Basic Invite

Hi friends! 

Today I'm writing all about Basic Invite! After doing some research for my clients and checking out different online invitation companies, I just knew I had to share about this one! Since a lot of my clients come to me for styling and design, we are often looking for something VERY specific in terms of color and style, which in the past, has been sometimes frustrating when nothing is "just right". Here are just a few of the ways Basic Invite has made my job SO much easier: 

Almost Unlimited Colors

This is a lifesaver. I can't tell you how many times I've invented my own colors and named them after clients for my own reference! This month alone, I'm working with "Molly Pink" and "Stephanie Blue", which means nothing to you, or any invitation studio for that matter, but in my head is a VERY specific shade. It's been tough for me to find a style that's right that is also available in the color I need! With Basic Invite, once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options, which is crucial for me to pick and choose an exact color, and which colors are more prominent than others! 

over 40 different colors of envelopes

Speaking of color options - how awesome is this? I personally love a good colored envelope, and hate being limited to only white or kraft, because those were our only options online! Let's be honest... having a brightly colored envelope in your mailbox that doesn't look like a bill or junk mail is THE BEST! 

Complete wedding invitation sets

As a lover of details, having cohesive elements from start to finish is crucial to my design plans. Each of the 200+ wedding invitations on Basic Invite is part of a set. You can find everything from an awesome Save the Date Postcard to the cool wedding invitations to the table name cards, so that everything matches down to the tiniest detail! There are even matching bridal invitations for your shower (hint hint Mom and bridesmaids!). 


Gone are the days of calling people for their mailing address, organizing all of your guests into an excel spreadsheet, only to find you need to re-format that excel spreadsheet to fit the template of your invitation supplier! Basic Invite allows you to use their free collection service to request addresses by simply sharing a link! After that, Basic Invite prints the addresses for free on your envelopes! Easy as that! 

So, future brides-to-be, I thought this info was too good not to share! I personally have my eye on these clear invitations for one of my 2018 couples. Let's hope they love them as much as I do! 

Last Minute Valentine DIYs

Searching for a last minute gift for your valentine? Look no further! We've done the research and compiled our three favorite quick and easy DIYs for you to do TODAY! 

For the Wine Connoisseur: etched heart wine glasses


Surprise your sweetheart with a custom wine glass that can be used for every romantic moment. In just a few simple steps, you can turn an ordinary glass into something special.

-The first step is to find the stickers that you want to put on your glass. These can be hearts, words or anything else you think would be special to your someone special.

-Once you have those, apply them in a random pattern over the glass. Where you put the stickers is where the glass will stay clear and transparent!

-This next step involves the purchase of etching cream. Once you have that, you apply it in a thick layer all over the glass. Then let it dry for 15 minutes.

-After your cream has dried, you wash it off in room temperature water with a sponge. Don’t scrub too hard that your stickers fall off! That’s the next step :)

-Remove the stickers! After your glass is dried off and all the etching cream is removed, you can start peeling off the stickers. Once you remove all of them you should have a nice frosted glass with clear hearts, or whichever design you chose, all around the glass!

Voila!  Now you have the perfect stemware to use for your romantic dinner with your Valentine’s Day date. For step by step photos, visit the original HGTV tutorial HERE!

For the Busy Bee:personal homemade coupons

If you’re having trouble putting together something crafty, or you just don’t have the time to make a gift, print out free Valentine’s Day coupons and go to town on all the things your loved one might not have the time to do.

The best thing about this gift is that you can customize it to whoever your Valentine’s Day date is. If it’s your husband, give him coupons for fixing the next lightbulb or smoke detector battery or mowing the lawn. If he works long hours, have some coupons for cooking dinner, an after-work foot massage or having his favorite beer on the table when he walks through the door.

For the wife in your life, coupons for cleaning the bathroom will go a long way. Doing the laundry or dishes, having a kid free morning to sleep in and relax, a massage or breakfast in bed.

For the boyfriend or girlfriend, have a coupon for their choice in picking which movie you see next, dinner on you or spending some time with their friends or family. If they’re still in school, offer free tutoring sessions, help with homework or a quizzing buddy for their next big exam.

Head HERE to fill out and print your own coupons! 

For the Movie Junkie: movie night in

Photo credit  Better Homes & Gardens

Sometimes the last thing people want to do after a long day at work is get ready to go back out. There’s no harm in celebrating Valentine’s Day the chill way.

Is there a movie that just came out onto DVD that you were too busy to see when it was in theaters? Does your date absolutely love a certain old black and white film? Surprise them by making your own movie date in a box! All you need for this is the movie of choice, popcorn, a takeout menu from your favorite place, candy and their favorite drink. Why leave the comforts of your own couch when you have everything at home? You’ll be sure to make them smile when they walk through the door and realize they can go put their PJs on!

We hope everyone has a romantic valentines (or galentines!) day!



October 23rd Bridal Showcase

Hi brides-to-be! I'm so excited to announce that Laurel & Elm will be participating in a boutique bridal event next month with some of the best Philly wedding vendors around! 

On October 23rd from 12 to 4 PM, I'll be giving out tips and information about our planning packages (along with some other goodies!) with our friendors at L. Priori Jewelry's new studio at 16th and Walnut! 

Event highlights include:

  • BHLDN showcasing their newest bridal styles
  • L. Priori x Trousseau Style bridal jewelry line introduction
  • Weckerly's delicious ice cream sandwiches to sample
  • Custom makeup samples from Shimmer and Spice
  • Wedding day hair consultation from Occasions by Diana
  • Custom cocktails from 13th Street Cocktails
  • Live music from the Friends with Benefits Band

... and more from Papertree Studio, Whipped Bakeshop, Laurel & Elm, Ever Laser, Maria Mack, Carly is Inspired and Encrit en Bleu! 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Click HERE to purchase your tickets early! 

We can't wait to see you!

Laurel & Elm Ranked Among Top Philadelphia Wedding Planners

We have been having an extremely busy fall wedding season around here so our blog has been a bit silent lately! However, last Thursday we found out that Laurel & Elm was rated as one of the top 20 wedding planners in Philadelphia (out of 274 Philadelphia wedding planners!) and had to take a minute to share! 

This is such a huge honor considering all of the talented planner friends we were ranked along with! I am extremely grateful for all of our Laurel & Elm couples that took the time to write us glowing reviews that helped with our ranking! 

Check out the list HERE! 

Labor Day Design Discounts!

This post is for those couples who are currently overwhelmed by the world of Pinterest and are going in a million different directions with the overall look of their wedding day... let us help you! From today until Labor Day (which is already next Monday!), Laurel & Elm is offering 10% off of our styling + design package if booked within the next week! 

There are SO many components that go into creating a completely cohesive event, so the style proposals we present you with are often over 20 pages long, touching on every aspect of your wedding that can be seen and cherished forever in your photographs. Check out a few photos below from the end results of a handful of our favorite design projects!

Copper + merlot fall vineyard wedding

Featured on Wedding Chicks

Photos by Tina Jay Photography

Photos by Tina Jay Photography

mixed metal woodsy winter wedding

Featured on Style Me Pretty

Photos by Brianna Wilbur Photography

Photos by Brianna Wilbur Photography

romantic jewel-toned wedding

Featured on Style Me Pretty

Photos by Brianna Wilbur Photography

Photos by Brianna Wilbur Photography

bright + modern vow renewal

Featured on Style Me Pretty, Ruffled and ModWedding

Photos by Tina Jay Photography

Photos by Tina Jay Photography

Here's just some of what the styling + design package includes:

  • Conceptual development and complete event design including ceremony, cocktail hour and reception
  • A detailed design proposal including theme, colors, style and completely customized wedding design ideas for your event from start to finish
  • Vendor recommendations within your style and budget
  • Sourcing and ordering of all all event decor to be styled at your event
  • Management of vendor relationships for design-related vendors 
  • A detailed set-up timeline
  • DIY project planning and assembly
  • Styling on site before your event and cleaning up afterwards
  • A venue walk-through at your ceremony and reception sites
  • Unlimited phone and email communication as always!

Head on over to the Contact page before this week is over and tell me about yourself for all the details and pricing! I can't wait to meet you! 

Just Married!

Going through photos for our website update last week gave me the chance to re-live some of these happy Laurel & Elm days! Probably my absolute favorite moment of each wedding day is the happy face that my couples make the second after they are officially married! Check out some of the best below!

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Tina Jay Photography

Photo by Tina Jay Photography

Photo by Green Tree Photography

Photo by Green Tree Photography

Photo by Daniel Fullam Photography

Photo by Daniel Fullam Photography

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Pat Furey Photography

Photo by Pat Furey Photography

Photo by AGP Collective

Photo by AGP Collective

Photo by Tina Jay Photography

Photo by Tina Jay Photography

Laurel & Elm's New Look!

Happy Friday everyone! I'm  so excited to share Laurel & Elm's new look today! I'm thrilled with how these website changes turned out and can't stop staring at this snap below! 

Since Laurel & Elm opened just last year, this update is more of a website facelift rather than a re-do. We are still absolutely obsessed with the Laurel & Elm branding done by Melissa Yeager and wanted to display that prominently for sure! Melissa's logo captured the essence of my company before it had even started - the unique personalization and the attention to detail that translates to our amazing clients' experiences every day!

I wanted to update the website to feature some of our favorite work from the last year and showcase it in a light and sophisticated setting. Some of my absolute favorite images (like this one above from Brianna Wilbur Photography!) are front and center to show off the Laurel & Elm aesthetic that has grown and evolved with the help of so many talented friends. 

Speaking of talented friends, a huge thank you to Tina Jay Photography for the new headshot and Laurel & Elm family photos! Head on over to the ABOUT page to read more! 

Also new to the site is our REVIEWS page! I've lucked out with the sweetest clients you could ever imagine who have taken the time to write some of the most thoughtful notes about their experiences with Laurel & Elm. 

If you have a minute today, take a look around the new website and let me know what you think of the new layout and content! Hoping you love it as much as I do! 



New Website Sneak Peek

Tomorrow is an exciting day! I've been hard at work updating the Laurel & Elm website to reflect the work we've done over the last year and how we've grown and changed! I'll be going more in depth on this tomorrow but for now, here's a little sneak peek mood board of what's to come! 

Can't wait to show you the finished version! Check back tomorrow to see! 

Arts Ballroom Center City Philadelphia Wedding - Abby & Joe

Happy Friday friends! Today I'm blogging a few photos from Abby and Joe's center city Philadelphia wedding! This day makes me SO happy to relive because Abby and Joe were probably the most laid back couple ever. On top of that, their families were so unbelievably sweet and welcoming, it made working for them not seem like work at all! It was so evident throughout getting to know them how happy and excited they were just to be marrying each other, and working with couples like that is what makes me love my job! 

Abby and Joe live in Boston together with their sweet puppy, George Washington who joined us for some photos later in the day! Since a lot of their guests were traveling to Philadelphia for the weekend, we made sure to incorporate lots of Philly love to make them feel welcome! I love all of the great Philly locations that we stopped at for photos too! Thanks to Daniel Fullam Photography for capturing these great shots of the city that will always have a special place in Abby + Joe's hearts, even in Boston! Check out a few images below! 


Abby and Joe opted for a first look on the balcony at XIX! With a full catholic mass planned, their first look gave them so much more time for photos before the ceremony! 

How breathtaking is this view at St. Augustine's? Abby was such a beautiful bride and got to have the entrance she deserved with this long aisle! 

After the ceremony, we hopped on the trolley and made a few stops around the city to some favorite iconic Philly locations! 

After photos, we headed to the reception at Arts Ballroom! Loved everyone's entrance down these gorgeous steps into the ballroom! 

Good speeches make for the best photos! Daniel did such a great job of capturing their reactions! 

Abby and Joe, thanks for making us a part of your day! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together! 

RSVP Tracking

Hi brides and grooms! Today I'm showing you inside one of the additional services that Laurel & Elm provides: RSVP management! I'm using one of my amazing couples, Chelsea and Seth as a little case study today because their RSVPs have been rolling in around here for their September wedding!

Chelsea and Seth opted for a digital RSVP so that they could really splurge on letterpressed invites! How gorgeous are these? 

Not only are their invitations beautiful, but how awesome is their website, branding and adorable custom watercolor portraits? A couple who enjoys these kinds of details as much as I do is pretty much my dream come true. 

Here is what Chelsea and Seth's RSVP page looks like:


A lot of their guests are coming from out of town, so as you can see we have a BUNCH of questions for them to make sure that they are given the warmest welcome - separate blog post on that later! 

Now comes my part! After a guest RSVPs, an email is immediately sent to me and then I upload their responses into our shared workspace! 

Clicking on an individual or couple allows me to view their RSVP for the different weekend events, their meal choices, dietary restrictions, special seating needs and where they are staying for welcome bag and transportation purposes! 

One of the most helpful features on our workspace is that once I've entered every guest's information, I can export all of this information into an excel spreadsheet for myself and the caterers! 

Sometimes I WISH I enjoyed writing things down on paper (because there are some adorable planners out there calling my name!) but having everything stored digitally is SO much easier for me and my clients. Organizing the shared workspace for my partial and full service clients is secretly one of my favorite parts of my job! 

Thanks to Chelsea and Seth for letting me keep them organized and for being awesome examples of style as always! :)


5 Sparkler Exit Tips for Your Big Send Off!

With Fourth of July just behind us, I thought I'd share my 5 expert tips for those of you thinking of doing a sparkler exit at your wedding! 


With all of the budget planning that goes into making a wedding beautiful, it's so easy to look for little ways to save money that aren't obvious to your guests. This is NOT the time to do that.

Different than the Fourth of July sparklers you are probably used to, wedding sparklers are usually sold in 3 different sizes - somewhere around 12 inches, 24 inches and 36 inches. The 12 inch sparklers are by FAR the cheapest and initially the most appealing however sparklers burn at a rate of 1 foot per minute - so 3 minutes total for even the longest sparkler. Unless you have an extremely small, intimate wedding, you're going to need every second you can get to have all of those sparklers lit and guests lined up and ready to go!

I always suggest the 36 inch sparkers for my clients. To create that Pinterest picture you've seen time and time again, the sparklers need to be somewhat close to the newlyweds. The 36" sparklers allow both the guest and the happy couple to be a safe distance from the fire in addition to that extra time it allows for more photos!

venue agreement

As you can imagine, there are venues don't feel 100% comfortable with guests who have been drinking for hours waving around sticks with fire on the end of them. Who could blame them? 

Before you buy anything, make sure to check your venue guidelines on open flames and ask which areas of the venue (if any) you can have your grand exit! Some venues located within or close to a forrest or another highly flammable area might not permit this at all, unfortunately! 

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography


This is a HUGE photo opportunity! As soon as you know you'd like to have a sparkler exit, tell your photographer. Your photography contract outlines exactly how many hours of service your photo package includes, so you'll either want to adjust that timeframe with them so that they are there until the very end or preferably add additional hours so that they don't miss any of your getting ready details! This also allows your photographer to scope out the venue for the best spot to exit!

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

let your guests know!

To create that exit you've envisioned, you want to make sure as many of your guests as possible are there at the very end of your wedding! Some of your older guests, especially, who might otherwise leave a little earlier might decide to stick around if they know how important this is to you! A sign displayed at the reception AND a little timeline in their welcome bag never hurts so that your guests can plan their transportation accordingly! 

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Tina Jay Photography

Photo by Tina Jay Photography

pack the supplies

This is the most important. Not having the right materials to execute this can cause huge problems! I usually suggest bringing along at least 1 lighter for every 20 guests - we pack a bunch with us too to help out! Check out Eric, my right hand husband/helper lighting 3 at a time! We take this seriously ;) 

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

The sparklers actually do a better job of lighting themselves from other sparklers than they do catching fire from matches, so designating a person (or hiring a wedding planner!) to be there to communicate this to your guests once they've got a few going can really help to speed the process along! 

One of the cutest sparkler packaging I've seen is from For Your Party. They sell these adorable sparkler sleeves with matches attached and allow you to customize your information, wedding font and colors to match! Just slip a sparkler in the slots at the top and bottom of the sleeve and everyone is informed and supplied! 


This cute little tag gives everyone with a sparkler an immediate way to light their sparkler and be ready for you! 

Last but certainly not least, have multiple water stations located a good distance apart from each other for your guests to put their sparklers out after you leave! Placing these in the general direction of the parking lot allows for your guests to give each other room so that nobody is turning around and surprising anyone! I usually suggest a metal pail of some sort so as not to create another fire with a plastic container of water. 

Keeping these tips in mind as you plan your grand exit can save you a lot of stress in the long run and allow you to achieve those memorable photos you've been wanting! 

Nonantum Farm Wedding - Amanda & Kevin

I can't believe it's been almost a month already since Amanda and Kevin's gorgeous Nonantum farm wedding! I was looking forward to this wedding for a long time for a lot of reasons! The first being, Amanda and Kevin are just the sweetest couple and Amanda is an insanely creative bride. Almost everything you see she designed or crafted in some way! I loved watching all of Amanda's great ideas come to life over the last year!

Another reason I was super excited for this wedding was because I got to work with the amazing Autumn Kern Photo again! Autumn and I met last year at Natalie + Ronnie's wedding and she and her husband Josh are always a blast to work with.  Pairing beautiful photography with such creative and welcoming families always makes for a great day in my book. Check out some of my favorite photos below! 

See what I mean about the sweetest family? Lots of happy tears! 

Kevin and Amanda's niece, Gwen was the cutest flower girl! That wood sign got a little heavy mid-aisle though ;) 


I just love Kevin's smile here as he sees his soon-to-be wife for the first time! This is always one of my favorite parts of the day. 


Amanda, you were such a beautiful bride! 

Congratulations again Amanda + Kevin! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! 

The L&E Family!

Today I'm sharing a few photos that my good friend Tina took of our little family! Tina (Tina Jay Photography) was our own wedding photographer when Eric and I got married back in October 2014 and we've gotten so close over the last couple years! You know you chose the right photographer when you see her multiple times a week years later :) 

We spent the afternoon walking around one of the most gorgeous wedding venues, Venue Chilton! I am obsessed with the cute little gardens hidden on the grounds there! Pictured below with me are my husband, Eric and our massive Saint Bernard, Fred!


Eric represents the "Elm" of Laurel & Elm, although we both didn't think he'd play such a huge role in my business when it started! Eric has an extremely busy job of his own, so he's rarely able to commit to working weekends with me, but it's always a nice surprise when he can! There will never be an assistant that always knows what I need them to do with just a look like "Elm" can! ;) On top of that, he's my contract writer, rental furniture mover and pretty much the only reason I get my quarterly taxes done. While he's technically not involved in the company, Eric is by far my biggest supporter and handles so much of the grunt work that goes on behind the scenes and I'm so thankful for that! 

Fred on the other hand is the complete opposite:

He's my 150 pound lapdog that's constantly drooling on my laptop as I type and begging for more food after each email I send. He's also the reason I need to keep all of my work projects shelves and shelves above my own head. Fred doesn't necessarily strive for the same level of perfection and elegance that we do here at Laurel & Elm but he's the most gentle giant and keeps me constant company all day long whether I like it or not :) He also instantly falls asleep to Bon Iver in an almost creepy, hypnotic way, so on busy work days I have Bon Iver playing on repeat! 

Hope you enjoyed meeting the behind the scenes dream team! 

Favorite Laurel & Elm Dad Moments

In honor of Father's Day last weekend we are looking back on all of our favorite Dad moments! Brides, if you haven't considered having a first look with your dad, think about it! They make for the best photos! Here are just a few of these awesome Laurel & Elm dads! 

Photo by AGP Collective

Photo by AGP Collective

Photo by Pat Furey Photo

Photo by Pat Furey Photo

Photo by Autumn Kern Photo

Photo by Autumn Kern Photo

Photo by Tina Jay Photography

Photo by Tina Jay Photography

Photo by Daniel Fullam Photography

Photo by Daniel Fullam Photography

Photo by Tina Jay Photography

Photo by Tina Jay Photography

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Autumn Kern Photography

Photo by Green Tree Photography

Photo by Green Tree Photography

Photo by Daniel Fullam Photography

Photo by Daniel Fullam Photography

Laurel & Elm Featured on Mod Wedding!

This bright + modern styled shoot from way back in January has truly been the gift that keeps on giving! On top of all of the beautiful photos from Tina Jay Photography, it has now been featured on Style Me Pretty, Ruffled and now Mod Wedding! After all of the hard work that goes into creating a styled shoot, it's so rewarding to know that all of these beautiful blogs loved it as much as we did! Here are the talented vendors that we teamed up with for this shoot: 

Venue: The Bond | Photography: Tina Jay Photography | Event Design + Coordination: Laurel & Elm | Cake: The Couture Cakery | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Floral: Foster’s Flower Shop | Hair: Leann Foust of Mood Swings Salon Makeup: Veronique’s Creative Artistry | Stationery: Laurel & Elm | Tulle Skirt: Welcome to Royalty | Headpiece: Kristin Perry

Check out the feature HERE!

Interview with Brittani Elizabeth Photography!

Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Brittani Elizabeth Photography for her extremely helpful and reoccurring blog series, Tuesday Tips! In an effort to explain to her own brides, Brittani had me discuss my wedding planning packages to outline the difference between a wedding planner and a venue coordinator - completely different things! 

I had such a fun time catching up with Brittani over coffee and a stroll through Hershey Gardens where she was kind enough to take this headshot of me! Check out the differences between some of the Laurel & Elm services below!


As far as Laurel & Elm services go, our day-of coordination package is geared more towards couples who are planning their weddings themselves but want the added security of the Laurel & Elm team on the day of to make sure everything runs as smoothly as they’ve envisioned! I start by familiarizing myself with your pre-selected vendors and create an extremely detailed timeline to outline your day. We have a venue walk through for both ceremony and reception sites to go over the timeline and finalize any details and then meet again to direct your rehearsal and run the show on the day of! Although you are the primary planners of the event,  I never limit any communication, so as long as you’re a Laurel & Elm couple you can ask for guidance, vendor references or just call me to vent any time you want! I love hearing from you all and getting to know you better throughout their planning process!


An overall wedding planner helps with everything you can think of – and everything you didn’t think of – which is the important part ;) Full service planning clients can expect conceptual development + event design, sourcing and ordering of decor, monthly to-do lists, budget management, detailed floor plans, 10 in person meetings, invitation assembly, hotel block coordination, welcome bag delivery, vendor management, online planning portals, day – of coordination and the list goes on.. This is definitely the “soup to nuts” package and the combination of both of my loves, designing AND organizing.


My styling + design package is something that I recently added a few months ago and I’m so excited about it! I learn a lot from my amazing clients and in an effort to always be catering my services towards what I think could benefit clients in the future I created a separate styling package that cuts out some of the planning but also doesn’t come with the same price tag as full-service planning! Styling + design covers everything and everyone aesthetic. That means full event design for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception and the coordination and communication with all of the vendors that contribute to the look of your day. This usually includes as many items as photography, videography, floral, rentals, clothing, jewelry, stationery, and lighting. This package includes setting up of all of the decor and coordinating aesthetic vendor arrival and then returning at the end of the night to take it all down! We style it so that it looks like the weddings you see on Instagram and Pinterest so that all of those details are accented just perfectly! A lot of my couples choose to combine this package with day-of coordination so that our team is there during the whole day as well.

Brides, if you haven't already checked out Brittani Elizabeth Photography, head on over to her website! Brittani is extremely talented and such a great resource for her couples! 

Tropical Inspiration Featured on Every Last Detail

What better way to celebrate the 90 degree weather today than a little tropical wedding inspiration? This shoot took place at one of my absolute favorite Philadelphia wedding venues, Fairmount Park Horticulture Center ! Once again, Lauren from Trousseau Style killed it with her eye for design and fashion, so I was so thrilled when she asked me to come and help with the event styling for this shoot! Having so much wedding talent in one place is always so much fun. You'd never know because of the little tropical oasis we created, but there was close to a foot of snow outside in Philly that day! It seems only fitting that Every Last Detail decided to feature our inspiration on what seems to be the end of this never-ending cold Spring! 

Check out all of the vendors that made this shoot come to life and some of my favorite photos below! 

Photography: Hope Helmuth Photography |  Wardrobe + Decor Styling: Trousseau Style | Event Styling: Laurel & Elm | Floral Design: Fresh Designs Florist | Invites: Darling and Pearl | Laser Cut Pieces: Ever Laser | Cake: Whipped Bakeshop | Wedding Dress: Ashe B. & Co. | Models: Wilhelmina Philadelphia | Hair: Ariel Katrina Hair | Make-Up: Makeup by Emily Dimant | Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu | Engagement Ring + Wedding Bands: Benari Jewelers


Head on over to Every Last Detail to check out the feature HERE!

Kate Spade Inspired Details

Recently, I had the pleasure of helping one of my good friends, Tina Jay Photography style a special project close to her heart! When she's not photographing weddings, Tina is an amazing high school senior portrait photographer! Tina has an awesome Kate Spade-like style for her brand and her real life, so we thought this was the perfect direction for a fun shoot for all of her senior girls! 

Our initial concept came from this Kate Spade print:

We thought it would be so much fun to have all of the girls pick a word that they felt best described them as they start this new chapter of their lives! Any chance I get to work with Ever Laser is a good event - Lexie laser cut all of the words they chose for the shoot!

We also managed to set up a couple great backdrops in our black, white and gold color scheme! Remember these DIY calligraphy glasses from a few weeks ago? Here they are in action:


Loved all of these photos from Tina! Hope everyone has a weekend as sweet as this one! 

Choosing Your Exact Wedding Colors

Today I'm sharing one of my absolute favorite tips that I give to brides to help with the "big picture" look! After a recent trip to Home Depot to pick out some gray paint swatches for my new office, I was reminded of how helpful this is.

For all of my couples that don't have a handy pantone swatch book at home, head to your closest home improvement store and pick out your wedding colors in the paint swatches! Here's a handful of swatches I picked up for myself that are all considered gray:

This is crazy to me because some are clearly gray-purple, some are gray-brown and some are gray-blue. Had I just asked for "gray" paint, who knows what I would've come home with! 

Once you've picked out your favorite shades of your wedding colors, you can bring these swatches with you to all of your meetings! This ensures that every single vendor and detail - from stationery and floral to bridesmaids dresses and table linens - are on the same page with what "gray" is to YOU, the client.

A Look Inside the Laurel & Elm Emergency Kit

Today is our first wedding of the season! We are SO excited to celebrate with Abby & Joe today as they tie the knot in center city! I've been working on re-stocking and adding to the emergency kit that we carry along with us for the last couple of weeks so that we are prepared for anything that comes our way! 

Here's a good idea of what you can usually find inside:

- Tweezers

- Scissors 

- Q-tips

- Makeup remover

- Umbrellas

- Mascara

- Lipstick

- Blotting papers

- Clear nail polish 

- Nail clippers + nail files

- Water bottles

- Tissues 

- Pain reliever 

- Band-Aids

- Neosporin

- Sunscreen

- Deodorant

- Cough drops

- Baby powder

- Tampons

- Eye drops

- Straws

- Granola bars

- Super Glue

- Breath mints

- Pens 

- Tape (duct tape and dress tape!)

- Breath mints + mouthwash

- Stain remover

- Floss

- Toothbrush + toothpaste

- Lint roller

- Eye drops

- Portable phone chargers

- Lotion

- Bobby pins + hairspray

This list is always growing and the emergency kit gets heavier by the wedding! We've also been known to pack some emergency champagne which usually lightens our load halfway into the day :) Abby + Joe we are packed and ready to celebrate with you! Can't wait!