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Happy Thanksgiving + The Coziest Fall Wedding!

Here at SMP, we’ve got a lot (today and every day) to be thankful for. First up? This incredibly romantic garden wedding in Maine. It’s quintessential autumn tones set the scene for celebration, but it’ll be the sweet story below that’ll totally win you over. From their Irish inspired ceremony that took place under the watchful eye of a wayward porcupine (!!) to the undeniably beautiful barn reception, Emily Delamater Photography has got it all waiting for you to favorite via The Vault!

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From the Bride… What happens when two New Hampshire transplants meet on New Year’s Eve in a Boston neighborhood bar, fall in love over common roots and new pursuits, and aspire for a ceremony that captures past, present, and future and pays homage to a shared love for New England? An autumn wedding in Maine.

Bride and groom, Kerry and Derek, chose Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport for their wedding celebration. Surrounded by the foliage of a classic New England forest and yet almost touched by the mist of the Atlantic Ocean, Hidden Pond wraps the rustic in quintessentially understated Maine refinement and seaside splendor. Our fondness for fall and the coast, for simplicity and elegance, made no concessions here.

Neither did Kate Martin and her wonderful staff. She brought together all of the delightfully disparate elements of the wedding portrait we wanted framed: white pumpkins, rich red and salmon colors, illuminated trees, flower arrangements with texture and depth, green vines, mercury glass, white birch, farm tables covered with candles, an overall feeling of “dreaminess.” And exquisitely framed it was, by the lovely photography of Emily Delamater. Emily knows the perfect shot and has a special way of making even the smallest moments sparkle. We could not have achieved our wedding day aspirations without them.

We were married in the gardens of Hidden Pond, on a crisp but bright late October day, over traditional Irish music and under the watch of a wayward porcupine that wandered a bit too close to our ceremony. Bursts of color punctuated the scene as the trees surrounding this lovely little spot were still clinging to their last autumn leaves. From the warm apple cider to the smiling faces of our guests keeping warm under flannel blankets, it was a moment we won’t forget.

The cocktail hour was held in the Hidden Pond Barn under a canopy of twinkle lights that glittered almost as much as the bridesmaid dresses. The cocktail hour featured some of Maine’s finest offerings, prepared by one of Maine’s finest restaurants, Hidden Pond’s Earth: mini- lobster rolls, grilled cheeses with heirloom tomatoes, and some good local beer – Bissell Brother’s Substance and Maine Beer Company’s Mo. A dinner of lobster gnocchi and slow- roasted lamb followed, lit by table candles and grapevine chandeliers created by Kate’s team at Beautiful Days.

The reception featured one of New Hampshire’s most celebrated and movable wedding traditions (brought to us by Derek’s college buddies): the University of New Hampshire “dance rug,” on which nearly every wedding guest, young and old, must step and perform some action approximating a dance move before they are acquitted for the evening. The dance party that followed was sustained by everyone’s fall favorite, apple cider donuts, freshly baked by Earth, and Maine blueberry wedding cake, prepared locally by Gayle Forte at Let Them Eat Cake.

It was important that the day felt personal to us. We wanted in some modest way to capture ourselves, where we came from, where we found each other, and where we hope we’re heading.

Our wedding celebration ended up capturing us, expressing the pure joy of our love for one another and for our guests so effortlessly that the only thing we could do and wanted to do was get on the dance rug and enjoy each and every minute of it.


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Photography: Emily Delamater Photography | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Invitations: El's Cards | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Makeup : Joya Beauty | Hair: Hair That Moves | Officiant: Friend | Ceremony Music: Boghat | Transportation : Intown Trolley | Venue: Hidden Pond | Tent Rental : Exeter Rentals | Ceremony and Reception Catering: Hidden Pond | Event Design, Flowers, Decor + Lighting, Coordination: Beautiful Days | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Reception Music: Keros Entertainment | Rentals : Peterson Party Center

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See How This Nautical Celebration Paints a Pretty Picture (Literally)

Considering the fact that I live in New England, it’s no shocker that nautical weddings are my jam, and this celebration from Emily Delamater? It’s all kinds of amazing. From the majorly monumental portrait crafted by Serena Martin Design, to the stunning scenery, we’ve got all that and more waiting for you in The Vault!

From Serena Martin Design… The quiet and charming town of Kennebunkport, Maine was the perfect backdrop for the romantic nuptials of these two college sweethearts.

Julia and Braden created an effortlessly chic September wedding and fabulous party. Julia wore an elegant lace dress by Ramona Keveza reminiscent of Grace Kelly circa Cannes 1955. Julia possesses an elegance that does not cry out to be noticed, but rather radiates through her subtlety, which in our days of selfie culture, is a nice breath of fresh air.

In keeping with her personal style, Julia created an elegant, romantic evening with a touch of classic New England charm. She kept her colors clean and simple, opting for blushes, pale pinks and a touch of navy throughout, letting her florals and decor complement the natural beauty of the seaside setting.

Photography: Emily Delamater Photography | Event Planning: Blissful Beginnings Wedding and Event Design | Floral Design: Fleurant | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake : Let Them Eat Cake | Invitations: The American Wedding | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Nonantum Resort | Calligraphy + Illustrations: Serena Martin Design

An Event Designer Planned Her Own Wedding + It’s Fall Perfection

While there’s no doubting the talent of this Bride (she’s a designer at Rafanelli Events after all), one look through Ivy & Ellis Photography pics and you’ll be wishing you could call her your friend as well as your wedding industry insider. From start to finish, her big day radiates warmth and love; add in Winston Flowers talent, and it’s a fall fantasy brought to life. See all the autumn beauty in our Vault right this way!

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From Ivy & Ellis Photography… Sometimes the entire wedding day can go by like a dream of a feast, with course after course besting the last, until all you are left with is laughter, mirth and wide-eyed joy. This was the experience of Courtney and Michael’s wedding day, where gaiety and autumn swagger paired up to provide that perfect blend of masculine and feminine, lush and autumnal, and continual harmony – all of which the best weddings seem to have. Here tucked in the dense forestry just miles below Portland, Maine, is the Hidden Pond Luxury Resort, where this magical wedding unraveled amongst a tightly knit gathering of Courtney and Michael’s closest family and friends.

With such adornments as vintage Czech crystal Schreiner earrings by M.Flynn and a truly stunning Anne Barge gown, Courtney looked the epitome of bridal elegance on her wedding day. Michael could hardly contain his pride and joy upon seeing her for a first look in the beautiful garden courtyard at Hidden Pond Resort. Dressed in classic Joseph Abboud attire, Michael was suave and poised going into the ceremony, ready to exchange vows with the love of his life.

The ceremony proved to be stunning itself as it was decorated by the Creative Director of the much-loved classic Boston florist, Winston Flowers. Courtney, who works as an Event Designer herself at the renowned Rafanelli Events, contributed to the elegant event design and decor for both ceremony and reception.

All in all, it was a magical wedding day experience that was unique in it’s warmth, elegance and beauty.

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Photography: Ivy & Ellis Photography | Cinematography: Ivy & Ellis Photography | Event Planning + Design: Rafanelli Events | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony Venue: Hidden Pond | Reception Venue: Earth At Hidden Pond | Jewelry: M. Flynn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Catering: Earth At Hidden Pond | Hair: Fringe Hair Art | Lighting: Port Lighting | Band: Young Love And The Thrills | Groom's Attire: Joseph Abboud | Desserts + Cake: Gaslight | Film Photography Processing : Richard Photo Lab | Trolley: York Trolley Company

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Intimate Kennebunkport Wedding

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Kennebunkport, you know the happiness that it radiates. It’s Maine all wrapped up in a sweet little seaside package, and happens to be the setting for this quaint affair captured by Emily Delamater. Complete with mini lobster rolls, a forest beautiful beyond words and a badass vintage Ford station wagon, it’s a New England lovers wedding dream come true. Head to THE VAULT for more!

From The Bride…Sam and I have been together for over 12 years. We got engaged while on a trip to Cape Cod during the summer of 2012. However, the wedding planning was put on hold in order to work on my parent’s house when it flooded during Hurricane Sandy. We are both DIYers, and did a great deal of the renovations ourselves. Although much of it was new to us, we learned as we went, watched a lot of the DIY Network together and made frequent trips to Home Depot every weekend. It was incredibly rewarding to step back, and see all the progress we had made when the renovations were complete.

Both of us are from New York, but we decided to get married in Kennebunkport, Maine. We first visited Maine over 10 years ago, and immediately fell in love with its natural beauty and coastal charm. That was our first trip together as a couple, and Maine has held a special place in our hearts ever since; we have often returned over the years. We envisioned having a small and intimate, rustic wedding with organic, natural elements, personal touches, and DIY details. We chose a palette of soft blush, coral, and peach, with navy accents for our wedding colors. Sam and I utilized many of the skills we had learned during the renovation process, and worked on a number of DIY projects together, including the Mr. and Mrs. chair signs, seating chart, table numbers, and the Just Married pallet wood sign. One of my favorite DIY elements was the large Polaroid frame, which also tied in with our mini Polaroid Save the Date magnets.

Surrounded by acres of Maine woods, Hidden Pond’s natural setting served as the perfect rustic backdrop for our wedding. Our ceremony was held outside at the Farm, one of two organic vegetable and flower gardens at Hidden Pond. Classic arrangements of white hydrangeas, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus in mason jars hung from the ceremony chairs with twine.

My bridesmaids and I arrived at the ceremony site in a vintage, red 1956 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon from Hidden Pond named Bessie; it made for quite a memorable entrance. The morning of our wedding felt very surreal. After months of wedding planning, I could hardly believe the big day was finally here. It wasn’t until my bridesmaids and I were preparing to line up to walk down the aisle that it hit me that it was really happening. My dad walked me down the aisle to a string trio performing Canon in D, just as I had always envisioned when I imagined my wedding day. Anxiously waiting for me at the end of the aisle was my best friend. It had been a long journey to get to this point, and we looked forward to starting the next chapter of our lives together. Sam and I exchanged our vows in a short and sweet ceremony while surrounded by our closest friends and family. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed delicious Maine seafood, including crab cakes, mini lobster rolls, and shrimp cocktail, as well as the most incredible wood fired meatballs during the cocktail hour.

Afterwards, we took a trolley with our guests to our reception at the Event Barn at Hidden Pond. Full of natural decor and birch accents, a boat chandelier hangs from the soaring ceiling in the rustic yet elegant space, while a wall of French doors overlook the woods, creating the perfect ambiance for a relaxed, intimate dinner. Burlap table runners lined the beautiful reclaimed barn wood farm tables, and were adorned by organic arrangements of seasonal flowers grouped in mason jars, alongside succulents in wood slice planters. The wedding favors also served as the place cards, and featured jars of local Stonewall Kitchen blueberry jam in berry baskets. Our first dance was to John Legend’s All of Me, featuring Lindsay Stirling, a very talented violinist who Sam is a huge fan of. We then stole away into the woods with our photographers for what turned out to be some of my favorite photos.

The delicious Downeast lobster bake menu focused on “farm to fork” freshness, and showcased locally sourced foods, served family style. Our guests absolutely adored the food, especially the mini lobster rolls. In fact, several friends continued to rave about them long after the wedding. Sam and I both love sweets, so dessert was very important to us. Kara from Black Bunny Bakery did an amazing job on our two-tier wedding cake. We were so impressed by the incredible level of detail of the basket cake and sugar flowers. Many guests were convinced it was a fake cake for display purposes. It wasn’t until the cake cutting did they believe it was really edible. In addition to being stunning, the strawberry cake was delicious, and contained a mixed berry filling as well as a layer of lemon crème. The custom lovebirds cake topper I ordered from Etsy complemented the cake perfectly. The groom lovebird’s outfit is modeled after Sam’s navy suit, down to his succulent and white ranunculus boutonniere, while the bride lovebird’s hand painted bouquet is based on the gorgeous spring blooms and organic foliage in my bouquet.

We are so thankful for all the incredible, talented, local vendors who worked on bringing our vision to life. Our wedding came together beautifully with their help. We also greatly appreciate all our guests who traveled to Maine to celebrate with us, and helped make our wedding day special. Thanks to all the stunning photos our photographers, Emily and Matt Delamater captured, we’re able to look back on all those meaningful moments for years to come.

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Photography: Emily Delamater Photography | Floral Design: Minka Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Black Bunny Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Making Faces Weddings | Hair: Jessica Todd Salon | Officiant: Charlotte Nolan | Ceremony Music: Southern Maine String Quartet | Transportation: Intown Trolley | Venue: Hidden Pond | Cake Topper: Red Light Studio | Furniture Rentals: Details Event Staging | Getaway Car: Hidden Pond | Hair Accessories: jennifer behr | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen

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Playful Outdoor Kennebunkport Wedding

There are some weddings that just look fun—so fun that you wish you had been a guest. This is one of them. From the bright turquoise and pink color scheme to the energetic dance floor to the Champagne bottle escort cards, this wedding was clearly a good time—and there’s proof: the photos from Bethany and Dan Photography and film from Ready Set Film. See all the fun in the gallery.

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From Bethany And Dan PhotographyWe adore these two human beings. I swear from the moment they walked into the Waban Starbucks to meet with us we loved them. After spending an evening with them for their engagement session we were counting down the days till the wedding day, right along with them. We were SO excited to be their wedding photographers and we were absolutely not wrong in our anticipation of the wedding’s fabulousness. It was incredible. Besides all the gorgeous details, fabulous location, stunning bridal party, classy everything(!), this wedding was 100% focused and the right thing: L-O-V-E! Kelsey and Chad are crazy about each other. It is infectious and every single person at this wedding was SO happy they were getting married. It was a palpable the whole time we were there.

A few of my favorite moments of the day: The first look complete with private tear jerking vows. The way Chad looked at Kelsey all. day. long. Kelsey’s sister’s toast… if there is a perfect sister version of a toast, it was this one. There was not a dry eye in the tent. I wish I could bottle that love up and take it around with me everywhere. During the sunset photos were were out on the beach right in front of the tent. I think every person at the wedding made their way to the edge of the tent and watched. It was so cute! We would turn around and look between shots and everyone would wave! Their friend Brendan took a table cloth off one of the tables and made it into a jump rope during the reception. ’nuff said.

Photography: Bethany And Dan Photography | Videography: readyset[film] | Event Planning: Azalea Events | Floral Design: Minka Flowers | Wedding Dress: Cristina's Bridal | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Ceremony: St. Ann's Episcopal Church | Reception: Breakwater Inn | Makeup: Laurel Wiley | Hair: Fringe Hair Art | DJ: Double Platinum Celebrations | Wine Boxes: Minka Home

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.

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 | Invitations: Just Paper and Tea | Stationery: Annie Taylor Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Ann's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Walkers Point {Private Residence Of The Bush Family} | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Lane | Catering: Kitchen Chicks Catering | Makeup: Spa At Rivers Edge | Band: Mood Swings | Grooms Attire: Tom James | Hairstylist: Salon Prive | Photography - Assistance: Catherine Ann Photography | 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.

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 Photography | Floral Design: Earth At Hidden Pond | Gown: Jon's Bridal | Ceremony: Conversion of St. Paul Parish | Reception: Earth At Hidden Pond | Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Makeup: Making Faces | Hair: Jessica Todd Salon | Suit: J.Crew | Bridesmaid Dress: Banana Republic | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss

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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.

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 Market Preston | 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 Maine | String Trio: Occasional Brass | Trolley: Intown Trolley | 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.


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 | Shoes: BHLDN | Caterer: The White Apron | Venue: Laudholm Farm at Rachel Carson Reserve | Decor: Details Event Staging | Dress Boutique: Vows | Earrings: BHLDN

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.

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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

Kennebunkport Engagement Photos + Party from Briana Moore

Ya gotta love Maine, really. Around every corner is the perfect place for a picture, so when we saw this fabulous e-session and party by Briana Moore, we knew we had to share it with all of you asap! It’s a Labor Day lobster broil in honor of the adorable, newly engaged couple, thrown by the bride’s mom and it is all sorts of pretty. It’s nautical, it’s patriotic, it’s classic Maine…and it’s all right here for you to see.

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From the Bride-to-Be… Kennebunkport has always been a very special place to both of us. Having spent a large part of my childhood there, I’ve always loved the rocky coast, the smell of ocean salt in the air and the slow pace of life in Maine. After David and I met at Boston university in 2005 (at a frat party during the biggest snow storm of the year!), I knew the first place I had to take him was home to Maine, and as soon as he saw it, he was hooked.  After seven years of holidays, birthdays, beach days and all the seafood you can eat, David decided Kennebunkport was the only place he could imagine proposing. He asked me to be his wife on Christmas Eve after a horse-drawn carriage brought us to a bench overlooking the rocks and the ocean. He was nervous as he got down on one knee, while I was totally surprised and replied with, “Is this for real?!” Thankfully, it was! My mother offered to host an entire weekend of celebrations devoted to our engagement for our parents and bridal party over Labor Day weekend, and we eagerly accepted! We knew we had to take our engagement photos at the site of so many happy memories, and luckily, life led us to the amazing Briana Moore. She immediately put us at ease and captured the most beautiful images of our love for each other, as well as images from the official engagement party on the lawn of our home – it was a beautiful, nautical Maine affair! We couldn’t be more pleased with Briana Moore, and we are so thankful to her for capturing these memories that will last a lifetime. Our wedding will take place in October 2013 in Chicago (David’s hometown and where we currently live), and we couldn’t be more excited!

Photography: Briana Moore / Location: The Bride’s Family Home in Kennebunkport, Maine / Lobsters + Clams: Port Lobster / Side Dishes: Kitchen Chicks Catering / Cake: Let Them Eat Cake / Tablecloths: k colette (Formerly Anniebell’s) / Placemats: Stonewall Kitchen / Buoys, Tiki Torches + Plates: Borrowed from Kennebunk River Club / Chalkboard:DIY by Priya Gonsalves, The Maid of Honor / Seashell Décor: Borrowed from a Family Friend / Personalized Napkins: The Stationery Studio / Tara & David Sign: CreativePartyBanners / Invitations: ItsyBitsyPaper / Bride’s Blue Top: Old Navy / Bride’s White Jean: Gap / Bride’s Brown Wedges: Target / Brides’ White Sweater + Chambry Shirt: J.Crew / Bride’s White Lace Shorts: Zara / Bride’s Gold Watch: Michael Kors / Bride’s Teal Bauble Necklace: Bauble Bar /  Bride’s Coral Dress: Topshop / Bride’s Geode Ring: A Gift from the Best Man + His Girlfriend / Groom’s Jeans: Banana Republic / Groom’s Purple Button-Down, Gray Tie + Silver Tie Bar: J.Crew / Groom’s Green Sweater: Banana Republic / Groom’s Watch: Rolex (Family Heirloom) / Groom’s Navy Blazer + Green Button-Down: Land’s End / Groom’s Khakis: J.Crew / Groom’s Gingham Bow Tie: The Tie Bar / Groom’s Pocket Square: Etsy

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Kennebunkport Wedding from Meghann Gregory + Blissful Beginnings Wedding & Event Design

If you can’t tell just by looking how happy, calm, and fabulous this bride is (facing Hurricane Irene’s threats to ruin her wedding day) I will simply have to tell you how amazing she is. See those macarons? Those mouthwatering, stomach-grumbling, delish macarons? She made them (and the flowers on that cake!). And then loved and partied the night away at her gorgeous soiree, planned by Blissful Beginnings Wedding & Events. Beautiful AND beyond talented. Meghann Gregory Photography has done such a wonderful job capturing the emotions of the day, we’re going to be laughing, crying, dancing, and singing all morning in the gallery!

Since we had talked about our wedding from early on, we already knew for the most part what we wanted. We wanted to incorporate our seacoast lifestyle and beachy decor that we decorated our house with.  We chose boxed invitations, fitted with a starfish when you lifted the lid, just like the starfish that sit on every window sill in our house. The centerpieces were vases filled with shells, sea glass, sand and pieces of driftwood, again exactly like you would see while walking through our home. We chose to use a model sailboat as our guest book, and had all our guests sign the sails. We already have it displayed on the table in our entry way.

The food had to be a highlight of the wedding, this was very important to us. We are both such foodies and enjoy food so much. As a pastry chef myself, I have always had a passion for food and Will has always enjoyed it, so it was something we had in common from the beginning. We feel like we hit a home run working with Jay from The White Apron. The wedding cake came from the Beach Pea Baking Co. In Kittery, ME, the bakery where I formerly worked and also where we both highly respect the vision and talent of everyone there. I made the cymbidium orchids that decorated the cake, it was fun to be part of the vision of the cake, without the labor and stress involved in putting it all together.

The favors were blueberry and raspberry Parisian macarons that I made, one of my specialities, as well as Will’s favorites. Melanie from Blissful Beginnings, was the life of our entire wedding. She saw our vision from our first meeting and created a seamless, magical day for us. We will forever be grateful for her hard work and passion. We are also grateful to Meghann Gregory, our photographer. Our wedding day is something that is forever now documented. I know she was able to capture every single detail, as well as the livelihood and love of the entire day. She is so talented and works magic behind her lens.

Photography: Meghann Gregory Photography / Wedding Planning and Coordination Melanie Voros, Blissful Beginnings Wedding and Event Design / Flowers: Floraventures / Ceremony: St. Ann’s Church, Kennebunkport, Maine / Reception: Home of the Bride and Groom / Tent: Sperry Tents Seacoast / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Catering: The White Apron / Transportation: Great Bay Limousine / Valet: Atlantic Parking / Invitations: The Green Kangaroo / Wedding Gown: Mikaella from Madeleine’s Daughter / Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal / Menswear: English Laundry / Makeup: Making Faces / Cake: Beach Pea Baking Co. / Wedding Cake Orchids, and Parisian Macaroons: the Bride, Pastry Chef Leander Krulis Matos / DJ: Doug Bounds

Kennebunkport Wedding From David Murray Weddings

Elizabeth and Peter’s Kennebunkport wedding was filled to the brim with beautiful blues, crisp whites and a whole lot of love! Sent to us by David Murray Weddings, it’s fresh and sincere and simple perfection!

Their wedding was held on the bride’s parent’s tidal farm, Bass Cove Farm.

The vintage-style fabrics selected by Elizabeth and her sister made the day! They fashioned them into table runners, napkins and banners. Sweet posies for flowers and touches of green in small vintage-style vases add the perfect touch.

Little Black Book member, Kitchen Chicks catered the celebration.

And at some point … Elizabeth and Peter slipped away for a little private fun on the beach!

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Peter on a gorgeous day!  And thanks to David for sharing!!

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Wedding Credits:  David Murray Weddings~Photography, Kitchen Chicks~Catering, Fleurant~Florals, Bass Cove Farm~Venue.