We have been mentioned on Martha Stewart Weddings!!

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

https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/641129/pros-and-cons-proposing-at-home

The Pros and Cons of Proposing at Home

Consider these factors before you decide to pop the question in the comfort of your own home.

Contributing Writer
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Brainstorming different ways to propose is exciting, but it’s also fraught with pressure. You’re approaching a major milestone as a couple, and the moment you ask her to marry you will be one you both remember forever. One of the first decisions to make when it comes to the proposal is location. Where will you pop the question? While many choose to get down on one knee in an exciting, often public, setting, others prefer the comfort of their own home. Neither is a wrong choice, but determining which is right for you depends on a variety of different factors.

 

According to Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance, proposals at home are a long-standing tradition. “Not everyone has the time, money, or desire to plan an expensive or elaborate proposal,” she says. “In truth, the only requirements for a successful proposal are two people who love each other and want to spend their lives together, the question of ‘Will you marry me?’ and an affirmative answer.” Even an engagement ring is not always a must-have, she adds.

 

If you’re thinking about proposing at home, consider these pros and cons.

 

RELATED: WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PROPOSAL POP

 

Pro: There’s way less pressure.

Home is often the most relaxed and comfortable setting for any occasion, but especially something as monumental as a proposal. The lessened pressure to perform in front of a crowd allows the couple the opportunity to solely focus on what’s happening between them. In addition to a more relaxing setting, couples proposing at home score the benefit of having more control over their setting, whereas in a public forum, anything can happen to get in the way of their moment.

 

Con: It can be underwhelming.

If you’ve been dreaming of the moment you would someday be proposed to since you were a child, and always pictured it happening in a romantic place with lots of people around to ooh and aww it, you might be sorely disappointed when your partner winds up asking for your hand at the dinner table you sit at each and every night.

 

Pro: Your furry friend can play a role.

It’s tough to include Fido or Fluffy in a public proposal, especially since he might cause a distraction in the midst of such a crowd, but in the comfort of your own home, he can be the star of the show! There are countless ways to involve pets in proposals, and doing so might make the moment all the more sweet and memorable. “My favorite proposal has always been putting the ring on a collar,’ move,” says Catherine Kowalski, founder and designer of Catherine Kowalski Bridal. “While this can get dangerous if you’re cat or dog isn’t trained properly, when done in the security of your home, your chances of a disaster greatly decrease.”

 

Con: You might not have a photographer on hand.

Unless you hired a photographer, or asked a family member, to hide out in your home until you popped the question, you’ll likely have a hard time scoring a photo of your proposal. If you propose in a public setting however, you’ll have a plethora of people to ask to take your picture, or capture a video of you in the act.

 

Pro: It’s affordable.

If you’re looking to start saving for your future wedding, the idea of proposing in a place that will cost you an arm and leg isn’t so appealing. But, as Lehman points out, a proposal does not have to be an expensive undertaking. “Other than purchasing an engagement ring, you only need the love in your heart,” she says. “The emphasis should be on the words you say and the memories created in that moment.”

 

Con: It’s not the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Canyon.

If you and your future husband or wife like to travel or visit grand locations like museums, concert halls or monuments, then an at-home proposal may seem a little lackluster, Lehman explains. However, as an alternative, she suggests making a scrapbook of all the places you’ve visited together, including photos and mementos. “You can title it ‘Our Journey Together,'” she adds.

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

We have been blessed to have one of our styled bridal photo shoots, and an article, featured on The Budget Savvy Bride Blog!! 

Wedding inspiration can be found in all different places, from different people, and different things. Something we make sure to share with our readers is budget savvy techniques for turning their inspiration into reality! Today we have an awesome, bright, and colorful styled shoot for you from Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning.  Enjoy this Lily Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch!

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Lily Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

Styled Shoot submitted by  Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning

What was your design inspiration?

I love the bright colors of Lily Pulitzer’s designs. I wanted to infuse those colors and a fun, eclectic vibe into our celebration of Lauren and Brandon’s Engagement. Lauren shares my love of bright colors, so it was very easy.

 

Describe the flowers

The flowers are a bright mix of pinks, whites, and yellows, to reflect the vibrant tablescape. The small hand-tied bouquet that Lauren is holding in some of the photos is mostly soft peach peonies. The other flowers she is holding are wildflowers gathered in the park.

 

Describe the cake

The cake was a single layer cake, decorated with brightly colored icing to match our color scheme, and we added a custom topper that read “Future Mrs.”.

 

Tell us about the attire choices

Brandon donned a classic white button-down shirt and dark trousers. His preppy look was complete with a stylish pastel pink bow tie and pocket square. Lauren was stunning in a romantic, floor-length peach lace dress, with three-quarter sleeves, and jeweled sandals.

 

Describe any DIY, handmade, or personal items

Some of the dishes on the table belonged to my grandmother, as well as the cloth napkins, and the teapot that held flowers on the cake table. Also, the flamingo artwork was created by my daughter, Annika Lehman, specifically for this event.

 

Describe the tablescape elements

The dining table is a colorful mix of patterns and colors. I wanted to create a fun and fresh environment, with lots of visual interest. The cake table was covered in vintage linens and colorful treats. The gift bags in front of the table were for Lauren’s soon to be bridesmaids when they arrived at the brunch.

Tips for Hosting a Budget Friendly Engagement Brunch

By:  Kimberly Lehman Owner of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning

“Congratulations on your Engagement!“ Chances are, you are hearing this a lot lately from family and friends.  Or, perhaps you have not yet formally announced your engagement and would like to find a way to surprise everyone with the great news.  An Engagement Brunch is a wonderful way to celebrate this exciting time in your life together, with your closest family and friends.

A brunch is usually less expensive than a multi-course dinner, and you can offer a wider variety of delicacies that will appeal to your guests.  Fresh fruits, bagels, pastries and muffins, assorted juices, coffee, and teas will be the staples of your buffet.  If you have a Keurig machine, you can have a variety of instant beverages, from cappuccino to hot apple cider, for your guests.  Be sure to have some flavored creamers, and a can of instant whipped cream for a sweet flourish of taste.

If you plan your brunch after the announcement of your engagement, you have several options for the style of meal you will present to your guests.   One option is the ever-popular potluck meal, where guests may bring an entrée, side dish, or a dessert to your gathering.  You may wish to offer a main dish, such as breakfast meats:  sausage, ham, bacon, or thinly sliced steak.  You could offer a made-to-order eggs or crepes station, or a waffle bar, with several toppings to choose from.  Guests might decide to bring a fresh fruit salad or fruit pizza, or a cheezy breakfast casserole with hash brown potatoes.  The latter is one of my favorites!  Other fun choices might include frittatas, scones, cinnamon rolls, or classic donuts.  Be sure to also offer options for those guests that have dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free, keto, or vegetarian and vegan.  You might consider having a personal chef to come and present a hands-on cooking class in your kitchen, and then enjoy the meal with everyone.  Also set food and beverages out in several locations, prompting your guests to mingle and chat.

Mimosas and bellinis are also a great way to add some fizz and color to your brunch spread.  You may use your favorite champagne, or sparkling cider or juice for a wonderful non-alcoholic option.  Dip the top of your champagne glass in colored sugar, and add your favorite fruit juice, such as orange, peach, mango, or guava.  Add a splash or two of the champagne and enjoy!

Décor should be simple, as this is not as extravagant as an evening dinner party.  Fresh, bright colors, or soft and sweet pastels are always appropriate.  If your grandmothers or other family members have vintage linens and tableware, see if you may borrow them.  This is a great opportunity to showcase their treasures.  Or perhaps you have a collection of funky handmade pottery that you have been itching to use.  This is definitely the occasion to do so!  Add some fresh flowers in one striking centerpiece, or small groupings, and you have instant color and depth to your table.   If you have had engagement pictures taken already, why not set out a few favorite shots in new frames, or as canvases on easels.  They will certainly be a conversation starter, and give you a chance to chat about your photographer, or the location where they were taken.   You could also have a book of your favorite photos made, for your guests to sign.  There are many companies that offer this service fairly inexpensively, such as Walgreens or Shutterfly

A few ice-breaker activities will help your guests to relax and get to know each other.  Often, a gathering such as this will be the first time that the families and friends of the engaged couple will meet each other.  You could print up a sheet of easy trivia questions about each guest, and have the guests go around and fill in the blanks.  Collect the sheets before the end of the party, and give a small prize for the person with the most correct answers.  Another game would be Famous Couples, where each guest must draw a name of one member of a famous couple, for example, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, or Michelle and Barack Obama.  Each guest must ask questions of other guests about their assigned celebrity, until they find their missing half.  Don’t be surprised if you hear a famous quote or two!

You could offer interactive activities such as a selfie station, or lawn games like cornhole, a ring toss, horseshoes, croquet or giant Jenga.  If you have access to a swimming pool, that’s even better.  Don’t forget the sunscreen! 

Gifts for the couple are not necessarily a requirement at engagement parties, and should not be expected.  If, however, a guest chooses to present you with a gift, be gracious, and always write a thank-you note after the party.  Favors for your guests are a lovely reminder of your celebration.  Small edible treats are perfect, such as cookies, or rice krispies bars.  Or if you and your future spouse have a shared interest, such as gardening, a packet of wildflower seeds, tied with a ribbon and a personal note, make a wonderful memento.   Use your imagination and creativity.  Have fun and enjoy this special moment!

 

VENDORS

Photography: Brittany Shelley Photography  • Venue: Sippo Lake Park • Event Planning:Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  • Floral: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  • Stationery: A Pink Sunset  • Wedding Cake: Giant Eagle Bakery  • Linens:  Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  • Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  • Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  • Cake Topper: Ever Laser  •  Handmade Items: Annika Lehman • Model:  Lauren Simpson  • Model:  Brandon Klaehn  • Submitted via: Matchology

We have been featured on the Southern Celebrations Magazine Blog!

We have been blessed to have been featured on the Southern Celebrations Magazine Blog!  This is in addition to having been featured in the latest edition of Southern Celebrations Magazine (vol. 6).  We are very grateful to have worked with the publisher, Virginia Conaway Buckner, to share our styled bridal photo shoot from July of 2016, with readers nationwide.  Thank you so much, Virginia!

We want to also thank our incredible team of vendors and models.  We could not have done all of this without your hard work, talent and vision!  Y’all Rock!!

 

Audrey Hepburn – Funny Face movie inspired bridal photo shoot – The Video!!

On Saturday, November 25th, 2017, my fantastic team of vendors and models descended upon the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Canton, Ohio, for a styled bridal photo shoot.  I have been planning this event for some time.  One of my favorite movies stars Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire – Funny Face.  It’s the only movie they ever made together.  My video partner, Joseph Testa Productions, filmed the whole day, and put together a great video!  We would like to share it with you! Just click the link and enjoy!

Audrey Hepburn – Funny Face Movie Inspired

Vendors:

Planning/Styling:  Kimberly Lehman, Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning

Venue:  Courtyard Marriott Hotel – Canton, Ohio

Photographer:  Stephanie Uptmor, Imagine It Photography

Video:  Joseph Testa, Joseph Testa Productions

Floral/Decor:  Linda Boardman, Dietz Falls Florist

Lighting/Backdrop Stand:  Larry Thompson, Thompson Entertainment

Linens/Charger Plates:  L’Nique Linens

Original Artwork:  Michal Elaine Johnston

Stationery Suite:  Angela Marie Giaco, A Pink Sunset

Cakes:  Lana Geiling-Poe, For All O”cake”sions

              Molly Gearhart, Gearhart Custom Cakes 

Jewelry/Brooch Bouquets/Accessories:  Susan Wember Kurtz, Susie Kays Design 

Bridal Fashion:  Madeleine Fig, Madeleine Fig Designs

Bridal Shoes:  Erina, Bella Belle Shoes

Cake Topper:  Lexi Eveleth, Ever Laser

Makeup Artist:  Jessica Laura Hawkins, Exclusively Airbrushed Makeup by Jess

Models:  Lauren Simpson, Brandon Klaehn

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We have been mentioned on Martha Stewart Weddings!

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

 

Is a Destination Wedding Right for You?

A vacation and a wedding all wrapped in one sure sounds great—at least at first.

Contributing Writer
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Photography by: Abby Jiu Photography

One of the first big decisions you’ll have to make after putting that shiny new ringon your finger is choosing where you want to have your wedding. For many couples, the choice is simple, but for others it can involve a long, drawn-out decision-making process that can months. If you’re not tying the knot in your hometown, your partner’s hometown, or the city you both call home, you’re likely having a destination wedding. Although they’re not for everyone, a destination wedding can provide a sense of excitement (it’s basically a vacation where all of your favorite people are invited) and relief (your second cousins once removed likely won’t make it to Aruba).

 

To help you decide if you’re the type of couple who should tie the knot away from home, wedding planners took us through the questions they ask clients who are considering a far-flung celebraiton.

 

EXPERT TIPS FOR PLANNING A DESTINATION WEDDING

 

Do you want to get married far from?

Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance in Massillon, Ohio, points out that, by definition, a destination wedding is one that takes place at least 100 miles away from where you currently live. That’s about the distance between New York City and Hartford, Connecticut. You don’t have to feel any pressure to have your nuptials in a tourist attraction, though they are popular choices for couples planning destination weddings. “You could get married at a somewhat local bed and breakfast or a charming winery,” adds Lehman. “The most important thing is to consider a destination that appeals to your personalities, dreams, and interests.”

 

Who do you want to be there?

Destination weddings are usually smaller than a hometown wedding would be, as guests have to travel farther for the event. If you’re okay with this, great! If you’re in a situation where you feel obligated to invite several relatives or family friends but don’t really care if they show up, then even better. But it is important to remember that some of your close relatives and friends might not be able to physically travel or afford a plane ticket and hotel stay. Before you book anything, make a list of guests you want by your side, and then see if that core group of people can make it.

 

Can you afford a wedding planner?

Having a wedding planner is extremely helpful in ensuring your destination eventgoes smoothly. “Hiring someone that has the expertise and experience will greatly help when making decisions on quality and trusted vendors,” says Cristen Faherty, wedding and event planner at Cristen & Co Event Coordination & Design in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. “This person could either be a destination planner in your area or a local planner in your destination. Which ever you choose, you have to be willing to give up a little control and trust their recommendations.” Remember, you likely won’t have the luxury of meeting face-to-face with the majority of your vendors, so an on-site planner can represent you from afar.

 

How flexible are you when it comes to dress code?

Enforcing a black-tie dress code—a tux for men and a formal gown for women—is tough when you’re asking loved ones to pack their wedding attire in a suitcase and travel to what might be a totally different climate. That’s not to say it’s not allowed, but you should be comfortable with the fact that some of your guests might not follow suit (literally). If you’re okay with bare feet and flip flops on the dance floor (or sand), then go for it.

 

Are you willing to host more than one event?

When all of your wedding guests are traveling far and wide to be there for your big day, they expect that you’ll be hosting more than the ceremony and reception. Many destinations include welcome parties and daytime activities, like scuba diving or horseback riding, for their guests to enjoy more face time with the bride and groom.

We have an article featured in Nanny Magazine!

We have been blessed with the opportunity to have an article featured in the October Celebrations Issue of Nanny Magazine!!  Our topic was “Organized & Stress-Free Wedding Planning” on page 33.  The layout is gorgeous! Thank you!

Be sure to check out the website:  Nanny Magazine

 

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We have been featured on the Wedding Fanatic Blog!!

We have been blessed to have our Lily Pulitzer Inspired Styled Shoot featured on the Wedding Fanatic blog!

http://www.weddingfanatic.com/lilly-pulitzer-inspired-engagement-brunch/

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

I am simply blown away by Lauren and Brandon’s gorgeous styled session! A real couple who were the perfect fit for this surprise engagement brunch with friends and family on the side. Lauren loves bold, and bright colors so a Lilly Pulitzer theme was perfect for this brunch. The color scheme of pink, magenta, and marigold really added to the overall classy and sophisticated vibe of the garden setup in Sippo Lake Park, Ohio. That adorable table setting that matches their bridesmaid’s gifts is also noteworthy! Brittany Shelley Photography did a great job of capturing the essentials of this styled engagement brunch, so if you want to see it all, scroll away!

We’re All About the Details!

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

 

The Lilly Pulitzer Themed Table

Lilly Pulitzer prints have always been the star of vibrant fashion and merging it with the outdoor brunch design and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous inspiration.

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

The Colors

Lauren loves bright and bold colors and this themed design is simply perfect! Filled with gorgeous flowers and printed table runners, this design would fit your desire for a vibrant themed outdoor brunch.

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch


The Outfits

Lauren wore a blush embroidered dress that looks great with Brandon’s white long sleeve and his printed bow tie.

The Bloom Sign

The bloom sign is just a wonderful addition to their decorations. Literally saying that with this engagement their love is simply blooming towards forever.

About the Photographer
I’m a fine art portrait photographer for couples who are in love and what to show it through freezing time located in Clinton, Ohio. I specialize in engagement portraits. I value my clients and the love they have. I don’t just capture their love. I make it shine through the lens. I believe that love is the most powerful thing and my goal is to show how powerful it really is in imagery. My clients usually invests $300.00 for my services. If I sound like the right fit to capture your fairytale you can reach me at 330-209-0501. I love forward to hearing your story.

Take this Advice

Don’t stress about it! What is there to stress about? Love is all you need. Details aren’t as important as you two sharing your first kiss as a married couple. ~Brittany Reed/Photographer

Money Matters

$5,000 – $10,000

Vendors

Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography
Invitation Designer: Angela Marie Giaco of A Pink Sunset
Other: Annika Lehmans Artwork
Other: Brittany Shelley Photography
Design and Decor: Ever Laser
Bakery: Giant Eagle Bakery
Event Planner: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning
Event Venue: Sippo Lake Park

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