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Romantic College Sweethearts Wedding Inspiration

Yes what you’ve heard is true, we’re uhb-sessed with this inspo. Why you may ask? Well, any gallery that offers an ode to college sweethearts is a wedding day winner on our book. Take this gallery, complete with elegant Watershed Floral accents and Emily Elizabeth Events magic. Perfect is an understatement and Jamie Mercurio Photography captured it all to share in THE VAULT!

From Emily Elizabeth EventsWhat do you call a group of polar bears? A celebration!

This editorial is inspired by college sweethearts who met at Bowdoin College and return to campus to get married in the chapel. It’s a love story that’s near and dear to my heart since my husband and I met at Bowdoin, but it’s also close to my work and that of my colleagues since we live and work in Maine and have the pleasure of working with many Bowdoin couples and alumni on their real weddings. It’s rooted in a shared history and past, making memories, and loving the place and the people who are a part of your identity.

With the museum and academic buildings as the backdrop and their straw alumni hats in hand, our couple reunites with old friends to celebrate and marry in the place where it all began. The leaves are crunchy underfoot and the air is crisp, reminiscent of that tell-take back-to-school smell and flavor of fall. The Bowdoin sun can be found on the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s jaunty bowtie and suspenders are playful and collegiate. Her floor-length ivory lace gown has a wide, scalloped neckline and classic beauty. Gold t-strap heels add a touch of glamour to an otherwise understated elegance.

The merrymaking continues with cocktails and dinner just down the road, under the apple trees at Live Well Farm. Specialty cocktails include the Bowdoin Log, a liquid version of the college’s signature dessert made with vanilla ice cream rolled in chocolate cake, and O’er Whispering Pine, a bourbon drink with pine which references the alma mater. Dinner is served al fresco and woolen throws can be found on the benches for a little extra warmth.

Black and white, the college’s school colors, form the color palette along with brassy gold, the color of the college’s seal. The deep hues and fresh whites of the florals lend an autumnal element and the gold of the flatware, candlesticks, and cake adds New England charm and sophistication. The mismatched black and white linen napkins give the table character and an inviting, eclectic look. Polar bears are not to be forgotten and are woven into many of the details. The school’s mascot can be found in the tablescape, on the save the date, atop the groom’s cake, and as sugar cookies.

Dancing takes place in the barn and Super Snacks, a tradition on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
nights on campus, is brought back with late night noshing thanks to treats from favorite local haunts, Gelato Fiasco and Big Top Deli.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of Bowdoin’s most famous alumni is honored with his words hand lettered on a chalkboard, “The heart, like the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes.”

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Photography: Jamie Mercurio Photography | Event Planning: Emily Elizabeth Events | Floral Design: Watershed Floral | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott | Invitations: Parrott Design Studio | Ceremony Venue: Bowdoin College | Reception Venue: Live Well Farm | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Rings: Abacus | Catering: Big Top Deli | Hair And Makeup: Ariel Johnson | Groom's Attire: Joseph's | Candlesticks & Tapers: Williams Sonoma | Desserts: Gelato Fiasco | Linen Napkins & Votives: Crate And Barrel | Rentals: Details Event Staging | Woolen Throws: Pendleton

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Pearls for Every Girl with Long’s Jewelers

Whether you’re a modern lady with a love of all things contemporary, a classic girl with a passion for romance or happily fall somewhere in between, one thing is certain: accessorizing your look with Mikimoto pearls from Long’s Jewelers is THE best decision you’ll ever make.  Think seriously stunning pieces perfect for adding a touch of elegance to your Big Day… and beyond.  We LOVE.

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Family-owned and operated with five locations throughout Massachusetts, Long’s Jewelers knows all there is to know about adding a bit of pretty to your wedding + every day with some of the most beautiful pearls you will ever lay your eyes upon.  I’m talking elegant, sophisticated and jaw-droppingly gorgeous Mikimoto pearls, the epitome of luxurious jewelry.  And when you combine the finest cultured pearls in the world with the trusted + knowledgeable customer service of Long’s Jewelers, well… it just doesn’t get any better.  Just ask our fabulous editors Michelle and Melissa

Sooo ready to get your pretty on?  Visit Long’s Jewelers TODAY to see just why they’ve been the leader in all things lovely since 1878.  (Hint: They’re amazing.)


Laid-Back Farm Wedding on Maine’s Coast

There’s something special about a laid-back wedding like this Maine affair where the Bride and Groom’s commitment and love for one another is the center of attention. Of course, the details are still important—the lobster bake décor, the lawn games, the Bride’s sweet lace dress—but, at the end of the day, it’s all about the newlyweds. See more of this fun fête captured by Ruth Eileen Photography in THE VAULT!

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From The Taylor Henderson of Black Bow EventsWhat do you get when you mix love, lobsters, lemons and lawn games? An amazing wedding celebration!

Maura and Jared were married in Boston in late summer surrounded by close family and friends. When it came time to celebrate their marriage, they opted for a laid back affair on the coast of Maine, complete with a beautiful setting, custom cocktails (a Blueberry Mojito for Maura and a John Daley for Jared) and guests ready to have fun! For the décor, we gave a nod to the classic lobster bake (custom bibs included) and barn setting by choosing navy blue and bright lemon yellow for the flowers and design details.

The lobsters were caught by the groom’s friend that morning (it doesn’t get more fresh than that!) and Fire & Co. picked them up from the dock in Portland on their way up to the farm, along with their wood-fired oven and vintage bar truck!

Guests brought their competitive spirit for the lawn games during cocktail hour and spent the afternoon testing their skills at croquet, cornhole, and a giant game of jenga.

The lemon details throughout the party, including in the beautiful flowers by Marianmade Farm, were the perfect finishing touch! Congratulations Maura and Jared!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Coordination: Black Bow Events | Rings: Freedman Jewelers | Catering: Fire & Company | Makeup: Blue Mercury | Hair: Del Ara | Band: Concetta and First Class Band | Venue: Marianmade Farm | Desserts: Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott | Floral Design - Ceremony: Jen Anderson Design | Floral Design - Reception: Marianmade Farm

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