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Intimate Kennebunkport Wedding

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Kennebunkport, you know the happiness that it radiates. It’s Maine all wrapped up in a sweet little seaside package, and happens to be the setting for this quaint affair captured by Emily Delamater. Complete with mini lobster rolls, a forest beautiful beyond words and a badass vintage Ford station wagon, it’s a New England lovers wedding dream come true. Head to THE VAULT for more!

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Spring
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Rustic

From The Bride…Sam and I have been together for over 12 years. We got engaged while on a trip to Cape Cod during the summer of 2012. However, the wedding planning was put on hold in order to work on my parent’s house when it flooded during Hurricane Sandy. We are both DIYers, and did a great deal of the renovations ourselves. Although much of it was new to us, we learned as we went, watched a lot of the DIY Network together and made frequent trips to Home Depot every weekend. It was incredibly rewarding to step back, and see all the progress we had made when the renovations were complete.

Both of us are from New York, but we decided to get married in Kennebunkport, Maine. We first visited Maine over 10 years ago, and immediately fell in love with its natural beauty and coastal charm. That was our first trip together as a couple, and Maine has held a special place in our hearts ever since; we have often returned over the years. We envisioned having a small and intimate, rustic wedding with organic, natural elements, personal touches, and DIY details. We chose a palette of soft blush, coral, and peach, with navy accents for our wedding colors. Sam and I utilized many of the skills we had learned during the renovation process, and worked on a number of DIY projects together, including the Mr. and Mrs. chair signs, seating chart, table numbers, and the Just Married pallet wood sign. One of my favorite DIY elements was the large Polaroid frame, which also tied in with our mini Polaroid Save the Date magnets.

Surrounded by acres of Maine woods, Hidden Pond’s natural setting served as the perfect rustic backdrop for our wedding. Our ceremony was held outside at the Farm, one of two organic vegetable and flower gardens at Hidden Pond. Classic arrangements of white hydrangeas, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus in mason jars hung from the ceremony chairs with twine.

My bridesmaids and I arrived at the ceremony site in a vintage, red 1956 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon from Hidden Pond named Bessie; it made for quite a memorable entrance. The morning of our wedding felt very surreal. After months of wedding planning, I could hardly believe the big day was finally here. It wasn’t until my bridesmaids and I were preparing to line up to walk down the aisle that it hit me that it was really happening. My dad walked me down the aisle to a string trio performing Canon in D, just as I had always envisioned when I imagined my wedding day. Anxiously waiting for me at the end of the aisle was my best friend. It had been a long journey to get to this point, and we looked forward to starting the next chapter of our lives together. Sam and I exchanged our vows in a short and sweet ceremony while surrounded by our closest friends and family. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed delicious Maine seafood, including crab cakes, mini lobster rolls, and shrimp cocktail, as well as the most incredible wood fired meatballs during the cocktail hour.

Afterwards, we took a trolley with our guests to our reception at the Event Barn at Hidden Pond. Full of natural decor and birch accents, a boat chandelier hangs from the soaring ceiling in the rustic yet elegant space, while a wall of French doors overlook the woods, creating the perfect ambiance for a relaxed, intimate dinner. Burlap table runners lined the beautiful reclaimed barn wood farm tables, and were adorned by organic arrangements of seasonal flowers grouped in mason jars, alongside succulents in wood slice planters. The wedding favors also served as the place cards, and featured jars of local Stonewall Kitchen blueberry jam in berry baskets. Our first dance was to John Legend’s All of Me, featuring Lindsay Stirling, a very talented violinist who Sam is a huge fan of. We then stole away into the woods with our photographers for what turned out to be some of my favorite photos.

The delicious Downeast lobster bake menu focused on “farm to fork” freshness, and showcased locally sourced foods, served family style. Our guests absolutely adored the food, especially the mini lobster rolls. In fact, several friends continued to rave about them long after the wedding. Sam and I both love sweets, so dessert was very important to us. Kara from Black Bunny Bakery did an amazing job on our two-tier wedding cake. We were so impressed by the incredible level of detail of the basket cake and sugar flowers. Many guests were convinced it was a fake cake for display purposes. It wasn’t until the cake cutting did they believe it was really edible. In addition to being stunning, the strawberry cake was delicious, and contained a mixed berry filling as well as a layer of lemon crème. The custom lovebirds cake topper I ordered from Etsy complemented the cake perfectly. The groom lovebird’s outfit is modeled after Sam’s navy suit, down to his succulent and white ranunculus boutonniere, while the bride lovebird’s hand painted bouquet is based on the gorgeous spring blooms and organic foliage in my bouquet.

We are so thankful for all the incredible, talented, local vendors who worked on bringing our vision to life. Our wedding came together beautifully with their help. We also greatly appreciate all our guests who traveled to Maine to celebrate with us, and helped make our wedding day special. Thanks to all the stunning photos our photographers, Emily and Matt Delamater captured, we’re able to look back on all those meaningful moments for years to come.

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Photography: Emily Delamater | Floral Design: Minka Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Boston | Cake: Black Bunny Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Making Faces Weddings | Hair: Jessica Todd Salon | Officiant: Charlotte Nolan | Ceremony Music: Southern Maine String Quartet | Transportation: Intown Trolley | Venue: Hidden Pond | Cake Topper: Red Light Studio | Furniture Rentals: Details Event Staging | Getaway Car: Hidden Pond | Hair Accessories: Jennifer Behr | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen

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Dove Grey French’s Point, Maine Wedding

This Style Me Pretty-loving Bride and her Groom have one of the cutest love stories you’ve ever heard. She, a college student working part-time helped him, a handsome customer, pick out a tie at the local Vineyard Vines store…and the rest is history. They settled on a destination wedding in Maine, and brought on Emily Blake to tell the story of their day. Watch it all unfold in The Vault.

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Summer
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Outdoor
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Elegant

From The Bride… I fell in love with Josh at first sight. I was working part time at the Prudential Center Vineyard Vines store when I was a senior at BU, and he came in to buy a tie – the rest is history. We knew from the first moment we would be together forever.

When it came time to plan our wedding, we knew that we wanted a destination wedding, as neither of us is particularly connected to our hometown. We had traveled to Maine a few times together as a couple, and both felt totally at peace there – the state motto is “Vacationland,” and it’s the perfect way to describe the feeling of Maine! We found French’s Point through Style Me Pretty, and immediately knew it would be the perfect venue for our wedding. All of our vendors were truly the best of the best, and we couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out.

The vision for the wedding really began with one key element: our crest. We worked with the amazing Kearsley Lloyd to have our custom watercolor crest made, and it really defined the rest of the look and feel for the wedding itself. The color palette was made up of gray, cream, and green, all of which looked so beautiful with the natural landscape around us. Based on Kearsley’s design, I actually designed and needlepointed Josh’s belt myself!

The day of the wedding, the weather was absolutely perfect – not a cloud in the sky. The ceremony was set on the green lawn, overlooking Penobscot Bay with 180 degree ocean views. I walked down the aisle to a beautiful acoustic version of Train’s “Marry Me,” and I was in tears from the first note. The ceremony was so meaningful and full of so much love – our rabbi told us afterwards that she couldn’t believe how present we were.

The reception was also held at French’s Point, inside the tent. The wedding party, as well as Josh and I, walked into the reception wearing foam Vineyard Vines whale hats as a fun nod to where we got our start. It was the perfect, easy, relaxed evening we had hoped for – guests ate, drank, and danced the night away.

Josh and I put so much love into every detail of our wedding, and it turned out to be the perfect celebration for us.

Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Event Planning: Christina Grimsley | Floral Design: Beautiful Days Events | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Bar Harbor Catering Company | Makeup Artist: From This Day Forward | Calligraphy: Le Petit Prints | Band: Wavelength | Groom's Attire: Blank Label | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Venue: French's Point | Bridal Boutique: L'Elite In Boston | Linen Rentals: Wallace | Paper Design: Drew Phillips | Printing: MOO | Watercolor Crest Design: Kearsley Lloyd

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Intimate Lighthouse Wedding on the Coast of Maine

Most of us here at SMP call New England home, so this Maine “I do” captured by Sarah Der feels like an ode to our favorite place. Starting with a few peeks into their lobster bake welcome dinner and ending with a darling reception by the sea, this couple nailed the nautical vibe thanks to Emily Elizabeth Events with a Labor Day celebration we’d all die to attend. Follow me to The Vault, and see why a lighthouse ceremony is our new favorite idea.

From The Bride… Throughout our nine-year relationship, the sea has been a constant theme for us. When Colin proposed on the water, we knew we would marry on the coast. Colin’s parents got married at a lighthouse, and we both loved the idea. I grew up spending summers in Maine at my grandparent’s lakeside cabin, and spent countless summer days as a kid climbing around the rocky coast at the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Since Maine is such a special place to me and my family, a wedding at the lighthouse in Pemaquid, Maine was an easy decision.

We decided to make a long weekend out of it and planned our wedding for Labor Day weekend. We kept the guest list intimate, to 50 of our closest family and friends. We fully embraced the spirit of the location, and planned our wedding weekend as an extension of the relaxed, romantic essence that the rocky coast of Maine so naturally inspires. To welcome our guests to Maine, we had a traditional lobster bake, held outdoors on the lawn of The Bradley Inn. The welcome event featured classic red and white checked tablecloths, fresh Maine lobsters, local beer, lawn games, and an ice cream sundae bar with fun toppings and our favorite local ice cream from Round Top Ice Cream Stand.

The following day, we had a casual and intimate seaside ceremony at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. The ceremony was very special to us. We included new and old traditions – we played my mom’s favorite song, “Ashokan Farewell,” in our prelude; I had stephanotis flowers incorporated into my bouquet and my flower crown, a family tradition for several generations; and my oldest friend read our most treasured childhood poem, “The Owl and the Pussycat.” Our favorite part of the ceremony was the ring warming – before the ring exchange, our rings were passed to our assembled family and friends, who were invited to offer prayers, well-wishes, and positive vibes to the rings, and by extension to our marriage. As we walked down the aisle as husband and wife, guests waved “Hooray!” flags that I made. I will always vividly remember the happy faces of our closest loved ones waving those sweet flags.

Our reception was held at a local lobster shack, The Contented Sole. At cocktail hour, guests enjoyed Maine-inspired signature cocktails, a Blueberry Mojito and a Sea Breeze, on the dock overlooking Pemaquid Harbor, while a local fiddle player and guitarist played our favorite folk music. We joke that our reception was “lobster shack chic,” fully embracing the informal attitude and natural coastal beauty of Maine. Decor included nautical coastal elements, rustic farm tables, and wildflowers. We had lobster rolls and frites, and wild Maine blueberry pie for dessert. After dinner, we all had a blast do-si-doing to a local bluegrass band. My adorable grandfather – who has won local farm show ribbons for his fabulous jams – made big batches of blueberry jam, which we offered as favors. Every detail of our wedding held special meaning for us, and many of the DIY elements were a collaboration among many people who were thrilled to contribute to our special day.

We were also thankful that we hired a local wedding coordinator. Especially since we live in New York, it was so helpful to have someone familiar with the location, who came a list of vetted, trusted vendors and experience with the Midcoast Maine wedding scene. Having our wedding coordinator with us throughout the weekend was one of the reasons that our entire wedding weekend was joyful and stress-free, and my best advice to future brides is to build a wedding coordinator into your wedding budget if at all possible.

Photography: Sarah Der | Floral Design: Pretty Flowers | Ceremony Venue: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse | Hair And Makeup: Ariel Johnson | Band: The Gather Rounders | Groom's Jacket: Black Lapel | Officiant: Will Saunders | Bride's Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Musicians: Evan Cuddy Music | Coasters: Ladybug Press | Groom's Ring: Minter Richter | Groom's Shirt, Pants, And Tie: J.Crew | Groom's Shoes: Vans | Invitations, Place Cards, And Lobster Bibs: Parrott Design Studio | Navy Blue Ship Napkins: Oh, Little Rabbit | Pie: Two Fat Cats | Red Crab And Fish Napkins: Sally By The Sea | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Bradley Inn | Signage: Paper Tangent | Tent And Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals | Wedding Planning, Styling + Design: Emily Elizabeth Events | Wedding Reception Venue: The Contented Sole