Good morning lovelies, and Happy Valentine’s day to you! As you are settling at your desk with a piping hot cup of tea, just prepare yourselves for the simple elegance that surrounds this soiree. Lush bouquets by Flora Fauna, an intricate gown with tiny buttons down the back, and a pooch wearing his best bow tie. Maine Season Events transformed a simple barn into such a chic event, you almost don’t know where the line between elegant and rustic begins and ends. So before your day officially begins, visit the gallery to see gorgeous photographs captured by Meredith Perdue that are just filled with love and promise on this most romantic of days. Oh, and a film to top it off by  Zach Boyce.

From the Bride + Groom… We met at Sunrise Beach in Marshfield, MA. Our two families both share the tradition of summering there since childhood. Although we grew up in cottages on the same small street, it wasn’t until later on in life that we began making small talk with one another on the beach. During our courtship observers watched our beach chair gradually move closer and closer. Ironically, it’s the same scenario that [Jamie's] parents met as children at the very same beach.

Our first date was at Alicia’s favorite restaurant called Pho Republic in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Unfortunately it’s no longer there, but we enjoyed their infamous tuna sashimi spring rolls and a few drinks. We than enjoyed live jazz at the Beehive. It was the perfect first date, we both were able to share our similar love for food and music.

We decided on Maine as a location for our fall wedding because we both have come to enjoy traveling to the Portland area during the fall season. Our first trip away together was a visit to Alicia’s family home in Oxford, ME, and we spent some time that weekend down in Portland exploring Old Port. We wanted our family and friends to experience a place that we look forward to revisiting every fall. As far as the Barn at Walnut Hill venue, the concept of a barn wedding seemed to provide us with the rustic charm we were looking for. While researching properties, we were lucky enough to uncover the beautiful property by virtue of Maine Seasons Events.

We incorporated a special candle lighting tradition from Alicia’s parish into the ceremony. Alicia’s Youth Minister also traveled from Florida to commence our marriage. The decorations incorporated symbolic anchors to represent hope amongst our family and friends. They were also their to represent Alicia’s sorority, Delta Gamma which her grandmother also was a member. Also we displayed a memory tree to celebrate and remember the close relationships of loved one’s whom have passed. Our advice is to begin conceptualizing early, but be open to changes and suggestions. Food and music selection is extremely important to make a most memorable time for your guests. Sweat the small stuff because those details can make all the difference at the end of the day.

Wedding Photography: Meredith Perdue / Wedding Venue: The Barn on Walnut Hill in North Yarmouth, Maine / Wedding Planning, Design, Props, Furniture + Chandeliers: Maine Seasons Events / Floral Design, Props + Furniture: Flora Fauna / Wedding Cinematography: Zach Boyce / Catering: Trillium Caterers / Wedding Stationery: Parrott Design Studio / Escort cards: Ellen O’Toole Calligraphy (toeo522@yahoo.com) / Lighting: Event Light Pros (john@theeventlightpros.com) / Rentals: One Stop Party Shop / Transportation: BoMar Transportation / Wedding Dress: Victoria Nicole via Country Weddings Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Shoes: Myla by Bandolino / Bride’s Jewlery: Haute Bride (Earrings) + Lisa Marie ‘s Boutique (Silver Side Comb with Swarovski Crystals) / Matron of Honor’s Attire: Colorblocked Gown Private Collection Dress + BHLDN (Belt) / Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell (Gold Printed Asymmetrical Polka Dot Chiffon Dress) + MANGO (Wrap Silk Dress with Embellished Belt) + JS Collection (Sequin Dress) + Adrianna Papell (Grey Sleeveless Lace Sheath Dress) / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Vince Camuto (Renees Nude Patent Leather Heel) / Hair + Makeup: Akari / Groom’s Suit: BLACK by Vera Wang (Two Button Super) / Groomsmen Suits: BLACK by Vera Wang (Two Button Grey)

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