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Rustic-Glam Wedding with a Sparkling Gold Dress

I love a bride who’s not afraid to add a dose of glam to a rustic wedding. And this New England beauty did just that starting with her Sarah Seven dress that’s a sparkly touch of gold. It was the perfect point of inspiration for A Family Affair Maine to infuse on-trend design moments into the setting’s natural beauty, from sequin tablecloths to Anticipate Invitations’ watercolor suite, and every detail in between. White Loft Studio captured the full gallery all waiting in The Vault.

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Seasons
Summer
Settings
BarnFarm
Styles
Rustic

From the Bride… Sigh, where do I even begin? You’ll have to forgive me, as I’m still adorned in my blushing, awe-struck wedding day goggles. Absolutely every second of our wedding day proved to be my favorite moment…in life. If I were hard-pressed to highlight just a few special aspects of our favorite day, they’d be as follows:

Personal Moments

Every bride dreams of that tearful moment when she takes her husband’s hand in marriage, and subsequently gains a loving mother. Unfortunately, Jace lost his beloved mother, Ronda, 10 years ago to cancer. I was never afforded the honor of exchanging a mere hello, reminiscing over fond childhood memories, shrieking in excitement over our picturesque engagement or wedding day details, or exchanging a sincere ‘thank you’ for the amazing man she raised and gifted to me. In my heart of hearts, I know that if Heaven weren’t so far away, Ronda wouldn’t have missed a beat throughout the duration of the wedding planning process. In efforts of carrying along the amazing spirit of Ronda in our special day, I collaborated with our amazing wedding planner, Paula, and florist, Carolyn, from the beginning, ensuring that the front row bench be dedicated in her honor, saving her a front row seat adorned with her picture, a hand-painted name plate (i.e. saving her seat), and floral garland. I had also collected a piece of blue fabric from a piece of her clothing to have sewn into my dresses (i.e. something blue) in the shape of heart.

This entire process was captured on film by a close family friend at one of my dress fittings and gifted to Jace and his dad (as I pinned a replica of the heart sewn in my dress into their suit jackets) at the ceremony site prior to walking down the aisle. I really wanted them to have that special moment, raw, emotional, uninterrupted, together with Ronda prior to the mayhem of wedding festivities. The surprise was pulled off without a hitch and brought to complete fruition when Ronda’s “saved seat” at the reception was revealed at the end of the evening. I have no doubt that she was ever-so present in our special day.

Vows + Ceremony

We wanted our ceremony to be intimate and most of all, us. We poured ourselves into every heartfelt word of our ceremony, from the heartfelt ceremony script to our tearful (with sprinkles of sarcastic inside jokes) vows. One of Jace’s dear friends, Nathan, performed our ceremony. As if that wasn’t sweet and special enough, Jace’s dad, Ronn, was the best man. So much love in the small timeframe of 30 minutes!

Custom Monogram

Every wedding detail, from our initial save the dates, to our custom, ceremonial backdrop, adorned our monogram of love-struck, intersecting arrows (a clever nod to our serendipitous, travel-crossed paths) encompassed in our initials. To date, such arrows adorn the walls of our bedroom, quaintly placed over bed, as a constant reminder of our fateful love story.

Guest Seating Chart + Table Cards

Our seating chart, created in collaboration with our amazing invitation designer, resembled a Departure Flight Board (in reference to our initial meeting at baggage claim). Each table was adorned with a destination-themed table card (i.e. labeled by airport code, such as LaGuardia = LGA) of important and/or significant destinations over the course of our relationship, highlighting hand-painted watercolor skylines and brief descriptions of the significance of every location to us.

Lobster Bibs

No Maine weekend is complete in absence of a traditional, New England lobster bake and coordinating accessories. Our lobster-bake chic rehearsal dinner was hosted on the premises of the Barn at Flanagan Farm where every wedding guest received handmade Welcome Bags (i.e. including Maine Magazine; personalized thank you notes; lobster cookies; monogram koozies, custom-designed, keepsake lobster bibs; and ‘Welcome to Maine, y’all!’ gift tags).

North Meets South Food + Drinks + Details

Think fried chicken and waffles meets miniature lobster rolls; a Texas Twisted Tea (i.e. bride signature drink) meets a local Blueberry Mojito (i.e. groom signature cocktail); miniature TX pecan pies vs. traditional ME Whoopi Pies. Greeted with wedding invitations adorned with “Welcome to Portland, Y’all!” to a signature beer from every important location significant to us as a couple, Jace and I aspired to infuse our favorite aspects of our Southern homage meets Northern living in our big day.

Destination Setting

Any moment spent in Maine is a moment well spent in our self-proclaimed ‘happy place’ – they don’t refer to Maine as Vacationland for nothing! Therefore, when we began the wedding planning process, we knew that we wanted the occasion to encompass more of an extended family/friend vacation feel. Over 95% of our guests had never experienced the beauty of Maine prior to our destination wedding – it now sits at the top of their destination travel list.

Photography: White Loft Studio | Floral Design: Snell Family Farm | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Leo Carroll Jewelers | Catering: Home Catering | DJ: White Label DJs | Venue: The Barn At Flanagan Farm | Bartending: Maine Mixologist | Event Planning, Design, And Specialty Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine | Event Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals | Groom's Suit, Bridesmaids Dresses, Groomsmen Ties, Best Man's Su: J.Crew | Groomsmen Custom Pants: Suitable | Hair And Make-up: Portland Hair Co | Invitation And Day-of Paper Design: Anticipate Invitations | MOH Dress: Amsale | Musicians - Ceremony And Cocktail Hour: Pete Kilpatrick | Veil: BHLDN | Wedding Cake And Lobster Cookie Favors : Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott

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Vibrant Coastal Maine Wedding in Sunset Hues

To say I’m obsessed with this couple’s style would be a huge understatement because this Bride’s gorgeous casual, yet effortlessly elegant gown and her Groom’s preppy bowtie and Nantucket red pants are perfectly suited for this beautiful seaside Maine wedding. With lovely stationery from Printerette Press, a tented reception lit up by The Event Light Pros and gorgeous flowers throughout, this wedding is full of beauty and love. See it all from Meredith Perdue in THE VAULT!

From Daisies & Pearls Hope and Alex’s wedding day was eleven years in the making. Their love story began while attending boarding school in Connecticut. Alex never thought the first girl he met at his new school would be the girl he would spend the rest of his life with. The couple decided to share the magic of Prouts Neck, Maine with family and friends. This is where Hope spent her summers, sailing and beach combing. Hope and Alex were married in a summer chapel right across from Winslow Homer’s historic art studio and made their getaway around the Neck in a vintage Mercedes convertible. With a color palette inspired by a September sunset, guests enjoyed a farm to table menu followed by an epic dance party.

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Photography: Meredith Perdue | Event Planning: daisies & pearls | Floral Design: Broadturn Farm | Invitations: Marie Chang | Stationery: Printerette Press | Ceremony Venue: St. James Church | Reception Venue: Prouts Neck Country Club | Catering: Aurora Provisions | Hair + Makeup: Ariel Johnson | Lighting: The Event Light Pros | Band: Soul of Boston | Transportation: Maine Limousine | Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals

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Coastal Maine Summer Wedding at The Inn By The Sea

Cape Elizabeth has just immediately been added to my summer getaway list after going through Emily Delamater’s photos (over and over again) from this whimsical summer wedding. With fun blue linens from La Tavola and a blush gown that I’m going gaga over, it’s a match made in Maine wedding heaven. See these delightful details and more all in one place, the VAULT, right this way!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
InnOutdoor
Styles
Al Fresco

From Emily Delamater… Such a dreamy summer day with Julia and Andrew in Cape Elizabeth this summer. The details of the day were so beautifully put together – Julia is definitely someone who knows what she loves and she has a great eye for bringing together elements that are both meaningful and fit together beautifully. I absolutely loved Julia’s blush Monique Lhuillier gown – so airy and romantic. Julia and Andrew were a dream to work with, they were so sweet with each other and both so excited to be celebrating with their friends and families. I got to work with Judy from Flora Fauna for the lovely event which is always such a treat, her florals are always perfection.

From the Bride… Andy and I met by chance (kismet) in Washington, D.C. seven years ago. We haven’t gone a day without talking since. Andy lived in Maine and I lived in Virginia, so we dated long-distance for over two years until I finished law school and was able to find a job in Maine. After five years of dating, Andy proposed with blueberry pancakes in bed accompanied by our beloved dog, Hermione, and cat, Panda.

After envisioning my wedding day since childhood, and having a very specific vision in mind, I knew that I wanted to plan my own wedding. We discussed having the wedding either in the D.C. area or in Maine, but I felt I could be more directly involved in planning each element of the wedding locally. As someone who loves the water, I was also won over by Maine’s incredible coast.

We visited the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the day that we got engaged and decided immediately that its beautiful grounds on the coast would be a perfect venue for our July wedding. As a bonus, the Inn is also incredibly dog friendly (dog massages and room service are available) and it was wonderful being able to incorporate our flower-bedecked Hermione into our wedding day. We wanted our wedding to have a “beach-y chic” feel to it, and I knew that I wanted to wear a gown in blush, so we decided on a palette of blush, navy, gold and white. I loved assembling the elements of our wedding design and searching for items like pearlescent shells, pale pink sea urchins, coral, lanterns, bottles, and mercury glass votive holders.

We were extremely lucky to have the help of friends, family, and amazing vendors with this wedding. My talented friend and bridesmaid, Andrea Kohashi, designed and printed our beautiful letterpress Save the Dates and invitations. A judge whom I clerked for performed our wedding ceremony. Wedding Specialist Tracy Albert, at the Inn by the Sea, was a huge help in suggesting and implementing ideas, coordinating elements, and making the day feel flawless. My sister wrote and delivered a wedding poem that brought me to tears. Emily Delamater and her husband Matt captured more beautiful images of our wedding than we could have imagined. Our florist, Judy Bourgeois of Flora Fauna, was able to procure my dream bouquet of peonies in the middle of July and created arrangements that made the wedding feel like a fantasy to me. I loved so many of the details of our wedding that the vendors made possible: the hair and make-up, the cake, the linens, the food, and the ambience.

When I think of our wedding I feel profoundly grateful. I’m so happy that after weeks of worrying about the weather and after a cold and wet start to the summer, our wedding day was sunny and beautiful. I’m grateful to our friends and family who made the wedding such a fun and beautiful experience for us. (We had a great time!) And, I’m so grateful to be married to my husband, Andy.

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Photography: Emily Delamater | Floral Design: Flora Fauna | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Invitations: Andrea Kohashi | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair + Makeup: Head Games Salon | Venue: Inn By The Sea | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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