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Elegant Camden Yacht Club Summer Wedding

Maine holds a special place in my heart so I may have entered into this wedding a teeny bit biased…but that extra advantage wasn’t even necessary. Ruth Eileen’s pretty pics were more than enough to turn my Monday morning from dreaded to dreamy, with this Reem Acra wonder and an invitation suite that’s too sweet for words. This week is gonna be a good one; this gallery guarantees it!

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From the Bride… From the moment Pluton proposed, we knew that we wanted to enjoy the wedding planning process just as much as we enjoyed the big day – and we truly did! We approached every aspect of planning as a team, emphasizing what would bring us, our families, and our friends the most joy and always remembered to have fun!

The first item on our wedding planning to-do list was to find the perfect venue. In our minds, the ideal venue would be a destination for our guests, incorporate the natural beauty of New England, and allow for an elegant but relaxed celebration! Upon visiting the Camden Yacht Club, we knew it would be the perfect setting for our big day! The venue space was ideal – the front lawn overlooking the harbor for cocktails, a tent on the side lawn for dinner, and the clubhouse for dessert and dancing! Plus, the Camden Yacht club is located on the outer edges of the Camden Harbor, just a 5 minute walk from the center of town. Camden, known as “where the mountain meets the sea,” is a small picturesque harbor town located just 3.5 hours north of Boston (where Pluton and I live today). In addition to satisfying all of the items on our venue punch-list, Camden also holds a special place in both of our hearts. I grew up in Louisiana and spent my childhood summers vacationing in Camden. It was through those family vacations that I fell in love with New England and decided to attend school in Boston. Therefore, I attribute my move to Boston and meeting of Pluton (as a freshman at Boston University) to Camden! Throughout our seven year relationship, we have taken many trips to Camden and Pluton has grown to love the area just as much as me!

After selecting the venue, we identified the elements we wanted to tackle ourselves and assembled a team of amazing vendors to bring the celebration together! We sought to create an elegant, cheerful, joyous, and fun environment as the backdrop to the celebration of our marriage. In line with our honeymoon to Italy, we chose an “Italian al fresco” theme, highlighted by our family style menu selections (assorted pizzas and pastas), color scheme (emerald and sage green, white, and pops of pink!), and miscellaneous accents (our thank you gifts were pouches of balsam fir stamped with “Grazie, Meredith&Pluton, June 13, 2015”). Most importantly, we wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of us as a couple and incorporate a few of our favorite things! To name a few: A jazz quartet lead by John Stevens (American Idol Season 3) performed Frank Sinatra style jazz/swing (Pluton’s favorite!) during the cocktails hour and dinner. In addition to our delicious 3-tier lemon raspberry wedding cake from Sweet Sensations, we served an assortment of pies from Moody’s Diner (a required stop on every drive up to Camden – their pies are AMAZING!). Finally, to culminate the celebration, we incorporated some of my Louisiana heritage in to our “grand exit” – we ended the night with a New Orleans style Second Line band leading us and the wedding guests in a procession out to the front lawn of the Yacht Club! From the front lawn, the groom and I exited through a tunnel of sparkers on to a boat which took us on a tour of the Camden Harbor before bringing us to our hotel!

Throughout our 1.5 year engagement, we had a blast planning our celebration and handcrafting many of the elements of our big day! From custom designing and creating our invitation suite to delicately crafting the bouquets and boutonnieres the days leading up to the wedding, Pluton and I were involved in each and every little detail! I will always be grateful to our amazing family and friends who put their DIY skills to use to ensure our wedding day was absolutely perfect! My Mom hand-wove the eucalyptus garland, the bridesmaids crafted everything from our custom signs to signature cocktails, the groomsmen hung all of the Edison bulbs – we were truly blown away by all that our friends and family did to ensure our day was perfect!

On the big day, everything came together seamlessly! We had such fun celebrating with our family and friends and were so grateful to be surrounded by so much love and support as we started our new adventure as husband and wife! We are also so appreciative to all of our wonderful vendors who helped to make the day so perfect, especially to the fantastic Ruth Eileen who captured our wedding day with photographs that we will treasure forever!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Floral Design: Trader Joe's | Floral Design: Fifty Flowers | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: 3 Dogs Cafe | Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Camden Yacht Club | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Long's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Megunticook Market | Calligraphy: Overdressed Paperie | Band: Occassional Brass | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Banana Republic | Bride's Engagement Ring: Brodney's | Bride's Necklace: BHLDN | Event Coordination: Whim Events | Groom's, Groomsmen's Accessories: The Tie Bar | Rentals: One Stop Rentals | Wedding Website: Riley & Grey

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Modern + Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration

We had a winter to remember here in New England so at the first signs of spring, we flew open our windows and took some much needed big breaths of fresh air. To say we appreciate the beauty of the season is an understatement and this shoot by Emily Delamater captures that joy, with L. Brook Events designing a springtime scene full of bright blooms and sweet treats. See every pretty petal right here!

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From Lindsey Norton of L. Brook Events… After a long winter there is no greater reward than the splendor of Spring. Romantic flowering trees and bright blooming buds seemingly emerge overnight in a whimsical way similar to that of a young, love story. The inspiration behind this shoot was to incorporate all of our favorite Spring and early Summer colors, flowers and textures. The Circus Conservatory provided the perfect venue with its high ceilings, white washed brick, polished concrete floors and ample windows. This modern and open interior was the perfect backdrop to highlight the many vibrant colors of Spring we incorporated in the shoot.

To contrast the light and industrial interior, a farm table with classically elegant cross back and tufted chairs was set with soft, ruffle-trimmed linens, white china, crystal glassware and antique gold flatware. Hand-lettered, raw-edge linen ribbons acted as place cards and added to the tablescape design along with tall, white, taper candles with glass votives, but the true focus was the bright, beautiful blooms. The lush centerpiece was crafted of poppies, anemones, ranunculus, narcissus, peonies, parrot tulips, jasmine vine and other local blooms and greenery.

For the understated, ceremony backdrop, an installation was created using ferns and blooming branches. A beautiful naked cake with strawberries and a lemon rosemary pound cake were displayed on a dessert table with petals, lush greenery, framed pressed flowers, and a wall hanging with a favorite quote from famed Maine author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “Came the Spring with all its splendor, all its birds and all its blossoms, all its flowers and leaves & grasses.”

Photography: Emily Delamater | Event Design: L. Brook Events | Floral Design: Watershed Floral | Hair & Makeup: Stacia Tetrault | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: Circus Conservatory | Bride's Attire: BHLDN | China And Flatware: Marshall Rental | Desserts: Sarah Carter Hill | Farm Table And Cross Back Chairs: Heartwood Essentials | Paper Goods, Linen Place Cards, Wall Hanging: Dancing Ink Calligraphy | Tufted Chairs And Linens: L. Brook Events

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Rustic Summer Wedding at Marianmade Farm

We got a little sneak at the love between these two on Friday, with their engagement shoot in Austin, Texas. Emily Delamater caught their newly engaged bliss then and continued capturing their story at Marianmade Farm in Maine, where they said their “I do’s” with a rustic and romantic celebration. DSD Media filmed away and I can officially declare this to be one very happily ever after tale.

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From Emily Delamater… Karissa and John’s wedding was held at one of my favorites New England venues – Marianmade Farm. The couple lives in Austin, TX but they are originally from New England and wanted to celebrate with friends and family back home and also give their guests a good excuse to come visit Maine, a place they both love. I knew I liked them right away and we were lucky enough to get to visit them in Austin where we shot their engagement session at the gorgeous San Michele just outside the city.

One of the reasons I love Marianmade is because it is a flower farm owned by an incredibly talented florist so the whole property is beautifully laid out and always filled with gorgeous blooms of the season and a vintage Airstream to boot! I loved the use of color in their details, the mix of white, peach, plum, grey and gold. It was a perfect mix of New England charm, late summer blooms and great style.

Photography: Emily Delamater | Videography: DSD Media | Floral Design: Marianmade Farm | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: 111 Maine Catering | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: 111 Maine Catering | Officiant: A Sweet Start | Wedding Venue: Marianmade Farm | Day-Of Event Coordination: Wendy Caron, Dragonfly Wedding Coordinator | Getting Ready: Sheepscott Harbour Resort | Rentals: Marshall Rental

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Playful Outdoor Kennebunkport Wedding

There are some weddings that just look fun—so fun that you wish you had been a guest. This is one of them. From the bright turquoise and pink color scheme to the energetic dance floor to the Champagne bottle escort cards, this wedding was clearly a good time—and there’s proof: the photos from Bethany and Dan Photography and film from Ready Set Film. See all the fun in the gallery.

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From Bethany And Dan PhotographyWe adore these two human beings. I swear from the moment they walked into the Waban Starbucks to meet with us we loved them. After spending an evening with them for their engagement session we were counting down the days till the wedding day, right along with them. We were SO excited to be their wedding photographers and we were absolutely not wrong in our anticipation of the wedding’s fabulousness. It was incredible. Besides all the gorgeous details, fabulous location, stunning bridal party, classy everything(!), this wedding was 100% focused and the right thing: L-O-V-E! Kelsey and Chad are crazy about each other. It is infectious and every single person at this wedding was SO happy they were getting married. It was a palpable the whole time we were there.

A few of my favorite moments of the day: The first look complete with private tear jerking vows. The way Chad looked at Kelsey all. day. long. Kelsey’s sister’s toast… if there is a perfect sister version of a toast, it was this one. There was not a dry eye in the tent. I wish I could bottle that love up and take it around with me everywhere. During the sunset photos were were out on the beach right in front of the tent. I think every person at the wedding made their way to the edge of the tent and watched. It was so cute! We would turn around and look between shots and everyone would wave! Their friend Brendan took a table cloth off one of the tables and made it into a jump rope during the reception. ’nuff said.

Photography: Bethany And Dan Photography | Videography: Ready Set Film | Event Planning: Azalea Events | Wedding Dress: Cristinas Bridal | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Ceremony: St Ann's Episcopal Church | Reception: Breakwater Inn | Makeup: Laurel Makeup | Hair: Fringe Hair Art | DJ: Double Platinum DJ

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Sweet Monday Photography + A Discount!

In the world of drop-dead gorgeous images, Sweet Monday Photography reigns supreme.  Think soft, light-filled captures that are as romantic as they are stunning and you are most definitely on the right track. So when it comes to soaking in the pretty, we’re all about devoting a day to Sweet Monday’s latest masterpiece… a shoot that is chock-full of outdoor beauty and spring-filled happy.

Known for their love of nature and ability to capture those special moments you didn’t even realize were happening, Sweet Monday Photography is endlessly inspired by the New England landscape… and it shows in every moment of this gorgeous styled shoot set against the stunning Mount in the Berkshires. Picture classic meets modern details and colorful blooms with a touch of traditional lovely and a splash of bohemian charm.  It’s all sorts of seriously stunning, lovelies… and it’s just what we’ve come to expect from Sweet Monday Photography.

Whether you’re looking to capture your love against a golden autumn backdrop, or snuggled up with the snow twinkling in the background, Sweet Monday’s talented team of photogs will most definitely preserve those special moments that you will cherish for always.  Contact them now to start your journey to beautiful photography.  You can thank us later, loves.

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What: Sweet Monday Photography is offering 20% off any of their standard wedding photography Collections for weddings with either the ceremony or reception taking place outdoors in 2016 or 2017!

How: Interested couples just need to mention this post when inquiring about Sweet Monday’s availability on their wedding date via the contact form on their website. Discount is not applicable for custom Collections, but may be applied to any of the standard packages.  The discount will be honored a total of 10 times on a first come, first served basis.  Click here for more info!

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Event Design: LoLo Event Design | Floral Design: Poppy Floral | Wedding Dress: Flair Boston | Invitations: Lynn Graham Designs | Jewelry: Ore Jewelry by Sophie Hughes | Makeup Artist: Making Faces Weddings | Hair Stylist: Love Notes By June | Calligraphy: Pier Gustafson | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Mount | Desserts: Tatte Bakery | Models: Model Club Inc. | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Suit: The Black Tux

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