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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

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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.


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 | Decor: Details Event Staging | Dress Boutique: VOWS | Earrings: Les Nereides for BHLDN | Venue: Laudholm Farm at Rachel Carson Reserve

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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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