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Classic Coastal Maine Shoot at the Lobster Pound

My love for New England is pretty apparent to anyone that crosses my path, so when Geneve Hoffman sent over this Maine-inspired fête I could barely contain my happiness. It has me itching to throw a summer soiree and drooling over their delicious menu. All I can say is that if I was invited to this gorgeous party planned by the talented Maine Seasons Events, I don’t think I would ever leave. 

From Geneve HoffmanMelissa Young at the lobster pound asked us to create a styled shoot to feature the decor and style of the restaurant for future brides to get inspired by. It’s all natural, original wood inside and has the most captivating view of the harbor. It’s about as classic Maine as you can get–but we decided to do a fun updated riff on classic Maine Americana.

With a palette of cadet blue, aqua, red, granite gray, maize yellow, and white, the inspiration for this design came from a casual, Maine summer lobster dinner, incorporating wildflowers, lanterns, sea grass, Atlantic coast beach stones and mussel shells, against a classic red plaid outdoor fabric table runner.

Vintage enamelware flower containers and blue enamelware dishes nod to classic Maine lobster bake traditions, updated with red striped linen hand towels to serve as a lobster bib. Nautical metal lantern, net and sea grass elements tie in the ocean side location, and a hand painted table number is fashioned out of a found beach rock. Favors of hand made Maine salt water taffy are presented in genuine net bait bags, and dessert of wild Maine blueberry gallette with hand made vanilla ice cream is a modern dessert option to echo the traditional blueberry cake often served with a lobster dinner in Maine.

Photography: Geneve Hoffman | Flowers: York Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Blush By Jim Hjelm, Spoil Me Bridal | Stationery: Erin Flett | Make up: Nicole Masterson of GLOW | Grooms Suit: Perry Ellis by Soiree Prom & Tux | Bridesmaid Dress: Kennedy by Jenny Yoo | Design/Styling: Meagan Gilpatrick/Maine Seasons Events | Filmmaking/Video: Lumina/Marina DeMarco | Hair Design: Lena Hartford at Hair That Moves | Honeymoon Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Jewelry Design: Elise Moran | Location, Food, Desserts: Harborside Restaurant at Cape Neddick Lobster Pound | Model: Ian Dethlefs | Model: Tyler Briggs | Salt Water Taffy Favors: Yummies | Table cloth & napkin Rentals: Marshall Rentals

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Summer Trends with Brideside + A Giveaway!
Here at SMP, the name Brideside has become synonymous with fabulous bridesmaids dresses that your ladies can try on at home! This summer, they’ve got their online shop filled to the brim with gorgeousness  — and they’re hosting an incredible giveaway that you won’t want to miss!
Offering brides a top-notch selection of dresses by some of the best designers out there (we’re talking LHC Couture and Wtoo by Watters to name a few!) and an amazing, easy-to-use shop at-home site, Brideside has it all when it comes to dressing your maids. Letting you and your ladies search by color, fit, theme or designer, Brideside then shops up to three samples straight to your home via a Brideside BoxTalk about convenient. To ensure your picks are the perfect fit, they calculate your recommended size with a high-tech fit calculator, and your very own personal stylist will be sure to confirm size + fit! See how the entire process works right here and don’t miss the fit video here. And this summer? it’s all about the Mix + Match Long Dresses, Beachy Chic look and the Little White Dress.
For some amazing real wedding inspiration, be sure to take a peek over here. Ready to start your dress hunt with Brideside? Well now’s the time, because they’re giving SMP readers a FREE Brideside Box for the entire month of June when you sign up for a Brideside personal stylist! Head over here to get started. Ready for even more fab news?


The Prize: One lucky SMP reader will win a pair of Elizabeth Cole Statement Earrings!

To Enter: Simply enter hereThe more you share, the more entries you get!

To Win: Readers must enter before June 4, 2014. A winner will be announced right here on Friday, June 5, 2014!

Photo Credit: Andreas Photo | Annie X Photographie


Serene Wedding on Rangeley Lake

Brooklyn-based couple Alison & Aaron chose to skip the city hustle for a calm, intimate wedding in Maine. The groom’s family-owned golf course, Mingo Springs, provided a perfect venue for a day filled with lots of family, friends, crystal blue water, and pie! Feel free to get lost in the serenity of KLC Photography’s photos, and if you want to keep the peace flowing, you can find more images here.

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Alison and Aaron met and live in Brooklyn NY, but when it came to planning their wedding they always knew they wanted Maine. Aaron’s family has owned the Mingo Springs Golf Club for over 40 years and the location was the perfect backdrop for a wedding that was rustic, personal, and jubilant.

The couple took great care to include so many amazing details that spoke to their life as a couple and their love of Maine. Champagne with blueberries was served at the ceremony, the Save the Date and escort cards showed a photo of nearby Rangeley Lake, poems about the three states the couple call home were read (Maine, NY, and Iowa), and they made a surprise entrance into their reception complete with parasols and a New Orleans-style brass band. Aaron’s family’s jewish traditions were also included in the day and I had the pleasure of photographing one of the most energetic and joyful dances of the hora I had ever seen.

It was a wonderful day filled with so much love, laughter, and purely-Maine beauty.

Photography: Photography By KLC | Floral Design: Blooms Flower Shoppe | Reception Venue: Mingo Springs Golf Club | Catering: Good Food | Entertainment: Hot Tamale Brass Band | Coordination: The Purple Orchid Planning