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Bright + Colorful Coastal Maine Wedding

Not only is this wedding as cute as they come, it’s the celebration of two high school sweethearts who tied the knot after 10 years as a couple. Set in the same beautiful locale where they grew up, they returned to the shores of Maine for a day decked out in color, style and a whole lot of love captured by Meredith Perdue and Inkspot Crow. Vendors like Gus & Ruby LetterpressBlack Bow Events and Michelle Peele brought the bride’s Eddie Ross-inspired vision to life, and we’ve got so much more right here.

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Summer
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From The Bride…After ten years of dating (we were high school sweethearts!), Ben and I always knew we’d return to Maine, where we grew up, to be married. I had always imagined a ceremony overlooking the same view I was lucky enough to see out of my bedroom window as a child on Southport Island, and my parents conspired to make that happen, building a gorgeous lawn that we’ll all enjoy for many years to come. During the ceremony, a close friend read the children’s book, I Like You, and Ben and I thanked one another for the things we’d come to appreciate after eleven years as a couple. We walked back up the aisle under a shower of pink and gold confetti, and then waited to hug everyone in a receiving line as they made their way toward the steel drum band and raw bar at the cocktail hour.

We held our reception under a tent on my grandmother’s lawn just up the dirt road from my parents’ house, where both my parents’ and my older sister celebrated their weddings, as well. We couldn’t have been any luckier with the weather—it was the most beautiful, sunshine-filled day, with the only brief shower raining down at the precise moment we wished to usher guests into the tent for dinner (Ben’s favorite: beef tenderloin and my favorite: mac and cheese!).

The smaller details–especially where incorporating color was involved–were the most fun to execute. Some of my favorites included the custom Liberty of London groomsmen’s ties (with a matching collar and leash for our goldendoodle, Bode), the custom pink and orange pennant flags for the tent, and the ikat runner and table squares for the tablescape, sewn for us with love by one of my parents’ best friends. I can’t forget the pink Chiavari chairs (which were super difficult to find!)—they were the first thing I knew I wanted for sure. I’ve long been inspired by an Eddie Ross tablescape that used those chairs and an ikat Quadrille fabric, and I set about recreating it with some personal twists.

The night ended with an amazing surprise fireworks show thanks to a dear family friend, after which Ben and I stayed up into the wee hours talking with our friends and my parents. Finally, we drove off in our old Jetta–the very same one I was driving back in 2003 on the night when Ben asked me if I wanted to be his girlfriend. This time, we headed off the island for the very first time as husband and wife.

Photography: Meredith Perdue | Cinematography: Inkspot Crow | Event Planning: Black Bow Events | Floral Design: Michelle Peele | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Rings: Joseph Gann | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose Via L'Elite | Catering: Trillium Caterers | Hair: Studio One Limited | Band: Good Will And Them Apples | Groom's Attire: BeauxNeckwear | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Groom's Attire: Cole Haan | Groomsmen's Attire: Stag Handmade | Ceremony Music: Stretta String Duet | Venue: Private Residence | Cocktail Hour Music: Island Beats | Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Tent: Sperry Tents

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Romantic Fall Kennebunkport Wedding

I knew I’d be a fan of this wedding as soon as I saw that it took place in Kennebunkport. But then I saw all the pups, the little ones, this lovely Bride and these sort of views (thanks to the gorgeous location of the Bush family’s – as in the two past presidents – private estate) and I’m head over heels. See all these stunning pics by Stephanie A Smith in this glowing gallery here.

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Fall
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Romantic

From Stephanie A SmithNothing beats a gorgeous coastal wedding with a beautiful bride and groom, many friends and family members and LOTS of puppies. At least not in my book. But add to that two former presidents and one governor of the United States of America, a 29-piece band, and a tented reception for close to 300 people and you have yourself a priceless celebration.

Ellie and Nick were married on September 27th, 2014. I loved Ellie’s vision for her day. It was soft, romantic, and elegant. The blush and mint colored bridesmaids dresses matched perfectly with the beautiful peonies bouquets from Fleurant. The old woody and retro trolley that transported guests to and from venues added to the charm of the coastal engagement. No stone was left unturned as the wooden farm tables were adorned with a mix match of florals and glass pieces. The Bride and Groom signs and city signs were created by a local artist tying into the Kennebunk charm.

Some of my favorite memories from the day included colorful striped socks worn by the groom and his groomsmen as a nod to President Bush Sr (he loves to sport fun footwear). I also loved seeing dogs run around on the property all night. This included the Bush Sr’s two pups as well as Ellie’s two loves, Tess and Rocky. It truly was a gorgeous affair that I feel honored to be a part of.

Photography: Stephanie A Smith | Floral Design: Fleurant | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake Maine | Invitations: Just Paper And Tea | Stationery: Annie Taylor Designs | Ceremony Venue: St Anne's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Walkers Point {Private Residence Of The Bush Family} | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Lane | Catering: Kitchen Chicks | Makeup: Spa At Rivers Edge | Band: Mood Swings | Grooms Attire: Tom James | Hairstylist: Salon Prive | Photography - Assistance: Katie Capo | Tents: Sperry Tents Seacoast | Trolley: Intown Trolley | Wedding Signs: Fish House Designs

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The perfect cure for a snowy New England weekend?  A whole lot of pretty from BKB & Co., the talented team of photography and cinematography geniuses that know everything there is to know about capturing your big day, and capturing it perfectly.  From their exceptional attention to detail to their amazing customer service to the breathtaking images you’ll receive post-wedding, they’re amazing.

From BKB & Co.BKB & Co. is a select team of Boston wedding photographers and cinematographers specializing exclusively in weddings. Our wedding professionals are not only recognized in the industry, but also among wedding clients for our tremendous attention to detail from the moment of inquiry through the final product delivery and thereafter. Our studio was built on a simple motto – to capture each wedding as if it were our own. We are professionals at what we do and believe your wedding should be all about you enjoying your day and stress-free. We understand and value the importance of image capture and ensure your wedding photos stay timeless for you and your family for generations to come.

Founder and Creative Director Brittany K. Blando attended both the New England School of Photography and the College of Art and Design at Lesley University before opening her namesake studio in 2002. Throughout her education, Brittany developed a true passion for photographing weddings. The wedding scene in the Greater Boston area has always been vibrant and diverse, making it an exciting arena to be in. She is extremely sought-after in the New England area, even capturing the wedding of Professional Hockey Player Scott Clemmensen, beauty queen Amanda Kelly and Musician Eric Welsh of the band The Pixies. Her style is editorial imagery with photojournalistic flair, which is a style most requested by area engaged couples. Her talented work, impeccable customer service and quick turn-around time has proven to be why her studio is so highly regarded in New England.

To greater meet the needs of local couples, Brittany launched BKB & Co. in 2013 and expanded the studio’s services with the addition of talented wedding photography and wedding videography professionals. This brilliant team has taken the area by storm and has helped BKB become one of the top wedding services in all of New England. This team is truly a cohesive unit – working on weddings together and focusing on unparalleled customer service, flawless product and stellar turn-around time. Our team members are exclusive to our studio alone and have been personally trained by Brittany to provide our clientele with the images they have come to love and along with the personalized customer service the studio is known to provide.

Most recently, BKB announced the addition of a bridal stylist to the staff. With so many small details needed to be attended to on a wedding day, BKB’s bridal stylist will work alongside the BKB team to ensure any issues that may come up over the course of a wedding are resolved quickly, efficiently, and stress-free for the couple. A “day-of assistant” if you will, our stylist will handle many logistics that can sometimes overwhelm a couple or be a distraction on such a milestone day. For instance, she will distribute and pin boutonnieres and corsages, adjust your bridal gown for wedding photos, help keep the wedding day timeline on schedule, gather important individuals for photos, bustle your gown and of course, carry your favorite lipstick so you will always have it on hand throughout the day. Logistics aside, she will also be there to hold your hand and give you a shoulder to rely on.

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New England Meets Southern Charm Wedding Inspiration

With summer memories of Maine and a steady crush on the South, we’re looking at two of my all-time favorite places, here together in one place. Combine these two beauties and we have one lovely union that I can’t help but gush over. Daisies & Pearls did the magical mixing and Hailey Tash captured every bourbon bottle detail. See this North-meets-South shoot in all its glory right here.

From Hailey Tash PhotographyAfter escaping the cold Maine winter last March for a week in warm and sunny Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina, I came home so inspired by the beauty and romance of the South. The whole way home I thought about how much I’d love to shoot a Southern wedding. Then, I thought, why not bring a bit of the south to the north!? So, I contacted Sarah Goodwin of Daisies & Pearls, who was immediately on board. She had just traveled to Georgia as well and was feeling the same desire to create that I was.

From Daisies & Pearls… When flipping through pages or scrolling through blogs, a Southern wedding is immediately recognizable. Whether it is florals, fashion or food, Southern presence is distinct. Inspired by the deep rooted traditions and culture of the South this styled shoot proves a Southern wedding can certainly happen North of the Mason-Dixon line.

A New England farmhouse once known for its prize winning Thoroughbreds is the backdrop for this Southern infused wedding shoot. The color palette of sage and lavender with pops of peach carries throughout the design elements. The floral stationery features delicate blooms in shades of purple, while the invitation suite sets the tone for the wedding.

The Bride wears a timeless lavender gown and her Groom sports a sage seersucker bow tie with coordinating pocket square. She carries a bouquet of purple and peach blooms. The couple strolls the property as a wide brimmed hat shields the Bride’s face from the hot summer sun. With no rain clouds in sight, it is evident the buried bottle of bourbon performed its job successfully.

A beverage cart welcomes guests with Southern libations and an invitation to wear a flower in celebration of the occasion. Escort cards, displayed on green shutters, encourage guests to find their seats in the formal dining room. The tablescape consists of purple, peach and gold elements. Guests find dance cards at their place setting to be filled in as they dine on Southern favorites.

The traditional wedding cake is adorned with a sugar magnolia and the Groom’s cake draws from more Southern influence in the form of a bourbon barrel.

Photography: Hailey Tash Photography | Floral Design: Watershed Floral | Cakes: White Mountain Cupcakery | Stationery: The Stationery Bakery | Hair & Makeup: Emili Tardif | Bow Tie: Mizu | Dinnerware: Details Event Staging | Event Design And Coordination: Daisies & Pearls | Historical: The Farm At Eastman Hill | Table Linens & Glassware: One Stop Event Rentals

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Americana Coastal Maine Barn Wedding

There’s something seriously special about this New England affair. Perhaps it’s the Bride’s Gatsby-esque gown, or the barn her father built just for the joyous occasion, or even the vintage Ford Model-A. All we know for certain is that when you combine the talents of Robinson PressThe Singing Flower, and Emily Delamater behind the lens, you’re guaranteed wedding magic, here!

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Summer

From Emily DelamaterThis wedding was full of lovely details. A great mix of Americana and Coastal Maine. The wedding was held at the home of Emily’s parents’ — they even built a gorgeous barn for the occasion. Emily’s dad is a collector and lover of Model -A Fords and they were incorporated into the wedding as transportation for Emily and her parents to the church and also as a part of the gorgeous decor. One even served as the drink cart in the back bed of the truck! Another was the car that Emily’s parents had driven in on the day of their wedding.

A beautiful collection of antiques, jars, wooden boxes and lanterns brought warmth to the space. The flowers were seasonally bright whites and pinks with hydrangeas and roses. Touches of navy were lovely in contrast to the flowers. I loved Emily’s antiqued silk gown and long-trained veil. It had a great old world look and feel with the energy of a Gatsby party.

Photography: Emily Delamater | Floral Design: The Singing Flower | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Cakes Extraordinaire | Invitations: Robinson Press | Shoes: Cole Haan | Catering: Seacoast Catering | Band: Bob Charest Band | Bridal Store: Andreas Bridal | Makeup & Hair: Lindsey Green

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