Who runs the world? Oh that’s right, our pets!

Happy holidays my friends! I may be a summertime gal at heart, but Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. I have Christmas spirit running through my veins all year round, but just after Thanksgiving I turn into Buddy the Elf. The element of surprise, Christmas decorating and spending time in the kitchen with my girls is all too much for my heart to handle. Things may look different this holiday being away from our extended families, but we’re still grateful for this magical season. We hope you’re all safely celebrating the season with the ones you love.

While we all may be a bit more excited than normal for the year to come to a close, we had to take some time to squeeze in one last blog post to cover a very important topic (and no, it’s not Pantone’s 2021 color of the year). Let’s shine a big spotlight on our fur babies! I truly believe that spending so much time with our pets this year has been one of the biggest bright spots. It’s well known that having a pet leads to true health benefits – bonding with our pets can instantly lower blood pressure, combat feelings of anxiety and lonliness and provide a much needed distraction to the news reports this year. And of course, they encourage us to get outside! Having a furry fiend Increases opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities, which is something we all need more of these days.

Straight from the Peanuts gallery, our buddies: Charlie Brown and Lucy.

I know I’m not alone in my love for these guys either: rescue animals were featured as Time Magazine’s 2020 Pet of the Year. According to the ASPCA, animal welfare organizations across the country saw a spike in adoptions during the second half of March, with an estimated national adoption rate of 58% at the beginning of the month, jumping to 85% by the end of the month. I also saw recently that for many shelters across the US, the number of homeless dogs and cats entering shelters has declined significantly. And though I’ve seen some concerns about this, it looks like adopting from a shelter right now is very safe. According to the CDC, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low – there is no reason to think that any animals, including shelter pets, play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

Bottom line here: we love our pets, and if we’re being honest, they probably have loved EVERY second of us being home for nine months straight. How will we ever break it to them that we have to return to work one day?! This year, we’re donating funds to local animal shelters to say thank you to all of the fur babies out there and to those who work to help us find and take home our favorite furry friends. Here’s some ways that you can donate too:

  • ASPCA: Donate online or call (800) 628-0028.
  • Humane Society: With your donation, you’ll protect animals suffering in factory farms, in research labs, in puppy mills and in other situations of cruelty and neglect.
  • Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland: There are so many ways to give back here – as a one-time gift, a regular contribution, and/or in honor of a pet or loved on.
  • Hart of Maine: The Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) is a shelter and adoption center for cats in Cumberland, Maine. Their organization is filled with tireless volunteers that provide love and care for surrendered cats and are supported entirely by the generosity of individual donors, foundations, and businesses.

Fun fact: Our couples are also huge pet lovers! And we are so here for it.

We’ve had a ton of conversations with our couples this year, and somehow, we always end up talking about our fur babies. But we’re hardly complaining. It’s probably the one thing all of our couples have in common – most babes have even made it into the official planning process in some way! We wanted to take some time to celebrate them today. So, without further ado, please meet some of our 2021 couples and their absolutely adorable pets!

Up first, meet Lucie, Dave and pup Kiefer! Kiefer is rambunctious and jovial, and joined the family just about three years ago. After almost four years of Lucie telling Dave they should get a dog, one day she noticed him Googling dogs and local shelters. She knew that the window of opportunity was there, and pounced. A month later, Kiefer came home to Brooklyn!

  • Favorite story, according to mom & dad: When Kiefer was a puppy, we took him to the “doggie lake” at Prospect Park in Brooklyn He LOVED the water and waded out on a nice big rock. He splashed around, enjoyed the water, and played with other dogs on the rock. He started getting bolder, and walked out a bit farther on the rock…. until next thing he knew, the rock ended…. and Kiefer sunk into the water not prepared to be “in the deep end”. He popped back up (what a relief) and quickly swam to shore. That was the day Kiefer learned how to swim. It was terrifying but funny, and the poor guy hasn’t touched water since.
  • Celebrity voice if Kiefer could talk: Kiefer Sutherland, of COURSE
  • Wedding incorporation: Only the star of the invitation!! And maybe the bridesmaids too? We love it!!

Up next is Annie, Nick and pup Riley! Though this cozy pic might make you think otherwise, Riley is an outdoor enthusiast – he loves to hike, go to the beach (we relate!) and play with other dogs. He is very much so a dogs-dog and demands to say hello to every dog that he passes.. He’s very happy, wiggly, energetic, and playful!

  • How Riley joined the family: Annie and Nick adopted Riley on November 2, 2019! Nick grew up with dogs, but were adopted by his parents when they were on the older side, so he always wanted to train and raise a puppy. We talked about it for a few years and finally decided to move forward with it! Riley is a rescue from Aruba; there are a lot of feral dogs on the island and a few different nonprofits have volunteers who fly puppies back to the U.S. He was fostered in Dennis, MA, minutes away from where Annie’s family loves to vacation on Cape Cod. We picked him up there on a chilly November day and the rest is history!
  • Favorite story, according to mom & dad: On our first day with Riley, Nick naively thought it would be a good idea to try some off-leash training right away. We brought him to some trails on Cape Cod, took off his leash, and tried to have him follow us using treats. He immediately turned around and started walking back towards the car! Luckily, he’s now great off-leash, but it took some time 🙂
  • Wedding incorporation: Annie’s sister (and maid of honor) walked Riley down the aisle at their micro-wedding this past September! He was very excited to be included and he was a star in the pictures!

My heart is BURSTING from seeing these snuggles – am I the only one?! These two cuties are no other than Clark and Bean, kitten children of our awesome Couple Allison and Dylan. Clark and Bean were a dynamic duo when they were adopted to years ago. According to Allison, Clark is a big softy – he spends a ton of time lounging and relaxing in front of the wood stove. (Sounds like a good life if you ask me!!) Bean on the other hand is shy, but once he gains your trust he’s a loyal companion who will greet you when you get home.

  • Favorite story, according to mom & dad: We adopted Clark and Bean from Hart in Cumberland in February of 2018. Dylan’s sister Abby is a vet and would volunteer giving cats their vaccines and check ups. When Abby told us about the cats, she said that they were bonded and needed to be adopted together. The first night we brought them home, Clark jumped into Allison’s lap knowing he was in his forever home. Bean was a little apprehensive and would call for Clark who would go find him and lead him into the room with us. Bean would get scared and run into the other room and then call for Clark who would then bring him back. This went on for an hour where Clark finally gave up and snuggled with Allison but it was so interesting to see them communicate and lean on each other for support. After Bean got used to everyone he has been inseparable from Dylan and of course his first love, Clark. We often find them snuggled together in such odd positions or wrapped in each others arms.
  • Celebrity voice if Clark & Bean could talk: Bean would be Ewan McGregor and Clark would be Sean Connery
  • Wedding incorporation: Since they couldn’t be there for the big day (that would have been a disaster!), we named our specialty cocktails after them. Clark was a blood orange margarita and Bean was a beer by Mast Landing.

I actually don’t know if I can handle more cuteness, buuut let’s keep going. Please meet Brianne, Angelo and Oscar! Brianne and Oscar have been two peas in a pod for six years now, even before Angelo came into the mix. But it didn’t take long for Oscar to warm up: Angelo insisted on meeting him the first time him and Brianne hung out! Oscar is, according to Brianne, “too smart and stubborn for his own good, incredibly loyal, BEYOND food motivated (will practically do backflips for treats), and always down for an adventure.”

  • Favorite story, according to mom & dad: I used to live in downtown Dover, NH which meant on our weekend walks, there were always PLENTY of treats from people late-night snacking. One night when we were walking, I see Oscar go into full stealth, sneak-attack mode, snatch something up in his mouth, then try to slink away; he found the Holy Grail of treats and scored a whole, intact slice of pizza. While I was crying from laughing so hard, I genuinely felt bad taking it away from him because I have never seen any dog put so much effort into securing food, but, can you really blame him?!
  • Celebrity voice if Oscar could talk: Daniel Craig; Oscar is smooth and handsome like James Bond (this suggestion was all Ang but I couldn’t agree more).
  • Wedding incorporation: We’re slightly obsessive dog parents and finding a venue that allowed him to be there with us for not only the ceremony, but entire duration of the day including the reception was one of our top criteria. For the reception, we created a signature drink sign with a drawing of Oscar and after loving the way it came out, we decided to fully embrace our love/obsession and also order cocktail napkins and drink stirrers with his face on them!

This little guy is no other than Beezer, doggy son to Kristina & Tom. Beezer joined the fam 9 years ago, and was actually Kristina & Tom’s first dog together. According to Kristina, “Beezer is a stubborn French Bulldog, but also so sweet and affectionate. He always has to be touching one of us, whether it’s cuddling next to us or his paw or head rested on our legs. He’s a lazy dog who also happens to have a serious food obsession. He usually starts begging or barking at us to give him his food a couple of hours before his meal time.”

  • Favorite story, according to mom & dad: For Christmas one year, we bought Beezer three bags of dog treats that we were hoping would last for months. We wrapped up the treats and put them under the tree, and the next day we headed off to do more Christmas shopping. Hours later, we arrived home and walked into the house to wrapping paper everywhere. It took one look at Beezer’s guilty face to find the culprit. When we went to clean up, we found the three bags of dog treats, chewed open, with not even a crumb of a treat in sight. Beezer ate a few month’s worth of treats in the span of a couple of hours! Needless to say, he slept soundly the rest of the day! 
  • Celebrity voice if Beezer could talk: Alfalfa from the 1994 Little Rascals movie. We always picture him having the cutest voice. 

Chrissy and Mike, you’re next! These sweets are getting married next year and you better believe that their pup Indy (or Indiana if we’re being formal!) will be by their side. Indy has two personalities he’s famous for: a silly, playful side and a major snuggly, cuddly side. He loves to play outside, but is also just as happy to snuggle up on the couch.

  • How Indy joined the family: We’ve had him for about 2 years, so not long enough! We found “Buster” online and drove all the way out to Pennsylvania (7 hours one way) to a beautiful dairy farm. It was well worth the long drive. He smelled like cows for the first week we had him! We named him after Indiana Jones’s dog. In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade you find out that Indiana Jones is actually named Henry Jones Jr who took the name Indiana from the family dog! Sean Connery says “We named the dog Indiana!”
  • Favorite story, according to mom & dad: He makes us laugh everyday! It’s can be the looks he gives us when he wants to play or when he jumps into bed with us in the morning like a toddler on Christmas or the “ah-ooo-gah” sound he makes when he has a really big yawn or jumping like a kangaroo in the snow. He always makes us laugh.
  • Wedding incorporation: We are still planning much of the wedding details but we know he’ll be involved in some way. We will have some children at our wedding so he may have the task of keeping them entertained!

Surprise to no one: AFA has some fur babies too!

Like all of our Couples, the fur baby obsession is going strong with this team. We wanted to share some of our favorite moments so you can get to know the sweet AFA pets as well!

Marie, you’re up first my dear! I knew Marie was a dog lover from Day 1. These pups have been a conversation topics many times throughout her time with our team and honestly, we wouldn’t want it any other way!

And how did these sweet pups join the family? According to Marie: “We got Jameson from Maine Lab Rescue in February 2016.  Brian and I had sadly lost our dog in November of 2015 and had just started talking about potentially looking for a new dog. I saw an older dog on the Maine Lab Rescue’s Facebook page and since they were having an adoption event near by we decided to go meet the dog.  Brian said he was willing to just go LOOK but wasn’t so sure if he was ready to commit.  Well, that older dog wanted absolutely nothing to do with us and it just so happens that, that day Maine Lab Rescue also had a new litter of puppies up for adoption.  All the other dogs were already claimed except for Jameson.  We overheard one of the workers say “What should we do with Jameson?” and Brian immediately chimed – “We will take him!” [so much for just going to look 😉 ]  Jamo nuzzled right into my neck and we knew he was meant to be ours. We got to take him home a week later (longest week of my life) and he has been our sweet boy ever since. He also just recently turned 5 on December 5th!”

  • Personality traits, according to Marie: Jameson is our Sun baby.  He has such a playful spirit and would rather chase the ball or play tug with squeaky toys, over anything else.  He LOVES other humans and getting all their attention and has deemed himself the nickname of “mr. jealous” on occasion.  He is also the biggest cuddle bug and the second Brian gets up at 5am every morning, Jamo immediately hops into bed and we snooze back to back for another hour.  He is also an extremely curious dog and always wants to be right where mom or dad is, and if one of us leaves the rooms he feels the need to go with us to make sure we don’t need his help. 😉 Jamo is also the kind of dog who knows when you are feeling sad and does not like it when people cry.  He will come over and lick your face or try to nuzzle his head into your neck and it is just about the sweetest thing ever.
  • Celebrity voice if pups could talk: Jameson would definitely be Macaulay Culkin in the Home Alone movies. Jack would probably be a mix of Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood, depending on the situation.

This sweet girl right here is none other than Kona – Jordan and Jake’s pup! Kona is a VERY smart, loving and spunky gal who has been with the fam for about 3 years. Jordan adopted her at four years old, but it was a loooong time coming. “I had wanted a husky since I was a little kid,” she explained. “I mean this was YEARS of dreaming. I would stay updated on local shelters to see if any huskies became available in the area. One day, I saw this beautiful dog was available for adoption and took the next day off from work to meet her. To be specific: I arrived 2 hours before the shelter opened in order to meet her first! Kona became part of our pack and can’t imagine it without her!”

  • Favorite story, according to mom & dad: One Saturday afternoon, we had a friend up visiting, and the three of us went into the Old Port for lunch. We came back home to find Kona standing on the top of one of Jake’s four foot tall speakers. We were all on the floor cry laughing, it was hysterical. She must have stepped on the table that was next to the couch, and then hopped up onto the speaker to look out of the window. How long was she up there for? We have no idea. But it was so silly, especially since Kona isn’t one to get into our things or really make trouble! Too funny!
  • Celebrity voice if Kona could talk: Scarlett Johansson. We can’t really explain why, but Scarlett Johansson’s voice in HER is what we think her voice would be like. Jake came up with this — and cannot agree enough!

Next up is Courtney and Ryder! Ryder joined the family with Courtney and her boyfriend in July of 2019 and they’ve been obsessed with her ever since. July 2019 may seem like ages ago, but Ryder is still in full-on puppy mode. She is a full Australian Shepard (though I know they’re still questioning it after many asks about her being a Border Collie!). According to Courtney, “To put it simply, Ryder is insane hahah. She can be the sweetest, loving dog in the whole world but she has a TON of energy and she likes to take it out on us! I’m convinced she thinks she’s a shark with how much she likes to bite and chew on her toys. She won’t fetch.. just run away from you and chew them in the process!”

  • Favorite story, according to Courtney: Ryder has always liked her space when it comes to snuggling. She’ll give in for a bit, but once those 20 minutes are up, she’ll be moving to the other end of the bed so she can stretch out and enjoy her ~alone~ time. One night when I was getting ready to head to bed, I realized I couldn’t find Ryder. She never leaves our side, so I was really concerned. But come to find out she was completely stretched out under the bed already fast asleep! It’s now her favorite spot – she army crawls under each night and we don’t see her until the morning.
  • Celebrity voice if Ryder could talk: I don’t know if the Energizer Bunny has a voice but that’s her: crazy, high energy and very vocal!

And last but not least, meet my fun-loving, entertaining babes – Charlie Brown and Lucy! Charlie Brown is a full-bred vizsla. We adopted him from Widdershins Farm in Dover-Foxcroft and we adopted Lucy from Snow Tendra Bengals in Lisbon Falls last year. Both of our babies are hypo-allergenic pets and were a consideration for my hubby’s severe dander allergy. While I have always adopted animals from shelters and rescues, these two were breeder babies because of our home dynamic and for health issues. We still volunteer our time and donate to local shelters whenever we can and truly love the experience.

  • My favorite story? Everyday Lucy and Charlie run around the house and chase each other for hours. When we first got Lucy last Christmas, we were worried that Charlie would be jealous and “hunt her” because of his breed. Lo and behold they are the best of friends. Lucy is a more avid hunter than Charlie, catching mice, chipmunks and birds all while on a lead outside!
  • Celebrity voice if they could talk: Charlie Brown would most definitely be Goofy, and Lucy is no doubt Karen from Will and Grace.

Aaaand that’s a wrap on my new favorite blog post ever! These sweet babes mean the world to us, and we’re to happy to work with others who feel the same. Just call us obsessed pet parents! I know I can speak for my whole team and all of our couples when I say we wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’d love to hear your pet stories too! Share your favorite fur baby pics and stories in the comments so we can all enjoy.

Xoxo – wishing you all the happiest of holiday seasons!

Day 2: Art Nouveau-Inspired Winter Elopement | French’s Point Estate

The weather outside today is frightful, so we’re back to showcase the rest of this stunning weekend from last year! For those who may have missed it, we shared a beautiful art nouveau-inspired elopement that we had the absolute pleasure of designing last year at French’s Point Estate. To recap some of the beauty from this post (thanks to Greta Tucker Photography!) , let’s just take a look back real quick…

Aaaand like I said, STUNNING. This weekend was a true celebration of talent, friendship and creativity. We worked with some of our closest peers to make this dreamy idea a true reality – traveling to Stockton Springs to design and help coordinate the weekend. While the styled elopement and reception was a showstopper, the group had even more up their sleeves planned for Day 2. Think: a non-traditional post-wedding event with every outdoor activity you can imagine to put an end to the most perfect weekend. Taking advantage of all the Maine winter has to offer! Jessika Brooks-Brewer, the fabulous CEO and Owner of French’s Point, dreamed up this killer concept for our crew to enjoy.

Like Jessika, we know the day after the wedding can be hard. Speciality lighting and florals come down, reception spaces get cleared and Couples move out of their wedding venue. But that newly married feeling is still going strong (our favorite feeling!). And the good news? Sundays are starting to become “the final day of our amazing weekend” instead of “travel day for all of our guests”. We’re loving this change – we’ve planned numerous Farewell Brunches and Post-Wedding Activities and think it’s the best way to see and thank your guests one final time.

For this elopement styled shoot, Jessika put new meaning on this post-wedding plan. We gathered all of our friends, family members and kiddos for some serious FUN. French’s Point offers so many opportunities for winter adventures, and we took full advantage. First on the list was ice skating and snow angels!

It may be in the shape of a heart, but you better believe that snow was used for a snowball – your adorable smiles can’t fool us, girls!

Next up was a childhood favorite for everyone, kids and adults alike – we went SLEDDING. We had tubes and antique wooden sleds handy for ALL the fun. French’s Point has a large hill right near guests suites that was perfect for the occasion. A breathtaking view didn’t hurt the experience either 😉

When it was Abby’s turn to go, this daredevil did not hold back! Talk about some serious air on this run. And can we point out that she is doing all of this in jeans?!

This Couple was the star of the show all weekend – so full of life, joy and adventure. I don’t think they minded playing this role after their recent real-life engagement!

With the sun starting to peek through the clouds, we headed over to the fire pit for a delicious snack, a layer of warmth on an otherwise chilly day, and a much needed coffee boost thanks to Espresso Dave’s. If I could have on-demand cappuccinos at every winter event, you better believe I would. The team is a joy to work with and their drinks are truly indulgent S’mores and coffee was the last item on our adventure-packed itinerary for the weekend and we soaked up every moment of it.

The perfect s’more doesn’t exi—

And that’s it, my friends! The most perfect ending to a perfect weekend. We so encourage Couples to take the entire weekend to celebrate their joyous occasion – whether it’s sledding and ice skating in the winter or ending the wedding weekend with brunch on a ferry in Casco Bay in the summer. It’s rare to have so many of your friends and family members from all parts of your life together, and we encourage you to make the most of it.

For this rock star team of vendors – thank you again for a weekend we’ll never forget! It was a true honor to work with this talented crew and seeing everything come together was magic. We love you all!

xo, P

PS: Rising Moon Films captured a fabulous video of the entire weekend that left us in awe. Check out all of the beauty and excitement from below!


And a special thank you to all of the vendors who made this day one to remember:

Shoot Venue: French’s Point Estate | Photography: Greta Tucker Photography | Design + Specialty Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine | Rentals: PEAK Event Services | Floral Design: Marigold Floral Studio | Coordination: To The Point | Catering & Bar Service: Bar Harbor Catering Company| Cake & Desserts: Bear Brook Bakery | Specialty Lighting: Griffin & Griffin | Hair & Makeup: Ariel Johnson Makeup | Videography: Rising Moon Films | Invitation Design: Gus & Ruby | Ceremony Musicians: Harpist Amy Kercsmar and Violinist Anna Pearlman| Wedding Gown, Groom’s Attire & Wedding Guest Attire: Madeleine’s Daughter | Jeweler: Ariantiquary | Bride & Groom Model: Annie Boss and Barrett Russell | Coffee Station: Espresso Dave’s / Fun to Eat Fruit | Gift Bags/Welcome Bags: Rachael Anderson’s The Best From My Nest / Salted Butter Farm / Bell the Cat

A Few Things We’ve Learned During An Unimaginable Year

There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken us to the core. I never imagined to live to see such great destruction and loss in my lifetime, so quickly and so widespread. It has impacted every facet of our lives — from how we structure our daily schedules and habits, to how we manage our work lives and businesses to how we move about in the world and with those we care for. The added time spent with my family has been one of a few gifts in all of this that I will forever cherish (I know you’ve been seeing more adventuring on the insta story lately!), but it’s also been one of the biggest challenges I have faced to date. Managing the business, Clients and team during an uncertain time while homeschooling has been quite a tricky balance, but I maintain a mindset of how things can always be worse and in many respects I consider us very lucky. My heart goes out to each and every human out there on the front lines risking their lives every day to keep us safe and healthy. For the next few months I’d love it if the media would share a little more joy, like how many lives were saved today…or how many times our politicians came together for the good of our country instead of talking about walking straight into a dark, bleak winter. Now with a new administration at the helm, I am looking forward to 2021 with excited eyes. Our 2020 is not one I’ll soon forget however.

There’s been a large debate around the pandemic called The Great Pause – many are using this ‘slowed-down time’ to reconnect with their passions, find new sources of inspiration and soak up the peacefulness and extra time with loved ones that a slower paced life has given them. While I struggle to find that slow-paced life myself, I think there’s something important in this debate: reconnecting with your passions and creativity is so important to living a fulfilled life and being successful. In our industry in particular, creativity fuels everything we do. I’m constantly seeking out sources of inspiration to share new ideas with a Client, develop a new design concept for a styled shoot, or my personal favorite — source new rental items that will be just the perfect fit for a Client’s wedding. 

During this time of unimaginable loss, I’ve been immensely grateful for my health, my family and friends who have stayed strong and healthy over the past four months, my hardworking team, and my peers in this industry that we love. We are fighters. As Maine has begun to reopen and provide some semblance of normalcy again, we wanted to take the time to share what’s been on our mind lately. While the outcome of 2020 thus far isn’t exactly what we predicted, we’ve learned a lot along the way that we wanted to share with all of you. 

1. Creativity can lead you down new paths and to places you never knew you’d be. 

When the pandemic hit the United States in March, we had an optimistic view. Like most, we naively thought life would be paused for six, maybe eight weeks tops. Before we knew it, we’d be back to business as normal (albeit a few rescheduled weddings from early in the season) and on our way to a fabulous 2020 wedding season. 

Needless to say, we were very, very wrong. Sometimes, no matter how much you hope and pray, the show must actually NOT go on. And for the safety of everyone, we agreed. But in those first few weeks, we didn’t just sit around, waiting for life to return to normal — I spent countless hours with my team developing new operating procedures and putting systems in place to continually meet Client needs and be there for them above all else. We developed creative solutions that allowed us to continue to meet with Clients, serving as a trusted partner and friend throughout this unpredictable time. 

In those first few months of quarantining, the AFA team also launched a contest to recognize hard working small businesses in our local communities. As a way to spread positivity throughout our community, we encouraged those in our network to leave a positive review to any local business of their choosing. In doing so, they’d be entered to win giveaway packages from some of our own personal favs in the local community. It was a small gesture, but one we had hoped would give back to our community and spread a little joy during a time of uncertainty. The creativity we see in our industry and among local businesses – especially during times of crisis – is inspiring. My heart was hurting for so many of my restaurant friends and small businesses that did not have virtual capabilities or e-commerce. One of the most valuable experiences we took away from this project was the inspiring shifts each one of these businesses took in order to continue to support their community and provide their craft to not only stay afloat but thrive. It also felt like we were Santa on Christmas and kept us as a team all really jazzed during a pretty scary time.

From a business services perspective, we also quickly realized that our 2020 season would look very different. While I was fortunate to bring on a new member of the team in early 2020 (shoutout to our girl Jordan!), I was 100% committed to continue operating at full capacity — investing in our business and team and using the time we had to think through new solutions and new services during this difficult time. Because of that, we’ve begun developing a plan to offer home staging services in 2020 and beyond. While a natural fit into our current business model (and a service we’re particularly excited to launch), home staging was never an area I ever imagined offering this year. Sometimes, you have to let the world guide you and use your creativity to find new ways to succeed.

And a very exciting note… peep these shots below from a few of our home staging clients!

Most times, you have to think outside the box to meet your goals. Other times, you have to be creative to stay resilient, support the industry and continue to grow. 

2. Challenging times are never easy — but they’re the best times to find growth.

Aside from growing our offerings, we’ve also grown in new ways as well. While I’m not one who enjoys talking about my own successes, there is one achievement I am particularly proud of: learning the true meaning of business resiliency. In times of rapid change, it’s no longer enough to rest on your laurels – you must reconnect with your passions and inspiration and fight for it like you never have before. For the AFA team, our inspiration stems from serving our Clients and collaborating with our peers. For me, it is my family that fuels me. Working hard and investing in the business in order to grow is a reward, and I’m grateful we have been able to continue doing this during the pandemic. 

One of the largest investments – emotionally and monetary – has been relocating our rental showroom from downtown Gray to North Yarmouth. It’s a special move for me, as we’re now housed on my parents property. Our move was delayed due to COVID, but we capitalized on this opportunity – we used the extra time to finalize the barn, renovate the space and create a welcoming environment for our Clients. And to no one’s surprise, the space is FILLED with new rentals already! 

3. Not a new lesson, but a good reminder: Clients come first, no matter what. 

Clients are the reason we do what we do. Plain and simple. While many were hesitant to message to Clients during this challenging time, we’ve been committed to providing education and resources to keep them informed. And most importantly, we’ve made it our goal to continue to inspire. We have blogged weddings from our 2019 season, shared when we could on Instagram, pinned new inventory to Pinterest, ALL in the spirit of keeping that flame of wedding inspo alive. In fact, we launched our newsletter in April to better connect with our Clients and continue to be a visible resource to them during whatever challenge they might be facing. 

In the spirit of Client inspiration, we also were recently involved in two beautiful styled shoots – one that we created the vision for at Beech Hill Barn, and the second we were part of an inspiring team providing props and styling for at Garden Gate at Harley Farm. We poured our hearts and souls into these ones, my friends! The first was bright and summary and just the vibes we needed to have in our lives. We spearheaded the design and vision for this one and truly love the concept and colors-such a fun collab with some talented humans.

The second was a Vampire inspiration and was recently featured on Green Wedding Shoes – huge props to Cody James Barry Photography for dreaming up this incredible concept and including us in such a creative day! You inspire me always.

Sierra Archer Photograph | Invitations: Three Little Words
Sierra Archer Photography |. Specialty Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine
Sierra Archer Photography | Champagne Cart: The Roaming Speakeasy Co
Sierra Archer Photography | Floral Design: Honeysuckle Way
Sierra Archer Photography | Catering and Bar: Fire & Co
Sierra Archer Photography
Sierra Archer Photography | Cake: Bear Brook Bakery
Sierra Archer Photography | Makeup: Brooke Nason Beauty | Jewelry: Keith Field Goldsmith

Shop the look yourself here! Bamboo Director Chairs, Outdoor Sofa, Outdoor Side Chairs, White Washed Wood Coffee Table, Navy Blue Jute Rug, White Milk Glass Stemmed Goblets, Silver Champagne Urn

Annnnd for the 180 flip to the second shoot… 😉

Cody James Barry Photography | Calligraphy: Farm + Forest Design
Cody James Barry Photography | Cake & Food Styling: Autumn Nomad
Cody James Barry Photography | Dress: Andrea’s Bridal | Jewelry: Brown Goldsmiths | Hair: Peter-John at Akari | Makeup: Taylor Carley
Cody James Barry Photography | Florals: Electric Flora
Cody James Barry Photography

And finally, we were also grateful enough to still have six weddings this season: intimate affairs with the most lovely families. Our heart is with all of our couples that had to endure the disappointment of changing their wedding date, or worse, cancelling. These decisions were not made without long and careful consideration, followed by some heartbreak. Deciding to keep their original 2020 date is also not a lightly made choice, and takes a great deal of courage, resilience and a positive attitude to endure. I am so proud of each and every one of our Clients for making the choices that they did for them, and with a safety first mentality all in all. Client service is put above all else at AFA, so weddings during a pandemic have quickly become our specialty – we created and maintained logistics of keeping guests safe and comfortable while present. We went all out on the design and had a blast. Check out some of the beauty! 

4. Stick close to those you love. 

And for the lesson that you don’t need a pandemic to tell you – stick close to those you love. There’s no words to describe the heartbreak and loss we’re seeing every day, and I’m so grateful for my family to be in good health. I’m lucky to have a business that can weather this storm – and we all know that’s largely because of my talented, passionate team. They’re everything – they keep this train running on the days I’m pulled in one million different directions and you better believe they do it with grace, professionalism, and a whole lot of cheer. They bring SO much creativity to this team and never cease to inspire me. I recently asked our rockstar planner Marie what she learned this year and her answer couldn’t have resonated more.

“It is funny to look back on pictures from last wedding season, to reminisce on memories when hugging and shaking hands were second nature.  When breaking it down and getting sweaty on the dance floor with 150 of your closest family and friends was a given. When hand sanitizer was not a standard part of the table centerpieces and when charcuterie was built in abundance on tables and not individually served.

And then the world changed. The 2020 wedding season has been the most challenging and inconstant ones to date.  It has put our planner abilities to the ultimate test and taught us a lot about the future of weddings.

  • There are no more rules. And yet, there are so many rules.  But when it comes to what you and your partner want, do not settle for anything less than what feels right for you.
  • That it is okay and 100% normal to feel sad and really frustrated at times. And eat ice cream and popcorn for dinner…more than once.  Allow yourself the time to feel however you need to feel.
  • That being flexible and listening to the professionals is going to save you a lot of aggravation in the long run.  Wedding vendors are on your team and will do whatever we can to make it happen.  But also realize that these people are trying to keep their small businesses afloat and navigating through the ever changing craziness as well.
  • That 50 person weddings are actually SO MUCH FUN because the people that matter the absolute most are there and BEYOND ready to celebrate with you!
  • It is more than OK to put yourself and your health first.  Do not be afraid to ask guests to get tested, to enforce wearing of masks, and to provide hand sanitizer as the new wedding favor.
  • Above all else, love prevails.”

See what I mean here?! Inspiring. I couldn’t do this without my team and I’m so grateful for them.

I’m also thankful for my hard working peers and friendors who have stood hand-in-hand with one another to fight this together. We grow stronger when surrounded by those we love and it’s important to embrace that. 

I hope you’re all staying healthy and safe during this time. We couldn’t do what we’re doing without the help and support of all of you!! 

Xo, Paula

Chelsea + Austin’s Barn On Walnut Hill Wedding | Yarmouth, ME

Happy Summer, my sweet friends! Our wedding season (and our world) isn’t looking exactly as we imagined, but it’s in full swing and we’re making the most of it. In fact, we just produced our first wedding of 2020, the new showroom is nearly complete, and we designed a gorgeous styled shoot last week. So I guess you can say we’re keeping ourselves busy!

Today, though, we’re taking a look back to our 2019 season to celebrate the most perfect union (and almost one year anniversary!) of Chelsea and Austin. These two are seriously fab. Not only did they decide to have a FULL, four day weekend celebration, one of those days consisted of a Hunger Games style ‘Field Day’. Talk about creative and fun! This crazy crew had a jam-packed weekend, and we’re so excited be sharing their experience with you.

As you can clearly see, Chelsea and Austin are absolute stunners. Their vibrant personalities shone bright throughout their wedding day in both the design and atmosphere they created. Think: southwestern-inspired cocktail party with numerous surprises throughout. We had the best time getting to know these two and making their wedding dreams come to life! Thanks to the wonderful team at Maine Tinker Photography for capturing all the beauty of this day.

Chelsea opted for a smokey eye and natural bronze look to enhance her already glowing complexion. Lisa LaCroix at Bei Capelli led the gorgeous group through hair and make-up the entire weekend. And she certainly outdid herself if you ask me!

Nothing beats help from momma and your favorites gals when putting on the dress!

This phenomenal bride wore such a unique dress and we were SO here for it. The fabric had ornate floral details, but the dress was the perfect mix of sexy and sophisticated. The delicate high neck and A-lie skirt was a gorgeous contrast to the open back. And to finish the look, Chelsea wore a simple, stunning headband.

And you certainly can’t forget this handsome groom! Austin chose a light blue suit for the occasion with a navy floral tie and you guessed it – brown cowboy boots for the finishing touch.

We. loved. this. group. Simple as pie! We seriously adored these all-white, mix-matched dresses with such fun, vibrant earrings. And if you’re wondering if the AFA team strongly considered investing in our own pairs of those beauties, you are RIGHT.  

These girls may have dressed to impress, but their fondness for Chelsea was the real star of the show here. They were true supporters throughout the entire weekend – always ready to help Chelsea with whatever she needed. And most importantly, right there to pass her a drink when hers was empty!

This crew was a pretty stylish group as well. Austin was surrounded by his closest friends for this day, and I can promise you they had a blast!

And can we just give a shoutout to The Barn on Walnut Hill real quick? Not only did this sprawling venue allow Chelsea and Austin to invite all of their friends and family members to stay with them for the weekend, but created the most perfect background for these images. So much charm and simplistic beauty! 

Austin and his lovely parents – so supportive, loving, and kind. We’re so lucky to work with the sweetest families and this time was no different!

Personality pics, anyone?! We love these two!!

Chelsea and Austin were all smiles alllll day. And you better believe their enthusiastic energy set the mood for this entire celebration.

With pre-ceremony portraits complete and the final details in place, Chelsea and Austin retreated to the barn as guests were shuttled from Portland and Freeport over to The Barn on Walnut Hill. After sippin’ on some pre-ceremony drinks, guests were officially welcomed to the grande occasion by the stunning view of the ceremony site – we’re talking florals for DAYS, my friends.

Truly the biggest shout out to Sarah Whiton and team at Harmons and Bartons for these blooms. This lush arbor featured anthurium, xerographica air plants, silver tree protea and peach and orange florals for an extra pop. And most importantly, that gorgeous cow skull came from no other than the bride herself!

With such a gorgeous sanctuary at Walnut Hill, this arbor decor was the only thing needed to make the space feel welcoming, exciting, and just the right vibe for Chelsea and Austin. The weather was perfect as well – sunny but not too hot and perfectly shaded under the trees.

You go flower girl! This girlfriend was a little fashionista if you couldn’t tell!

This ceremony was one of a kind – as you would expect from these two, it was filled with laughs, personal vows and lots of love. Their energy throughout the ceremony was so tender and the love was radiating. We love being involved in such special moments.

MARRIED! We couldn’t be more happy for this duo. And as you can tell, I don’t think they could be happier about this moment either!

Time to get this party started! Cocktail hour was the official start of a fabulous cocktail-style reception filled with so many delicious food options and endless drinks for guests. A large sailcloth tent was situated right next to the barn, under the lush tall trees in the large open lawn. This cocktail hour had some serious fun – from lawn games to creative drinks to a surprise photo camper, Chelsea and Austin knew how to keep their guests entertained.

Working with Chelsea and Austin on design and a custom menu was such a treat for me. They took such a unique approach to everything they did, while remaining wholly authentic to who they are as a couple. The terra cotta pots and gold terrariums were earthy and simple, and the perfect contrast to the brass bud vases and vibrant flowers. To add to the ambiance, we also used large gold lanterns for candlelight.

And here’s the fab photo camper we were talking about! You know this gal by now – Lucy is a one of a kind 1967 camper and she was a HIT. From Maine-themed props to vintage phones and everything in between, this photo camper did not disappoint in giving guests the best pictures to remember the special day.

Annnd pausing to go (try to) make myself that drink because WOW. What a beauty. This creation was crafted by none other than the Fire and Company team – and the impressive fares hardly stopped there. Additional drinks consisted of local brews from Bissell Brothers & Foundation, premium cocktails, and three signature cocktails – a grapefruit margarita, dark & stormy, and an old fashioned. For pairings, Fire and Co whipped up a cheese & butcher station, house smoked meat and sausages, and mini buttered lobster rolls.

Once cocktail hour came to close, Fire & Co served up the first round of dinner as guests continued to mingle outside. Though the plan was to move inside the barn for dinner and speeches, this warm weather had Chelsea and Austin wanting to stay outside juuuust a bit longer. And I certainly don’t think anyone complained! Guests enjoyed skilled seared scallops, pork belly skewers, salad and chicken and waffles to kick off dinner. Right in time for a welcome toast from Austin’s lovely parents as well!

Thee two had guests in tears. We adore them!

After enjoying those extra rays of sunshine before the picturesque sunset and calm evening, guests made their way to the barn for the second round of dinner. And let me jut tell you, we were ALL here for two fabulous dinners. This non-traditional reception was such a hit – guests were able to enjoy numerous food selections while while mingling with everyone in sight, whether that was in the barn or outside. There were passed options always available for grabbing, and we also set up a few stunning food displays inside. Just keep scrolling, you’ll see what I’m talking about!

These design details seriously stole the show. We carried the same aesthetic from the cocktail hour tent into the barn and it did not disappoint. We used gorgeous farm tables from none other than Lani and crew at Heartwood Essentials. Both high and low top tables were placed in the barn for guests to select their own seating throughout the evening. Tablescapes were kept simple, with succulents, minimal florals in brass bud vases, and warm candlelight to create a welcome and intimate atmosphere. And as I’m sure you noticed, we had a seriously unique light install to tie the look together – large Moroccan lanterns hanging over the dance floor. What a beauty! We collaborated this look with then team Griffin & Griffin Lighting and as expected, they delivered.

We also created two lush lounge areas for optimal comfort and a whole lot of fun for guests. Each lounge setting had a velvet sofa, chairs in various colors, and plush floor pillows to add some extra coziness. And of course we had to repurpose the cow skull to make another appearance post-ceremony! This piece looked perfect above this vibrant lounge adorned with lush florals and greens.

Remember those food displays I mentioned? Here they are in all of their glory *heart eyes*. Fire & Co delivered once again with the final round of dinner for the night – consisting of salmon skewers, pork tacos, avocado tacos and poke stacks. YUM.

As guests continued to wine and dine, Chelsea and Austin snuck off for a little fun of their own. Sunset photography, anyone?! Personalities shinning bright in these ones!

Say hello to Dolly! This 1951 Ford made for the perfect pop of color and yet another fun element to the day. And the perfect vibe for this muscle pic!

Duel purpose truck over here! This beauty served as the perfect dessert display for all of these sweet treats. Jessica and her fabulous team at Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott hand crafted these lovelies for guest’s enjoyment – mocha and Oreo cheesecake squares, coconut cream, blueberry and apple pies, cannolis… she did not disappoint! This elegant cake completed the display, and was created by our wonderful friend Melissa at Bear Brook Bakery.

What a stunner! The cake was gorgeous by itself, but was adorned with florals to elevate the look. And that cake stand completed the look perfectly!

With the sun setting, this crew finally retreated to the barn to kick off the evening. We’re talking some serious dance moves, fun tunes from DJ Jon and uhm.. assless chaps?! Only with these two!!

Chelsea and Austin – we adore you! We hope you’re spending your one year anniversary lounging in the Bahamas without a care in the world. It was phenomenal to be involved in your celebration of love and honestly, we wish we could relive this day over and over!

xo, P


Get the look with A Family Affair of Maine’s speciality prop rentals for New England weddings: Glass terrarium lanterns | Antique brass containers | Teardrop beverage containers | Bronze moroccan lanterns | Glass bottle vases | Black etagere shelves | White etagere shelves | Small menu frames | “Can I Get A Witness?” sign | Dark blue wool rug | Green tufted ottoman | Plum velvet carved wood sofa | Peacock chairs | Faux sheepskins | Royal blue velvet side chair | Blush velvet ottoman | Cowhide rug | Light blue camel back sofa | Peach velvet armchair | Faux fur footstool | Equipale chairs | Marble top side table | Blush pink wool rug | Tan leather pillow | Plum velvet pillow | Gold sequin pillows

And a special thank you to all of the vendors who made this day one to remember:

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Barn on Walnut Hill | Planning, Design + Specialty Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine | Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals | Farm Tables: Heartwood Essentials | Specialty Light Install: Griffin & Griffin Event Design Illuminated | Photography: Maine Tinker Photography | Floral Design: Harmons and Bartons  | Catering & Bar: Fire & Company | Cake: Bear Brook Bakery | Dessert: Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott | Ceremony, Cocktail Hour and Reception Music: DJ Jon  | Hair & Make-Up: Bei Capelli | Transportation: Custom Coach & Limo

Mickey + Stephen’s Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding | Yarmouth, ME

To all my dearest friends, Clients and industry partners – I hope you’re well. The past few months have shaken the world as we know it and we can only hope and pray that you’re all staying healthy and well in this new reality we live in. If I know anything, it’s how grateful I am for the continued support, the extra time with my family and to be a part of such a strong industry. We’ll make it through—and I know we’ll be stronger than ever.

Blogging is one area that had been put on pause since the pandemic began, but we quickly realized that sharing some of our favorite days might just bring a little bit of joy to your life and inspiration to our Clients. So in the spirit of spreading joy during the start of our very untraditional wedding season, we’re taking a look back to last June for one of our favorite weddings of the season – Mickey and Stephen’s beautiful day at The Barn on Walnut Hill.

Mickey and Stephen are truly one of a kind and their wedding day reflected that whole heartedly. From theatrical design to belly dancers to a portable speakeasy bar, this event was one for the decade. This passionate and hilarious duo knew they wanted to through a party that guests would never forget – and trust me friends that is exactly what they did. We are so blessed to have been a part of this showstopper of a day and even more thrilled to be revisiting it with all of you. Thanks to the always fab Heidi Kirn Photography team for capturing all of the beauty and endless details from this picture perfect day!

Selecting The Barn on Walnut Hill was a no brainer for this pair—the serene natural beauty made for a stunning backdrop, while the 19th century restored barn provided just the right amount of historic charm they were looking for. Most importantly, the house allowed Mickey & Stephen to welcome their closest family member—including their children—to stay with them throughout the weekend.

Mickey and her daughter Ella share a seriously special bond—as Maid of Honor, Ella was involved in her mother’s wedding day in the most intimate of ways. She was right by her side when getting ready, gave a beautiful speech during the ceremony and held her hand as they danced the night away. The admiration and love between these two was such a joy to witness. And the pride radiating from Ella when she looked at Mickey? Amazing.

This gorgeous bride wore a form fitting dress with lace details and an open back with small buttons running down the back of the dress. Her simply jewelry consisted of a silver bracelet, sapphire earrings and a floral comb with vibrant florals and natural greens.

This handsome groom looked pretty stylish as well, in a black tux, blush bowtie and vibrant pink and coral boutonniere.

Can we take a much needed minute to talk about this bouquet?! Lotus Floral Design absolutely knocked it out of the park with this one. Mickey’s bouquet was filled with lush seasonal blooms—ranunculus, white anemones, pink dahlias, roses—and romantic greenery for a vibrant, eclectic look. Big fans of this one!

With final touches and pre-ceremony photos complete, Mickey & Stephen made their way back to the barn as guests arrived on site. Not only were they greeted with this fabulous welcome table, guests were welcomed to the venue with numerous pre-ceremony drinks to kick off the day. Champagne was at the ready, along with lemonade, iced tea, and cucumber water.

The sanctuary at Walnut Hill is one of our favorites—tucked away just enough that you feel like you’re in the middle of a serene, beautiful forest. Mickey & Stephen had gorgeous weather on their wedding day, with rays of sun peeking through the trees to create a warm and cozy environment. To add to the natural beauty, whimsical, romantic floral arrangements lined the aisle, with pops of peach and coral and lush greenery. The white arbor was also heavily adorned with garland greenery and vibrant florals to frame the space.

And they’re married! This ceremony touched my heart—Mickey & Stephen’s children were an integral part of this gorgeous ceremony and it was an honor to witness. The personal vows were so special, filled with jokes and left everyone in tears. We couldn’t be happier for this officially married duo! And now just imagine: the instrumental version of Imagine Dragons’ On Top of the World playing as these two make their grande exit!

Post-ceremony, guests made their way to the sprawling lawn for a stunning cocktail hour. Hors d’oeuvres were served under a large sailcloth tent, while lawn games were spread out throughout the property. Giant jenga and giant connect four, please! Also, Mickey & Stephen couldn’t just have any old bar for their cocktail hour… ever heard of a Roaming Speakeasy? Just scroll down a little bit and see what we were gushing over…

This little guy—otherwise known as Hegan—is a 1954 restored horesebox trailer. And yes, officially the star of this cocktail hour. Picture perfect, endless charm and enough booze to fuel these party guests. Hegan was the main bar for cocktail hour, serving some of our favorite local brews (Allagash White & Maine Beer Co. Peeper, anyone?) and two signature drinks.   

Okay and now a WELL deserved shoutout to Jen and crew at 111 Maine. This team is one of the most hardworking in the industry and their food is something straight out of a global foodie magazine. For cocktail hour, stationary hors d’oeuvres included a number of fruits, breads and local cheeses. Passed hors d’oeuvres were the fan favorite, complete with Main lump crab cakes, puff pastry with figs & gorgonzola, and bamboo cones of Maine fried clams. And to top it off? A raw bar with clams, oysters and shrimp. YUM.

As the evening progressed, guests soon were invited into the barn for dinner. And what a sight it was….

Designing this reception was beyond fun for us. Mickey and Stephen had our creative juices flowing with their bold, theatrical design dreams. To accomplish this, we arranged farm tables throughout the barn, with one sweetheart table positioned at the head of the room. To elevate the look, we completely surrounded the sweetheart table with greenery and pops of bright florals. Tables were adorned with dusty rose velvet runners and filled with floral arrangements. White taper candles were held in antique brass candle holders and enclosed with tall glass hurricanes. 

And okay—anyone else wondering how Griffin & Griffin worked their magic to create those absolutely stunning garland arches?! 

The place setting was also a stunner, consisting of a gold beaded charger, a combination of either a cranberry or a blue antique dinner plate, silver antique-inspired flatware and clear glassware. Both blue and blue and white striped linen napkins were tucked under the dinner plate for a sophisticated look.

Watching Mickey and Stephen enter the barn was a sight to remember. They were overwhelmed that their wedding vision had finally come to life, and overjoyed to be surround by so many friends and family members. It’s one of my favorite moments to witness—and this one did not disappoint! 

Remember how I said these two were hilarious? Mickey had a little surprise up her sleeve for her groom that made this entire day even more memorable than I thought possible. 

From belly dancing to the first dance… cheers to these two and their fun personalities!

After a welcome speech from Stephen, it was on to food, toasts and family dances. 111 Maine continued to impress with their family style meal complete with rosemary garlic beef tenderloin, wildflower honey lime chicken, pan seared cod, handmade butternut squash ravioli, and a number of sides that will also make your mouth water. Toasts were from no other than Mickey & Stephen’s children, as well as family dances too.  

Up next was dessert, cake cutting and some serious dance moves. Drooling over here once again thanks to these sweets—raspberry tartlets, whoopie pies and key lime pies? Delish.

This crew was here to celebrate and that they did! Complete with a photo booth (and some not-so-kid-friendly but hilarious props), glow sticks, and even a chicken hat is making an appearance, I see?! There was some serious fun going on and we were SO here for it. 

Mickey & Stephen – Thank you for allowing us play such a large role in your wedding day! We are forever grateful to you both. The passion between you is radiant, and your laughs can absolutely light up a room. We miss you dearly and hope you’re enjoying making endless memories together as a married couple! 

We had the most incredible time getting to know this fabulous pair—cheers to a lifetime of happiness!

xoxo, P


Get the look with A Family Affair of Maine’s speciality prop rentals for New England weddings: Welcome sign | Dusty rose velvet runners | Blue linen napkins | Glass apothecary jars | Antique dinner plates | Antique brass candlesticks | Antique brass containers | Pale pink pillows | Jute rug | Outdoor side chair with white cushions | Outdoor sofa with white cushions | Driftwood coffee table | Extra large gold framed mirror

And a special thank you to all of the vendors who made this day one to remember:

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Barn on Walnut Hill | Planning, Design + Specialty Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine | Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals | Specialty Light Install: Griffin & Griffin Event Design Illuminated | Photography: Heidi Kirn Photography | Floral Design: Lotus Floral Designs | Catering & Bar: 111 Maine | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Affordable Elegance String Ensemble | Cocktail Hour Bar: The Roaming Speakeasy | Reception DJ: A Goodtime DJ’s | Belly Dancer: Anne Beal | Hair: Jana Rago Studios | Make-Up: Amanda-Jean Makeup | Transportation: Northeast Charter Company

Manhattan Glam Meets Winter in Maine at This Art-Deco Inspired Elopement | French’s Point Estate

If you live in Maine, you quickly learn that winter must be embraced (no matter how hard you try to fight it). It’s cold, yes, but the beauty of the season is something that can hardly be ignored. It’s one of my favorite times to find inspiration, practice my craft, and collaborate with some of our closest peers.

About a year ago, we had the opportunity to do just this – and thanks to our dear friends at Seacoast Weddings, we are over the moon to be sharing the result of this picture perfect collaboration with you today. We have some serious inspiration in the form of a dreamy winter styled shoot captured by the talented Greta Tucker Photography. With an all-star vendor team, a gorgeous backdrop at French’s Point Estate and a weekend filled with adventure, this vision came to life in ways we could only dream of.

Our vision for the weekend was an art nouveau-inspired elopement, designed for a Manhattan-based couple traveling to Maine with their closest friends and family in tow. For this stylish, face-paced duo, New England is the ideal destination to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

The best part of this inspiration shoot? We had an absolutely fab, newly engaged couple model for us (Annie and Garrett, thank you!) and we got to soak up all the fun as the dedicated “wedding guests”. Our team made the trip to Stockton Springs for the weekend to not only design and support our peers, but model a little bit ourselves! (Side hustle modeling career here we come 😉 ) A huge shout out to the lovely Jessika Brooks-Brewer at French’s Point for dreaming up this concept!

We designed the look with glamour in mind. The best of Manhattan luxury made its way into this black-tie styled affair through a rich color palette of emerald, gold, and black and geometric design details throughout. The invitation, designed by none other than the local Gus & Ruby team, as well as the stunning envelope by Soigne Calligraphy, set the tone for the entire event with its romantic, dramatic calligraphy and rich tones.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Ari Kellerman and her husband on this grand adventure weekend. She curates a most stunning collection of antique jewelry, artifacts and props and has the most fascinating stories to tell on her journey to gather. If you don’t know Ari, just following her travels on the Insta will keep you engaged in the rich history that is everything Maine.

From the unique wedding ring to these classic shoes, vintage elements were incorporated into the day for an old world feel. To the surprise of no one, it was one of my favorite pieces of the design!

Our Groom was styled in a luxurious fashion, wearing black pants with a contrasting white tuxedo jacket and black bow tie. His attire was sleek and upscale, with the white jacket not only matching his Bride, but emulating the gorgeous, soft white snow that surrounded the venue. 

In true Manhattan fashion, our stunning Bride had a fashion moment herself, wearing multiple looks throughout the day. For the first look and portrait photography, she was dressed in a classic wedding gown with elegant buttons adorning the back. We paired this with a sophisticated updo, vintage jewelry and a white fur wrap tied with a satin ribbon. Just look at these images! This sophisticated and seasonal look was ideal for the beautiful (and snowy!) surroundings. A tremendous thank you to Elizabeth for the care and gorgeous selection from Madeline’s Daughter.

Moving inside for the ceremony highlighted the warm and inviting atmosphere that perfectly complemented the natural beauty that is winter in Maine. We were honored to work with Leslie of Marigold Floral Studio and the talented team at Griffin & Griffin to design a luxurious indoor ceremony site for a romantic, intimate feel. With only 24 guests in attendance, this ceremony featured lux daybed seating and an overabundance of greenery and bright floral. The room itself was grande, so we kept the decor toned down to let the dark oak and gold tones speak for themselves. Natural candlelight only enhanced the cozy feeling of warmth and love in the space, and a gold mirrored backdrop added an element of elegance.

These flowers were simply incredible! Leslie has such a unique eye and graceful touch-she is an absolute joy to work with.

Amy Kercsmar of Harp for all Seasons provided a most beautiful and elegant performance for the ceremony and our guests. A harp is truly timeless and Amy’s presence alone with that stunning harp lent a most graceful and loving feel to the space. Anna Perlman brought the music to another level adding in some gorgeous violin.

For the ceremony and reception to follow, we styled our Bride in a complementary look: a stunning traditional and glamourous white gown with elegant buttons, billowing sleeves, and an open back. Her hair and gorgeous make-up was styled by none other than uber talented Ariel Johnson in a loose fishtail braid and adorned with a vintage hair comb for the indoor ceremony. 

I love this picture! While we didn’t have a surprise proposal on set, our models did share a real connection that shined through the entire weekend. We adore them!

This bouquet was everything. Leslie of Marigold Floral Studio knocked it out of the park with this natural look filled with white anemones, yellow roses, eucalyptus, and organic vines. Stunning!

The reception details stole the show for me on this shoot, with an abundance of wild greenery and warm candlelight (these amazing tinted and mirrored glass boxes give a look of infinite candles!) creating a mysterious and inviting atmosphere for guests. We loved loved loved working with these colors! Adorned with a lavish emerald velvet tablecloth, each large guest table featured a unique block of tall and short smoke glass terrariums and an abundance of wild and enchanting blooms throughout. Beautiful cut glass hurricanes filled in the empty spaces adding a unique and contrasting moodiness. In fact, the floral design added an unexpected and modern twist to our subtle Gatsby inspiration, providing a contrast to the glamour with wild vines, natural greenery and pops of color with white anemone and peach colored roses to elevate the look. Cascading greens hung from the ceiling to add to the drama and intimacy of the room.

For daylight hours, Griffin & Griffin created these gorgeous silk gold drapes, tied back to allow for a beautiful golden frame against a picturesque and signature French’s Point waterview around the room. As the sun went down, we pulled the drapes closed and used uplighting so that the focus was on the reception details and added to the golden glow on the tables.

Each place setting featured monochromatic floral china, a black monogrammed napkin from White Tulip Embroidery and a hand-crafted place card for guests. Beautiful silver flatware and clear cut glassware from PEAK Event Services added a vintage touch to the design. We loved how this subtle color palette was immensely impactful against the rich emerald and pops of color in the floral design.

Champagne and signature drinks were poured prior to dinner – and they were just as delicious as they were beautiful! These concoctions were designed and poured by the talented crew at Bar Harbor Catering Company.

And um….can we talk cake for a moment?? We wanted some subtle stained glass details, and I’d say Melissa from Bear Brook Bakery definitely delivered! The design of this cake is phenomenal and I personally know how painstaking the detail was, from the slices to the stain, to the gold paint on the edges of each! Perfection.

Our vision for dinner was a romantic occasion filled with love, toasts and intimate conversations among this close-knit group. Elopements are one of my favorite ways to celebrate a Couple, with their truest friends and closest family members surrounding them. This feeling of warmth and love is not only what we kept in mind for the design (intimate vibe and close tables means more conversation!), but something we felt with this team of vendors on such a special weekend.

No acting here, just a whole lot of fun! We were so blessed to be involved in this shoot in such a creative way. And a night to get dressed up with my sweet husband and close friends around? I’ll gladly welcome that one! Ariel Johnson made us all look and feel like glamourous guests.

Bear Brook Bakery we see you and these picture perfect desserts… you never fail to impress! This hardworking lady is someone I’m honored to know and collaborate with – a mom of many little ones and a dear friend, she always goes above and beyond in her design. The desserts are undoubtedly flawless, but again, that CAKE?! Melissa captured every element or art-deco and took it to a whooole never level.

After an incredible dinner, what could be better to pair with dessert than an espresso bar? Dave of Espresso Dave’s has all the coffee however you like it. This is the ultimate touch to cap off dinner and keep the party rolling for a few more hours.

After a beautiful evening, a Sunday farewell brunch concluded the weekend in true Maine style, complete with outdoor activities and fresh espresso, providing an extra layer of warmth on a chilly winter day. Maine winters have a way of bringing out the child in all of us, and it is through these luxurious, fun-filled events that the best memories are made. Stay tuned for Day 2 of this weekend coming soon! Here’s a sneak peek to make the wait a little more bearable 😉

It was SUCH a treat to work with the entire group of vendors involved in this spectacular day. We’re always proud of the work that can be accomplished when we come together, and this is the perfect example. Thank you for allowing us to showcase a beautiful design and take part in this wonderful experience!

xo, P

PS: Rising Moon Films captured all of the beauty and pure excitement from this weekend in the most creative of ways. Check it out below!


Shop the look with A Family Affair of Maine’s specialty prop rentals for New England weddings: daybed settee, smoke glass terrariums, green velvet linens, antique glass and brass tea cart

And a special thank you to all of the vendors who made this day one to remember:

Shoot Venue: French’s Point Estate | Photography: Greta Tucker Photography | Design + Specialty Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine | Rentals: PEAK Event Services | Floral Design: Marigold Floral Studio | Coordination: To The Point | Catering & Bar Service: Bar Harbor Catering Company| Cake & Desserts: Bear Brook Bakery | Specialty Lighting: Griffin & Griffin | Hair & Makeup: Ariel Johnson Makeup | Videography: Rising Moon Films | Invitation Design: Gus & Ruby | Ceremony Musicians: Harpist Amy Kercsmar and Violinist Anna Pearlman| Wedding Gown, Groom’s Attire & Wedding Guest Attire: Madeleine’s Daughter | Jeweler: Ariantiquary | Bride & Groom Model: Annie Boss and Barrett Russell | Coffee Station: Espresso Dave’s / Fun to Eat Fruit | Gift Bags/Welcome Bags: Rachael Anderson’s The Best From My Nest / Salted Butter Farm / Bell the Cat

Emma + Conor’s Hardy Farm Wedding | Fryeburg, Maine

Though we’re still as busy as ever over here (with new Clients and a big move!), January typically means it’s no longer peak wedding season for the AFA team. And as you might expect, we are seeeeriously missing all the fun that comes with event days.

Thankfully though, the fun hardly has to wait until spring. Thanks to the amazing team at Boston Magazine, we’re thrilled to be revising this picture perfect day in all it’s beauty! Emma and Conor’s sweet day was SUCH a showstopper, filled with love, beauty and a ton of personal elements. We’re so blessed for this feature and especially to be sharing it with you today – we hope you’re inspired by this day as much as we continue to be! A huge shout out to the lovely Jamie Mercurio Photography for capture the day.

Emma and Conor met over eight years ago at Connecticut College, forming a strong bond almost immediately. Starting off as strictly friends, the two quickly identified their shared interests and commonalities (think: traveling, hiking and every outdoor activity you can dream of), but more importantly, fostered a deep respect for each other’s strength, freedom and differences. During their senior year – at a dance where they spent the entire night on the dance floor together – the two decided something just felt right… and maybe more than just a friendship. Their relationship was a natural merging of two lives into one, the beginning of what would be a lifetime of joy and love. 

Like the rest of their story, the proposal was nothing short of spectacular. On a fall weekend in 2017, Emma and Conor traveled to Lancaster, New Hampshire to spend a weekend away with friends and family at Emma’s family cabin. At one point during the weekend, the couple and their friends were enjoying the outdoors when someone suggested they stop and take a picture. Emma thought nothing of it, until she turned and saw Conor down on one knee.

“I was very shocked, and very confused, but of course I said ‘Yes’ and was so excited,” she recalls.

Selecting Hardy Farm to serve as the backdrop for this memorable weekend was a no brainer for Emma and Conor. This charming venue is nestled in the White Mountains of Western Maine, surrounded by the natural beauty of rolling hills, open fields and and beautiful wildflowers as far as the eye can see. It has an authentically historic vibe, balanced with a distinct ambience of rustic elegance. Whether in pursuit of adventure, or simply relaxing outdoors, nature has always brought comfort and joy to Emma and Conor’s lives, characteristics they knew were important to weave into every thread of the weekend.

“We loved the setting,” Emma explained, “and liked that the farmhouse had a lot of charm and history.”

Hardy Farm also provided the opportunity for Emma and Conor to be surrounded by a large group of friends and family from start to finish – with many of them staying on site, this tribe enjoyed a weekend of fun outdoor activities leading up to the big day. Because the weekend signified adventure, and also the calming security of their commitment to each other, Emma and Conor were honored to share the beauty of Hardy Farm with their community of family and friends.

Talk about fierce. Emma stunned in her floral appliqué Anais Anette wedding gown and thick fishtail braid that emphasized her natural waves. She sported an effortlessly beautiful look with natural make-up and simple jewelry. And these ladies by her side?! Mismatched dresses in shades of blues and greys completed the bridal party look.

Conor’s sharp look hardly failed to impress. This Groom wore a sleek navy suit with a pink tie and chestnut colored shoes. A vintage belt buckle completed the look.

After putting the final touches on their attire (and a bit of football for Conor and his Groomsmen!), Emma and Conor officially kicked off the day with their first look in a large, open field. Emma’s bouquet was a showstopper here as well – organic, unique and textural, filled with lush ferns and a mix of neutral florals and unusual foliage. 

A few group pictures with their wedding party before guests arrived – what a crew!

In true Emma and Conor fashion – these two returned to the venue to greet their guests as they arrived on site. YES, you read that correctly. If this is not a true testament to their personalities, I don’t know what is. Their friends and family are so important to them, and it was a “must” from the very beginning that they greet and mingle as soon as guests arrived. Especially because they had guests travel from far – and we’re talking all the way from Sweden, far! Emma changed into a floral, lace sundress to greet her guests with love and ease, while still keeping an element of surprise by not revealing her wedding dress. Lawn games were a hit pre-ceremony and the bar was open as well, serving beer, wine and the official pre-ceremony beverage of iced tea. You can believe that this mini cocktail hour was a hit!

As guests made their way to the woodland sanctuary, Emma made a quick change back to her dress. Creative and impressive if you ask me!

Emma and Conor’s ceremony was intimate and romantic, nestled just far enough in the woods that they were surrounded by tall trees in every direction – a space that was right at home for these two outdoor enthusiasts. A large wooden pergola defined the area, adorned with tall branches and lush arrangements of ferns, florals and bleached pampas grass. To start the processional, Conor entered the ceremony space with their beloved pup Sadie, a sweet black lab who was rocking her own stylish floral details for the day. Emma was accompanied by both of her parents when walking down the aisle as her loved ones looked on with tears of joy. Many close friends were part of the ceremony through readings, poems and honoring loved ones who had passed. It was sweet, simply and overflowing with love. 

And they’re married! There was such honest excitement from all of Emma and Conor’s loved ones surrounding them. And we have to admit, this is always one of our favorite moments of every wedding day!

Immediately following the ceremony, guests excitedly moved to cocktail hour (number 2?!) in the middle of the sprawling lawn and lush, enchanting gardens. A 1967 vintage photo camper – otherwise known as “Lucy” – stole the show for these guests, providing endless entertainment and an afternoon full of laughter. Two signature drinks were served at the bar as well – the Happily Ever After & Smoke and Flowers – that were pretty enough to order without even knowing what was in them. 

Yum! Dandelion Catering impressed guests with beautiful hors d’oeuvres displays and tasty bites of avocado & corn tostadas, arancini skewers, and summer squash tarts.

Nothing is more fun than having a two close siblings by your side… picking you up whenever you need!

As the evening progressed, guest soon made their way towards the dining tent to the tune of classic hits by Soul City Band. Guests were welcomed by a custom seating chart that featured blue and grey geometric shapes on a stunning wooden backdrop, with gold leaves adorning the structure. The biggest shout out to Jen at The Chatty Press for collaborating on this dreamy piece!

“[The custom seating chart] was one of my favorite things,” Emma explained. “I wasn’t sure what it was going to look like, but on the day of, I thought, ‘This is incredible.’”

As guests entered the tent, the timeless, creative design aesthetic was front and center – a mixture of farm tables with dusty grey table runners and complimentary rounds with floor length champagne linens. The earth tone palette spoke to the natural beauty that Emma and Conor both love and embody.

We see you Dutch Bloemen Winkel…these centerpieces were beauties! *inserting many heart eyes*

Round tables were set with hyacinth chargers, marble plates, copper flatware and a navy cut glass goblet, while farm tables featured matching chargers and flatware, a blush plate, and a white milk glass goblet. A custom sewn grey and white striped napkin sat atop to complete the look. An overabundance of candles and natural florals were weaved into the design as well. In fact, florals were intended to look so natural that they were simply growing from the table with no visible container.

A lounge area complemented the tablescape design, complete with leather wingback chairs, ticking stripe down pillows, marble-top side tablescharcoal linen tufted ottoman and a shield coffee table with gold base.

Watching Emma and Conor enter the dining tent was a moment friends and family will never forget – in awe of the beauty and overwhelmed in the best way possible by taking in the love and emotion that surrounded them. Upon being introduced, they headed to the dance floor for their first dance to “Stand By Me” – performed by none other than Conor’s father. This special moments meant the world to Emma and Conor, and left everyone in the room with eyes sparkling and hearts full.

Dandelion continued to impress with a dinner for the ages – swordfish & cucumber, sirloin filet & fingerlings, fried chicken & corn bread, and Calabrian chili cauliflower & 3 bean salad. Yes please!

After dinner and toasts, Emma and Conor snuck out of the tent for a few romantic shots as the sun was setting. We’ll just leave these here for you…

The love between these two was obvious from the moment we met them, but these pictures make my heart burst. They have such a natural bond and magnetic energy, and it could not have been more beautiful to witness

Up next was parent dances and cake cutting for these two – and you already know how we feel about parent dances. The sweetest moments!

Emma and Conor’s guest could hardly be contained when it came to making it to the dance flew. This group knew how to party! Soul City Band kept the tunes going all night, and when it came time for the last song, this group wasn’t ready to call it a night. Instead, guests moved inside the barn for continued dancing and late night snacks until belly and hearts were full and the pure exhaustion and marital bliss fully set in.

Emma & Conor – we adore you! We loved how you made this day truly your own from start to finish. We’ve been swooning all over again looking at these pictures, forever wishing we could relive this sweet day!

We had the most incredible time getting to know and coming to love Emma & Conor throughout the planning process. Wishing them a lifetime full of happiness and endless adventures together!

xoxo, P


Get the look with A Family Affair of Maine’s specialty prop rentals for New England weddings: Hyacinth Charger, Grey & White Striped Napkins, White Milk Glass Goblet, Brass Geo Terrariums,White Washed Wood Taper Holders, White Washed Bar, Leather Wingback Chairs, Jute Rug, Ticking Stripe Down Pillows, Marble-Top Side Tables, Charcoal Linen Tufted Ottomans, Shield Coffee Table with Gold Base, Custom Seating Chart

And a special thank you to all of the vendors who made this day one to remember:

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hardy Farm | Planning, Design + Specialty Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine | Specialty Light Install: Griffin & Griffin Event Design Illuminated | Photography Jamie Mercurio Photography | Floral Design: Dutch Bloemen Winkel | Custom Seating Chart Design: The Chatty Press & A Family Affair of Maine | Catering & Bar:  Dandelion Catering |Photo Booth: The Maine Photo Camper | Ceremony Music: Strings for All Occasions| Reception Band: Soul City Band |Hair and Make Up Stylist: Style Me Portland | Transportation: Custom Coach and Limousine  | Additional Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals | Wedding Gown Designer: Anais Anette | Wedding Dress Shop: Ceremony Bridal Shop, Boston, MA

Cheers to a Sweet End to 2019!

2019, what a year you have been! Over the past 12 months, we’ve laughed, we’ve learned, and most importantly, we’ve loved. We loved every second of collaborating with Clients, teaming up with talented vendors, and most importantly, we’ve loved the growth we’ve seen at AFA. We’ve been blessed this year with a whirlwind of incredible opportunities, remarkable experiences, and tremendous support from our family, friends and community.

We’re taking some time to reflect on the year as we recharge this holiday season and gear up for a wonderful 2020. In doing so, we took a look at our year by the numbers:

  • 12: The number of fabulous weddings we planned and designed in 2019. We traveled across the state of Maine for these days, creating intimate affairs, grande events, and everything in between. As our many years in the industry remain, we thrive to take on less weddings in order to maintain the highest quality and focus for our couples and allow more time for our own family adventures.
  • 8: Styled shoots we were blessed to be a part of this year. Showing off our inventory and creating beautiful, interesting designs is what we live for. More from this styled shoot soon in glorious print!
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Greta Tucker Photography
  • 5%: We donated 5% of our net sales to charitable causes, philanthropies and organizations that make an impact on our community, our children, our animals and our land. We are proud to support our Maine economy and organizations that bring awareness and help to less fortunate.
Maine Wedding Designer
Maine Wedding Designer

In reflecting on the past 12 months, we also learned a few things in 2019 that we wanted to share. Lessons learned, takeaways… call them what you want. But these three things defined our year and helped us grow.

Business growth can happen fast. But it’s important to embrace it.

This year, we hired a fabulous new team member who has been critical to our growth. We had a complete overhaul of our sales approach, as well as our planning software. These weren’t necessarily changes we anticipated in 2019, but we ran with them – and now, we’re excited to share some of what we’ve been up to.

To kick off 2019, we hired none other than Marie Grasser, AFA’s newest team member and Wedding Planner extraordinaire. Marie came to AFA with 5+ years of event management experience, a deep passion for the industry, and an unparalleled enthusiasm for wellness, life and her sweet family. She’s grown tremendously in the short time she’s been part of the team – Marie leads the majority of planning, serving as the point of contact throughout the process and on the day-of, and is beginning to spearhead sales efforts as well.

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In case you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her yet, here’s a few of our favorite things about this sweet soul:

  • Her family and her husband are her rocks. She’s inspired by the many strong women in her life, and never takes time with her loved ones for granted.
  • Marie’s favorite song is Run the World by Beyonce, and her ultimate dream is to be best friends with Jennifer Lawrence. We can relate.
  • She’s a fitness and wellness enthusiast, and loves helping others reach their goals. Go girl!
Maine Wedding Planner

Clearly, Marie is a TOTAL rock star. We couldn’t be more grateful for the skills and growth she’s brought to the team!

Aside from hiring the wonderful Marie, one of our biggest labors of love we’re excited to share is on the sales front. We strive to work with Clients that allow us to lend advice, guide them along the planning process, and create design magic together. To do this in 2020 and beyond, we’ve revamped our sell sheet to include AFA’s most FAQs so potential Clients can get a better sense of how we work. We know Clients have questions, and we’re thrilled to be able to answer them in this new format. Check out a little sneak peek below!

Maine Wedding Planner

The final – and most drastic – change we made in 2019 was introducing Aisle Planner to our Clients. We put a ton of thought into how we can better help our Clients in 2020, and we’re confident that this change will make the planning process more streamlined than ever.

Maine Wedding Planner

Here’s a few of the features we’re most excited about:

  • The Contact Feature: A central location for all vendor information, contracts, invoices and payments. This tool also allows for vendor comparison if Clients are facing a tricky decision.
  • The Checklist: The most comprehensive list of tasks from proposal to wedding day. We manage this list for Clients and have monthly check ins to make sure we all stay on track.
Maine Wedding Planner
  • The Design Studio: An AFA team favorite. We use this feature to pull together all Pinterest dreams and design inspiration into a more clear and concise vision for the overall look of the day.
Maine Wedding Designer
Maine Wedding Designer
  • The Guest List: Import a guest list and track RSVPs, meal choices, whether or not a gift was received, and if a thank you note was sent. More than just a wedding guest list, Clients can add multiple events to manage guests – from the Bridal Shower to Bachelorette Party to the Rehearsal Dinner.
  • The Budget Tracker: This tool is as helpful as it sounds. Clients can test out budget scenarios as well as actual budgets to have a sense of overall budget for the day.

So as I mentioned… a huge overhaul. But an exciting one that we can wait to introduce to our newest Clients in 2020! Change came fast this year, but helped us grow. And we’re thankful that it challenged us and propelled our business forward.

Sometimes, the biggest (and most challeging) moves result in the most success.

Over the past six months, we’ve been transitioning to our new showroom in North Yarmouth. And it has been a MOVE. We left behind our first ever studio in Gray after three amazing years, filled with fun memories as well as incredible personal and professional growth. It was the first of it’s kind for me and I am so proud to have lived that dream out in the best possible way.

A Family Affair of Maine
A Family Affair of Maine
Jamie Mercurio Photography
A Family Affair of Maine
Jamie Mercurio Photography
A Family Affair of Maine
Jamie Mercurio Photography
A Family Affair of Maine
Jamie Mercurio Photography

The good news? We’re on to even bigger and better things. Our new space is one that’s near and dear to my heart. We’re packing up and moving to a restored barn on my parent’s property. We’ve stayed true to our name throughout the years, but now, we’re bringing new meaning to ‘A Family Affair’ of Maine. Sharing space with my parents means the absolute world to me, and for our business, it means more space for rentals, collaboration and design.

And the biggest takeaway of all (one that remains true each and every year): Clients are everything.

They’re the reason why we do what we do. And the reason we LOVE what we do. Clients give us the opportunity to create, to surprise and delight, and to make others dreams come true. We could never thank them enough for letting us be involved in such a memorable event, but we can take a look back on the year to showcase their beautiful wedding days. Cheers to everyone involved in these special days and sending endless love to our 2019 Clients!

We kicked off the year by styling an open house at one of favorite places in Central Maine: no other than Beech Hill Barn. We used a blush and grey color palette to create a romantic design for the event. To create this dreamy look we used our cranberry Churchill china plates, vintage pink goblets, white milk glass goblets, tufted grey settee and white washed wood taper holders.

Maine Wedding Designer Beech Hill Barn
Emily Delamater Photography
Maine Wedding Designer Beech Hill Barn
Emily Delamater Photography

From here, we officially kicked off the wedding season with Griffin & John at William Allen Farm. These two made our hearts swoon.

Maine Wedding Planner William Allen Farm
Julie K. Gray Photography
Maine Wedding Designer William Allen Farm
Julie K. Gray Photography

Mickey & Stephen stole the show next, with a design to die for. They took full advantage of our vintage china and put a whole new twist on a barn wedding. The Barn on Walnut Hill served as the backdrop for this stunning day.

Maine Wedding Planner The Barn on Walnut Hill
Heidi Kirn Photography
Maine Wedding Designer The Barn on Walnut Hill
Heidi Kirn Photography

Next up was Emma & Conor’s sweet day. In the mountains of Western Maine at Hardy Farm, these two said “I do” surrounded by endless natural beauty and their closest friends and family.

Maine Wedding Planner Hardy Farm
Jamie Mercurio Photography
Maine Wedding Designer Hardy Farm
Jamie Mercurio Photography

Chelsea & Austin had a weekend to remember at The Barn on Walnut Hill. From a Hunger Games style weekend kick off to a southwestern styled cocktail reception, these two cool kids knew how to throw a party. They took advantage of vibrant lounge seating to elevate the look. And we loved every second of it!

Maine Wedding Planner The Barn on Walnut Hill
Maine Tinker Photography