We have been featured on The Budget Savvy Bride!!

We have been blessed to have our Owl & Pussycat styled bridal photo shoot featured today, on The Budget Savvy Bride!!

https://thebudgetsavvybride.com/poem-inspired-styled-shoot/

 

POEM INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT

This styled bridal shoot was based on Edward Lear’s classic poem, “The Owl and The Pussycat”.  The walls of the cafe are decorated in fantastic chalk art, and there is such a whimsical woodland vibe throughout the entire establishment. Enjoy this Poem Inspired Styled Shoot! Xoxo, Jessica
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POEM INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT

SUBMITTED BY: KIMBERLY LEHMAN OF LOVE, LAUGHTER & ELEGANCE: WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING

What was your design inspiration?

I have always loved the classic story of “The Owl & The Pussycat”, by Edward Lear. I recently came across a beautifully illustrated children’s version of the story, and I knew that I had to bring this story to life. In the neighborhood in Akron, Ohio, where I work, there is the most charming cafe. The decor is very eclectic and whimsical, and owls are a prominent feature. There are fantastic chalk murals on the walls and a handcrafted tree in the very center of the cafe. I knew this was the perfect location for this styled shoot. There is also a wonderfully casual patio outside of the cafe, that beckons you to sit and stay a while. I also wanted to incorporate the literary aspect of the project, so we wandered across the street to the library, and took some shots in the reading garden, and inside among the book stacks.

Describe your flowers.

Since the cafe is so colorful and whimsical, I wanted to keep our floral look soft, with muted pastel colors. The bridal bouquet is comprised of lavender, blue, and pink silk hydrangeas, and pastel silk roses. The boutonniere is a large pastel silk bloom that looked wonderful against Conner’s dark blue suit. I created a rounded centerpiece of the same silk hydrangeas and roses as the bridal bouquet. For a little depth and contrast, I also added large blush silk peonies. This arrangement was placed in my grandmother’s antique soup tureen, and then placed on top of my vintage white cake stand, with a decorative floral edge. We also used some of the natural greenery and wood elements found in the cafe as decor.

Describe your cake.

The cake, created by Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted, was a magnificent three-tiered confection! The three round tiers were each decorated in a shade of blue or green, to represent the ocean in the story. She added several beautiful handcrafted flowers to accentuate the gorgeous cake. The cake topper, created by Katie Meek of Meekly Yours, was a charming rendition of the owl and the pussycat sailing away for a year and a day in their little boat.

Tell us about your attire choices.

Our male model, Conner, wore a slim fitting blue suit of his own. I added a bright yellow silk tie that had little sailboats embroidered on it to go with the theme of the shoot. He also donned adorable owl-framed glasses, that looked so cute on him!

For Sammy Kay, we had 4 different looks. The first was a lovely flowing bridesmaid gown in a color called “desert rose”. This gown set off Sammy’s neckline and beautiful creamy skin. The bridal gown was an ivory lace sheath dress with an embellished empire waist, cap sleeves, sweetheart neckline, and sweep train. She looked amazing in it! The second bridal dress was a tea-length vintage design from the 1940s, sheer with an overall lace design. The final dress was also a vintage design from the 1950s. It was a day dress, deep rose in color, and had an overall lace pattern. The neckline was trimmed with matching satin piping. Sammy Kay added vintage gloves, hats and jewelry to complete the overall look for each outfit.

Please describe any handmade, DIY, or personal items.

There were several handmade items provided by vendors for this amazing photoshoot! Michal Elaine Johnston created a beautiful painting with colors featured in the original inspiration board. Katie Meek of Meekly Yours, created the cake topper, round wooden sign, and table number. Jodi Kennedy of Pink Tomato Creative hand made several of the decorative items, like the large banners, and paper goods.

We used my grandmother’s antique soup tureen as the display container for the floral centerpiece, as well as other sentimental items from my personal collection like vintage books, gloves, and figurines. We also displayed a poster of The Owl & The Pussycat, which had been mounted on a multicolored backdrop, and framed.

Describe the tablescape elements.

We had two tablescapes, one for the cake, and one for the dining table. The cake table was covered in delicate pink table linen, and the gorgeous wedding cake was placed on an ornate antique gold pedestal cake stand. We added gold mercury and small blue glass jar votive candles, and the children’s book of “The Owl & The Pussycat.”

The dining table was covered in a gorgeous blush pink petal tablecloth. Behind the table, we had our bride and groom models seated in magnificent high backed chairs, covered in white leather. The place settings were layered with gold beaded clear glass charger plates and ivory bone china with gold rims. We also used vintage floral china, and gold flatware. The stemware included cut crystal glasses with gold rims and smaller amber aperitif glasses. White and pastel linen napkins completed the look. The place cards were handmade paper boats with sails, as a nod to the boat in the story. I created a rounded centerpiece of the same silk hydrangeas and roses as the bridal bouquet. For a little depth and contrast, I also added large blush silk peonies. This arrangement was placed in my grandmother’s antique soup tureen, and then placed on top of my vintage white cake stand, with a decorative floral edge. We also added a few small owl and cat figurines, and gold mercury votive candles.

VENDORS

Photography: Stacey Long    • Venue: A Walk in the Park Cafe • Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Floral: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Stationery: pink tomato creative • Wedding Cake: cake wasted • Bridesmaid Dresses: Doreen Leaf Designs  •  Headpiece: Doreen Leaf Designs  •  Model: Sammy Kay Smith • Model: Conner Moore • Laser Engraving: Meekly Yours • Bakery: A Walk in the Park Cafe • Wedding DressLove, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Fashion: English Rose Vintage Oh • Tableware: Millers Party Rental • Cake Topper: Meekly Yours • Paintings: Michal Elaine Johnston • Handmade Items: pink tomato creative • Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Submitted via: Matchology

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.

Photography:

Audrey Hepburn – Funny Face movie inspired bridal photo shoot – The Video!!

On Saturday, November 25th, 2017, my fantastic team of vendors and models descended upon the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Canton, Ohio, for a styled bridal photo shoot.  I have been planning this event for some time.  One of my favorite movies stars Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire – Funny Face.  It’s the only movie they ever made together.  My video partner, Joseph Testa Productions, filmed the whole day, and put together a great video!  We would like to share it with you! Just click the link and enjoy!

Audrey Hepburn – Funny Face Movie Inspired

Vendors:

Planning/Styling:  Kimberly Lehman, Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning

Venue:  Courtyard Marriott Hotel – Canton, Ohio

Photographer:  Stephanie Uptmor, Imagine It Photography

Video:  Joseph Testa, Joseph Testa Productions

Floral/Decor:  Linda Boardman, Dietz Falls Florist

Lighting/Backdrop Stand:  Larry Thompson, Thompson Entertainment

Linens/Charger Plates:  L’Nique Linens

Original Artwork:  Michal Elaine Johnston

Stationery Suite:  Angela Marie Giaco, A Pink Sunset

Cakes:  Lana Geiling-Poe, For All O”cake”sions

              Molly Gearhart, Gearhart Custom Cakes 

Jewelry/Brooch Bouquets/Accessories:  Susan Wember Kurtz, Susie Kays Design 

Bridal Fashion:  Madeleine Fig, Madeleine Fig Designs

Bridal Shoes:  Erina, Bella Belle Shoes

Cake Topper:  Lexi Eveleth, Ever Laser

Makeup Artist:  Jessica Laura Hawkins, Exclusively Airbrushed Makeup by Jess

Models:  Lauren Simpson, Brandon Klaehn

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Stylized Bridal Photo Shoot – July 2nd 2016

We collaborated with several awesome vendors on our very first Styled Bridal Photo Shoot, which took place on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 at Spring Hill Historic Home in Massillon, Ohio.  Formal pictures and post to come soon, but first we wanted to share with you the video feature that our video partner, Joseph Testa Films, put together for us.  All vendors are credited in the comments on their blog.  Enjoy!

Vendors: (facebook.com/Love-Laughter-Elegance-Wedding-Event-Planning-294354135708/ JosephTestaFilms.com jsonmore.com/facebook.com/SpringHillHH/ facebook.com/hadleydesigns facebook.com/ChiavarisBakery/ facebook.com/SDE-Designs-Ltd-386698294748118/ facebook.com/bkystudio altimuspond.zenfolio.com/)

Video:  http://josephtestafilms.com/stylized-bridal-event/

 

Vintage Wedding Style – Book Review

I recently wrote a short book review, and I wanted to share it here.  Enjoy!

Vintage Wedding Style – Book Review

I recently came across this colorful book, Vintage Wedding Style, by Elizabeth Demos. There is a current trend these days for vintage-inspired parties and weddings. This book covers all the bases! As a lover of all arts and crafts, I was very impressed. There are lots of great ideas in this book, from how to make paper pinwheels to converting an old dusty barn into a place to celebrate. The pictures are detailed and the directions for projects are simple and straightforward. I highly recommend browsing through this book for inspiration.  Enjoy!

Here are some editorial reviews of this book, from www.amazon.com:

Editorial Reviews

Review

“If you’re looking for some vintage flair, look no further than Elizabeth Demos’ Vintage Wedding Style. Lots of DIY and resources in these pages!” – Martha Stewart Weddings
“Vintage Wedding Style Elizabeth Demos — Written by one of our favorite Southern ladies. Liz sure can plan a party. This book features real-life weddings that Liz styled paired with projects and ideas that allow you to replicate the look. All the weddings are vintage-inspired — everything from a Gatsby wedding to a circus wedding. Even if you’re not planning a wedding, this could be a great book to help you throw some fantastic parties.” – Design Sponge
“Vintage isn’t going anywhere. Vintage Wedding Style by Elizabeth Demos compiles more than 25 simple DIY projects, with start-to-finish how-tos and design inspiration. This will get your creative juices flowing, if nothing else.” – You and Your Wedding (UK)
 
 
“The book is photo driven and has the perfect balance between pictoral inspiration and ideas, projects and resources. It is the best vintage wedding book I’ve seen so far. So if you’re a bride to be with an individual style and a love of the past then this is the book for you.” – Vintage Frills
 
 
“Vintage wedding style can be a difficult game of balance between functionality, cost and overall aesthetic appeal. Many brides may feel overwhelmed, but Elizabeth Demos, author of Vintage Wedding Style offers easy and expert advice for mastering the wedding of your vintage-inspired dreams without any of the unnecessary stress. Elizabeth is one of the foremost vintage wedding experts, and her work masters that difficult balance of fresh style with classic design.” – craftfoxes.com