Happy February my sweet friends! We are officially smack dab in the middle of the month of love (Happy belated Valentine’s day!), and I so hope you enjoyed our four part series of fabulous camp weddings. Now, we’re taking a … Continue reading
The final wedding feature of our four part series of #campstyle is here, and I’m telling you friends, this one is a beauty! Kendra and Ted met in 2010 during their first days of orientation at the University of Pennsylvania … Continue reading
Happy 2017, friends! We’re three weeks into this new year and I must say it’s already been quite the adventure! Not only did we ring in the new year with Jocie and Graham’s winter wonderland wedding on Saddleback Mountain, but also … Continue reading
Are you getting tired of seeing all of these fabulous camp weddings yet? Don’t worry, we aren’t either. Camp weddings are not only one of the trendiest venues these days, but truly showcase everything that we love about this great state … Continue reading
Happy December my sweet friends! We were certainly in for a treat when revisiting this camp wedding on the banks of picturesque Sebago Lakes in Naples. If you ask me, Camp Mataponi is a secret gem in this beautiful state, and … Continue reading
Revisiting the beautifully intimate wedding of Megan and Cole warms my heart, not only because of the magical spirit that I hold from this day, but because I am so blessed to be able to call Megan a dear friend. Her talented craft work in planning her wedding day was truly inspirational – enough for me to extend her beautiful props and talented hand lettering skills to our Clients. For those who do not know this lovely lady: Meg works as our in-house calligrapher, adorning many a chalkboard, mirror, window frame and anything else you can dream up for many of our Clients. She loved the process of creating all of her wedding day signage so much, she happily accepted our invitation to come aboard this ship and we couldn’t be more proud to have her.
Before Meg officially joined the AFA team however, she and Cole joined our loving “extended family.” Having had the opportunity to work with these two brought us immense joy – their sweet spirits and loving personalities were truly infectious and inspiring.
Even more charming than Meg and Cole themselves is their heartfelt love story. These two met when they were just young kids trying to navigate their way through high school, but quickly fell in love and never looked back.
“I don’t really remember our first official date since we were always such good friends,” recalled Meg. “But I do remember thinking he was the most handsome, blonde lifeguard I had ever seen.”
“She was very pretty and very smart,” added Cole.
While the small details of their first dates and time spent together may have drifted from their minds, Cole’s proposal was nothing short of memorable.
“Cole proposed on a foggy September day at our favorite beach in Georgetown, Maine,” began Meg. “We were living in Colorado at the time and I had flown home for a visit while Cole stayed behind because of school. After informing all family members (who kept it a secret!) of his plan, Cole hopped a red-eye from Denver to Boston, then a 5:00 AM bus from Boston to Portland, and drove up to Georgetown where he hid in the dunes of our little neighborhood beach. Thinking I was going to meet my father for a walk, I headed down to that beach where Cole was hiding. After waiting all alone on the shore for at least 20 minutes, I was beginning to get annoyed that my father had not yet arrived and almost decided to head home.”
“Cole likes to claim that the reason it took him so long to approach me on the beach was because he could not see me from behind the dunes, whereas I, personally, think he fell asleep! Finally, I heard someone say “Hey!” from behind me and when I turned around there was Cole walking towards me on the beach. At first I was completely stunned and then I began to cry when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. To say that it was a life-changing moment and a complete surprise would be an understatement.”
From the first time I spoke with Megan and Cole, I knew immediately that the planning process would be a unique one. They were both over the moon with joy and wanted to be a part of every decision that was made. We were quickly able to grasp a sense of their vision, coupled with a love for antiques (that may be greater than mine!), and worked to bring this magical day to fruition.
“I was so excited about planning my wedding and insisted on being involved as much as I could,” said Meg. Thanks to my ever-present mother, wonderful wedding planner and fabulous vendors I felt that they really let me have fun with this experience.”
From the sweet details to the delicious food, Meg and Cole’s special day was truly a dream from start to finish. Thanks to the lovely Emily Delamater, we are so excited to be able to share these details with all of you.
This brilliant display of textures and colors was composed by floral master, Carolyn Snell of Snell Family Farm. Meg was really jazzed to work with Carolyn because not only are her designs always a stunning display, but also because Meg was really excited to work with her Mom in executing the reception floral with the hundreds of vintage bottles they had sourced. On the day prior to the wedding, Meg and her Mom created a lovely assembly line and the process proved to be calming and a wonderful pastime for them both.
Toby, the most handsome and official best dog ever. That bow tie!
This sweet ceremony was truly one of a kind. Held at their home in Arrowsic, Maine with only their closest family members present, Meg and Cole celebrated their love for one another in the most delicate way. Their ceremony was beautiful and deeply personal, incorporating many unique elements such as a blessing of the rings and a Native American poem, to name a few. To make this moment even more special, Meg and Cole asked Cole’s father Mark to officiate the ceremony, giving him the honor of marrying his son and his newly beloved daughter-in-law.
“From the beginning, we knew it was important to us to have a private ceremony so we could really focus our love and attention on each other and be surrounded by those we are closest to,” recalled Meg.
Off to the reception! Following the ceremony, Meg and Cole traveled to the Maine Maritime Museum to greet their guests and enjoy the celebration.
Welcome drinks consisted of a fall cranberry lemonade. citrus infused water and hot apple cider served from silver servers to vintage tea cups.
“I think my favorite detail was the antique fireplace mantle that greeted guests as they entered the reception,”continued Meg. “It was decorated with candles, flowers, miniature oil lamps and driftwood, and held framed pictures of our loved ones who were with us in spirit.”
Though we were thrilled to utilize many of our props for this design, Megan and her Mom had quite the time sourcing many of the pieces themselves.
I also remember Meg telling me she wanted us to install the lights in such a way that it would appear as though we literally threw them at the ceiling. THIS was a challenge I happily took on! Lots of big and little loops were wrapped and hung from the stunning beams at the venue.
Each food and beverage station was carefully mapped out and drawings were sketched by us for each layout. Our whiskey barrels held antique doors that Meg and her Mom sourced for each food display. They were lively and the menu was designed to appeal to all. Presentation was paramount, and because of my 15 years of catering experience, this part was right up my alley! A big thank you to the staff at The Black Tie Company for working with us to bring this creative food vision to life!
Gorgeous grab and go guacamole! I’ll take two please!
Cheese fondue replaced some of the traditional hard cheeses and was served from cast iron pots with seasonal blanched vegetables.
The Asian Station consisted of satay and teriyaki, spring rolls and stir fry in grab and go take out boxes with chopsticks. Meg, of course, crafted all of the event signage.
There was no shortage of fun foods throughout the evening: a Comfort Food station consisted of mac and cheese bites, BBQ pulled pork on cornbread rounds, sweet potato fries and onion rings in paper cones with dipping sauces and mini sliders. Meg and her amazing Mom sourced antique silverware, vintage cocktail plates and delicate old cloth napkins for each station. Food came in waves throughout the night, both in stations and circulated, keeping guests excited and in suspense for the next round. The Black Tie Company executed the food and service flawlessly.
The abundance of love and joyous atmosphere continued throughout the evening with festive tunes from The Jerks of Grass. Needless to say, it was certainly a memorable evening for Megan and Cole.
And who can forget about dessert? The gorgeous and abundant displays almost deserved their own party. From the decadent gelato cart, to mini Maine Whoopie Pies, mini apple and pumpkin pies, cake pops, mini fluffernutters and assorted cupcakes…let’s not forget custom Maine shaped cookies and of course…The Wedding Cake!
Meg’s Mom Susan lovingly made that beautiful torn fabric backdrop you might notice on our prop rental page, and has since adorned many a dessert table since.
A little advice from the gorgeous Bride – “Stick together at the reception. Even though it was challenging, Cole and I made it a priority to make sure we enjoyed the reception as a couple and we are so glad we did! We also tried to take a few seconds every now and then to simply stop, look around and really appreciate all of the hard work that went into planning this day. It goes by so fast but all of our memories are shared ones which makes them that much more special.”
Meg and Cole, it was a true honor and joy to be a part of this process with you, and we’re so proud to call you friends and colleagues. We love you dearly! Always wishing you happiness and love for many, many years to come! Xoxo
We would also love to thank the following vendors for assisting us in creating such a magical day.
Hair: Turning Heads Salon ** Event Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine and personal collections ** Wedding Favors: Wicked Whoopies ** Invitation Design: Ladyfingers Letterpress ** Wedding Rings: Springer’s Jewelers ** Wedding Dress: Dentelle by Jenny Packham
Happy Sunday, Friends! We are certainly getting back in the swing of this if I must say so myself! Today, we are thrilled to be revisiting the magical wedding of Erika and Gian at the always impeccable venue, The Barn at Flanagan Farm. … Continue reading
Happy fall my lovely wedding friends! Where has the time gone?! It seems like it was just last week that I was writing to introduce our fabulous team and setting goals for the new year. We are so blessed to have spent the past few months surrounded by charming couples, fabulously hardworking vendors, and most importantly, a great deal of love. Though we cannot wait to share our 2016 weddings with all of you, we have decided to take a step back to revisit and fall back in love with the many weddings that we are long overdue to share. So in the spirit of fall, we are pleased to be featuring the sweet day of Katie and Damon at The Farm at Eastman Hill.
These two delightful individuals met over 20 years ago, when Katie was just a young girl entering high school. Spending the next two decades as companions (Katie was actually better friends with Damon’s younger brother!), the two finally took the jump and began dating much later in life. According to Katie, Damon was “the sweetest, shy-est guy,” when they first met many years ago. “I could not get him to join a skinny-dipping pool party even under the cover of darkness.” Their first date was just as memorable as the first time they met, spending it nestled in a movie theater watching “The Black Swan”, until finally, Damon made the first move.
The two grew ever more fond of one another, until eventually Damon proposed by a beautiful waterfall in central Massachusetts. “Apparently, Damon was planning to propose to me at my favorite place in the world—my family’s lake house on Kezar Lake in Maine. Unfortunately, my parents unexpectedly showed up.”
“Damon is my complete opposite,” explained Katie. “Whereas I would rather be existing in another reality or daydreaming about another reality, Damon is firmly rooted in the earth and can navigate the nitty-gritty of life very well.” This pure balance was ever present on their special day, as they navigated the events of the wedding with ease and love, balancing one another as a team.
When Katie reached out to us in the early stages of the planning process, I understood immediately how important the venue was for her and Damon. The Farm on Eastman Hill has always held a special place in my heart, but for Katie, getting married at this location was always a dream.
“I knew that I wanted to get married in Maine near my parents’ lake house,” she explained. “My parents have been vacationing on Kezar Lake ever since I was 4 years old. Every year, we would drive by the Farm at Eastman Hill to see its picturesque views and beautiful gardens. My mom and I fantasized about having a wedding there. My mom saw on VRBO that is was available to rent for events. I couldn’t believe it.”
“The old brick farmhouse was renovated in the 1920s, so it has an art deco feel. Around that time the attached barn was converted into a stage theater. The second floor of the barn was converted into guest rooms as well as a games room. It’s an ideal place to hold a cocktail hour and dancing. Many out-of-town friends were able to stay at the farm at Eastman Hill with us as well and we had such a wonderful reunion.”
Katie’s ideal wedding at the Farm at Eastman Hill was more than just a dream, but was brought to fruition by a lovely team of vendors on the most gorgeous of days. Thanks to the wonderfully talented Emily Delamater, we have stunning images that capture the sweet elegance and charming aura of this special day.
These sweet, fall blooms were perfectly arranged in our vessels by the local talent, Sue Sidwell.
What a beautiful, fun loving group! Katie was especially fond of her bridesmaids dresses, noting the simplicity in utilizing different dresses for everyone. “I asked the ladies to either rent or use a pre-existing navy dress,” she explained. “Two of my bridesmaids rented a beautiful navy blue lace Monique Lhuiller sheath from “Rent the Runway.” I really liked not having exactly-matching dressing but everyone “went together” really well.
Another special detail we swooned over? Damon’s navy pin-stripe suit was actually the same suit that his father was married in many years ago.
This Jewish ceremony was certainly one for the books – from candle lighting ceremonies and special readings to traditional ceremonial aspects coupled with soft tunes by Laurie Meeder, these sweet loves embraced marriage in the most inspiring of ways.
Celebratory bubbles filled the air as Katie and Damon enjoyed their first moments as husband and wife. Next up, party time!
Delicious food arrangements by the fabulous 111 Maine!
Katie and Damon’s family style dinner left guests with full bellies and warm hearts. House marinated rosemary & garlic beef tenderloin, Panko crusted Haddock fillet with tomato and gremolata, and handmade ravioli were just a few of the delicious menu options. 111 Maine continued impressing guests with this beautiful wedding cake, along with an assortment of fall flavored desserts and warm apple cider.
Blueberry jam favors provided by Stonewall Kitchen were a guest favorite!
The party lasted long into the night, as Katie and Damon danced the night away surrounded by their loving friends and family members.
We are truly honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to work with with such a charming couple, as well as their delightful and supportive families. These sweet loves recently celebrated two years of marriage – congratulations Katie and Damon! We love you both very dearly and wish you continued happiness for years to come.
We’d also love to thank the entire team of vendors that assisted us in creating such a magical day.
Hair and Makeup: Lisa Nail, Portland Hair Company ** DJ: Dave Dionne Entertainment ** Photo Booth: Maine Photo Booth Co. **Event Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals and A Family Affair of Maine **Invitation Design: Minted **Engagement and Wedding Rings: Advanced Gems and Jewelry
We’re eight months behind in our blog posts, which technically means I have well over 30 weddings planned I haven’t shared since our last post! The last couple of years have been a whirlwind of amazing experiences, tremendous growth and … Continue reading
Merry Christmas, sweet friends! It’s been since April (yikes!) since I’ve written a blog post, and I figured Christmas time was as good a time as any to pick up where we left off. I had a great go the first year and a half of blogging, and I did what I had feared I would do along the way which was get too busy to keep up. It’s never too late to start again I have learned, and 2015 brings with it a fresh start and more amazing experiences ahead.
2014 had us travelling, designing, building, installing and planning more than ever. We could not have done it all and so well without the many talented vendors and staff helping us along the way. We have more than thirty weddings and three stunning shoots to share with our readers so we’ll do our best to catch you up all that we’ve been working on. Right now though, we’re taking a much needed break to enjoy the holiday before our final wedding of the season next weekend. I love playing the Santa role throughout the year with our weddings, but keeping some of that magic at home this time of year with my little ones has to be the best time of all.
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all of our fans, vendor friends, staff and family who have supported us, created with us and worked so hard to make another year such a success for us. We can’t wait to experience all that 2015 has in store.
Wishing you so much love, magic and wonder this holiday, and especially in 2015!
Paula, Pete, Rosey, Ananta & Emerson