We have been featured on the Pretty Pear Bride!!

In September of 2018, in honor of my 45th birthday, I collaborated with several talented vendors on a little styled photo shoot.  Usually I am the one coordinating all of the vendors,models, decor and details, but this time, I wanted to do something just for me.  The end result was a fun-filled afternoon of pampering, and I felt like a queen!  I could not have done this without my fabulous vendor team.  Thank you very much, dear friends!

The styled shoot is featured today on the Pretty Pear Bride blog!  My advice:  Never be afraid to celebrate you!  Enjoy!

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STYLED SHOOT | 45 AND FABULOUS | WHATNOT SHOP PHOTOGRAPHY

Today we are sharing an amazing styled shoot. It’s a shoot from someone out of our own wedding industry community… I just love that. Check out what Kimberly of Love, Laughter and Elegance: Wedding and Event Planning.

“This is a styled shoot, celebrating the woman that I am at this point in my life. I am a wedding and event planner with over 20 years of experience. I am also a wife to a fantastic husband, and mom to two awesome daughters. I am confident in my own skin, proud of my education, accomplishments, and abilities, and damn sexy in my own right! I wanted to do something special for myself for my birthday, and to be able to share that day with others.”

What was your design inspiration? have seen other milestone birthday celebrations shared online, and I wanted to do something similar for my 45th birthday, which took place in September. I love the fun, bright colors and peppy style of Kate Spade, and wanted to bring that out in this photo session. Those shades of hot pink, blush, black and gold are some of my favorites, and are also my business branding colors, so it went along perfectly! I wanted to showcase the woman I have become at this stage of my life: educated, successful, vibrant, and damn sexy in my own right!

Describe your flowers.My flowers are a mixture of lush silk blooms, in shades of white and pink: dahlias, magnolias, jasmine, peonies and roses.

Describe your cake.The stunning cake was created by Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted. It is frosted in edgy black fondant, giving it a chalkboard effect. The cake was trimmed in narrow gold ribbon, edible gold paint drips, and blush pink silk blooms. It is easily my favorite cake!

Tell us about your attire choices.I wanted to share my sultry, sexy, and fun-loving sides in this celebration shoot. For one of my looks, I chose a my blush pink leather jacket, which was layered over a black lace bodysuit, and blush tulle skirt. Another one of my favorite looks, was my black strapless dress, to which I had my fabulous seamstress, Laurie Wallick of Lorili Design, add a fun hot pink chiffon ruffle. Of course, what birthday celebration would be complete without a gorgeous tiara! I had so much fun choosing that particular piece, and I definitely felt like a queen for a day!

Please describe any DIY, handmade or personal details.Most of the details were pretty classic, simple and elegant. That is my personal style. The cute paper pinwheels that were attached to the message board were created by Melissa Walker. The sign that I am holding in one of the photos describes some of the things that were popular and culturally relevant in 1973, my birth year. It made for a fun keepsake.

Describe the tablescape elements.The table was covered in a floor length white linen, and topped with a large black and white checked cloth. The stylish cake was placed on a clear glass cake plate, and the gorgeously decorated birthday cookies were styled on a vintage gold framed mirror tray. We added napkins in coordinating colors, and a bottle of bubbly and gold-rimmed crystal champagne flutes. We also had a couple of cute stemless wineglasses, and fun straws.

Vendor Love:

Photography: Whatnot Shop Photography | Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Stationery: violet and pearls | Wedding Cake: cake wasted | Makeup: monyca tamang | Cake Topper: cake wasted | Sweets: Mad Celebrations Planning & PartyFunNalia | Linens: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Handmade Items: Melissa Walker | Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Accessories: Lorili Design | Model: Kimberly Lehman | Fashion Styling: Lorili Design | Alterations: Lorili Design | Jewelry: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning | Submitted via: Matchology

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

We have been blessed to have our Kate Spade Inspired styled bridal shoot featured on The Budget Savvy Bride blog!  

KATE SPADE INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT

Today’s styled shoot was inspired by the classic and timeless Kate Spade! The background story is the bridal model is getting ready at her family home, while waiting for her love, and another couple, that will be witnessing the intimate ceremony. We love the eclectic patterns and the pink, white, black, and gold color scheme. Enjoy this Kate Spade Inspired Styled Shoot!

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

What was your design inspiration?

I have always loved Kate Spade‘s style. Timeless, elegant, chic. I have wanted to put together a styled photo shoot with some of her signature colors for a while now. I try to put a unique spin on all of my themes when I am designing for a photo shoot or my clients. This time, I added a black and white checked pattern to the mix. It added a quaint country touch to a sophisticated style, and made it absolutely adorable!

Describe your flowers.

The flowers were a mixture of fresh and silk blooms. The cake had two small cascades of fresh fuschia tea roses, raspberry mini carnations, and hypericum berries. The silk arrangements on the cake table included silk blush peonies and roses in vintage glass bottles. The silk floral centerpiece on the dining table featured large white magnolias, fuschia dahlias, blush peonies, and white jasmine blossoms. The gorgeous bridal bouquet and boutonniere were created by Linda Silvestri, of Fleur Wedding Bouquets. They featured colorful silk flowers, pink pearls, and black and white checkered ribbon to match our theme.

Describe your cake.

The delicate, single-tier cake was a homemade vanilla bean cake, frosted in vanilla buttercream, and covered in two small cascades of fresh flowers.

Tell us about your attire choices.

I wanted to keep the bridal look for our model, Sammy, very sweet and simply elegant. She wore an understated brilliant white gown, with an embroidered bodice, and organza floor length skirt. We added extra fullness with an additional crinoline. The black and white checkered blouse, tied over the top of the gown, added a relaxed sophistication to the overall look. We had two different pairs of shoes, one being a sparkly gold heel, and the other being an adorable pair of hot pink and white polka dot pumps.

Please describe any handmade, DIY, or personal items.

The colorful paper pinwheels that were hanging above the cake table were created by Melissa Walker. The black and white pinwheels were made of printed sheet music, and the hot pink ones had printed centers that read “pop, fizz, clink”. Very whimsical and playful.

The gorgeous bridal bouquet and boutonniere were created by Linda Silvestri, of Fleur Wedding Bouquets. They featured colorful silk flowers, pink pearls, and black and white checkered ribbon to match our theme.

Describe the tablescape elements.

The dining table was draped in a hot pink linen, with a striking black and white striped table runner. The centerpiece was created with three gold and glass open lanterns of varying sizes and large pillar candles. Surrounding the lanterns there were silk magnolias, dahlias, peonies, and jasmine blooms. The table settings consisted of square plates and bowls with a simple black design and black napkins. We added two Kate Spade embroidered dinner napkins at the place settings of the newlyweds. The antique silverware and glassware are part of the Spring Hill Historic Home estate collection, as are the chairs at the dining table.

The cake table, which we placed on the front porch of the Spring Hill home, was covered in a bright white linen and topped with a large black and white checkered tablecloth. We added the small homemade wedding cake on a glass pedestal plate, and cake knife set, tied with black and white polka dot bows. Also placed on the table were fuschia napkins, gold-rimmed champagne flutes, and soft silk florals. The small, antique dessert plates and silverware are part of the Spring Hill Historic Home estate collection.

VENDORS

Photography: Whatnot Shop Photography • Ceremony Venue: spring hill historic home • Reception Venue: spring hill historic home • Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Floral: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Stationery: violet and pearls • Non-Floral Bouquet: Fleur Wedding Bouquets • Wedding Cake: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Non-Floral Boutonniere: Fleur Wedding Bouquets • Linens: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Hair: Alysha McLean • Makeup: Summer Knight • Handmade Items: Melissa Walker • Model: Sammy Kay Smith • Cake Topper: Everlaser • Fashion: Lorili Design • Shoes: Whatnot Shop Photography • Decor Items: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Vintage Rentals: spring hill historic home • Accessories: Lorili Design • Submitted via: Matchology

Spanish Romance – An Inspiration Board!

Spanish Romance - An Inspiration Board

 
Ole!  Ole!  I realize that a few years back I did an inspiration board with Spanish influence, titled “La Boda – the Wedding.”  I am again inspired to create a mood board along those lines, with a more updated look.  Whereas my first board included many traditional Spanish elements, this one has more subtle nods to that grand heritage.  You can incorporate any of these into your celebration, such as a location that has Spanish architecture, or by using lots of lace details and fans or shawls for your female attendants.  Your ladies could also wear their hair in a style that would look great with a few roses tucked in the sides, or perhaps as a bride, you would like to wear a traditional mantilla comb with a veil to complement it.  Damask fabrics and paper goods have been popular for the last few years, and can provide a very stylish and sophisticated look to your event.  Enjoy!!

Classic Elegance – An Inspiration Board

“Everything old is new again”, “vintage”, “retro”, or even “what goes around comes around”.  These are phrases you may hear or think of when it comes to planning a vintage or victorian inspired wedding.  With a simple, yet striking and sophisticated, black and white or ivory color scheme, it goes to show that basic is not boring, and neutrals are never out of style.  In this inspiration board, I have used several accessories, such as the feather fascinator, and the detailed ring pillow, to demonstrate that the smallest details can make a stylish impact.  You could add a pop of bright color to break up the black and white, such as lime green, taxicab yellow, or fushia.  Or you could soften this pallete with the palest shades of pink, blue, or lavender.  The results will be visually arresting, and highly memorable.  Enjoy!!

Lindsay & Bill – Non Professional Pictures

The six large photos above were provided courtesy of Reverend and Mrs. Jerry Blau.

On Saturday, October 31, 2009, I had the pleasure of coordinating the Wedding of Lindsay Dalrymple and Bill Croasmun, in Akron, Ohio.   Lindsay and Bill are such a fun-loving couple, that I was excited about their wedding plans from the moment I met them.  It was only fitting for them then, to have their wedding on Halloween.  With a color scheme of black and dark reds, it reflected the holiday as well as the fall season.  Their decor had a gothic romance feel, but quite striking and elegant.   The wedding ceremony was held in the Historic Tallmadge Church, located right on the Circle in Tallmadge, Ohio.  This is a very old church, with the original Town Hall across the green from it.  The church has 3 front doors, which open wide for entry, to accommodate guests.  For the wedding, Lena Klimczak of Highland Heights Floral hung 3 huge grapevine wreaths on the doors, which were decorated with dark red silk flowers and wide velvet and satin ribbons.  Once inside the sanctuary of the church, the guests found the pews decorated with very full bows made of the same wide velvet and satin ribbons, with long streamers that trailed to the floor.  The steps leading to the altar/platform at the front of the sanctuary were flanked by four enormous pots of burgundy chrysanthemums.  The mums were covered with artificial spider webs, in honor of the Halloween holiday.  They were gorgeous!  Also, on either side of the platform were two tall candleabras, each of which were decorated with full bows, with long trailing streamers.  The bridal party flowers were comprised of black magic roses, red roses, burgundy mini calla lilies, and fiddlehead ferns.  All in all, a very romantic picture.  The beautiful piano music for the ceremony was provided by the very talented Miss Olivia Lucrezi, Lindsay’s niece.   The bridesmaids and groomsmen were paired to enter through the doors on either side of the sanctuary, the Maid of Honor had a solo entrance, and then finally Lindsay, escorted by her father, made their way down the aisle to meet Bill.  There was such a feeling of love and anticipation in the air, I could almost taste it.  The ceremony was conducted by Reverend Jerry Blau, short, sweet and meaningful, just as Lindsay and Bill wanted.   After the ceremony, the couple and the bridal party took pictures around the church and the green, with photographer Joshua J. Wood.  They got in some great shots, as the weather cleared for the afternoon, bringing sunshine and lots of smiles.

Transportation was provided by Thomas Limousine Service.  The vehicle chosen for the wedding was a stretch black Cadillac Escalade.  This is a beautiful vehicle, I wish I would have had time to ride in it!  I went to the reception location ahead of the wedding party, to make sure all the details for the reception were completed, and the vendors had arrived.  I did not have to worry about anything.  Drema Roth and her staff at the Akron Radisson Citicentre, are consummate professionals when it comes to weddings and special events.  The ballroom, and connecting event space, are located on the 19th floor of the Radisson.  The decor is elegant, with dark paneled walls, plush carpeting, and the most amazing views of downtown Akron, and the surrounding area.  The staff worked exceptionally well, and any request by either a guest, bridal party member, or myself was handled quickly and efficiently.  The wedding banquet was delicious, with several choices of entrees and side items.  A full blown Halloween Candy buffet was set out for the guests, with many varieties of tempting treats for those with a sweet tooth.  There was also a concierge suite set up for the bridal party’s use on the 18th floor, well stocked with cold drinks, snacks, and other essential items.  The bridal party really appreciated this feature of the hotel’s services, and made use of the suite several times during the course of the evening.  The wedding cake was spectacular, provided by Creme de la Creme Bakery in Akron.  The cake was delicious, and was decorated in fondant, with swirls, diamond patterns, and curlicue wires, in the wedding colors of black and burgundy.  Absolutely stunning to look at!  The guest tables were equally stunning, with black and white damask tablecloths, and black napkins, provided by L’nique Linens of Valley View, Ohio.  The centerpieces on the tables were a mixture of short arrangements of burgundy hydrangea and black magic and dark red roses in square glass vases, and tall glass vases overflowing with roses, fiddlehead ferns and greenery.  The overall effect was lush, elegant, and very romantic.   The party really got going after dinner, with Vince Slomsky and his partner, of Party Boys Entertainment.  They kept the music flowing, and the dance floor full.  With it being Halloween, several guests were dressed in costumes, as well as members of the bridal party, it made for a very fun atmosphere.  The highlight of the evening, however, came as a surprise to Lindsay and Bill, with a special appearance by Zippy, the official kangaroo mascot of The University of Akron.  Zippy was hired as a surprise gift to Lindsay and Bill, and that happy kangaroo mingled and danced with the guests for over an hour. I even got in a good hug with the hippy hoppy mascot!

I had a great time at Lindsay and Bill’s wedding, that it almost didn’t feel like I was working.  This amazing couple went out of their way to make sure their guests had a fabulous, fun-filled evening.  I wish now that I had worn some kind of costume as well.  I will the next time I have a Halloween wedding.  I would like to wish Lindsay and Bill a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness.  Congratulations, you two!!

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator:  Kimberly Lehman

Church:  Historic Tallmadge Church – www.tallmadge-ohio.org/parks_rec/parks/historical_church/index.html

Reception:  Akron Radisson Citi Centre Hotel – www.akronradisson.com

Officiant:  Reverend Jerry Blau

Florist:  Lena Klimczak, Highland Heights Floral – www.highlandhtsfloral.com

Photographer:  Joshua J. Wood – www.joshuajwood.com

Transportation:  Thomas Limousine – www.thomaslimousine.com

Bakery:  Creme de la Creme –  www.cakesbycreme-de-la-creme.com

Linens:  L’nique Linens – www.lnique.com

DJ:  Party Boys Entertainment –  www.myspace.com/partyboysent

Michelle & Matt – May 24th, 2008

I had the pleasure of working with Michelle & Matt on their wedding.  They are such a fun-loving couple!  I really enjoyed seeing all of their plans come together, and sharing a great evening with their family and friends.  It was truly an elegant affair, with many unique details.

Michelle & Matt were married Saturday, May 24th, 2008 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Canton, Ohio.  They had a perfect sunny day, with temperatures in the 70’s.  Father Brad Helman officiated the ceremony.  The wonderful music was provided by Soloists Carol Clark and Marisa Stoll, Organist Beth Herbst, and Trumpeter Chris Hall.  Tom Forrest Photography and Just Perfect Video provided coverage of the day’s events.  Transportation from the ceremony to the reception was provided by Carrington Limousine Service.

The reception was held at Guy’s Party Centre, in Akron, Ohio.  This venue has 3 distinct rooms for events, each elegant and spacious.  Michelle and Matt’s reception was set up in the gorgeous South Ballroom, with its unique oval dance floor, high tray ceiling inset with twinkle lights, and elegant decor.  The staff at Guy’s was fantastic, providing all of the guests with exceptional service.  During the cocktail hour, guests helped themselves to a bountiful cookie and pastry buffet, as well as meat and cheese platters that were present at every guest table.  During the seated dinner, the guests had their choice of prime rib, stuffed scrod, or chicken.  Ivory table linens and black napkins were provided by Guy’s Party Center, and ivory chair covers with black organza sashes were provided by Sitting Pretty Linens.  Flowers for the bridal party and the reception were created by Seifert’s Flower Mill of Canton.  The bridal bouquet was comprised of roses, mini calla lilies, pearled stephanotis and crystal drops.  The bridesmaids carried lovely bouquets of roses.  The groom and his gentlemen, and the parents were presented with boutonnieres and corsages of roses.  The centerpieces at the reception were fashioned with tall eiffel tower vases, topped with full bouquets of roses, and surrounded at the base by candles nestled in black and white damask votives.  The spectacular wedding cake was created by the West Side Bakery.  The unique cake was covered in rolled black fondant, decorated with silver ribbon and a silver twig design, and topped with a matching silver twig figure.  Entertainment was provided on several fronts during the reception.  In the lobby area of the South Ballroom, Just Perfect Video played a video montage of Michelle and Matt, featuring photographs from their childhood through their courtship.  It was very touching, and drew many comments, and lots of conversation about the happy couple.  B.E. Mann, an outgoing and energetic reggae artist and entertainer well known in Northeast Ohio, provided the music and anecdotes throughout the evening, that kept the party hopping and the dance floor full.  One of his trademark activities includes getting the guests onto the dance floor with hula hoops.  It’s hilarious to watch!  The finale to the evening’s festivities included a special dance, created by two young ladies who were part of Michelle’s bridal party.  The junior bridesmaid and flower girl, sisters, performed a surprise routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.  They waited until close to midnight to dance, and it was quite evident that these two talented girls had put in many hours of practice to pull off such a complicated performance.  It was the hit of the evening.  I later asked the girls how long it had taken them to learn that routine, and the older sister replied about a week.  She told me that they watched a lot of YouTube videos, and copied the moves.  It was definitely one of the best dances I have seen!

This wedding was a great affair, and Matt and Michelle were very pleased with the results.  I could not be happier for this wonderful couple.  Congratulations and Best Wishes, Michelle and Matt!

 

Vendors:    Wedding Day Coordinators:  Kimberly Lehman and Amanda Noel

                  St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church:  http://www.stmichaelcanton.org/home.html

                  Guy’s Party Centre:  http://www.guyspartycenter.com/

                  Seifert’s Flower Mill:  http://www.seifertsflowers.com/

                  West Side Bakery:  http://www.thewestsidebakery.com/weddingcakes.asp

                  Sitty Pretty Linens:  http://www.sittingprettylinens.com/

                  Tom Forrest Photography:  http://www.tomforrestphoto.com/

                  Just Perfect Video:  http://www.justperfectvideo.com/

                  B.E. Mann:  http://www.bemann.com/home.htm

                  Carrington Limousine:  http://www.carrington1.com/weddings.html

 

The pictures above are non-professional ones, taken by myself, or my assistant, Amanda.  I will gladly post professional pictures shortly.  Enjoy!

 

Bold & Bright – An Inspiration Board

Bold & Bright Inspiration Board

When you think of yellow and black as colors for your wedding theme, what images come to mind?  Sunflowers, taxicabs, or bumblebees?  How about Sylvester & Tweety Bird?  These are all fun ideas, and you can plan a whimsical event with any of them.  On the other hand, if you crave a little more sophistication, you will find that you can implement this striking color combination easily, for a truly stylish and memorable affair.   

Black and white are the classic and timeless colors for a wedding.  Add lemon yellow or shining gold to the pallette, and you will have one of the freshest mixes for this year.  Several popular wedding magazines feature this color scheme, including the Winter 2008 issues of InStyle Weddings.  You can see more great ideas at their website:  http://www.instyleweddings.com/weddings/

No matter how you decide to showcase your tastes, it will all “bee” a labor of love!  Enjoy!!