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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.


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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 | 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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Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at the Barn at Walnut Hill

This, my friends, is my dream wedding.  A modern meets rustic love-fest set against one of the prettiest locales you will ever see (I’m talking to you, Barn on Walnut Hill).  It’s chevron runners meets yummy goodness from Kitchen Chicks meets all sorts of awesome from Emily Carter Floral Designs, and it’s all wrapped up in one seriously amazing party.  See it all captured by Becca Wood right here.

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From Becca Wood PhotographyMeaghan & Derek met in North Carolina where she was a newscaster for a local network. When they fell in love and Meaghan’s job took her to Maine (she now works as a newscaster for WMTW), Derek followed her up North, despite his love of the south and warmer weather. They have grown to love Portland over the past couple of years and thought Maine would be the perfect place to bring their families together to celebrate their wedding!

From the Bride… Our wedding day was overcast, when the weatherman promised sunshine. It was humid, when it was supposed to be dry. But all the unexpected surprises that day turned in to a perfect evening. Our wedding day was the perfect expression of who we are as a couple: romantic, fun and a little bit old fashioned. Best day ever!

Derek and I have spent the last three years learning about Maine and falling in love with all this state offers. We wanted to make sure our guests, the majority of whom were travelling to be here, understood what a beautiful, peaceful and rustic place it is. The Barn On Walnut Hill just had that vibe. It was elegant but tough, sophisticated and fun all at the same time. We knew it was perfect. The nature sanctuary out back was also such a breathtaking place for us to exchange vows.

Our ceremony included a reading of a letter from my grandparents who have been married for 60 years, had 11 kids, 15 grandkids and six great grandkids. They told us the secret to a lasting marriage is like baking a cake, the ingredients to which were understanding, compromise and patience. Derek and I wrote our own vows. I vowed to love him even when he cheats at Scrabble, he promised to love me when I get all “Type A” like I tend to. Hand-sewn, chevron fabric programs included a note to our guests. Each program was tied with a yellow ribbon like a little gift to our friends and families.

From the ceremony to the cocktails to the reception, each detail was meant to embody Maine’s rustic charm. Old blueberry boxes I found at a Rt. 1 Kennebunk antique store were used to serve champagne, each with fresh blueberries inside. Derek and I decided to have the inside of the barn draped and lit to soften it but still keep its integrity as a rustic, country space.

One of the favorite elements was the tablescape. Our colors: soft gray and white with pops of yellow was supposed to feel both feminine and masculine at the same time. Full white flowers: peonies, David Austen Roses and ranunculus contrasted against the grayish hues of the dusty miller in a clean white centerpiece. Yellow table numbers popped against the arrangements on a custom gray and white chevron runner. Modern, sleek bud vases with a white flower flanked the tables and a single crespedia ball graced each napkin with a menu. It was both modern and rustic; romantic and edgy all at the same time. I love the contradiction of it all – the contrast seemed to work so beautifully.

We did our best to make the day about romance and we wanted our guests to feel it. With twine, we tied tags with our stamped initials around mason jars. Inside the jars, guests could serve our specialty “Something Blue” cocktail made up of blueberry lemonade and vodka.

And speaking of little gifts, the Love Cupcake truck was a huge hit! We opted for cupcakes instead of a traditional cake. Being my favorite treat, we wanted to showcase the cupcakes in a way that highlighted them. The cupcake truck was that perfect fit! It was interactive and charming – with that vintage twist we were going for. Plus, we got a special moment to sneak out of the reception and enjoy the sweets together alone.

Ultimately, the goal of the day was to make each person feel our love for them and of course, have a seriously awesome party! Derek’s best friend Brian got up and played the banjo with the Bob Charest Band. Lobster mac and cheese and sliders kept the crowd going after dinner. Not to mention the Holy Donuts (a Maine specialty) and Maine’s official state treat, whoopie pies. All washed down with milk from a local farm in the classic glass bottles!

Above and beyond all of these details, I look back and remember, just simply, love.

Photography: Becca Wood Photography | Dress: Andrea's Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Kitchen Chicks | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Ceremony & Reception Site: Barn on Walnut Hill | Cupcake Trailer: Love Cupcakes | Flowers & Design: Emily Carter Floral Designs | Music: Bob Charest Band

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SMP New England Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

Saturdays are made for swooning. With calendars cleared and no work in sight, it’s the very best time to cozy up to a wedding and get to know some our of newest advertisers just a wee bit better. Joining the ranks this week? Aster B. Flowers and Ladylike Love. They’re two of New England’s top notch wedding whizzes and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them to the SMP family!

First up, the lovelies of Aster B. Flowers! They can whip up wedding bloomage like nobody’s business and we for one, are major fans. Prepare to swoon as you snag a glimpse at their work below.

From Aster B. FlowersYour wedding day is a fun and exciting time – a time to truly express your personality and style as a couple. The small details you choose can say so much, particularly flowers. Flowers can be playful or polished, wild or composed, colorful or subdued. They can evoke a mood, a feeling, an intention. Aster B. Flowers is a small flower farm on Massachusetts’ North Shore. We grow local, seasonal, organic flowers for weddings and events. We offer full service floral design, as well as cut flowers by the bucket for couples who prefer to create their own arrangements or bouquets.

Aster B. is happy to announce it’s newest offering for summer 2014: flower parties! Gather some friends or family and come spend a few hours on the farm learning the basics of floral design, having fun and creating memories. This is a perfect activity for bridal parties or bachelorettes. Contact us to discuss your vision and budget and we will create a custom package just for you.

Aster B. Flowers is offering every SMP bride that books by March 31, 2014 a complimentary bag of flower petals for their wedding, a $25 value. Just mention “SMP Gift” in your inquiry.

Photography: Melissa Glorieux + Wayne E. Chinnock Photography Co.

If there’s ever a time to bring a fashion consultant into your life, it’s during the engagement process. From bridal showers, to the bachelorette party, and every event in between, the outfits make all the difference. *Enter* the experts at Ladylike Love who specialize in making sure you look fabulous from “I will” to “I do!”

From Ladylike Love… As an experienced bridal professional, I want to share my passion with brides-to-be looking for a fashion companion for all of the events surrounding her wedding. Ladylike Love offers personalized services to brides and her bridal party including styling, gown selection, day-of dressing and unique accessories. I even have accessories for pets! Visit our website or send us a message to find out more information about how we can work together to find you the perfect wedding day look!

Specializing in wedding day bridal assisting. This includes pick-up and delivery of garments, pressing out any wrinkles, dressing, lacing, zipping, and buttoning. I also oversee the formal photography sessions to ensure perfect results. Ladylike also offers editorial fashion styling, engagement photo assistance and rehearsal dinner fashion selection.

Photography: Briana Moore Photography + Erika Follansbee Photography

Welcome loves! So thrilled to call you family! xoxo

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