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

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We have been featured on Aisle Society!!

We have been blessed to have our Kate Spade Inspired styled bridal photo shoot featured on Aisle Society, via The Budget Savvy Bride!!

https://www.aislesociety.com/post/kate-spade-inspired-bridal

 

  • Kate Spade Inspired Wedding Cake

This styled shoot was inspired by the classic and timeless Kate Spade! We love the eclectic patterns and the pink, white, black, and gold color scheme.

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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 Aisle Society!

Happy Day! Our Chic Geometric Greenery styled bridal photo shoot, as seen on the B.LOVED blog, is featured on Aisle Society today!

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A modern meets classic wedding with an industrial chic setting and geometric elements! See this cool wedding inspiration featured on B.LOVED!

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We have been featured on The Budget Savvy Bride!!

We have been blessed to have our Starry Starry Night styled bridal photo shoot featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog!!

https://thebudgetsavvybride.com/starry-night-inspired-styled-shoot/

STARRY NIGHT INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT

This styled bridal shoot was inspired by “The Starry Night” painting by Vincent van Gogh. The shoot is set in a historical home in Massillon, Ohio, and features a gorgeous custom made bridal gown, and beautifully themed decor details. Enjoy this Starry Night Inspired Styled Shoot!

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STARRY NIGHT INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT

Submitted by  Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning

What was your design inspiration?

I have long wanted to do a starry night theme. Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting plays well along with this. The mood was to be ethereal, light, sparkling and romantic. A little bit of heaven on earth, if you will.

Describe your flowers.

I wanted to use a mostly white floral scheme, with a hint of blue and silver. My florist created lush, gorgeous bouquets and a centerpiece featuring white anemone, white hydrangea, scabiosa, waxflower, white veronica, dusty miller, and peonies. The flowers were a bright contrast against the navy and silver table linens and formal dresses. The flowers were also to be reminiscent of groups of stars.

Describe your cake.

The cake that Gearhart Custom Cakes created is absolutely gorgeous! It is a four-tier cake, with the bottom layer hand painted in silver.  The top 3 tiers are covered in sparkling navy blue edible glitter. Each tier is defined by a band of bling. The topper is a custom acrylic piece made especially for this project, to finish the cake beautifully.

Tell us about your attire choices.

The attire for this styled shoot was so glamorous! The bridal gown and starry overskirt were custom-made for this shoot by Nidel Dresses in Louisiana. It is a modified trumpet gown with a strapless, sweetheart neckline, and corset back. The removable overskirt features a jeweled belt, and layers of starry fabric. Light and flowy, and simply gorgeous! The cathedral length ombre blue bridal veil was from Over the Moon Bridal in Washington state. The dark blue bridesmaid gown was provided by Doreen Leaf Designs in Hartville, Ohio. The designer is Madeline Gardner for Mori Lee. It is a floor length gown with allover lace and sequins. Very sparkly!

The gentlemen wore stylish suits of their own. The groom’s dark blue tie, pocket square, and pocket watch were all provided by Groomsday. The groomsman’s silver bow tie was provided by Doreen Leaf Designs.

Describe any handmade, DIY or personal items.

The jewelry provided by LivyLynn Vintage is handmade and very unique. Their collection is eclectic and matched our bride’s fun-loving personality.

The dark blue gauze table runner on the outdoor tablescape was custom made and hand-dyed especially for this shoot by Thistle and Twill. There are little white flecks in the material of the runner, that are reminiscent of stars twinkling in the night sky.

Describe the tablescape elements.

We had three tablescapes for this shoot:

The indoor tablescape was created on the 200-year old dining table and chairs, which are part of the Spring Hill Historic Home estate. We used the navy blue satin tablecloth and napkins, and the navy diamond overlay, from L’nique Linens. The silver luxe charger plates are also from L’nique Linens. The china, silverware, and crystal are all part of the Spring Hill estate. The floral centerpiece was created by Alyssa Schlegel, and we used the gold cake topper from Ever Laser to complete the look. The favors are blue and silver wrapped Hershey’s Kisses, placed in small tulle gift bags printed with silver stars.

The cake table was located in the formal parlor of Spring Hill. The table was covered in the navy blue satin tablecloth and the silver medallion sheer overlay from L’nique Linens. The gorgeous four-tier navy blue and silver cake was provided by Gearhart Custom Cakes. The silver mirrored acrylic cake topper was made by Traditions Engraving. We also placed blue and silver star-shaped votive candles around the table for extra sparkle.

The third tablescape was placed outdoors on the terraced lawn of the Spring Hill home. Dining al fresco under the stars was the order of the evening for our couples. The table was draped in navy blue satin, with a silver sequin table runner and navy blue napkins. The china, silverware and crystal are all part of the Spring Hill estate. The centerpiece is the same one that was used on the indoor tablescape. We changed out the cake topper to a different silver one created by Traditions Engraving, The heavy pewter candlesticks were added to provide illumination into the evening hours.

VENDORS

Photography:  Imagine It Photography  • Venue:  spring hill historic home •  Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning   •  Floral: Alyssa Schlegel •  Bridesmaid Dresses: Doreen Leaf Designs •  Videography: Joseph Testa Productions • Wedding Cake:  Gearhart Custom Cakes • Jewelry: LivyLynn   •  Linens: L’Nique Specialty Linen Rentals •  Hair: Angelyse Trammell •  Makeup: Summer Knight • Table Runner: Thistle and Twill •  Model: Lauren Simpson •  Model:Brandon Klaehn  •  Model: Sammy Kay Smith •  Model: JOE MORALES •  Wedding Dressnidel dresses • Table Numbers: Traditions Engraving   •  Tableware: spring hill historic home •  Pocket Squares/Ties/Watch: Groomsday  •  Cufflinks: Over the Moon Bridal •  Decor Items:Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning •  Cake Topper: Ever Laser •   Cake Topper: traditions engraving •  Paintings: amber elfrink •  Stationery: Santina Amendola Design •   Wedding Dressnidel dresses •  Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee •   Veil: Over the Moon Bridal • Submitted via: Matchology

You may also enjoy the accompanying video from our styled shoot, by Joseph Testa Productions!  Starry Starry Night styled photo shoot

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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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