Chebeague, Maine Nautical Wedding from Liz Banfield
February 21, 2013
New England
NauticalHotels + Resorts Weddings
I am officially making today "I heart Liz Banfield Day". How can you not love a photographer who shoots and then promptly sends  such sparkling goodness?  This Seaside affair is infused with the elegance of the East Coast and all begins with an aisle that takes ombre diamonds to a whole other level of insane beauty. The gaggle of precious littles certainly doesn't hurt either. Florabella Weddings is the mastermind behind the details, Liz is the genius behind the images and Love Story Media is rounding it off with the sweetest of films. All together they make for a dream of a team and you can see all their handiwork unfold right here in the full gallery.
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From Liz Banfield... Scott was introduced to Kristin by mutual friends and was so smitten, he flew her to Paris for one of their very first dates together. This intrepid couple was certain for the moment they were engaged that they would have a destination wedding. After a thoughtful search they settled on the Chebeague Island Inn on the small island of Chebeague, Maine. The venue provided both an intimate setting and stunning sea views. Family and friends traveled from all over the world, their final leg of the journey in water taxis (the only way to reach the island), to celebrate all weekend long with Kristin and Scott. Knowing their guests were making such a big effort, the couple wanted to welcome everyone with an elaborate welcome bag filled with Maine-sourced goodies. Isabella Sikaffy of Florabella weddings designed all the elements to coordinate together, giving the recipient a taste of what was to come. Kristin personally hand-wrote welcome notes for each bag that was delivered to cabins all over the island.

At the beginning of the design process, Isabella met with the couple to establish the colors and visual theme of the wedding. Nostalgic touches of milk glass and pink garden roses were complemented with ikat fabrics in shades of blue. The weekend began on Friday as guests arrived to a picnic lunch on the lawn of the inn. After a brief rehearsal, the entire guest list was transported to a nearby island for a lobster dinner. On the morning of the wedding, friends and family casually gathered on the enormous porch of the Inn. Guests who were staying in nearby cabins, rode over on bikes that were provided by the couple for on-island transportation. Games were supplied for the children to play on the lawn and a relaxed vacation atmosphere presided over the day. The couple shared their first moment down at the edge of the ocean and took time to have pictures taken together at iconic spots around the island. Guests began arriving to the ceremony site and were seated on ikat fabric covered benches. A huppa framed the ocean view and an ombre arrangement of flower petals accented the center aisle.

The bride and groom chose to include all 12 of their nieces and nephews in the wedding party. The boys carried a long floral garland created by Isabella up to the ceremony site. After exchanging vows, the couple enjoyed a cocktail hour during a spectacular sunset hour on the porch overlooking the ocean. Guests found their butler cards on the porch pillars and were ushered into a spectacular tent, with clear walls the allowed the vista to continue enveloping the event. Oversize pendants hung over tables adorned with ikat fabric, floral arrangements in white milk glass, and turquoise milk glass votives. The dining area was separated from the dancing and lounge areas by a central bar. After an evening of dinner and dancing, guests were given little glass lanterns to light their way back to the Inn.

Swirl1Wedding Photography: Liz Banfield / Wedding Venue: Chebeague Island Inn in Chebeague, Maine / Wedding Design, Planning, Florals, Invitations: Florabella Weddings / Wedding Cinematography: Erik Anderson of Love Story Media / Wedding Cake: Cakes to Remember / Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy / Tent, Sofas, Chair Rental: Peterson Party Center / Ikat Fabric: Spoonflower / Wedding Dress: Custom Design by Jin Wang / Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Tableware: Be Our Guest, Inc.