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Katie and Patton decided that Seaside Beach, Florida was the perfect location for their summer wedding, particularly because it is where the bride, Katie, had spent her summer family vacations growing up. With a location that held plenty of sentimental value and an intimate list of close family and friends in attendance, it made for the perfect day to celebrate the union of these two Texans. We can’t get enough of the gorgeous florals by Nouveau Flowers and details put together It’s a Shore Thing Wedding & Event Planning. We know you are going to love the photos by pure7studios!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We got married in Seaside, Florida which is where I grew up going on family vacations every summer. It was a small, intimate gathering with only close family and friends. It was unique in that we planned the whole thing in six weeks… And it was perfect. (Kudos, Jen from It’s a Shore Thing)

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

My dress was a custom couture gown by Nardos Imam of Dallas, Texas. After an unsuccessful wedding dress shopping spree in Austin, Texas, two of my best friends joined me in Dallas for round two. Nardos was our third and final stop. I think all of us knew the second we walked in that “the dress” was inside. The salon itself and the dresses were exquisite. It was so refreshing. Nardos’ design was stunning and perfect, tailoring it to every request & perfecting every detail. It was so me. The flowy organza back was my favorite part of the wedding, besides the groom.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

I’m pretty sure Patton married me for my dog, Boogie, so naturally she had to be a part of the ceremony. Adorned in a neck wreath of flowers, she strolled down the aisle as our Flower Pug. After 10 years, she finally got a daddy…a big day for us all. Also, our rings were both family heirlooms. I have his grandmother’s wedding ring and he has my grandfather’s.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The dance floor. We had a great band, plenty of libations and lots of glow-in-the-dark flair. Not a soul was sitting. It was so much fun.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Patton and I first met through mutual friends during sxsw, a music fest in Austin, Texas. He was living in Houston at the time. Fast forward to the next music fest, Austin City Limits, where we re-united and then began dating. He eventually moved to Austin “for work,” fell in love with me and Boogie and proposed after two years of courtship.

We honestly hadn’t talked about it the proposal and Patton had never asked about rings etc. so, it was actually a surprise for me. It was a Friday night and we were going to dinner at my favorite restaurant. I came over to his place (Boogie in tote) dressed and ready for date night. He went to his room for a sec and Boogie came out with a small bag & flowing orchids tied around her neck (or what she has of a neck) with a satin bow. I was a little confused cause like I said, I wasn’t really expecting it. He got down on his knee, opened the little bag and pulled out his grandmother’s ring and proposed. Then we popped bottles, called everyone and eventually went to dinner and celebrated.

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Vendors: Photography: pure7studios // Event Planner: It’s a Shore Thing Wedding & Event Planning // Location: Seaside Beach, FL // Reception venue/caterer: Bud & Alley’s // Floral Designer: Nouveau Flowers // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Jacksonville // Cake Designer: KaraBoo Bakery // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Mens Warehouse //  Hair Stylist: Pure & Couture Salon // Makeup Artist: Robin Klag Bridal Makeup Artist // Gown Designer: Nardos Imam // Band: Top Hat Entertainment

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Today, we wanted to start off with a little appetizer of inspiration for you ladies. We love the style of this couple, shot by Krista Mason Photography. We think the look is perfect for a rehearsal dinner, co-ed shower (we’re thinking a “Stock the Bar” shower complete with cocktails and appetizers) or better yet–a great date night!

We’d love to know, for those of you that are engaged, what are some of the fun activities you’ve got on the books throughout the next few months of planning? Now’s the time to bulk up on a few key dresses! And when it’s time for a date night, do you take the time to dress up? We think every once in a while, your fella will love it if you toss aside those jeans and opt for something a little sexier, no? Any tips for making date nights a little more glam?

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Vendors: Photography: Krista Mason Photography // Location: Colony House- Anaheim, CA // Equipment Rentals: Archive Rentals // Makeup Artist: Kacee Geoffroy hair and makeup // Floral Designer: Krista Jon Floral | botanical |stylist // Dress Store and Black/White Jumper is from: Love and Lace Bridal Salon // Personal Stylist and Robe from: Styled by Two’s Company // Female Model: Whitney Hoy // Male Model: Matthew Lee Williams 

Today we are delighted to introduce you to SWC Consultants, based out of San Francisco, California. Their team offers a range of services to help make sure your wedding plans come off without a hitch! With a commitment to making sure you not only love how your wedding turns out, but the processing of planning along the way! We’re going to let them tell you a little about their philosophy, and most importantly, make sure you know that you’ll receive $200 off any coordination package when you mention Grey Likes Weddings!

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“As wedding planners, SWC Consultants understands the constraints of budgets and wishes of a bride to be. It’s a big day and everything is a big deal. Whether it’s just the two of you, an intimate gathering of a few friends or a large party for 300, your wedding should reflect who you are as individuals and who you are as a couple. SWC Consultants, has vowed that every person we work with is given just that and nothing less.”

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“A wedding isn’t just about that one day. It’s also about the process and planning of it. It’s about bringing together everything you’ve worked so hard on and envisioned together and then seeing it unfold. You should be completely comfortable with whoever is helping you out during that time whether it’s for 12 months of just your wedding day.”

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“You should trust your team and be able to tell them anything you need to. That’s why we make it a priority to establish a relationship with every one of our clients. Whether you decide to hire us for the day of the wedding or for the entire year of planning, we make it a point to be involved as much as possible from the time you sign up until the big day. This is our passion and seeing the joy in our couples on their wedding day is what drives us to excellence.”

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We love color. We LOVE a guy in a blue suit. We love peonies. Which means, duh, we LOVE Samantha and Geoffrey’s wedding! Are you ready for all this fun, shot by Sassyfras Studios?

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Planning a wedding for Columbia, SC in Virginia was tough. I had a lot of ideas and really no clear way to express them. Megan was great at figuring out the jumble of things I threw at her, even though they changed every time we had a chance to meet. I wanted a casual wedding, where everyone was welcome and comfortable. The wedding was Geoffrey and me in every way, easygoing, fun and a really great party. But what made the wedding special was how my mom’s church and friends showed that we are family too. My mother’s family is in South Korea and couldn’t afford to come, so all of her friends decided to wear their hanboks so that everyone knew my Korean family was there. It meant a lot to me.

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

I found my dress in Virginia Beach, at a boutique called Pure English. The one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted a lace dress. I tried on a few dresses in South Carolina and Virginia but every time I sent a picture to my mom and maid of honor, Stephanie, they would die laughing; I looked like a child bride. But, when I tried this one on, the most expensive one of course, I loved it. They thought it was the one and my daddy told me to get the one I wanted because it was my special day and I shouldn’t settle.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

The tattoos that Geoffrey and I got were the most personal aspect of the wedding. In Korean culture mandarin ducks are given to the bride and groom as a symbol of commitment, peace, and fertility. We loved the symbolism behind them and tattoos were our vows to each other.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Getting married in May in Columbia, SC pretty much guarantees that it is going to be sunny, hot and humid. We were prepared with water, fans, and a quick 15-minute ceremony. But the weather was perfect. It was 70 degrees with a slight breeze and a 10% chance of rain. Well, when my bridesmaids and I were taking pictures it rained. All I remember was someone saying, “was that a rain drop,” and everyone running in the reception hall. Koreans believe that if it rains on your wedding day it is good luck. It didn’t rain enough to make the grass muddy or long enough for me to start worrying, but I got my good luck.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Geoffrey and I met in undergrad at the University of South Carolina. We were just friends and didn’t really pursue a relationship until I moved back home after teaching abroad for 4 years. We had such a great friendship that I didn’t want to risk losing it but I’m glad I did. We were engaged a year after we started dating and married a year after that.

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Vendors: Photographer: Sassyfras Studios // Wedding Planner: Meagan Warren Weddings // Rentals, Chairs and Linens: Party Reflections // Florals: Fern Floral & Event Design // Music: DJ Foster Philips // Venue, Caterer and Bartender: Dupre Catering & Events // Cake: IZ GOOD BAKERY // Ceremony Musicians: Simply Strings

Jenn and Ethan planned an incredibly gorgeous wedding at Newagen Seaside Inn. It was a rainy and cold day, but rather than dampen the festivities, the weather added to the gorgeous mood and feel of the day. Fog rolling in from the sea made for incredibly romantic photos, while the umbrella-donned ceremony felt festive! A clear tent allowed the gray sky to remain as the ceiling for their reception, while twinkling lights overhead replaced the stars! If you are in love, then you can blame mStarr Event Design for all the genius ideas and inspiration! Photographer Hello Love Photography tell us the rest of the visual story, while the beyond beautiful bride, Jenn, chimes in with the details on the big day!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

To me, the most important aspect of planning is to put a lot of thought into the small details. For the vast majority of our guests, our wedding was a destination. We wanted to make sure that they felt taken care of from the second they arrived to the moment they left. Some of the small details included welcome bags with treats and a suggested activities list for the whole weekend, nightly bonfires, late-night snacks and beverages on Friday and Saturday, personalized lawn games, a private sailing trip on Saturday, and a send-off brunch on Sunday. Other details included Pashminas for the ceremony, individually rolled with hand-calligraphed wooden tags that said, “get cozy” {much needed with the dreary weather that day!}, ceremony programs with a “fun facts” page on the back for guests to enjoy as an icebreaker as they waited for the ceremony to start, a signature drink named “The Bravo” with custom krazy straws for the guests to take home, herb-adorned drink stirrers, and hand-calligraphed wood bar menus. For the reception we decided to do edible escort cards and favors. The favors were my homemade herbs de Provence salt delivered in my favorite canning jars. It was really important to us to give our guests a favor that was hand made with love because favors are truly a means to say ‘thank you’.

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

Andreas bridal in Portland Maine – I worked part-time at the shop. The store carried 2 out of 3 lines of Watters, and my dress just happened to be on the one we didn’t carry, but i knew it was my dress. So the owner did something above and beyond and totally unexpected and picked up the 3rd line just so I could try it on! It was my dress and I made a few custom changes, to make it perfect for me. The gown is Jacinda by Watters.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Ethan and I ultimately enlisted the help of the creative Emily Starr Alfano of mStarr Event Design to help us bring our vision to life. Emily put the word ‘ethereal’ to describe our wedding, and at that moment I knew she understood exactly what we wanted. She helped guide and inspire me with new ideas, and even reigned me in a few times when I would get too far off from our vision.

The day of our wedding was a cold, rainy day. It ended up being perfect because as the girls and I were about to walk down the aisle, a wall of fog came up over the water from the horizon, and it couldn’t have been more ethereal, like our theme, if it were planned.

My bridesmaids and I were at a waterfront cottage, secluded away from the guests. The surf was crashing just a few feet below us, and the fireplace was roaring. It was a perfect grey fall morning in New England. We are normally a very rowdy bunch of women, and that morning we were calmer than we have ever been. In a way, the dreary weather validated the nervous anticipation that filled the room, and it was magical. One part of the presents I gave my bridesmaids that morning was a Kate Spade mugs that said “Cold Hands, Warm Hearts”, and the saying couldn’t have been truer for us that day.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

When the ceremony was about to begin, and we were getting ready to walk down the aisle, a special moment occurred that I will always remember. Before each of my bridesmaids went to take their walk, they individually turned and either winked, blew me a kiss, or mouthed that they love me and were off. It is a memory I have with each of my best friends seconds before getting married, and I will never forget the way they looked as they began their walk. I am usually an emotional person, and I thought I would cry my way down the aisle. Instead I was excited, strong, and more in love with Ethan than ever before. It was the best feeling in the world, and one of my favorite memories of the day.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in high school! Ethan had the Portland Observatory (an old light house, now a museum, steps from Jenn’s apartment) open back up on October 26th- they closed for the season on October 6th. E popped the question up there and then surprised Jenn with both of our families waiting at our favorite restaurant in town. The restaurant was buzzing awaiting our arrival and my answer!

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Vendors: Photography: Hello Love Photography // Venue: Newagen Seaside Inn // Event Design + Styling: mStarr event design // Floral Design: Laurie Andrews Design //  Linens: ModMix Studio // Rentals: Peterson Party Center // Tent: Marshall Tent & Event Rental // Lighting: Boothbay Region Greenhouses // Invitations: Alee & Press via Gus & Ruby Letterpress // Calligraphy: butler’s pantry // Bridal Gown: Watters // Bridal Shoes: Coloriffics // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm // Hair: Fallon Fitzpatrick // Makeup: Tawni Michelle // Cake and Desserts: The Winey Baker // “Bravo” Straws: Krazy Straws