We were featured on Engaged Wedding Planner Academy!!

A short time ago, I was asked by Valerie Pritt, founder of the Engaged Wedding Planner Academy, if I would write a guest post for the blog about how to plan a styled bridal photo shoot.  I happily agreed, as this is a subject I am quite passionate about!  (If you would like to check out some of my past photo shoots, please feel free to hop on over to my media page.) 

In this article, I outline the different stages of planning and producing a styled photo shoot, from a planner’s prospective, and my personal process.  Please feel free to comment or ask questions relating to styled photo shoots.  Enjoy!

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How to Do a Styled Shoot

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Today we have Kimberly, founder of Love, Laughter & Elegance Wedding and Event Planning, giving us great advice on how to do a styled shoot. She has planned and participated in over 14 styled bridal photo shoots since 2016.  All of her styled bridal photo shoots to date have been published, both in print and online.  If you have plans of doing your first styled shoot soon, this article is a great place to start.

HOW TO DO A STYLED SHOOT

Styled photo shoots are not a new concept.  Photography has long been a huge medium for commercial business advertising, as well as creating aesthetic artwork.  Newer photographers are highly encouraged to participate in and host photo shoots, as a way to develop their skills, and create content for their portfolios and social media outlets.  Not every photo shoot has to be elaborate in subject matter and style.

WHAT IS A STYLED SHOOT?

A photo shoot could be as simple as a pretty little girl, twirling in a princess dress, in a park setting.  Or, one may shoot a romantic picnic setting with an attractive couple.  Often, a single female model is the subject, clad in a stunning outfit, with hair and makeup professionally done.  The model might carry an oversized picture hat, or a lush bouquet of flowers, or an adorable puppy.  The options for choosing what, where, and when to shoot photos are endless.  Our world is a continually evolving source of inspiration for photographers, and videographers, to capture and create appealing images.  In turn, the need for appealing images especially applies to the event, entertainment, and hospitality industries, who in turn use those images to attract customers.

PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE

As a wedding planner with more than twenty years of experience, I have a sincere appreciation for amazing photographs of a beautiful wedding or event.  I love to look at magazines and books, as well as online at blogs and social media sites that feature gorgeous weddings, styled photo shoots and parties.  Having worked with numerous talented photographers over the years, I have learned about different styles of photography, such as moody, vibrant, and light and airy.

I understand the differences between candid photography, portraiture, and photojournalism.  I know that shooting photos in natural light is vastly different from shooting in a studio, or indoors in a venue that might require additional lighting methods.  Also, that editing photos correctly, and consistently, takes considerable time and effort.  I love it when I receive galleries full of stunning photos from a photographer, from a recent wedding or styled photo shoot, that we worked on together.  I greatly appreciate photographers, and their hard work.  This is not only a job or career for them, it is a passion, and a labor of love.

Photographers are obviously key players when planning a styled photo shoot. But what about the other vendors?  What roles do they play in the process?  In all honesty, planning a styled wedding photo shoot is much like planning an actual wedding, just on a smaller scale, that involves other creative professionals.  As a wedding planner, when I am organizing a styled photo shoot, I come up with a game plan.

HAVING A GOAL

First, I determine what my goals are for producing a styled photo shoot.  Usually, the goal is to submit the professional photos for national publication, both in print and online.  When the photos are published, this creates exposure, not only for myself, and my planning business, but for all of the creative entrepreneurs that contributed their time and talents to the event.  Exposure, in turn, will drive traffic to the websites of the vendors and models involved, and will generate inquiries and bookings for their services.

Another, secondary, goal is to create something unique and beautiful, just for my own personal creative aesthetic.  I have to admit, once one has planned a styled shoot, it becomes quite addictive.  Especially if you love to see your work published, as I do, being shared with thousands of people.

CHOOSING YOUR DESIGN

The next step in my planning process is to create the overall aesthetic for the styled photo shoot.  I take into consideration several factors, such as the time of year for the shoot, whether I want to hold it indoors or outside, potential locations, theme, and colors.  I think about the potential available models and creative professionals, and any special elements I might wish to incorporate, like a vintage vehicle, or certain types of flowers.

Then I start looking online for photos that might work well together to reflect the overall theme.  Pinterest is a great resource for putting ideas together, as well as Canva, and sometimes I use Google Images for additional inspiration.  Then I compile all of the images I really like into one inspiration board, and that becomes my reference for the styled photo shoot.  I share the inspiration board with my models and vendors, so that they have a clear idea of the overall look I am trying to achieve.

PICK A LOCATION

Setting the scene is the next step.  Everyone always says, “location, location, location”.  It is very true.  The location selected for a styled photo shoot, can, in part, determine if a submission will be accepted for publication.  That is not to say that you cannot take a “blank canvas” of a venue, such as a plain party hall, or a warehouse space, and absolutely transform it.  It is done by professionals, every day, in the event industry.

If, however, you select a location with historical value, interesting architectural details, or simply gorgeous landscaping and scenery, you increase your chances of having your submission accepted.  I try to create a list of potential venues that would work with the theme of my styled photo shoot.  Then I contact those venues, and give them a range of calendar dates, to see what might be available.  Once an agreement has been made with a venue to use their location for the styled photo shoot, I will begin to contact vendors and models to feature in the photo shoot.

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FINDING THE RIGHT VENDORS

Finding the right vendors and models to participate in a styled photo shoot can be a challenge, sometimes.  Everyone has busy lives and crazy schedules.  Many vendors have families, or other careers, that will take precedence over my request for collaboration on my current project.  As I have been involved in the wedding and event industry for over twenty years, I have built an extensive list of vendors that I love to work with and refer.

I am also always open to meeting and working with new vendors, both established, and those that are just starting out.  This is where networking skills come in handy, to connect and collaborate with vendors.  Sometimes I have trouble finding an available vendor or two to complete my team for the styled shoot, like a florist or baker.  I will reach out to my other contacts, for referrals and suggestions.  Most of the time, people are happy to help, even at the last moment.  Even if we do not have a team member available for every category, like hairstyling or specialty linens, many of my vendors are talented in other areas, and will pitch in to fill the gaps.

My team always comes together to produce an amazing styled shoot.  It is often recommended that contracts are to be used when working with vendors and models.  My team members work with me on a voluntary basis, and I am upfront with my expectations from each vendor, what their role is in the styled shoot, and what they will receive in return, which is professional photos of the styled shoot to use in marketing and social media.  They will also receive credit and promotion when a styled photo shoot is published and shared through print and online media sources.  I strongly believe in “community over competition”.  I want my vendors and models to enjoy working with me and want to continue to assist me in producing beautiful, inspiring content for everyone to enjoy.

PLANNING OUT THE DETAILS

Once I have my creative team in place, the next step is planning out the details.   The details are the elements of the styled shoot that reflect your vision of the event.  The big elements will include the cake, the flowers, the models and their attire, and of course the venue or outdoor setting.  As important as it is to have those components in your styled shoot, for me, it’s the little details that tell the story of the event.

I will start sourcing small items like jewelry, décor, tableware, vintage greeting cards, fabrics, and accessories. Sometimes I will purchase clothing items specifically for a shoot.  I will also look for unique items on websites like Ebay, Etsy, and Facebook resale groups.  Local thrift stores are my favorite spots for great deals.  As I have planned out my styled shoots, I have discovered that I have a personal style that I deem “vintage with a twist”.  I absolutely adore vintage items, and I try to use some in each shoot.  Vintage items could be a pretty handkerchief, or a pair of cufflinks for the gentleman.

Sometimes the items are personal to me and my family.  I have used my grandmother’s wedding rings and vintage fur stole, my mother’s artwork and hand painted keepsake box, and even my own china and glassware that were given to me as wedding gifts.  I often use the same items in different styled shoots.  For example, I have used different sets of charger plates in several shoots, my own personal tableware, and linens.  Votive candles, jewelry, accessories and attire have also made multiple appearances in my shoots.  I try to carry at least one decorative element over from one styled shoot to the next.  It creates a consistency in my overall style and branding, and collective body of work.

LEARN TO BE FLEXIBLE

When I have decided on and collected all of my detail items for the particular styled shoot, it is time to plan out the schedule for the day.  This is very much like the way I create an itinerary for a wedding or event for my clients.  The only difference is that for a wedding weekend, certain events must happen in a particular order:  rehearsal, ceremony, social hour, reception, etc.  Within a styled photo shoot event, I have more flexibility in the schedule.

HAVE A TIMELINE

I always state that the schedule is a proposed timeline of events, subject to changes as needed.  If a vendor happens to be running late, or if one of models cannot be at the venue at the same time as the other, I can rearrange certain parts of the setup and shooting schedule to accommodate those needs.  As with any event that I plan, I am working with multiple vendors and moving parts.  It pays to be open minded, and flexible.  My goals on the day of the styled shoot are to make sure all of the people and items are in the places they need to be, to do whatever is necessary to keep things going smoothly, and to try to stay on schedule as much as possible.  All of my vendors and models understand this concept, and graciously work together to produce amazing results.

SHOOT DAY PROVISIONS

On the day of the styled shoot, I am always the first person on site, besides the venue owner or designated representative.  I make sure I have all relevant paperwork, like contracts, contact and social media information for vendors and models, and lists of items and services being provided for the event.  I also have a copy of the schedule, and sometimes a list of specific shots that I would like the photographer to take during the shoot.  Depending on the location, and time of the styled shoot, I do try to provide bottled water and some snacks for my team.  Sometimes the venue will provide those items for us, and that is always a blessing.   There are also times that I will mention before the shoot that each person attending will need to be responsible for their own meals.

I usually have my personal supply kit handy at each styled shoot, the same as I do for weddings and events.  I include basic toiletries, tape, scissors, pens, lighter, paper products, and trash bags.

Pro Tip: I often bring extra items for styling, like different kinds of ribbon, scarves, silk flowers, candles, and small printed signs. Photographers usually like to pair these items with stationery suites and wedding rings for detail shots.  I have seen so many gorgeous layouts, or “flat lays”.  These types of photos really help to tell the story of the styled shoot.

DAY OF SHOOT

Finally, we get to work on the day of the styled shoot, setting up décor and putting the models in gorgeous gowns and stylish suits.  The shutters of the cameras start clicking, and the models are posed in endless ways, pausing only briefly to change outfits, or to touch up hair and makeup.  For as much time and planning that goes into a styled photo shoot, the actual day of the event goes by quickly, and it’s over before you know it.  The anticipation of receiving the finished gallery of images from the photographer is sometimes overwhelming.

CREATING COMMUNITY

When I receive the images, I am always blown away from the depth and excellent quality of the stunning photos, and the talent of the photographer that took them.   I love working with my talented team members and praise them for all of the help they so lovingly and freely give of themselves to bring my visions to life.  I know that I cannot do this alone, and I am exceedingly grateful for everyone that has contributed to my projects, and I love to return the favors by helping others with their projects.  Community over competition is a wonderful concept.  Please share it with others in our industry.  Keep on dreaming and creating!


Kimberly Lehman is the founder of Love, Laughter & Elegance:  Wedding & Event Planning in Canton, Ohio.  She has been enthusiastically planning weddings and special events for over 20 years.  Her personal experience and extensive knowledge make her a resourceful expert within the wedding and special events industry.

(photo credit:  Whatnot Shop Photography)

 

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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!

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‘Bridal Boudoir – A Definite “I Do!”‘

(Disclaimer:  Mature content in post.  Please, no readers under 18 years old.)

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 in Nanny Magazine!!

We have been blessed to have an article featured in the October 2018 issue of Nanny Magazine!

Found on pages 22-23, we penned an article about planning a Spook-tacular Halloween Party.  Thank you for allowing us to share with your readers!  Pick up a copy today!

We have been featured on the Chic Vintage Brides Blog!!

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!!

 

Inspiration Shoots

‘Summer of Love’ – Fun 1960s Garden Wedding Inspiration

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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……

1960s Inspired Summer Daisy Wedding

“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.”

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VIEW THE GALLERY

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 InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

If you love the vibrant colours in this editorial, you might also want to take a look at this mid-century inspired garden wedding inspiration, or this mid-century elopement and this bright and quirky editorial was inspired by Penguin books!

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Imagine It Photography // Venue – Private Residence // Event Planning – Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning // Floral Design – Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning // Stationery – Pink Tomato Creative // Wedding Cake – Cake Wasted // Accessories – Susie Kays Design // Non-Floral Bouquet – Susie Kays Design // Decor Items & Linens – Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning // Paintings – Michal Elaine Johnston // Cake Topper – Everlaser // Hair & Makeup – Ramona Dauksa Studio // Children’s Fashion – Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning // Napkins & Table Runner – Lorili Design // Desserts – Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia // Bride’s Shoes – Susie Kays Design // Veil – Over the Moon Bridal // Wedding Dress – English Rose Vintage Oh // Bridesmaid Dresses – Encore Resale Fashions // Models – Lauren Simpson, Brandon Klaehn, Sammy Kay Smith | Submitted via Matchology

Happy 4th of July! We have been featured on the Artfully Wed blog!!

Happy 4th of July, Everyone!  We have been blessed to have our 1940s War Bride and Groom styled photo shoot featured on the Artfully Wed blog today!!  Thank you so much to all of our vendors and models!  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Enjoy!

PATRIOTIC 1940S STYLED BRIDAL SHOOT

As a wonderful tribute to Love, Laughter & Elegance’s Grandparents and friends who have served in the military, this styled bridal photo shoot captured the classic feel of the many whirlwind marriages of WWII and took place in the historical MAPS Air Museum in North, Canton Ohio. With photography by Imagine It Photography, it is easy to be transported back to 1940 where romantic stories and crisp fashion were ever present.

From Love, Laughter & Elegance: “I have always been fascinated with the fashions and hairstyles of the 1940s, as well as the wartime romances and whirlwind marriages. My father’s parents served during that time. I knew that my grandmother was a WAAC. I have a black and white picture of my grandmother in her uniform, working at one of the local military service clubs. I wanted to capture the feelings of that era, and pay homage to all that served. I wanted to use multiple models, with one more casual wedding look, and one more glamorous. Since many young men of the day had only their uniforms to wear for weddings, I kept the same look for our male model throughout the photo shoot. Our decor choices were styled in classic red, white and blue. Those worked really well with our venue, a military museum filled with vintage airplanes, and other historic items.

I did a lot of research into the clothing of the era. I wanted two distinct looks for our female models, one more casual, and one more glamorous. Our first model wore a pretty blue day dress with red Mary Janes,red-trimmed gloves, a fetching red hat and matching jewelry. Her wedding ring set was my grandmother’s. Our second model, Lauren, we turned into an Old Hollywood siren. The dress had lavishly embellished cuffs and a dramatic open back that was edged in thick sparkling braid trim. There was a detachable train, and we added a cathedral length veil for more drama. Lauren’s jewelry was all sparkle.  Our male model wore a vintage Army Air Force uniform, which fit well with our venue. The Air Force did not become its own distinct military division until 1947.”

As for the extras, decor, flowers, and accessories needed to reflect a simpler time. All flowers used in the styled shoot were very reminiscent of those from the 1940’s – large, lush arrangements, that often were full of garden flowers like anemones, carnations, and lots of greenery. The baker created a simple 3 tier cake, covered in fondant, and adorned with small white flowers and patriotic ribbon with a cutout cake toper themed with a very popular song of the era. The tablescape was topped in classic red, white and blue and personalized with some very symbolic items of the time like Classic Coca-Colas with vintage striped paper straws, Cracker Jacks, simple class jars, coconut macaroons and WWII propaganda posters.

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