High School Sweethearts: Ashley & Tyler

Ashley & Tyler’s vintage Fort Myers wedding at White Orchid was definitely one to write home about! Having met in a high school math class, the couple wanted a unique and playful affair, with elements of old-fashioned romance added in. Silver decor pieces, provided by us at Alter Elements, looked truly beautiful against muted shades of blue, ivory, and brown, and enhanced the venue’s “old-world Florida” feel. We can’t get over the stunning lace detail on the cake, courtesy of Kakes by Karen, and what would young love be without paper airplane programs and movie ticket stubs?

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{Images courtesy of Set Free Photography.}

Abbey & Mario: Decor Details

Now that we have shared Abbey & Mario’s beautiful wedding with you on our Along Came Stephanie blog, we wanted to give you a look at some of the decor, provided by none other than Alter Elements! We love the look of the lanterns on the aisle, how about you?

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{Images courtesy of Set Free Photography.}

Covet and Closet: Dress Rehearsal

For those of you who are just becoming familiar with Alter Elements,  I am happy to announce that we are offering wardrobe styling!  This makes my heart literally leap as it has always been my initial love.  That being said, here is your first peek at Covet and Closet.  Hoping to make this a weekly post that will offer trending items at various price points so we can all add a little something to our collection ; )  First up, dresses for your wedding rehearsal.

<for the Zooey Deschanel of the group>

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Alice + Olivia $596     ModCloth $147.99

<for the Real Housewives fan>

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Reem Acra $2250     DVF $325

<for those who munch on macaroons>

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Lela Rose $1495     J.Crew $235

Happy Shopping – Taylor x

Brunch and Besties

Good morning my loves!  I’m so eager to jot down this creative tip as the weekend approaches. Today it is all about the ladies, the ones who truly make the best company!  Instead of constantly heading to the bar for your next social, host a brunch at home or your favorite park.  These are a few of my favorite elements when serving brunch:

  • Pretty Dimensions.  I adore using decorated cake & tiered stands to serve goodies! Fruit, croissants & Nutella, homemade granola bites, unique cheeses and lastly, Trader Joe’s cinnamon almonds are perfect for your first brunch.

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  • Surprise & Delight.  Let’s be realistic for a moment, everybody loves a decorated plate and if you’re anything like me you have a huge annoyance with plates that are too big to fill properly.  Set out an assortment of sizes and prints for your guests to choose from.  
  • Apply the same theory to cups, but here is where the element of surprise is introduced…  One of my girlfriends and I used to strictly drink our brunch bubbly out of tea cups.  I haven’t the slightest idea why, but the outrageousness of it was simply brilliant.  A whimsical grown up tea party, if you will.  It is absolutely necessary that for at least the first round no coffee is served in your adorable little dainty cups.

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Off to brunch, Taylor x

Cheers to Scott, Zelda and the 20s

April 3  marks the wedding anniversary of Scott F. Fitzgerald & Zelda Sayre. Known for their extravagance, passion and trendsetting, they were one of America’s most grandeur couples.  I simply cannot get enough of these 2! With so much craze over the latest rendition of The Great Gatsby, I found it completely appropriate to pay homage to these Jazz Era darlings. Here are a few tips to make your 1920s event the cat’s pajamas:

Because the attire controls a 20s themed event, make sure the tabletop’s are detailed with items like vintage cigar boxes and art deco style candelabra’s.  Really put your event over the top by playing Jazz on vinyls long into the wee dancing hours on a vintage record player: available through Alter Elements

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Also, include your guests!  I realize this should be a no brainer, you invited them to a themed party.  However, there are those who have the audacity to show in everyday wear.  No need to point and stare, upon entry have a fun little table set up stocked with accessories that will add to any ensemble.

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Will watch for my invite😉 Taylor x

Incorporating Color Trends

Three colors that simply will not go away; what happens when you are completely smitten over them with no time to change your wedding decor?  Here are 3 easy ways to incorporate colors of this season into your big day without cringing at pictures 10 years from now…

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(1) While brides tend to gravitate toward the silver and platinum shades, it’s refreshing to be able to switch it up by adding a set of gold mercury glass vases to shimmer in the candle light.  A great addition to tabletops to give your look a more playful elegance.

(2) How much are we all completely dying over emerald! Literally if this color ever goes away my heart will shatter.  No need to go wild and order new bridesmaid dresses, simply make a statement with a bold emerald chandelier or candlesticks.  Only drawback? If red is your color scheme, you may be mistaken for santa’s workshop turned wedding chapel.

(3) For the blushing bride.  There simply isn’t anything more delicate than a blush tone.  Understated elegance at it’s best, choose a blush fabric seating arrangement for photos filled with romance.

Happy Trending! Taylor x

Altering Images: 3 Dresses, 3 Decors.

So here’s a bit about me and my dark wedding secret that goes far beyond a Pinterest board.  At times I consider myself to be “married to fashion”, so much so that when asked about my ideal W-Day I can never offer much information past the extremely specific fantasy of  the dresses i’ll be wearing (i’m predicting 4 wardrobe changes).  In fact, I really hope my future hubs is a bit more practical than I or we will be eloping at the nearest site with yours truly sporting a misplaced $20,000 gown… and one of a kind shoes, but we’ll chat shoes a different day. So my question is, if the dress comes before the dream how do you know the style of wedding that will best portray your dress?

*all props provided by Alter Elements

For those who pair their something new with something blue

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Brides continue to stray from white.  Though usually opting for blush tones, i’ve decided it’s time to step it up a notch.  This Badgley Mischka is a piece of  strapless shimmering perfection with hints of blue, handpicked for a lawn style wedding full of natural garden florals and feminine details.  Notice the simple structure of dress with a perfectly draped sheer overlay and almost leaf like detailing that will be perfectly complemented by the soft beauty of florals, lush greenery and vintage romance.

The vintage glam of a Hollywood Social

glamThe classic chignon, the sudden black liquid liner and the burgundy lip.  Nothing speaks to the ritz of your wedding better than classic old world glam.  Think of mansion courtyards where guests gossip  “oh, this old thing” refers to a vintage Dior and blinding emerald pendant.  The classic, yet very on trend 3quarter length lace sleeve is essential next to such ornate styling of different hues of grey metallics, glass and silver.  Less in quantity, more in detail when it comes to decor.

A Twist to Nautical 

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Lately I feel as if Nautical themed weddings have gotten stuck in the prepster box, full of monograms and stripes.  Let’s keep Nautical on the shoreline, but add a bit of 40s romance with delicate lace scalloping,  champagne fabric and a simple blow out held with an encrusted headband.  You will not find a more perfect fit as you walk down an aisle lined with pilings sprinkled with bits of sea blue and emerald knotted glass to reflect in soft sunlight.  This is natural elegance and Nautical at it’s best.  Bon Voyage, my dear!

Your style chameleon, Taylor x

And We’re Off!

Welcome to the official blog of Alter Elements, aeStyles! This comes with a huge sigh of anticipation as we have eagerly been waiting to share our love with you.  During the building of our website, this will be your main source for all things Alter Elements.  We can’t wait for you to become acquainted with the company and all it has to offer! In the future we want this to be your go-to for design, styling, trends, how to’s and a peek into what we’re doing.  Be sure to leave a comment including your name & e-mail to be one of the first 50 to receive a $25 credit toward your next rental and an invite to our launch party.

Alter Elements is a rare find in the Southwest Florida area that came to life through Wedding & Event Planner and Owner of Along Came Stephanie, Stephanie M. She found a niche to not only plan, but also design and style weddings and photo shoots for her clients.  After years of growing and altering her collection of props and furniture for her weddings, Stephanie decided to take it a step further into another endeavor and create a Props For Hire company.  But why stop there?  Using the team’s background and expertise in events and wardrobe, Alter Elements also began to offer event design, photography staging and wardrobe styling.

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Stephanie M., Owner & Taylor Mundy, Creative Director