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San Francisco couple Annie and Jake were married just six short post-proposal, two-thousand miles away in the city where they first met—Cincinnati. The couple dubbed their wedding theme “relaxed romantic” and enlisted the help of very talented friends to implement their vision at Carnegie​ ​Center​ ​of​ ​Columbia​ ​Tusculum​. Literally, from the photographer, to the band—and every vendor in between—was a personal friend of the couple. Depp, moody florals are by Katie’s​ ​Blooms​, and the bride wore BHLDN​ gown and shoes while her best friend Folchi​ ​Photography​ captured all her joy on her big day.

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From the bride: Jake​ ​and​ ​I​ ​got​ ​married​ ​in​ ​May,​ ​just​ ​six​ ​months​ ​after​ ​he​ ​proposed.​ ​We​ ​simply​ ​couldn’t​ ​wait​ ​to​ ​to​ ​start our​ ​life​ ​together!​ ​Because​ ​of​ ​our​ ​short​ ​engagement,​ ​I​ ​think​ ​our​ ​wedding​ ​ended​ ​up​ ​really​ ​reflecting​ ​the two​ ​of​ ​us.​ ​We​ ​didn’t​ ​have​ ​the​ ​time​ ​or​ ​funds​ ​to​ ​go​ ​too​ ​crazy.​ ​Ha!

If​ ​there​ ​was​ ​a​ ​theme,​ ​I’d​ ​call​ ​it​ ​”relaxed​ ​romantic.”​ ​We​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​things​ ​as​ ​simple​ ​and​ ​fun​ ​as possible​ ​for​ ​our​ ​guests​ ​–​ ​that’s​ ​where​ ​things​ ​like​ ​the​ ​food​ ​stations,​ ​cocktail​ ​tables​ ​and​ ​sparse​ ​seating, open​ ​bar​ ​featuring​ ​our​ ​favorite​ ​drinks,​ ​lawn​ ​games,​ ​and​ ​donut​ ​bar​ ​came​ ​into​ ​play​ ​–​ ​while​ ​still​ ​feeling beautiful​ ​and​ ​meaningful​ ​to​ ​us.

Jake​ ​and​ ​I​ ​are​ ​extremely​ ​lucky​ ​to​ ​be​ ​surrounded​ ​by​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​talented​ ​people​ ​in​ ​our​ ​life.​ ​They​ ​all contributed​ ​their​ ​talents​ ​to​ ​our​ ​special​ ​day.​ ​My​ ​little​ ​sister​ ​did​ ​all​ ​of​ ​our​ ​stationery,​ ​my​ ​best​ ​friend​ ​took our​ ​photos,​ ​another​ ​best​ ​friend​ ​made​ ​our​ ​video,​ ​our​ ​band​ ​are​ ​actually​ ​close​ ​college​ ​friends​ ​of​ ​my husband’s,​ ​my​ ​cousin​ ​cantored,​ ​my​ ​sisters​ ​and​ ​soon-to-be​ ​sisters​ ​decorated​ ​the​ ​reception​ ​space​ ​(with the​ ​blooms​ ​by​ ​the​ ​box​ ​flowers!)​ ​and​ ​made​ ​our​ ​boutonnieres,​ ​the​ ​cake​ ​was​ ​a​ ​creation​ ​of​ ​a​ ​local​ ​baker who​ ​I​ ​met​ ​years​ ​ago,​ ​when​ ​she​ ​was​ ​just​ ​getting​ ​started.​ ​Countless​ numbers ​of​ ​our​ ​friends​ ​had​ ​”jobs”​ ​and “responsibilities”​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​our​ ​day​ ​moving​ ​along;​ ​even​ ​our​ ​priest​ ​was​ ​the​ ​man​ ​who​ ​baptized​ ​me​ ​26​ ​years ago​ ​(and​ ​was​ ​also​ ​my​ ​dad’s​ ​former​ ​principal​ ​40​ ​years​ ​ago)!
I​ ​was​ ​a​ ​little​ ​worried​ ​about​ ​planning​ ​the​ ​wedding​ ​from​ ​2000​ ​miles​ ​away​ ​(we​ ​live​ ​in​ ​San​ ​Francisco,​ ​and got​ ​married​ ​in​ ​the​ ​neighborhood​ ​where​ ​we​ ​met​ ​in​ ​Cincinnati),​ ​but​ ​having​ ​so​ ​many​ ​amazing​ ​friends​ ​and family​ ​made​ ​it​ ​easy.

I​ ​think​ ​it​ ​was​ ​the​ ​personal​ ​relationships​ ​that​ ​made​ ​our​ ​day​ ​even​ ​more​ ​unforgettable.​ ​In​ ​fact,​ ​when​ ​the doors​ ​to​ ​the​ ​church​ ​opened,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​started​ ​walking​ ​down​ ​the​ ​aisle​ ​with​ ​my​ ​dad,​ ​I​ ​spotted​ ​all​ ​the​ ​most important​ ​people​ ​of​ ​our​ ​life,​ ​gathered​ ​together​ ​to​ ​support​ ​Jake​ ​and​ ​me​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pews​ ​–​ ​and​ ​I​ ​just​ ​started crying. They​ ​were​ ​the​ ​happiest​ ​of​ ​tears.

Other​ ​interesting​ ​things​ ​about​ ​our​ ​wedding:
Lavender​ ​has​ ​always​ ​helped​ ​relax​ ​me,​ ​that’s​ ​why​ ​we​ ​incorporated​ ​it​ ​in​ ​all​ ​the​ ​decor. Our​ ​band​ ​learned​ ​”Blue​ ​Moon”​ ​for​ ​our​ ​first​ ​dance,​ ​because​ ​it’s​ ​only​ ​once​ ​in​ ​a​ ​blue​ ​moon​ ​that people​ ​get​ ​so​ ​lucky​ ​as​ ​we​ ​did​. My​ ​dad​ ​and​ ​I​ ​danced​ ​to​ ​”The​ ​Way​ ​you​ ​Look​ ​Tonight”​ ​by​ ​Frank​ ​Sinatra; we’ve​ ​been​ ​planning that​ ​dance​ ​since​ ​I​ ​was​ ​in​ ​high​ ​school. I​ ​had​ ​five​ ​bridesmaids,​ ​my​ ​three​ ​sisters​ ​and​ ​two​ ​sister-in-laws.​ ​Jake​ ​asked​ ​my​ ​brother​ ​and​ ​his brother​ ​to​ ​be​ ​groomsman,​ ​so​ ​all​ ​of​ ​our​ ​siblings​ ​were​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wedding​ ​party​ ​which​ ​was really​ ​special. It​ ​was​ ​so​ ​HOT​ ​the​ ​day​ ​we​ ​got​ ​married!​ ​After​ ​all​ ​the​ ​photos​ ​and​ ​before​ ​the​ ​ceremony,​ ​our wedding​ ​party​ ​had​ ​to​ ​stop​ ​by​ ​the​ ​local​ ​bar​ ​to​ ​cool​ ​off​ ​with​ ​a​ ​beer​! The​ ​wedding,​ ​photos​ ​and​ ​reception​ ​were​ ​all​ ​in​ ​the​ ​neighborhood​ ​of​ ​Columbia​ ​Tusculum, where​ ​I​ ​lived​ ​for​ ​two​ ​years​ ​after​ ​college,​ ​and​ ​Jake​ ​and​ ​I​ ​met​ ​four​ ​years​ ​before​ ​our​ ​big​ ​day.

Photographer: Folchi​ ​Photography​ // Floral​ ​Styling: Katie’s​ ​Blooms​ // Flowers: Blooms By The Box​ ​​// Paper​ ​Products: MOO​ ​​// Ceremony​ ​Venue: St.​ ​Stephen’s​ ​Catholic​ ​Church​ // Reception​ ​Venue: Carnegie​ ​Center​ ​of​ ​Columbia​ ​Tusculum​ // Bridal​ ​Shoot​ ​Venue: Queen​ ​City​ ​Vignette​ // Wedding​ ​Dress​ ​+​ ​Shoes Designer:​ ​BHLDN​ // Bridesmaid​ ​Attire: Azazie​ ​// Graphic​ ​Design: Colleen​ ​Butler​ ​Design​ // Cake​ ​Topper Hickory​ ​Twine // Hair: Hannah​ ​Quirk // Makeup: Chelsea​ ​Skurow // Food​ ​+​ ​Beverage: Jeff​ ​Thomas​ ​Catering // Bakery: Canteen​ ​Bakery​ // Videographer: Shane​ ​Harrison​ ​and​ ​Jenna​ ​Heaton // Ceremony​ ​Entertainment: DJ​ ​CEO // Reception​ ​Entertainment: Suede​ ​Jackets​ ​(band) // Grooms​ ​Suit Designer:​ ​Tommy​ ​Hilfiger​ // Tent: The​ ​Alleen​ ​Co​ ​​ ​​

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Kate and Tom’s elegant Descanso Gardens wedding day festivities included pictures in a redwood forest, a wedding ceremony under oak trees and cocktails in a Japanese garden. Planner Demaray Events focused on celebrating the beautiful botanical garden settings with a stunning, rustic and minimal ceremony arbor by Holly Flora, an industrial romantic reception design and personal touches like the NYT crossword puzzle program by Sloan Harmony Design and custom cocktail napkins highlighting the couple’s favorite things.  You can see all the lovely details in the stunning images from Steve Cowell Photo.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

We decided to get married in beautiful Pasadena, California, where I grew up and my parents still live. With over 90% of our guests flying in from (much) colder places, we wanted to spend as much time as possible taking advantage of the spectacular 70-degree April weather. We spent the weekend celebrating outside, starting on Friday with an afternoon at Santa Anita Racetrack, a rehearsal on the front lawn of my childhood home, and dinner and welcome cocktails at our favorite open-air restaurant. Saturday’s festivities were held at a beautiful botanical garden and included pictures in a redwood forest, a wedding ceremony under oak trees and cocktails in a Japanese garden.

Before the official wedding ceremony, we exchanged personal vows in front of Tom’s brothers, my maid of honor, and one of my closest friends. The ceremony was officiated by a dear friend who had gone to high school with Tom. He did an incredible job, writing a very personalized sermon that made everyone laugh and cry at the same time. The ceremony featured readings from Winnie the Pooh and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the entire wedding was watched live on FaceTime by my maternal grandparents, who weren’t able to make the trip from New York.

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

When I was dress shopping, I was looking for something pretty specific – I wanted a dress that was simple and chic, but also not boring. My mom flew up to San Francisco for the weekend to help me shop and I set up 6 different appointments at various bridal salons in and around the city. We went to appointment after appointment and found nothing that I liked. It’s amazing the looks you get when you tell people that you don’t want anything with lace, tulle, or pouf! Our last appointment of the weekend had taken us all the way out to Walnut Creek, and after six appointments and about 50 dresses, I was feeling pretty defeated. On our way to dinner, we walked past Kinsley James’ Walnut Creek store. I didn’t have an appointment, but they managed to fit me in and understood exactly the look I was going for. They pulled out the dress I ended up picking – a simple Rivini silk crepe dress with two panel cut outs.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We wanted the wedding to feel lighthearted and had a lot of fun adding in personal details that reflected who we are as individuals and as a couple. One of our favorite things to do is to sit on the couch on Sunday mornings and do the New York Times crossword puzzle, so we added the NYT crossword puzzle from the day we started dating on the back of our programs and gave our guests little golf pencils to fill it out. I handmade our table numbers, which were little riddles that guests had to solve to get to their seats. Our specialty cocktails gave a nod to Harry Potter —we served Polyjuice Potion (a Manhattan) and Felix Felicis (a French 75). To accompany the cocktails, we made custom napkins that said “Go Cubs Go” (Tom is from Chicago) and “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine” (Casablanca is one of our favorite movies).

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

We had an amazing DJ who had all of our guests rocking out on the dance floor the entire night. To cap it off, he played our favorite power ballad, Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing. As Tom and I slow-danced, all of our guests formed an impromptu circle around us and swayed as we all belted out the lyrics at the top of our lungs. It was the perfect way to end an amazing day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

In 2013, I moved to Chicago to attend business school at Northwestern. I signed up to attend a trip for incoming students to Turkey, and Tom, a second year student at the time, was leading the trip. We bonded on the trip over our shared love of Harry Potter, crossword puzzles, and travel. When we got back home, Tom asked me out and we spent the next two years exploring Chicago and falling in love.

After graduation, I moved to San Francisco while Tom stayed in Chicago. We spent the next 6 months traveling back and forth across the country earning lots of airline miles. Tom spent Thanksgiving in Pasadena with my family, and I flew to Chicago to spend Christmas with Tom’s. Christmas is one of my very favorite times of the year, and two days before Christmas, Tom planned a day filled with a whole list of Chicago Christmas activities – a visit to the Christkindlemart to buy Christmas ornaments, an Italian dinner in Andersonville, and cocktails at our favorite Evanston speakeasy. Tom proposed at the end of the night and, after enjoying Christmas with Tom’s family, we flew to Spain and spent a whole week celebrating over tapas and wine.

Photography:  Steve Cowell Photo // Event Design & Planning: Demaray Events // Florals: Holly Flora // Paper Goods: Sloan Harmony Design // Venue: Descanso Gardens // Wedding Dress: Selma By Rivina // Wedding Dress Boutique: Kinsley James // Bride’s Shoes: M. Gemi (Fortuna) // Hair + Makeup: Bethany Colson // Groom Attire: Indochino // Videography: BGS Productions // Catering: Patina // Cake: Fantasy Frostings // Furniture & Linen Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Specialty Rentals: 204 Events (Reception Lighting) // Music: Red Shoe L.A. (Ian)

 

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.

 

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