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Katie and Alex were married on a crisp, sunny November day in Minneapolis. The traditional ceremony was followed by a warehouse reception at Solar Arts designed by Blush & Whim and filled with the couple’s vision of “endless greens, rustic wood, vintage charm, the glow of Edison bulbs; oh and donuts for days.” We love the moodiness of the palette—sage green, dusty teal, mauve and burgundy—in the florals by the always-amazing Munster Rose and stationery by Paper Rock Scissors. Check out all the details in these STUNNING images from Kokal Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding came together like a dream come true!  With one of the last nice sunny, warm days in November, it was perfect. November is a special month for us, with both our birthdays, my grandmother’s birthday on our wedding day as well as Veteran’s Day, and with so many amazing vets in our lives. But ultimately our vision of endless greens, rustic wood and vintage charm as well as the glow of Edison bulbs; oh and donuts for days, it was truly classic and magical.

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

I absolutely loved my gown (as I’m sure most brides would say about their dress) designed by Enzoani. It was mermaid style, made of soft tulle, was so incredibly comfortable, and absolutely not what I thought I was looking for but ended up being perfect for me in every way. I added a crystal sash to it for some glitz.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had a custom welcome sign made from Paper and Pine Co. Shasta Bell created our custom guest wood board for our guests to sign; her calligraphy is perfection. Also, my parents made the birch wood table number holders that sat on all the tables. All details coming together, organized by my wedding planning Jennae and venue coordinator Jenna, made the day perfect!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our ceremony! It was a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Charles Borromeo and seeing my groom at the end of the isle waiting for me, melted my heart. We are truly a perfect match and we were both so happy to finally call each other husband and wife. Also, having all our friends and family their to share in our ceremony and reception, we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We rode the same school bus when we were little, but didn’t know it. My grandparents and Alex’s parents played cards often when we were young, and we attended the same elementary, middle, and high schools. We also have very close mutual friends, who now say it was meant to be at some point. But it wasn’t until a chance encounter many years later, well after our college years, that our paths finally crossed for keeps! We met, dated briefly and knew it was for life. We got engaged at Insight Brewery; Alex surprised Katie on a Monday evening in December, surrounded by family and friends.

Photography: Kokal Photography // Wedding Planner: Blush & Whim // Florals: Munster Rose // Invitations: Paper Rock Scissors // Ceremony: Church of St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony MN // Reception: Solar Arts // Calligrapher: Shasta Bell // Bride’s Dress: Enzoani (the Ivan dress) from Posh Bridal Couture // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids // Hair/Makeup Hair by Theresa // Grooms/Groomsmen’s Attire: Michael Kors from The Foursome // Ring Display: The Mrs. Box // Rings: R.F. Moeller // Linens: Linen Effects // 700+ Donuts: Sarah Jane’s Bakery // Birch Table Number Holders: Bride’s Parents // Welcome Sign: Paper and Pine Co. // Catering: Chow Girls Catering // Edison Bulbs: Phos Events // Vintage Rentals:  On Solid Ground // Band: The Sevilles // Photo Booth: Selfie and Co.

 

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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

 

“It felt like a dream, it was that beautiful.” says bride, Brianna, of her wedding to Joseph atOlowalu Plantation Estate. We couldn’t agree more!  Planned and designed by Maui’s Angels, with stunning florals by Mandy Grace Designs , the details are abundant including whimsical stationery by Kate Paulson Designs and signage by  Miss B Calligraphy, an amazing dessert bar by Maui Wedding Cakes, a bold ceremony design, and romantic sunset-hued tablescapes. We LOVE everything about Brianna and Joe’s big day and you can see it all in these photographs captured by the amazing Wendy Laurel.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Other than saying “I Do”, it was walking into my own wedding. After getting hair and make-up done at the hotel (Honua Kai) the girls and I all got into a limo and headed to the Olowalu Plantation. I walked into the house (which is stunning itself) and out onto the porch that overlooks the grounds and saw the bar, lights, tables, chairs and arch for the ceremony, and everything else. The plantation grounds were filled with decorations in every area and flowers everywhere along with a huge chandelier hanging from a tree over-top of the bar. There were a good amount of people working their tails off right up until the ceremony to make everything perfect for us. When I saw how magical and perfect everything was all at that moment I become overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe that this was my wedding. It felt like a dream, it was that beautiful.

Also, Joe had surprises sent to me throughout the day. It started with breakfast, then a while after that he surprised me with a trip to Thailand in a note along with a diamond bracelet that I had my eye on for months, so I could wear it on my wedding day. But my favorite was a framed picture of my dogs (next to a little shot of Patron to calm my nerves) that he had set up and waiting at the Olowalu Plantion for me. I was really bummed when I wasn’t able to include them in on the big day, so having a little piece of them there was just the cherry on top. All in all our wedding was everything and more. People still talk about it to this day of how beautiful it was. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard how amazing our pictures are.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

After I got finished with college I moved into a duplex in St. Cloud with three of my girlfriends. For a very short time Joe and a couple of his friends lived on the other side of the duplex before they moved to a different house. We kept in touch after he had moved out and started dating after a couple of months. Five years later he decided to propose on top of Mt. Solaro in Capri, Italy.

 

 

 

Wedding Planner: Maui’s Angels Destination Weddings & Events // Photographer: Wendy Laurel // Florist: Mandy Grace Designs // Stationery: Kate Paulson Designs // Ceremony/Reception Site: Olowalu Plantation Estate // Signage: Miss B Calligraphy // Cake: Maui Wedding Cakes // Rentals: Signature Rentals Maui // Gown Designer: Watters // Grooms/Groomsmen Clothing Designer: Jos A. Bank // Bridesmaids Clothing Designer: Show Me Your Mumu // Hair & Make-up for Bride: MeiLi Autumn Beauty // Catering: Sugar Beach Events // Cocktails and Bar: Garnish Craft Cocktails // Live Music: Jasmine Rice // DJ Entertainment: Maui DJ Services // Linens: Adorn Company // Officiate: Ernest Puaa

 

Savannah and Nick chose the cozy, elegance of Mount Hope Farm for their wedding venue and it was the bride’s mother—a 20-year-wedding-industry-veteran—who handled the rest. The rich autumnal tones of the day are exquisite and highlighted by romantic blooms and decor by Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design. This one is perfectly inspiring for the season and we’re thrilled to share the stunning images by Erin McGinn.

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From the bride, Savannah: After dating for seven years Nick and I immediately knew we wanted our wedding day to reflect us as a couple, while allowing us to celebrate with those that are nearest and dearest to us. We’re from Rhode Island and Boston respectively, but currently live in Colorado, so planning from afar was not without its challenges. Thankfully my mom has worked in the wedding industry for over 20 years and put together an all star cast of vendors for us. Through the planning never once did we worry about the day being anything sort of spectacular.

From the moment we visited we knew Mount Hope Farm was the perfect setting for us. The property is intimate, cozy, and elegant at the same time, and we loved that our wedding party was able to stay on site, to maximize the time we all had together. We held the ceremony at the church I grew up in, a place which holds incredible significance to my family, and to Nick and I.

Nick and I are both huge “foodies,” but being pescatarian, we challenged ourselves to come up with a menu that would stay true to who we are, but also be delicious for our guests. Russell Morin Fine Catering absolutely delivered, from the incredible spread of passed hors d’oeuvres, to a family style meal of roasted salmon and butternut squash ravioli for dinner, complete with fresh mini donuts for the end of the night.

After dinner we had my grandparents open the dance floor, a great way to honor their 65+ years of marriage, and their tradition of always owning the dance floor!

What made the wedding special and unique?

Because my parents owned a catering business and my mom has worked in the industry for over 30 years, many of our vendors were family friends that they have worked with for decades. It made me so proud to see the reputation my parents had built in the industry, and how our wedding was a true labor of love for these vendors. So many of them went above and beyond to make sure our wedding was special not just for my husband and I, but our whole family.

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

I was very nervous about wedding dress shopping, because I had high expectations, but still wanted to stay within my budget. But, I was so lucky to have found Blue Bridal in Denver on the one day my mom and sister where in town visiting, and I couldn’t have been happier with the experience and my dress. Before shopping I swore I wouldn’t wear a ballgown, but after trying a few on I realized how beautiful I felt in that style. Your wedding is the only day in your life you can get away with a dress like that, and I wanted to take advantage of that! The wonderfully patient women at Blue Bridal helped me find “the dress” that made me feel like the bride I always dreamed I would be. Their suggestion of adding a bolero lace top for our church ceremony made me feel like I had two gorgeous dresses in one, and they were even able to make a custom bow that I added to the back of the dress for the reception. Wearing my mom’s veil that her sister had made on my parents’ wedding day completed the look and reminded me of all the years of loving marriages that came before us. Finding out how beautifully my skirt spun on the dance floor didn’t hurt either!

Photography: Erin McGinn // Florist: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design // Invitations/Paper Design: M Rock Creative // Venue: Mount Hope Farm // Dress Designer: La Sposa // Dress Boutique: Blue Bridal Boutique, Denver // Hair and Makeup: Wavelengths Salon and Spa // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Earrings: J Crew // Lighting: Exquisite Events // Décor: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design // Transportation: Viking Tours of Newport // Catering and Cake: Russell Morin Catering and Events // Rentals: Peak Event Services // Music: DJ Bells

 

Leigh and Nick knew they wanted to get married somewhere unique in Dripping Springs, Texas, and Prospect House checked all their boxes. They also included tons of personal details including having a close friend design all the paper goods, Leigh’s cousin giving a “toast and blessing,” and her stepsister officiating the ceremony. Getting married right after Thanksgiving, they didn’t necessarily want the wedding to be Christmasy but they decided to include a few touches, such as the mistletoe on the dinner plates. Wild Sky Events captured the spirit of this fun couple in the planning and design of their wedding, and these gorgeous pics snapped by Lisa Woods Photography are certain to inspire more brides to embrace the idea of a holiday wedding!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We knew wanted to get married in Dripping Springs. Ages before we got engaged I went to lunch with an old friend who let me know she had opened a wedding venue out in Dripping off Fitzhugh Rd. The next time we drove out to his parents’ house I asked if we could go see the venue. At the time it was under construction, and we weren’t even engaged yet. I immediately fell in love with Prospect House because it’s so beautiful and unique but also the personal connection we had that our friends owned it and it is just a couple miles down the road from his parents’ house. I cannot imagine getting married anywhere else.

 

Rebecca, one of my best friends, created the drawings and all the invitations, stationery, menus, programs, and a special map for the room drops. Everyone thought I paid gazillions of dollars to hire a calligrapher. She did such an amazing job.

At the rehearsal dinner we created a “how well do you know the bride and groom” word find that was a big hit and a lot of fun. It was super intimate and that’s where we had all the speeches. We didn’t do any speeches at the wedding but my dad gave a toast. I liked only doing speeches at the rehearsal, much more personal.

At the rehearsal dinner my father-in-law even performed “Going to the Chapel of Love” but they changed the words to “going to the prospect house.” Everyone had a copy of the lyrics and they surprised us! My father-in-law is also a BIG beer brewer and created an amazing beer for us, we still have the tap. We called it “Sam’s Very Special Beer for Very Special People”

My stepsister married us, and did such an amazing job creating a ceremony that represented us. It wasn’t corny but super personal, hilarious, and gave everyone a glimpse into who we are as a couple. It was one of the best moments of my year telling my stepmother that I was going to ask her daughter to marry us. She was so touched and it was such a special way to bring so many families together. I’ve had several people ask me, “who was the person who married you and can I have her information?” because they want her to marry them!

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

I bought it at Houston Bridal Gallery; it’s Essence of Australia. I wanted something to match the antique family heirloom veil I wore as my “something old.” I was determined to spend as little as possible on the dress, but I ended up splurging (a little). My best friend took me shopping with my mom and a couple other friends. She couldn’t be there on my wedding day (she had a baby the following day) so it was so special she was there to pick out the dress with me. After patiently letting me go to the discount places, I said I’d be okay with 5-6 of them. She insisted we go to one more place and try on just one more dress and that was the one!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

  • My cousin (who I’ve always been super close to) always said the blessing growing up. We’re not religious, but she wrote us a special “toast and blessings” for the wedding that was so special. She’s a great artist and wrote it down for us to frame. One of my favorite keepsakes from the wedding.
  • I loved our guest “poster.” Even though we didn’t get married outside where we wanted it was a great way to really remember and picture everyone being there.
  • We had a friend who is a great bartender make a special signature cocktail that was delicious!
  • We got married the week right after Thanksgiving. I didn’t want it to be “Christmas” but we added a few fun touches. My favorite was the mistletoe sprig on all the plates!
  • I loved the little wine decanters we used on the bottles, we gave them away as favors to a few special people.
  • Surprise First Look: I was devastated because it rained and that meant we had to do a “first look.” I had wanted it to be old-fashioned. But we had to, so instead we did a “surprise” first look. Nick didn’t know but I did. I came up behind him and poked him. I wanted him to have some awesome reaction for pictures, but I think he was just so stunned he didn’t know how to react. The pictures turned out so-so of the moment itself, but I’ll never forget how hard my heart was beating! It was even better to do it that way because I still got my “surprise” and it calmed our nerves to see each other beforehand. We got some great photos too!
  • My girlfriends and I rented an awesome house in Zilker Park to get ready, and had a bridal luncheon there that Friday. It was such a great way to get everyone together, almost like a second bachelorette party. It was the hub for the weekend and everyone stayed there. So much more personal than a hotel.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

When I went to put Nick’s ring on, and saw that he was wearing the watch I had bought him as a wedding gift. I wasn’t sure he had opened it, and I was terrified it wouldn’t fit. It was such a special surprise to see him wearing it in that moment.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We worked together at a software company. I was in sales and he was my account manager. I always thought he was handsome, and had so much respect for him and trusted him. Since we worked together I kind of just didn’t look at him that way. We started hanging out more and more, going to lunch and so on. Then one really rough day we went for drinks after work and he basically moved in the next day. He proposed on a trip to NYC to visit my sister for Thanksgiving. We had been walking all day and he insisted we walk all the way from SOHO to the Hudson River because “he felt claustrophobic.” I was honestly kind of annoyed because we had walked 13 miles that day, but I didn’t make a fuss. Thank God I didn’t! When we got to the water, he asked if we could sit, which didn’t even seem funny to me because we were so exhausted. Then he popped the question. He was so nervous he was holding the ring so tight and I had to pry it out of his hands!

 

Leigh & Nick from MoonLit Weddings on Vimeo.

Planning and Design: Wild Sky Events // Photography: Lisa Woods Photography // Invitations and Day of Stationery Rebecca Ewing //  Florals: Exquisite Petals // Venue: Prospect House // Gown: Essence of Australia // Salon: Houston Bridal Gallery // // Makeup: Lavish Beauty // Cake: Sweet Treats Bakery // Catering: Royal Fig Catering // Videography: Moonlit Weddings // Ceremony Music: Terra Vista Strings // DJ: DJ Gatsby