather O’Boyle Erman | Model: Joe Morales | Model: Chula DeJesus | Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Balloons : Designer Events by Fatena | Wedding Dress: Encore Resale Fashions | Bride’s Shoes: Encore Resale Fashions | Bridesmaid Dresses: Encore Resale Fashions | Veil: Encore Resale Fashions | Headpiece: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Bracelet: Encore Resale Fashions | Earrings: Encore Resale Fashions | Cufflinks: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Necklace: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Wedding Ring: Encore Resale Fashions | Submitted via: Matchology

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!

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