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Two years ago, Bryan and I had the privilege of staying at Secrets Maroma and ever since, we’ve been HUGE fans! We even convinced some of our friends to go to Secrets for their honeymoon, which they LOVED and in turn, sent another set of friends (and the list continues!!!). So of course we are beyond beyond excited to see that the new Secrets Playa Mujeres Resort & Spa is set to open in November 15, located in beautiful Playa Mujeres, and situated on a gorgeous stretch of white sandy beachfront in an idyllic location just minutes north of downtown Cancun.

Wedding Blog Playa Mujeres Resort and Spa

This brand new, adults-only, all-suite resort boasting spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea from most of the 424 suites, as well as ground floor suites with direct swim-out access to a pool from a private terrace. Secrets Playa Mujeres Resort & Spa is Unlimited-Luxury® Inclusion, which means that your stay comes with complimentary breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day, including unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits, 24 hour room service, pool and beach wait service, endless daytime activities, green fees, and even live nightly entertainment, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues.

Wedding Blog Playa Mujeres Resort and Spa

To celebrate the opening of Secrets Playa Mujeres, a special introductory offer is being offered now through April 28, 2014. Reserve your stay now for travel from December 1, 2014 through December 1, 2015 for special rates starting at just $147 per person per night.

Additional Secrets Resorts & Spas can be found in Mexico: Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, Riviera Cancun, Cancun, Cozumel; Dominican Republic: Punta Cana; Jamaica: Montego Bay

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With a heavy dose of color, stripes, and bows, this shoot by Maxit Flower Design, Melissa Prasad of Pretty Little Details, and Sharon with Sharon Nicole Photography has us over the moon! You know Lady Grey loves this fun and preppy style, so we couldn’t resist sharing all of these fab ideas! Are you ready?

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!
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Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Vendors: Photography: Sharon Nicole Photography // Event Planner: Pretty Little Details // Florals: Maxit Flower Design // Dress Designer: BHLDN // Equipment Rentals: A Finer Event // Venue: fifty-two-twenty-six // Hair and Makeup: Pink Palette // Linens: Party Cloths // Invitation + Calligraphy: Artful Designs by Rachel Nieman

Sara and Sam grew up near each other, but it wasn’t until connecting at a friend’s wedding that romance sparked! They planned an incredibly romantic and spiritual ceremony that held a deep sense of tradition and meaning, and afterward hosted family and friends at Country Club of Virginia for a gorgeous reception with plenty of dancing, thanks to the James Brown cover band, The Big Payback, they hired! Sarah Der Photography captured all the love and details for us, and we are so excited to share the photos with you! Blue is so chic and on our list of upcoming trends. Don’t you love the soft palette?

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia
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Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

What made the wedding special and unique? We got married, got to invite everyone we love, and throw a big party to celebrate!

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Tell us about your dress and where/how you found it! I snuck away to the only wedding store I knew about in Richmond (“Jingles”) to try on dresses by myself (without friends and my mom) and ended up choosing it after only a few dresses! It was not the style I originally had in mind, which is of course is how it always works, right?

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

What were some touches added to make it personal? We focused on making the service personal (the service was very important to us and was the one part of the wedding day that no one in our family knew about or could offer their opinion on). One special detail about the service was the breathtaking music by our incredibly talented musician friends (to whom we gave very little direction). Also, since we are both really into music, we spent a while searching for the perfect reception band – which ended up being a James Brown cover band made up of local musicians. They rocked and got everyone – young, old, black, white, northerners, southerners – dancing their faces off.

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

What was the most memorable part of the day? Renewing our baptismal vows together during the service – it was incredibly intimate and meaningful.

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Tell us how you met/proposed! We lived in the same neighborhood and went to the same church. He first asked me out at a friend’s wedding. He proposed on a slushy winter Wednesday night. I was grumpy, wearing a cat sweatshirt, had just burnt a pot of chili and was listening to a melodramatic indie album (Youth Lagoon).

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Vendors: Photography: Sarah Der Photography // Hair: Mango Salon // Cake: WPA Bakery // Reception: Country Club of Virginia // Ceremony: Third Presbyterian Church // Flowers: Beehive Events // Reception Band: The Big Payback // Gown: Watters // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anna Elyse // Bridesmaids’ necklaces (a gift from the bride): Dogeared Silver with different charms // Invitations & Calligraphy: Rock Paper Scissors

We are so excited to introduce you to Kina Wicks, one of our newest members of the Grey Collective. Kina’s work speaks for itself, and while she’s a Chicago native, this gal travels worldwide to shoot crazy beautiful images. We work super hard to find an amazing collection of vendors to share with you in our Grey Collective, and make sure to represent an array of styles, locations, and budgets, so be sure to check it out as you plan the big day.

And now, may we present one of our newest members: the ever so lovely Kina Wicks.

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks
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Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

Wedding Blog Welcome Kina Wicks

 

Molly and Nathan hosted a bright and colorful wedding at Marquee from March Hare in Martinborough, New Zealand. We absolutely adore their chic and effortless style, and their love of color…which has such a great affect against the soft backdrop of the scenery and wardrobe. Very special thanks to Benjamin and Elise for sharing their gorgeous images with us!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!
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Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

What made the wedding special and unique?

Making our wedding unique was our main goal when we began planning our big day. We searched for a venue for months and were on the verge of giving up for a year or so when one of our best friends suggested we have a look at a property her parent’s owned in regional New Zealand. Luckily, it was perfect! Surrounded by rolling hills, and encased in vineyards, they owned a teeny tiny reconsecrated church perched on the top of a hill. We think the location of the wedding was what made it especially unique!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

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

I found my dress by absolute fate! I knew exactly what I wanted but couldn’t find it anywhere. One of my beautiful friends was studying design at university in Dunedin and was helping me find something. Perchance one of her fellow students designed and made the dress of my dreams for her own personal final collection at Fashion School. The dress was perfect and just what I was looking for!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Every single detail represented Nathan and I perfectly. That was the fun part; organizing a day that was all about us, as individuals as well as a couple. Styling and decorating our venue was one of our favourite parts of organizing our wedding. Nathan and I have very similar style and tastes so it was lots of fun putting our ideas together and making them a reality. We decided we would try our hardest to make every one of our ideas a reality, which meant a lot of planning as well as a number of logistical nightmares, but we did it! We bought most of our decorations while we were in South East Asia and had them shipped to NZ including the lightshades over the trestle tables, metres and metres of plain coloured bunting and 4 kilometres (2.5 miles!) of ribbon that we used to make the ribbon wall behind the head table. Nathan’s 94 year old grandmother sewed 250 metres of bunting from old material she had collected, the bunting is something that will stay in our family forever and means so much to us. She and Nathan’s mum also grew all of the flowers that lined the trestle tables and decorated the church. Before we moved from New Zealand we spent every weekend for months going to garage sales and op shops collecting old bottles, and we were lucky enough to find a couple who were selling their 500 piece collection of antique pharmaceutical and milk bottles. All of the love and work that was put into every aspect of the wedding made it personal!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Wow, there were so many memorable moments! Little memories are still popping into our heads as the days go by. We stayed at our wedding with some of our closest friends and family until just before the sun came up, and had to walk the 3 kilometres home (just under 2 miles), and during our walk reality hit us; we realized that we had just pulled off a wedding in a paddock that had no electricity, running water or toilets. That was a very special and rewarding moment.

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Tell us how you met/proposed!

We met through mutual friends while we were both studying at Victoria University, in Wellington, in 2008. Nathan proposed while we were sailing down the coast of Thailand with Molly’s parents. He proposed on a small beach on the island Ko Phayam. It was casual and sweet, we do don’t romantics very well!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Vendors: Photography: Benjamin and Elise // Ceremony Venue: Private property in Martinborough // Reception Venue: Marquee from March Hare // Florist: Moonflower // Caterer: Nosh // Wedding Invitations: iDear // Bride’s Dress: Lydia Jane Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Jellybean Jellies // Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos // Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Tie: Three Wise Men // Wedding Cake: Go Cake Yourself “>Wedding Rings: MDT Design // Band: The Dufraines // Makeup: Hannah Wile from Made Up // Hair: Erin Tijsen from Glory // Celebrant: Bill Logan