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.
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!
And because we know how much you love hearing from real customers, we thought we’d share with you a few testimonials!
“Wow! What can I say. I have just received my MILK Photo Book wedding album and it is absolutely stunning. Excellent service from start to finish. Quick dispatch, great value delivery and a stunning keepsake.”
Liverpool, United Kingdom
“Thank you for helping us create a stunning wedding album! Simply beautiful!”
San Francisco, California
“My wedding album arrived today and I LOVE it! Thank you so much for the great service, speedy delivery and perfect memory of our special day! I would recommend MILK Books to anyone.”
*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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!!)
Anne and Archie both have careers in entertainment, with a long family history in the business, so their film inspired wedding was a perfect fit for the pair, who transformed the L.A. venue, Carondelet House into a magical setting full of Hollywood inspired details. With La Boheme Events as the team behind the planning, and Scott Clark Photo there to capture the day, you absolutely can’t miss all the fun from today’s feature!
Given the “movie” title from the proposal (see below), our careers in entertainment, family ties to show business — Archie’s father designed several iconic movie posters with Archie’s mother writing the corresponding copylines and Anne’s great grandfather owned several movie theaters — and love of classic film, it seemed fitting for us to have an old Hollywood inspired wedding. To that end, guests were invited to attend the world premiere of “Marry Me, Darling!” with a film one-sheet inspired invitation designed my stepfather, a graphic designer.
The “premiere” took place at Carondelet House in Los Angeles, a restored villa from the 1920s which was transformed for the evening to harken back to the golden age of cinema, with period-era family photos and heirlooms sprinkled throughout. Outside the venue, classic movie posters and a sandwich board featuring the enlarged invitation greeted guests and they were further welcomed with gold popcorn boxes with our monogram and Archie’s childhood friend playing famous Hollywood scores on the piano.
We wanted our guests to feel like they were attending a special party at someone’s private home, and encouraged them to mix and mingle throughout the evening and dine, drink and party in the venue’s various rooms and courtyards. We also wanted to carry out the Hollywood theme throughout the evening and named our food stations and signature cocktails after classic films –“The Thin Man” and “The Vivacious Lady”– and had cocktail napkins featuring libation related quotes from old movies. During the cocktail hour, the band “Vintage Confidential” played standards from the 20s, 30s and 40s which helped to create the mood of a time gone by.
As one guest remarked, “may ‘Marry Me, Darling!’ run forever”!
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I found a few dresses I liked in Los Angeles, but decided it would be fun to at least look at dresses with my mom during a Mother’s Day trip to San Francisco. My mom found San Francisco based designer, Amy Kuschel online and her studio turned out to be a few blocks from our hotel. Having lived in San Francisco from junior high through high school, I liked the idea of wearing something that was made and designed in the city and loved Amy’s designs. My mom, sister and two close friends and I had a wonderful appointment with Teresa at Amy’s studio. Teresa was very warm and when I told her about our old Hollywood themed wedding and showed her photos of the venue, she emerged with a wedding dress that was perfect for me and our wedding. As soon as I put on the dress, it just felt “right” and I loved the special details like the slit in the front, jeweled belt, cap sleeves and plunging back. Serendipitously my dress is called “Rita” after Hollywood starlet, Rita Hayworth. As a fellow redhead, I’ve long considered Hayworth a style icon and even dressed up as her at age 9 at costume party — an overly ambitious costume at that age as no one had a clue who I was. Down the street from our wedding venue lies the aptly named “Hayworth” theater. Some of my favorite photographs from the wedding were taken in front of the Hayworth’s marquee. Since there are few opportunities in life, when you get away with a “costume change”, for the dancing I changed into a beaded cocktail dress purchased from Neiman Marcus that evoked art deco glamour.
What were some touches added to make it personal?
There were a lot of personalized details that went into the day. One of our favorites was our “program” which was designed to look like an old Hollywood gossip magazine. Featured inside was a one line biographical fact about each guest in attendance that somehow related to entertainment. This was a great surprise for our guests and it sparked many wonderful connections and conversations at the wedding. We had a fun time working on this project together and end up learning some new things about our friends and family in the process! This project would not have been possible without two very dear friends who helped with the art direction, copy editing and printing.
Another meaningful detail was the inclusion of my grandmother who passed away a few months before the wedding. Since she and I were very close, I knew I wanted to honor her in some way. After she passed, we discovered that she had a large collection of beautiful, vintage handkerchiefs in their original packaging. We displayed the laundered handkerchiefs along with a photo of my grandmother at the entrance to the ceremony, with a sign encouraging guests to keep a handkerchief for their happy tears.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
Although the day was filled with many special moments, without a doubt the highlight for us was the ceremony. We were fortunate to be married by a close friend who we worked with to craft a customized ceremony that was equal parts heartfelt emotion and humor. We wrote our own vows which we decided not to share with each other until we recited them in front of our friends and family at the wedding, which made them all the more meaningful. From Archie jogging down the aisle to the score of his favorite film, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” played on violin and guitar, to our “best boy” (a/k/a ring bearer) commencing the ceremony with a clapboard and our officiant, yelling “Action!” and a suspended chuppah made from my grandmother’s tablecloth, it was definitely not the typical wedding ceremony but it was very true to who we are as a couple and told our story perfectly. We both consider the ceremony to be our finest production to date!
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
As my husband likes to say, we met on a little place called “the internet.” Since we both love board games, on our first date we played an intense two person game of Scattergories. Claiming victory, Archie won a batch of my homemade dairy-free snickerdoodles. As a nod to our first date, I made the same cookies to include in the welcome bags for our out of town guests, with a little note explaining their significance.
We love to entertain by hosting game nights at our house. When Archie suggested having some friends over for a game night, I assumed it would be a regular night of fun with friends. Little did I know that Archie had much bigger plans (that our guests were in on) and that this would be no typical “game night”. In a way that recalled our first evening together, he proposed in the middle of a game that included a special customized card. The game was “Beyond Balderdash” and the category was a movie title: “Marry Me, Darling!” The invented movie had an answer, “A writer falls in love with a lawyer and a few years later gets down on one knee and asks, ‘Will you marry me?’.” After getting over my initial shock, when Archie did in fact get down on one knee, I said “Yes!”. It was such a thoughtful, personal and creative proposal and I’m still impressed that he was able to surprise me!
“Marry Me, Darling!” ended up being a pivotal part of the wedding’s design as guests were invited to attend the film’s “premiere.”
What’s more lovely than a garden party style engagement or wedding celebration? We absolutely adore the inspiration put together today by Rachael Ellen Events with photography by Hillary Muelleck Photography. Those flowers, though? We’ve got a major major crush on those blooms created by Soil and Stem. Le sigh.
featuring Michelle Boyd Photography and Bristol Lane Florals
“Family. That is the heart of rehearsal dinners. Weddings celebrate a new marriage, a union of two individuals, while rehearsal dinners celebrate past, present, and future families. They are an exciting beginning and a bitter-sweet end; a last hurrah and a joining of families that happens over a table filled with food, anticipation, and love.” We couldn’t think of a more perfect introduction for today’s post, so we had to share with you the words of Meredith Speer, mastermind of today’s feature and creator behind Bristol Lane Florals.
The couple arrived to a gorgeous banner created by Whitney Farnsworth, a stunning table set up by Southern Social and a yard of their closest friends (including their sweet pup, Molly).
Meredith and her team worked to make this rehearsal look elegant and cozy with touches of pecans and bourbon, two of the couple’s favorite southern things. A chef brought in a slew of amazing dishes, including grits, pecan-planked figs, and roasted acorn squash with pecan-honey butter. Having the dinner in the bride’s parent’s backyard and bringing in a caterer allowed the family to fully focus on one another and celebrating the upcoming marriage of Sarah and Marshal.
Michelle Boyd Photography and Clayton Stringer Productions captured every sweet moment as the group mingled, ate, and toasted to the past and future of this amazing couple. It was a special and moving night. Instead of worrying about last minute details, there was an overwhelming peace and thankfulness as the family settled in for dinner. As the sun set, Sarah’s father welcomed Marshal into their family with a toast and open arms.