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
getaway car

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.

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

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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

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!

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How to Choose the Perfect Rehearsal Dinner Venue

Plus, other planning tips.

Contributing Writer
natalie jamey rehearsal dinner tables

Photography by: KT Merry

The second most important event of your wedding weekend will undoubtedly be your rehearsal dinner. Typically, this is a less-formal event during which close friends and family come together (generally following some form of wedding rehearsal) in celebration of the big event. It’s especially beneficial if many of your guests are coming from out of town, as it’s a nice excuse to spend more time together.

 

“The rehearsal dinner is one of the most anticipated and cherished traditions of a wedding celebration,” says Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance. “For many couples, this will be the first opportunity that their friends and family members will have to meet each other.” To make the most of this treasured evening, we asked twp wedding planners to explain how you should go about selecting the right venue for this important pre-wedding event.

 

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING REHEARSAL AND REHEARSAL DINNER CHECKLIST

 

Step 1: Determine your budget.

First and foremost, figure out how much money you have to spend on the rehearsal dinner. This will help you figure out what kind of event you’re able to have, and how many guests you can invite. Setting your budget also means figuring out who will be shouldering the cost. “Traditionally, the groom’s parentsare the hosts of the rehearsal dinner,” says Lehman. “Today, however, as more couples are paying for the expenses of the wedding themselves, the cost of the rehearsal dinner is often included in the overall budget.” Be sure to allow enough time to scout out the perfect venue, taking into consideration the overall cost of enough food and drinks for guests.

 

Step 2: Settle on a theme.

This is the fun part! Just as you likely chose a theme for your wedding, be it nautical, vintage-traditional, or rustic, you can have fun with the vision you choose for your rehearsal dinner. The food you choose can play a role in this effect as well. Are you big on Italian food? A lover of guac and chips? Don’t feel the need to go fancy just because your wedding day is upscale. “A rehearsal dinner can also be as casual as a pizza party or barbecue in the backyard of the couple’s home, or a local park,” says Lehman. “Generally, whoever hosts the dinner has creative control, taking into account their budget, and the tastes of the couple, aesthetically and gastronomically.”

 

Step 3: Find the right venue.

The rehearsal dinner is often held at a local restaurant or country club, but Lehman points out that any location will do. “A rooftop with a great view in the city, a nostalgic bowling alley, a private home, or a clambake or a bonfire on the beach are all great ideas,” she says. Though she does warn that it’s wise to choose a venue that’s close enough to the wedding ceremony that it provides guests the convenience of not having to travel too far. “Visit several venues to see if there are enough areas for seating and standing, clean restroom facilities, and friendly, well-trained wait staff,” she adds. Will the venue allow the wedding party to bring in decorations, entertainment, and catering as needed?  Will the venue be able to accommodate special dietary needs of guests? Will there be a dress code? These are all things she suggests considering when finding the right venue.

 

LITTLE WHITE LOOKS FOR EVERY WEDDING EVENT

 

Step 4: Finalize your invite list.

Just as your guest list for the big day is important (and likely involved some cutting), you can expect the same when it comes to your rehearsal dinner. “If you’re having a traditional rehearsal dinner, your guests are your VIPs: your immediate family, bridal party, and their dates,” says Tessa Brand, wedding and event planner and owner of Tessa Lyn Events. “A party this size should be able to fit in a private room in a restaurant.” However, if you are extending the invite to all guests, she says this is more of a “welcome party,” which means you will need a larger space. Knowing your approximate guest count will help you determine the price per guest. “Keep in mind, that even if you invite all your wedding guests, the acceptance for a welcome dinner will be lower than your wedding, as people arrive from out of town at different times.”

 

Step 5: Pick your ideal menu.

“The menu is probably the single most influential factor when debating where to have a rehearsal dinner,” says Lehman. “Many couples choose to host their rehearsal dinner in the location they met or where they had their first date.” This is cute and all, but remember that your rehearsal dinner can hold as much or as little meaning as you want. After all, you have a whole wedding dedicated to your love for each other the following day. Have fun and be adventurous! “Sharing the experience with those closest to the couple is what it’s all about,” Lehman adds.

 

Step 6: Plan your décor.

Once you’ve locked down your rehearsal dinner venue and selected from the menu options, your next to-do is décor. Brand suggests going with a completely different color scheme for your flowers, and switching up the décor from what you’ll have at your wedding. “While the idea of having one cohesive wedding weekend may sound ideal, it is much more fun to switch it up and will show you put thought into each event,” she says. “Plus, this leaves an element of surprise for your guests to see on your wedding day.” Floral additions are great, too, as they will easily last a few days and can be repurposed for a farewell brunch at the end of the weekend.

 

We have been featured on Wedding Colors blog!

We have been extremely blessed to have our work published on the Wedding Colors blog!  

We recently produced a styled photo shoot, with a Lilly Pulitzer inspired theme.  Working together with the talented Brittany of Brittany Shelley Photography, our gorgeous models Lauren and Brandon, we spun the story of a surprise  Engagement Brunch.  Original artwork was provided by the gifted young artist Annika Lehman, the beautiful stationery was provided by Angela Marie Giaco of A Pink Sunset, and adorable cake topper was provided by Lexi Eveleth of Ever Laser.  Baked goods were provided by the talented staff at our local Giant Eagle Bakery.  We shot on location in Sippo Lake Park, in Canton, Ohio.  Please enjoy!

http://weddingcolors.net/lilly-pulitzer-inspired-engagement-brunch.html

 

A LILLY PULITZER INSPIRED ENGAGEMENT BRUNCH

Bright and colorful, with floral prints  and a bit of tropical flare – this Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch captured by Brittany Shelley Photography, and planned by Love, Laughter & Elegance, intrigued me at first glance. What a fun way to announce your engagement to your family and friends. An outdoor engagement party filled with vibrant color, fun accessories and yummy food. And when cocktails topped with mini paper umbrellas are being served you know you’re in for some fun.

From the photographer, Brittany Shelley Photography: This album story is about Lauren and Brandon, a real couple who were the perfect fit for this styled session. Lauren and Brandon plan on getting married soon so a perfect surprise engagement brunch was much needed with friends and family by their side. Their friends and family have not arrived yet. Lauren loves bold and bright colors so a Lilly Pulitzer theme was perfect for this brunch. Lauren gathered together her bridesmaid gifts in the colors that matched their table settings. These gifts were a way of asking her friends to be her bridesmaids. Lauren and Brandon are the sweetest! We wish them and their family the best as they celebrate their new life together 🙂

 

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

 

Planning an Awesome Holiday Bash??

Are you planning your family or company Holiday Party?  Not sure where to start? Bring on the Bling!  We would love to help you celebrate the upcoming Holiday Season in style!  We can help you find the perfect location, classy theme and decorations, food and drinks, and fantastic entertainment!  We have a Party Planning Package that we would be happy to tailor to your needs.

Please call or email us to chat about your celebration.  You may reach us at                  330-313-6030 or lleweddings@aol.com.  Cheers!

Love, Love, Love – Valentine’s Day!

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!  Why not celebrate your love with friends and family?  We would love to help you plan an awesome party for your children, with cookie decorating, candy, games, crafts and fun!  Or plan an afternoon of sweet desserts and drinks with your friends or coworkers.  We can set the scene for a memorable event!  We can even create wonderful gift baskets for your sweetheart!

Perhaps you have considered getting married on the most romantic day of the year!  Why not book our Bright Beautiful Beginnings Package:

This package is for the couples who just want a small intimate ceremony with a few close family and friends, or an elopement.  We can arrange for an officiant for you, or you may bring your own.  We can provide cake or cupcakes, beverage of choice, paper goods and decorations for up to 15-20 guests.  We will even take pictures of the festivities for you!

Please contact us for pricing.  We would love to help you celebrate love in all its glory!

Phone or text:  330-313-6030   Email:  lleweddings@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

We have been blogged! With Joseph Testa Films

We have been blogged!  This time, with one of our videography partners, Joseph Testa Films.  We first met Joe on Facebook, chatting on several occasions in different wedding planning and industry-related groups.  When the opportunity came up to plan a destination wedding for one of our couples, Azia and Hondo, on relatively short notice, Joe and his wife Peggy happily agreed to assist us with videography for the wedding.  They did a fantastic job!  We highly recommend Joe for all of your video needs!

Since then, we have collaborated at several bridal shows, and often promote special deals with each other, in order to maximize value, while not sacrificing quality of service, for our clients.  We also co-administer several wedding message groups together on Facebook, providing planning advice and resources for brides and vendors.

Recently, Joe sent us a short questionnaire, using the answers to create a feature about our business.  Below is the link to the post on Joe’s blog.  Enjoy!

http://josephtestafilms.com/love-laughter-and-elegance/

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