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Romantic Fall Kennebunkport Wedding

I knew I’d be a fan of this wedding as soon as I saw that it took place in Kennebunkport. But then I saw all the pups, the little ones, this lovely Bride and these sort of views (thanks to the gorgeous location of the Bush family’s – as in the two past presidents – private estate) and I’m head over heels. See all these stunning pics by Stephanie A Smith in this glowing gallery here.

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From Stephanie A SmithNothing beats a gorgeous coastal wedding with a beautiful bride and groom, many friends and family members and LOTS of puppies. At least not in my book. But add to that two former presidents and one governor of the United States of America, a 29-piece band, and a tented reception for close to 300 people and you have yourself a priceless celebration.

Ellie and Nick were married on September 27th, 2014. I loved Ellie’s vision for her day. It was soft, romantic, and elegant. The blush and mint colored bridesmaids dresses matched perfectly with the beautiful peonies bouquets from Fleurant. The old woody and retro trolley that transported guests to and from venues added to the charm of the coastal engagement. No stone was left unturned as the wooden farm tables were adorned with a mix match of florals and glass pieces. The Bride and Groom signs and city signs were created by a local artist tying into the Kennebunk charm.

Some of my favorite memories from the day included colorful striped socks worn by the groom and his groomsmen as a nod to President Bush Sr (he loves to sport fun footwear). I also loved seeing dogs run around on the property all night. This included the Bush Sr’s two pups as well as Ellie’s two loves, Tess and Rocky. It truly was a gorgeous affair that I feel honored to be a part of.

Photography: Stephanie A Smith | Floral Design: Fleurant | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake Maine | Invitations: Just Paper And Tea | Stationery: Annie Taylor Designs | Ceremony Venue: St Anne's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Walkers Point {Private Residence Of The Bush Family} | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Lane | Catering: Kitchen Chicks | Makeup: Spa At Rivers Edge | Band: Mood Swings | Grooms Attire: Tom James | Hairstylist: Salon Prive | Photography - Assistance: Katie Capo | Tents: Sperry Tents Seacoast | Trolley: Intown Trolley | Wedding Signs: Fish House Designs

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Intimate Kennebunkport Wedding

A few years back, I attended a sweet seaside wedding in Kennebunkport and fell absolutely in love with the locale. It’s charming and oh-so-cozy. So when this stunner from Arielle Doneson came across my desk? I couldn’t wait to click through the gallery. Opposite of the sea, this forest fete at Earth at Hidden Pond was a perfect fit for these two foodies. Packed with beautifully artisanal treats, adorable DIYs and lots of smiles, you can see more right here.

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From Arielle DonesonNestled among the blooming lupins and birch trees of Kennebunkport, ME, is the award winning resort, Hidden Pond. Home to farm to table restaurant, Earth, with James Beard award-winning chef, Ken Oringer at the helm producing artisanal food that is as beautiful as it is tasty. For architects Juliet and Jared who are also studied foodies, it was the perfect setting for their intimate nuptials.

Joined by their closest family and friends, Juliet and Jared’s wedding had the feel of going to a friend’s Summer home for a spectacular evening complete with assorted succulent centerpieces that they grew themselves, fragrant peony bouquets and the wild beauty of Earth’s on site garden. Being creatives, Juliet and Jared’s wedding was complete with DIY designed stationery suite, wildflower seed packets, and other touches that felt completely at home among the rustic reclaimed wood, stone, and exposed beams of Earth’s interior. After a truly memorable meal of local delicacies (including lobster, of course!) the evening progressed to dancing and drinking under the stars, between the tiki torches and fire pit on the grounds. A truly Maine celebration if ever there was one!

Photography: Arielle Doneson | Floral Design: Danielle Walker | Gown: John's Bridal | Ceremony: St. Brendan's Chapel | Reception: Earth At Hidden Pond | Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Tiffany And Co. | Makeup: Making Faces | Hair: Jessica Todd Salon | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Bridesmaid Dress: Banana Republic | Suit: J.Crew

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Sweet Kennebunkport, Maine Wedding

With Chicago and New York City as their initial front runners for this couples’ perfect place to say I do, who knew that sweet little Kennebunkport would win the race. But I am oh-so-glad that it did for this duo, because the result was just lovely. Lucky for all of us, we get to eat up every sweet-as-they-come image from Indigo Foto of this darling day, and you can do just that right here.

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From the Bride…When Bobby and I first met, there were immediate fireworks. It was July 3rd and all around us neighborhood block parties were gearing up for Independence Day. We were seeing stars – literally. And just like how fireworks are dazzling, intense, puzzling and magnificent, so was the experience of falling in love.

That chance meeting led to a 5-year relationship and a wedding to save and plan for. Initially we thought we would have the wedding either in Chicago, where we lived, or in NYC where I was born and raised. Finding a venue proved to be challenging in both locales. We were exhausted from looking – in NYC we looked at 11 venues in just one weekend visit!

As chance would have it, our epic NYC venue hunt was followed directly by our vacation to Kennebunkport, Maine.

For several years my family have been going to Hidden Pond. There is simply so much to love there. The setting is extraordinary with an amazing sense of beauty and serenity. It holds a special place in our hearts and every summer we look forward to our time in Maine as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of our Chicago/NYC lives.

Once we arrived, the wheels started spinning. Could we possibly, maybe have our wedding here? The chance to share this place with others thrilled us. A Down East Lobster Bake menu to boot? Absolutely.

Our family and closest friends traveled from far and wide – Hawaii, Hong Kong, Poland and the Midwest. We felt so loved and happy. From the string trio playing contemporary selections such as Postal Service and Arcade Fire to the welcome letters that Bobby designed, to the succulents in my bouquet that now sit replanted on my windowsill, every moment of our wedding was a dream realized.

Photography: Indigo Foto | Invitations: Green Quince via Etsy | Shoes: Anthropologie | Rings: Christopher Duquet | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Kennebunkport Resort Collection | Make-up: Laurel Wiley | Hair: Christine Haeger | DJ: 2Clapps DJ Service, LLC | Officiant: Julie Draper | Bridal Gown: Bhldn | Cake + Floral Centerpieces: Whole Foods | Ceremony Program Flags: Lily Among Thorns Bride via Etsy | Ceremony/Reception Location: Hidden Pond | Grooms + Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew | Rentals: Party Plus Tent & Event Rentals | String Trio: Occasional Brass and Strings | Trolley: Intown Trolley Company, Inc. | Wedding Party Flowers: Fleurant

Relaxed Laudholm Farm Wedding

This Maine wedding from David Murray Weddings is the new authority on relaxed barn weddings. It’s pretty much written the book on the topic. The bride was behind so much of the decor and you really can feel her love coming through every detail, which is the recipe for my favorite kind of wedding.


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From the beautiful bride… The bones of the barn were so classic and lovely; it was the perfect backdrop and I knew that the right lighting and colors would make the space glow and feel cozy. It was a blank canvas—my challenge to “dress” the barn up and fit all our guests in there comfortably, but I knew that it could be done and it would be beautiful.

I wanted the vibe of the wedding to be elegant and romantic, soft and pretty. I also wanted to make sure we honored the rustic location, while incorporating touches of the Maine coast in our food selections and decor. But most of all I wanted the guests to be relaxed and to have a blast (the long banquet seating down the center of the barn helped with accomplishing the “family” feel i wanted), and tons of dancing and celebrating all night long!

Because I was very under the weather on our wedding day, I really wanted to see Steve prior to the ceremony, but I was determined to hold off as we had planned. My favorite moment was when I finally got to see him at the end of the aisle. Just seeing his smile and standing beside him, I instantly felt relief and comfort, and knew that I was marrying someone who would take care of me forever.

 

Photography: David Murray Weddings | Event Planning: Lilybrooke Events | Flowers: Calluna Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston | Shoes: Something Blue BHLDN | Caterer: White Apron | Venue: Laudholm Farm at Rachel Carson Reserve | Decor: Details Event Staging | Dress Boutique: VOWS | Earrings: Les Nereides for BHLDN

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Kennebunkport Wedding from Meredith Perdue Photography

I stop everything I’m doing when I come across a coastal New England wedding like this one from  Meredith Perdue at the Kennebunk River Club Boathouse. Maybe it’s the shingled houses or the nautical flair or the gorgeous shoreline. I’ll never be able to put my finger on exactly why classic soirees such as these make me swoon (because there is just so much to love about them), but I do know that I’ll never stop loving of days like this one.  You can see all the reasons why right here.

From the Bride… Charles and I immediately decided to get married in my hometown. Charles is originally from London, but he loves Kennebunkport. Luckily my family has membership at the Kennebunk River Club and we both agreed that it would be the perfect venue. I am incredibly lucky to have wonderful family members and friends who helped to plan this wedding.

My friend Mike created our Save the Date based on vintage postcards of the River Club. Very close family friends, John and Lisa, let me get ready at their home next to the River Club, then John drove me to the wedding in his 1942 Ford Woody. Our friend Cheryll lent us her sailboat for Charles’s entrance at the ceremony. Pastor Corgan, the father of my childhood best friend, performed the ceremony. My brother surprised us with a fireworks display during the reception. My parents and sister pulled together so many little details that I would have never ever thought of. I loved being able to include so many close friends in the wedding and am grateful for their help.

My mom was thrilled to plan the River Club wedding of our dreams! I seriously think that she should become a wedding planner or consultant because the wedding came together perfectly thanks to her creative ideas and attention to detail. We decided to have the ceremony and reception at the River Club’s Boathouse, so the event has a very Maine nautical feel. We chose ivory and blue as the colors to match our nautical venue. My parents dressed up the space with lighted trees, Chinese lanterns, and vintage trunks with flower arrangement on top. Charles and I wanted to add some elements to personalize the wedding, so I took on some DIY projects. I made signs for the tables named with cities where Charles and I have lived. A map was displayed on the escort card table showing the many places we lived before we met in Chicago. I also did the calligraphy on the invitations and escort cards. My big DIY surprise was that I made Charles’s wedding ring for him with the help of a Chicago jeweler.

Throughout the entire planning process my goal was to have a fun wedding, and it ended up being my favorite party ever. The dance floor was packed all night. It was a black tie wedding but it wasn’t stuffy. My friends were their typical silly selves with their signature dance moves. The band, the Lisa Love Experience really got the party going and even let me and two friends perform a song with them. The day was filled with so many memories that we will cherish forever, and we feel very lucky that our friends and family celebrated with us.

Wedding Photographry: Meredith Perdue | Wedding Venue: Kennebunk River Club Boathouse | Catering: Kitchen Chicks Catering | Floral Design: Downeast Flowers | Wedding Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Company | Band: Lisa Love Experience | Photobooth: Maine Photobooth Company

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