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Peabody Essex Museum

Choosing your wedding venue sets the tone for your entire wedding weekend. So why not pick a locale that’s totally unique? Enter, Peabody Essex Museum. Located in the heart of historic Salem, Massachusetts, this stunning space has three incredible rooms, as well as an outdoor garden area, that will have your guests wowed.

The Peabody Essex Museum is the perfect combination of warm + historic along with clean + modern, which makes it easy for any couple to see their wedding day vision come to life! Featuring the contemporary Atrium (which transforms beautifully from daylight to dramatic evening light), the historic + elegant East India Marine Hall and the Bartlett & Copeland Galleries which open up to the stunning Asian Gardens, this venue simply has it all.  The central location puts guests close to restaurants, attractions and hotels all within walking distance!

Thanks to changes in their renovation schedule, there are still lots of Saturday night dates available at the Peabody Essex Museum in 2015. For tons more information and to book your wedding date, head over here!

Photo Credits: Ned Jackson Photography | Kevin Liang Photography | Sherrell Photography

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Rustic Chic Barn Wedding in Buxton

Some weddings are so pretty and happy, its impossible for a smile not to reach across your face. Especially when the bouquet from Flora Fauna is this stunning. With planning + event design by Maine Seasons Events, every detail looks considered, and the bride as happy and relaxed as can be. Just take a peek at Emilie Sommer‘s pictures for a lot more prettiness where that came from.


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From Emilie Sommer… Cristin and John closed down the restaurant on their first date, and I can totally see why. These two are so interesting independently and together as a couple. I thoroughly enjoyed my every interaction with them since our first meeting a year ago, straight through til the end of their (most sweaty!) wedding day (truly, it broke heat records).

I beat the girls to the house after the salon, and so while our time to get ready before the ceremony was cut shorter than planned, Cristin, her ladies, and Henry the dog (as opposed to Henry her nephew) went about their last minute dressing completely cool. I even stepped in to help tackle the buttons on the back of her beautiful gown. No big deal. On our way to the church, Cristin realized she had forgotten a pair of cards she wanted to present to her parents on their ride. No big deal. Her dad forgot his notes to practice his toast. No big deal. And this continued throughout the day, Cristin, John and their families just going with the flow and enjoying the experience for what it was, not stressing about what it wasn’t. I loved that.

After the ceremony, a lovely mass performed by one of John’s childhood friends, we returned to the house for formal photos, a rather comical experience chasing occasional clouds for some nice soft light cover, chasing Henry (both the dog and the nephew), and chasing the couple as they went down to the boathouse in a gator. It was so nice to have this pause in the day to regroup and capture a bit of the property’s significance for Cristin and her family (and John, too, who has a boat at neighboring Handy Boat and spends most weekends in Maine on it).

Next, we headed over to the Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, the Barn on Walnut Hill’s new sister property. Meagan of Maine Seasons Events transformed the space into a rustic, elegant atmosphere to experience the culinary creations of Masa Miyake in a lingering multi-course meal. Yum. After the sun set, Cristin and John took to the center of the floor for their first dance, a lively emotionally-tinged trumpet solo by one of their friends. Following touching parent dances (Cristin danced with her father to Willie Nelson’s, “Everywhere I go” his eyes closed the whole time. My heart ached to imagine the memories that must have been flooding his mind at that moment), guests crowded in front of the ever-amazing band, This Way, rocking and swirling and bumping about.

Such a wonderful celebration, and a treat to be the one asked to capture it. Thank you, Cristin and John. Happy congratulations to you both. xo

Photography: Emilie Sommer | Floral Design: Flora Fauna | Gown: Spoil Me | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception | Reception Venue: Barn At Flanagan Farm | Catering: Miyake | Band: This Way | Photography - Assistance: Megan Swann | Planning + Event Design: Maine Seasons Events | Transportation: Maine Limo

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Colorful Outdoor Wedding In Portland

We all know weddings are a perfect chance for your DIY skills to shine. And for this couple, they seized the opportunity and crafted a whole gallery’s worth of lovely details. All this, of course, is beautifully complimented by florals from Broadturn Farm and one fun train ride at the Maine Narrow Gauge Rail Museum. Just take a look A Brit & A Blonde‘s snapshots from the day.

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From A Brit & A BlondeAnthony & Christina are true blue Wedding DIY’ers. Almost every single detail and décor item was done by them or one of their family or friends. The wedding booklets, the labels for those lovely Old Fashions and Lemonades that they gave out to everyone for the lil train journey, the chalkboard menu, the table plans, the wine charm place cards (they hand printed these beauties!), the ceremony candle stand, the chupah poles for the ceremony , even the chuppah itself was hand knit. Oh and last but not least – the chevron table runners. It was a destination wedding for these two lovebirds since they reside in England. Maine really stole their heart and they loved the industrial type space they found near the sea for the reception. Christina got ready on a island just across the Portland harbor – so being the gentleman that he is Anthony took a little boat across to pick up his blushing bride. The ceremony took place about a 5 minute walk from their reception on the Eastern Prom. Guests were then invited to get all aboard the train for a fun little ride around while they all mingled and drank old fashions and lemonades before being dropped back at the reception. The narrow gauge rail road station is attached to their venue – so cool. Delicious beers from Maine and New England were served for cocktails. The yellow and grey balloons that lined the ceiling added a simple and inexpensive touch of fun to the décor. And of course no wedding in Maine would be complete without a tower of Whoopie pies for dessert!

Photography: A Brit & A Blonde | Florist: Broadturn Farm | Wedding Dress: Sally Lacock | Ceremony Location: Eastern Prom | Reception Venue: Portland Company Complex | Catering: Aurora Provisions | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Groom's Suit: Suit Supply | Transport: Maine Narrow Gauge Rail Museum

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