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Coastal Maine Inspired Wedding Invitation

Pretty paper goods are my jam.  No hyperbole intended… send me a crazy gorgeous invite and I’ll spend hours obsessing over it.  So this hand illustrated + hand painted invitation suite from Anticipate Invitations?  It’s pretty much my everything, and the perfect guide to a Maine weekend that is rich with coastal inspired goodies.  Soak in every paper paper captured by Kenny Kim right here.

From the Bride… Invites were so important because they were the first impact that people would see to lead them up to our wedding weekend. We wanted it to be about all the weekend events, not just the Wedding Day, as guests were making the journey. Studying architecture in college I have a deep appreciation for graphic design and was so excited to work on this important aspect of the wedding.

When we first started dating, Chris invited me to spend a summer vacation with his family in Maine. Being from New Jersey, Chris grew up coming to Maine with his family. Growing up in Chicago, I had never been to Maine, but loved the laid-back culture, great food (lobster!) and beautiful scenery. We went on a hike to find a gorgeous wedding being set up on the top of the mountain. Both of us shared later that we thought to ourselves… “Wow, what a perfect place to get married.”

Working with Michael at Anticipate Invitations on the stationery was one of the best parts of wedding planning. We wanted it to reflect the whimsicality of Maine, be fun and playful but still elegant, not be overly nautical but still sea-inspired. By having Michael hand illustrate and paint all the features, it added a level of personality that made our stationery that much more unique to us—something that will last for many years.

We spent every year after traveling to Maine for vacation, enjoying it more and more each year. Chris proposed to me right in the same spot we hiked up years before. It was the only place we ever imagined getting married at, and therefore we felt it was the most meaningful place for us to have our own wedding.

Most of our guests had never been to Maine so we wanted to showcase some of our favorite parts and places, why we love it so much. We wanted it to be about all weekend events and not just the wedding and truly wanted it to be a magical experience for our guests.

Guests loved the paper goods, and not only the invitations, but also the place cards, table cards, menus, weekend events booklet, and ceremony program… even the thank you cards and return address stamp! Having Anticipate work on all aspects gave continuity and truly once-in-a-lifetime memories.

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Photography: Kenny Kim Photography | Coordination: A Family Affair | Floral Design: Blue Fern Designs | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Three Dogs Café | Cake: Magnolia Bakery | Invitations: Anticipate Invitations | Ceremony Venue: The Point Lookout Resort | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair: Bei Capelli | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groom's Attire: Reiss | Accommodations: The Samoset Resort | Lighting Design: Ambiance Event Services | Music: Bryan Beninghove | Photography - Assistance: Nicole Chan Photography | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Pearl Restaurant | Rentals: A Family Affair | Styling And Design: A Family Affair | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Welcome Dinner: Cellar Winery At The Vineyard

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Northport, Maine Wedding from Meredith Perdue

Adorable is the first word that comes to mind when describing these two Maine sweeties, but honestly? It’s an adjective that doesn’t even do them justice.  Because when you combine the cutest “how we met story” ever with a wedding as amazingly beautiful as this classic meets romantic affair, this sweet twosome is more than adorable… they’re awesome and then some.  Add in a bundle of some of Maine’s finest vendors (think Emily Carter Floral DesignAnticipate InvitationsA Family Affair of Maine and Daisies & Pearls) and you have the perfect start to the weekend.  See every moment captured by Meredith Perdue right here.

From the Bride… You could say Mike came into my life “mother-approved.” My mom worked with him for a few years and often spoke about him, constantly mentioning what a nice guy he was, how funny he was, and even showed me a picture or two to gain my interest. And like all good daughters, I ignored her. Then one day, I met her for lunch and as we were walking down the street, Mike tapped on the window and waved from inside a pizza shop, and she excitedly took me inside to meet him. Less than three years later, Mike took me back to that pizza shop, got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I guess mothers really do know best.

Perhaps the easiest part of wedding planning was deciding where it would be. We live outside of Philadelphia, but Mike has close family members that live in Camden, Maine and has spent a lot of time there over the years. When he first brought me to visit, I immediately fell in love with the charming little town and the beauty of the world around it. So once we became engaged, we both knew it would be an amazing spot for our celebration. Since I am from Pennsylvania and he is from New Jersey, the majority of our guests were traveling quite a distance to be with us on our wedding day, so we planned a weekend full of schooner rides, fireworks, and a lobster bake, held down by the beach at his family’s home in Camden.

The details of the wedding were by far my favorite part of planning. We wanted the day to reflect us as a couple, and feature our style, favorite foods and the people we love. We spent time going through thrift shops and flea markets, looking for old books to use for our ceremony décor and vintage Philly cigar boxes to add a touch of “home” to our out-of-town nuptials. Since we were planning a mini-destination wedding in an unfamiliar place, I can honestly say that I relied on SMP to help me pick some fabulous vendors and they did not steer me wrong! In addition, we worked with amazing designers to create whimsical and personalized details to keep the feeling of the day light-hearted and “us.” (Hence the “formal but here to party” wedding cake!)

The day of the wedding was simply picturesque and perfect. The morning clouds and rain transformed into gorgeous sunshine and Mike and I had our “first look” outside on the mountain of Point Lookout, overlooking the Penobscot Bay. After a lovely ceremony, we played lawn games and enjoyed cocktails outside on the grounds of the Summit before heading inside for a delicious family-style meal. Once the reception came to an end, we shuttled guests down the mountain to Point Lookout’s Bowling Alley for our “surprise” after party. It was amazing to watch our friends and family playing, mingling and just genuinely enjoying their time together. We were lucky to have so many loved ones with us and the entire wedding was truly a beautiful day that Mike and I will remember forever.

Photography: Meredith Perdue | Coordination: Daisies & Pearls | Floral Design: Emily Carter | Wedding Dress: Allure | Cake: Sweet Sensations | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | DJ: High Tech Entertainment | Officiant: A Sweet Start | Ceremony Music: Peter Miles | Wedding Venue: Point Lookout | Gelato Bar: The Gelato Fiasco | Hand Painted Signs & Menus: Paper Tangent | Paper Goods: Anticipate Invitations | Photo Booth: Viral Booth | Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine

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