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We are definitely feeling the spirit of the season this week and are so excited to share with you, Chelsea and Joe’s winter wedding at Riverlodge Place in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada, which was about as dreamy as it gets! Chelsea’s soft blush gown, the bridesmaids faux fur shawls, the groom’s dapper black suit–oh my! We are soooo loving all of these chilly winter images shot by Sugar & Soul Photography and are feeling the romance in the air!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having our wedding in winter gave it that touch of uniqueness right off the hop. The wedding was totally immersed in “northern” touches, from the foot of snow that had fallen only a week prior, to the fur shawls, to the girls footwear (lazy moccasins). The venue also gave the wedding a very special feel, with the beautiful exposed beams.


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

My dress was chosen after trying on many… and I mean many dresses at several different stores. My mother, sister and I made the long 8 hour drive to Winnipeg just to try on dresses. We met up with my maid of honour and spent 3 days, and 7 appointments trying on dress after dress. Each evening we went over the “top 3 to beat” with input from several friends and family members. This dress was never on anyone’s list but mine. It kept popping up in the back of my mind, so I knew, regardless of what anyone else thought, it was the one. I couldn’t get over the keyhole back and the slight pink hue. Designed by Stella York, it was the perfect mix of classic/vintage and modern.


What were some touches added to make it personal?

Obviously having our families travel great distances through awful weather made it very special and personal. But, the most personal touch of the day was having one of my best childhood friends, Mike, marry us. Although it took some convincing, he agreed and we couldn’t imagine anyone who would have been more perfect for the role. It was just so great being surrounded by all of our supportive friends and families.


What was the most memorable part of the day?

Without a doubt, the ceremony was the most memorable part of the day. Once I walked down the aisle and the ceremony started, we were able to zone out everything else. All of the plans, all of the little details, the stress, they were over. This was what all the planning was for. So in that moment we were able to forget it all, and just focus on each other. It was a great feeling to finally be married in front of our friends and family, after so many years together.


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met when we started working together. A few years later we started to date… to the bosses dismay, as the boss just so happened to be my father. 8 years later, after getting a dog, buying a house and being grilled by my family for years, Joe proposed. On Christmas Eve, he took me to Pisew Falls, some gorgeous water falls 45 minutes from home (one of my favourite places). After exploring the falls and the trails, right before heading back home, he proposed. He couldn’t have planned it better.


Vendors: Photographer: Sugar & Soul Photography // Florist: Anything Grows- Thompson, MB // Caterer: Amanda Hebner Catering Services- Thompson, MB // Dress Designer: Stella York // Dress Salon: Stella’s Bridal– Winnipeg, MB // Venue: Riverlodge Place– Thompson, MB // Decorating: Randi Radesic- Events Supply and Decorating- Thompson, MB // Hair & Nails: InSparation Day Spa- Thompson, MB

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For those of you lucky holiday brides, we love the fact that you can use your registry as an opportunity to deck your halls in the prettiest ways possible! Crate & Barrel is our absolute favorite place to recommend for registries. Lady Grey herself registered there, and it remains one of her fave places to stock up! Not only does Crate & Barrel carry the perfect variety of entertaining, home, and kitchen items, but their customer service is spectacular! Returns and exchanges were a total breeze, and we love that because their style is so classic, we can keep adding to our collection over the years and still achieve a cohesive look to our home! Because of the variety of items they carry, with a classic, yet slightly edgy aesthetic, it always gets us excited to bedeck our home out just a wee bit more.

We know you’ve got yourself all excited about entertaining platters and cocktail glasses, and we would be too! Check out Lady Grey’s picks for her registry faves that are perfect for hosting, whether during the holidays, or year round! Be sure to find out how you can create a registry at Crate & Barrel (if you haven’t already) or even find a fun “Wedding Party” near you to attend!


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Erin and Pete enlisted Jordan Brittley to capture an incredibly romantic 10 year anniversary portrait session for them. Their story, the experience, and the images speak for themselves, so prep yourselves. You are going to love.

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The first 10 years of our marriage was filled with a lot of “other” separations due to Navy schedules and deployments, sickness, several moves, and a lot of ‘other’ things that took attention away from ‘US’. So for our 10th anniversary, it was time to focus on and celebrate us. It was time to make us the priority again and eliminate the distractions.

Also, since I’m a photographer, it was almost embarrassing when I realized the only times we have had real portrait sessions done was for our wedding and again for Christmas before our 2nd anniversary the following January. It was time to start practicing what I preached.

Our fave memory of the day was during the video part in the end. We had just read the letters to each other and then danced to the first dance song from our wedding, which had been written just for us by a friend. I really believe something supernatural took place in those moments as my heart was flooded with an even deeper love for my husband as we danced.

I have always known that photographs were important from the standpoint of ‘life preservation’. This is the only time we will be living in this current moment and memories fade over time. Images solidify the memories. However I completely underestimated the power of the actual session time itself. It truly was time for Pete and I to just be us and forget about everything else. We connected in a way that we haven’t in a long time and our relationship has been on a new level ever since! It is sooo worth it to invest in yourselves!


Erin & Pete – 10 Year Anniversary from Jordan Brittley on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography and Videography: Jordan Brittley // Makeup: Lindsey Jones-Wirht // Hair: Marie Bramlett

Nicole and Mike were inspired by the glam and romance of the 1930’s art deco style, so they decided to carry that inspiration over for their wedding day! We are over-the-top obsessed with how much personality and creativity they put into the look of their big day, and are head over heels for their chandelier inspired cake by Hey There, Cupcake! We know you are going to LOVE these images by Studio Castillero!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

This wedding was inspired by the fantastical glamour of 1930’s Hollywood. Art deco and art nouveau designs permeated throughout the wedding. To start, vintage telegram save-the-dates and gilded invitations set the tone. The locale, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, provided the perfect backdrop. The Spanish-Colonial architecture is reminiscent of old Hollywood mansions and it provided a seamless event from ceremony to reception without pause. Gypsy jazz musicians, Zzymzzy Quartet, set the mood as guests arrived. The wedding party embodied elegance in mis-matching neutral toned sparkling gowns and varying grey 3-piece suits. Once the ceremony concluded, everyone was escorted to the cocktail lawn party. Croquet and libations were enjoyed as valets presented seating cards on silver platters. Unexpectedly hot air balloons floated in the sky making it truly magical.

Guests were then greeted to the reception’s ballroom with an overflowing champagne tower. The white and wrought iron-accented room incorporated many intricate and glowing details. Set upon the metallic sequined tablescapes with emerald accents were Isari Flower Studio’s sculptural, yet soft and romantic floral arrangements. The nouveau-esque flowers were placed inside terrariums and trophies, all flanked by candlelight. The final presentation was the cake. It was inspired by a deco chandelier turned upside down, which was perfectly executed by Hey There, Cupcake!

The sophistication of it all was beyond comprehension. What made it one of a kind was being surrounded by our nearest and dearest in celebration of our union.


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

Nicole’s mother visited the couple at their home in San Francisco to help shop for the gown. The two ladies scurried all over town having a ball in one store after another. Once Nicole tried on Reem Acra’s Lady Slipper dress at the Bridal Galleria, Nicole knew it was the one. The dress was made of silk charmeuse, which is the fabric often worn by many Hollywood sirens in the 1930s; however, this dress’ style was simple, modern, and could be gussied up with accessories that made it unique. Deco-style crystal accents, a cathedral-length veil, and a white fur shawl completed the look. This dress became the inspiration for the wedding’s theme.


What were some touches added to make it personal?

The little things. Specific songs were played throughout the wedding that were important to the bride and groom, their parents, and friends. Jazz also fit the wedding’s theme and was intentionally thought of in honor of Michael’s father who is a jazz aficionado. During the ceremony the jazz quartet played their rendition of a song by The Cure, one of Nicole’s favorite bands, as Nicole walked down the aisle escorted by her father, the host, and stepfather. Nicole’s blue sequined purse was something old and something blue; it is a family heirloom handmade 70 years ago by Nicole’s great-grandmother for Nicole’s grandmother. Nicole also wore a ring from her grandmother who could not attend. The something borrowed was a heart-shaped diamond necklace that belongs to Nicole’s beloved mother. Everything in the wedding, including the experience of it all, was something new. The “love bird” cake toppers, 2 crows, were picked because they reminded the couple of themselves. Lastly, Mike and Nicole worked on their wedding vows together, so they were authentic and heartfelt.


What was the most memorable part of the day?

BRIDE: Absolutely everything! Just to experience the day in its entirety was incredible. From small details like waking up in the morning, to big events, like getting married, stick in my memory so vividly. Also witnessing the details of my vision and style coming to fruition was so amazing. (Enormous thanks to the extraordinary collaboration with Francine Ribeau Events who really made this wedding come to life.) What I am also really proud of is how Studio Castillero Photography nailed my challenging request to capture portraits that look as if the Old Dutch Masters painted them. They’re just so cool.

GROOM: The ceremony. It was one of the few moments in my life where everyone around us disappeared and I became aware that I was experiencing a major life milestone. That was very special.


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We used to work together in 2008. In our first meeting Nicole had a cold and greeted Mike on his first day at his new job by sneezing on his keyboard. Assuming Mike was a threat to her job’s position, Nicole growled while sanitizing said keyboard. Thereafter she walked away while coughing up a storm. Mike was smitten.

Nicole would have known something was up if Mike made plans for a romantic evening. Lucky for Mike, Nicole made dinner plans at the Pelican Inn at Muir Beach just to have a romantic Saturday date.

The couple arrived an hour early and decided to go on a stroll to the beach. They found their way to a bench set on a cliff overlooking the water. Unbeknownst to Nicole, Mike was nervous but acted cool. He made his first attempt at the proposal by saying how much he loved her. Nicole did not seem to pick up what was about to happen and asked, “What’s with the mushiness?” Undiscouraged, Mike thought to change the setting. He suggested they hike further for a better vantage point of the setting sun. Finding the right spot Mike stopped, turned to face Nicole and said, “I’ve loved you since I first laid eyes on you.” Again, Nicole said densely, “Really? When I sneezed on your desk?” Despite the distraction Mike kept on. He got down on his knee and asked Nicole to be his wife. Finally Nicole realized the momentousness at what Mike was hinting all evening. Without hesitation Nicole said, “YES!” Eventually they made their way back to the Pelican Inn to enjoy their first dinner as a newly engaged couple. It was perfect! Mike loves hiking, Nicole loves British pubs, and they love each other.

Rancho Valencia • Nicole & Mike • Rancho Santa Fe, CA from XOXO Wedding Studio on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Studio Castillero // Videographer: Xoxo Wedding Studio // Planning and Design: Francine Ribeau Events // Venue: Rancho Valencia // Florist: Isari Flower Studio // Cake: Hey There, Cupcake! // Linens: La Tavola // Table Top Rentals: Archive Rentals // Coupes/Chargers/Chairs: Classic Party Rentals // Hair and Makeup: Team Nicole // Officiant: Patricia Coleman // Bride’s Dress: Lady Slipper By Reem Arca // Bride’s Veil: Bridal Galleria // Bride’s Shoes: Hey Lady // Bride’s Earrings: Ben-Alum // Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss

“It all started with this amazing antique crown–an ancient and mysterious gilded bridal crown,” which obsessed designer, designer Nessa Buonomo of La Mariée aux Pieds Nus, for months. “I wanted to stage a natural, captivating and effortlessly-beautiful bride around this crown,” she says. “I dreamed about a not-so-white bridal gown, something earthy hued, with a soft green touch that would remind us of nature.” The dresses from Atelier Anonyme seemed to be a perfect, simple and delicate for that mission. Nessa, and photographer Greg Finck chose green meadow in the Normandy countryside as the backdrop, and luckily the special light of a French cloudy day were enough to complete the setting for our beautiful “Nature Queen” bride.

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Nature Queen from Weddream Productions on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Greg Finck Photography // Videography: Weddream Productions // Design and florals: Nessa Buonomo La Mariée aux Pieds Nus // Gown: Atelier Anonyme // Hair and Makeup: MyBeautyCorner // Antique Crown: French Antique Wedding // Model: Aurore