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What’s not to love about this gorgeous wedding filled with scenic views of San Francisco, an incredible bespoke, golden lace gown and some seriously lush, red florals? Breathtaking, right?! Add in a dramatic lace cape and you’ve got the makings of an exceptionally beautiful fall wedding as observed by the photographer Stephanie Fishbein: “…Nicole walked down the aisle wearing such a stunning cape. That moment, topped with the foggy glow of the golden gate bride in the background was something like a fairy tale that I will never forget.” And thanks to Stephanie‘s stunning images, we’ll never forget it either!

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What made the wedding special was how intimate it was. Not just with the size but contribution and spunk. As mentioned the bride was able to do her own styling. The dress was also made by both Nicole and someone close to them who even attended the wedding! This close attention to details made everything very personal; Eric and Nicole and gave the day its own charismatic feeling. The majority of the people present were full of carefree happiness and a lot of artistic backgrounds, making their personalities present from how they dressed to how they talked.

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As mentioned the gown was made by a friend who worked closely with Nicole for months. Nicole didn’t want to go with the traditional white but instead a beautiful dreamy gold. And not just a veil, but a cloak to wear when walking down the aisle. This was probably one of the most memorable moments of the wedding, when Nicole walked down the aisle wearing such a stunning cape. That moment, topped with the foggy glow of the golden gate bride in the background was something like a fairy tale that I will never forget.

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As mentioned the gown was made by a friend who worked closely with Nicole for months. Nicole didn’t want to go with the traditional white but instead a beautiful dreamy gold. And not just a veil, but a cloak to wear when walking down the aisle. This was probably one of the most memorable moments of the wedding, when Nicole walked down the aisle wearing such a stunning cape. That moment, topped with the foggy glow of the golden gate bride in the background was something like a fairy tale that I will never forget.

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I also felt something that made it extra personal was the role their dog played in the day. Their dog, Coco Marie is truly their child. During their engagement session I asked for the proposal story and it was during Coco Marie’s birthday vacation where the three of them went on an annual trip, that Eric popped the question. They even were able to get a family portrait after the ceremony!

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Photography: Stephanie Fishbein Photography // Event Planning: Stacey Dillion, Stacey & Co // On-site Coordinator: Faustine Thomas // Florals: Loop Flowers (Anna) // Bride’s Dress: Tadashi Shoji (Rocio Ramos) // Linens: La Tavola // Ceremony & Cocktails Music: Corelli Strings: // Hair & Makeup: Bride // Venue: Cavallo Point Lodge

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If you go by the adage, “hope for the best, plan for the worst” then we think it’s pretty wise to consider making sure you are completely covered for your wedding day. I mean, have you ever read wedding disaster stories? We’ll give you a minute to check these out. Now that you are sufficiently scared, we thought we’d use this as a friendly reminder to make sure you are covered by insurance!

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What are the top things you might consider insuring for your wedding? We’re glad you asked! Insurance should include the event (i.e. deposits with the venue and vendors, problems due to weather, vendor does not show, etc.), travel insurance (destination weddings and your honeymoon), gift insurance (what if expensive gifts go missing?), liability and of course insuring your rings (which you can do through Jewelers Mutual!). Because we should always be prepared for the unexpected and peace of mind is most definitely worth investment, make sure you choose insurance, darlings!

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Images by Sylvie Gil Photography, Shannon Leahy Events with florals by Natalie Bowen and invitation by Yonder. See more of Kate and Justin’s wedding day at Durham Ranch here.

Calm, pure, romantic. These were the three words textile designer, Kristen, gave photographer Heather Payne to describe the mood she and her groom, Jeremy Elrod of King of Pops, were after with their engagement shoot. Heather obviously nailed it. We LOVE the relaxed and dreamy vibe of this session—it’s so simple and the couple were totally in their element which resulted in a super authentic and beautiful series of images. Take a second to relax and enjoy this pretty shoot.

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From the photographer: I had an amazing time photographing Kristen & Jeremy’s engagement session in South Carolina. When scheming ideas for their session, I asked them to choose 3 descriptive words that best represent how they want to feel during their session. They chose calm, pure and romantic.

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Kristen has a love for industrial buildings so we chose a venue that had great light for purity and blank space to help create a calm environment. We ended their session outdoors in a nearby park where the streams of light coming through was so warm and ethereal.

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Kristen and Jeremy had great chemistry and embraced the carefree mood we were aiming to create. I turned on some music to help them feel at-home and find their natural rhythm. These images are so honest to their love; carefree and playful.

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Photography: Heather Payne Photography //  Engagement Ring: Jessie Jordan Jewelry // Dress: Anthropologie // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab // Bride: Kristen Elrod, Designer of Alanah Textiles // Groom: Jeremy Elrod of King of Pops // Venue: 701 Whaley

 

As we near the end of fall, this gorgeous, woodsy styled shoot by L. brook events feels absolutely perfect. Obviously, we’re obsessed with the show-stealing fall bouquet by Pollen Floral Design—that pop of a yellow rose amongst the gathered aubergine foliage is unexpectedly beautiful and combined with the dramatic blue ribbons the effect is so romantic. And that textured Sarah Janks dress is perfection. Thankfully, Ashleigh Coleman captured all the gorgeous details with her dreamy film photography style.

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From the team: The rich visual dichotomy of deep, moody woods meeting a rock strewn shoreline, coupled with a man’s love for his bride, inspired us to evoke those emotions—ardor, wonder, depth. The varied hues of the coastline with hints of rich and lush seasonal berries also spoke to our design. Thus, an ancient ocean cottage, situated on island point where the Damariscotta River empties out along Maine’s rocky coastline, with its emerald collar of ancient balsams and giant ferns, provided a perfect backdrop for Claire and Maxwell’s love to flourish.

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Photography: Ashleigh Coleman // Design, Styling and Linens: L. brook events // Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design // Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks // Wedding Ring: Trumpet & Horn // China, Crystal and Flatware: One Stop Event Rentals // Paper Goods: Li Ward Calligraphy // Groom’s Tux: J. Crew // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Bridal Head Piece: Erica Koesler // Models: Lesley and Eric from Maggie inc. // Hair & Make-Up: Stacia Tetrault // Film Development: Richard Photo Lab // Venue: Private Residence, Bristol, Maine

As you all well know, we’re pretty big color freaks here at Grey Likes Weddings. It’s definitely our numero-uno-style-inspiration and there’s nothing more thrilling to us than rainbow of color options (ehem! the Mrs. Box collection). So, you can imagine our excitement when Weddings In Color, a rad new book from our friends over at Chronicle Books, made it’s way into our studio. This candy-colored planning guide is packed with totally do-able DIYs, super-honest interviews with industry experts and gorgeous inspiration imagery.  The authors, two major wedding professionals, Vane Broussard of Brooklyn Bride and Minhee Cho of Paper + Cup, have covered everything you can imagine from innovative menu designs, to floral head pieces to creating a confetti bar (yay!).

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We’re especially into the color wheels that open up each color chapter. If you’re looking to pinpoint the perfect green hue as reference for your calligrapher, you’re sure to find it in one of the seventeen greens on the wheel. It’s probably somewhere between sea mist, chartreuse or pistachio. Oh, and yes, there are individual color wheels for metallics, black, white and gray. Love.

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Another thing that we’re kind-of obsessed with are the achievable DIYs. In keeping with style of the modern and contemporary wedding, the DIYs are cool, graphic and basically guaranteed not to look like Pinterest fails. And let’s be serious, no matter how proud you are to have done-it-yourself, a sloppy craft project does NOT elevate your tablescape.

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In an industry that been inundated with vintage-rustic, this modern take on contemporary weddings is a breath of fresh air. Weddings In Color is super comprehensive but super straightforward and will help you navigate all the essentials in creating a bright and colorful celebration.

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So, this book is basically the PERFECT gift for any bride. Shower, engagement party, thanksgiving—she’s gonna love it. Or…maybe it’s your turn to get a gift?? (cue the drumroll) Yep! It’s a giveaway! We’re excited to be giving away a copy of the book + wedding notebook (as seen below).

Here’s two ways you can enter:

1. Create your own wedding inspired instagram featuring your favorite wedding color and use the hashtag #greylikesweddingsincolor and be sure to tag @greylikes

2. Comment with your wedding color on our @greylikes post about this giveaway (find the post using the hashtag #greylikesweddingsincolor).

A winner will be announced one week from the date of this post. We can’t wait to see you colorful wedding inspiration. Happy coloring!

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