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We’re never ones to shy away from a bold color palette here at Grey Likes Weddings, so you can imagine our delight in the punchy, coral hues of Kaitlin and Adam’s nuptials at King Family Vineyards. The bride, a wedding planner herself at Bluebird Productions, had a strong vision for the details of the day—a gold leafed horseshoe escort card display, custom barnwood doors, and abundant florals in rich colors by Prema StyleKate and Lily Flowers. Check out all the bright details in these images captured by Ashley Cox Photography.

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Adam and I have been best friends for almost 12 years. We have always shared a love for travel and the outdoors and a few years into our relationship we took a leap and moved across the country to Aspen, Colorado where I worked as a wedding planner and Adam worked in hospitality. From packing up our lives in two weeks and driving across the country to living in a 273 square foot apartment, the adventure cemented our relationship. Some of our favorite memories as a couple are from long summer hikes in the Rockies and weekends spent skiing and snowboarding down the slopes of Aspen mountain.

Adam pulled off a surprise proposal in my favorite spot in Aspen, complete with champagne, rose petals, chocolate covered strawberries, a hidden photographer, and perfectly timed snowfall! I was eager to start planning since I had spent the past two years turning other brides visions into reality. Adam and I knew that we wanted a wedding venue with a southern feel that was driving distance from our home town of Potomac, Maryland. After searching a number of venues close by, my boss (and wedding planner) Virginia suggested we visit Charlottesville. We immediately fell in love with the rolling hills and quaint pastures of Southern Virginia and when we found King Family Vineyard we knew it was the place for us.

Between my time planning weddings with Bluebird Productions and growing up with my mom, a color and style consultant and florist, I knew from the beginning that I would enjoy putting together the creative details for our big day. It was important to me that the deep rich colors of fall be incorporated in the floral and décor and I have always loved gold accents. Everything about the design of our wedding was a family affair. My veil was handmade by my mom and we spent hours picking out the vases for the flowers, selecting just the right color of velvet ribbon, and gold leafing the horse shoes for the escort card display while my dad built the chuppah for our ceremony and the custom barn wood bars for the reception.

For Adam and I, the most important part of the day was celebrating with our friends and family. After four years of friendship and seven years of dating, our tight knit family had watched us challenge each other, laugh together, and grow as individuals and as partners. We are fortunate that so many people in our lives were willing to travel to share in our celebration and enjoyed every minute of the weekend celebration.

Photography: Ashley Cox Photography // Wedding Planning + Design: Virginia Edelson, Bluebird Productions // Floral Design: Prema StyleKate and Lily Flowers // Invitations: Minted // Ceremony + Reception Venue: King Family Vineyards // Catering: The Local // Cake: Arley Cakes // Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal Couture // Makeup + Hair Artist: Lou Stevens Glam Squad // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna AugustAlfred Angelo // DJ: DJ Bobby

 

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A sunshine-soaked chapel set in the rustic, mountainous backdrop of Tamarack Resort was a fitting location for the nuptials of a couple who met fighting forest fires.  The vibe of Ellie and Arthur’s day, planned by McCall Weddings, celebrates the autumnal palette of the setting with stunning florals by Wildflower Boise in a smattering of sunset hues and dusty pastels. Ellie shines in her Vera Wang gown and her maids are lovely in a collection of mix-and-match- nude gowns and vintage-inspired fur stoles. If you’re looking for the perfect blend of rustic and feminine—these images from Jenny Losee Fine Art Wedding Photography  are sure to inspire.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Ellie: My family and friends and I created almost every piece of the wedding. We have a very creative, hands-on family and knew this would be an opportunity to make things just as we like (hopefully saving some money along the way!) and creating an overall wedding vibe that truly felt like us. So much love and attention was given to every detail, I could feel the spirit of my friends and family in all of it.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Ellie: Unexpected moments were my favorite – the sunshine washed inside of the chapel right as the ceremony began and it created such an ethereal atmosphere, specifically paired with the moment we said our vows. I felt like I was in a cloud of light and all I could see and hear was the man in front of me who I was about to marry. It brought such a surreal feeling to not just me, but I think everyone in the room. Other details like the aspen leaves and tamarack branches turning orange and yellow (we thought they would be dead and on the ground)! It brought a rich energy to the place.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The couple met fighting forest fires together so it was fitting that they tied the knot in the mountains.

 

Photography: Jenny Losee Fine Art Wedding Photography // Planner: McCall Weddings // Florals: Wildflower Boise // Venue: Tamarack Resort // Gown: Vera Wang Collection, David’s Bridal

 

Reflecting on their Hawaii destination wedding, Jess and Kevin “recall how perfect everything was from that first moment arriving at Olowalu, to the flowers, the music, the weather, our wonderful friends and family, food — everything was absolutely perfect.” Not to mention bright, cheery and filled with playful nods to the tropical locale. We’re especially loving the punchy blue and coral color palette, pineapple motif and local Ululani’s Shaved Ice for desert. The all-star team planner Maui’s Angels  and florist Damselfly Designs put together a day filled with memorable details and photographer Wendy Laurel was on hand to capture it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was completely customized and hand-picked to what we wanted. We are big foodies and wanted to make sure we chose the best appetizers, drinks, food, and dessert. We were so happy to Ululani Shave ice and mini pies from Leodas; our guests also loved this!

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

I brought a small entourage of family members and one of my bridesmaids to help me pick out my dress. I have always loved bling and sparkle but didn’t want something too heavy since we knew we’d be having a beach wedding. I found THE dress during my first visit to a local wedding dress boutique. I customized it by adding on more elegance/bling with a belt and tailored it to have a slight mermaid fit.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Sadly my grandma had passed away one week prior to our wedding. Growing up my grandma and I were very close as she helped to raise me while my mom was working. Of course I wanted her to still be a part of the wedding so I had borrowed my grandma’s ring from my mom and had it tied to my bouquet. When we tied it to the bouquet, our florist Damselfly had made sure to ask my mom and I to tie the ring to my bouquet together — it was truly a very special moment for us.

We also loved that we had Marvin Tevaga perform during our wedding. We chose songs that were very close to our hearts — Kevin walked down the aisle to Beegee’s “How Deep is Your Love”, which is the song his parents walked down the aisle to, and I walked down to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, the song that Kevin played while we watched the sunrise at Haleakala (our first vacation together to Maui). Marvin absolutely has the voice of an angel!

Lastly, we chose some of our favorite Hawaiian dishes to notate our table names rather than using the traditional numbers.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The simple answer is everything — we look back on our special day frequently and just recall how perfect everything was from that first moment arriving at Olowalu, to the flowers, the music, the weather, our wonderful friends and family, food — everything was absolutely perfect for us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Kevin and I met towards the end of our undergraduate years through a mutual friend (the best man). We developed a close friendship but I was already in a long-term relationship with someone. When that relationship finally ended, Kevin did the swoop and charmed his way into my life. Kevin supported me through the hardships of veterinary school and when I graduated we finally no longer had to have a long-distance relationship. Our relationship grew stronger through our continuous love and support for one another. After about 4 years of dating, Kevin proposed to me at the restaurant where we had our first date — the restaurant was decorated with photos of us through our years together that were tied onto balloons. I thought I was going out to have drinks with his sister and was so shocked at what was going on, but of course I said yes. I also always told Kevin that if/when he proposed, I wanted to make sure my nails were done for all the photos to come so he brought a bottle of nail polish to the restaurant too!

 

Photographer: Wendy Laurel // Wedding Planner: Maui’s Angels // Florist: Damselfly Designs // Invitation Design: Lin Kung // Venue: Olowalu Plantation Estate // Gown Maggie Sottero // Salon Janene’s Bridal Boutique // Officiate: Ernest Puaa // Musician: Marvin Tevaga // Hair & Makeup: Maui Make Up Artistry // Cake: Cake Fanatics // Event Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals // Catering: Aloha Events Catering // Shaved Ice: Ululani’s Shaved Ice // DJ: Maui DJ Services

 

Ally and Taylor met in high school but had few memories of each other when they reconnected years later. Within two weeks of dating Taylor told Ally he loved her and that they would be getting married—about which he was 100% correct. Months later, the couple celebrated their big day at The Kelley Farm with close family, friends, their faith and a beautiful barn wedding and brunch.  Ally attributes much of the design success to the rentals from The Meaningful Details and we’re into the pastel florals by Paisley Petals. Check it all out in these images by B. Jones Photography who was on hand to capture the joy of the day.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding was special to us because it was centered around our faith. Our relationship with God is the most important thing in our life, and it was an amazing blessing to have our family and friends together with us to celebrate. Being able to bring people together from all different backgrounds and faiths, all people whom we love is not something we have the privilege of doing very often. There was a time when we considered making the ceremony something that would be more vanilla, and a little less focused on our faith, but we chose to stick to what was important to us. We wanted to make sure our ceremony was true to who we are and our beliefs, and it was so special to be able to share our wedding day with the people who are most important to us.

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

Looking back at the gown I wore for our wedding, I’m not surprised I fell in love with it. It was everything I could have hoped to find. I always envisioned our wedding being classic and timeless, something where wouldn’t look back at the photos and wonder, “what the heck were we thinking?!” I fell in love with the Pronovias brand after seeing many of their dresses online. I was excited when I found a boutique shop in town that carried the Pronovias line. I went to MeaMarie Bridal Atelier in Kirkland, WA with my mom and we loved everything about it. It was beautiful, chic, and has an overwhelming sense of ‘bridal’ which I really appreciated. There’s only one time I’ll be getting a wedding dress for myself, and I was ready to soak it all up! Rachelle, the attendant at the shop, brought me a beautiful selection of dresses to try on. I originally thought I wanted something with lace, and I quickly found I did not like the way it looked on me. When I tried on the Pronovias Tatiana gown, I was blown away by its simplicity and elegance. It quickly became a favorite of all of ours, but I didn’t want to purchase anything right away and end up with buyer’s remorse. I let a couple days go by, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how beautiful the gown was! That weekend my mom and I went back to MeaMarie and let them know I had found my dress!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We found this amazing woman, Dawn, who really helped our wedding vision come to life! Dawn owns The Meaningful Details in Bonney Lake, WA and has the most amazing decor rentals! I didn’t want to end up with a bunch of wedding decor that I would probably never use again and end up trying to sell anyway, so I was overjoyed to find Dawn. We rented a ton of vintage picture frames from her to use for different signage, to have wedding photos of our family generations, and photos of Taylor and I around the reception area.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Leading up to the wedding Taylor and I talked numerous times about whether or not we would cry. Our first look was so special and the anticipation of it was overwhelming. I was so excited to see Taylor. When I walked over to him behind the barn he turned around and it truly was the most unforgettable moment as we embraced one another. I assumed Taylor would be somewhat emotional, but he bawled. To know someone loves you so much and also knowing you get to spend the rest of your life together creating memories and a legacy together, it’s truly the best feeling in the world. In that moment, it all hit us both that we were about to embark on the most amazing journey.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Taylor and I actually met many years ago while in high school. However, we only had a few memories of each other up until April of 2016. Today we laugh thinking about how hilarious it would be to go back in time and tell our high school selves that we would be getting married. Neither of us would have believed it, nor would any of our friends. Taylor was two grades below me and was, what some might refer to as a punk, class-clown type whose charm happened to be his saving grace. I was much more reserved, spent my days playing soccer and was never an issue for my teachers.

We lost track of each other over time as I took off for college and Taylor began his career immediately following high school. After nearly eight years of no communication, one night Taylor felt compelled to reach out to me over Facebook. We ended up messaging each other for a few weeks and despite my traditionally patient nature, I got tired of just chatting and requested that Taylor finally ask me out on a date.

We didn’t waste any time getting to know one another. From early on, our conversations included talking about the big stuff. The kind of stuff that might scare people away early on in a dating relationship. We bonded over our passion for God and as the days went by, it became more and more clear to us that our re-connection was not just mere happenstance or coincidence, but a divine intervention.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much Taylor had grown and changed over the years. I learned that he too has a burning desire to achieve great success in life. He has an amazing heart and curiosity for people, places, and things like no one else I had ever met. We spent many days and nights having so much fun getting to know one another and learning about what was important to each other. No more than two weeks into dating did Taylor tell me he loved me, followed by letting me know that we would be getting married.

Fast forward to October 2016, Taylor and I were ready for our life to begin together. Taylor respectfully met with my parents and my older brother, and asked each of them for their blessing to marry me. They all were overjoyed at his request and then it was time for the proposal.

I had plans to go to brunch with my mom on a Sunday morning in October before an afternoon we had planned together. I woke up late and only had time to hop in the shower before my mom was going to stop by my house and pick me up. Hair and makeup was going to have to wait for later. My mom urged we had reservations that we could not miss that morning, and looking good did not seem like a priority at the time. As we got to brunch I could tell something was up with my mom, but didn’t think much of it. She began to tell me a story about how the neighbors had all been receiving weird mail. Hanging onto every word she spoke, I hesitantly accepted an envelope with my name on it from her. If my neighbors were getting weird mail, I thought, “what the heck could this be?!” As I opened the letter, I realized it was a very sweet note from Taylor. At first I didn’t think too much of it because he had left me notes many times before. However, at the end of his note, I started thinking, “oh my gosh, maybe he is proposing sometime today!”

Right after I finished reading the letter, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and there was Taylor! At this point, I knew a proposal was about to happen. Our table was against the windows overlooking part of downtown, and the tables surrounding us were filled with other guests. Taylor took my hand, I got up to my feet and he began telling me all the things he loved about me. He placed my hand on his chest to feel his heartbeat—Taylor is not one to get nervous, but his heart was nearly exploding out of his chest. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. In that moment, all of the other people in the restaurant seemed to fade away as I said “yes!”

Ally + Taylor from Channeled Wedding Co. on Vimeo.

Photographer: Becca of B. Jones Photography // Florist: Paisley Petals // Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Kelley Farm // Rentals: The Meaningful Details // Wedding Dress Salon: Mea Marie // Cake: Hoffman’s Fine Cakes & Pastries // Hair/Makeup: Katya Gudaeva | Bridal Beauty Agency // Bridemaid’s Gift to the Bride: Christian Louboutin// Bridesmaid Dress: Azazie // Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein & Men’s Wearhouse

 

Ever wonder what the wedding of a floral industry insider looks like? Well look no further than Shelby and David’s day at Providence Hill Farm. The bride’s sister, and owner of Tulip, filled the day with burgundy dahlias, apricot ranunculus, king preotea and romantic antique garden roses and accented with gorgeous rentals from Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals. The details were completed with flea-market-finds by the mother-of-the-bride (think hundreds of antique glassware and brass candlesticks). Lucky for us, Beth Morgan Photography was on hand to capture all the lovely boho vibes.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Well for starters I work for a floral design company, Tulip Floral + Goods, and it was pretty special to be a part of something that I’ve become so passionate about. Burgundy dahlias, apricot ranunculus, king preotea, romantic antique garden roses were just a few of my favorites. So Lesley Frascogna, my mentor/best friend/sister & owner of Tulip made it happen. She absolutely knocked it out of the park with florals.

We tried to source a lot of the unique decor ourselves. My mom started thrift shopping the second I got engaged. I’m not joking when I say that everyday for almost a year she was in every single flea market remotely close to Jackson. She collected nearly 100 vintage colored drinking glasses & a ridiculous amount of brass candlesticks for the seated dinner at the reception. We indigo dyed table runners the day before the wedding because that’s just what you do, right? The rest of the unique pieces came from Lovegood. I knew from the moment I saw Lauren’s collection of beautiful furniture/decor that she was my answer for everything I envisioned on my wedding day. The antique rugs, lounge furniture, and handmade wooden tables played a huge role in the overall feel of the reception. It was a total dream.

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

I knew I wanted different. I knew I wanted long sleeve. So I was casually stalking Pinterest looking for wedding inspiration when I first found out about BHLDN. The rest is history. I immediately found the dress I wanted and wouldn’t even consider looking around at local dress shops. It was a dusty rose color. It had a high neckline. It had intricate beaded embellishments. It was the one. I made an appointment with a stylist for the following week. My mom, my sister, and I drove to the nearest BHLDN location in Atlanta and the rest really is history. (Adona Dress from BHLDN)

My bridesmaids all wore Show Me Your Mumu in different styles & colors. My bridesman wore a beautiful blue suit with a floral printed tie to match the wedding flowers.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Aside from all of the boho/antique touches, the thing that stands out the most to me is the ceremony & reception music. My husband and I are both huge music people. We followed a band all around the country at one point. (Note: We didn’t have our basset hound or bills to pay at the time). So music played a huge role in the feel of the entire day & night. I knew I did not want traditional wedding music. So I put together a playlist on Spotify for the ceremony music, which included Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ray Charles. I walked down the aisle to Louis Armstrong’s version of La Vie En Rose. We had The Patrick Harkins Band out of Jackson, MS play at the reception. They even learned our first dance songs beforehand. Our first dance: Widespread Panic’s version of Genesis and the father daughter song: Bob Dylan’s slow version of Forever Young. It was so so special.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day for me would probably have to be when our photographer (Beth Morgan) sneaked us away after our first look to take some pictures of just us two. I could never have imagined how intimate and special those moments would be. Simply just being together away from all of the wedding day chaos, and completely forgetting the camera was even there turned into pure magic.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a local outfitters shop here in Jackson. He sold me a pair of shoes and somehow got my number shortly after.

We planned a trip to Telluride, CO for a music festival in the summer of 2015. After a missed flight and a few minor meltdowns, we made it to Colorado. We pulled over at a rest stop overlooking a beautiful mountain range somewhere in Buena Vista, CO. Before I knew it he was on one knee asking me to do life with him forever. I laughed, he cried, and we celebrated with our favorite band in the cutest little mountain town.

Photography: Beth Morgan Photography // Florals & Design: Tulip // Furniture Rentals: Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals // Venue: Providence Hill Farm, Jackson, Mississippi // Wedding Dress: BHLDN // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Tables/Chairs: Mississippi Tent // Linens: La Tavola // Lights: Davaine // Catering: Mangia Bene // Cake: For Heaven’s Cakes // Makeup & Hair: Molly Gee Styles // Film Lab: TheFINDlab