We have been added to Catch My Party!!

We have been blessed to have our Galentine’s Day styled photo shoot added to the Catch My Party website!  This was a fun afternoon, sharing Awesome Ladies, Friends and Fun! Please check out all of the gorgeous photos in the gallery on the website.  Enjoy!

https://www.catchmyparty.com/parties/galentines-day

party recap

The holiday celebration of “Galentine’s Day” was made popular a few years ago by the TV show “Parks and Recreation”. I loved the idea of a day dedicated to sharing love and friendship with your best gal pals. I decided to design a styled photo shoot with some awesome ladies, sharing treats and an afternoon full of fun. The venue is really unique, The Cross-Eyed Moose Event Center, in Homeworth, Ohio. The venue was formerly a Methodist church, that had been remodeled into a wonderfully charming, rustic, event center. We used a mix of patterns in reds, pinks, and whites, to create a colorful and cozy setting for our celebration. The results were utterly adorable!

party highlights

  • WHAT PEOPLE ATE

    We had two cakes to grace our dessert table. The first is a chocolate heart shaped ice cream cake, decorated on the upper left side with a vanilla icing drizzle and hand molded chocolate pieces. The base of the cake was layered in chocolate shavings. It was so yummy! Our second cake definitely resonated with our theme of love and friendship. A darling two tier confection, the first tier was covered in pink fondant icing, white piping and dots. Small black chocolate tiles surrounded the base of the cake, each featuring a heart shape in the middle. The top tier of the cake was covered in white fondant icing, with pink piping and dots. Around this tier, there were pink chocolate tiles with black hearts and flourishes. The cake was topped with a handmade cookie, where on one side read “I Love You”, and the other read “BFFs”. It tasted as amazing as it looked!

  • WHAT PEOPLE DRANK

    We had two tables for our Galentine’s Day celebration, one for dining, and one laden with all kinds of sweets. On our dessert table, we placed a black and red buffalo check cloth over a white linen. We created a fun centerpiece for the table with a container that read “Happy Heart Day”, with pink and red tissue, a bouquet of wrapped chocolate roses, and a stuffed heart with sequins. Both of the delicious cakes were placed on the table, along with several varieties of candies. Rounding out our holiday brunch menu, we added glazed honey buns, chocolate brownie bites, blueberry and chocolate chip waffles, and individual bottles of sparkling beverages. To finish our design, we added a sign that featured waffles and “Galentine’s Day”, a couple of small white lanterns, and LOVE letters.

    Our guest table was set at one of the venue’s unique custom made wooden tables, along with rustic high backed chairs. We used a white jacquard linen, and placed a custom made table runner that was covered with hearts in different patterns. We added gold charger plates, and delicate pink floral china plates. The napkins were a mix of pink hearts on a red background, and a playful pink plaid. In the center of each place setting we laid a conversation starter card, so the ladies could have a fun, lighthearted chat over dinner. In vintage champagne glasses, we poured a lovely and sweet adult beverage. We had a lovely centerpiece on our dining table, in a tall red glass vase. We used shades of pink in the dahlias, peonies, and garden roses. At the very top of the arrangement was a single deep red rose. We added a few sprigs of greenery to balance the overall design. A pair of rose colored taper candles in silver heart shaped candlestick holders completed our table, fit for our beautiful queens.

  • ACTIVITIES / GAMES

    We had a few cute handmade details featured in our styled shoot, including the tags tied with pink chevron straws on the mini bottles of sparkling beverages. The venue also features several intimate seating areas. We chose one of the handmade wooden benches and added colorful blankets and pillows to create a cozy setting for our lovely ladies to snuggle up, keep warm and sip hot cocoa.. Above the bench there was a large mirror, to which we added handmade paper pinwheels, a puffy tulle banner, and letters that read “BFFs, Gals, and Pals”.

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    Kimberly L wrote:

    This was such a fun afternoon, creating and sharing lots of laughter and stories with these ladies! I am blessed to collaborate with some of the most talented people in Northeast Ohio. I am happy to share our party with everyone. Enjoy!

We have been featured on Aisle Society!!

We have been blessed to have our Stargate Atlantis Inspired Styled Wedding Shoot featured today on the Aisle Society website!!  Originally featured on Storyboard Wedding, this is my interpretation of the wedding of two of the main characters of the TV show Stargate Atlantis:  Col. John Sheppard and Teyla Emmagan.  We had an amazing team that collaborated to bring my vision to life, and they crushed it!  I hope you enjoy!!

https://www.aislesociety.com/post/stargate-atlantis-inspired-wedding-editorial#

 

  • 3 tier black wedding cake

Anyone die-hard “Stargate Atlantis” fanatics? This “Stargate Atlantis” inspired wedding editorial is right up your alley. Kimberly Lehman from Love, Laughter, & Elegance planned this stellar shoot with epic attention to detail and an explosion of any and all things about space exploration.

We have been mentioned on WeddingWire!!

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

https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/planning-your-own-wedding

 

7 Things to Know Before Planning Your Own Wedding

Jenn Sinrich
By Jenn Sinrich
  
Experts share their top words of wisdom for couples who are planning their own wedding, from creating a budget to deciphering contracts.
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Whether or not budget is a big concern when it comes to planning your wedding, you may be on the fence about hiring a wedding planner. This is especially true if you want to be very hands-on with the planning. Well, there are plenty of reasons to hire a wedding planner, and many couples say it was one of the best hires they made for their wedding, but some couples choose to go a different route. If you and your partner are planning your own wedding, all the power to you!

So where to begin? When it comes to planning your own wedding without the help of a planning professional, there’s quite a lot to know. You want to make sure you’ve thought of everything before it’s too late—last-minute wedding arrangements aren’t so easy to string together.

To help guide you along the way, here are some important things that can make planning your own wedding smooth sailing, according to experts. 

Determine your budget before you start planning.

Many couples who are planning their own wedding think it’s okay to hire a vendor or two before truly sitting down and ironing out their budget. Big mistake, according to Rothweiler. ​​”You should never just start spending money because you’ll fall down a rabbit hole that you’ll never dig your way out of,” she says. “Have a serious conversation with anyone contributing to the budget to find out exactly how much they are giving you.”

You can hire a planner for a day or two instead.

​Before shutting the door on the wedding-planner idea completely, it’s worth knowing that not all planners are all or nothing. In fact, some offer a variety of packages that can be more practical for a budget-conscious couple. For Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design in Verona, New Jersey, offers mini-packages where couples get 10 hours of her company’s time to use however they want! “This could be helpful in finding the venue, designing the budget or whatever the couple is struggling with,” she explains.

Organization is key.

Any planner will tell you the immense importance of using checklists and spreadsheets for planning any event, but especially such a large-scale one like your wedding. “There are many wedding planning binders available for purchase, and free tools lists online, that will cover all of the relevant categories and details related to planning your own wedding,” says Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance in Massillon, Ohio. In fact, WeddingWire offers totally free wedding planning tools keep track of everything in a shareable and concise way.

Friends and family are there to help you.

Without a planner to give you their venue and vendor recommendations, the next best place to turn are your recently married friends, according to Rothweiler. “Did they like their vendors? What did they spend?” she says. “Ask your friends to be open and honest about what they would’ve done differently and look into their recommendations first.”

Consider timing well in advance.

The timing of your wedding day won’t get fully ironed out until about two months before the date, according to Rothweiler, however, she recommends being conscious of these logistics throughout the entire planning process. “For instance, if you have elaborate ideas for floral design, but your venue only allows 90 minutes for set-up, you might want to consider a venue that gives you the whole day, or you’ll have to tell your florist before booking what the time constraints are,” she says.

Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.

Remember that more guests will cost you, so determine which is your priority—having more people you love there at a greater cost or a smaller, more intimate wedding that’s lower cost. Prioritize your budget and see where money can be moved around, suggests Lehman. “Smaller, more intimate weddings are the trend this year,” she says. “I also always advise my couples to select the best services and goods possible, within their budget—for example, excellent photography is a must.”

Read your contracts—twice.

“I cannot tell you how many details have caught my clients off guard that were right there in black and white,” says Rothweiler. “Once you sign on the dotted line and put down that first payment, it’s too late to potentially make changes or discuss anything really.” Also, remember that being told something verbally isn’t a contract—it must be in writing. And if there’s something you don’t understand on a wedding vendor’s contract, never hesitate to ask!

We have been featured on Aisle Society!!

Our Autumn Romance styled wedding photo shoot, that has been featured on Chic Vintage Brides, has also been featured on the main page of the Aisle Society website!!  We have been very blessed to share this special styled shoot with you.  Enjoy!!

https://www.aislesociety.com/post/autumn-romance

 

  • Vintage same sex wedding

Inspired by one of my favourite films, and featuring a black wedding cake, a truly unusual engagement ring and not one but two beautiful brides, this editorial is nothing short of magical

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We have been featured on Layers of Luxe!!

The cake from our Earth Angel styled wedding photo shoot, that was featured on Layers of Luxe, has been named one of the best of the best for 2019!!  This was one of the most elaborate styled shoots we have produced, and one of my favorites!  The stunning cake was made by Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted, and the photos were taken by Stephanie Uptmor of Imagine It Photography.  In the Layers of Luxe feature, the cake was listed as photo #9.  Enjoy!!

The following link will take you to Layers of Luxe’s blog page:

https://www.layersofluxe.com/bestlayersof2019cakes?fbclid=IwAR2lmhO1LlSfx7u5peZQpQIgGYLLsjnxl3fOSVxOBpsLSC0076ifDowXPBM

The following excerpt is from Layers of Luxe’s Facebook page:

Layers of Luxe

BEST LAYERS OF 2019// WEDDING CAKES…We’ve rounded up 16 of the most beautiful creative wedding cakes designs for your big day…Click the link to see beautiful and delicious cake…https://www.layersofluxe.com/bestlayersof2019cakes
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(#pink)-Photographer: L’Estelle Photography // Cake: Table & Company Canada
(#white)- Photographer: EC3 Moments // Cake: Staij and Co 

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

For those of you who know me, know that I am a huge Sci-Fi fan.  Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate – I love them all!  Sometimes, the stories within the stories, reflecting the development of relationships between main characters, will grab me and take hold.  Especially if the relationship is a romantic one.  One such relationship is that of Col. John Sheppard and Teyla Emmagan, on the Stargate Atlantis tv series.  Played by actors Joe Flanigan, and Rachel Luttrell, they never quite became a couple but there was plenty of chemistry between the two.  If you are part of any ComicCon, fanfiction, or other fan-based groups, you would see that this pairing is quite popular, and many people wish their characters had gotten together during the show.  I am certainly one of those fans.

I am so obsessed by John and Teyla’s story, that I designed an entire styled wedding photo shoot around it.  This is my interpretation of their wedding, had it taken place during the tv series.  My fabulous team of vendors joined me at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, to produce this stunning visual tribute to one of my favorite shows, and two of my favorite characters.  We have been blessed to have this styled shoot featured on the StoryboardWedding blog!  I hope you enjoy!

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

Stargate Atlantis Inspired Wedding Editorial

Anyone die-hard “Stargate Atlantis” fanatics? Or how about outer space buffs? Regardless, this “Stargate Atlantis” inspired wedding editorial is right up your alley. Kimberly Lehman from Love, Laughter, & Elegance planned this stellar shoot with epic attention to detail and an explosion of any and all things about space exploration.

Kimberly headed to the Great Lakes Science Center to dress it up with deep jewel tones like midnight blue, royal blue, emerald and jade green; with pops of gunmetal gray and naturally, gold. The shades were a common feature in the sci-fi show and of course, looking up into the heavens, you’ll see a few of them staring back at you. We love the fun allusion of spheres in the ceremony setup, and the reception’s tablescape hosts an elongated floral centerpiece with beautiful geometric structures. Without fail, the EAT Cake 216 stood its ground and rose to the occasion. The three-tiered cake was brushed with various dark shades and had stand-out gold constellations dotted throughout. Cheers to this group of talented vendors. You all out did yourselves!

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

We have been featured on Storyboard Wedding!!

We have been blessed to have our Earth Angel Styled Wedding Photo Shoot featured on Storyboard Wedding!!  The Earth Angel shoot was one of the largest and most elaborate we have produced so far, in February of 2019.  Held at the Glidden House in Cleveland, Ohio, and photographed by Stephanie and John Uptmor of Imagine It Photography, it was a wonderful day, filled with fantastic models and vendors collaborating to create amazing art.  Enjoy!

Moody Vintage Wedding Inspiration

An antiquated wedding styled shoot always has a few of these essential components: brushed, aged metallics; muted colors seen in florals or other design elements; and baubles scattered throughout the aesthetic. More is always more when it comes to vintage editorials, and we couldn’t help but realize that this is so on par with moody wedding inspirations. The design concepts for both are almost always luxe and glamorous, with an element of very slight modernity. These two styles absolutely adore their trinkets and their attention to detail, but you’ll also find contemporary styles like geometrics or sharp lines and crisp colors thrown into the mix. Love, Laughter, & Elegance’s moody vintage wedding inspiration is a divine example of these awesome vendor teams taking the now-often-seen vintage wedding trend into the current age.

Event planner Kimberly Lehman was inspired by seasonal transitioning and wanted to showcase it by bringing “heaven on earth”. We are besotted with this color palette: dusty blues, steel greys, lavender, blush, peach, and gold. It’s such a striking line-up and to follow up with that, the florals by Celestial Blooms were so stellar and lush. Large installations were created for the ceremony and reception concepts, respectively. The bridal bouquets donned a variety of blooms like lavender and blush roses, white hydrangea, silver dollar eucalyptus, protea, wheat, pampas grass, albino peacock, and white ostrich feathers. We also get to see a fun idea of having two brides with two different looks, and then outfit changes to give more variety to the viewer. Undoubtedly, after checking out the photos, this inspiration was a labor of love and we completely commend everyone on such a job well done.

Photography: Imagine It Photography | Venue: The Glidden House | Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: Celestial Blooms, LLC | Stationery: Emmy Anastasia | Videography: Video Memories, LLC | Wedding Cake: Cake Wasted | Linens: Reasonable Party Rental, LLC | Hair: Ramona Dauksa Studio | Makeup: Ramona Dauksa Studio | Jewelry: Susie Kays Design | Cookies: Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia | Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Place Cards: Violet and Pearls | Model: Lauren Simpson | Model: Sammy Kay Smith | Model: Brandon Klaehn | Table Numbers: Violet and Pearls | Bridal Salon: Consider the Dress | Bridal Salon: Encore Resale Fashions | Bride’s Shoes: Encore Resale Fashions | Bridesmaid Dresses: Consider the Dress | Veil: Over the Moon Bridal | Headpiece: Susie Kays Design | Wrap: Weddings by Laremi | Submitted via: Matchology

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