We were featured on Engaged Wedding Planner Academy!!

A short time ago, I was asked by Valerie Pritt, founder of the Engaged Wedding Planner Academy, if I would write a guest post for the blog about how to plan a styled bridal photo shoot.  I happily agreed, as this is a subject I am quite passionate about!  (If you would like to check out some of my past photo shoots, please feel free to hop on over to my media page.) 

In this article, I outline the different stages of planning and producing a styled photo shoot, from a planner’s prospective, and my personal process.  Please feel free to comment or ask questions relating to styled photo shoots.  Enjoy!

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How to Do a Styled Shoot

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Today we have Kimberly, founder of Love, Laughter & Elegance Wedding and Event Planning, giving us great advice on how to do a styled shoot. She has planned and participated in over 14 styled bridal photo shoots since 2016.  All of her styled bridal photo shoots to date have been published, both in print and online.  If you have plans of doing your first styled shoot soon, this article is a great place to start.

HOW TO DO A STYLED SHOOT

Styled photo shoots are not a new concept.  Photography has long been a huge medium for commercial business advertising, as well as creating aesthetic artwork.  Newer photographers are highly encouraged to participate in and host photo shoots, as a way to develop their skills, and create content for their portfolios and social media outlets.  Not every photo shoot has to be elaborate in subject matter and style.

WHAT IS A STYLED SHOOT?

A photo shoot could be as simple as a pretty little girl, twirling in a princess dress, in a park setting.  Or, one may shoot a romantic picnic setting with an attractive couple.  Often, a single female model is the subject, clad in a stunning outfit, with hair and makeup professionally done.  The model might carry an oversized picture hat, or a lush bouquet of flowers, or an adorable puppy.  The options for choosing what, where, and when to shoot photos are endless.  Our world is a continually evolving source of inspiration for photographers, and videographers, to capture and create appealing images.  In turn, the need for appealing images especially applies to the event, entertainment, and hospitality industries, who in turn use those images to attract customers.

PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE

As a wedding planner with more than twenty years of experience, I have a sincere appreciation for amazing photographs of a beautiful wedding or event.  I love to look at magazines and books, as well as online at blogs and social media sites that feature gorgeous weddings, styled photo shoots and parties.  Having worked with numerous talented photographers over the years, I have learned about different styles of photography, such as moody, vibrant, and light and airy.

I understand the differences between candid photography, portraiture, and photojournalism.  I know that shooting photos in natural light is vastly different from shooting in a studio, or indoors in a venue that might require additional lighting methods.  Also, that editing photos correctly, and consistently, takes considerable time and effort.  I love it when I receive galleries full of stunning photos from a photographer, from a recent wedding or styled photo shoot, that we worked on together.  I greatly appreciate photographers, and their hard work.  This is not only a job or career for them, it is a passion, and a labor of love.

Photographers are obviously key players when planning a styled photo shoot. But what about the other vendors?  What roles do they play in the process?  In all honesty, planning a styled wedding photo shoot is much like planning an actual wedding, just on a smaller scale, that involves other creative professionals.  As a wedding planner, when I am organizing a styled photo shoot, I come up with a game plan.

HAVING A GOAL

First, I determine what my goals are for producing a styled photo shoot.  Usually, the goal is to submit the professional photos for national publication, both in print and online.  When the photos are published, this creates exposure, not only for myself, and my planning business, but for all of the creative entrepreneurs that contributed their time and talents to the event.  Exposure, in turn, will drive traffic to the websites of the vendors and models involved, and will generate inquiries and bookings for their services.

Another, secondary, goal is to create something unique and beautiful, just for my own personal creative aesthetic.  I have to admit, once one has planned a styled shoot, it becomes quite addictive.  Especially if you love to see your work published, as I do, being shared with thousands of people.

CHOOSING YOUR DESIGN

The next step in my planning process is to create the overall aesthetic for the styled photo shoot.  I take into consideration several factors, such as the time of year for the shoot, whether I want to hold it indoors or outside, potential locations, theme, and colors.  I think about the potential available models and creative professionals, and any special elements I might wish to incorporate, like a vintage vehicle, or certain types of flowers.

Then I start looking online for photos that might work well together to reflect the overall theme.  Pinterest is a great resource for putting ideas together, as well as Canva, and sometimes I use Google Images for additional inspiration.  Then I compile all of the images I really like into one inspiration board, and that becomes my reference for the styled photo shoot.  I share the inspiration board with my models and vendors, so that they have a clear idea of the overall look I am trying to achieve.

PICK A LOCATION

Setting the scene is the next step.  Everyone always says, “location, location, location”.  It is very true.  The location selected for a styled photo shoot, can, in part, determine if a submission will be accepted for publication.  That is not to say that you cannot take a “blank canvas” of a venue, such as a plain party hall, or a warehouse space, and absolutely transform it.  It is done by professionals, every day, in the event industry.

If, however, you select a location with historical value, interesting architectural details, or simply gorgeous landscaping and scenery, you increase your chances of having your submission accepted.  I try to create a list of potential venues that would work with the theme of my styled photo shoot.  Then I contact those venues, and give them a range of calendar dates, to see what might be available.  Once an agreement has been made with a venue to use their location for the styled photo shoot, I will begin to contact vendors and models to feature in the photo shoot.

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FINDING THE RIGHT VENDORS

Finding the right vendors and models to participate in a styled photo shoot can be a challenge, sometimes.  Everyone has busy lives and crazy schedules.  Many vendors have families, or other careers, that will take precedence over my request for collaboration on my current project.  As I have been involved in the wedding and event industry for over twenty years, I have built an extensive list of vendors that I love to work with and refer.

I am also always open to meeting and working with new vendors, both established, and those that are just starting out.  This is where networking skills come in handy, to connect and collaborate with vendors.  Sometimes I have trouble finding an available vendor or two to complete my team for the styled shoot, like a florist or baker.  I will reach out to my other contacts, for referrals and suggestions.  Most of the time, people are happy to help, even at the last moment.  Even if we do not have a team member available for every category, like hairstyling or specialty linens, many of my vendors are talented in other areas, and will pitch in to fill the gaps.

My team always comes together to produce an amazing styled shoot.  It is often recommended that contracts are to be used when working with vendors and models.  My team members work with me on a voluntary basis, and I am upfront with my expectations from each vendor, what their role is in the styled shoot, and what they will receive in return, which is professional photos of the styled shoot to use in marketing and social media.  They will also receive credit and promotion when a styled photo shoot is published and shared through print and online media sources.  I strongly believe in “community over competition”.  I want my vendors and models to enjoy working with me and want to continue to assist me in producing beautiful, inspiring content for everyone to enjoy.

PLANNING OUT THE DETAILS

Once I have my creative team in place, the next step is planning out the details.   The details are the elements of the styled shoot that reflect your vision of the event.  The big elements will include the cake, the flowers, the models and their attire, and of course the venue or outdoor setting.  As important as it is to have those components in your styled shoot, for me, it’s the little details that tell the story of the event.

I will start sourcing small items like jewelry, décor, tableware, vintage greeting cards, fabrics, and accessories. Sometimes I will purchase clothing items specifically for a shoot.  I will also look for unique items on websites like Ebay, Etsy, and Facebook resale groups.  Local thrift stores are my favorite spots for great deals.  As I have planned out my styled shoots, I have discovered that I have a personal style that I deem “vintage with a twist”.  I absolutely adore vintage items, and I try to use some in each shoot.  Vintage items could be a pretty handkerchief, or a pair of cufflinks for the gentleman.

Sometimes the items are personal to me and my family.  I have used my grandmother’s wedding rings and vintage fur stole, my mother’s artwork and hand painted keepsake box, and even my own china and glassware that were given to me as wedding gifts.  I often use the same items in different styled shoots.  For example, I have used different sets of charger plates in several shoots, my own personal tableware, and linens.  Votive candles, jewelry, accessories and attire have also made multiple appearances in my shoots.  I try to carry at least one decorative element over from one styled shoot to the next.  It creates a consistency in my overall style and branding, and collective body of work.

LEARN TO BE FLEXIBLE

When I have decided on and collected all of my detail items for the particular styled shoot, it is time to plan out the schedule for the day.  This is very much like the way I create an itinerary for a wedding or event for my clients.  The only difference is that for a wedding weekend, certain events must happen in a particular order:  rehearsal, ceremony, social hour, reception, etc.  Within a styled photo shoot event, I have more flexibility in the schedule.

HAVE A TIMELINE

I always state that the schedule is a proposed timeline of events, subject to changes as needed.  If a vendor happens to be running late, or if one of models cannot be at the venue at the same time as the other, I can rearrange certain parts of the setup and shooting schedule to accommodate those needs.  As with any event that I plan, I am working with multiple vendors and moving parts.  It pays to be open minded, and flexible.  My goals on the day of the styled shoot are to make sure all of the people and items are in the places they need to be, to do whatever is necessary to keep things going smoothly, and to try to stay on schedule as much as possible.  All of my vendors and models understand this concept, and graciously work together to produce amazing results.

SHOOT DAY PROVISIONS

On the day of the styled shoot, I am always the first person on site, besides the venue owner or designated representative.  I make sure I have all relevant paperwork, like contracts, contact and social media information for vendors and models, and lists of items and services being provided for the event.  I also have a copy of the schedule, and sometimes a list of specific shots that I would like the photographer to take during the shoot.  Depending on the location, and time of the styled shoot, I do try to provide bottled water and some snacks for my team.  Sometimes the venue will provide those items for us, and that is always a blessing.   There are also times that I will mention before the shoot that each person attending will need to be responsible for their own meals.

I usually have my personal supply kit handy at each styled shoot, the same as I do for weddings and events.  I include basic toiletries, tape, scissors, pens, lighter, paper products, and trash bags.

Pro Tip: I often bring extra items for styling, like different kinds of ribbon, scarves, silk flowers, candles, and small printed signs. Photographers usually like to pair these items with stationery suites and wedding rings for detail shots.  I have seen so many gorgeous layouts, or “flat lays”.  These types of photos really help to tell the story of the styled shoot.

DAY OF SHOOT

Finally, we get to work on the day of the styled shoot, setting up décor and putting the models in gorgeous gowns and stylish suits.  The shutters of the cameras start clicking, and the models are posed in endless ways, pausing only briefly to change outfits, or to touch up hair and makeup.  For as much time and planning that goes into a styled photo shoot, the actual day of the event goes by quickly, and it’s over before you know it.  The anticipation of receiving the finished gallery of images from the photographer is sometimes overwhelming.

CREATING COMMUNITY

When I receive the images, I am always blown away from the depth and excellent quality of the stunning photos, and the talent of the photographer that took them.   I love working with my talented team members and praise them for all of the help they so lovingly and freely give of themselves to bring my visions to life.  I know that I cannot do this alone, and I am exceedingly grateful for everyone that has contributed to my projects, and I love to return the favors by helping others with their projects.  Community over competition is a wonderful concept.  Please share it with others in our industry.  Keep on dreaming and creating!


Kimberly Lehman is the founder of Love, Laughter & Elegance:  Wedding & Event Planning in Canton, Ohio.  She has been enthusiastically planning weddings and special events for over 20 years.  Her personal experience and extensive knowledge make her a resourceful expert within the wedding and special events industry.

(photo credit:  Whatnot Shop Photography)

 

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We have been featured on Layers of Luxe!!

On February 10th, 2019, a very talented group of vendors joined me at the Glidden House Boutique Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, for our Earth Angel styled bridal photo shoot.  It was an awesome day!  Enjoy!!

We have been blessed to have this styled shoot featured in the first digital magazine edition of Layers of Luxe!!

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Here is the companion video, filmed by Video Memories, LLC:

 

Vendor List

Planner and Decor: Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning
Venue: Glidden House
Lead Photographer: Stephanie Uptmor of Imagine It Photography
Video: Volodymyr Kashuba of Video Memories LLC
Floral Design: Alicia Herrle of Celestial Blooms LLC
Linens: Renee Szabo of Reasonable Party Rental, LLC
Hair/Makeup: Ramona Dauksa of Ramona Dauksa Studio
Dresses: Kim Zahnke of Consider the Dress
Dresses/Shoes: Encore Resale Fashions
Jewelry/Accessories: Susan Wember Kurtz of Susie Kays Design
Stationery Suite/Place Cards/Table Number: Bonnie Emerald Cavoto-Focht of Violet & Pearls Design
Cake: Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted
Cookies: Heather Kay of Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia
Paper Pinwheels: Melissa Walker
Hand Knit Shawl: Mirela Gorun of Weddings by Laremi
Veils: McGiffin Johnny-Jenette Laub of Over The Moon Bridal
Models: Sammy Kay Smith 
Lauren Simpson
Brandon Klaehn

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We have been featured on The Budget Savvy Bride!!

We have been blessed to have our Owl & Pussycat styled bridal photo shoot featured today, on The Budget Savvy Bride!!

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POEM INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT

This styled bridal shoot was based on Edward Lear’s classic poem, “The Owl and The Pussycat”.  The walls of the cafe are decorated in fantastic chalk art, and there is such a whimsical woodland vibe throughout the entire establishment. Enjoy this Poem Inspired Styled Shoot! Xoxo, Jessica
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SUBMITTED BY: KIMBERLY LEHMAN OF LOVE, LAUGHTER & ELEGANCE: WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING

What was your design inspiration?

I have always loved the classic story of “The Owl & The Pussycat”, by Edward Lear. I recently came across a beautifully illustrated children’s version of the story, and I knew that I had to bring this story to life. In the neighborhood in Akron, Ohio, where I work, there is the most charming cafe. The decor is very eclectic and whimsical, and owls are a prominent feature. There are fantastic chalk murals on the walls and a handcrafted tree in the very center of the cafe. I knew this was the perfect location for this styled shoot. There is also a wonderfully casual patio outside of the cafe, that beckons you to sit and stay a while. I also wanted to incorporate the literary aspect of the project, so we wandered across the street to the library, and took some shots in the reading garden, and inside among the book stacks.

Describe your flowers.

Since the cafe is so colorful and whimsical, I wanted to keep our floral look soft, with muted pastel colors. The bridal bouquet is comprised of lavender, blue, and pink silk hydrangeas, and pastel silk roses. The boutonniere is a large pastel silk bloom that looked wonderful against Conner’s dark blue suit. I created a rounded centerpiece of the same silk hydrangeas and roses as the bridal bouquet. For a little depth and contrast, I also added large blush silk peonies. This arrangement was placed in my grandmother’s antique soup tureen, and then placed on top of my vintage white cake stand, with a decorative floral edge. We also used some of the natural greenery and wood elements found in the cafe as decor.

Describe your cake.

The cake, created by Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted, was a magnificent three-tiered confection! The three round tiers were each decorated in a shade of blue or green, to represent the ocean in the story. She added several beautiful handcrafted flowers to accentuate the gorgeous cake. The cake topper, created by Katie Meek of Meekly Yours, was a charming rendition of the owl and the pussycat sailing away for a year and a day in their little boat.

Tell us about your attire choices.

Our male model, Conner, wore a slim fitting blue suit of his own. I added a bright yellow silk tie that had little sailboats embroidered on it to go with the theme of the shoot. He also donned adorable owl-framed glasses, that looked so cute on him!

For Sammy Kay, we had 4 different looks. The first was a lovely flowing bridesmaid gown in a color called “desert rose”. This gown set off Sammy’s neckline and beautiful creamy skin. The bridal gown was an ivory lace sheath dress with an embellished empire waist, cap sleeves, sweetheart neckline, and sweep train. She looked amazing in it! The second bridal dress was a tea-length vintage design from the 1940s, sheer with an overall lace design. The final dress was also a vintage design from the 1950s. It was a day dress, deep rose in color, and had an overall lace pattern. The neckline was trimmed with matching satin piping. Sammy Kay added vintage gloves, hats and jewelry to complete the overall look for each outfit.

Please describe any handmade, DIY, or personal items.

There were several handmade items provided by vendors for this amazing photoshoot! Michal Elaine Johnston created a beautiful painting with colors featured in the original inspiration board. Katie Meek of Meekly Yours, created the cake topper, round wooden sign, and table number. Jodi Kennedy of Pink Tomato Creative hand made several of the decorative items, like the large banners, and paper goods.

We used my grandmother’s antique soup tureen as the display container for the floral centerpiece, as well as other sentimental items from my personal collection like vintage books, gloves, and figurines. We also displayed a poster of The Owl & The Pussycat, which had been mounted on a multicolored backdrop, and framed.

Describe the tablescape elements.

We had two tablescapes, one for the cake, and one for the dining table. The cake table was covered in delicate pink table linen, and the gorgeous wedding cake was placed on an ornate antique gold pedestal cake stand. We added gold mercury and small blue glass jar votive candles, and the children’s book of “The Owl & The Pussycat.”

The dining table was covered in a gorgeous blush pink petal tablecloth. Behind the table, we had our bride and groom models seated in magnificent high backed chairs, covered in white leather. The place settings were layered with gold beaded clear glass charger plates and ivory bone china with gold rims. We also used vintage floral china, and gold flatware. The stemware included cut crystal glasses with gold rims and smaller amber aperitif glasses. White and pastel linen napkins completed the look. The place cards were handmade paper boats with sails, as a nod to the boat in the story. I created a rounded centerpiece of the same silk hydrangeas and roses as the bridal bouquet. For a little depth and contrast, I also added large blush silk peonies. This arrangement was placed in my grandmother’s antique soup tureen, and then placed on top of my vintage white cake stand, with a decorative floral edge. We also added a few small owl and cat figurines, and gold mercury votive candles.

VENDORS

Photography: Stacey Long    • Venue: A Walk in the Park Cafe • Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Floral: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Stationery: pink tomato creative • Wedding Cake: cake wasted • Bridesmaid Dresses: Doreen Leaf Designs  •  Headpiece: Doreen Leaf Designs  •  Model: Sammy Kay Smith • Model: Conner Moore • Laser Engraving: Meekly Yours • Bakery: A Walk in the Park Cafe • Wedding DressLove, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Fashion: English Rose Vintage Oh • Tableware: Millers Party Rental • Cake Topper: Meekly Yours • Paintings: Michal Elaine Johnston • Handmade Items: pink tomato creative • Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Submitted via: Matchology

‘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!!

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We have been featured on the Hello Veil blog!!

We have been blessed to have our Kate Spade in Flannel styled bridal photo shoot featured on the Hello Veil blog!  This is a newer wedding blog, and one we are happy to share with all of you! 

Our Kate Spade inspired shoot produced two wonderful galleries of gorgeous photos, from two exceptionally talented photographers.  This feature showcases the beautiful work of Gabriella Sutherland Photography.  Enjoy!

https://helloveil.com/who-doesnt-like-flannel/

 

Who Doesn’t Like Flannel?

We all know that black and red go together like PB&J but the flannel with the neutral, coral and light blue accented bouquet really give this Kate Spade inspired photo shoot some zing! Let’s not forget to mention that every bride needs a great pair of shoes. I would wear those any day of the week 🙂 Loving the contrast. It all fits together so nicely.

Don’t miss out!! Follow us on Instagram to see more from this shoot. Definitely feel free to follow the lovely planners and photographers as well. Their links can be found at the bottom.

Planning & Design Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  @lleweddings PhotographyGabriella Sutherland Photography @gabriellasutherlandphotography
Venue  Spring Hill Historic Home @springhillhh
Stationery Suite  Violet and Pearls @violetnpearls
Non-floral Bouquet and Boutonniere Fleur Wedding Bouquets @fleurweddingbouquets
Model @sammykay118
Cake Topper:  Ever Laser @everlaser
Fashion Styling & Accessories:  Lorili Design Hair Stylist  Alysha Mclean @alysha.mclean Makeup Artist  Summer Knight @summer_makeup1547 Handmade paper decor Melissa Walker

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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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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.

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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

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