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Rustic Summer Wedding at Migis Lodge

When you combine the talents of Petal Floral Design, Julie Song Ink, and Mstarr Event Design, wedding magic unfolds. Exhibit A: this summertime affair in picturesque Maine. Jeremy White was there to film these adorable lovebirds in action and Justin & Mary captured every detail behind the camera. Join me in the gallery for SO much more.

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From MStarr Event DesignYou just know when you’re going to hit it off with clients…forget friends, they become like family {and no, despite the last name, we’re not related!}. I guess I should’ve known when the first email I ever got from Miki was that she literally was m Starr so she had to reach out. If there was ever a true mStarr bride, Miki is she. She’s the type of gal who trusted and gave creative freedom, who was so eager to hear new ideas, who texted pics of her nails to make sure the color wouldn’t clash with anything, who invited me to her own bachelorette {what an honor}!

This beauty was 2 years in the making {!!} thanks to residency {her}, finishing up a Phd {him}and a cross-country move {both}! But in this case, the long engagement simply gave us more time to curate the perfect vendor team and the perfect vision. Miki + Matt went to college in Maine and were officially introduced in the library, so I wanted to find a way to seamlessly weave both together in an organic way. The end result was a romantic, summer camp design full of color, texture, nods to the surrounding natural beauty, and personal details.

This whole wedding was one big favorite, but some individual highlights were the vintage stamps we sourced for the invitation suite that corresponded to important things in their lives, the black crossback chairs from New England Country Rentals and black velvet tied flatware {the main lodge’s black chandeliers really set the tone for the reception}, the lush + vibrant florals from Petal, my escort card display I still dream about, the romantic draping from Ryan Designs, and every single hand-painted work of art from Julie Song. This is one very special venue and the staff at Migis are the best of the best. It was pouring rain Friday night into Saturday morning but as a tribute it seemed to their recessional song, the skies cleared in the early afternoon and the sun came out in all its glory, making the day that much more magical.

From The Bride…Matt and I knew from the start that we wanted our wedding to be a weekend escape for our friends and family. We met during undergrad in Maine (in a library during finals) and after 6 years of long distance dating while we both were in graduate school, we moved to Seattle. Since we were planning a destination wedding, we wanted to find a unique and memorable New England venue – and Migis Lodge certainly fit the bill! We knew from the moment that we first visited Migis (the only venue we looked at!) that it was the place for us. It served as a perfect summer camp backdrop and allowed everyone to come, relax, and enjoy a weekend away. With help from amazing vendors, our wedding was beyond what we ever could have imagined. We awoke to a downpour on the morning of the wedding, and a forecast that predicted torrential rain all day. Somehow, the skies parted to golden wonderful sunshine and we were able to have our wedding at the edge of Sebago Lake just as we had imagined. There were just too many perfect moments and happy memories to pick a favorite from the day – we will relive every moment of it for years to come.

We were so fortunate to have such incredible vendors – our guiding principle through the wedding planning process was to find people we loved and trusted and give them the creative freedom to do their thing! We were so incredibly blessed to have Justin and Mary Marantz as our photographers; they captured every moment of our wedding day so beautifully. Becca and Molly from Petal Floral Design were incredible and made bouquets, centerpieces and backdrops that our friends are still talking about. Our invitations and most paper goods came Julie Song who set the tone for the weekend with beautiful calligraphy and watercolor illustrations. Our draping and lighting came from Ryan Designs, who really helped us transform the space.

The Migis team – especially Robyn and Maddie – were just incredible. Our videographers, Jeremy and Billy, from Fairfax Films made our wedding video into a piece of art that we still enjoy watching over and over again. Finally, our amazing wedding planner + designer Emily of MStarr event design brought on these amazing vendors and helped us design and execute a wedding that was filled with details that reflected us as a couple. She became like family during the long distance planning process. Having Emily and her team there that weekend took away all of my worries and I was able to completely enjoy our day with my new husband.

Photography: Justin & Mary | The Weddings | Videography: Jeremy White | Event Design: mStarr event design | Event Planning: mStarr event design | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Migis Lodge | Makeup: Laurel Wiley | Hair: Hair That Moves | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Captain Ken Barnes | Bridal Gown: Amy Kuschel | Bride's Earrings: Doolittle Jewelry On Etsy | Bridesmaids Necklaces: mStarr event design | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Custom Groomsmen Ties: Fox & Brie | Invitations, Save The Date, Calligraphy: Julie Song Ink | Lighting & Draping: Ryan Designs, LLC | Linens: Nuage Designs | Location: Migis Lodge | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Vintage Stamps For Invitation: Verde Studio

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Camp Inspired Wedding by Orchard Cove, IV

Thank you so very much to the amazingly talented Amanda Herzberger of Orchard Cove Photography (and second-shooters Brian Fitzgerald and  Sarah Waldo) for sending us today’s featured affair. I am in love. To say the least. For those of you that share my sentiments, here are a few more bits of eye candy for you to feast on!

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Isn’t this wedding just perfect? Elegant, understated designs. Thoughtful but incredibly chic details. A bride that literally lights up a room when she smiles. I so so so wish that I was a guest at this wedding at Migis Lodge, as I kind of think that every couple fell in love all over again. And the kiddies? Well, they had some fun too…

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Lots and lots of love to Rachel and Will…we hope that your lives are as beautiful and as full as this incredible day!

Camp Inspired Wedding by Orchard Cove, III

It’s funny. I seem to fall head over heels in love with every wedding that we post on SMP. I know that I throw a lot of spirit sprinkles and high kicks into my my posts, but oddly enough…I sincerely mean it. And this wedding, is one of our best. Filled with perfectly thoughtful touches, elegant but unbelievably humble details, a bride and groom that are literally glowing…it is MORE than high kick worthy in my book!

Rachel & Will’s wedding receptions took place at Migi’s Lodge (about 45 minutes North of Portland, ME), where most of their guests were staying. According to Amanda, this place was “pure magic”!

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Ahhh, those centerpieces. Long rectangular tables were decorated with vases and mason jars of all shapes and sizes filled with both full arrangements and single stems. Rachel had purchased them on the last day of the Brimfield Antique Show (which if you are lucky enough to live in New England, is AWESOME). Table numbers were identified by a simple pine cone and dragon flies were made out of sticks and leaves to add a little bit of charm.

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I am in love. Giving my hubby a kiss as we speak. This wedding is just heaven…and lucky you! We have so much more from Orchard Cove Photography on the way!

Camp Inspired Wedding by Orchard Cove, II

I heart this wedding. I heart it so much that it just might have sky rocketed up to my very favorite wedding thanks to it’s complete, unabashed charm. The amazing, amazing, amazing Amanda Herzberger shot the photographs that have completely brought this day to life…making me SO wish that I was there, so wish that I was a part of this incredible celebration.

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Here are a few little tidbits for you to fall in love with…first off, that GORGEOUS Pronovias dress. The bride had the train trimmed off and had her tailor (French Bridals in Beverly, MA) create the flower out of the remnant. As for the decor, Rachel and Will wanted a simple, woodsy, relaxed affair.

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From Rachel…

The chapel was at the camp that my father went to as a kid and where our family vacationed for my whole childhood. I remember watching the late summer weddings from the back of the chapel with my sister when we were very small. It felt like a full circle to be standing up front next to Will with our friend’s children whispering in the back just like I did many years ago.

Our favorite part of the wedding was when our friends began playing & singing Here Comes the Sun as we walked out of the chapel.

My one piece of advice…Don’t go crazy with the details. Select a few that you are passionate about and have fun focusing on those. Don’t overschedule your day. Give yourself time to enjoy being surrounded by your friends and family.

Camp Inspired Wedding by Orchard Cove

This wedding, sent to us by Orchard Cove Photography, is amazing. Flat out amazing. In fact, I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen such a blissful setting, such a thoughtful, lovingly crafted wedding design. The entire affair makes me want to pack it up and head back in time to summer camp!

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The wedding ceremony was held at Camp O-At-Ka in Sabego, Maine and is a little piece of heaven right here on earth. The bride spent Summers at the camp, playing with her family, making memory after memory. It’s the kind of place that, despite the cool cloudy weather, guests easily had an absolute blast playing whiffleball, cards or whatever else made them smile.  Bagged lunches were made for all the guests to pick up and eat where they landed!

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Rachel’s oh-so-cute Dad created all the birch details – signs saying “Just Married,” “Rachel & Will,” “Cheers” and “Wedding” that were used to decorate the ceremony and reception sites. I mean, come on! Do you love that?

We have so many more incredible details on the way, so stick around…we’ll be right back!