Monthly Archives: July 2010

Garden Fete

This romantic garden party was shot by Jessica Hill and an amazing group of vendors! I was so inspired by the bright pops of color, gorgeous flowers, calligraphy, and simplistic beauty. You can just never go wrong with the pretty, can you?

Special thanks to Jessica for letting me feature her stunning work. Be sure to check out the amazing vendors that I’ll mention throughout the images! What a great team!!!

First up…adore the all greens centerpiece! So fresh!

Treats were by Amber at Le Cookie Monkey!

The invitation suite (including the lovely wine bottle label) is by Megan and Jen of Hi Friend Design!

The styling, design and production is by Dani of Weddings Fresh!

Giveaway winner will be announced at NOON, pst!

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Engaged: Sandy and YongKyun

This engagement session is simply beautiful. Gorgeous lighting. Gorgeous couple. Gorgeous scenery. It couldn’t get better. This was sent to me by MoAE Photography and I’m so delighted to share it with you!

We’re announcing the winner to our survey giveaway tomorrow, so be sure to check back.

I’m on my way to Atlanta right now. I’m visiting some relatives before I head to Charleston for a photo shoot with Victor Sizemore. It’ll be a great week. But not to worry–I’ll be posting to you from the deep south. Someone get me to a mint julep. Stat!

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Real Wedding: Zachary and Ayesha

Zachary and Ayesha had a really gorgeous wedding in a little treehouse over the Tennessee River. They had so many thoughtful DIY details that really seemed to be a gracious effort on behalf of their guests. One of my favorite little elements was a small menu card they placed at each table setting which included an “easy conversation” suggestion, such as “What’s the poorest you’ve ever been?”. I also love that as favors, Zachary and Ayesha made two custom music mixes, each with separate genres on them to suit the tastes of their various guests. I hope you enjoy these images shot by Julia Davis.

I love the front of their invite…so fun!

Ayesha’s sandals were a last minute purchase from Rue 21 for $8. Sadly, I don’t think this pair is available anymore, but I really love the sandal concept…super fun!

Ayesha made the floral strap on her dress by combining flowers she purchased from Emerson Made, who we’ve actually featured here!

I adore the cover of their guest book!

Ummm… A + Z?!? Stop it. How do these things happen?

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Engaged: Anna and Jaret

This session sent over to me by Anjuli of Photorange Photography takes place at a super creative location. Anna and Jaret decided to shoot everything in an unfinished Italian villa. I love how it sort of symbolically relates to the idea of beginnings and building a new life together. I hope these shots spark some creative ideas for you!

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Unveiled: Weekend Wedding Escape

So, if you are in the process of planning your wedding, and are also thinking, “Hey, it’d be cool to plan my wedding, get inspired AND be on vacation at the same time” then perhaps you might consider attending the “Unveiled Weekend Wedding Escape” hosted by Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain. Let me explain…

First of all…I love anything Ritz Carlton

Second…I love me some Ines de Santo (who will be showcasing her designs at the event).

Image by Marta Elena via YWD

Third, I love a good deal. The Unveiled Weekend Wedding Escape package includes

  • Deluxe accommodations for two on Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd
  • Round-trip sedan transportation for two from the Tucson International Airport
  • European breakfast in bed (or balcony-side) for two on Saturday
  • VIP Experience at Unveiled (includes intimate receptions with the chefs of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain)
  • One-of-a-Kind Wedding Workshops with some of the most highly-regarded wedding vendors in the world
  • Interactive Experience Workshops such as Massage Mentoring, Culinary Indulgence, or Mountain Bike Adventure

So, I pretty much love it all. If you’re feeling me on this and are interested, go here to reserve a spot and be sure to mention Grey Likes Weddings at the check out. I’m thinking I may just need to join you, so let me know if you are going!

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Engaged: Molly and Donovan

Photographer Windy Dougall had the chance to shoot Molly and Donovan’s engagement session in Palm Springs at the Ace Hotel. I love all the great scenery and really recommend you taking a trip out to the Ace (if you haven’t already been).

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Real Wedding: Johanna and Charles

This destination wedding takes place at the Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California. The Moroccan inspired resort set the tone for the entire wedding, and photographer Caroline Tran captured such incredible imagery, I feel honored to share it with you today.

Some guests woke up early to enjoy yoga in the courtyard…

An outdoor cafe served breakfast to guests as they woke up…

While the bride spent the day getting ready, one of her friends baked the wedding cake. Wine and baking? What a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

Here’s the brooch that the bride put on the back of her dress…I adore this sweet and personal detail!

Caroline explains, “It was an intimate ceremony.  40 of their closest friends and family surrounded them in a circle as they exchanged vows.

The wedding cake is topped by polaroids of the bride and groom taken earlier in the day.

I love the beautiful food stations with a Moroccan flare, provided by caterer Piero’s Acqua Pazza.

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Survey Giveaway!

My family vacationed over the holiday and it seems I need a little vacation after our vacation. Why is that always the case? But we’re nearing the end of our survey giveaway, and as promised, I’m sweetening the pot! I am so excited to share with you the final portion. MaeMae Paperie has gone and designed custom stationery for our winner! I know, right? How insanely amazing are these?! I LOVE the colors.

A little info about the loot:

The perfect way to start your own stationery stash. Please specify your fave color combo + desired text. A proof will be sent to you before printing. The set includes 25 flat cards:


– 6.25 x 4.5 inches
– flat printed on smooth paper
– matching envelopes

So, if you like what you see, be sure to fill out our survey in order to be entered for the giveaway!!! The winner will get their choice of a dress from Shabby Apple AND custom stationery.

Super special thanks to MaeMae Paperie for being a part of our giveaway. If you are impatient and feel that these cards are a must-have, you can go here to purchase them. Otherwise, be sure that you’ve filled out our survey to be entered!

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DIY Friday!

First, let me say how incredibly excited I am that so many of you participated in the survey. It really means so much to me that you took a moment to answer  questions about your experience here. You are helping me better gear Grey Likes content toward what you want most. I’m planning on sharing much of the findings with you, however, we are busy tabulating and compiling data. I’ve also got a really great little addition that I’m throwing into our survey giveaway to sweeten the pot, but I’m waiting until Monday to share it with you. I promise, it’ll be good. So if you haven’t yet taken the survey, get into it, would you?

Speaking of survey, what I can say with certainty is that an overwhelming majority of you want are more DIY projects! So, ask and you shall receive. I’ve gathered a few ideas here that at first glance, may not seem like DIY projects, but I’m going to go ahead break it down for you, DIY style.

First up: Vintage stamps above from Blue Bell Bazaar. If you are making handmade save the dates, I think these little suckers could be a really cute way to print out the date. Check out this postcard and a full DIY how-to by Lauren Elise Craft as an example:

Next, bunting above via Mary Ruffle. Yes, bunting is everywhere. All the cool kids are doing it. And you wanna be cool, but you don’t want to be the same as everyone else. Well, I think this nautical style bunting is a nice little twist. The shape in particular is a little different from the triangles that I’ve been seeing.  It’s all about mixing it up and adding your own spin. Here’s a bunting DIY how-to, along with another example of some unique shaped bunting from Purl Bee:

Third: Chalkboard menu above by Karen Mordechai of  Sunday Suppers. For a fabulous chalkboard DIY how-to check out Joy de Vivre, who also put together this gorgeous board, with credits here.

Even more goods coming. For reals. I’m killing you with DIY today. Your fingers will be all sore and bloody by the time you report back in on Monday morning.

The doily garland above via Mary Ruffle (I’m obsessed with her tumblr blog, if you can’t tell!)  is a little twist too. I’ve never seen it done like this and I absolutely ADORE it mixed in with lights. Don’t you? Looks like it involves white twinkle lights, heart shaped doilies, and tape. Need I say more?

Next up are the tin can centerpiece containers. What I like about the ones above is the twist in color. DIY projects are all over the internets about these guys…but take note of the really great copper color that isn’t painted on perfectly. I really love it. But, if you’re not into the copper paint, there’s always tea tins, like these ones shot by Jose Villa:

And last up is the cinder block centerpiece by Kelly Harris of Yes, Please Design. She’s gone and taken an ugly cinder block and turned it into a really modern, affordable little DIY centerpiece AND table number. And of course, it’s insanely cute. I love it! Check out her DIY how-to here!

So are you stoked or what? I just dropped 6 (ish) DIY projects in one post. Boom.

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Engaged: Jide and Temi

So, let’s start by discussing the obvious. Jide and Temi? Those names are so cool, they sound made up. And how did Jide find Temi? BOTH of their names are too cool. Anyhow. I digress.

This engagement session by Brookelyn Photography is at, of course, Grand Central Terminal, which is very significant for Jide and Temi because they both have spent so much time there. The couple has been suffering the unbearable burden of a long distance relationship for quite some time, so they thought a shoot at Grand Central would be a perfect setting for their engagement session. Yay for couples that survive long distance, right?! Congrats to Jide and Temi and thanks to Brookelyn Photography for sharing such pretties!

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