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! 

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!

Southern Destination Wedding - Kristi & Tom

Today I’m sharing Kristi and Tom’s classic, southern wedding! Kristi and Tom were married in May of 2015 but sometimes you have to keep the best things a secret for a while! It totally paid off because their wedding was just published in Alabama Weddings Magazine’s 15th Anniversary Edition which came out on January 1st! (Click here to read more about the feature!)

This wedding was Laurel & Elm’s first destination wedding and it was so much fun to do something different!  Kristi and Tom met in their high school gym class about 10 years ago, so this wedding was long awaited by the many people who traveled down from Philly to see them finally tie the knot in the south!

On top of all of the beautiful details, Kristi and Tom’s wedding day had the BEST weather for an outdoor wedding. As you can imagine, even in May, Alabama can get HOT. Their wedding day was a “cold” day in Alabama which means comfortable for Philadelphians :)

I’m going to walk you all through the day because there are just too many details not to talk about! A special thank you to Green Tree Photography for capturing their day so beautifully in all of these photos!


Even though the majority of the wedding was outdoors – the inside of Anderson Gail Farms had some of the most beautiful, classic details that made for a PERFECT backdrop for detail shots – my favorite :)

I just loved how these invitations turned out – Minted did such a nice job and worked through rounds of custom changes with us so that the invitations were exactly as we had planned! 

Kristi's Maggie Sottero gown was perfect for her. Pair that with Tom's black tux and you've got yourself a classy affair! 

Kristi and Tom decided to have a First Look, which I strongly suggest for every couple still on the fence about this. The irony of your wedding day is that on a day that’s all about the two of you, you will barely have any alone time together. Having a First Look allows you to spend some time together before all of your guests are pulling you in different directions AND it allows you more time for photos! 

After their first look, all of the guests arrived for the ceremony! Two of my favorite details of the day were this Guestbook Globe (Guestglobe?) and these custom hankerchiefs that served as ceremony programs that we designed to match Kristi & Tom’s invites! Southern hospitality at its finest.

Kristi and Tom had an intimate ceremony at the front of the house.

Afterwards, everyone headed in through the house and out back for cocktail hour, corn hole (with custom boards and bean bags of course) and a cigar bar.


These key escort cards are actually bottle openers too! Such a fun favor!

This was my first attempt at calligraphy! These place card stones added a personal touch while doubling as paperweights. Dinner outside was a little windy so this ended up being the perfect stylish solution to holding those napkins and personalized thank you cards down!

Tom actually made these custom corn hole boards for the wedding with their new monogram "L" on them! 

After lots of dancing, Kristi surprised Tom with fireworks to end their night! What a great gift!


I hope you all enjoyed their wedding as much as I did! Congratulations Kristi and Tom! Thank you for trusting us to design and plan your wedding!