In this vintage sherbet wedding inspiration by Art Goans Photography, my thoughts immediately flew to weddings from yesteryear, particularly from the 1960s. The mod movement heralded colors becoming brighter, prints were more bolder, and “slim” and “mini” became frequently-heard and seen. The sartorial explosion was global and clearly, still stands strongly today.
Kimberly Lehman from Love, Laughter, & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning is a die-hard fan of shades of pink and peach (who isn’t, right?). When she came across her venue of choice–The Cross-Eyed Moose–she fell for the quirky country-western vibe and the overall deep brown, rustic interior would hold up well against the sharp contrast of the color palette she had her heart set on featuring. The guest table centerpiece was a very full arrangement in a large trumpet vase that had mandarin oranges and peach slices at the base, for added color. The centerpiece, boutonniere, and bouquet were comprised of coral and pink roses, pink peonies, lavender stock flowers, baby’s breath, ferns, and a variety of greenery for texture. We think Pretty Petals Design nailed a home run with these blooms.
Our most favorite element, however, was the vintage 1960s Mustang that showed up quite serendipitously. A married couple was visiting the venue for the day and this was the vehicle they were in. They graciously said yes when asked if it could be featured in the shoot, and the rest is history. Funny how things work out so well don’t they?
The below wedding pros made this amazing event happen. See more of their work by visiting their website.
We have been blessed to have our Stargate Atlantis Inspired Styled Wedding Shoot featured today on the Aisle Society website!! Originally featured on Storyboard Wedding, this is my interpretation of the wedding of two of the main characters of the TV show Stargate Atlantis: Col. John Sheppard and Teyla Emmagan. We had an amazing team that collaborated to bring my vision to life, and they crushed it! I hope you enjoy!!
Anyone die-hard “Stargate Atlantis” fanatics? 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.
Experts share their top words of wisdom for couples who are planning their own wedding, from creating a budget to deciphering contracts.
Whether or not budget is a big concern when it comes to planning your wedding, you may be on the fence about hiring a wedding planner. This is especially true if you want to be very hands-on with the planning. Well, there are plenty of reasons to hire a wedding planner, and many couples say it was one of the best hires they made for their wedding, but some couples choose to go a different route. If you and your partner are planning your own wedding, all the power to you!
So where to begin? When it comes to planning your own wedding without the help of a planning professional, there’s quite a lot to know. You want to make sure you’ve thought of everything before it’s too late—last-minute wedding arrangements aren’t so easy to string together.
To help guide you along the way, here are some important things that can make planning your own wedding smooth sailing, according to experts.
Determine your budget before you start planning.
Many couples who are planning their own wedding think it’s okay to hire a vendor or two before truly sitting down and ironing out their budget. Big mistake, according to Rothweiler. ”You should never just start spending money because you’ll fall down a rabbit hole that you’ll never dig your way out of,” she says. “Have a serious conversation with anyone contributing to the budget to find out exactly how much they are giving you.”
You can hire a planner for a day or two instead.
Before shutting the door on the wedding-planner idea completely, it’s worth knowing that not all planners are all or nothing. In fact, some offer a variety of packages that can be more practical for a budget-conscious couple. For Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design in Verona, New Jersey, offers mini-packages where couples get 10 hours of her company’s time to use however they want! “This could be helpful in finding the venue, designing the budget or whatever the couple is struggling with,” she explains.
Organization is key.
Any planner will tell you the immense importance of using checklists and spreadsheets for planning any event, but especially such a large-scale one like your wedding. “There are many wedding planning binders available for purchase, and free tools lists online, that will cover all of the relevant categories and details related to planning your own wedding,” says Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance in Massillon, Ohio. In fact, WeddingWire offers totally free wedding planning tools keep track of everything in a shareable and concise way.
Friends and family are there to help you.
Without a planner to give you their venue and vendor recommendations, the next best place to turn are your recently married friends, according to Rothweiler. “Did they like their vendors? What did they spend?” she says. “Ask your friends to be open and honest about what they would’ve done differently and look into their recommendations first.”
Consider timing well in advance.
The timing of your wedding day won’t get fully ironed out until about two months before the date, according to Rothweiler, however, she recommends being conscious of these logistics throughout the entire planning process. “For instance, if you have elaborate ideas for floral design, but your venue only allows 90 minutes for set-up, you might want to consider a venue that gives you the whole day, or you’ll have to tell your florist before booking what the time constraints are,” she says.
Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.
Remember that more guests will cost you, so determine which is your priority—having more people you love there at a greater cost or a smaller, more intimate wedding that’s lower cost. Prioritize your budget and see where money can be moved around, suggests Lehman. “Smaller, more intimate weddings are the trend this year,” she says. “I also always advise my couples to select the best services and goods possible, within their budget—for example, excellent photography is a must.”
Read your contracts—twice.
“I cannot tell you how many details have caught my clients off guard that were right there in black and white,” says Rothweiler. “Once you sign on the dotted line and put down that first payment, it’s too late to potentially make changes or discuss anything really.” Also, remember that being told something verbally isn’t a contract—it must be in writing. And if there’s something you don’t understand on a wedding vendor’s contract, never hesitate to ask!
Love, Laughter, & Elegance’s antiquated styled shoot with brushed, aged metallics; muted colors seen in florals or other design elements; and baubles scattered throughout the aesthetic is a divine example of the now-often-seen vintage wedding trend into the current age.
Our Autumn Romance styled wedding photo shoot, that has been featured on Chic Vintage Brides, has also been featured on the main page of the Aisle Society website!! We have been very blessed to share this special styled shoot with you. Enjoy!!
The cake from our Earth Angel styled wedding photo shoot, that was featured on Layers of Luxe, has been named one of the best of the best for 2019!! This was one of the most elaborate styled shoots we have produced, and one of my favorites! The stunning cake was made by Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted, and the photos were taken by Stephanie Uptmor of Imagine It Photography. In the Layers of Luxe feature, the cake was listed as photo #9. Enjoy!!
The following link will take you to Layers of Luxe’s blog page:
BEST LAYERS OF 2019// WEDDING CAKES…We’ve rounded up 16 of the most beautiful creative wedding cakes designs for your big day…Click the link to see beautiful and delicious cake…https://www.layersofluxe.com/bestlayersof2019cakes
(#pink)-Photographer: L’Estelle Photography // Cake: Table & Company Canada
(#white)- Photographer: EC3 Moments // Cake: Staij and Co…
Today’s shoot sees us say a sad goodbye to Fall for another year in the most fabulously creative way possible. Inspired by one of my favourite films, and featuring a black wedding cake, a truly unusual engagement ring and not one but two beautiful brides, this editorial is nothing short of magical….
By way of an introduction, here is photographer Keli from Shiny Penny Studios….. “I love the autumn season! I love the variety of colors on the trees and plants, the crisp air, and this sense of magic I always feel. I also love the movie “Practical Magic”, so we wanted to evoke a sense of the film with a nod to the season with a color palette of black and deep emerald greens with touches of copper, to make our own magic.
With so much gorgeous foliage in and around the Spring Hill Historic estate, we added simple floral details. The lush bridal bouquet featured creamy white roses, orange lily, hypericum berries, coral dahlias, fiery red alstroemeria, Italian ruscus, and hints of lavender.
We also used Italian ruscus, large pine cones, and teasels on the dining table, to add a natural element to the strong color palette.
Our table was layered with black and emerald green linens. The black vintage chairs are part of the Spring Hill Historic Home estate, and are replicas of the original 200 year old dining room chairs. The table settings were eclectic, with copper charger plates, vintage green glass plates, and dark green napkins that matched the tablecloth. The vintage silver cutlery also belongs to the Spring Hill estate. The glassware included modern black goblets, and vintage cut green glasses.
This styled shoot featured an eclectic mix of vintage and modern gowns. Our bridal gowns were very different in style, as are our models, Sammy and Sarah. Sammy wore a beautiful modern ivory lace gown with a beaded empire waist and bodice, cap sleeves and court train. In her hair, we added a lovely beaded headband and she wore a vintage Art Deco necklace and earrings, which added lots of sparkle.
Sarah donned a stunning vintage gown from the 1960’s. It was an ivory chiffon over satin crepe gown, with a rosette trim at the waist, and court length train. Soft ruffles adorned the portrait neckline, the long fitted sleeves, and the front of the gown. Around her wrist, we added a vintage necklace as a bracelet, with deep green cabochon stones.
The gorgeous cake was a tall three-tiered delight! Placed on a vintage copper cake stand, the cake was covered in dark fondant, to match our color scheme. The bottom layer of the cake was covered in a dark forest green fondant, while the top two layers were adorned with simple, elegant black fondant. The only decorations on the cake were a copper colored hoop with lush white, burgundy, and coral blooms, and a script “Mrs & Mrs” cake topper. “
Isn’t it fabulous?! I just love the light and the pretty palette is so romantic! Thank-you so much to the wonderful team listed below who lent their creative talents to bring this incredible story to life. And a special thanks to Keli of Shiny Penny Studios for capturing it all so perfectly. You can see more of her beautiful photography by popping across to her website and by following her on Facebook and Instagram.