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Happy Fourth of July!! Maybe you’re celebrating at the lake and enjoying picnics, canoeing and some much-needed relaxation? Maybe you’re planning to take in some fireworks at the pier? Either way, this adorable summer engagement shoot from the fabulous A Love Supreme Photography is sure to get you pumped to take in the scenery and enjoy a beautiful summer day with your guy. We’re especially crazy about the super cute styling by Emily Elizabeth Events.

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How they met: Nick and I were introduced during a typical summer boating trip out on Sebago Lake. Nick’s college roommate happened to be my long time friend from grade school. In the winter of 2009 Nick asked me to help him navigate the basics of getting a tan, in preparation for his upcoming trip to Mexico. He was crafty in finding a way to spend time with me and it eventually led to him asking me out on our first date.

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The proposal: Nick and I take an annual trip to Acadia National Park each summer. We spend 4 days camping, hiking, biking, and enjoying the beauty of Maine summer. It is our first tradition that we created together and one that we look forward to every year. During this particular trip we were looking forward to seeing the sunset on Cadillac Mountain, since the year before we had woken up at 4:00am and rushed to the top to see the sunrise. (It is the first place in the US where you can see the sunrise and the view is undoubtedly worth the early wake up time)! While we were walking up Cadillac Mountain to see the sunset, Nick led me down a secluded path where he found a large boulder you could stand on and see above the treeline to view the entire harbor. He held his hand out for me and hoisted me up onto the rock. It was there that he asked me if I would marry him and spend our lives together. That was certainly the most memorable trip to Acadia we have had, but each year we go back to Cadillac Mountain and look forward to reliving that first sunset.

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Vendors: Photography: A Love Supreme Photography // Styling: Emily Elizabeth Events // Location: Bath, Maine

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Listen up, lovelies, because we’ve got an awesome giveaway for you. We’ve partnered with the super cool and super talented, Nicole Anderson, of Sorella Muse Photography, to offer you a full wedding photography package!! Yep! And what we dig about Nicole’s style is that her images always capture a truly authentic moment. We love her eye for the joyful, in-between moments—they give her work a really cool, documentary-story-telling appeal. And, of course, we love her affinity for vibrant color. Nicole is relocating her company from SoCal to NorCal after moving back from living abroad this past year (pssst—you HAVE to check out her travel instagrams!) so the timing is perfect to host a giveaway celebrating her reopening in the Bay Area! Check out Nicole’s beautiful images and see more details below for a chance to win a Sorella Muse Photography package!!

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Oh yeah—and another aweome thing—Nicole is offering ALL Grey Likes readers a 25% discount on any Sorella Muse wedding packages (when booked by September 1, 2015), as well as giving away a full-blown wedding photography package to one lucky couple!

Here’s the package details:

– The wedding photography package giveaway includes:

– 8 hours of continuous wedding day coverage

– Edited, high resolution images delivered on a USB drive

– A 2 hr engagement session

To enter the giveaway, simply e-mail Nicole at nicole@sorella-muse.com with your names, your wedding venue and date, and a little about yourselves, your love story, what your perfect weekend looks like, how you met… and of course your vision for your wedding. And include a photo of the two of you, to be shared when the winner is announced! All entries must be received on or by Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

A few terms and conditions:

Sorella Muse: N.Anderson Studio is a California-based wedding photographer who loves to travel. All travel fees and accommodations for weddings outside of California will be paid in full by the winner. To enter, your wedding must take place in 2015 or 2016.

You guys! Every once in a while, we get crazy giddy over a shoot and just can’t wait to share it with you! Today is our lucky day (and YOURS) as we share with you this crazy adorable feature by our newest members of the Grey Collective: Grit + Gold Studio. Their work is absolutely inspired and we are feeling pretty thrilled to welcome them to our talented collection of insanely fab vendors! Stylist Peyton Frank for Grit + Gold is responsible for all this darling genius, alongside the killer talent of Ben Q Photography and Ginger Roots Floral Design. How much fun are all of these ideas? Wouldn’t this look be PERFECT for an engagement party?

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Vendors: Photography: Ben Q Photography // Location: Fort Worth, TX // Venue: Grit + Gold Studio // Design Stylist: Peyton Frank for Grit + Gold // Florist: Ginger Roots Floral Design // Calligraphy: Tiffani Licona // Hair and Makeup: Something You // Models: Madison Jones and Timmy Root // Dress (aqua) and Accessories: Beehive Fort Worth

Adriana and Ariel are a crazy gorgeous couple that are taking over today’s post to tell you all about their engagement photos shot by the ever talented Blackbird Foto.

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How the couple met:

We met while attending the Tax Masters Program at Florida International University. We have seen each other in school in the past, but we never talked (even though we both graduated from our bachelors on the same day and have graduation pictures together). Once we were in the masters, we started to get to know each other through common friends and by collaborating on class projects. This led us to become good friends. We enjoyed spending endless hours together talking just about anything and enjoying our morning coffee together before the class. Very quickly our Starbucks library trips became a tradition and often a subject of jokes for our classmates. Ariel would call me few times a week with questions about material from our tax classes…but after few months he admitted that he did that just to be able to talk to me. He was very persistent and patient. With the passing of time, I started to realize that our friendship became something more. We genuinely cared for each other. We would spend hours studying until late on school campus. Ariel would never want to leave, because waiting until the next morning to see me was too long for him :). Whenever we would be together we would just look at each other and say: Happy Times! It was our inside couple motto.

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The proposal story:

Ariel proposed almost two and half years since we started dating. He chose the same place where we first kissed as the location where he professed his love to me.”

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Ariel on the proposal:

“It was hard to convince her to go to celebrate our two and a half year anniversary…after all who does that?! Ultimately I persuaded her and we went for a late lunch and romantic walk on the beach. I started telling her with a shaky voice how much she meant to me and finally got on one knee to ask the love of my life to be my wife. Her first words were: Is this really happening? I remember tears in her eyes saying yes and making me feel the luckiest men in the world. There are no words that could really describe what I felt once she said yes. I just can say that I really look forward everyday to be married to the most amazing woman in the entire universe, the love of my life, my best friend, my everything.”

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About the photoshoot:

Ariel and I want to memorialize our engagement in a timeless manner. We strongly felt that whatever location and theme we choose, it should truly represent us: where we live and what we often do during our weekends. We wanted a beautiful backdrop to create amazing memories for us, our families and future kids, but not necessarily in very traditional way. As a former model I knew that beautiful wardrobe and make up would truly bring my vision together. It took couple of weeks to create everything. Finding the clothes and right props was challenging. I also did not want my pictures to have a feeling of being too “sweet” or too “cute”. I wanted to express our love through Alisa’s camera lens with certain level of maturity and simple natural beauty with minimal make up.

For the beach shoot, we wanted to have a feeling of a morning after an amazing evening… a couple on the beach enjoying sunrise. I opted for a beautiful sequin Badgley Mishka gown and Ariel a slim fit Banana Republic navy suit. Ariel is Cuban and his entire family would spend every year their vacation in beautiful beaches of Varadero. Beach is very close to Ariel’s heart and so it was a very obvious choice for us. Also, Ariel did propose on the beach, so it will be actually always a special place for both of us.

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Walks and picnics in the park is something that I really enjoy; hence, the idea for a fall picnic. Since I started planning the wedding I spend a lot of time browsing through pictures. A lot of the ideas were inspired by the photos shared by the Pinterest community, for example, the monogrammed bottle. Other props were more spontaneous finds, for example the Anthropologie’s monogrammed notebook or love poems book.

The walk in the park look was inspired by the verses from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s poetic tale “The Little Prince”. It a romantic story that reflects on human nature and relationships. The story emphasizes the importance of listening to our heart and carying for each other are beautifully captured through quotes like “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” and “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” Ariel is my prince and I am his one and only rose :) I translated the idea through the Matheson Hammock park backdrop and a rose printed silk jumpsuit by Stone Cold Fox. My make up and hair were driven by the Ellie Saab models look. Very soft and romantic…almost angelic. My vision was executed by incredible Miami fashion make up artist Angel Gabriel.

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Vendors: Photography: Blackbird Foto // Make up: Angel Gabriel // Monogrammed bottle: The Printing Guy Inc.

Emily and Max have a love story that’s perfectly romantic and a served with plenty of coffee–just our style! The pair decided on a beach destination for their engagement photos by Rebecca Yale Photography and we feel as though these are from a dream!

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Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.

Emily tells us:

Max and I met during law school orientation. We fell in love over text books and strong black coffee and helped each other survive that difficult first year of law school. Four years later, we live in New York City, balancing our busy big-law work schedules with weekend walks on the Highline, brunch dates and trips to peruse our favorite book stores.  Max proposed in our apartment on a quiet Saturday morning last November.  True to our laid-back style, he popped the question with a cup of coffee and an engagement ring. I said yes to both.

Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.

Vendors: Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc. // Black Dress: Thakoon // Pink Dress: Jill Stuart // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab