We have been mentioned on Martha Stewart Weddings!!

We have been blessed to have been mentioned in an article on Martha Stewart Weddings!!  Thank you, Jenn Sinrich!!

https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/2139134/tips-feeling-confident-wedding-day

Every bride should feel great on this special occasion.

By Jenn Sinrich

November 25, 2019

If there’s one day you want to feel, look, and act your very best and feel as confident as can be, it’s without a doubt your wedding day—a day that’s entirely centered around you and the love of your life. But accomplishing this feat is a lot harder than it sounds. After all, this is a day you’ve likely been dreaming about for years, if not as long as you can remember, and you want everything to go according to plan. To help make your wedding-day dreams come true, we asked planners to share their best tips for feeling confident in your role as the bride.

Related: Easy Ways to Get Your Energy Up Before Your Wedding

Hire a great vendor team.

To feel truly confident on your wedding day, you need to know that it’s going to go off without a hitch—and that it’s being handled by professionals you can trust to get their jobs done right. Amy Greenberg of Amy Greenberg Events recommends hiring vendors who you really feel understand you and your vision, can be a calming presence on the day, and who you feel comfortable being your advocate. “Trust and comfort are key with all of your vendors,” she says.

Establish healthy habits early on.

Feeling and looking your best on your big day means taking care of yourself in the months, weeks, and days leading up to your wedding. In addition to eating well, exercising, and drinking plenty of water, it’s vital that you get your rest, especially as the 10-day countdown approaches. Don’t forget to pamper yourself a bit, too! “Manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages are wonderfully relaxing treats,” says Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance. “The overall goal is to give you a healthy, radiant glow on your wedding day, which will show from the inside out!”

Be organized.

If you have a wedding planner, you should be all set in this department, but if you’re handling all the details yourself, it’s vital that you keep track of your checklists and timelines. Additionally, about two months before your wedding, Greenberg recommends sitting down with a couple of your most organized and detail-oriented friends and going through all your vendor contracts and noting deadlines and requirements. Then, start inputting these dates in your calendar with a reminder alert a few days before and on the day of. “Make your day-of timeline with the help of your venue or catering team and emcee, review your venue layout, check-in with all of your vendors, and then make more lists (the list of people who will need a day of timeline, all the things you need to pack when you leave your house for the last time before the wedding, what things you still have left to buy, order, or make, like seating assignments, welcome sign, card box, etc.),” she says.

Love your gown—and feel comfortable in it.

Your wedding day is not the day to squeeze into a gown or outfit of any kind that you feel self-conscious in. When choosing your wedding dress, comfort should be one of the biggest considerations. “You should buy something that you feel amazing in today and not something you have aspirations of feeling good in once you’ve gotten in shape or lost weight closer to the wedding,” says Leah Weinberg, wedding planner, owner, and executive planner at Color Pop Events.

Related: Five Tips for Feeling Your Best on the Morning of Your Wedding

Schedule engagement photos.

Weinberg always recommend that her couples do an engagement session or a couple’s session with their photographer before the wedding. “It’s less about having the photos themselves and more about getting comfortable together in front of the camera, since most couples haven’t been professionally photographed together and might not know how they best interact in front of the camera,” she says. “Doing a session with your photographer before the wedding will get you more comfortable with your partner and also more comfortable with your photographer.”

Do a hair and makeup trial.

For optimal day-of confidence, you should know what you plan to look like—both in terms of hair and makeup. This is where hair and makeup trials come in handy. “You don’t want to spend the morning of your wedding trying multiple styles and re-doing various looks,” says Weinberg. “You want to go into that day knowing what you want and having tried out that look with your hair and makeup person or people well in advance.”

Surround yourself with positive people.

Whether it’s your bridal party, close cousin, or mom, keep people who relax and calm you close by on your wedding day. Greenberg also suggests finding buffers for the family members who are likely to bring you stress. “If there’s someone who you feel like you have to have present while you are getting ready but fear they will cause you anxiety, ask someone else also to act as a buffer,” she says. “All in all, just make sure that you are surrounded by the people who make you feel like the best version of you and you will feel confidence with ease on your special day.”

Remember to breathe—and smile!

Your wedding day is your day, and one you won’t get back—so make the most of it! “If something is really bothering you, talk it out with your partner, family member, friend, or professional counselor,” says Lehman. “Whatever you do, don’t let a small issue get bigger over time until it seems near impossible to overcome.”

Our Stargate Atlantis styled shoot was featured on Storyboard Wedding!!

For those of you who know me, know that I am a huge Sci-Fi fan.  Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate – I love them all!  Sometimes, the stories within the stories, reflecting the development of relationships between main characters, will grab me and take hold.  Especially if the relationship is a romantic one.  One such relationship is that of Col. John Sheppard and Teyla Emmagan, on the Stargate Atlantis tv series.  Played by actors Joe Flanigan, and Rachel Luttrell, they never quite became a couple but there was plenty of chemistry between the two.  If you are part of any ComicCon, fanfiction, or other fan-based groups, you would see that this pairing is quite popular, and many people wish their characters had gotten together during the show.  I am certainly one of those fans.

I am so obsessed by John and Teyla’s story, that I designed an entire styled wedding photo shoot around it.  This is my interpretation of their wedding, had it taken place during the tv series.  My fabulous team of vendors joined me at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, to produce this stunning visual tribute to one of my favorite shows, and two of my favorite characters.  We have been blessed to have this styled shoot featured on the StoryboardWedding blog!  I hope you enjoy!

http://storyboardwedding.com/stargate-atlantis-inspired-wedding-editorial/

Stargate Atlantis Inspired Wedding Editorial

Anyone die-hard “Stargate Atlantis” fanatics? Or how about outer space buffs? Regardless, this “Stargate Atlantis” inspired wedding editorial is right up your alley. Kimberly Lehman from Love, Laughter, & Elegance planned this stellar shoot with epic attention to detail and an explosion of any and all things about space exploration.

Kimberly headed to the Great Lakes Science Center to dress it up with deep jewel tones like midnight blue, royal blue, emerald and jade green; with pops of gunmetal gray and naturally, gold. The shades were a common feature in the sci-fi show and of course, looking up into the heavens, you’ll see a few of them staring back at you. We love the fun allusion of spheres in the ceremony setup, and the reception’s tablescape hosts an elongated floral centerpiece with beautiful geometric structures. Without fail, the EAT Cake 216 stood its ground and rose to the occasion. The three-tiered cake was brushed with various dark shades and had stand-out gold constellations dotted throughout. Cheers to this group of talented vendors. You all out did yourselves!

Photography: Regovich Imaging Company | Venue: Great Lakes Science Center | Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: Cathryne’s Creative Details | Stationery: KatSHOT Designs | Cookies: Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia | Wedding Cake: EAT Cake 216 | Seating: Cathryne’s Creative Details | Linens: Cathryne’s Creative Details | Hair: Heather O’Boyle Erman | Makeup: Heather O’Boyle Erman | Model: Joe Morales | Model: Chula DeJesus | Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Balloons : Designer Events by Fatena | Wedding Dress: Encore Resale Fashions | Bride’s Shoes: Encore Resale Fashions | Bridesmaid Dresses: Encore Resale Fashions | Veil: Encore Resale Fashions | Headpiece: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Bracelet: Encore Resale Fashions | Earrings: Encore Resale Fashions | Cufflinks: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Necklace: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Wedding Ring: Encore Resale Fashions | Submitted via: Matchology

We have been featured on Storyboard Wedding!!

We have been blessed to have our Earth Angel Styled Wedding Photo Shoot featured on Storyboard Wedding!!  The Earth Angel shoot was one of the largest and most elaborate we have produced so far, in February of 2019.  Held at the Glidden House in Cleveland, Ohio, and photographed by Stephanie and John Uptmor of Imagine It Photography, it was a wonderful day, filled with fantastic models and vendors collaborating to create amazing art.  Enjoy!

Moody Vintage Wedding Inspiration

An antiquated wedding styled shoot always has a few of these essential components: brushed, aged metallics; muted colors seen in florals or other design elements; and baubles scattered throughout the aesthetic. More is always more when it comes to vintage editorials, and we couldn’t help but realize that this is so on par with moody wedding inspirations. The design concepts for both are almost always luxe and glamorous, with an element of very slight modernity. These two styles absolutely adore their trinkets and their attention to detail, but you’ll also find contemporary styles like geometrics or sharp lines and crisp colors thrown into the mix. Love, Laughter, & Elegance’s moody vintage wedding inspiration is a divine example of these awesome vendor teams taking the now-often-seen vintage wedding trend into the current age.

Event planner Kimberly Lehman was inspired by seasonal transitioning and wanted to showcase it by bringing “heaven on earth”. We are besotted with this color palette: dusty blues, steel greys, lavender, blush, peach, and gold. It’s such a striking line-up and to follow up with that, the florals by Celestial Blooms were so stellar and lush. Large installations were created for the ceremony and reception concepts, respectively. The bridal bouquets donned a variety of blooms like lavender and blush roses, white hydrangea, silver dollar eucalyptus, protea, wheat, pampas grass, albino peacock, and white ostrich feathers. We also get to see a fun idea of having two brides with two different looks, and then outfit changes to give more variety to the viewer. Undoubtedly, after checking out the photos, this inspiration was a labor of love and we completely commend everyone on such a job well done.

Photography: Imagine It Photography | Venue: The Glidden House | Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: Celestial Blooms, LLC | Stationery: Emmy Anastasia | Videography: Video Memories, LLC | Wedding Cake: Cake Wasted | Linens: Reasonable Party Rental, LLC | Hair: Ramona Dauksa Studio | Makeup: Ramona Dauksa Studio | Jewelry: Susie Kays Design | Cookies: Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia | Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Place Cards: Violet and Pearls | Model: Lauren Simpson | Model: Sammy Kay Smith | Model: Brandon Klaehn | Table Numbers: Violet and Pearls | Bridal Salon: Consider the Dress | Bridal Salon: Encore Resale Fashions | Bride’s Shoes: Encore Resale Fashions | Bridesmaid Dresses: Consider the Dress | Veil: Over the Moon Bridal | Headpiece: Susie Kays Design | Wrap: Weddings by Laremi | Submitted via: Matchology

We have been quoted on Martha Stewart Weddings!

We have been blessed to be quoted in an article on Martha Stewart Weddings!  Thank you, Jenn Sinrich!!

https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/2108542/should-you-buy-wedding-dress-before-engagement?fbclid=IwAR2Bgc_w4C5E3cnekWU9KIm2157e8pB7HNmw_0KZrKUz76LkVl4DMu-szx8

Should You Ever Consider Buying a Wedding Dress Before Getting Engaged?

There are a lot of sides to this argument.
By Jenn Sinrich

September 27, 2019

wedding dress rack shopping with grandmaPhoto:  Diane Hu

Whether you’ve stumbled across the wedding dress of your dreams at a can’t-pass-up price or know that your engagement is just weeks away, you might be eager to begin the search for (and lock down) the gown that you’ll wear on the most important day of your life. But should you ever go so far as to buy a wedding dress before you actually get engaged? Opinions on this tricky topic vary.

 
Diane Lloyde Roth, celebrity and wedding stylist and owner of L’Armoire, considers it not only bad luck to purchase the wedding dress before getting engaged, but also just bad form. In addition to being presumptuous, you also don’t know where you’re going to get married or what time of year, both of which will play a large part in picking a dress. “For example, if you are getting married in the summer, you don’t want to be wearing a heavy gown,” she says. “Also, the style will reflect the location, whether it be a beach wedding, a formal ceremony in a church, or perhaps a more casual wedding location.” Another important factor that she points out is that body size and shape as well as style changes over time, so if you’re not getting married in the next calendar year, you might find yourself with a dress that’s the right size and/or a style that’s no longer “in.”

Jodi R.R. Smith, owner of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, on the other hand, doesn’t think this idea of buying a wedding dress before you get engaged is as crazy as it sounds. “Weddings can be very pricy affairs, so if you’re able to find a dress you love even before the engagement is official (or even before you find your significant other!), go for it,” she says. “Think about it this way: Brides who wear their mother’s wedding dress technically have their dress before they have the ring, so why should this situation be any different?”

Danielle Rothweiler, owner of Rothweiler Event Design, feels that there are a few scenarios that make sense for someone to consider buying a wedding dress pre-engagement—one being if she and her other half are discussing a future engagement that happens to be quite informal, especially if the engagement period is going to be short. “Most wedding dress take nine months to one year to be ordered and then altered for the bride, so if you’re talking about getting married and setting up details including the date and have limited time, you should start shopping in advance,” she says.

Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance, feels that the decision is really dependent on the bride herself and her unique situation. “A wedding dress is one of the most personal and expensive purchases that someone will ever make, so there are a lot of factors to take into consideration,” she says.
Bottom line: What’s right for you might not be right for your friend, sister or co-worker, so take the advice you’re given lightly and ultimately go with your gut. If it’s the dress of your dreams, why let it go to another bride?

 

We have been featured in Southern Celebrations Magazine Lifestyle Edition!!

We have been featured in the Southern Celebrations Magazine Lifestyle Edition!  We were blessed to have been asked to write an article for the Vol. 9 Lifestyle Edition, about sibling rivalry.  This is a little bit of a departure from our usual articles that have been published, about weddings, events, or styled photo shoots.  But as we enjoy writing, it never hurts to stretch and grow, and take on different topics.  So, please feel free to read and enjoy.  

https://www.southerncelebrationsmag.com/lagniappe/sibling-rivalry-whats-it-all-about?fbclid=IwAR09Ww_iRk8eAIFqTzguCw3–78jZWCPBQVmPbDNZ2Eu1_GOhHzq-7MKM-Q

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!

https://thebudgetsavvybride.com/winter-elegance-styled-shoot/

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

 

 

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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