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Sascha and Andrew decided on a longer 18 month engagement so they could spend plenty of time enjoying their new status as an engaged couple before they dove head first into planning. Their wedding backdrop at The Corson Building in Seattle, Washington, turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous venue for friends and family to join them for a vintage glam inspired affair. Very special thanks to Alante Photography for letting us share such lovely images! (And don’t you just die every time you see a bride in a Jenny Packham gown? Or is it just us?)

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We had a year and a half between our engagement and the wedding, which seemed interminable at first but turned out to be a good amount of time. We spent the first few months reveling in our newly engaged status and then had over a year to plan the wedding. I had a very specific vision in my head and no family members nearby, so I planned the wedding on my own. We had been to a
few, well, what I like to call ‘insert groom here’ weddings that were all about the bride, and I wanted to avoid that. I made sure to really listen to what Andrew wanted and then run everything by him, although he did little of the actual planning. He does like to point out that he picked The Corson Building as our reception venue. It was a great choice both for the amazing food and for the relaxed, Italian villa-like atmosphere. Since we knew our 80-90 person wedding would be too large to fit in their small side garden, I scoured the Seattle Parks & Rec website for pretty, local parks to keep that dreamy garden feel for the ceremony. We scouted out Parsons Gardens in Queen Anne and immediately loved the small, intimate space with lovely blue hydrangeas.


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

I found a beautiful Art Deco-inspired Jenny Packham gown at The Dress Theory, and debated for a moment about going with a Gatsby garden party theme. We both decided that the idea had been done, and that the real theme should be ‘us getting married,’ so while there are touches of vintage glamour throughout, we didn’t hit you over the head with it.


What was the most memorable part of the day?

My favorite part of the day itself was the ceremony, which came as a surprise to me because I was expecting to prefer the end of night dance party! My uncle played the theme song from Forrest Gump (a childhood favorite of mine) on his flute as we all walked down the aisle. Andrew’s parents’ dog Oso was our ringbearer, and he along with my 5 year old sister and flower girl Ellie
completely stole the show. Both my parents walked me down the aisle, and my dad especially was beaming all day. Andrew looked so handsome in a bespoke navy suit from Butch Blum and a tie he had asked a friend to tie for him a few days before so that he wouldn’t mess it up. We had four friends officiate, and they gave a funny yet heartwarming take on the seven blessings as a nod to our shared Jewish heritage. We wrote our own vows, and the best part of the whole day was seeing the look in Andrew’s eyes as he read his to me. I loved putting our rings on, too – something I had been itching to do since I co-created mine with Nicole Teut from Green Lake Jewelry Works, who was absolutely wonderful to work with. Andrew’s grandmother recently passed away in December, and
I incorporated five of her diamonds from a brooch into my ring. I also borrowed a necklace that had belonged to her for the wedding day. Andrew’s ring was melted down from a giant, tacky pinky ring that his father Jeff had received from Andrew’s great-grandfather 50 years ago at his Bar Mitzvah – both father and son agree that it looks much better now, and no longer needs to be shoved in a drawer out of sight.


What were some touches added to make it personal?

DIY elements were important to me, and not just as a cost-cutting measure. I felt it would be more meaningful to create than to buy some of the things for our wedding. In that mindset, I designed our invitation suite. Since the ceremony was to be in a garden, I based the invitations on botanical prints from the late 1800s – something which I have always loved. I made ink sketches of snapdragons in different states of growth, and scanned them to my friend Emma Mueller, a graphic designer. Emma converted the PDFs into Adobe Illustrator files, and luckily they needed very little clean up (one of the perks of working at an art museum is that we have a high quality scanner!). She carefully separated the images into layers and worked with me on the wording as well as the positioning of the images in relation to the text. We then sent the files to Studio On Fire, a Minneapolis-based letterpress company that had received rave reviews. Letterpress uses solid pantone colors, but I wanted to mimic the watercolors of late 19th Century botanical illustrations, so we used a technique called ‘split-fountain’ to give the flowers an ombré effect from peach to raspberry. To carry the design aesthetic through the envelopes despite my terrible handwriting, I created an excel sheet with all the addresses and mail merged the envelopes using the fonts from the invitations, Vermandois & Futura. This spreadsheet was very useful later on to mark down RSVPs, food allergies, song requests, and wedding gifts. Lastly, I purchased some vintage stamps from Etsy seller VerdeStudio. To provide more information for our guests that didn’t fit on the invitations, I made a wedding website using Squarespace, which was a really intuitive template site with gorgeous layouts.


Vendors: Photography: Alante Photography // Venue: The Corson Building in Seattle, Washington // Invitation Printing: Studio on Fire // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Beauty: Erin Skipley // Groom’s Attire: Butch Blum // Ice Cream Truck: Parfait // Floral Design: McKenzie Powell Designs // Rolls Royce: British Motor Coach // Guest Transporation Shuttle: SP Plus NW // Cafe Lights: Amazon.com // Chair/Tableware Rental: ABC Special Events Rental // Farm Table Rental: Seattle Farm Tables // Wedding Rings: Green Lake Jewelry Works // Welcome Baskets: Lucky Clover Trading Co // Travel Stamps: RookDesignCo // Toss Me Bags: PressedCotton // Ceremony Arch Structure: Rented Elegance // iPhone Gramophone: Restoration Hardware // Flower Girl Dress: Ilovegorgeous // Custom Flask: Wickensnuffers // Bunting: Baloolah Bunting // Wedding Dress Boutique: The Dress Theory // Wedding Dress Designer: Jenny Packham

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As part of our weekly mini-series on Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, today we are excited to share with you some gorgeous decor inspired by Rapunzel. We are loving the bright peonies and feminine pops of color, mixed with the masculine elements like rustic wood tables and industrial lighting!  Disney is boasting incredible, on trend wedding designs, plus, they offer customized, full service, one stop shop wedding services and their options are totally on trend! Just check it out:

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Visit Disney Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons to learn more about all of the possibilities.

Ashley and Blake hosted their family and friends at the ever so lovely Hammersky Vineyards in Paso Robles, California. Family and friends to traveled from all over California to the centrally located venue in order to celebrate the pair, who come from from San Francisco and Los Angeles. We are suckers for the perfect black tie wedding, and this one has all the elegance that we love about a wine country wedding in California. Of course it helps tremendously that these images were taken by JL Photographers, who captured the event so beautifully. This classic wedding is one for the books, friends!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was truly ours, together we planned every detail for our wonderful guests. We had several things we knew were important to us and we made sure that they became a reality; the most critical being the setting. Because I went to college in the San Francisco Bay area (University of California, Berkeley) and Blake went to college in Los Angeles (University of Southern California) we would often meet in between the two cities. When we were ready to choose a wedding venue, it felt appropriate to select a site that mirrored this meet-me-half-way idiom that we had come to live by. We had never visited Paso Robles until searching for venues for the most important day of our lives, but when we arrived at Hammersky Vineyards and saw all of the natural charm and beauty, we instantly knew this serene place was the perfect setting to share with our closest friends and family for our wedding day!


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

Finding the perfect dress was very difficult for me. Not because I didn’t like any of the dresses, I liked them all! I had dreamt about my own wedding dress since I was a little girl and my mom altered her own gown to fit me so I could play “wedding”. There’s a beautiful wedding gown boutique in Corona Del Mar, The White Dress, that I’d passed by growing up that always had the most beautiful gowns displayed in the window. My future mother-in-law, Alice urged me to stop in with her and my mom to try on dresses at the boutique. As fate would have it, The White Dress had my perfect white dress, as soon as I put it on my mom cried. The dress had to be soft and romantic to be in line with our vineyard wedding and I wanted it to have lace like my mom’s wedding dress had. The Pronovias gown featured layers of lace on tulle that created the most beautiful depth of the dress. We had it altered to a sweetheart top at The Velvet Hanger in Newport Beach.


What were some touches added to make it personal?

The most personal part of the day was a surprise to everyone, including our bridal party. Because of our history together with music we decided to take the stage with our band to perform an acoustic version of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” for our guests. Our brilliant band, Stir Father, who later kept the dance floor filled to capacity, played along with us for a special surprise for all of our guests. We wanted to share something really personal and intimate with our family and friends that day that was critical to our past, present and future together.


What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was the ceremony. On the lawn underneath Hammersky Vineyards’ three hundred year old oak tree, Blake and I saw each other for the first time that day. We spent countless hours writing the ceremony together and to see it come to life in front of our loved ones as the sun shined brightly and a soft breeze blew was the most incredible moment of our lives. We started our marriage with a wine blending ceremony and signing of a bible past down from my grand-parents to my parents and now on to us.


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Blake and I have always been drawn to each other. First as friends, then as a couple and now as husband and wife. We lived only streets apart during our childhood but it wasn’t until we were away at separate colleges that our love began. One winter vacation home from college I wanted to learn how to play the acoustic guitar, I knew Blake would be my perfect teacher. Over our month vacation we spent almost every day together while he patiently tried to teach me his talent. After five years together, Blake surprised me on my birthday. He popped the question at sunset on the roof of his Los Angeles apartment building with friends waiting downstairs to celebrate with us, it was the happiest day of our lives until our wedding the following June!


Blake And Ashley – Full Feature from Cory Williams on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: JL Photographers // Coordinator: Amanda Landon – Robert’s Restaurant // Location: Hammersky Vineyards in Paso Robles // Florals: Laurel White – Adornments Flowers // Catering: Robert’s Restaurant & Wine Bar // Videography: Swing Tilt Films // Music: JSH Music Productions – Stir Father // Lighting: Kramer Entertainment // Officiant: Mike Metcalf // Brides Dress: Pronovias from The White Dress, Corona Del Mar // Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss // Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from The White Dress, Corona Del Mar // Invitations: Francis Orr, Corona Del Mar // Programs: DIY Bride & Groom

As you darlings know, we are suckers for weddings shot on film! There’s really nothing that can compare to the soft, romantic images. Which is what leads us to today’s featured artist: Jody Savage Photography. As you’ll see below, her work exudes that timeless, elegant quality that we are so obsessed with! the light, the composition, and the love behind all of these images has us SUPER excited to tell you that, as your luck would have it, Jody is giving away an incredible film photography package (valued at $5000!!) that includes:

-8 hours of continuous wedding day coverage, shot on film
-All high resolution images delivered on a custom USB drive
-Couple’s shoot the day before the wedding
-Online Gallery and print ordering

Before we tell you how to enter, let’s take a look at the gorgeous style of images you’d be lucky enough to win for your big day:

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(*Images 1-4 and 6-7 taken as an attendee at the Jose Villa Workshop)

Jody wants to hear about your love story, your vision for your wedding and what makes you unique as a couple!

So there are four ways you can enter:

1. Follow Jody Savage Photography on Instagram @jodysavagephotography.

2. Tag two newly engaged friends in a comment on our @greylikes post about this giveaway (find the post using the hashtag #jodysavagephotographygiveaway).

3. Post about the giveaway on Instagram using the hashtag #jodysavagephotographygiveaway and be sure to tag @greylikes and @jodysavagephotography

4. Post about the giveaway on Facebook with a link to this blog post announcing the giveaway!

After you’ve posted to Instagram and/or Facebook, leave a comment here (on Grey Likes Wedding blog post announcement), letting us know how many entries you’ve earned. You’ll then be entered into a random drawing for your chance to win!

As the competition closes, a final three will progress to phone or Skype interviews. Jody wants to hear about your love story, your vision for your wedding and what makes you unique as a couple! We’ll be sure to announce the finalists and winners on Instagram, so be on the look out! Good Luck!

A few terms and conditions:

Jody Savage is a destination wedding photographer and would love to travel wherever the winner is located. All travel fees and accommodations for the photographer and her assistant outside of Minnesota will be paid in full by the winner. Travel and accommodations will be booked by Jody. View more of her work here. Your wedding must take place in 2015 or 2016. This offer does not apply to couples already booked with Jody Savage Photography.  Jody Savage Photography will be the only professional photographer at the event. Wedding can take place anywhere in the world, however wedding contract and travel fees (if necessary) must be taken care of within two weeks of notifying the winning couple. By entering the drawing, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. Additional hours of coverage, prints and albums are available at an additional cost.

Joanna and Nevin were a total partnership when it came to planning their wedding at Hartley Botanica in Somis, CA. The pair made every decision–from selecting vendors to designing day-of elements. The result is an incredibly beautiful, personal day that represented the two of them. With gorgeous photography by Anna Delores Photography and flowers by The Little Branch, we couldn’t imagine a more dreamy wedding and venue!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I’m a designer by trade so I knew I wanted to create as much of our wedding materials as possible but also wanted to include Nevin in the process to make it feel like our wedding. Every part of the year-long planning we went through – from selecting vendors to designing day-of items – was a joint effort and mutual decision from day one. I think our wedding ended up being a true reflection of both of us.

The venue was absolutely breathtaking too and full credit goes to my husband for finding it. What used to be a botanical nursery was transformed into a wedding venue years ago after the owner’s daughter wanted to get married there. I fell in love with it immediately and we both appreciate the fact that it’s a small family-owned business and that we get to be a part of their story and history. Everyone on their staff is incredibly friendly and made the experience that much better.


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

Nevin and I flew to Florida to visit my family for Thanksgiving last year and I thought it was a great opportunity to look for my wedding dress too. I had my bridesmaids, sister (my Matron of Honor) and mom in tow, which was a little nerve-racking but also so much fun. Our first stop was a small boutique store that had a limited selection but was mostly out of my price range. We ended up going to David’s Bridal next where, after trying on 12 dresses that day, lucky #13 turned out to be the one! The veil and sash were also from David’s Bridal and complimented the dress beautifully.


What were some touches added to make it personal?

Both sets of our grandparents passed away years ago but it was still really important to us to do something special for them on our big day. With the help of our family, we gathered photos of our grandparents and displayed them on our guest table as a warm reminder that they’re still very much a part of us.

My other favorite part were two pillows that I lettered and had printed. One pillow says “Love is Grand,” which is the feeling I wanted to capture on our wedding day. The other pillow says “You’re My Favorite,” a phrase my husband and I have said to each other since we first started dating. Now that the wedding’s over, we have these pillows on our couch as a memento!


What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was the best man’s speech. He relayed how, while living with Nevin at the time, he used to kidnap a stuffed elephant I had received as a gift and send me photos of it blindfolded and held for ransom by various other toys in their apartment. The photos were absolutely ridiculous, but I used to give Nevin a hard time for letting it happen and it’d get to the point where he refused to let it out of his sight – even if that meant taking it on a car ride to run errands or to the office where he worked at the time. By this point in the speech, Nevin and I were both laughing so hard and I had tears streaming down my face! As I look up, one of my bridesmaids brings our stuffed elephant (along with his “siblings” – a stuffed tiger and panda) over to our sweetheart table where they sat with us for the rest of the night. It was hilarious and slightly embarrassing but most definitely memorable!


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Nevin and I met playing adult recreational dodgeball in the summer of 2010 (and we still play to this day!). I had sworn off dating at this point in my life and joined just to make new friends. By the end of my first season, I knew mostly everyone except for Nevin and his roommate so I walked over and introduced myself to them at the bar. His roommate exited immediately after saying hello and left me alone with Nevin for the rest of the night. We eventually traded numbers and began dating shortly thereafter, despite my swearing off dating to begin with… Funny how that pans out!

As for the engagement, three years after our first date Nevin planned a small staycation to celebrate our anniversary. We had gone to the jeweler months prior and created a custom engagement ring, so I figured something was up. Nevin rented a lovely room at a beachside hotel in Santa Monica and we walked to a quaint Italian restaurant for dinner but nothing happened. The next morning we were both getting ready for work and I had completely given up on the idea of being engaged. Right at that moment, Nevin popped the question! He knew I loved surprises but wanted to mix the memorable with the mundane, so he chose the moment when I would expect it the least. We started dating on October 1st, he proposed on October 2nd and we ended up getting married on October 3rd. It couldn’t have been more perfect!

Nevin & Joanna from Finding Muchness Films on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Anna Delores Photography // Flowers: The Little Branch // Venue: Hartley Botanica // Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Seize Sur Vingt // Catering: Command Performance // Cinematography: Finding Muchness Films // DJ: Scratch Weddings // Signage: Joanna Munoz (the bride!) // Cake & desserts: Valerie Confections