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Intimate Kennebunkport Wedding

A few years back, I attended a sweet seaside wedding in Kennebunkport and fell absolutely in love with the locale. It’s charming and oh-so-cozy. So when this stunner from Arielle Doneson came across my desk? I couldn’t wait to click through the gallery. Opposite of the sea, this forest fete at Earth at Hidden Pond was a perfect fit for these two foodies. Packed with beautifully artisanal treats, adorable DIYs and lots of smiles, you can see more right here.

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From Arielle DonesonNestled among the blooming lupins and birch trees of Kennebunkport, ME, is the award winning resort, Hidden Pond. Home to farm to table restaurant, Earth, with James Beard award-winning chef, Ken Oringer at the helm producing artisanal food that is as beautiful as it is tasty. For architects Juliet and Jared who are also studied foodies, it was the perfect setting for their intimate nuptials.

Joined by their closest family and friends, Juliet and Jared’s wedding had the feel of going to a friend’s Summer home for a spectacular evening complete with assorted succulent centerpieces that they grew themselves, fragrant peony bouquets and the wild beauty of Earth’s on site garden. Being creatives, Juliet and Jared’s wedding was complete with DIY designed stationery suite, wildflower seed packets, and other touches that felt completely at home among the rustic reclaimed wood, stone, and exposed beams of Earth’s interior. After a truly memorable meal of local delicacies (including lobster, of course!) the evening progressed to dancing and drinking under the stars, between the tiki torches and fire pit on the grounds. A truly Maine celebration if ever there was one!

Photography: Arielle Doneson | Floral Design: Danielle Walker | Gown: John's Bridal | Ceremony: St. Brendan's Chapel | Reception: Earth At Hidden Pond | Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Tiffany And Co. | Hair: Jessica Todd Salon | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Bridesmaid Dress: Banana Republic | Makeup: Making Faces | Suit: J.Crew

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Sweet Kennebunkport, Maine Wedding

With Chicago and New York City as their initial front runners for this couples’ perfect place to say I do, who knew that sweet little Kennebunkport would win the race. But I am oh-so-glad that it did for this duo, because the result was just lovely. Lucky for all of us, we get to eat up every sweet-as-they-come image from Indigo Foto of this darling day, and you can do just that right here.

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From the Bride…When Bobby and I first met, there were immediate fireworks. It was July 3rd and all around us neighborhood block parties were gearing up for Independence Day. We were seeing stars – literally. And just like how fireworks are dazzling, intense, puzzling and magnificent, so was the experience of falling in love.

That chance meeting led to a 5-year relationship and a wedding to save and plan for. Initially we thought we would have the wedding either in Chicago, where we lived, or in NYC where I was born and raised. Finding a venue proved to be challenging in both locales. We were exhausted from looking – in NYC we looked at 11 venues in just one weekend visit!

As chance would have it, our epic NYC venue hunt was followed directly by our vacation to Kennebunkport, Maine.

For several years my family have been going to Hidden Pond. There is simply so much to love there. The setting is extraordinary with an amazing sense of beauty and serenity. It holds a special place in our hearts and every summer we look forward to our time in Maine as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of our Chicago/NYC lives.

Once we arrived, the wheels started spinning. Could we possibly, maybe have our wedding here? The chance to share this place with others thrilled us. A Down East Lobster Bake menu to boot? Absolutely.

Our family and closest friends traveled from far and wide – Hawaii, Hong Kong, Poland and the Midwest. We felt so loved and happy. From the string trio playing contemporary selections such as Postal Service and Arcade Fire to the welcome letters that Bobby designed, to the succulents in my bouquet that now sit replanted on my windowsill, every moment of our wedding was a dream realized.

Photography: Indigo Foto | Invitations: Green Quince via Etsy | Shoes: Anthropologie | Rings: Christopher Duquet | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Kennebunkport Resort Collection | Make-up: Laurel Wiley | Hair: Christine Haeger | DJ: 2Clapps DJ Service, LLC | Officiant: Julie Draper | Bridal Gown: Bhldn | Cake + Floral Centerpieces: Whole Foods | Ceremony Program Flags: Lily Among Thorns Bride via Etsy | Ceremony/Reception Location: Hidden Pond | Grooms + Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew | Rentals: Party Plus Tent & Event Rentals | String Trio: Occasional Brass and Strings | Trolley: Intown Trolley Company, Inc. | Wedding Party Flowers: Fleurant

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.


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

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