We have been featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog!!

We have been blessed to have had our Winter Elegance styled bridal photo shoot featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog today!!  Enjoy!

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WINTER ELEGANCE STYLED SHOOT

Today’s Styled Shoot is unique because it was specifically created to showcase the venue. The barn at Century Farms was built in the 1930s and fully restored by the current owners. The natural wood tables and chairs in the venue are absolutely gorgeous and the decor fits the rustic elegant theme tied together by a color scheme of burgundy, copper, gold, sage green, and ivory. Enjoy this Winter Elegance Styled Shoot!

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WINTER ELEGANCE STYLED SHOOT

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

What was your design inspiration?

Kerri Lambert asked me to create a styled shoot for her venue, Century Farms, in Carrollton, Ohio. We wanted a winter look, without it being too “Christmassy”. I designed a look that could be used throughout the late fall and well into the winter season. I used a color palatte of burgundy, copper, gold, sage green and ivory. The restored 1930s barn has a lot of beautiful woodwork and handcrafted wooden tables and chairs that begged to be shown in their natural glory accented with candlelight and lush florals. I built my design around those elements.

Describe your flowers.

The florals were absolutely gorgeous! Dietz Falls Florist used deep red flowers, lots of greenery, and ivory and blush blooms to create our winter look. We had a huge centerpiece for our dining table, two large full arrangements placed on copper stands in front of the fireplace, a darling wreath that we hung above the dessert table, two massive bouquets for our models, a charming floral crown, and a hair comb with delicate blooms. There were several stems of loose blossoms that were tucked into the grapevine wreath above the dining table and used in small vases along the table runner. We also used several loose stems of ferns and greenery in various spots to complete our decor. Flowers and greenery included amaryllis, hypericum, cedar, cypress, red roses, burgundy mini carnations, pink lisianthus, and dahlias.

Susie Kay‘s Designs created a stunning gold and ivory brooch bouquet for this shoot. It was a perfect compliment to all of the lush red and green florals.

Describe your cake.

The cake was a brilliant confection of style! The four-tiered cake was created with alternating square and hexagonal layers. Each layer was decorated differently. The bottom layer was covered in burgundy icing and had gold painted fleur-de-lys designs. The second layer was painted with an ombre effect, going from burgundy to ivory. Between the second and third layers, the cake was encircled by large burgundy silk roses. The third layer was decorated in a quilted diamond pattern, accented with small gold balls. The top tier of the cake was covered in ivory icing and then had gold frosting drizzled over the top, and allowed to drip over the sides, to create an awesome effect. The cake topper was painted with the same gold frosting. Overall, simply stunning!

Tell us about your attire choices.

We had several looks for our models. For our bridal model, Sammy Kay, she wore an ivory sheath gown with allover lace and an empire waist as her ceremony look. We accented her natural waist with a beaded sash. Her cathedral length veil was made of soft ivory tulle. She wore sparkly gold heels to complement the look.  Sammy’s second outfit, perfect for mingling at the reception, was a knee-length ivory dress with a high neck and sheer illusion sleeves with a diamond pattern. We added a modern red suede belt with a gold buckle and a custom made overlay ivory tulle skirt, embroidered with burgundy and pink roses, and edged in a soft sage green thread. We finished her look with ivory lace boots by the House of Elliot. Sammy’s third look of the evening was definitely meant for the after-party. She wore a nude-colored cocktail dress that was completely covered in brilliant copper colored sequins. She sparkled! She added strappy burgundy suede heels to dance the night away in.

Monyca, one of our bridesmaid models, started the evening in a very sexy, form-fitting dark red velvet dress with a thigh-high slit, that set off her long silver hair and golden skin tone. For her accessories, she wore clear strappy sandals and a delicate floral crown. Monyca’s second look was a sexy, dark golden satin maxi dress, which had thin spaghetti straps that crisscrossed in the back. Both gowns showed off her petite figure brilliantly.

Kerri, our other bridesmaid model, wore two red gowns for our styled shoot. The first was a deep red, floor-length gown with a black lace bodice. The second dress was also a dark red satin, but more form fitting with subtle ruching. Both looked amazing on her! Kerri also wore a lush floral crown created by Dietz Falls Florist.

Please describe any handmade, DIY or personal details.

The gold and ivory brooch bouquet was handmade by Susan Wember Kurtz of Susie Kay‘s Design. The embroidered tulle overskirt used in Sammy’s second outfit was created by Laurie Wallick of Lorili Design.

Describe the tablescape elements.

We had two gorgeous tablescapes for this styled shoot. The first was the beautiful natural wood dining table, that was just too pretty to cover up. The tables are one of the best features of the Century Farms venue. We centered the dining table underneath the large natural grapevine wreath light fixture, which we adorned with loose flowers and greenery. The table, which seats eight guests, was draped with a simple burgundy cloth runner. We layered a long, multicolored scarf that featured our color scheme on top of the runner.

We then added the large centerpiece that featured gorgeous amaryllis and deep red roses. Tall sage green taper candles were added in copper candlesticks, along with gold mercury glass votives. Small clusters of loose blooms were placed along the runner in round crackle glass containers with gold footing. Pinecones and loose pieces of greenery were added to the runner to complete the look. The tableware, although a bit eclectic, created a stunning look on the natural wood table. We started with gold beaded glass charger plates, and then added vintage ivory china edged in gold. We used two types of napkins. The glassware included large gold-rimmed goblets etched with a winter scene.

The dessert table was also eclectic by design, but nonetheless gorgeous! On the wall behind the table, we hung a heart-shaped wreath of fresh greenery and blooms and finished with a burgundy chiffon bow. We placed the stunning wedding cake on the table along with a crystal handled cake knife set, tied in sheer burgundy ribbon. We added a single tall candle holder, that was decorated in a dark red and gold glazed design, and had dark gold scrollwork at the top and bottom. On this, we placed a tall red pillar candle. On the table below the pillar candle, we placed several cut crystal champagne flutes that were edged in gold, and a bottle of bubbly.

We added a vintage tin of coffee (fresh of course), a copper drink shaker, and a jar of homemade hot cocoa mix, to provide the guests with a variety of wintery beverage delights. To complete the overall look on the tabletop, we added the gold and ivory brooch bouquet, and several gold mercury votive candles. On the lower shelf of the table, we added a large lighted “bar” sign and several creamy pillar candles in large cylinder vases. Small touches of fresh greenery finished our wintery dessert table.

VENDORS

Photography: Photos by Mindy Lewis • Venue: Century Farms • Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Floral: Dietz Falls Florist • Stationery: violet and pearls • Jewelry: Susie Kays Design • Veil: Over the Moon Bridal • Makeup: monyca tamang • Model: Sammy Kay Smith • Model: monyca tamang • Model: kerri lambert • Bride’s Shoes: House of Elliot • Non-Floral Bouquet: Susie Kays Design • Linens: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Wedding DressDavid’s Bridal • Alterations: Lorili Design • Bride’s Skirt: Lorili Design • Wedding Cake: Sarah’s Sugar Cookies • Submitted via: Matchology

 

 

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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!

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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 mentioned in 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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4 Reasons Why It’s Not Worth Stressing About the Weather Ahead of Your Wedding

Let those worries go.

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When it comes to the most special and important day of your life, it’s hard to not get at least a little worked up over the little details. However, it’s important to realize which factors are in—and out of—your control. One that you can’t predict or change, no matter how hard you try, is the weather. “While it can be a hassle if you are caught in a sudden downpour on the way to your ceremony, or if a freak snowstorm blows in the weekend of your wedding, it doesn’t have to ruin your wedding,” says Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance.

 

She does recommend, however, that all couples have a backup plan in place for your wedding, especially if any part of your celebration will take place outdoors. To help you cope with the unpredictability that comes along with wedding weather, here are some key reasons why it’s not worth stressing over.

 

RELATED: WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TO RESCHEDULE OR CANCEL YOUR WEDDING DUE TO THE WEATHER?

 

You can’t control it.

To really enjoy the wedding day to the fullest, Leah Weinberg, wedding planner, owner, and executive planner at Color Pop Events, urges brides and grooms to accept that certain things will happen that day that are outside of their control. “When those things happen, you’ve just gotta roll with it,” she says. “Embrace whatever happens and make the best of it—that advice goes for things other than weather, too.”

 

Stress might kill the mood.

Not only is stress bad for your own health, but it can impact the moods of those around you. “If you find yourself snapping at others due to the weather, it could potentially cause more permanent damage,” says Sabrina Zeile of Weddings By Sabrina. “Even though it’s your special day, it’s important to be considerate of others.” If the weather is poor, she suggests shifting your focus to another aspect of the wedding like dancing.

 

Inclement weather might enhance your photos.

Believe it or not, but rain can make for incredibly romantic photos with ideal lighting, so embrace it! “I’ve seen some stellar photos taken on rainy days, so if you’re bummed about the rain, just flip your mindset and think of all of the cool images that are going to come out of it,” says Weinberg.

 

Your wedding day will fly by.

What’s the use in spending the majority of it worried and stressed? It’s important to remember that this day will happen rain or shine, and it will fly by. Instead of spending this precious time stressed out, which can cause negative effects such as headaches, fatigue, upset stomach, and muscle pain, Zeile suggests relaxing and re-focusing so you can enjoy the moments you do have while they’re happening.

We have been published in Southern Celebrations Magazine!!

It is with great excitement, that I am finally able to announce that the very first styled bridal photo shoot I produced in July of 2016, has been published nationally, in Southern Celebrations Magazine!! We are currently featured in volume 6, on pages 72 -75. 

Thank you to Virginia Conaway Buckner for sharing this project with your readers! It’s Gorgeous, Y’all!!!

I would like to thank my wonderful vendor team, who worked so hard to bring my vision to life! I love you all!

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We have been featured on WeddingWire!

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

 

The 6 Weirdest Wedding Superstitions and How They Came to Be

Written by Jenn Sinrich  Photo: Elevate Photography

Few occasions are more sacred and momentous than an individual’s wedding day. While much has changed over the hundreds of thousands of years weddings have been going on, a lot has stayed the same. Many brides still wear white, for example, ceremonies are often officiated and a reception typically follows where family and friends celebrate all night long. Thankfully, among the long list of things that have changed over time, wedding superstitions are some of them.

We’re shedding some light on the history behind some of these wedding superstitions and explaining why they no longer exist today.

Rain on your wedding day

Few brides actually want rain on their wedding day, but that doesn’t mean your marriage is doomed to strikes of thunder and lightning. In fact, one of the oldest wedding superstitions out there is that rain on your wedding day is actually good luck. “The presence of rain is known to signify fertility,” explains Lindsey Sachs of COLLECTIVE/by Sachs in Boulder, Colorado and Minneapolis. “When it rains, plants and vegetation grow, so this superstition is known to have roots in agricultural communities.” In many cultures, rain is seen as a symbolism of cleansing, both physically in terms of the earth, but also spiritually in terms of the souls of people walking the earth. Plus, rain can make for some stunning photos.

The bride wearing white

Wearing a white or ivory wedding dress has long been the tradition, as a sign of purity, explains Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance in Massillon, Ohio. “Before the white gown color was popularized by Queen Victoria of England, many brides wore their best gown, if not simple a new one,” she says. “There was even a poem written as well regarding the bride’s choice of gown, and whether it would bode well or ill for her marriage.” (As a side note, one of Lehman’s favorite brides wore an all black gown and a white veil edged in black for her wedding, and she has a very strong marriage to this day!).

Seeing the bride in her dress before the wedding

As more and more couples are opting to skip the traditional first look, which involves the couple seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony processional, in favor of a planned first look for the purpose of capturing special photos in a more intimate setting, this wedding superstition is going out the window. “This tradition began during the time of arranged marriages when the couple-to-be were not allowed to see one another for fear the groom wouldn’t find the bride attractive and threaten to call off the marriage, thus bringing shame to the bride’s family,” explains Sachs. “The veil over the bride’s face was also meant to hide her face until the last possible minute.” Thankfully today, the intent of following this superstition is more rooted in creating an element of complete surprise for the couple, often generating heightened emotions and pure joy!

Not adding knives to the registry

These days it’s not uncommon to add a nice knife block to your registry, but in decades past, it was considered a bad omen. “Knives have been known to bring bad luck, signifying a broken relationship; definitely not a promising way to begin a marriage!” says Sachs. But, as she explains, a set of high-quality knives can be a helpful, if not necessary, addition to a couple’s kitchen set up. So, those who don’t dwell on the lore behind this superstition should be quick to go ahead and add this well-served item without worry.

Getting married on Saturdays

Saturday is without a doubt the most common day of the week to get married—but surprisingly, it used to be the day to avoid. “We can credit English folklore for claiming that Saturday is the most unlucky day of the week to marry with Wednesday being the best!” says Sachs. Needless to say this wacky wedding superstition isn’t keeping the modern bride and groom from saying “I do!” over this convenient weekend day.

Wearing a veil

Many brides still don a veil on their wedding day, but more and more do so for aesthetic reasons, rather than for fear of one of the oldest wedding superstitions. “According to ancient Greek and Roman traditions, a bride wears a veil to ward off evil spirits that intend on doing her harm,” Lehman points out. The veil, she explains is meant to hide the bride’s face from witches and demons. In other words, if the evil spirits could not see her, they could not curse her. “It was also considered a symbol of modesty,” Lehman adds. Clearly this superstition has gone out the window—and we can’t say we’re mad about it!

We have an article featured in Nanny Magazine!

We have been blessed with the opportunity to have an article featured in the October Celebrations Issue of Nanny Magazine!!  Our topic was “Organized & Stress-Free Wedding Planning” on page 33.  The layout is gorgeous! Thank you!

Be sure to check out the website:  Nanny Magazine

 

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We have been featured in an article on WeddingWire!!

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

 

The Worst Wedding Advice Ever, According to Real Women

Written by Jenn Sinrich  Photo: Ellys Photography

 

You don’t have to be newly engaged or planning your big day to know that people love giving wedding advice of all kinds. Whether it’s suggestions on color scheme or recommendations on vendors, friends, family and, well, strangers you meet truly enjoy sharing their insight and personal preferences with you to help you with all sorts of decisions you’ll have to make. But before you cling onto their words of wisdom, know this: Their advice might be well-meant, but that doesn’t mean it’s well deserved.

“The uniqueness of a wedding stems from the individuality of the couple, therefore taking advice from just anyone may not work,” explains Tessa Brand of Tessa Lyn Events in Santa Monica, California. “Every couple has a different vision, budget and priority list so outside advice may be harmful rather than helpful.”

Here are some of the worst pieces of wedding advice people have received—and why you should be wary of following this “wedding wisdom.”

“Stick with tradition or you’ll regret it”

“I’m not a very religious or by-the-book person, but so many people warned me to keep my wedding as traditional as possible. They weren’t just talking about the white dress and vows—they were talking about everything, from the ‘something blue’ to the feeding each other wedding cake. I’m all for keeping certain traditions, especially ones I hold dear, alive, but this just felt too stiff and scripted for me.”—Kaleigh R.

The expert says: Do what feels right.

“Many old customs, traditions, and wedding advice are no longer relevant, or interesting to the current generation of brides and grooms,” explains Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance in Massillon, Ohio. In other words, these days it’s more accepted for couples to make their own, unique decisions when it comes to planning their big day.

“Use all my vendors—it will make planning easier”

“I was the maid of honor for my best friend and I enjoyed her wedding, but when it came time for me to plan my wedding, she was all over me about using her vendors—from her venue to her DJ. It was just she wanted me to do a repeat of her wedding. While I appreciate her suggestions and I do know that she had the best intentions, I wanted to do things my way. Many of the people who attended her wedding would also be attending mine, so I wanted to make sure that they, too, had a different experience and I didn’t want them comparing the two occasions.”—Rebecca O.

The expert says: Do your research to find the right wedding vendors for you.

Your friend may have planned her big day, but that doesn’t mean she did so for two events—both yours and hers. “Recommendations for vendors are great and are a valuable resource for anyone planning an event, but her vendors may not fit your needs for your wedding,” says Lehman.

“You don’t have to meet all vendors in person—it’s a waste of time.”

“When a co-worker told me this, it took so much energy for me to not say something. What the heck do they even mean? I knew from being a bridesmaid for my friends that it’s important that you know who is running your wedding—from the florist to the lighting tech. I was happy that my fiance agreed with me, especially because getting to know our vendors was the fun part!”—Ginny V.

The expert says: In-person meetings are essential.

Be sure to talk to actual wedding professionals, those who have been in their field of expertise for several years, and have references of satisfied customers that you can confirm with, Lehman suggests. So many important topics you’ll want to touch upon with these vendors, including their prefered structure and workflow and the personal touches that will make your day special, are best discussed in person so no details are left out.

“Wedding planners are a waste of money.”

“I foolishly took this wedding advice when planning my own nuptials and it’s something that I regret. Sure, wedding planners might not be for everyone, but I seriously could have used one. My fiance and I are both incredibly busy and live in a tiny apartment in a bustling city. It was so hard to travel to meet our vendors and communicate with our parents who didn’t live in the city parameters. I wish we had someone who was a professional at handling everything overall—someone who would communicate on our behalf to our vendors and our family. It would have taken a serious load off.”—Jen R.

The expert says: Wedding planners can be absolute life-savers.

At the very least, have a consultation with a wedding planner. “They can suggest several choices of vendors that will match your needs and budget and can also give you ideas and wedding advice to get started in your planning, such as color combinations, flowers in each season or a checklist of planning tasks,” says Lehman.

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