We were featured on the B.LOVED Blog!

We were pleased to collaborate with Nikki Avramovich of Avra Studio, on this gorgeous Geometric Greenery styled bridal photo shoot.  It has been featured on B.LOVED Blog, a wonderful wedding blog in the UK.  Congratulations to all of the vendors and models!

https://blovedblog.com/weddings/chic-geometric-wedding-ideas-neutral-palette-greenery/

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CHIC GEOMETRIC WEDDING IDEAS WITH A NEUTRAL PALETTE + GREENERY

  • Avra Studio together with Wedding Planner Love Laughter + Elegance shares this modern wedding inspiration a neutral colour palette with hints of gold, black and green, and statement geometrical shapes as well as on trend greenery!
  • “Photographer Nikki Avramovich inspired this editorial – she wanted to incorporate on trend geometric shapes into a light filled, industrial style setting for a modern wedding. The florals by Nikki’s Perfect Petal Designs were a mix of pretty white blooms and heaps of lovely greenery! The intention was to present a lush mix, adding softness and a fresh look for this urban backdrop and for a industrial chic wedding. The wedding cake designed by Gearhart Custom Cakes was a clean modern design, decorated with gold and marbled geometric shapes. This continued with the stationery by Gold Leaf Calligraphy, where table numbers, and menus were all created to reflect the statement geometric theme. Adding a gold sequin table runner and metallic gold charger plates, with modern gold cutlery- all added a contemporary touch of elegance too. The style of the attire was to feel luxe and modern. For the Groom, a classic suit and tie looked very dapper – and for the Bridal look we chose a dress by All Brides Beautiful which was simply stunning! The gown’s overlay element to the skirt gave it a sophisticated yet modern edge.”

 

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We were quoted in an article on WeddingWire!!

Sometimes I like to share personal experiences of when I was a young bride myself, and not just nuggets of wedding planning knowledge gained over the last 20 years or so.  Jenn Sinrich recently asked for brides to weigh in on whether they would or would not wear a veil on their wedding day.  I was happy to share my thoughts.  Thank you, Jenn!!

https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/veil-or-no-veil

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Veil or No Veil? Real Brides Weigh In

Jenn Sinrich
By Jenn Sinrich
 Once you’ve said yes to the dress, there’s another important question to answer: Veil or no veil? Here’s how real brides made the call.
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“Veil or no veil?” is a question most modern-day brides might be asked. However, decades ago, it was a no brainer that a bride would wear a veil. It has long been a tradition embedded in a myriad of different cultures and societies all around the world. While veils are an undeniably beautiful aspect of wedding day attire, their purpose was for far more than appearance. In fact, a veil symbolized virginity. The act of “unveiling” the bride, or having the father lift the veil and present his daughter to the groom, was symbolically meant to represent the allowance of her to essentially no longer be a virgin. Kind of crazy when you think of it in modern terms, right?

Clearly, nowadays veils have lost most of that symbolism, of course depending on the culture. And, in modern American society, they’re not even an essential, or required, part of the ceremony or wedding day. In fact, many brides choose to forgo wearing a veil altogether. While some choose not to wear a veil because, well, they’re often quite expensive, ranging in price from $200 to $1,000+, others choose to keep their bridal look less traditional. For some women, walking down the aisle with their face covered feels belittling, while for others it’s an important and romantic tradition to uphold.

If you’re still trying to come up with your own answer to the “veil or no veil” question, these opinions of brides who’ve come before you might help you arrive at a decision.

“I never even considered not wearing one”

“I’m very much a traditionalist when it comes to weddings. I love the romance and softness of veils and I wanted to feel like a princess on my wedding day. I wore my veil for my entire wedding ceremony and reception and hated having to take it off at the end of the night along with my wedding gown. I recently pulled my veil out of storage and was showing it to my seven-year-old daughter, when she looked up at me and said, ‘Mom, can I wear that for my wedding?’ My heart just melted. I told her of course she could wear it. Of course, she may change her mind as she gets older, but I will hold onto that dream for her.”—Kimberly L.

“I was back and forth about veil or no veil”

“I tried on so many different types of veils—long, short, small, feathered, you name it. I ended up deciding on a two-tier ivory veil with gems up the sides and it was perfect! I was told by a few people that it tied my whole wedding look together. Looking back, especially at the pictures, I’m so happy that I decided to wear one—it’s the only time in my life that I will be able to!”—Sally L.

“I am NOT a veil girl”

“I sort of suspected that would be the case before I started shopping for a wedding dress, and I only had to try one on for a few seconds before confirming the fact. I know that in Say Yes to the Dress (which I love) the veil is always the piece that makes it feel ‘real’ to the clients—the missing piece that ‘makes them feel like a bride,’ but it felt costume-y to me (which is funny considering we had a Moulin Rouge-themed wedding that was full of costumes). I did, however, recognize that I needed something on my head to make the outfit complete, so I had a friend who’s a professional hat maker create a tea hat for me using the lace from my grandmother’s wedding dress as the foundation and border. Not only is it stunning, but it helped me feel close to her on a day I really wish she could’ve been there for. Plus I’ve worn it like six times now, which is a lot more use than I would get out of a veil.”—Molly C.

“I was team ‘no veil’ until a month before my wedding”

“I consider my style pretty modern and was never into the whole puffy dress and ‘princess’ bride look, so wearing a veil seemed a little over the top. Another factor that turned me off from veils was the price! Like many other brides, I was on a budget, so it was hard to imagine spending over $100 on a piece of tulle that I’d wear for five hours tops. Closing in on less than 30 days before the big day, I had been browsing Etsy every day and found a simple, delicate and pretty veil for around $60. I decided to go for it and figured, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t feel bad about spending that amount. Well, that last-minute decision was one of the best decisions I made during my wedding planning. As soon as I took the veil out of its box, I got butterflies and instantly fell in love.”—Jannelle G.

“I felt pressured into wearing a veil”

“I never wanted to wear a veil, especially because I was having a more casual beach wedding, but felt pressured into it by family members. Eventually, I gave in and bought one. It ended up being so windy that day there was no way the veil was going to work, so I didn’t even put it on. Ultimately, it was a waste of money and I really wish I had stuck to my gut feeling. I think it depends on the bride’s personality and the formality of the event. If you’re Meghan Markle, for example, you probably didn’t have a choice in the matter!”—Kristin C.

“I wore two veils during my wedding!”

“Deciding ‘veil or no veil’ at my wedding wasn’t even a question for me. I knew exactly what I wanted to do even before I found my dress. For me, it was all about the photos during the ceremony and getting those forever memories. I wanted that ethereal look in the church with the light pouring through the windows, and a veil can help capture that light and create that feeling around a bride. I’m also no-fuss when it comes to my personal style. A wedding dress can be a lot to handle on it’s own, and a piece of tulle getting caught in the breeze or in the door or in a cactus (as was my experience) isn’t exactly ‘no fuss,’ so, I opted for both options. I wore a cathedral length veil during my ceremony and photos then switched it up with a floral accent piece in my hair for my reception. Best of both worlds!”—Jessica F.

“My veil caused so much chaos”

“I was ambivalent about the veil or no veil question, but my mom really wanted me to wear one, so I got one to make her happy. Truth be told, I was happy with how it looked, but I didn’t really think it through when it came to our venue. There was a spiral, carpeted staircase I was to descend. As I started going down, I felt the veil’s comb start to pull at the back of my head because my veil had stubbornly attached itself to the carpet at the top of the staircase. I was alone at the top of those steps and had to turn halfway around to tug at the veil to prevent it from yanking my hair back even further or popping right off, which would have been quite the surprise to the 150 people watching. Minor veil disaster averted until we said our vows and began to make our way through the crowd, at which point my husband stepped right through my veil.” —Amy B.

Happy 4th of July! We have been featured on the Artfully Wed blog!!

Happy 4th of July, Everyone!  We have been blessed to have our 1940s War Bride and Groom styled photo shoot featured on the Artfully Wed blog today!!  Thank you so much to all of our vendors and models!  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Enjoy!

PATRIOTIC 1940S STYLED BRIDAL SHOOT

As a wonderful tribute to Love, Laughter & Elegance’s Grandparents and friends who have served in the military, this styled bridal photo shoot captured the classic feel of the many whirlwind marriages of WWII and took place in the historical MAPS Air Museum in North, Canton Ohio. With photography by Imagine It Photography, it is easy to be transported back to 1940 where romantic stories and crisp fashion were ever present.

From Love, Laughter & Elegance: “I have always been fascinated with the fashions and hairstyles of the 1940s, as well as the wartime romances and whirlwind marriages. My father’s parents served during that time. I knew that my grandmother was a WAAC. I have a black and white picture of my grandmother in her uniform, working at one of the local military service clubs. I wanted to capture the feelings of that era, and pay homage to all that served. I wanted to use multiple models, with one more casual wedding look, and one more glamorous. Since many young men of the day had only their uniforms to wear for weddings, I kept the same look for our male model throughout the photo shoot. Our decor choices were styled in classic red, white and blue. Those worked really well with our venue, a military museum filled with vintage airplanes, and other historic items.

I did a lot of research into the clothing of the era. I wanted two distinct looks for our female models, one more casual, and one more glamorous. Our first model wore a pretty blue day dress with red Mary Janes,red-trimmed gloves, a fetching red hat and matching jewelry. Her wedding ring set was my grandmother’s. Our second model, Lauren, we turned into an Old Hollywood siren. The dress had lavishly embellished cuffs and a dramatic open back that was edged in thick sparkling braid trim. There was a detachable train, and we added a cathedral length veil for more drama. Lauren’s jewelry was all sparkle.  Our male model wore a vintage Army Air Force uniform, which fit well with our venue. The Air Force did not become its own distinct military division until 1947.”

As for the extras, decor, flowers, and accessories needed to reflect a simpler time. All flowers used in the styled shoot were very reminiscent of those from the 1940’s – large, lush arrangements, that often were full of garden flowers like anemones, carnations, and lots of greenery. The baker created a simple 3 tier cake, covered in fondant, and adorned with small white flowers and patriotic ribbon with a cutout cake toper themed with a very popular song of the era. The tablescape was topped in classic red, white and blue and personalized with some very symbolic items of the time like Classic Coca-Colas with vintage striped paper straws, Cracker Jacks, simple class jars, coconut macaroons and WWII propaganda posters.

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

We have been blessed to have one of our styled bridal photo shoots, and an article, featured on The Budget Savvy Bride Blog!! 

Wedding inspiration can be found in all different places, from different people, and different things. Something we make sure to share with our readers is budget savvy techniques for turning their inspiration into reality! Today we have an awesome, bright, and colorful styled shoot for you from Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning.  Enjoy this Lily Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch!

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Lily Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch

Styled Shoot submitted by  Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning

What was your design inspiration?

I love the bright colors of Lily Pulitzer’s designs. I wanted to infuse those colors and a fun, eclectic vibe into our celebration of Lauren and Brandon’s Engagement. Lauren shares my love of bright colors, so it was very easy.

 

Describe the flowers

The flowers are a bright mix of pinks, whites, and yellows, to reflect the vibrant tablescape. The small hand-tied bouquet that Lauren is holding in some of the photos is mostly soft peach peonies. The other flowers she is holding are wildflowers gathered in the park.

 

Describe the cake

The cake was a single layer cake, decorated with brightly colored icing to match our color scheme, and we added a custom topper that read “Future Mrs.”.

 

Tell us about the attire choices

Brandon donned a classic white button-down shirt and dark trousers. His preppy look was complete with a stylish pastel pink bow tie and pocket square. Lauren was stunning in a romantic, floor-length peach lace dress, with three-quarter sleeves, and jeweled sandals.

 

Describe any DIY, handmade, or personal items

Some of the dishes on the table belonged to my grandmother, as well as the cloth napkins, and the teapot that held flowers on the cake table. Also, the flamingo artwork was created by my daughter, Annika Lehman, specifically for this event.

 

Describe the tablescape elements

The dining table is a colorful mix of patterns and colors. I wanted to create a fun and fresh environment, with lots of visual interest. The cake table was covered in vintage linens and colorful treats. The gift bags in front of the table were for Lauren’s soon to be bridesmaids when they arrived at the brunch.

Tips for Hosting a Budget Friendly Engagement Brunch

By:  Kimberly Lehman Owner of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning

“Congratulations on your Engagement!“ Chances are, you are hearing this a lot lately from family and friends.  Or, perhaps you have not yet formally announced your engagement and would like to find a way to surprise everyone with the great news.  An Engagement Brunch is a wonderful way to celebrate this exciting time in your life together, with your closest family and friends.

A brunch is usually less expensive than a multi-course dinner, and you can offer a wider variety of delicacies that will appeal to your guests.  Fresh fruits, bagels, pastries and muffins, assorted juices, coffee, and teas will be the staples of your buffet.  If you have a Keurig machine, you can have a variety of instant beverages, from cappuccino to hot apple cider, for your guests.  Be sure to have some flavored creamers, and a can of instant whipped cream for a sweet flourish of taste.

If you plan your brunch after the announcement of your engagement, you have several options for the style of meal you will present to your guests.   One option is the ever-popular potluck meal, where guests may bring an entrée, side dish, or a dessert to your gathering.  You may wish to offer a main dish, such as breakfast meats:  sausage, ham, bacon, or thinly sliced steak.  You could offer a made-to-order eggs or crepes station, or a waffle bar, with several toppings to choose from.  Guests might decide to bring a fresh fruit salad or fruit pizza, or a cheezy breakfast casserole with hash brown potatoes.  The latter is one of my favorites!  Other fun choices might include frittatas, scones, cinnamon rolls, or classic donuts.  Be sure to also offer options for those guests that have dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free, keto, or vegetarian and vegan.  You might consider having a personal chef to come and present a hands-on cooking class in your kitchen, and then enjoy the meal with everyone.  Also set food and beverages out in several locations, prompting your guests to mingle and chat.

Mimosas and bellinis are also a great way to add some fizz and color to your brunch spread.  You may use your favorite champagne, or sparkling cider or juice for a wonderful non-alcoholic option.  Dip the top of your champagne glass in colored sugar, and add your favorite fruit juice, such as orange, peach, mango, or guava.  Add a splash or two of the champagne and enjoy!

Décor should be simple, as this is not as extravagant as an evening dinner party.  Fresh, bright colors, or soft and sweet pastels are always appropriate.  If your grandmothers or other family members have vintage linens and tableware, see if you may borrow them.  This is a great opportunity to showcase their treasures.  Or perhaps you have a collection of funky handmade pottery that you have been itching to use.  This is definitely the occasion to do so!  Add some fresh flowers in one striking centerpiece, or small groupings, and you have instant color and depth to your table.   If you have had engagement pictures taken already, why not set out a few favorite shots in new frames, or as canvases on easels.  They will certainly be a conversation starter, and give you a chance to chat about your photographer, or the location where they were taken.   You could also have a book of your favorite photos made, for your guests to sign.  There are many companies that offer this service fairly inexpensively, such as Walgreens or Shutterfly

A few ice-breaker activities will help your guests to relax and get to know each other.  Often, a gathering such as this will be the first time that the families and friends of the engaged couple will meet each other.  You could print up a sheet of easy trivia questions about each guest, and have the guests go around and fill in the blanks.  Collect the sheets before the end of the party, and give a small prize for the person with the most correct answers.  Another game would be Famous Couples, where each guest must draw a name of one member of a famous couple, for example, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, or Michelle and Barack Obama.  Each guest must ask questions of other guests about their assigned celebrity, until they find their missing half.  Don’t be surprised if you hear a famous quote or two!

You could offer interactive activities such as a selfie station, or lawn games like cornhole, a ring toss, horseshoes, croquet or giant Jenga.  If you have access to a swimming pool, that’s even better.  Don’t forget the sunscreen! 

Gifts for the couple are not necessarily a requirement at engagement parties, and should not be expected.  If, however, a guest chooses to present you with a gift, be gracious, and always write a thank-you note after the party.  Favors for your guests are a lovely reminder of your celebration.  Small edible treats are perfect, such as cookies, or rice krispies bars.  Or if you and your future spouse have a shared interest, such as gardening, a packet of wildflower seeds, tied with a ribbon and a personal note, make a wonderful memento.   Use your imagination and creativity.  Have fun and enjoy this special moment!

 

VENDORS

Photography: Brittany Shelley Photography  • Venue: Sippo Lake Park • Event Planning:Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  • Floral: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  • Stationery: A Pink Sunset  • Wedding Cake: Giant Eagle Bakery  • Linens:  Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  • Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  • Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning  • Cake Topper: Ever Laser  •  Handmade Items: Annika Lehman • Model:  Lauren Simpson  • Model:  Brandon Klaehn  • Submitted via: Matchology

We have been featured on Brides.com!!

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

 

6 Pros and Cons of Not Having Bridesmaids at Your Wedding

Published on June 13, 2018
If you decide to take the non-traditional route, you’re not alone.

We have been featured in an article on Martha Stewart Weddings!!

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

 

Everything You Need to Know About the Groom’s Cake

This wedding tradition is still alive and well.

Contributing Writer
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Photography by: Sugar Geek Show

If you’re like most people, you might only be familiar with one wedding cake—that is, the one the bride and groom cut into on their wedding night and feed to each other as a significance of their shared love. But wedding traditions from other cultures incorporate more than just one cake. The groom’s cake, which originated in Victorian England, is one such example. “As tradition has it, there were typically three cakes served during a Victorian wedding,” says Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance. “There was the wedding cake that was served to the guests, the bride’s cake, which was served to the bridesmaids, and the groom’s cake, served to the groomsmen.” Eventually, Southern brides and grooms in the United States adopted this tradition, making it their own. (Who could forget the armadillo-shaped groom’s cake in Steel Magnolias?)

 

While the tradition has changed over time, the groom’s cake is still alive and well. In fact, it may be becoming more popular than ever. Couples across the United States and abroad—even Prince William had one at his wedding to Kate Middleton!—are serving a second confection tailored to the groom’s specific tastes. Thinking adding another cake to your party in honor of new husband? Here are some interesting facts to know about the groom’s cake.

 

RELATED: UNIQUE IDEAS FOR THE GROOM’S CAKE

 

The earliest groom’s cakes were actually fruitcakes.

Fruitcakes are a dark, rich cake filled with candied fruits and nuts that tend to keep well, especially with all of the liqueur used in their creation, explains Lehman. This is also why they are so popular to give as gifts during the holiday season! “Today, groom’s cakes are usually made with dark chocolate and may be filled with fruits and liqueurs, however, the groom’s favorite cake flavors and fillings should definitely take priority in this luscious dessert,” she says.

 

The groom’s cake is not always served at the wedding reception.

These days, especially for the less traditional couples, the groom’s cake is served at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. “This is always a nice touch because it spreads the fun across your wedding weekend,” says Catherine George, owner of Catherine George Cakes in Washington, D.C. She suggests leaving the cake out on display for a while before it’s served.

 

Although designated for the groom, couples are designing the groom’s cake together.

Though the cake design you select for your wedding reception will likely be fairly traditional in terms of color and decoration, the groom’s cake can be a bit more lighthearted and fun. Choose the look together as a fun detail you can both have some say in. If you like a classic look, though, feel free to go for it. The groom’s cake doesn’t have to show off his hobbies or interests. “As couples are veering away from a traditional cake (in the last few months we have seen a cookie truck, donuts, cobbler or pie, and ice cream for dessert instead) the need for a groom cake as an expression of the groom’s personality is becoming unnecessary,” says Isadora Martin-Dye, a wedding planner and owner of owner of Rixey Manor.

 

In terms of flavor and design, there really are no limits.

“Although the Southern tradition is to make a red velvet cake, I don’t believe wedding cakes in general need to have limits on flavors,” says Liz Berman, Boston-based baker and owner of The Sleepy Baker in Natick, Massachusetts. The same goes for its overall look. “I had a groom joke around about how he wanted a wedding cake that was a pegasus with him riding on the back. The bride refused to allow that and ordered a traditional tiered cake, but then secretly hired me to make a groom’s cake. The wedding cake was displayed next to a sculpted pegasus cake with an image of the groom riding on the back!”

We have been mentioned on Martha Stewart Weddings!!

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

 

My Ring Bearer Is Too Young to Walk Down the Aisle Himself—What Are Our Options?

Don’t worry, he can still be a part of your big day.

Contributing Writer
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Photography by: Elizabeth Messina Photography

Congrats! You’ve selected a ring bearer for your big day. Now all you need to do is finalize the details of his big entrance. But what happens if your ring bearerof choice is too young to walk down the aisle himself? Most couples don’t have a long list of potential ring bearers to choose from—brides and grooms generally select the youngsters their closest to, like their nephews, young cousins, children of close friends, or even their own kiddos. If one of these important little guys isn’t walking yet, you’re not going to deny him the role, are you?

 

The choice is yours, but most couples decide that it doesn’t really matter if this attendant makes an entrance on his own or with a little help. If he needs a hand getting down the aisle, know that there are plenty of solutions wedding planners rely on when it comes to a too-young-to-walk-on-his-own ring bearer. We reached out to some of our go-to experts for their best solutions for incorporating a tiny ring bearer in the wedding processional.

 

RELATED: DAPPER RING BEARERS WHO COMPLETELY STOLE OUR HEARTS

 

Have the parent(s) carry the baby down.

If you’re having a very young child serve as the ring bearer at your wedding, chances are, his parents will be in attendance as well. Don’t hesitate to ask if they’d be willing to accompany (A.K.A. carry) their child down the aisle. If you prefer a more unified front, wedding and event planner Taylor Keenan suggests asking the parents to coordinate attire to show the significance.

 

Decorate a wagon or carriage for the baby to sit in.

Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegancerecommends pulling small children and toddlers down the aisle in a decorated wagon or stroller. “If the child has a favorite doll, or push or riding toy, consider allowing them to bring it along for the journey to make them feel more secure,” she says. “If the child likes balloons, (and, really, what kid doesn’t?) let them carry a small colorful bunch.”

 

Buy a personalized walker and have the baby push it down the aisle.

If your ring bearer needs a little help standing, but has enough leg power to keep his wheels in motion, a baby walker can be just the thing to help him walk down the aisle. “The walker can be painted in wedding colors and have the names of the bride and groom, the date, or even the name of the ring bearer,” suggests Keenan. “It also serves as a really nice gift for the baby!” If the aisle is a long one, have someone carry the baby half way down it and pull out the walker as they get closer.

 

Skip his role in the processional altogether.

There’s no rule that says a child can’t be ring bearer just because he didn’t walk down the aisle? “If the baby is simply too young to participate, in the programyou can have a picture of the ring bearer along with a cute biography,” suggests Keenan. “Ring Bearer: John Smith, nephew to the bride, is three months old. John loves to play with his toy giraffes, drink from his bottle and take naps. Currently, John is taking his nap!”

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