May 30, 2013

Chateau C'est La Vie: Summer Re-Modeling and Re-Decorating Projects.

I don't know about you but the words "redecorate, remodel and revamp" create waves of giddy excitment where giggles and giddy child-like excitement ensues. A house remodel construction site is my kind of amusement park...

And this my friends, is precisely what we are doing to our humble abode I lovingly refer to as Chateau C'est La Vie. Since purchasing our home many years ago we have made quite a few updates, cosmetic changes and decor transformations.  However this Summer, we will finally be able to make big changes. We are  closely working with an amazing contractor to make some serious remodeling on many of the rooms in our home. 

I am beyond excited, especially because I have already begun designing the color concepts and style changes that will go with this remodeling process.  Yes. After the dust settles and the debris is cleared out with the remodeling process, the real treat will begin for me, the re-decorating. I look forward to the days of editing, and changing and exchanging and moving things around until I have created the perfect space.

We are taking things room by room, month by month, so that we do not overwhelm our schedules or pockets!

The first room we decided to tackle was our Master Bedroom. Over the Memorial Day Weekend we decided to start with the walls. 

Here is a before:



And here is a Sneak Peak Collage of the After:



Still many more changes to come. But I am head over heels in-love with this soothing new color scheme!

Stay tuned for a full reveal along with plenty more pictures once this Master Bedroom re-vamp is completed!

May 17, 2013

Special Summer Sale on Photography Sessions, Book now!



***SPECIAL SUMMER SALE***
Take advantage of my special summer sale on Portrait Sessions from June 1 - July 31, 2013. Email me to cestlavie.events@gmail,com, or message me to my Facebook Business Page to book your session now!!!


 For only  $150 you will get:
- 2 hour natural light session with up to two wardrobe sessions and up two locations
- 50 edited and defined images  
- professional grade on-line gallery to purchase prints and share with family and friends
- DVD with printable high-resolution images (or ability to download originals directly to PC.)

Please share with family and friends! Thank you!
                                                          **SPECIAL SUMMER SALE***

May 14, 2013

A "Then Came Marriage" Spring Wedding

As promised in my previous post, here are a few memorable takes of that gorgeous Spring Wedding with a stunning bride, her handsome groom, their closest friends and family and a picturesque setting, what more can you ask for?

















The Bridal Details and Ceremony











































Portraits and Reception





































May they have an eternal life time of happiness!

Stay tuned many more photo shoots, events and projects to come, especially now that Summer is almost here!  Also, please don't forget to visit my Facebook Page and become a liker, and follow me on Twitter!

xoxo,

Ly 

May 10, 2013

A Spring Wedding, Gala, Grapes and Grecian Touches.

You may recall back in January of this year I traveled to Puerto Rico to photograph the Engagement Shoot (or Love Story) of my beloved friend Olga and her fiance Dan, (click here for a full post and all the details on that shoot.)

Fast forward only four months later which after much planning, conceptualizing, and hard work, we finally arrive to the day these two love birds wed on a slightly rainy but marvelous May day in Chicago...

The Juicy Details

This special bride had not only one but two of us wedding planners working hard to make her dream day a reality. While I worked on the design concept, color scheme and overall aesthetics, her incredibly talented brother-in-law Elson - and a dear friend - took the lead in the execution of all the details, materials and flower arrangements - he arranged her amazing ceremony urns and gorgeous bouquet!  Together, along with the help of a wonderful group of friends and family, we made a "wonder-twin" team!:)

The Design Concept for the wedding would end up being a combination of the following design plans I created based on the Bride and Groom's feedback:





We also set the tone to this unique event with a customized invitation I made for the couple using one of my favorite shots from the Engagement Session in Old San Juan:





The Day of Event Pictures:

And here is a beautiful collage of how these ideas came to life on that unforgettable wedding day:

 (click to enlarge)



A closer look at the details, as follows:

Centerpieces were a gathering of gorgeous Spring flowers in the purple, orange and cream color scheme for that day, the addition of fresh, plump grapes gave that added Grecian-inspired touch that made them especially unique and beautiful:













The Candy Bar, a labor of love from the Bride's Sisters, who executed her every desire with hand-dipping and decorating these delectable treats:











The Gorgeous cake:





The favors and other details:













The Table-scapes, simple, colorful and lovely:













The Reception was held in one of Chicago's Suburbs, in a gorgeous Historical Pavilion, The Lords Park Pavilion, which is surrounded by lush green gardens, truly picturesque!:





Everything came together for these two newly married dear friends of ours, and we couldn't be happier! A heart-felt congratulations for Olgui and Dan from the bottom of our hearts!!! We love you!!!



If your looking for creative, capable and always affordable wedding planning advice, or need a detailed-oriented Day-of-Coordinator, look no further. Please email me to cestlavie.events@gmail.com, or message me to my Facebook Page and we can get started planning an unforgettable event night of your own!


Stay tuned for a future post with plenty more of the wedding pictures I took  of this beautiful and beloved couple coming soon, as well as many many more updates!