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Coastal Maine Inspired Wedding Invitation

Pretty paper goods are my jam.  No hyperbole intended… send me a crazy gorgeous invite and I’ll spend hours obsessing over it.  So this hand illustrated + hand painted invitation suite from Anticipate Invitations?  It’s pretty much my everything, and the perfect guide to a Maine weekend that is rich with coastal inspired goodies.  Soak in every paper paper captured by Kenny Kim right here.

From the Bride… Invites were so important because they were the first impact that people would see to lead them up to our wedding weekend. We wanted it to be about all the weekend events, not just the Wedding Day, as guests were making the journey. Studying architecture in college I have a deep appreciation for graphic design and was so excited to work on this important aspect of the wedding.

When we first started dating, Chris invited me to spend a summer vacation with his family in Maine. Being from New Jersey, Chris grew up coming to Maine with his family. Growing up in Chicago, I had never been to Maine, but loved the laid-back culture, great food (lobster!) and beautiful scenery. We went on a hike to find a gorgeous wedding being set up on the top of the mountain. Both of us shared later that we thought to ourselves… “Wow, what a perfect place to get married.”

Working with Michael at Anticipate Invitations on the stationery was one of the best parts of wedding planning. We wanted it to reflect the whimsicality of Maine, be fun and playful but still elegant, not be overly nautical but still sea-inspired. By having Michael hand illustrate and paint all the features, it added a level of personality that made our stationery that much more unique to us—something that will last for many years.

We spent every year after traveling to Maine for vacation, enjoying it more and more each year. Chris proposed to me right in the same spot we hiked up years before. It was the only place we ever imagined getting married at, and therefore we felt it was the most meaningful place for us to have our own wedding.

Most of our guests had never been to Maine so we wanted to showcase some of our favorite parts and places, why we love it so much. We wanted it to be about all weekend events and not just the wedding and truly wanted it to be a magical experience for our guests.

Guests loved the paper goods, and not only the invitations, but also the place cards, table cards, menus, weekend events booklet, and ceremony program… even the thank you cards and return address stamp! Having Anticipate work on all aspects gave continuity and truly once-in-a-lifetime memories.

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Photography: Kenny Kim Photography | Coordination: A Family Affair | Floral Design: Blue Fern Designs | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Three Dogs Café | Cake: Magnolia Bakery | Invitations: Anticipate Invitations | Ceremony Venue: The Point Lookout Resort | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair: Bei Capelli | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groom's Attire: Reiss | Accommodations: The Samoset Resort | Lighting Design: Ambiance Event Services | Music: Bryan Beninghove | Photography - Assistance: Nicole Chan Photography | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Pearl Restaurant | Rentals: A Family Affair | Styling And Design: A Family Affair | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Welcome Dinner: Cellar Winery At The Vineyard

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Bridal Party Styling with Style My Bridal + A Giveaway!

You can’t wait for your besties to stand beside you on your big day, but styling their look, well… that’s another story.  Because that vision you’ve been dreaming of?  You just don’t have the time to put it all together. Enter Style My Bridal, professional bridesmaid stylists that take all of the guess work out of choosing that perfect gown + accessories with custom suggestions based on your vision.

We’ve all been there: you’ve pinned about a million images of dreamy bridesmaids, but when you try to find time in your busy schedule to search for those perfect dresses, it’s almost impossible.  That’s why Style My Bridal is so genius.  Your personalist stylist will curate a custom look book just for you, and you can choose the vision that is right for you and the ones you love.  And don’t worry about scheduling all of your besties for a day of bridesmaid dress shopping - Style My Bridal will send your dresses directly to YOU, so you can have a fun girls’ day right in the comfort of your own home.  And when you make that final decision, just purchase the dresses + accessories from Style My Bridal.  It’s a one-stop shop of bridal party awesomeness.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Run, don’t walk, to Style My Bridal and click “Get Started” to start working with your personal stylist. Get started in the month of January and get 15% off your dress purchase by April 1, 2015 by mentioning SMP! (Offer valid for new clients only.)

And don’t forget – you can donate any and all bridesmaid dresses to Style My Bridal for Belle of the Ball to receive $15 off your future dress purchase.  Click here for drop-off locations.

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Photography: Mary Costa Photography | Styling: Style My Bridal | Makeup: Flawless Face & Body | Hair: A&A Hair Boutique | Dresses: Bari Jay And Durga Kali Via Style My Bridal | Garden: Boston Public Garden | Jewelry & Accessories: Various Brands Via Style My Bridal | Models: Dynasty Models

Rustic Summer Wedding at Josias River Farm

Having grown up vacationing in York, Maine, this wedding immediately secured a special place in my heart. But with Cambria Grace’s stunning photographs, this favorite spot of mine looks better than ever. Wild Folk Studio worked her floral magic and the result is one absolutely beautiful wedding, with a gallery that I’m not ready to leave just yet. It may be chilly outside but the wedding is warming my heart.

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From The Bride… Jeff and I met as undergrads at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where we were both business majors. I grew up in Connecticut, and he grew up in New York and Toronto, with many weekends spent in Vermont. We truly fell in love when Jeff visited me abroad in Granada, Spain, and weathered a year of long distance dating while I finished school before moving together to Boston. Jeff proposed last November at the peak of Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire (total surprise!). There were a dozen meaningful places we could have chosen, but somehow we both just knew that York, Maine was where we would celebrate our wedding. My great-grandparents began spending their summers in York in the 1940’s, and the town quickly became the beloved gathering place for generations of family get-togethers and celebrations. Beyond the wonderful memories, there is so much to love about Maine – picturesque scenery, New England charm, and lobster! We initially had another venue in mind, but were lucky enough to stumble upon Josias River Farm in our search. The beautiful property, the restored barn, and the wonderful owners (and their goats!) make this location a true gem in Cape Neddick. After walking through the farm on a snowy Saturday last December, imagining what it would look like at the end of September when summer was turning into fall, we didn’t get halfway home before turning back around to secure the location for September 20th, 2014.

We wanted the decor for the day to highlight the natural beauty of the setting: escort cards hanging from the picturesque wooden fence, twinkling lights strung through the apple trees, and rustic touches woven throughout – from the wooden farm tables and chairs to the whiskey barrels and lanterns. The element that really tied everything together was the garland created by Caroline from Wild Folk Studios. The pink and white snowberry and greenery creeping up the poles in the barn and tent and across the farm tables just breathed a magical life into the entire celebration. Thanks to our families, wedding party, and every one of our incredible vendors, the day came together more perfectly than we had dreamed possible. As everyone warned, it all went by in an absolute blur, but Jeff and I could not have asked for a more beautiful and meaningful setting to celebrate our love and dance the night away with our friends and family.

Photography: Cambria Grace Photography | Videographer: McCormick Media | Wedding Planner: WedBoston | Floral Design: Wild Folk Studio | Invitations: Goosefish Press | Church: St. Christophers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Caterer: The Black Tie Company | Makeup: Skin Studio | Hair: Harbor Hair | Calligrapher: Lettering By Liz | Band: Young Love And The Thrills | Groomsmen's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Antique Car: Motorland | Farm: Josias River Farm | Groomsmen Ties: Brooks Brothers | Paper Products: Inviting Company | Wedding Dress And Veil: Amsale

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Rustic Summer Wedding at Migis Lodge

When you combine the talents of Petal Floral Design, Julie Song Ink, and Mstarr Event Design, wedding magic unfolds. Exhibit A: this summertime affair in picturesque Maine. Jeremy White was there to film these adorable lovebirds in action and Justin & Mary captured every detail behind the camera. Join me in the gallery for SO much more.

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From MStarr Event DesignYou just know when you’re going to hit it off with clients…forget friends, they become like family {and no, despite the last name, we’re not related!}. I guess I should’ve known when the first email I ever got from Miki was that she literally was m Starr so she had to reach out. If there was ever a true mStarr bride, Miki is she. She’s the type of gal who trusted and gave creative freedom, who was so eager to hear new ideas, who texted pics of her nails to make sure the color wouldn’t clash with anything, who invited me to her own bachelorette {what an honor}!

This beauty was 2 years in the making {!!} thanks to residency {her}, finishing up a Phd {him}and a cross-country move {both}! But in this case, the long engagement simply gave us more time to curate the perfect vendor team and the perfect vision. Miki + Matt went to college in Maine and were officially introduced in the library, so I wanted to find a way to seamlessly weave both together in an organic way. The end result was a romantic, summer camp design full of color, texture, nods to the surrounding natural beauty, and personal details.

This whole wedding was one big favorite, but some individual highlights were the vintage stamps we sourced for the invitation suite that corresponded to important things in their lives, the black crossback chairs from New England Country Rentals and black velvet tied flatware {the main lodge’s black chandeliers really set the tone for the reception}, the lush + vibrant florals from Petal, my escort card display I still dream about, the romantic draping from Ryan Designs, and every single hand-painted work of art from Julie Song. This is one very special venue and the staff at Migis are the best of the best. It was pouring rain Friday night into Saturday morning but as a tribute it seemed to their recessional song, the skies cleared in the early afternoon and the sun came out in all its glory, making the day that much more magical.

From The Bride…Matt and I knew from the start that we wanted our wedding to be a weekend escape for our friends and family. We met during undergrad in Maine (in a library during finals) and after 6 years of long distance dating while we both were in graduate school, we moved to Seattle. Since we were planning a destination wedding, we wanted to find a unique and memorable New England venue – and Migis Lodge certainly fit the bill! We knew from the moment that we first visited Migis (the only venue we looked at!) that it was the place for us. It served as a perfect summer camp backdrop and allowed everyone to come, relax, and enjoy a weekend away. With help from amazing vendors, our wedding was beyond what we ever could have imagined. We awoke to a downpour on the morning of the wedding, and a forecast that predicted torrential rain all day. Somehow, the skies parted to golden wonderful sunshine and we were able to have our wedding at the edge of Sebago Lake just as we had imagined. There were just too many perfect moments and happy memories to pick a favorite from the day – we will relive every moment of it for years to come.

We were so fortunate to have such incredible vendors – our guiding principle through the wedding planning process was to find people we loved and trusted and give them the creative freedom to do their thing! We were so incredibly blessed to have Justin and Mary Marantz as our photographers; they captured every moment of our wedding day so beautifully. Becca and Molly from Petal Floral Design were incredible and made bouquets, centerpieces and backdrops that our friends are still talking about. Our invitations and most paper goods came Julie Song who set the tone for the weekend with beautiful calligraphy and watercolor illustrations. Our draping and lighting came from Ryan Designs, who really helped us transform the space.

The Migis team – especially Robyn and Maddie – were just incredible. Our videographers, Jeremy and Billy, from Fairfax Films made our wedding video into a piece of art that we still enjoy watching over and over again. Finally, our amazing wedding planner + designer Emily of MStarr event design brought on these amazing vendors and helped us design and execute a wedding that was filled with details that reflected us as a couple. She became like family during the long distance planning process. Having Emily and her team there that weekend took away all of my worries and I was able to completely enjoy our day with my new husband.

Photography: Justin & Mary | Videography: Jeremy White | Event Design: Mstarr Event Design | Event Planning: Mstarr Event Design | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Migis Lodge | Makeup: Laurel Wiley | Hair: Hair That Moves | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Captain Ken Barnes | Bridal Gown: Amy Kuschel | Bride's Earrings: Doolittle Jewelry On Etsy | Bridesmaids Necklaces: Mstarr Event Design | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Custom Groomsmen Ties: Fox & Brie | Invitations, Save The Date, Calligraphy: Julie Song Ink | Lighting & Draping: Ryan Designs | Linens: Nuage Designs | Location: Migis Lodge | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Vintage Stamps For Invitation: Verde Studio

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Floral Covered Wedding in Rockport, Maine

I grew up visiting seaside Maine, and it’s one of those spots that’ll forever hold my heart. But when you add in overflowing florals by Emily Carter, it becomes an absolute wonderland. I can’t get enough of this coastal celebration, created by the talented Daisies & Pearls, and with every breathtaking blooms captured by Justin & Mary. Gloomy, gray days don’t stand in a chance in the full gallery here.

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From Daisies & Pearls… Baylor and Larry selected Maine as the backdrop for their wedding as Larry proposed to Baylor during a vacation to DownEast, Maine a year prior. The Miami based couple wanted to treat family and friends from all over the globe to a destination wedding weekend filled with all the delights Maine has to offer.

Samoset Resort was the perfect home base for the visiting guest list, with its manicured grounds and spectacular ocean views. Upon arrival guests were welcomed with LL Bean totes filled with Maine themed treats. Friday evening guests were reunited and introduced during a cocktail party.

After a restful night’s sleep and relaxing morning taking in the sea air, guests traveled along the scenic roads via trolley to the beautiful Camden Amphitheatre overlooking Camden Harbor. The lush Amphitheatre provided the inspiration for the garden party design concept, with the striking coral peony as the focal point. Baylor in lace met Larry in seersucker, under a floral draped birch chuppah. The couple was joined by their daughter and Baylor’s mother. Adding to the merriment of a Maine wedding, the ceremony was performed by a retired sea captain.

Returning to Samoset, guests savored cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the green, prior to finding their way under the sailcloth tent decorated with vibrant stems everywhere the eye could see. Floral chandeliers were suspended above dining tables adorned with ribbon runners dotted by blooms in a variety of glass vessels. Escort cards and table numbers in gold calligraphy complemented the overall design. Following a dinner featuring lobster, of course, guests enjoyed the festive sounds of a jazz quintet, delicious cake almost too pretty to slice and a breathtaking sunset seaside.

The next morning before bidding farewell, the newlyweds and guests continued the celebration with brunch on the high seas aboard schooners.

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Scandinavian Inspired Winter Shoot in Maine

Winter might be a four letter word to most New Englanders but I promise you this shoot crafted by Maine Seasons Events and Brea McDonald Photography will have you rethinking your wedding season. Perhaps a romantic snowy wedding is in your future? Infused with Scandinavian touches and pops of red, this tablescape is an ode to cold weather coziness. Check out the full gallery here!

From Maine Seasons EventsInspired by the straw ornaments, clean color palette and simplicity of Scandinavian design, Maine Seasons Events created a wedding inspiration shoot with a winter feel. Elements of straw, fir balsam and wood were incorporated with a wintery palette of icy blue, black, red and gray. Custom table runner inspired by a Scandinavian pillow and vintage winter scene red plates set the table with straw ornaments and custom fabric napkin bands.

Cross country skiis, a vintage sled and festive red bouquet hand tied with a crochet wrapped button and fabric wrap accesorize. A traditional winter candle Pyramid adorns the cake display, and when lit, the paddles rotate, causing the wooden animals and people to turn around on the base. Custom cake with sugar pine cone and tassels by Wild Orchid Baking Comapany provide the feeling of a Swedish princess cake with pale icing and detailed sugar adornments.

Photography: Brea McDonald Photography | Flowers: Maine Seasons Events | Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Company | Stationery: Parrott Design Studio | Concept Design, Planning: Maine Seasons Events | Furniture Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals | Props, Custom Linens: Maine Seasons Event Rentals

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