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Laura and Scott’s wedding had us at unruly-purple-wildflower-centerpieces. And that’s just a sliver of the floral-gorgeousness that Fionna Floral brought to the Carmel Valley Ranch wedding planned by Amazae Events. Look for the delicate greenery climbing up the simple wood arbor, huge overflowing white arrangements flanking the ceremony isle, a soft and textured bouquet and stately potted herbs on the escort table. No detail was left un-flowered and we’re loving the way it tied into the vibe of the ranch. The event was completed with invitations by Rachel Brandzel Creative, a dessert bar by Monterey Donuts and Laura’s beautiful tailored lace Lela Rose gown. Lucky for us, Amanda Wei Photography was on hand to capture all the details in these lovely images of the day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

From the very beginning my goal for the wedding was to be a fun, beautiful, and relaxed party, and a great weekend getaway for my family and friends. I wanted the ceremony and reception to be seem personal and intimate. The location, Carmel Valley Ranch, was perfect for these goals! My whole extended family and many friends were able to stay at the Ranch. It was so fun to run into people at the pool, restaurant, and spa before the wedding! The venue for the ceremony and the reception had beautiful views of the valley and the weather was perfect! The activities and relaxed vibe of the venue added to the great weekend getaway. I thought that Amazea did a great job of bringing the aesthetics of the Ranch and Carmel Valley into the decor of the wedding.

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

I found my gown at Jin Wang in San Francisco. My cousins, aunts, sister, mother, and I all traveled from Seattle to San Francisco for a girls weekend and some dress shopping. Jin Wang was our last stop and the whole experience there was perfect. The dress was a gorgeous Lela Rose, that Jin custom tailored.  It had straps and she made it strapless. Also, she took in the bottom layer to make it more of a sheath fit and left the lace overlay A-line. The dress was light weight and fit perfectly. The lace had this wonderful silver threading that added just the right amount of shimmer.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My husband’s best friend did the ceremony. I thought it reflected our personalities and our relationship. We had signature drinks, Moscow Mules (my favorite) in copper cups, which tied in to the decor.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

This is always the hardest question to answer because everything was memorable! I loved the dancing! I also loved right after the ceremony being with just Scott and then being joined by the bridal party and our immediate families to celebrate for just a few minutes on our own. We had some champagne and toasted the occasion!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Scott and I met through mutual friends when we were living in Manhattan. The first long trip we took was a ski trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where we decided we needed to get out of Manhattan and be closer to family, nature, and skiing (for my husband). Shortly after we moved across the country to Seattle (where I am from). We took a trip to Alaska to ski. On a beautiful drive from the city up to the mountains Scott pulled over so we could take pictures. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was very surprised because I didn’t expect he would propose on the side of the road. We also honeymooned in the mountains in Japan!

Photography: Amanda Wei Photography // Coordination: Amazae Events // Florals: Fionna Floral // Invitations: Rachel Brandzel Creative // Wedding Stationery: The Quill // Venue & Catering: Carmel Valley Ranch // Hair & Makeup: Melissa Hoffmann // Linens: WildFlower Linen // Rentals: Chic Event Rentals / Williams Party Rentals // Dessert Bar: Monterey Donuts // Entertainment: The Lucky Devils Band

 

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Jelena and Andrew had become smitten with the coastal beauty of Charleston on a road trip taken in the early stages of their courtship. So, when it came time to choose a wedding location, the couple wanted to share their love for the city with all their family and friends. The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation offered the perfect backdrop to their intimate celebration and Ooh! Events helped tie all the details together including lush florals and garlands of California bay leaves, seeded eucalyptus and magnolia leaves by Out of the GardenSean Money + Elizabeth Fay worked their magic behind the lens to capture all the lovely details in these beautiful images.

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How did you meet?

We met at a bar in Boston! Andrew was doing his residency at MGH and I was finishing my first year of dental school. I ended up leaving town a few days after our initial meeting for a summer externship, but we reconnected at the end of summer and went on our first date. The evening of our first date was also the eve of Hurricane Irene in Boston. It was only fitting that Hurricane Hermine made landfall the weekend of our wedding. Luckily, the storm passed just in time for the most beautiful weather you could imagine on the actual wedding day.

Why Charleston/Boone Hall Cotton Dock?

Andrew and I did a year of long distance while dating. We drove his belongings from Boston to Atlanta and stopped in Charleston for two nights on our roadtrip. We fell in love with the coastal beauty, the amazing food and the southern culture. After we finished school we moved to Dallas together and got engaged. Once we started planning the wedding we decided that we wanted our family and friends to have an excuse to visit our favorite city and experience a little taste of the south. We had visited Boone Hall before and were in love with the beautiful plantation, the alley of oak trees and the sense of history on the property. We immediately knew we had to book it for our venue!

What was the planning process like? 

Before we even secured the venue, I had started the planning process. I used several wedding blogs. Grey Likes especially, and sites to research vendors and got in touch with them for availability and quotes. I had to make sure that the vision in my head was attainable on our budget before making any commitments. Once I confirmed that the venue and photographers were available, the rest came together one by one. Because I lived in Dallas and worked full-time, all my planning was done long distance, which was definitely a challenge. I had several photos and examples of what I was envisioning and I referred all the vendors to my Pinterest board to get a feel for the aesthetic/vibe I wanted. We made two trips to Charleston during the planning process. The first trip was to meet potential vendors for planning, rentals, florals, catering and hair & makeup. The second trip was for the food tasting (this was the only part Andrew was involved in) and to meet our coordinator.

How did the idea process flow back and forth with the planner and the bride?

Candice from Ooh! Events came into the planning process as our “day of coordinator” sixty days prior to the wedding. It was a major relief for me to finally have someone to take over all the vendors I had booked and begin the final stages of putting all the details together. We emailed back and forth almost daily. Because our first meeting was so great, I felt very comfortable letting her take over.

What did you want for your big day? What was especially important to the bride/the groom/the families?

We wanted to incorporate our personal style with the existing beauty of Boone Hall. We chose the venue because we felt something special walking around the plantation, and we didn’t want to distract from that feeling with too much additional decor. The ceremony took place at the front gate with no additional decor necessary other than the back drop of oak trees. We wanted an intimate celebration where guests would be swept away by the moss on the oak trees, the summer breeze on the water and the timeless beauty of the plantation. It was important for us to have an intimate and personalized event, but to also let the venue shine. We wanted our guests to leave with a memory of the way they felt when they were at Boone Hall, not just a memory of a party.

Can you describe some of the details (flowers, palette, invitations, welcome bag, favors, food, cake, special touches…what did you love and why?)

Our palette was very neutral. We chose white, ivory, gold and green. One of the ways we wanted to create an intimate experience was to seat the guests at long farm tables all connected in a U shape. We had lush greenery runners of California bay leaves, seeded eucalyptus and magnolia leaves on the tables with tapered candles and white flowers throughout. We used our own collection of old wine corks to create the place card holders. Sitting at the table during dinner and seeing all of our family and friends so close during the most beautiful time of day (golden hour) was one of the most memorable moments for us. The candlelight, greenery runner and the unique table arrangement all contributed to the intimacy and warmth of the reception. As an added touch Capri Blue Volcano scented votives were scattered throughout the entire reception area so that the scent would always remind us of this special day!

We placed a round bar on the dock to encourage people to interact and be outside near the water. White drapes, gold chandeliers, gold mirrors and lots of candles helped to create a timeless look that didn’t take away from the venue’s existing beauty and style. We really wanted our wedding to be timeless, so the decor was elegant and neutral and simply there as a compliment to the venue’s own charm and beauty.

We had so many comments on the amazing passed hors d’oeuvres! This is where we incorporated a taste of the south. We chose fried okra, shrimp and grits and fried chicken in waffle cones – a guest favorite which also came out for an encore late night on the dance floor.

When it came to the party, we had a mix of American and Serbian music (my side of the family) and the guests were up dancing the entire night. We had traditional “rakija” shots and had everyone dancing until the sparkler sendoff in a vintage mustang. The sendoff car was another memorable moment for us. We drove off in the back of the convertible listening to the breeze in the oak trees and smelling the sweet coastal air. We had the entire drive back into town to be alone and take in all the magical moments of the day. Alone with no cameras, it was a perfect end to a perfect day.

Design & Coordination & Rentals: Ooh! Events // Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay // Floral: Out of the Garden // Venue: The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation // Dress Brand/Designer: Enzoani // Boutique: Bridal Boutique Lewisville // Hair/Makeup: Dannon Collard // Tabletop Rentals: Polished Tabletop  // Catering: CRU Catering // DJ: Lucas the DJ // Ceremony Entertainment: Charleston Strings

 

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

 

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