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Gen and Michael’s love story began when they became boyfriend and girlfriend at age eleven. The (very) young love didn’t last long and they parted ways to different middles schools and high schools. Michael, however, knew Gen was soulmate material and hung on to hope, as well as the red toy Ferraris that Gen gave him for Christmas in fifth grade. They crossed paths again after high school and the rest is history. From an early age, the couple has photographed well together (read down for an adorable tidbit on a grade-school pic found just days before their wedding) and their engagement shoot from the fantastic Brandon Scott Photography captured their blooming marital bliss perfectly. What better way to celebrate the official coming of spring than with this gorgeous engagement session.

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The engagement:
Whenever the discussion of an engagement came up, I always said that I appreciated the more casual and relaxed proposals. For some reason, the whole idea of Michael getting down on one knee seemed so formal and not fitting to our relationship. We had always wanted to travel to Europe in the fall and the first fall after I finished school was when we decided to take a trip to Paris at the end of November. We had both just moved to Toronto, and had hectic work and traveling schedules so we decided to seize the opportunity for a short trip, just the two of us. We landed in Paris and made our way to the hotel. Our room wasn’t ready yet when we arrived and we were encouraged by the concierge to walk around the neighborhood while we waited. Our excursion didn’t last very long; Michael wanted desperately to head back to the hotel. I only later found out that Michael had the ring in his backpack, and my mom’s numerous emails before take-off about pick-pocketers had turned him into a paranoid traveler and made him flinch every time anyone would come within two feet of him. Our first day turned out to be beautiful and “uneventful.” The next morning, I woke up to get ready to catch our train to Versailles but quickly got pulled back into bed to find a box on my pillow. After having been together for 7 years, Michael asked me to marry him. We spent the next four days exploring the city and kept the secret from our friends and family until we got home. It was really nice to have had time to share and fully process that special moment just the two of us before mayhem began with all the phone calls and messages once we landed back in Montreal.

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How we met:
We were both 9 years old when Michael transferred to my elementary school. He asked me to be his girlfriend in Grade 5. Unfortunately, our relationship came to an end in Grade 6 when we attended rival summer schools and eventually different high schools. With the help of some mutual friends, our paths crossed once again at 18. Little did I know that when Michael was younger, he used to wish that we would end up together – so much so, that after all these years, he kept the yellow and red toy Ferraris that I had gotten him for Christmas in Grade 5. A couple of months before the wedding, Michael’s mom unexpectedly found an old class picture and it just so happened that we were sitting next to each other. The photograph just solidified what we already knew – that it is in each other that we have had the privilege of finding our soul mate and closest, truest friend. We have known each other for over 15 years and officially had been together 8 years and 41 days on the day that we got married. We have shared countless memories, life lessons, trips, and inside jokes. We are so grateful for all the years that preceded our wedding day and look forward to every year after.

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Photography: Brandon Scott Photography // Flowers and Crown: Botany Flowers

 

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A beach engagement session by Aubree Lynn Photography was a no-brainer for Alyssa and Cove who, early in their relationship, bonded over their mutual affection for Kauai. Cove (yes, how perfect is that?!) even proposed at sunset on their favorite beach. And, even more fitting will be when the couple travels back to Kauai this fall to marry at their beloved Polihale Beach in front of their family and friends. This shoot has us excited for the couple (and maybe a little for our own Spring Break vacas) and we’re loving the styling by To La Lune Events and that amazing tropical bouquet by Bloom Babes.

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Cove and I had been together for a little over five years when he proposed last May at Polihale Beach, Kauai. We met when I was 24 and he was 30, after opening day of the horse races in Del Mar at a party at the L’Auberge Hotel. Ironically L’Auberge is just a few short steps from my grandparents’ house, whom I’m extremely close to, and also Sea Grove Park where his parents got married. Little did we know this was a first sign we were meant to be. We first made eye contact as we walked past each other on a flight of stairs. I couldn’t help but tell my best friend that I thought he was cute, and from there she proceeded to stop him. He told me his name was “Cove” and I thought he was messing with me, so I asked to see his driver’s license – this made for a good joke! We danced and had a fun night, but eventually parted ways.

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Cove and I quickly became best friends and our love for each other grew stronger with every adventure we embarked on. I love to snowboard and he loves to surf so year round we were always having fun. Cove and I both love Kauai, and had both been there as children with our families growing up. Our first venture there together was a amazing trip with his family. We continued to frequent Kauai & both fell in love with Polihale beach. My favorite and most exciting memory there was when Cove proposed on 5/9/15.

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The day he proposed he had planned for us to go watch the sunset at Polihale. I had the feeling he was up to something as I’ve never seen him restless! He made dinner at our condo ahead of time and packed it up for us to have a picnic. Let me tell you, heading to this beach is not your normal drive. You have to off-road for about a solid 20 minutes on a bumpy road. I’ll never forget him driving so fast and I bet it was all because his heart was beating beyond control! Little did I know mine was soon to be the same. He set up camp upon arrival & even made me a little fort with his surfboard and towel so I could hide underneath during a typical Polihale wind storm. He went for a super quick swim & next thing I knew he was on one knee with the most beautiful ring he had designed himself. Smitten I said “yes!” and I could never have been happier.

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I feel very lucky to have met Cove that day in Del Mar, and am so glad my best friend stopped him on that stair well. We are so thankful to be traveling back to Kauai to get married this September. Our journey has been nothing less than amazing and we are so excited to start this new chapter in our lives.

Styling: To La Lune Events // Photography: Aubree Lynn Photography // Florals: Bloom Babes // Bracelets: The Stacked Collection // Earrings: Jet Silver Beads Etsy

 

Have you ever wondered how a wedding photographer chooses someone to photograph their own wedding?? Well so did photographer Kendal, questioning “who would be up to the daunting task of capturing this quasi-bridezilla/dreamer’s wedding?” Lucky for Kendal and Anthony, fate chose for them. The incredible Josh Elliott Studios selected the newly-engaged couple to model for their Joshua Tree Styled Shoot and the rest is history—and some seriously stunning engagement shots, of course!

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We’re in LOVE with the styling of the shoot—SO effortlessly beautiful. Of course, it’s plenty of work to make things look effortless, so for more details on the process and all the styling info (like, to buy that perfect-flowing-in-the-dessert-gown) check out Kendal’s blog post for all the behind the scenes scoop. We definitely know one thing for sure—we can not wait to see Josh’s images of the couple’s big day!

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Photography: Josh Elliott Studios // Dresses: FreePeople Belle of the Ball & Vika // Sequined Gown: JS Collection // Heels: Alice and Olivia // Barefoot Sandals: Child of Wild // Boots: FreePeople Carrera // Makeup: Lauren Reid

 

Jennifer and Tony were married in the bride’s Missouri home-town, but they fell in love and began their life together by the sea. So, Claire, of  Imageclairity knew they needed an anniversary shoot on the beach where their love story started.  We’re digging the laid back-vibe and loving how Jennifer basically found the gown-metaphore (if there is such a thing) of the ocean. And—super-sweet side note—just a few weeks later Jennifer found out they were pregnant with their first son, so this shoot is the first ‘family’ pictures they have of all three of them. Enjoy!

 

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Photo/ Video: Imageclairity // Floral design: Little Fox Flower Shop // Makeup: Lacey Haegen Makeup Artist // Gown: Claire La Faye // Bridal Gown: Eve of Milady

 

We’re always excited to welcome photographers to the Grey Collective and what better way than with an amazing giveaway?! Today the new—and uber-talented—Grey Collective member, Sophie Kawalek Photography, celebrates joining our troops by doing just that—offering you a chance at a dream wedding photography package. Sophie, who has a background in fashion photography, is a self-proclaimed chaser of light and, if you ask us, she’s definitely capturing it in her airy and romantic fine art style. We’re smitten by the timeless quality of her editorial style and of course we love that she shoots in both film and digital to capture all the emotion and details an event. Need we say more—other than we’re thrilled to be presenting you with the chance to win a Sophie Kawalek Photography page for your big day! Check out more of her her gorgeous work here and see below for how you can win free wedding photography!

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GIVEAWAY

Full-day wedding coverage to one amazing couple anywhere in the continental US. Here’s what’s included:

– 8 hours of continuous wedding coverage shot in film and digital mediums
– Hi-resolution images on USB
– A 1 hr engagement session or day-after session

To enter:
– Follow Sophie at @SophieKawalek on instagram
– Email Sophie.Kawalek@verizon.net with the subject Grey Likes Weddings x Sophie Kawalek. Tell Sophie about yourselves—wedding plans, how you met, where you’re getting married and any unique details about your event. Be sure to include a photo of yourselves to share if you win!
– Open to anyone getting married in 2016 or 2017
Winner will be announced on Instagram + Grey Likes Weddings one month after the contest is announced

Terms and Conditions
Sophie Kawalek Photography is based out of northern New Jersey and serves the NJ and New York City area. All travel fees and accommodations for weddings outside of NJ/NY will be paid in full by the winner. Weddings must take place in 2016 or 2017 to enter the contest.