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Shayna and Gregory were inspired by the bride’s love for French style, so their New England wedding combined their local region with plenty of elegant details–like the bride’s French lace gown! We absolutely adore all the fun this couple had at their family oriented celebration, and can’t get enough of the images by Corinna Raznikov Photography. We know you are going to LOVE.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
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What made the wedding special and unique?

The round hay bales and VW Beetle were especially unique, but the bride’s lovely French style was so refreshing for a New England wedding. The vast majority of the bridal party included the bride’s siblings (1 brother and 6 sisters), all from the same two loving and supportive parents.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

The bride found her wedding gown at L’Elite Boutique in Boston, MA. Living in DC at the time, the bride traveled to MA for one weekend to start her search. Coincidentally, there was a Reem Acra trunk show that same weekend showcasing the newest styles not currently in stores. While trying on several gowns, she spotted her soon-to-be gown on another bride and knew right then that she had to try it on. The unique French lace matched so perfectly with the French-style New England summer wedding.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

The bride and groom read their vows to each other separately before the ceremony, just after their first sight and it was very touching. The chuppah, which the bride and groom were married under, was constructed from birch trees found around the venue (the bride’s family residence) and was put together by the groom as a symbol of providing shelter and support for their growing family.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was the anticipation and build up just before the “first sight.” It was a surreal and perfect moment that could never be replicated. The bride and groom were surrounded by everyone they loved in a serene and peaceful oasis before the full event went underway. Corinna impeccably documented that feeling with our gorgeous family shots surrounding the antique French settee tucked into the woods just along the bay.

But the wedding day went by in a flash! The bride and groom were able to extend their wedding a bit further with a “day after shoot,” which allowed them time for just the two of them all while documenting the occasion in a relaxed and comfortable setting.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The bride and groom met during orientation before freshman year of college, it was one of those “saw her from across the room” moments.

The groom proposed on the first night of their 5-year anniversary vacation in Antigua. He planned to propose with his mother’s ring on the second night of the trip, but upon arrival, he just couldn’t wait. On a desolate beach, he proposed under the multitude of Caribbean stars.

Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding
Wedding Blog Shayna and Gregorys French Inspired New England Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Corinna Raznikov Photography // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amanda Urprichard // Wedding Dress: Reem Acra // Calligrapher: Honey Honey Calligrapher // Band: Ripcord // Table Numbers: Paper Tangent // Catering: Harriett’s Catering // Florist: Sayles Livingston Flowers // Tent: Chase Canopy Company // Makeup Artist: Angela Janarelli

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It’s no secret that we’ve got a MAJOR obsessions with florals, so when you combine an explosion of botanical beauty by Floral Verde with photography and styling by Lexi Vornberg, it’s an incredibly irresistible feature!

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Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
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Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette
Wedding Blog Floral Featurette

Vendors: Photography & Stylist: Lexi Vornberg // MUA: Kelly Ledford of Cincimakeup // Calligraphy: Signora e Mare // Gowns: Lace Bridal Couture // Florals: Floral Verde // Hair: Colleen Herman & her assistants Emma Maue & Jesse Gray of Coco Creative Wellness // Model: Sarah Dewald

Sarah and Vinnnie have an incredibly special love story that began before they were even born–the mothers of the bride and groom went to the same high school in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Naturally, with a love story that somehow started before they were both even born, the locale was a historic place to pick for the two to share their nuptials. We are absolutely enamored with their gorgeous, classic wedding shot by Benjamin and Elise.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The wedding was held at Black Barn Vineyard in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay. It was the perfect summer’s evening; warm and calm, with the most serene golden light. Most of our guests had traveled from other cities in New Zealand, and in some cases, overseas to celebrate the day with us.

Our families both come from Hawkes Bay – our mothers went to the same high school. Hawkes Bay is where our story began – it represents family and a unique history. I got ready in historic Rush Cottage with just my sisters and parents, surrounded by photos of my grandparents on their wedding days, and Vinnie’s family too. We feel so blessed to come from such a strong family and a lot of this comes back to Hawkes Bay. It meant the world to us to have the people we love most in all the world gathered in our special place.

Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

Tell us about your dress and where/how you found it.

My dress was from Rue de Seine. It was the first bridal boutique I went to and only the third dress I tried on. My mother picked it out. I fell in love with the dress the moment I put it on. I loved the romance of the lace and the soft bohemian kaftan style. I added a classical touch with a Jenny Packham crystal comb in my hair.

Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

My aunty Elsie is an Opera singer in Wellington and she did us the honour of singing as I walked down the aisle and again as we signed the register. She sung the Italian song ‘O Sole Mio’, a nod to Vinnie’s Italian heritage and his remarkable Nona.

I also carried with me a blue ribbon that my Grandma had found for me that morning, and a very delicate handkerchief that my Nana had given my aunty Ainslie on her wedding day. My mother and grandmother were adamant I carry something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. I had not planned on following this tradition but it all came together on the morning of the wedding and I somehow ended up with all the pieces I needed.

Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We had photos taken just after the ceremony, before we went in for the reception. It was early evening and we were standing in the vines in beautiful soft light. It was such a peaceful quiet moment and we were able to breathe deeply and really take in the day.

Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding
Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Vinnie proposed on Christmas Eve. We had just finished watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – a tradition in our house – when he began to recite a poem he had written in the style of Dr Seuss. He proposed at the end of the poem on bended knee and we celebrated with champagne as Christmas Eve became Christmas Day.

Wedding Blog Black Barn Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

Sarah and Vinnie’s Wedding from Side Project on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Benjamin and Elise // Videographer: Ben Journee – Side Project // Cake: Sweet Bites Cakes // Florist: Debbie Nott // Stationery: Wendy Maree Collection // Ceremony Venue: Black Barn Vineyard // Reception Venue: Black Barn Bistro // Dress Designer: Rue de Seine // Shoes: Diane Von Furstenberg // Jewelry: Headpiece by Jenny Packham, Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane // Hair: Zoe Dudding // Bridesmaids Dresses: Frantisek Riha // Grooms Attire: Suit and shoes by Working Style and bow tie by Marcs // Celebrant: Nicola Nicholson

Okay, darlings! Perk your ears up, because today, we are super excited to share with you MILK Photo Books, which is an album company that makes it easy to design your wedding album (whether you prefer easy to use templates, or flexible creativity with design options). Created by a team of award-winning publishers, MILK’s Photo Books standard books always come with luxury features such high quality matte art paper, open-flat binding with fine linen fabric covers, inset cover images and labels, and even gorgeous presentation boxes.

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MILK Photo Books believe in recording special moments in the most meaningful and beautiful way, so they want to help one lucky couple record their wedding day by giving them the ultimate photo book collection worth US$1000. The competition runs from November 14th- December 14th. To enter: simply click here to go to the competition page, complete the form to the right of the screen and be in the draw to win!

What you’ll win?? So  much! Here’s a rundown on your prize package:

An exquisitely crafted CREAM Photo Album, designed with the photos from your wedding day by our award-winning design team, a MILK Galler Frame of your favorite wedding-day photo, worth US$125, and a MILK Gift Voucher worth US$300.

PLUS, all those who enter receive 20% off their next purchase with MILK!

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Wedding Blog MILK Photo Books
Wedding Blog MILK Photo Books
Wedding Blog MILK Photo Books
Wedding Blog MILK Photo Books

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*MILK Photo Books is a sponsor of Grey Likes. All opinions are blogger’s own.

Samantha and Cody’s wedding is extra special, because the bride, Samantha, is a blogger for us here at Grey Likes, over on our Blogstress Maven blog. Using her pen name, “Lady Brunette,” Samantha shared with us her wedding planning process, which you can catch up on here. We are so excited to share her and Cody’s wedding, shot by Aly Carroll Photography.

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Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding

What made the wedding special and unique?

Between swapping out reception venues halfway through planning, finding a pre-owned wedding dress from across the world, to capturing every DIY down to the last detail, our wedding was a true labor of love! We have so many friends and family we wanted involved in our very traditional Catholic wedding, we ended up with over 300 guests in attendance and our bridal party brimming with all of our best friends and in the end we wanted and received, one big celebration!

Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding

Tell us about the dress and where/how you found it!

The dress may be my favorite detail from our wedding; I cannot stop gushing about this! I tell people it took planes, trains, and automobiles to get to me. We were getting ready to leave for another dress store when I stumbled upon it on the ‘forbidden/do-not-step-close-to-this-very-expensive rack’. It hit all the points I was looking for in a dress that up until that moment didn’t exist in all the others. After trying it on with much encouragement from one of my maids-of-honor and mom, I immediately burst into tears. I finally had “the” moment, which I didn’t think would happen. The dress ended up being way over budget. However, though I don’t recommend to most brides, I ended up finding the dress, pre-owned and never worn, for half the cost from a woman in Switzerland. Using a pre-owned wedding website, we negotiated the price and shipping and within 24 hours I had my dress – all of 10 sizes too big. I ended up taking it to a local tailor and they fit it perfectly to my frame! For more dress details…click here!

Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Cody let me have free reign when it came to personal touches of décor, colors, and flower choices (peonies, of course). We stuck within the realm of navy, blush pinks, and gold accents. Very traditional and romantic! I crafted my way through our entire wedding between the seating chart, chalkboard and floral signs, table numbers, and a true labor of love, our entire invitation suite, just to name a few things!

Cody also incorporated the love letters my grandparents wrote to one another when they were engaged in the 1940s (talk about tears!) and I attached my late grandma’s ring to my bouquet as my something ‘old’.

Instead of the traditional unity candle lighting, our priest let us have a wine box ceremony, officiated by my aunt. We wrote letters to one another five years in the future, to be opened on our fifth wedding anniversary. The letters and a bottle of red were sealed in a custom box!

Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding
Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

How do you even pick? For me, sealing the deal with our first kiss! Cody gave me a quick kiss but I pulled him back in for one more! It’s our day – who says you shouldn’t have two first kisses? But truly spending one of the most magical days with the love of my life, surrounded by our friends and family!

Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Cody and I met the day before freshman year started in 2006, we both lived in the same dorm. We dated on and off for 2 years before making it officially our junior year and have been together ever since! He proposed in December 2012, right before Christmas (more on that story here!). Due to my brother’s wedding that following April, we choose to have ours the following year to help offset expenses for all families involved! Let me tell you, a year and a half is a long time to plan! (Read the whole story here!!!)

Wedding Blog Samantha and Codys Midwest Wedding

Samantha & Cody Wedding Feature – Des Moines, Iowa from Katherine Mendieta on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Aly Carroll Photography // Videography: Katherine Mendieta Photography // Venue: St. Boniface Catholic Church // Reception: Sheraton West Des Moines // Styling & Paper Goods: StyleEsque // Florals: Bliss // Bakery: The Bake Shoppe // Hair and Make Up: Penelopie Beauty Bar // Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra // Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN // Groomsmen: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse