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

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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.
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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!
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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!

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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.

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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.
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  • 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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Jamie Mercurio Photography
Maine Wedding Designer Hardy Farm
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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!

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Maine Tinker Photography
Maine Wedding Designer The Barn on Walnut Hill

In July, we headed to Historic House Island to celebrate Margo & Colin. Think: traditional church ceremony, a GORGEOUS ferry ride to the island, and a classic, beautiful design that is still on my mind to this day.

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Jamie Mercurio Photography
Maine Wedding Designer House Island Wedding Maine
Jamie Mercurio Photography

Madison & Austin kicked off a fabulous August for the AFA team. These two took us to Shady Lane Farm for a memorable, vintage inspired day. We used vintage china, vintage amethyst goblets and mismatched seating to create the look they dreamed of.

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Emily Delamater Photography
Maine Wedding Designer Shady Lane Farm
Emily Delamater Photography

Next in our 2019 season was the beautiful wedding of Alissa & Hayden at Cunningham Farm. These two souls filled our hearts with so much joy.

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Cody James Barry Photo
Maine Wedding Designer Cunningham Farm
Cody James Barry Photo

We headed back to The Barn on Walnut Hill for a fabulous day that was Meghan & Ed’s wedding. In their unique design, they incorporated the universal symbol of a circle into numerous elements of the occasion. Said to represent wholeness, completion, and inclusion, the circle created a cohesive vision for the event, and filled the day with a reminder of the greater purpose of their union and love for one another.

Maine Wedding Designer The Barn on Walnut Hill
Emily Delamater Photography

Kylie & Chris added a sweet end to our August weddings. These two bold individuals said “I do” on the Harbor Queen overlooking the picturesque Casco Bay. And we were here for all of it. To add to the fun, we collaborated with Kylie & Chris to plan a killer rooftop party at Bayside Bowl. This unique day was one we’ll never forget!

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Mikaela King Photography

As we headed into the fall, Lauren & Colin stole the show for the month of September. Just as the vibrant fall leaves hit their peak, these two lovelies cemented their love for one another in an outdoor ceremony at the Library Amphitheater in Camden, Maine.

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Emily Delamater Photography
Maine Wedding Designer Camden Maine
Emily Delamater Photography

To close out our 2019 wedding season, Tess & Nick’s stunning day at Cunningham Farm was filled with much love and beauty. From the smallest details to the overall design, their day was a true showstopper.

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Courtney Elizabeth Media
Maine Wedding Designer Cunningham Farm
Courtney Elizabeth Media

One of our most favorite projects was co-hosting and styling a pop up dinner at The Public Works smack in the middle of wedding season. It was an incredibly fun break, and something I’ve always wanted to do. We are already scheming more on my radar for 2020 for sure!

Maine Event Designer The Public Works
Natalya Desena Photography
Maine Event Designer The Public Works
Natalya Desena Photography

We ended 2019 not only saying goodbye to 5 Main Street, but by also saying farewell to our amazing Event Design Assistant, and rental coordinator to so many awesome planners and Clients, Abby Johnson. Abby worked with us for nearly two years in this role, and while she was with us not only did she create some fantastic plans for rentals for so many, but for our drivers and on site stylists. She created gorgeous cakes for our couples and the most beautiful cake pops for my girl’s teacher gifts. She designed beautiful graphics for some of our day of paper designs, modeled at two styled shoots and photographed some of our props for beautiful website imagery. She was one of the best employees I had ever been blessed to work with and I will miss her with all of my heart. Thank you, Abby! We are so honored to have worked with you and can’t wait to watch you keep being the amazing human you are.

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Jamie Mercurio Photography

Last and most importantly not least, my family deserves a huge 2019 shout out as well. They are my rock and keep my centered throughout the year. My girls bring endless joy and pride and my sweet, hardworking Pete is a true partner in my life. We had the most rewarding year and we can’t wait for all that 2020 has in store.

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Jamie Mercurio Photography

We are all wishing you so much love, wonder and excitement for 2020 and beyond. Cheers to a successful 2019 and a fabulous New Year!

Margo + Colin’s House Island Wedding | Portland, Maine

Happy fall my dear friends! While we’re absolutely loving all that comes with this beautiful season change – foliage, warm lattes and our favorite fall wardrobe – we’re admittedly still thinking about summer. We’ve been so blessed to work with some of the most kind and creative Clients this season, and because of that, we’re still hanging on to some of our favorite summer days.

One wedding that’s been on our minds lately? The loveliest of days that was Margo and Colin’s wedding. Think: charming, traditional church ceremony, a ferry ride post ceremony to the stunning Historic House Island, and enough laughs throughout the day to last a lifetime. This one has us swooning!

Margo and Colin met in April of 2015 through a mutual friend at work and were immediately drawn to one another. Though it seemed like love at first sight, these two sweets didn’t end up going on their first date until nearly 6 months later. According to the couple, it only happened “when Colin finally had the courage to ask Margo out!” They spent their first date laughing and enjoying one another’s company at a romantic dinner in Boston.

“When I first met Colin, I couldn’t help notice his contagious smile and laughter and I instantly felt comfortable around him and could be my true self,” said Margo.

For Colin, this first impression was just as memorable. “When I first met Margo I was super interested because we had so much in common,” he explained. “We both grew up sailing and being around water. We both were accountants. It just seemed like we were very compatible.”

The proposal was nothing short of amazing and embodied their relationship entirely – intimate, romantic and one of a kind. Grab a tissue for this one, friends!

“We were on vacation in Hawaii in Kauai for a couple of days before a friend’s wedding,” Margo explained. “We had just checked into the hotel and decided to take a drive to explore the beautiful island. We drove to a secluded beach in Polihale State Park which we had accessed by way of a long dirt road. We put our towels down on the beach where no one was around us, and Colin got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was such a beautiful and private setting.”

From the very beginning of the planning process, these two had their sights set on a coastal wedding. Margo grew up in Falmouth, and it was important to her that her home town was thoroughly represented. After touring a few different venues, Historic House Island was the easiest decision these two could make.

“Casco Bay holds a special place in my heart as I grew up sailing every summer in the area and spent many summer days out on the water with friends and family,” Margo explained. “The ocean is also a special place for Colin as he grew up sailing on the coast of Florida and feels most at home on the coast. We chose House Island because it is in Casco Bay, close proximity to Portland, and embodies the Maine coast at its finest. We wanted all of our guests to experience a true Maine summer coastal wedding! House Island checked all of these boxes for us.”

And this dreamy island setting was just as beautiful as you can imagine! After months of planning and a whole lot of fun and collaboration, we knew their day would be truly one of a kind. A huge thank you to Jamie Mercurio Photography for capturing all the beauty.

Margo wore a classic Lela Rose dress with a high neck line and drop dead GORGEOUS design in the back. Those intricate details were everything! A simple updo and drop pearl earrings completed the sophisticated, timeless look.

Day-of attire for this handsome Groom consisted of a Brooks Brothers tux and black bowtie and complementary black shoes.

Hearing that Margo and Colin were looking to hold a traditional church ceremony was music to my ears. While we all love a unique, personal outdoor ceremony at AFA – and understand that has various implications for different Couples – it’s always a pleasure to witness a marriage in a place as meaningful and timeless as a church. The Episcopal Church of St. Mary’s in Falmouth served as the backdrop for this special day, with a strikingly beautiful exterior that greeted guests as they arrived. And the best part of this traditional venue? Margo’s parents got married in this same church over 33 years ago!

Upon entering the space, the atmosphere was intimate and romantic. We kept the design minimal to allow the natural beauty of the church to be the focal point: bright colors from the stained glass, deep wooden pews and a historic brick that mirrored the exterior. Simple florals were affixed to pews to enhance the beauty.

And they’re off! There was hardly a dry eye in the church as these two exchanged vows, rings, and memories that will last a lifetime. Numerous friend and family members were involved in the ceremony, invited to read poems and stories that made the entire occasion that much more personal and intimate.

Post-ceremony, these newlyweds hopped on a trolly with their closest friends to head to the reception on beautiful historic House Island. This meant it wasn’t just a quick ride in the trolly, but an exhilarating ferry ride complete with toasts, drinks, and a whooole lot of beautiful pictures. (And yes, we’re still swooning over these!)

There are excellent Groomsmen… and then there are ones that volunteer to carry all of the Bridal florals. Go team!

The day was picturesque! Boat rides are always a favorite of ours and clearly Margo and Colin agree. They took advantage of this exhilarating trip and beautiful view to capture some of the sweetest photos of the day.

Their excitement could hardly be contained as we got closer to the island, and we don’t blame them. House Island is a stunner, beautifully tucked between the surrounding island in the Casco Bay. This private island is only 12 acres, but you better believe those 12 acres are incredibly breathtaking. Complete with private beaches, trails and lawn games, this retreat had guests ready to kick back and celebrate Colin and Margo in the best way possible. And the best part? Having the entire island to themselves only added to the intimate feel of the day.

After arriving to the island, guests were welcomed to a beautiful cocktail hour on the lawn overlooking the rocky coast and picturesque water. Bread and Butter Catering staff delighted with their hors d’oeuvres display: an organic look with vibrant colors, overflowing florals and delicious appetizers. Passed hors d’oeuvres were showstoppers as well: sophisticated bites of mushroom strudel and caprese skewers with a hint of Maine flavors incorporated into the menu with a classic lobster roll.

Signature drinks were a fan favorite! Dark and Stormy was the drink of choice for Colin, while Margo served up a “Margo-Rita” that her guests undoubtedly enjoyed. And the name?! Genius!

As guest enjoyed blue skies. warm sun and endless food and drink, Margo and Colin snuck away to the pier to take a few more pictures that again, will leave you in awe. *insert many heart eye emojis!!*

“We love spending our free time together, whether it be a walk around our neighborhood, a trip to the beach, or cooking an indulgent dinner on the weekend,” explained Colin. “We enjoy traveling together and exploring new places and are foodies at heart! We are always challenging each other to be better people, and are constantly learning from each other.”

Before long, guests were welcomed into the dining tent – a magical site upon first glance that continued to impress as guests found their seats. They were greeted by a custom seating chart designed by the always impressive Anticipate Invitations that featured a hand painted view of the Portland Head Light. The greenery ring chandelier designed by Griffin & Griffin Event Design Illuminated stole the show from here… and I’m sure you can see why! The entire atmosphere was warm and inviting, a space that reflected Margo and Colin’s personality beautifully.

A mix of beautiful wooden farm tables and round tables with soft grey linens were used for dining. The head table was adorned with a whimsical, white table runner that flowed over the ends of the table for a dramatic look. These soft tones of grey and white complemented the vibrant florals and blue candles that were utilized throughout the space to create a timeless and sophisticated look. Candles were placed in antique brass candlesticks to add a second metal to the design. Name cards were placed at the head table, while all dining tables featured gold framed table numbers to complete the look.

The vibrant centerpieces were long and low-hanging on the farm tables, but tall and lush on the rounds. They will filled with multiple colors: soft peaches, coral, blush, soft yellow and white tones that made the entire table pop with color and fun. On the head table, we included additional green foliage that elevated the design and made the table that much more elegant.

This tablescape design was one we collaborated with Margo and Colin on to ensure the details were everything they imagined and more.

The place setting was thoughtfully and beautifully designed, consisting of classic white china, silver flatware and clear glassware. A cotton pewter napkin sat atop the plates with a pocket fold to hold the custom dinner menu.

We see you Farmhouse Floral – these vibrant centerpieces are everything! And this classic cake from Bread and Butter with florals and greens affixed was the most simple, stunning addition to all of the beauty that surrounded it.

Dinner kicked off with a grand entrance and romantic first dance to one of our all time favorites, Can’t Help Falling In Love. As Margo and Colin took their seats, Margo’s father gave a tearjerking speech to welcomes guests and thank them for traveling far to celebrate his beautiful daughter and new husband on their wedding day.

Bread and Butter Catering kept the momentum going, wowing guests with a dinner menu that is still making my mouth water over here. Margo and Colin opted for a grilled feast for the day, serving up brined chicken, hanger steak, seared local fish and roasted vegetables. Yes please!

As guests dined under the beautiful sky, toasts were given and many laughs were had. This day was such a beauty, and so much love and joy was felt throughout this time in the evening. It was an honor to witness and I still feel the tug at my heartstrings when thinking about these moments.

We’re still cheering to this happy couple to this day!

To signal the end of dinner and kick off the party that allll of their guests had been waiting for, Margo and Colin cut their cake and dessert was served. If you thought the dinner menu was spectacular, just listen to this dessert lineup! Guests enjoyed butterscotch blondies with chocolate chips (YUM), snickerdoodle mini whoopie pies (YES PLEASE), and blueberry crumb bars to include a hint of Maine flavor. We will gladly take this dessert board all day!

The sweetest of parent dances were had before guests excitedly joined Margo and Colin on the dance floor to enjoy an electric atmosphere thanks to Redline. This was a packed dance floor if I’ve ever seen one! Guests danced long into the night, holding on to every last drop of energy and love that defined Margo and Colin’s wedding day.

Margo and Colin: you’re beautiful inside and out and we’re blessed to have been involved in one of the most significant and memorable days of your entire lives. It was a joy and a such an honor! We love you both dearly and wish you the very best that marriage life brings.

We already know that your honeymoon to Italy and Greece was the most spectacular, but to officially say it: we hope you had the best time and filled your days with endless memories, laughs and of course, amazing food. We look forward to seeing those pictures!!

xoxo – P

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Floor Artist Easel | Large Gold Frame | Acrylic Gold Framed Table Numbers | Marquee Easel Chalkboard | Antique Brass Candlesticks

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

Ceremony Venue: The Episcopal Church of St.Mary’s, Falmouth, ME| Reception Venue: House Island | Event Rentals: PEAK Event Services | Planning, Design + Specialty Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine | Specialty Light Install: Griffin & Griffin Event Design Illuminated | Photography Jamie Mercurio Photography | Videography: Emil Moldoveanu | Floral Design: Skillins Greenhouse and Farmhouse Floral by
Estabrook’s| Catering & Bar: The Bread and Butter Company |Ceremony Music: Mr. Harold Stover, Organist Rhee Michelle, Soprano Kimberley Lehmann, Violinist | Reception Band: Redline / Murray Hill Talent | Make Up Stylist: Ariel Johnson Makeup | Hair Stylist: Maine Bridal Beauty | Invitation Design: Anticipate Invitations | Transportation: Portland Discovery Tours | Wedding Dress Shop: Ceremony Bridal Shop, Boston, MA | Wedding Dress Designer: Lela Rose | Bridal Shoe Designer: SENSO Shoes | Bridal Veil/Headpiece:  Twigs & Honey | Bridal Earrings: Maison Sabben | Bridesmaid Dresses:  Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Suit and Tie: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen Suit: Vera Wang | Engagement & Wedding Rings: Homsy Jewelers, Boston, MA

Jamie + Lawrence’s Wohelo Camp Wedding | Raymond, ME

Where. To. Begin?! This one was SO special. Jamie and Lawrence celebrated their first anniversary this past weekend and we’ve been reminiscing about their day ever since. Not only have we been lucky enough to work alongside Jamie as she photographed many of our Client’s weddings throughout the years, or fortunate enough to have her capture countless family memories through portraits, but I’m truly blessed to call this fabulous woman a close friend. Jamie is endlessly funny, her laugh infectious, her heart kind, and her love for Lawrence is one for the ages. Their day was overflowing with love of friends and family. They are truly surrounded by a most incredible tribe.

These two created a nostalgic summer camp wedding with their closest at Wohelo Camp. They laughed, cried and danced more than I’ve ever seen. They soaked up all of the love and kindness from their guests to radiate light and happiness throughout every moment of the day. It was beautiful, and we’re so grateful to be sharing it today.

These two beauties met in 2014 through mutual friends and instantly hit it off. “It sounds cliche, but I knew immediately when I met him that I would marry him,” said Jamie. “I just had a feeling.”

Lawrence’s first impression of Jamie was that she was beautiful and funny, and it didn’t take long for him to ask her to join him on what would be the first of many dates.

“He took me on a tour of his town, ending at a beach which is still our favorite beach in Maine. We take our pups there all year round,” explained Jamie.

After four years of adventures and building a life together, these two decided to take the next step in their relationship. The proposal was the sweetest surprise and took place at their favorite location: the beach where they spent their first date and many days thereafter.

“It was September but warm, and he asked if I wanted to go to the beach for a swim,” explained Jamie. “I said I was probably okay with swimming since it was almost 70 degrees… Lawrence jumped in the water, went back to our bag for his towel – as well as a ring! He got down on one knee on the beach and asked if I’d marry him.”

These two are a match made in heaven and it was so fun to help them do this thing so good. We collaborated with them from the beginning, ensuring the venue would be the perfect fit for their plans for the wedding weekend. Jamie knew from the start that a striking invitation suite was going to set the tone for a fun and inspiring getaway for family and friends. She worked with none other than the talented team from The Chatty Press to tap into their expertise, as well as collaborate on designing Jamie and Lawrence’s custom details for the day. Jen played a huge role in creating so many incredible camp-chic inspired elements: invitations, custom badges, camp mugs, backpacks, welcome banner…you name it! We were blown away with the results, and there was one particular happy camper that was the most excited to receive this invite!

Although my babe wasn’t an official guest, she looooooved opening all the surprises inside 🙂 These invites passed the “exclusive camp” test with those badges!

As for the wedding weekend itself, things kicked off with the best summer camp: swimming, games on the beach and alllll the nostalgia. Just look at all this fun!

A bride can never go through the day without her girls by her side. Jamie had her best friend Courtney of Courtney Elizabeth Media as her Maid of Honor to support her the entire day.