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Coastal Glamour Maine Wedding

Tucked away along the coastline of Maine lies a wedding where contemporary coastal glamour reigned supreme. Beginning with the lobster rehearsal dinner, this French’s Point affair is filled with hundreds of gold sequins, oyster shells, rain drops and a whole lot of love. Flora Fauna worked their blossoming magic, and I think you’ll agree Rebecca Arthurs captured every sweet moment beautifully.

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From Rebecca Arthurs… Julie & Bryan’s wedding was a magical day filled with hundreds of gold sequins, oyster shells, rain drops and a whole lot of love. Maine has always held a special place in both Julie & Bryan’s hearts. Who wouldn’t love the beauty, serenity, and close proximity to fresh, delicious lobster! As a long-time oyster lover and blogger, Julie designed the wedding day to be evocative of “Manhattan meets Maine.” Where contemporary, big city glamour meshes with charming, pastoral coastal living. When you see the photos I think you’ll agree Julie pulled it off perfectly with the help of Meagan from Maine Seasons Events & Rentals! Judy of Flora Fauna crafted amazing florals and Chavelii from Key and Quoin rocked out the cute signs you’ll see.

Even though the rain wasn’t part of the wedding plan, Julie & Bryan handled the surprises thrown at them with grace and enjoyed every moment of their amazing day. French’s Point, the wedding venue is on the tip of Maine’s beautiful coast, tucked away from the local hustle and bustle. The day before the wedding Julie & Bryan invited all their wedding guests to a lobster rehearsal dinner in a classic lobster pound.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Videography: Zach Boyce | Floral Design: Flora Fauna | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Sweet Sensations | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: This Day Forward - Cynthia Clayton | Hair: Kim Doll | Calligraphy: Key & Quoin - Chavelli Tsui | DJ: Remixologists | Event Design & Planning: Maine Seasons Events & Rentals | Location: French's Point | Oyster Growers & Shuckers: Frank & Tonyia Peasley - Little Island Oyster Co.

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Casual Maine Lobster Rehearsal Dinner

One word synonymous with Maine? Lobster, and lots of it. Celebrating along the beautiful rugged coast, Maine Seasons Events coordinated this crustacean affair while Rebecca Arthurs snapped up a series of images that are quintessentially Vacationland. Guests dined on surf a la Youngs Lobster Pound while laughter and anticipation filled the air, because we’ve got their wedding coming up NEXT!


From Rebecca Arthurs… Bryan & Julie’s rehearsal dinner at Young’s Lobster Pound in Belfast Maine was a fun filled night of laughs and anticipation. We couldn’t be happier to share these fun photos of their lobster rehearsal dinner. Julie & Bryan celebrated with their family and friends along the beautiful rugged coast of Maine, the day before their wedding at French’s Point.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Coordination: Maine Seasons Events | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Youngs Lobster Pound | Wedding Ideas And Planning: In A Half Shell

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Elegant Whimsy at Marianmade Farm

From their adorable treasure hunt proposal story to their sparkle laden soiree at Marianmade Farm, this stunning Bride & Groom are captivating every inch of my being today through L. Hewitt Photography‘s romantical imagery. It’s the kind of gallery that will put a little pep in your Monday morning step and keep you smiling throughout the day.

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From L. Hewitt PhotographyThere’s something charming and lovely about Maine, and I reflect on their rehearsal sail around Wiscasset now. The lapping waters, seafood that is practically pulled right out of the water in front of you, the setting sun and gentle breeze. It’s easy to see how Christina and Nishant fell in love there, and why they decided to celebrate their wedding in Maine.

These two have one of my favorite proposal stories ever.

Nishant surprised Christina with an unexpected treasure hunt. The search started at 5:30 am in New York City with friends and family, taking her to a weekend bag, a plane ticket and bridal magazines to read on her flight.

After finding a tiara, a gorgeous dress and shoes, and more clues from friends, she ended up at the Light house in Portland, Maine, where a dapper, suited Nishant waited with a photographer a garlanded setup, and a proposal.

Nishant and Christina wed on a beautiful summer day in Maine against the backdrop of the breathtaking lavender farm, Marianmade Farm, near Historic Wiscasset.

Christina is lovely and sweet; Nishant is dapper and charming. They brought the grace and chic of New York hosts and were a joy to watch as they demonstrated their love in stories about each other, and surprises for one another throughout the day. And the wedding was full of surprises; a surprise videographer, an Indian dance flashmob, gifts from Nishant to Christina. The bride and groom signs on the back of their chairs were surprises to each other, which kept Kate Martin, the coodinator on her toes. And to cap it off, there was a lovely fireworks display for their guests.

DIY details included toffee favors, programs, tossing petal bags, gold animals on tables and welcome bags.

From The Bride…For our wedding, Nishant and I wanted to create an elegant evening, but with a fun and relaxed atmosphere, not stuffy. Whimsical with a lot of soft colors. Set in a barn, but not rustic. Light, airy and most importantly, just a story of two people who fell in love.

Photography: L. Hewitt Photography | Videographer: LMV Productions | Wedding Gown: Kelly Faetanini | Makeup Artist: Adore Rouge | Hair Stylist: Aphrodite Salon | Calligrapher: TucciCursive | DJ: DJ Omari | Tux: Armani | Officiant: Hitch Maine | Ceremony Music: New England String Quartet | Venue: Marianmade Farm | Caterer, Cake & Desserts: Max Ultimate | Design, Coordination, Floral & Lighting: Beautiful Days | Fireworks: Central Maine Pyrotechnics | Rentals: Be Our Guest Party Rental | Tent: One Stop Event Rentals

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Elegant Seaside Garden Wedding

Maine is a magical land and these photos by Emily Delamater proves this theory all too well, when she captured the wedding of this beautiful couple on a picture perfect summer day. From the smiles on their faces to the gardens overflowing with azaleas and lupines at the Asticou Inn, I’m absolutely convinced that Maine is the northeast’s wedding wonderland. See all the pretty right here!

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From Emily Delamater… Lauren and Aaron are two of the sweetest and also the most beautiful people I have met in my travels. They just radiate with such love for each other and their families. It was an honor to be there with them on such a perfect sweet summer day, in an azalea garden by the sea…. With pale pinks and purples, gorgeous flowing florals by Alda Stich (also referred to as the flower lady) and a field of lupines in bloom overlooking the harbor at the amazing and historic Asticou Inn. It was really just too spectacular to be real. A gorgeous mix of seaside elegance and garden beauty.

Photography: Emily Delamater | Flowers: Alda Stitch | Cake: Celebration Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Asticou Inn | Reception: Asticou Inn | Band: Bob Charest Band

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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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Style My Bridal and Bari Jay Fashions present a New Year ‘Maid of Style Giveaway. Enter to win up to 5 bridesmaid dresses to outfit your bridal party!  Just click here to enter.  Good luck, lovelies!

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