Don't Forget These Wedding Day Details!

After months and months of planning, hundreds of invitations and hotel welcome bags stuffed and countless purchases leading up to your wedding day, what is the best way to get the biggest return on all of your investments? By having it professionally photographed of course!

When you look back on your wedding photos in 20 years, these details will be the ones that tell the story of the day, and remind you of all of the personal touches that were a part of the romance! Today I'm sharing the Laurel & Elm checklist for what our couples should pack to have at their getting ready locations! 

1. Shoes

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Pat Furey Photography

2.Wedding dress

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Brianna Wilbur Photography

3.suit or tux

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Brianna Wilbur Photography

4. Rings

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Autumn Kern Photo

5. Love notes to each other

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Pat Furey Photography

6. Save the Dates + Invitations

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Tina Jay Photography

7. veil or headpiece

Autumn Kern Photo

Autumn Kern Photo

8. Pocket square 

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Tina Jay Photography

9. Getting ready outfits

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Pat Furey Photography

10. Hotel welcome bags

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Pat Furey Photography

11. Perfume or cologne

Tina Jay Photography

Tina Jay Photography

12. Special Hanger

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Pat Furey Photography

13. Other Jewelry

Autumn Kern Photo

Autumn Kern Photo

14. Bridal Party Gifts

AGP Collective

AGP Collective

15. Tie + belt

Pat Furey Photography

Pat Furey Photography

16. Cufflinks

Tina Jay Photography

Tina Jay Photography

17. Garter

Autumn Kern Photo

Autumn Kern Photo

18. Socks

Tina Jay Photography

Tina Jay Photography

19. Handbag 

Autumn Kern Photo

Autumn Kern Photo

20. vows 

Tina Jay Photography

Tina Jay Photography

Happy packing! 

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Copper + Merlot Inspiration Featured on Wedding Chicks!

Yesterday was such an exciting day because our copper and merlot inspiration shoot was featured on Wedding Chicks! If you didn't see the publication, check it out HERE! 

This shoot was SO much fun for me for multiple reasons. First of all, I got to work on the shoot from day one with one of my close friends, Tina of Tina Jay Photography, and she made the whole process a dream! We have a very similar style, so our vision for this shoot was always so clear from the beginning! I also got to meet so many new gifted creatives throughout the process and got to knock a couple of items off my wedding design bucket list - like those calligraphed wine glasses! 

A huge thank you to these extremely talented ladies who made this shoot possible and helped bring my vision to life: 

Photography: Tina Jay Photography | Venue: The Vineyard at Hershey | Catering: JDK Catering | Floral Design: Wildflowers by Design | Cake + Desserts: The Couture Cakery | Calligraphy: Belles Lettres Calligraphy | Rentals: Swoon Vintage Rentals + Barnes Farm Tables | Hair + Makeup: Veronique's Creative Artistry | Dress: Adrianna Papell | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

Here are some of my favorite photos: 

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I hope you enjoyed! Head on over to the gallery to see even more! 

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New Year New Goals!

Happy New Year everyone! In the spirit of making 2016 my best year yet, I'm setting some goals for Laurel & Elm that I'm really going to do my best to stick to! Check them out and hold me accountable :) 

Blogging

I started off with an easy one as I am accomplishing this right now! I want to be WAY more consistent with blogging, so I've already planned out the next month to stay on track! My goal is to incorporate product finds, DIY tutorials and new favorite trends along with Laurel & Elm weddings! So, my first goal of 2016 is to blog once a week - CHECK!

Instagram

As crazy as it sounds, Instagram has been one of my biggest business assets this year! I've gotten some wonderful clients and made the sweetest friends in the wedding industry just by posting photos! So this year I want to post 5 times a week and see where that takes me! If you aren't already following along, let's be friends! Check out the Laurel & Elm instagram HERE!

calligraphy

This one is ambitious. Calligraphy is something that I've always been dying to learn but have had absolutely no training in. I think it's something that could be SO helpful to my clients in the long run, plus I just love seeing weddings with cohesive place cards, bar signs and calligraphed details galore! I tried brush calligraphy for the first time for one of my couples earlier this year and had SO much fun! I think with (lots of) practice, this could be a helpful service to offer clients! Here's my first attempt at place card stones below: 

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Let me know if you'd like some practice snail mail :) 

Design-only package

Last, but certainly not least - in a few weeks I'll be introducing a new Laurel & Elm package that will allow you to select design-only services! Full custom design is included in my larger packages, but this package is targeted for those who might not be looking for full service coordination along with it! Stay tuned for more information :) 

Hopefully everyone's new years resolutions are going well! Day 6! 

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