My 20th Wedding Anniversary has been featured on Pretty Pear Bride!!

Recently, my husband Mark and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary.  We rarely have pictures taken together, and never in a formal setting.  Since I produce several styled wedding photo shoots a year, I thought why not create one that represents my hubby and I.  This was a fun one to put together.  I sent the photographer’s gallery right over to Shafonne Myers at the Pretty Pear Bride blog, and she loved it!  I want to thank all of our wonderful vendors who helped us celebrate.  We could not have had a more wonderful evening!  Enjoy!

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STYLED SHOOT | 20TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY | LOVE, LAUGHTER AND ELEGANCE WEDDING PLANNING

Today’s styled photo shoot is in celebration of the 20th wedding anniversary of Kim of Love, Laughter and Elegance Wedding Planning with her husband, Mark. They decided to have it take place in a location that means a lot to them: Spring Hill Historic Home in Massillon, Ohio. This venue has been the setting of several of her styled bridal photo shoots, and is a treasured location in their hometown. They chose a vibrant color palette of purple and orange, as those shades represent their individual high school colors, and added lavender, pink and gold to complement. Everything turned out so amazing!

 

purple, gold and orange tablescape

wedding decor sign

country porch with wedding decor

purple, gold and orange tablescape

20 anniversary wedding cookies

plus size bride and groom, 20 anniversary styled shoot, plus size bride

20th wedding anniversary photo shoot, plus size bride

20th wedding anniversary photo shoot, plus size bride

20th wedding anniversary photo shoot, plus size bride

20th wedding anniversary photo shoot, plus size bride

20th wedding anniversary photo shoot, plus size bride

20th wedding anniversary photo shoot, plus size bride

20th wedding anniversary photo shoot, plus size bride

 

What was your design inspiration: My husband Mark and I recently celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary, and we wanted to have some new photos taken for the occasion. We wanted an elegant, formal look. We sat down together and decided on the color palette of purple and orange. These are the colors from each of our respective high schools. They are bold colors on their own, so to soften and balance the look, we added lavender, pink, and gold. We also wanted to have the photos taken at a location that is special to both of us. Spring Hill Historic Home, in Massillon, Ohio is one of the original homesteads in the the town of Kendal, which later became the city of Massillon. This estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was also a stop on the famous Underground Railroad. Mark grew up in Massillon, and I have produced several styled bridal photo shoots at this venue. We love it there. It is an amazing place to visit.

Describe Your Flowers: Our florist Kristi, of Precocious Petals, created some amazing floral designs for our photo shoot! She created a large rustic arbor piece, with hanging jars, moss, bright flowers and tealight candles, that we used as the space to renew our wedding vows. She also created a several small bouquets that we placed in front of the arbor for a soft, finished look. On our cozy dining table for two, there was a circular hooped centerpiece that was just darling. On our cake table, we placed Kristi’s pretty two-toned domed rose centerpiece. My bridal bouquet was a lush delight of blooms in oranges, reds and pinks. My husband’s boutonniere was comprised of a rose and berries, and tied with a thin gold ribbon. Kristi used Gerbera daisies, leather leaf fern, salal, Ming fern, hypericum berries, snap dragons, a few succulents, and lots of gorgeous roses in her designs. We loved her work so much!

Describe your cake: When Sarah asked me about the cake that I envisioned for this occasion, I gave her the colors we were working with, and told her to let her imagination run wild. She created a gorgeous 3 tiered confection that took my breath away. The cake was iced in a delicate shade of lavender. The bottom layer was covered in lavender and gold ruffles, and at the front of the top two tiers there was a molded decorative piece that was brushed in edible gold. Along the side of the cake, cascading from the top to the base, was a waterfall of flowers to match our color scheme. Our cake topper was made by Power Laser Cut, of a black acrylic that read, “Cheers to 20 Years”. We also had a tray of beautifully hand decorated cut-out sugar cookies, made by Heather Kay, to match our “”Cheers to 20 Years” theme. Everything looked too beautiful to eat!

Tell us about your attire choices: My husband, Mark, has always looked great in a suit. I wanted to make sure he was looking very dapper for our anniversary celebration. He wore a dark charcoal grey suit, with a subtle light blue pinstripe. We added a silvery grey dress shirt, bright orange skinny tie, purple and orange argyle socks, and classic wingtip shoes. Mark wore his own wedding ring. He also wore custom made cuff links that read “Cheers to 20”. Those were provided by Over the Moon Bridal.

I wanted my overall look to be glamorous, rather than bridal. I chose a floor length, deep purple ballgown, with an empire waist, and ruched bodice. It even had pockets, which I loved! Since I am not very tall, more of a fun-sized woman, if you will, I chose darling lavender suede heels with dark purple trim to go with the gown, and give me a little height. So cute! My jewelry included my own wedding rings, a long necklace with gems in shades of dark pink and purple, a bold bangle bracelet with stones in the same colors, and delicate purple earrings to match. In my hair, I wore a silver comb, that was decorated with silver leaves and white floral beads. I have to also thank Aimee Alessi and Kassidy Haubold for their awesome hair and makeup skills. I felt like a princess!

Please describe your DIY, handmade or personal details: One of the prettiest pieces that we used in our anniversary shoot, was the custom laser cut charger plate, from Power Laser Cut, that read “Mr. & Mrs. Lehman”. It was too nice to put under a plate! So we held it up between us during our photos to show it off. We will be displaying that piece for years to come in our home!

Describe the tablescape elements: We had two tablescapes, one for our cozy dining area, and one for our beautiful desserts. Our dining table was set up on the porch of the Spring Hill home. I covered the table with a floor length lavender tablecloth, and added a dark plum table runner and a length of sheer gold tulle for some sparkle. The tableware was a lovely combination of old and new. The gold glass beaded charger plates are my own, but I layered two antique china plates with different decorative floral patterns that belong to the Spring Hill Estate. The flatware and heavy white embroidered linen napkins are also part of the Spring Hill treasures. The water glasses are from my personal collection, as are the purple and orange champagne flutes, We had custom menus, place cards and a table number made by Emmy Anastasia designs, to enhance the look of the table. The centerpiece by Precocious Petals was a gold circular hoop, surrounded by lush blooms, succulents and greenery. We added a few votive candles, in orange and gold, to set the mood.

Our desserts were placed on a large antique round table in the parlor of the Spring Hill home. I covered the table in a dark plum cloth, and layered a sheer orange scarf, that was embroidered with silver sequins in a floral design, on top. Our gorgeous three tier cake and silver tray full of had decorated sugar cookies were placed on the table, along with my personal cake cutting set, I also added several orange and silver votive candles and a beautiful arrangement of two-toned roses from our florist Kristi to complete the very lush and romantic display.

Photography: Me and the Moon Photography | Venue: spring hill historic home | Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: precocious petals | Stationery: Emmy Anastasia | Videography: video memories, llc | Linens: Canton Chair Rental | Hair: Kassidy Haubold | Makeup: aimee alessi artistry | Jewelry: Encore Resale Fashions | Model: Kimberly Lehman | Model: Mark Lehman | Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Tableware: spring hill historic home | Cufflinks: Over the Moon Bridal | Laser Cuts: Power Laser Cut | Cake Topper: Power Laser Cut | Accessories: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Cookies: Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia | Wedding Cake: Sarah’s Sugar Cookies | Bridesmaid Dresses: Encore Resale Fashions | Groom’s Attire: Encore Resale Fashions | Bride’s Shoes: Encore Resale Fashions | Headpiece: Over the Moon Bridal | Submitted via: Matchology

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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!!

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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

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@videomemoriesfilm                                    @bklaehn93

@celestialbloomsllc

@reasonablepartyrental

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@considerthedress

@encoreresalefashions

@susiekays

@violetnpearls

@cakewasted

@madcelebrations

@weddingsbylaremi

Our Baby Shower styled photo shoot was featured in Southern Celebrations Magazine!!

We have been blessed to have our Gorgeous Baby Shower styled photo shoot featured on the Southern Celebrations Magazine blog!  This feature was also recently published in their print magazine, Vol. 8.  We had such an awesome team of creative vendors that collaborated on this project!  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!!

https://www.southerncelebrationsmag.com/lagniappe/bridal-boudoir-a-definite-i-do?fbclid=IwAR1SHQqjvecxg7ZE5-abFRdpmgC4Y7STiMWOEjxtFlesZzAr_BpbphQR8g0

We have been featured on the Pretty Pear Bride!!

In September of 2018, in honor of my 45th birthday, I collaborated with several talented vendors on a little styled photo shoot.  Usually I am the one coordinating all of the vendors,models, decor and details, but this time, I wanted to do something just for me.  The end result was a fun-filled afternoon of pampering, and I felt like a queen!  I could not have done this without my fabulous vendor team.  Thank you very much, dear friends!

The styled shoot is featured today on the Pretty Pear Bride blog!  My advice:  Never be afraid to celebrate you!  Enjoy!

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STYLED SHOOT | 45 AND FABULOUS | WHATNOT SHOP PHOTOGRAPHY

Today we are sharing an amazing styled shoot. It’s a shoot from someone out of our own wedding industry community… I just love that. Check out what Kimberly of Love, Laughter and Elegance: Wedding and Event Planning.

“This is a styled shoot, celebrating the woman that I am at this point in my life. I am a wedding and event planner with over 20 years of experience. I am also a wife to a fantastic husband, and mom to two awesome daughters. I am confident in my own skin, proud of my education, accomplishments, and abilities, and damn sexy in my own right! I wanted to do something special for myself for my birthday, and to be able to share that day with others.”

What was your design inspiration? have seen other milestone birthday celebrations shared online, and I wanted to do something similar for my 45th birthday, which took place in September. I love the fun, bright colors and peppy style of Kate Spade, and wanted to bring that out in this photo session. Those shades of hot pink, blush, black and gold are some of my favorites, and are also my business branding colors, so it went along perfectly! I wanted to showcase the woman I have become at this stage of my life: educated, successful, vibrant, and damn sexy in my own right!

Describe your flowers.My flowers are a mixture of lush silk blooms, in shades of white and pink: dahlias, magnolias, jasmine, peonies and roses.

Describe your cake.The stunning cake was created by Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted. It is frosted in edgy black fondant, giving it a chalkboard effect. The cake was trimmed in narrow gold ribbon, edible gold paint drips, and blush pink silk blooms. It is easily my favorite cake!

Tell us about your attire choices.I wanted to share my sultry, sexy, and fun-loving sides in this celebration shoot. For one of my looks, I chose a my blush pink leather jacket, which was layered over a black lace bodysuit, and blush tulle skirt. Another one of my favorite looks, was my black strapless dress, to which I had my fabulous seamstress, Laurie Wallick of Lorili Design, add a fun hot pink chiffon ruffle. Of course, what birthday celebration would be complete without a gorgeous tiara! I had so much fun choosing that particular piece, and I definitely felt like a queen for a day!

Please describe any DIY, handmade or personal details.Most of the details were pretty classic, simple and elegant. That is my personal style. The cute paper pinwheels that were attached to the message board were created by Melissa Walker. The sign that I am holding in one of the photos describes some of the things that were popular and culturally relevant in 1973, my birth year. It made for a fun keepsake.

Describe the tablescape elements.The table was covered in a floor length white linen, and topped with a large black and white checked cloth. The stylish cake was placed on a clear glass cake plate, and the gorgeously decorated birthday cookies were styled on a vintage gold framed mirror tray. We added napkins in coordinating colors, and a bottle of bubbly and gold-rimmed crystal champagne flutes. We also had a couple of cute stemless wineglasses, and fun straws.

Vendor Love:

Photography: Whatnot Shop Photography | Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Stationery: violet and pearls | Wedding Cake: cake wasted | Makeup: monyca tamang | Cake Topper: cake wasted | Sweets: Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia | Linens: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Handmade Items: Melissa Walker | Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Accessories: Lorili Design | Model: Kimberly Lehman | Fashion Styling: Lorili Design | Alterations: Lorili Design | Jewelry: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Submitted via: Matchology

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

IMAGINE IT PHOTOGRAPHY

Today we’re going back to the swinging sixties – fitting really given the news today 🙁 – with a charming garden wedding inspiration shoot full of mod fashion, daisies (one of my favourite flowers) and super sweet details; all in a vibrant palette of white, yellow and green that screams Summer……

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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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.

Photography: