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Relaxed Laudholm Farm Wedding

This Maine wedding from David Murray Weddings is the new authority on relaxed barn weddings. It’s pretty much written the book on the topic. The bride was behind so much of the decor and you really can feel her love coming through every detail, which is the recipe for my favorite kind of wedding.


From the beautiful bride… The bones of the barn were so classic and lovely; it was the perfect backdrop and I knew that the right lighting and colors would make the space glow and feel cozy. It was a blank canvas—my challenge to “dress” the barn up and fit all our guests in there comfortably, but I knew that it could be done and it would be beautiful.

I wanted the vibe of the wedding to be elegant and romantic, soft and pretty. I also wanted to make sure we honored the rustic location, while incorporating touches of the Maine coast in our food selections and decor. But most of all I wanted the guests to be relaxed and to have a blast (the long banquet seating down the center of the barn helped with accomplishing the “family” feel i wanted), and tons of dancing and celebrating all night long!

Because I was very under the weather on our wedding day, I really wanted to see Steve prior to the ceremony, but I was determined to hold off as we had planned. My favorite moment was when I finally got to see him at the end of the aisle. Just seeing his smile and standing beside him, I instantly felt relief and comfort, and knew that I was marrying someone who would take care of me forever.


Photography: David Murray Weddings | Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston | Flowers: Calluna Fine Flowers | Shoes: Something Blue BHLDN | Caterer: White Apron | Event Planning: Lilybrooke Events | Decor: Details Event Staging | Dress Boutique: VOWS | Earrings: Les Nereides for BHLDN | Venue: Laudholm Farm at Rachel Carson Reserve

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Kennebunkport Wedding from Meredith Perdue Photography

I stop everything I’m doing when I come across a coastal New England wedding like this one from  Meredith Perdue at the Kennebunk River Club Boathouse. Maybe it’s the shingled houses or the nautical flair or the gorgeous shoreline. I’ll never be able to put my finger on exactly why classic soirees such as these make me swoon (because there is just so much to love about them), but I do know that I’ll never stop loving of days like this one.  You can see all the reasons why right here.

From the Bride… Charles and I immediately decided to get married in my hometown. Charles is originally from London, but he loves Kennebunkport. Luckily my family has membership at the Kennebunk River Club and we both agreed that it would be the perfect venue. I am incredibly lucky to have wonderful family members and friends who helped to plan this wedding.

My friend Mike created our Save the Date based on vintage postcards of the River Club. Very close family friends, John and Lisa, let me get ready at their home next to the River Club, then John drove me to the wedding in his 1942 Ford Woody. Our friend Cheryll lent us her sailboat for Charles’s entrance at the ceremony. Pastor Corgan, the father of my childhood best friend, performed the ceremony. My brother surprised us with a fireworks display during the reception. My parents and sister pulled together so many little details that I would have never ever thought of. I loved being able to include so many close friends in the wedding and am grateful for their help.

My mom was thrilled to plan the River Club wedding of our dreams! I seriously think that she should become a wedding planner or consultant because the wedding came together perfectly thanks to her creative ideas and attention to detail. We decided to have the ceremony and reception at the River Club’s Boathouse, so the event has a very Maine nautical feel. We chose ivory and blue as the colors to match our nautical venue. My parents dressed up the space with lighted trees, Chinese lanterns, and vintage trunks with flower arrangement on top. Charles and I wanted to add some elements to personalize the wedding, so I took on some DIY projects. I made signs for the tables named with cities where Charles and I have lived. A map was displayed on the escort card table showing the many places we lived before we met in Chicago. I also did the calligraphy on the invitations and escort cards. My big DIY surprise was that I made Charles’s wedding ring for him with the help of a Chicago jeweler.

Throughout the entire planning process my goal was to have a fun wedding, and it ended up being my favorite party ever. The dance floor was packed all night. It was a black tie wedding but it wasn’t stuffy. My friends were their typical silly selves with their signature dance moves. The band, the Lisa Love Experience really got the party going and even let me and two friends perform a song with them. The day was filled with so many memories that we will cherish forever, and we feel very lucky that our friends and family celebrated with us.

Wedding Photographry: Meredith Perdue | Wedding Venue: Kennebunk River Club Boathouse | Catering: Kitchen Chicks Catering | Floral Design: Downeast Flowers | Wedding Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Company | Band: Lisa Love Experience | Photobooth: Maine Photobooth Company

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Kennebunkport Engagement Photos + Party from Briana Moore

Ya gotta love Maine, really. Around every corner is the perfect place for a picture, so when we saw this fabulous e-session and party by Briana Moore, we knew we had to share it with all of you asap! It’s a Labor Day lobster broil in honor of the adorable, newly engaged couple, thrown by the bride’s mom and it is all sorts of pretty. It’s nautical, it’s patriotic, it’s classic Maine…and it’s all right here for you to see.

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From the Bride-to-Be… Kennebunkport has always been a very special place to both of us. Having spent a large part of my childhood there, I’ve always loved the rocky coast, the smell of ocean salt in the air and the slow pace of life in Maine. After David and I met at Boston university in 2005 (at a frat party during the biggest snow storm of the year!), I knew the first place I had to take him was home to Maine, and as soon as he saw it, he was hooked.  After seven years of holidays, birthdays, beach days and all the seafood you can eat, David decided Kennebunkport was the only place he could imagine proposing. He asked me to be his wife on Christmas Eve after a horse-drawn carriage brought us to a bench overlooking the rocks and the ocean. He was nervous as he got down on one knee, while I was totally surprised and replied with, “Is this for real?!” Thankfully, it was! My mother offered to host an entire weekend of celebrations devoted to our engagement for our parents and bridal party over Labor Day weekend, and we eagerly accepted! We knew we had to take our engagement photos at the site of so many happy memories, and luckily, life led us to the amazing Briana Moore. She immediately put us at ease and captured the most beautiful images of our love for each other, as well as images from the official engagement party on the lawn of our home – it was a beautiful, nautical Maine affair! We couldn’t be more pleased with Briana Moore, and we are so thankful to her for capturing these memories that will last a lifetime. Our wedding will take place in October 2013 in Chicago (David’s hometown and where we currently live), and we couldn’t be more excited!

Photography: Briana Moore / Location: The Bride’s Family Home in Kennebunkport, Maine / Lobsters + Clams: Port Lobster / Side Dishes: Kitchen Chicks Catering / Cake: Let Them Eat Cake / Tablecloths: k colette (Formerly Anniebell’s) / Placemats: Stonewall Kitchen / Buoys, Tiki Torches + Plates: Borrowed from Kennebunk River Club / Chalkboard:DIY by Priya Gonsalves, The Maid of Honor / Seashell Décor: Borrowed from a Family Friend / Personalized Napkins: The Stationery Studio / Tara & David Sign: CreativePartyBanners / Invitations: ItsyBitsyPaper / Bride’s Blue Top: Old Navy / Bride’s White Jean: Gap / Bride’s Brown Wedges: Target / Brides’ White Sweater + Chambry Shirt: J.Crew / Bride’s White Lace Shorts: Zara / Bride’s Gold Watch: Michael Kors / Bride’s Teal Bauble Necklace: Bauble Bar /  Bride’s Coral Dress: Topshop / Bride’s Geode Ring: A Gift from the Best Man + His Girlfriend / Groom’s Jeans: Banana Republic / Groom’s Purple Button-Down, Gray Tie + Silver Tie Bar: J.Crew / Groom’s Green Sweater: Banana Republic / Groom’s Watch: Rolex (Family Heirloom) / Groom’s Navy Blazer + Green Button-Down: Land’s End / Groom’s Khakis: J.Crew / Groom’s Gingham Bow Tie: The Tie Bar / Groom’s Pocket Square: Etsy

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