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! 

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.

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!

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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.

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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!

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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! 





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

Pat Furey Photography

Pat Furey Photography

2.Wedding dress

Brianna Wilbur Photography

Brianna Wilbur Photography

3.suit or tux

Brianna Wilbur Photography

Brianna Wilbur Photography

4. Rings

Autumn Kern Photo

Autumn Kern Photo

5. Love notes to each other

Pat Furey Photography

Pat Furey Photography

6. Save the Dates + Invitations

Tina Jay Photography

Tina Jay Photography

7. veil or headpiece

Autumn Kern Photo

Autumn Kern Photo

8. Pocket square 

Tina Jay Photography

Tina Jay Photography

9. Getting ready outfits

Pat Furey Photography

Pat Furey Photography

10. Hotel welcome bags

Pat Furey Photography

Pat Furey Photography

11. Perfume or cologne

Tina Jay Photography

Tina Jay Photography

12. Special Hanger

Pat Furey Photography

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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