Our Baby Shower styled photo shoot was featured in Southern Celebrations Magazine!!

We have been blessed to have our Gorgeous Baby Shower styled photo shoot featured on the Southern Celebrations Magazine blog!  This feature was also recently published in their print magazine, Vol. 8.  We had such an awesome team of creative vendors that collaborated on this project!  Enjoy!!

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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 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!!

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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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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

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 in an article on Zeel.com!!

We have been blessed to have been featured in an article on Zeel.com!!  Thank you, Jenn Sinrich!!

 

How to Organize a Wellness-Themed Bridal Shower

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If there’s anyone who could use a little extra self-care, it’s undoubtedly a woman planning her wedding. While this is an incredibly exciting time in her life, it’s also one of the most stressful times. Planning your big day, whether or not you’re lucky enough to have the help of a wedding planner, involves a great deal of time, money and dedication, all of which can suck the energy out of you. This is just one reason why wellness-themed bridal showers are becoming increasingly popular. Another is because of the accessibility of massages and therapeutic treatments.

To help inspire you to plan the relaxing, self-care-centered bridal shower of your dreams, we talked to top wedding planners for their best tips on where to start.

Massage therapy

With Zeel, you can have several massage therapists arrive at your venue for hours of chair massage sessions for all your guests. Chair massage is a fully-clothed back and neck massage that lasts between 10-20 minutes — long enough to relax, short enough to not miss on any bridal fun. Don’t worry about equipment or logistics, all you have to do is request the number of massage therapists you need and put the location and time. The rest will be taken care of.

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Once you’ve taken care of the guests’ massage, don’t forget to set aside downtime for the most important person, the bride! Get the full treatment by booking a full-body massage before or after the bridal shower. You can pick between a 60, 75 or 90-minute massage but our advice is to go all out — you’d be surprised how rejuvenating 90 minutes can be! Similarly to the chair massage, the therapist will come to your doorsteps and bring all the necessary equipment.

Read more: The Benefits of a Full Body Massage

Select your venue

Hosting your bridal shower at your home, or a friend or family member’s, has is a feasible option—especially if you’re planning a wellness-themed bridal shower. Who needs all the extra noise and chaos that comes along with hosting at a public destination?

Instead, invite all of your closest friends and relatives to a quiet spot and book massage therapists to arrive at your desired time. As Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance in Massillon, Ohio, attests, “this is a great idea for budget-savvy brides who are looking to save as much as possible in preparation for the lifetime of marriage ahead of them.”

Decide on food and drink

No matter your bridal shower theme, food and drink options are always the heroes of the day. For a wellness-oriented shindig, Lindsey Sachs, a wedding planner and owner of COLLECTIVE/by Sachs in Boulder, Colorado, and Minneapolis, suggests planning a health-focused menu with good eats that not only look great but taste delicious.

“We’re not talking boring celery sticks or foods lacking flavor, but rather nutrient-rich options such as turkey meatball gyros with fresh dill and cucumber, greek yogurt tzatziki sauce, a make-your-own toast bar with avocado, sprouts and seeds or a chilled gazpacho soup with grilled shrimp,” she says. “Turn to your local health food market or local caterer to discuss catered options and, if possible, make all recipes available for guests to take home.”

Create activity stations

Of course, the main activity will be pampering but, since it’s a bridal shower, your guests will expect the mandatory bridal games. “This helps guests interact more intimately with one another in smaller groups,” says Sachs, and you can do it without straying away from the wellness focus.

In addition to massage stations, she recommends a salad jar creation station. “With most showers hosted on weekends, this is the perfect time to meal prep!” she says. “Guests can build their own salads in a convenient take-home mason jar and feel ready to take on the week with a healthy salad in tow.”

Another great idea in a gratefulness activity station. “This activity station gives guests time to pen a sweet message to their honey (or someone else in their life who inspires them) and let them know how much they’re grateful for their presence in their life,” she adds. “Supply guests with a variety of cute cards, pens, and postage stamps and watch the smiles grow as they think about their loved one receiving the letter.”

Pick your music

While creating a playlist for your wellness-themed bridal shower, might not be top-of-mind, Sachs urgest brides not to forget it. “It’s important that you choose the right music to accentuate the celebratory vibe of your wellness-themed bridal shower,” she says. “This doesn’t’ need to be slow, soothing spa music that’s going to put everyone to sleep, but it can be feel-good tunes that make you feel alive!”

Match your party favors to the theme

There are countless party favor options for a wellness-themed wedding shower. One great choice is aromatherapy, which is becoming more and more popular.

“Aromatherapy favors are perfect for a bridal shower, especially when you can combine different oils to make your own personal blends, for relaxation, for sleep aid, etc.,” says Lehman.

Another option is a goodie bag of wellness treats, like homemade muesli, granola or protein balls. “Everyone loves surprise gifts, so this gesture will go a long way and remind guests to keep their own self-care in check,” adds Sachs.

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We have been featured in Southern Celebrations Magazine!!

We have been blessed to have an article featured in the Vol. 7 edition of Southern Celebrations Magazine!!  We were asked by the fabulous Virginia Conaway Buckner if we would write an article about planning the last soiree of a single gal’s life:  the bachelorette party!  Of course, we said we would be happy to!  Please enjoy the article below.  Cheers!

 

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.

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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.

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