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Brittany and Mark’s wedding day at Keswick Vineyards is lovely, easygoing and romantic, which is exactly what the couple wanted. “If we were to plan our perfect date, we’d go to a local vineyard, enjoy a bottle of wine, and sample as much food as we could from whichever food truck was parked out at the vineyard that day — so that’s exactly what we arranged for our wedding,” says bride Brittany. We’re especially loving the  the bride’s dreamy Leanne Marshall gown which she customized with a local seamstress—GORG. The day was accented with lavender-hues bridal party and lovely florals by The Proper PetalAster and Olive Photography worked their magic behind the lens to capture a day filled with sunshine and big, beautiful smiles. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding day was romantic and easygoing. We were given a budget from our parents and it was entirely up to us to manage it wisely. We planned and designed every detail ourselves, with our priority always being to make sure our wedding day was an authentic reflection of us. If we were to plan our perfect date, we’d go to a local vineyard, enjoy a bottle of wine, and sample as much food as we could from whichever food truck was parked out at the vineyard that day — so that’s exactly what we arranged for our wedding. The result was truly a representation of the beauty and blissful simplicity of Virginia, as well as the romantic and fun loving nature of our relationship.

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

After trying on what seemed like hundreds of dresses, I fell in love with this dreamy Leanne Marshall gown. I made it my own by requesting to purchase it without the straps and worked with a local seamstress to add the slit and belt. My look was finished with an airy cathedral veil that my grandmother made.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

It was a day full of unique details including the special roles we gave our family members (our sisters were our “flower girls”), the heirlooms sprinkled throughout the day (our cake knife was used to cut both my parents’ and grandparents’ wedding cakes), the equestrian touches (Mark is an avid equestrian so I wanted to give him something on our wedding day that tied into this passion — I found antique horse cuff links from the 1920’s that he loved!), and the sweetheart mirror (the calligraphy on the mirror matches the engraving inside Mark’s wedding band, “All the world to me” — a phrase in our first dance song, “Sugar Tree” by Simplified).

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Without a doubt the first look. I was surprised by how emotional it was and from that moment I had what felt like first date butterflies all over again and the biggest smile on my face. Another one of our most cherished memories was when my grandfather stood up at the beginning of the ceremony to lead us in prayer. Since I was a little girl, he has begun every family gathering with a blessing, so it meant the world to me to have him begin our wedding day the same way.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Mark and I met in Los Angeles when a mutual friend, Greg introduced us. Greg and I went to high school together in Virginia and he and Mark attended Georgia Tech and also studied abroad together in France. As fate would have it, we all ended up on the West Coast and when I invited Greg to my birthday party one year, he asked if he could bring along a college buddy. The spark was instant between Mark and me and that night we made a marriage pact — a promise we’d get married if we were both still single at 30. We were engaged two years later and Greg was the best man in our wedding.

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Photographer: Aster and Olive Photography // Event Planning: The Bride // Day-Of Coordination: Kaitlyn Hoy of KEH Design, Anna Troutman // Flowers: The Proper Petal // Invitations and Programs: The Bride // Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete // Venue: Keswick Vineyards // Bridal Suite and First Look Venue: Keswick Hall // Hair and Makeup: Avenue 42 // Dress: Leanne Marshall via Lovely Bride DC // Rentals: Paisley & Jade // Linens: A Festive Fare // Catering: Blue Ridge Pizza Co., Spiked, Carpe Donut // Cake: Sweethaus // Cake Toppers: Goose Grease // Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Bridesmaids and Flower Girls Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Joanna August, J. Crew, Siri, Keepsake the Label, Rent the Runway // Officiant: Melody Porter // DJ: Greg Tutwiler // Tent and Tent Lighting: Skyline Rentals // Tree Lighting: The AV Company // Bridal Shoes: Schutz via Anthropologie // Bridal Earrings: Stella and Dot via Styled by Charlotte // Bridal Party Rompers: Daughters of SimonePiyama

 

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Viktor grew up in Sweden helping out on his family’s farm, while Anna was raised between and Christmas tree farm and a cornfield in Pennsylvania. So, when it came time, The Inn at Barley Sheaf, an estate with rustic views in Anna’a hometown, was a natural one. We’re loving all the seasonal details like the autumnal-hued, and dahlia-heavy florals and climbing vines by Love N’ Fresh Flowers and copper letterpress invitations by Haute Papier Letterpress. Add in some gorgeous fall foliage and Grey Collective member Asya Photography behind the lens and we have ourselves an adorable seasonal celebration.

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How did you meet? 

We met at a mutual friend’s birthday dinner at the Four Season’s Bourbon Steak in D.C. The dinner consisted only of our friend Ashleigh, Viktor, myself, and another friend of the birthday girl. The evening was a blur and the connection was like fireworks. Ashleigh likes to say that it was like sitting in on the most perfect first date she could imagine. We were both casually seeing someone else at the time, but we could not shake that chemistry, and so in just one week, we sorted out our other situations and then went on our first date the following week. Three months later we went on our first trip to the Luberon in the South of France where I met his family, et voila, the rest is history! We felt that Ashleigh was the most appropriate officiant for our wedding considering the story, so she married us.

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Tell us about the venue.

Viktor grew up in Stockholm with much of his family running a farm near Hedemora, Sweden. He spent all of his holidays and countless family occasions at the farm and in the forest land of this area. I grew up in Doylestown Pennsylvania between a Christmas tree farm and a corn field, and have always held the charm of Bucks County farmland close to my heart. Considering Sweden would be a difficult destination for many of our friends and family, Viktor suggested that we find a farm in my hometown to honor our upbringings. The Inn at Barley Sheaf was a perfect location for us. Working in hotels, I have seen many beautiful weddings planned to include multiple locations and venues for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after party, etc. We wanted to create an environment that made our guests feel welcome and comfortable, for an entire day of celebration, without having to travel anywhere. BSF has done a beautiful renovation on their barn space which served both as our ceremony space, and as our after party venue later in the evening. The Manor House hosted a lovely cocktail hour on the patio facing the gazebo, and there is plenty of space for our tent to have the reception. The fall foliage, horses, apple trees and space for croquet and lawn games was an added bonus. Not to mention, the entire wedding party (bridesmaids and groomsmen) were able to stay in the sixteen rooms on site, so it really made for an all inclusive sentiment; like a home away from home for the entire weekend.

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What was the theme of the wedding, and how would you describe the day?  What personal touches did you add? 

Halloween is a very special holiday for us. Anna has hosted an annual charity event called Violence is Scary in Washington D.C. to support local domestic violence charities in the city because of her passion for the holiday and the cause. The bride and groom bought a home on October 31, 2014, exactly one year before the wedding date. We wanted to incorporate the holiday without overdoing it, so we had a roaring 20’s/Gatsby rehearsal dinner at the Michener Art Museum the night before, and then decorated the barn for the after party with Halloween themed inspirations and a fog machine (all DIY projects from the Paper Source). The photo-booth had all handmade Halloween themed props designed for the wedding by Manic Moose on Etsy. And the dessert table was a Trick-or-Treat theme, with a variety of delicious bite sized options made by Debbie Croll, Anna’s mom. The band learned Monster Mash as the encore song for the evening.

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The rest of the wedding was very seasonally inspired with light apricot, marsala and sage at the heart of the theme throughout. There were touches of Anna’s favorite, rose gold, wherever metallic appeared. It was a black tie wedding because Viktor thought it would be a fun contrast to have a black tie dress code with a farm background. We had several DIY projects with tissue tassel garland and the bridesmaids carried oversized balloons with peach confetti. The table escort cards were secured to mini Chandon bottles with a sign reading “It’s not a VJ party without bottle service” as an inside joke/tribute to Viktor’s affinity to bottle service at night clubs and bars. We had cornhole boards made each displaying the skyline of Stockholm or Philadelphia, with the bean bags embroidered with our self-made monogram AV symbol that appeared throughout the event.

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Another contrast that was very important to us was to make sure that both the American and Swedish influences shined through. We had readings at the ceremony in both English and Swedish, the table numbers were displayed with hand cut wooden horses called Dala horses, that represent the region in Sweden where Viktor’s family is from. There were luminaries with the skyline of Stockholm, and we carved pumpkins to spell out the Josefsson for the evening to light the way for guests leaving after the event. There was a trick-or-treat cauldron with candy bags to take away: Swedish fish imported from Malmo in Sweden for the guests. We rented a large marquee light of the LOVE statue from Philadelphia which is one of Anna’s favorite places in the city. We finished the evening late at night with the Say Cheese food truck from Philadelphia because of Anna’s cheese obsession, featuring classic Philadelphia cheesesteaks. This was one of the biggest hits of the evening. The processional music for the wedding party was an instrumental piano version of Wake Me Up by Swedish DJ Avicii; the bride walked down the aisle to the Glasgow Love Theme from Love Actually, and the recessional music was a famous Swedish love song.

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What will you remember most about your wedding day?  

Viktor and I both discussed how there were several times throughout the evening where we just stopped and looked around to take in being surrounded by so many friends and family. Especially for Viktor, given that 40 family members traveled all the way from Sweden to attend the wedding. I will personally never forget my father/daughter dance when we waltzed to Sunrise Sunset, and then pretended to walk off at the end, but returned with a pompadour, Elvis glasses and a huge foam bob wig to perform The Twist. Another hysterical moment was mid-ceremony when Viktor and I looked at each other, and then over at Ashleigh as she was reading. We both noticed a small spider dropping out of the floral archway directly in front of her forehead but she didn’t see it. We tried to keep our composure, but when we made eye contact again, we burst into laughter mid-ceremony. Lastly, I learned part of my vows in Swedish to surprise Viktor, which certainly worked!

Photographer: Asya Photography // Planner/Coordinator: Bride // Florist: Love N’ Fresh Flowers, Jennie Love // Stationery: Haute Papier Letterpress Sarah Walsh, Washington D.C. / Laura Hooper Calligrapher, Alexandria VA // Wedding Dress and Veil Designer: Mira Zwillinger (Rubi Dress and Veil) // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August // Makeup Artist:  Beke Beau // Men’s Attire: Trunk Club custom tuxedo, Salvatore Ferragamo, patent leather shoes // Jewelry (including rings): www.tinyjewelbox.com // Cake/Dessert: All homemade by the bride’s mother, Deborah Croll (retired Pastry Chef of Hamilton’s Grill Room) // Catering: The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm // Music: The Heather Hayes Experience, Atlanta Georgia (Issac Hayes’ daughter) // Transportation: Sterling Limo // Rentals: Lighting Eventions // Apple Products (pre-ceremony greeting and gift bags): Solebury Orchards

 

It’s no secret that here at Grey Likes Weddings, we’ve got a weakness for splashes of bright color. So, you can imagine our delight when we took a peek at Georgia and Curt’s Boulder, CO wedding day planned by The Gardner Effect. Specifically—the bridesmaids’ dresses! Georgia had her girls choose whatever—literally—they wanted to wear and the result was a collection of pinks and purples and blues and florals and it’s gorgeous. The bridal party looks were complimented by stunning florals by Flora by Nora and a relaxed geode-inspired reception at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The details and delightful hues of the day are all captured beautifully by the talented Connie Whitlock and we know you’ll love it!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We are native Chicagoans but have been living in Colorado for the past few years. We knew when we got engaged that we wanted to bring our families and friends out to our beautiful new home of Colorado to celebrate. It was a true destination wedding for 90% of our guests. We had a welcome dinner the night before the big day at Shupe Homestead where our guests ate barbecue and took in the beautiful Rockies in the background. The day of our wedding, a close friend led our guests on a hike. We really wanted everyone to get a true Colorado experience and we think they did!

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

Finding my gown was one of my favorite parts of the wedding process. I brought all of my favorite ladies (my mom, my mother-in-law, my 2 sisters and my best friend) with me to find my dress and it was one of the most memorable days of my life. I had no idea what style I was looking for so it was fun trying on all different kinds. I ended up finding my beautiful Rebecca Schoneveld dress at A & Be in Denver. I wore a long veil that I got from Donna Beth Creations where I had my dress altered. I also added a rose gold and rhinestone belt to my dress during the reception.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We included a lot of touches to make the wedding personal. My uncle married us which was amazing. He has always been a big part of my life and I was so glad he did it! For our guest book, we asked guests to sign Colorado Cache Cookbook. My grandmother, aunts and mom have used it for years. Now, we have our own copy with fun notes from guests throughout.

I know I may be biased but I think I had the most beautiful bridesmaids ever. So beautiful in fact, that I let them choose whatever they wanted to wear. A lot of people told me I was crazy, but it came together perfectly!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was exchanging vows with my husband. My uncle married us and we wrote our own vows so it felt really comfortable and personal. It didn’t hurt that we had the beautiful flatirons in the background.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Curt, my husband, and I dated for 8 years before we got married! We met when were in college at Indiana University. To say our wedding was a long time coming would be an understatement. We got engaged in one of our favorite places, Vail. I thought we were meeting friends for the weekend but really he brought me there to pop the question! He was so nervous that he asked me almost immediately after we checked into our hotel room. We had an amazing night celebrating in Vail and then another surprise! Curt had arranged for us to fly to Chicago the next morning where he set up a big engagement party with all of our family and friends! It was the most perfect engagement weekend for me.

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From the photographer:

“Georgia and Curt’s effortless and fun style really set the stage for their gorgeous, light filled day. Even though they had to move their ceremony venue the week before the wedding day – they took it all in stride. Georgia kept her theme throughout the day simple and elegant with natural and modern elements. This combination perfectly flowed throughout the day, with a modern pre-ceremony hotel and reception venue, to the natural ceremony venue at the base of the stunning Flatiron mountains, to their wild organic floral. Georgia let her bridesmaids choose their own dresses, and they came up with a mix of fun floral prints mixed with solid pastel floor length dresses. The fun juxtaposition of all the different elements created for a bright, welcome celebration full of love and joy!”

Photography: Connie Whitlock // Coordinator: The Gardner Effect // Floral Design: Flora by Nora // Invitations: Shine Invitations // Ceremony Venue: Chautauqua Park // Reception Venue: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art // Pre-Ceremony: St. Julien Hotel & Spa // Hair & Makeup: Megan Cary // Dress Designer: Rebecca Schoneveld // Dress Boutique: A & Be Bridal Shop // Catering: Three Leaf Catering // Band: Diamond Empire Band // Lighting: Highlights Colorado

 

Kayla and Austin’s vibrant Santa Fe wedding celebration at La Fonda on the Plaza knocked our socks right off—or should we say boots? As in, we can NOT stop ogling over the crazy-amazing colors and details imagined by the incredible team at The Hitching Post. The florals by Melissa Paquin of Renegade Floral are beyond gorgeous and the invitation suite by the one-and-only Ladyfingers Letterpress is stationery taken to another level. You guys have to check out all the fun and lively details in these beautiful images by the talented Alicia Lucia Photography. We know you’re going to love it too!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Just having the wedding in Santa Fe; it was the place that we fell in love and also the place that we got engaged. Being able to share that place with our family and friends made the wedding so incredibly special to us.

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One of the most unique things about our wedding is that we did a venue flip, meaning that the ceremony and reception were in the same place and the dinner was at a separate location. The ceremony and cocktail hour was at La Fonda on the Plaza, which is right off the Santa Fe square. After the cocktail hour we paraded through the Santa Fe square to Coyote Cafe, where dinner was. The parade was a huge hit with our guests and was so much fun. The guests picked up their escort cards at the cocktail party, which were miniature tambourines with colorful ribbon attached to them. During the parade, all of our guests were shaking their tambourines and dancing their way down the streets as Savor, a Cuban street music band, played.

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

I really love long-sleeved wedding dresses and wanted to find the perfect one for our wedding. I wanted a dress that was flowy and had a bohemian feel to it. After much searching, I went to Stardust Celebrations in Plano, Texas and completely fell in love with Hailey Paige’s Remmington Gown. The detailed beading on the top of the dress was to die for and the rosewater color combined with flowing net bottom gave it that bohemian feel that I was wanting. The dress also had a small band on the waistline that helped accentuate my waist, which flattered my figure. It truly was my dream dress.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

One of my favorite personal touches were our floral initials. Our florist made a floral “K” and “A” and placed them at the entrance of the ceremony. They later moved to sit on the fireplace for the reception. The floral initials were definitely one of my favorite design elements.

Another of my favorite personal touches was our craft cocktail bar. Austin and I love handcrafted cocktails with fresh ingredients; it has even became a joke between our friends that since being together we have become “craft cocktail connoisseurs.” Our wedding designer, Jessie Baca, helped us implement this into our wedding by creating a jar bar. Our guests would choose their liquor and their ingredients (which consisted of fresh herbs and fruit). Their concoction was put into a jar, topped off with soda water, shaken and served.

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day was the first look. It was very emotional and intimate. In that moment we were able to soak everything in and truly appreciate the meaning of the day. It will be a moment that I will forever remember for the rest of my life.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Austin and I met through mutual friends while we were in college at Texas Tech University. When we first started dating, we took a spontaneous weekend trip to Santa Fe, NM. Neither of us had been there before and we were not quite sure what to expect. That weekend, we fell in love with Santa Fe as well as each other. As our relationship progressed, Santa Fe quickly became “our place.” One December night, Austin proposed to me in the Plaza square under the Christmas lights.

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Photography: Alicia Lucia Photography // Wedding Design, Planning & Coordination: The Hitching Post // Floral Design: Melissa Paquin, Renegade Floral // Invitation suite: Ladyfingers Letterpress // Venue: La Fonda on the Plaza // Gown: Hayley Paige // Cake: Chocolate Maven Bakery // Makeup: Monica Stark Makeup // Hair: Jess Evans Hair and Makeup Artistry // Sounds: Absolute Entertainment / Ceremony: Cielo String Quartet / Cocktails and Parade: Cuban Group Savor / In-House Dance Band: Soulstice Santa Fe  // Shoes: Valentino // Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale // Videography: Scott Hussion

 

Ashley and Terence celebrated their big day in old-world, european style at Oheka Castle. The couple didn’t have to travel overseas, however, because this gem-of-a-venue in right in New York state. An outdoor ceremony was held overlooking the breathtaking grounds and the design details were centered around the gorgeous, deep purple-hues florals by Ava Floral. The bride wore a cut-out lace Watters gown with just the right amount of sheer for an understated drama. We’re loving the way Grey Collective member Ryon:Lockhart Photography captured all the incredible moments in these beautiful images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We did so much ourselves! We designed and printed the programs and menus. I learned calligraphy to hand-address our invites. And the vendors! We actually worked with people who we would go out and have a drink with. It really made it feel like we were connected to EVERYONE that day. There was so much support!

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

The gown is a Watters gown that I tried on at my first appointment at Lovely in NYC. I didn’t want to commit at my first appointment so I went to a few others and then knew I wanted to try that Watters gown on again. I looked to see when they would have a trunk sale in the area so that if I wanted to buy, I would get a discount! When I tried it on the second time I knew it was perfect for me!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had a lot of quirky additions that helped make the day uniquely ours. We had a family friend perform the ceremony and another family friend play bagpipes after we finished saying our vows. We also just did whatever made us happy. My shoes hurt so I ended up wearing slippers the whole night. Also, we got to crowd-surf to Love In This Club at the end of the night. We also hand-painted the table assignments and used letters as opposed to numbers.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Seeing each other for the first time. My dad’s speech. The crowd-surfing.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met through mutual friends and became fast friends. We spent countless hours flirting on gchat until one day Terence told me he had feelings for me. We have been together ever since. We got engaged mid-week during the summer of 2014. Terence asked me to meet him for drinks at the Wythe hotel and then proposed in one of their rooms. Now we have the same wallpaper that was in that room in our apartment at home!

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Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography // Floral Design: Ava Floral // Venue / Catering / Cake : Oheka Castle // Officiant: Captain Denis Faherty, USN (RET) // DJ: 45 Riots // Hair: Lori Karcher // MUA: Erika Leiberman // Dress: Watters // Bridesmaids Dresses: Assorted // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Tux: Hart Schaffner Marx

photography @ryonlockhartphotography // florals @avaflora // @oheka_castle

gown @watterswtoo // shoes @badgleymischka // tux @hartschaffner