We have been featured on On The Go Bride!!

We have been blessed to have our 1950s Vintage Romance styled wedding photo shoot featured on the On The Go Bride blog!  This styled photo shoot was created especially for the Arrowhead Golf & Event Center, in North Canton, Ohio.  I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane!

https://www.onthegobride.com/blog/2020/7/4/styled-shoot-a-1950s-vintage-romance

 

STYLED SHOOT | A 1950’S VINTAGE ROMANCE

Who loves all things vintage? *raises hand* So does Kimberly of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning. When she was asked to plan a styled shoot for Arrowhead Golf & Event Center in North Canton, Ohio, she knew exactly how she wanted to design it:

“I am obsessed with all things vintage. Especially the 1950’s era. I love the music, red lipstick, fluffy skirts and gloves on ladies, and classic clean-cut looks on the gentlemen. It was a simpler time, full of glamour and style. This retro-inspired theme immediately came to mind, full of bright colors and fun. The main colors used were cherry red and aqua blue, with a touch of baby pink and white to accent. We added polka dots, cherries and blue birds into the design scheme for a few fun touches. We also incorporated vintage clothing and accessories, and rocked it out!”

The Details

“Many of the decor items featured in this styled shoot are vintage items from the 1950’s. I wanted to give this shoot a truly authentic retro, but very fun, feel. This timeless theme carries over well into the modern age. The floral arrangements were created based on flowers commonly used in 1950’s weddings. The stationery suite was created especially for this event, mirroring the bright colors and fun polka dots in our table settings. There was also a subtle theme of cherries, hearts, and bluebirds of happiness running through our accessories and decor items. Overall, the vibe was very happy and dreamy, as a wedding day should be.”

The Attire

“Our models donned several different looks for this styled shoot. Our handsome male model, Kyle, wore a off white tuxedo jacket, white button down shirt, and slim-fitting black trousers for the entire shoot. We accented his classic 1950’s look with dark dress socks with a cherry design. Kyle wore two different ties, the first being a classic creme bow tie with cherries printed on it, and the second being a long red and white striped satin tie. He also wore two different pocket squares in his jacket, the first an aqua blue plaid with birds printed on the one corner, and the second being a dark red with a yellow paisley design. Kyle also wore vintage cuff links to complete his stylish ensemble. Very dashing.

Our stunning bridal model, Sammy Kay, is one of those ladies that looks fabulous in everything she wears, and has timeless features that you never forget. We had several vintage looks for Sammy for this styled photo shoot. The first outfit was a vintage tea-length ivory satin dress, with an asymmetrical neckline, pleated waist, and full skirt. We added a custom ivory satin sash, with a large bow and rolled satin roses. We wanted to give her a pop of color with her dress, so we added the red petticoat underneath. The underskirt peeked out below the hem at different times during the shoot, and looked amazing. Her jewelry included a red glass beaded bracelet with cherry charm, cherry earrings, and a red pendant necklace. Her rings were a vintage wedding set belonging to my grandmother. To complete her fun wedding day look, we added a romantic red lace birdcage veil, red Mary Jane heels, vintage ivory lace gloves with red trim, and a vintage red leather clutch purse.

Sammy’s second look of the day was just as romantic. She wore a vintage 1940’s tea-length lace wedding dress, that was simply elegant. For extra sparkle, we added a beaded belt, a pearl bracelet, and glittery gold heels. in her hair, we placed an ivory floral fascinator that framed her dark curls perfectly.

For Sammy’s final outfit, we imagined that she and Kyle were heading out for a formal, romantic evening during their honeymoon. Sammy wore a floor-length strapless red satin ballgown that flowed wonderfully while she and Kyle were waltzing. We added a sparkling ribbon belt to accent her waist, ivory opera-length fingerless gloves, and classic pearl and rhinestone jewelry. To complete her outfit, she wore a creme vintage cardigan sweater, trimmed in matching sequins, and a flirty little ivory birdcage veil. Sammy’s purse was a fun clutch style with a cherry pattern of cherries on gingham.”

Vendor Love

Designer & Event Planner: Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning Contributions: event planning, linens, wedding cake, favors, tableware, decor items,cupcakes, accessories, wedding rings, bridal garter, fashion styling, vintage ivory silk wedding dress, vintage blue bridesmaid dress and headpiece, blue pocket square, groom’s socks, cufflinks, ties, groom’s jacket

Venue: Arrowhead Golf & Event Center
Contributions: venue, chair covers

Photographer: Courtney Paige Photography

Floral: Liz Nidy Floral Design

Stationery Suite: Bellus Designs

Models: Sammy Kay Smith, Sarah Riddle, Kyle Burnett

Alterations & Bridal Sash: Lorili Design – Laurie Wallick

Handmade Items: Seasonal Accent – Jacqueline Kinsinger
Contributions: sign on cake table, small heart hanger with red ribbon

Veils: Over The Moon Bridal – Jenette McGiffin
Contributions: red lace and white birdcage veils

Vintage Truck: D. Hawthorn

Jewelry: Paparazzi Accessories – Samantha Guna

Clothing: English Rose Vintage Oh – Jacqueline Kinsinger
Contributions: 1940s vintage lace wedding dress, 1950s vintage lace wedding dress, ivory and red fascinators, bride’s shoes, cardigan sweater and clutch purse, dark pocket square

(all other clothing items not mentioned belonged to the models or Kimberly Lehman)

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!

https://www.southerncelebrationsmag.com/audrey-hepburn-inspiration.html

‘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

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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Day of Wedding Coordination Giveaway!

img_20161203_191019***Special Announcement!***

We are giving away a FREE Day of Coordination Package to one Lucky Couple! May be applied to any wedding in 2017 or 2018. All you need to do to enter, is send us a brief essay of 300 words max., of why you should be chosen. Please email entries to lleweddings@aol.com.

Contest is limited to weddings in Ohio, and immediate surrounding states. Entries must be in by midnight, April 1st, 2017. Winners will be announced by April 3rd, 2017. Those who are not selected as the winner of the Free Package, are still eligible for an offer of a discounted price on above stated package, or any other services that we offer. Good Luck!

Joe and Jenn’s Holiday Elopement – 11/27/2016

 

We are pleased to have assisted in the Holiday Elopement of Joe and Jenn, during Thanksgiving weekend!  Joe and Jenn have been together for many years, and finally decided to tie the knot.  The Reverend Catherine Daniels joined the lovebirds in marriage at the picturesque gazebo outside of the North Canton Civic Center, in North Canton, Ohio.  We provided a custom bouquet, toasting glasses and a sparkling beverage for celebrating their union, and a few other fun little gifts.  Congratulations, you two!  We wish you many years of happiness and blessings!