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PRELUDE

W E A R E N E A R I N G T H E E N D of a vibrant and hectic 2021 wedding season as I write this. It was amazing to see couples and wedding professionals work together to bring the wedding industry in Maine back to life. After a devastating year during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 wedding season arrived fast and furious for Maine’s engaged couples and vendors alike. Everyone collectively got creative and came up with ways to gather safely in large numbers and found ways to schedule new weddings and process the thousands of postponed celebrations from 2020. It was remarkable to see things spring back to life so quickly — hats off to everyone who gathered together to make things work efficiently and safely! The record number of submissions that we received for this issue is a testament to the hard work and dedication that 2021 brought to the table. Venues saw multiple weddings each weekend (and even weekdays!) Décor was shared between clients to ease the transition between events in the same location. Plans changed, and large group gatherings moved from their original indoor plans to gorgeous outdoor locations from Maine’s mountains to its coastline. 2021 saw a fundamental shift in the Maine wedding industry, and the results were spectacular. As you look at the featured weddings and styled shoots in this issue, you can feel the excitement that we all felt as the world opened back up, and we could get back to what we do best — creating and celebrating at the beautiful weddings that we knew would eventually return. A special shout-out goes to our Wedding of the Year winners, Rachel and Adam Szymaniak. They held on as the pandemic caused the first-ever remote announcement of the contest winners, Zoom meetings instead of in-person visits, and the eventual postponement of their 2020 wedding. When we finally made it to their wedding weekend in October 2021, Rachel and Adam said, “Thank you for our fairy-tale wedding week! The 27-month engagement was worth the wait.” Don’t miss the photos from their wedding weekend from Kivalo and Molly Breton & Co. starting on page 102. 2022 is here! Let’s get out there and enjoy it. We can’t wait to see your weddings. Best,

REAL MAINE WEDDINGS Brought to you by Real Maine Weddings LLC P.O. Box 386 Patten, Maine 04765 www.realmaineweddings.com PUBLISHER Christine Parker christine@realmaineweddings.com EDITOR Reuben Bell III editor@realmaineweddings.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Susan Grieve, Abigail Worthing ART DIRECTOR Sandy Flewelling CULTURAL DIRECTOR Fausto Pifferrer PROOFREADER Robin Switzer Real Maine Weddings is published twice a year by Real Maine Weddings, LLC. Stories and photography published in Real Maine Weddings are for their quality and editorial interest. They are not associated in any way with the photographer’s or related vendor’s decision to advertise or not to advertise in Real Maine Weddings. We welcome reader and advertiser input. Submitted story leads, ideas, and other input will be subject to Real Maine Weddings’ unrestricted right to edit and publish in the magazine or on the web. Please address written correspondence to P.O. Box 386, Patten, ME 04765. For advertising questions, please email Christine Parker, Real Maine Weddings director of sales, at christine@realmaineweddings.com Real Maine Weddings is sold at newsstands from Maine to upstate New York and distributed at select wedding shows along the East Coast and Day’s Jewelers’ and bridal salons throughout Maine. Newsstand Cover Date: January 2022, published January 2022. Vol. 15, No. 1, © 2022. Advertisers, photographers, and their agents are responsible for the copyrights and accuracy of all material they submit. Nothing in this issue may be copied or reprinted without written permission from the publisher. For more information, visit www.realmaineweddings.com.

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Cover photo by Molly Breton & Co.


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PHOTOGRAPHY Adventures & Vows: 55, 56

Emily Brianne Photography: 8, 40-44, 53, 58

LAD Photography: 6, 83, 84-94, 150, 151, 156

Philip Zukatis: 7

Emily MacCabe Photography: 83

Laura Ramage: 52

Felisha Lees Photography: 21

Leslie Swan Photography: 61

Rachel Campbell Photography: 20, 21, 52, 54, 56

Bethany and Dan Photography: 141

Focus Photography: 28, 82

Lexie Lowell: 141

Radiance by Design: 64

Brittney Fairfield Photography: 8, 12, 52, 57, 60

Geneve Hoffman: 156

Lynn Karlin: 17

Reuben Bell: 112, 113

Glenn Livermore Photography: 155

Melissa Gebert: 30-34, 138

Cait Bourgault Photography: 147

Hannah Mezzadri Photography: 139

Caron & Co. Photography: inside cover, 5, 6, 8, 62-64, 66, 67, 83, 84-89, 151

Hans Bolte: 7

Molly Breton & Co.: cover, 6, 7, 15, 17, 35-39, 102-103, 107, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 118-121, 123, 122, 125, 126, 127, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 151

Revolution Summer: 6, 19, 21, 58, 83, 96-100, 152

Andree Kehn Wedding Photography: 145 Ariel Worthing: 7 Artifact Images: 155

Chris Becker: 148 Closer North: 5 Courtney Elizabeth Media: 27, 149 Dave & Kerri Photography: 153 Elizabeth Ivy Photography: 10 Elusive Photography: 156

Heidi Kirn Weddings: back cover Jeff Kirlin: 134, 135 Jessie Dineen Photography: 144 Kate Michaud Photography: 8, 68-81, 160 Katelyn Mallet Photography: 145

Nadra Photography: 4, 82, 155 Nick Genesio Photography: 153 Novae Film and Photo: 160 Once Like A Spark Photography: 160

Kivalo Photography: 15, 83, 105, 108, 109, Paradis Photography: 51, 58, 155 110, 116, 117, 122, 124, 126, 127, 128, 130, Patrick McNamara Photography: 125 132, 133, 161 Perfectly One Photography: 52

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Provencher Photography: 8, 19, 50, 54, 59

Rob Lawson: 141 Sabin Beckwith: 3 Samantha Clemmer Photography: 153 Sara Elizabeth Photography: 16 Strike A Pose Photography: 18, 21, 56 Suzanne Simmons Photography: 140 The Libby’s Photo and Film: 149 Two Adventurous Souls: 45-49, 60 Wild Lima Photography: 154

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SUMMER WEDDING DREAMS { GEORGETOWN } ...................... 84

Ming and Chris’ Himalayan engagement leads to a classic Maine wedding.

WINTER WEDDING DREAMS { LEWISTON } ...................... 90

Meg and Bill plan a magical winter wedding in Lewiston.

WARM WEDDING VIBES { WELLS BEACH } ...................... 96

Margo and Scott’s relaxed wedding weekend in southern Maine.

2020-2021 WEDDING OF THE YEAR { MIDCOAST MAINE } ...................... 102

A global pandemic couldn’t stop Rachel and Adam’s fairy-tale wedding in Midcoast Maine.

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PHOTOS: (TOP LEFT) CARON&CO PHOTOGRAPHY; (TOP RIGHT) LAD PHOTOGRAPHY; (BOTTOM LEFT) REVOLUTION SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY; (BOTTOM RIGHT) MOLLY BRETON & CO. PHOTOGRAPHY

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MAINE TIPS

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50 THINGS | 10

A list of things to remember when planning your Maine wedding. L I C E N S E D TO W E D | 1 6

A step-by-step guide to make your Maine marriage official. 56

I N S P I R AT I O N

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I N S P I R E D P H OTO S | 1 8

A selection of stunning photographs from Maine wedding photographers. M A I N E J E W E L RY T R E N D S | 24

Glamorous ideas for the bride and the wedding party. ASK THE EXPERT | 28

Maine Event Design & Decor’s Robyn Weathers talks about their client-based approach. I N S P I R AT I O N | 3 0

Maine wedding photographers share fresh ideas for Maine wedding magic! MAKE IT MAINE

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M A I N E F LO R A L G U I D E | 5 0

View a selection of gorgeous bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres created by Maine florists. MAINE CAKES | 56

Creative cakes and desserts made by Maine bakers. C H E E R S! | 6 2

Delicious ideas on how to serve your guests in style. M A I N E W E D D I N G FA S H I O N | 6 8

Sophisticated fashion and architecture in Biddeford and Saco’s historic mill complex.

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T H E K E N N E B U N K S | 14 8

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G R E AT E R P O R T L A N D | 1 5 2

BAR HARBOR | 136 B E T H E L | 142

K ATA H D I N | 14 6

DIRECTORY 68

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Barns; Bridal Style; Catering/Bakeries/Chocolatiers; Cheers; Entertainment/Bands/DJs; Event Designers & Wedding Planners; Event Rentals & Tents; Florists; Hair & Makeup; Jewelry; Local Experts; Officiants; Photo Booths; Photography; Reception/Event Centers/Rehearsal Dinner Venues; Transportation; Videography; Wedding Garment Care/Dry Cleaning/Preservation

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Congratulations!

YOU’VE DECIDED TO GET MARRIED IN MAINE. WONDERING WHAT’S NEXT? NO WORRIES! WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED WITH OUR TOP

50 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET

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transportation information

SCOPE OUT TRANSPORTATION options early. When you plan your Maine wedding, remember there aren’t multiple airports, bus stations, or public transportation venues for your guests to choose from.

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LEAVE TIME for people “from away” to get lost.

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If people are driving, provide SUGGESTED REST STOPS. I-95 can go on for miles without one, so be prepared.

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If you are planning a wedding in Maine from thousands of miles away, it helps to have a local person steer you in the right direction. If you don’t have friends or family in the area, consider hiring a MAINE WEDDING PLANNER. If you’re flying in from out of state, KEEP YOUR WEDDING ATTIRE ON HAND. Pack it in your carry-on bag and have it pressed when you arrive.

BE AWARE OF TRAFFIC. Coastal Maine is a popular place in the summer, and Route 1 can come to a standstill, making travel time between the church and the reception longer than planned.

PUT SIGNS UP along the road in rural areas so your guests won’t get lost.

CONSIDER PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION. If people are coming in from out of town for your wedding, consider hiring a party bus, van, or even a trolley to take guests from their hotels to the wedding ceremony, to the reception (if it’s in a different location), and back to their hotels. It will save on parking spaces and offer your guests a safe alternative to driving.

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Planning an island wedding? Remember these two words: FERRY SCHEDULE. You don’t want your guests to miss the boat.

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Rural areas can lack a large number of available accommodations. Be prepared to BOOK ROOMS AND GUEST HOUSES well in advance.

If you’re getting married in the fall, book hotel rooms early. Autumn is “LEAF PEEPER” SEASON in New England, and accommodations book up fast with out-of-state tourists.

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Want to send your guests home with a bit of piece of Maine? How about a sapling? The Maine state tree is the EASTERN WHITE PINE. Have your guests plant the tree and help the environment.

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There are many beautiful, natural places in Maine to get married without access to a restroom. Plan accordingly to have RESTROOM TRAILERS available for your guests.

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rentals & reservations

If you are renting tenting, tables, chairs, etc., doublecheck the details of your RENTAL DELIVERY, especially if you are having a rural wedding. It may be easier for your rental company to deliver your order earlier in the week, giving you more time to set things up.

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Give your guests MAINE-MADE FAVORS. It’s an easy way to be unique and send your guests home with a reminder of the time they spent with you.

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One great way to have an authentic and greener wedding is to PURCHASE SUPPLIES LOCALLY. Incorporate Maine food, drink, and favors.

SERVE LOCAL FAVORITES like Maine microbrews, blueberries, whoopie pies, and fiddleheads. Many people can’t get these things where they live.

Lobster is a Maine tradition, but it’s messy! If you plan to serve lobster, consider serving it “LAZY LOBSTER” style — pre-cracked and ready to eat. It will keep your tables and guests tidy.

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Maine summers are short! Be sure to BOOK YOUR VENDORS WELL IN ADVANCE. 12-18 months in advance is not too early.

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If you plan a Maine wedding from afar, try to MAKE AT LEAST ONE TRIP to your destination site and meet with all of the companies you have booked.

VISIT THE CEREMONY SITE during the same time of day and year that you have scheduled your ceremony and make notes of external or environmental noise. There’s nothing like a foghorn to ruin the moment.

Figure out what flowers are in season in Maine for your wedding. Using SEASONAL FLOWERS in your bouquet and decor will save you money and will still look beautiful.

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If you are planning a destination wedding in Maine, a great place to start is to CONTACT A LOCAL WEDDING PLANNER in the area you’d like to be wed. They’ll know all of the helpful details to get you going! Maine is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer. CONSIDER A WINTER WEDDING in the woods or on the ski slopes of one of Maine’s premiere ski resorts.

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If you are going to take beach photos, make sure your BUSTLE keeps your dress from dragging in the sand.

Planning a beach wedding? NIX THE IDEA OF A LONG TRAIN on your wedding dress. Delicate fabric doesn’t mix well with sand and seaweed.

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It’s also a good idea when planning a backyard wedding to LET THE NEIGHBORS KNOW what time it’ll take place, so they’ll be sure to cease mowing their lawns during the ceremony.

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Planning a backyard wedding? Call the local town hall to see if there is any CONSTRUCTION PLANNED for the area around the time of your wedding. Summer in Maine is also road construction season.

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Have a P H OTO B O OT H at your wedding. It’s fun, and people love it. There are many great photo booth rental companies that offer a variety of options.

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Since going barefoot on the beach is a norm, offer your guests PRE-MOISTENED TOWELETTES so that they can wash their feet before putting their shoes back on.

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BRING A PAIR OF SHOES to wear during the scenic photoshoot on the rocky coast of Maine. The last thing you need on your wedding day is a sprained ankle.

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Does your Maine wedding photographer have an ASSISTANT? A second shooter is a valuable asset on the wedding day.

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Beach weddings have a casual feel, so why not SAY “NO” TO STILETTOS and wingtips and choose flip-flops?

While all physical distancing and mask requirements were lifted for indoor and outdoor gatherings (including weddings!) on May 24, 2021, we will continue to provide updated information on our website. The Real Maine Weddings team will post new developments at realmaineweddings.com/ COVID-Weddings as they are available. We wish everyone a safe and happy

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year full of weddings and special events!

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Thinking Seasonally!

The weather can change quickly in Maine. If you plan on having an OUTDOOR WEDDING, have an inside space ready as a backup.

LOOKING TO FEATURE FRESH LOCAL FLOWERS AT YOUR MAINE WEDDING? HERE ARE SOME FAVORITES THAT ARE AVAILABLE IN MAINE DURING WEDDING SEASON. Spring

Hydrangea

Daffodils

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Lilacs

Wear SUNSCREEN and bring SUNGLASSES. Many weddings are outside, and you don’t want photos of you to show you sunburned and squinting. Planning an outdoor wedding? Rent a SOUND SYSTEM. You want your guests to be able to hear your heartfelt vows.

Summer

Peonies

Lupine

Hellebores

Sweet Pea

Forsythia

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If you are planning a romantic ceremony outside on the coast, be aware that it can get quite WINDY. Make sure your hairstyle pulls your hair away from your face to keep from holding it back with your hand throughout the vows.

—Jackie Gardner, Moonset Farm Floral (Porter, ME)

Two words. MUD SEASON. If you’re getting married outside in the spring, beware. If you’re worried about bugs, put a bottle of INSECT REPELLENT on each table at the reception and make use of citronella candles when decorating.

If your ceremony is in a church without a cooling system or outside in a hot area, have PAPER FANS for your guests to cool themselves.

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42 BLACK FLY season runs from mid-May to early July; MOSQUITOS can be an issue, too. Try not to schedule your ceremony during the buggiest times of day — like dusk — if you are having an outdoor wedding.

Summer evenings can be chilly in Maine. Plan on renting PATIO HEATERS if people are going to be outside in the dark, especially on the coast, where it can be windy.

BRING AN UMBRELLA. If it’s not going to rain, you can use it as shade.

On the coast it can get especially chilly at night in summer. Remind guests to PACK A SWEATER.


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If you are

getting married at a PUBLIC PLACE, such as a park or a beach, check to see if you need permits, especially for alcohol.

Licensed to Wed Maine marriage license basics GETTING MARRIED IN MAINE? YOU NEED A LICENSE IN ORDER TO MAKE IT LEGAL. HERE’S HOW.

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There are only so many Saturdays in the summer! Consider having a wedding on ANOTHER DAY OF THE WEEK, like a Friday or Sunday — especially if the venue you want to use is already booked.

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Getting married in the OFF-SEASON (aka winter) may save you money on the reception site and the vendors you choose.

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BOTH PEOPLE GETTING MARRIED must visit the town office in person to apply for a marriage license. If either of you were married before, bring a copy of your divorce decree. You do not need to apply in the town where the wedding is planned. Different rules apply depending on where you are from, so check out maine.gov for information.

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It is an urban myth that throwing rice at weddings is

harmful to birds, but it does make a very real mess. Think about another FESTIVE KIND OF SEND-OFF: blow bubbles, play musical instruments, throw birdseed, or light sparklers.

FILE MARRIAGE INTENTIONS: The first step in

ISSUING LICENSE: There is no waiting period in the

obtaining a marriage license is to record the

state of Maine. Once your intentions to marry are

marriage intentions in writing. Both of you must sign

filed, the license may be issued immediately with

the intentions stating you are free to marry.

your signatures. The license must be used within 90 days (not three months) from the date the intentions

WHERE TO FILE: If you are both Maine residents, file

were filed and can only be used in the state of Maine.

your intentions at the municipal office in the town or city where at least one of you resides.

AFTER CEREMONY: The person who performed the

If only one of you resides in Maine, then both of

ceremony is responsible for completing the appro-

you must file your intentions at the municipal office

priate section of your marriage license. This includes

in the town or city where you hold residency.

obtaining the signatures of two witnesses (tradition-

If neither of you is a resident of Maine, you can file intentions at any municipal office in Maine.

ally your maid of honor and best man) plus the signature of the officiant.

If either of you happen to be divorced, remember to bring a copy of your divorce decree. If you don’t

FILLING OUT & FILING: The marriage license must be

have one, this can be obtained from the district

completed in black ink only. The officiant is

court where the decree was issued. This needs to be

responsible for filing the license with the municipal

an original document issued by the court with an

clerk at the municipality where the license was

embossed seal, not a photocopy. Present this to the

issued. They have seven days from when the

clerk when you apply for your license and you will be

ceremony took place to file. Once it’s filed, you’re

good to go!

officially married.

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For further information, contact the Maine Office of Vital Records at 207-287-6490 or visit www.maine.gov.


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PHOTOGRAPHERS CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF MAINE WEDDINGS IN THESE EXCEPTIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS


Opposite Page: This VW classic steals the show but not the love in this photo. Photo by Strike A Pose Photography

Left: Who can say no when a baby goat wants to get in on the wedding fun? Photo by Provencher Photography

Top: Sunlight and daisies seem to dance along with this gorgeous dress. Photo by Provencher Photography

Above: Maine’s beautiful summer landscape creates a natural path for these newlyweds. Photo by Revolution Summer Photography

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INSPIRED PHOTOS

Opposite: Wedding Day excitement is all over the face of this happy pooch. Photo by Rachel Campbell Photography

Left: A perfectly captured peaceful moment in Acadia National Park. Photo by Felisha Lees Photography

Top: Camden’s historic Mount Battie Tower lends a unique background for this wedding party. Photo by Strike A Pose Photography

Above: This decadent feast for the eyes is the perfect way to start cocktail hour. Photo by Revolution Summer Photography

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WEDDING DRESS NECKLINE AFTER SAYING YES TO THE DRESS, COMPLETE YOUR LOOK WITH THESE CURATED JEWELRY ACCENTS. 3

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1 | Statement Earrings Add a touch of refinement to your look with these exquisite diamond fashion earrings. Ovals of marquise set diamonds shimmer from an intricate dangle design for earrings that drop enticingly from the ear.

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2 | Diamond Drop Earrings These beautiful diamond drop earrings are innovative, distinctive, and trendright and offer a unique charm and elegant flair. Shimmering diamonds, in graduated sizes, plunge from the ear lobe for a play of fire and brilliance.

3 | Collar-Length Necklace Majestic and sparkling with radiance, this stunning diamond fashion necklace is elegance personified! Shimmering diamonds capture each of the shiny gold links for a necklace that lights up with brilliance.

4 | Diamond Studs Celebrate your Eternal love with these De Beers Forevermark earrings. Representing the endless circle of romance, these earrings glitter with carefully selected De Beers diamonds, creating a gorgeous accessory to add to your jewelry collection.

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Accentuate your neckline with a pair of statement earrings, or add an elegant touch with a collar-length necklace and matching pair of studs.


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With this neckline, you can dress up your look with a beautiful set of pearls or even incorporate something blue. 6 5 | Pearl Necklace This lustrous string of pearls adds class and style to any dress. As you slip it around your neck, you will instantly feel the warmth and elegance of timeless statement pearls.

7 | Earrings Something blue for your something new! You will stand out in these sapphire hoop earrings as you celebrate your love on your special day.

6 | Akoya Pearl Earrings Akoya pearls are known as the “icon” of cultured pearls. A shimmering halo of diamonds enhances these beautiful earrings.

8 | Necklace Shine bright in your “something blue” necklace as stunning diamonds accompany it. You will radiate confidence as bright as the sky in this exquisite necklace!

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Since this dress necklace sits below your collarbone, finding a proportionate lengthed necklace can be challenging — but you can’t go wrong with a choker, a pair of matching studs, or drop earrings. 9 | Choker Elegant and dramatic, this exquisite diamond fashion necklace adds sparkle and style to any occasion. Shimmering diamonds cover the surface creating a necklace that has brilliant light performance, fire, and scintillation. 9

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Consider a Y-shaped necklace to accentuate this sassy look, and pair it with a long diamond stick earring. Your guests won’t be able to take their eyes off of you! 10 | Y Necklace The simple, clean lines of elegant yellow gold sparkle with the brilliant light of diamonds, creating a stylish and sophisticated necklace. Tread yourself and drape your neck in the beauty of these De Beers Forevermark diamonds.

11 | Diamond Stick Earrings Beautiful diamond stick earrings offer unique charm and elegant flair. Studded with shimmering diamonds, the long dangling design slides through the lobe to create a sophisticated symmetrical look

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High Neck 12 | Diamond Drop Earrings Be “drop” dead gorgeous in these diamond dangle earrings. Accompany your high neckline with stunning earrings that will not take away from your dress but accentuate it.

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13 | Diamond Fashion Post Earrings You’ll be zig-zagging into the throes of fashion every time you wear these exquisite diamond fashion earrings. Shimmering diamonds cover the surface of these unique, trendy earrings for a sultry and sensational design.

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With a high neck design, you’ll want to skip the necklace altogether to keep the focus on your dress. But you’ll want to pair it with a dazzling pair of earrings.


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INSPIRED EXPERTS

ROBYN WEATHERS & RACHEL ALLEN Maine Event Design & Decor

aine

Event

Design & Decor

i s o n e o f M a i n e ’s

Establishe d in 2010, the company skyrocketed to the top of the Maine wedding

companies, specializing in

industry and quickly became known for its

lighting and fabric designs,

creative use of light and color, and its ability

based in Brunswick, Maine. Their

to transform ordinary rooms and event

each client’s unique style and vision. Their

BY REUBEN BELL designs subtly enhance existing venue

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events across northern New England.

premier event design

mission is to create visual representations of

MAINE EVENT DESIGN &

seen at weddings, corporate, and social

spaces or create dramatic overhauls in styles

spaces into extraordinary new experiences. Maine Event Design & Decor is led by the dream team of Robyn Weathers and Rachel Allen.

ranging from rustic barn chic, glamorous

Robyn Weathers is the company’s resi-

white elegance, sleek and modern industrial

dent consultation expert. She has created

lines, and classic ballroom decor.

stunning decor in hundreds of venues

Maine Event Design & Decor is a small

throughout Maine and New Hampshire and

family-owned and operated event design

enjoys personalizing each celebration to fit

firm. This mother and daughter team has

each client’s style and budget. Her in-depth

over 35 combined years of expertise in the

knowledge of Maine venues is invaluable,

event design industry and boasts an all-

and she enjoys figuring out what will work

female staff. These women know how to get

best in each unique space. She has a knack

things done! Their unique designs can be

for re co gnizin g a client ’s vision an d

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creating a decor plan that will exceed

improve and expand on each design with

decor and lighting a year from now, five years

expectations.

each new client.

from now!” Robyn says confidently.

Rachel Allen is the onsite design expert.

“Many couples have seen our work at

“As I mentioned earlier, we bring the wow

Certified by IWED (Institute of Wedding &

their venue and have something in mind that

factor! Your guests may remember that the

Event Design), Rachel is the logistical guru

we have created at this venue before,” Robyn

food was delicious but not what was served.

who turns visions into reality. She creates

says.

They may remember that the music was fun,

many of the company’s original decor and

“The first thing I want to know is what is

but not exactly what was played. But they will

lighting designs and handles the onsite logis-

behind the client’s vision. Are we going to

remember the decor and the impact it made

tics during each installation.

create something completely new, or do

on the festivities that night.” This confidence

Established in the spring of 2010, Maine

they want my creative input and approach

has served her and the company well, with

Event Design & Decor was a forerunner and

this in a more collaborative way? I’m totally

many legacy customers coming year after

continues to lead the industry in creativity,

open and love a challenge! I am the one who

year for their design expertise.

customer service, and serving up the wow

works with the couples and creates the

Good customer service is a crucial part of

factor in Maine and beyond. It all started well

lighting and decor plan. Once we have a plan,

this business, and Maine Event Design &

before then, Robyn remembers.

I work with any other vendors who may be

Decor offers large quantities.

“I started many years before 2010, deco-

involved — event coordinator, florist,

“I almost always answer the phone!” Robyn

rating events in various other mediums.

caterer, etc. I take the ball and run with it.

says. “When I don’t, I return their call the same

Rachel began working with me at the age of

Rachel is our decorator extraordinaire! She

day. I also return emails within 24 hours. I have

12, learning the industry from that young age.

works with our amazing crew to bring the

been known to answer the phone when up on

We joined forces and rebranded at Maine

design or their vision to life.”

a ladder. It might be just to ask if I can return

Event Design & Decor when she finished

Rather than just presenting options and

their call when I finish the install I’m on, but I

college. We have been decorating events all

giving examples, Robyn encourages her

want them to actually speak to someone and

over Maine and New Hampshire ever since.”

clients to be integral in the design process.

know that someone cares about their celebra-

With so many decor options for clients to

“Most people are visual, and photos are

tion.” This level of service is a cornerstone of

choose from, it is Robyn and Rachel’s expert

a big help! Sometimes they have a vision or

Maine Event Design & Decor’s business and

attention at every level that sets them apart

concept that they want to share that is

leads to glowing reviews season after season.

from their competition. We asked them what

totally new. We talk it through, and I come up

Having a confident and competent crew

they thought this meant to them.

with a plan for placement, color, style, etc.,”

supports this.

“We practice attention to detail and

she says.

“Rachel and I love what we do!” says

reinforce it with each employee,” Robyn

“Other times, the client has photos from

Robyn. “Our enthusiasm has spread to our

says. “Each drape needs to be spotless and

places like Pinterest, which is helpful to me.

team members who feel the same way. While

wrinkle-free, with even drapes that span the

Once I understand the client’s vision, I can

other businesses are having trouble finding

room, tent, barn, or wherever we’re working.

show them photos of things we have created

good help, or any help for that matter, we

Each light needs to be working properly. We

in the past and examples of the many kinds

have team members who stay because they

check each dimmer to ensure they are

of lighting and draping we offer.”

love it. We treat our team members well and

working properly as well. We want the client

Having an evolving list of inventory is

pay well with benefits. Rachel and I both feel

to walk into their venue with their jaw

essential to this business, and Robyn makes

that if we do well, our team members deserve

dropped, totally amazed at the transforma-

sure to keep an eye on what is trending and

the same. Of particular pride to this women-

tion. We want to bring the wow factor!” This

cover all of the basics.

owned business is an all-female crew. They

level of seamless excellence at every level

“We offer nine different styles of chan-

shows, and their work grabs the attention of

deliers and the always-popular pendant

clients and wedding professionals all over

lights. Rattan shades with greenery were

“We have hired men in the past but they

Maine.

trendy in 2021 and are booking quickly for

don’t stay long. Our female crew does

2022 as well.”

ladders, lifts and can do anything a male crew

These wow moments don’t just happen

are essential in making sure every couple is happy with our work.”

spontaneously, even though it sometimes

In thinking about events in the long

appears that way. The process behind the

term, Robyn knows that the lighting and

Keep an eye out for Maine Event Design

logistics is what sets the tone for each

decor leave a lasting impression on guests’

& Decor. The chances are good that they are

project. Instead of repeating the same

memories.

transforming an event space near you right

design each time, Robyn and Rachel seek to

“You and your guests will remember the

can. No wimpy girls here!”

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INSPIRING THEMES

elopement

A MIDCOAST

THE AROMA OF STRONG DINER COFFEE AND FARMHOUSE ALES INFUSE THE ELEMENTS OF THIS CLASSIC MAINE SHOOT

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INSPIRING THEMES

PHOTOS BY MELISSA GEBERT PHOTOGRAPHY

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INSPIRING THEMES

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INSPIRING THEMES

PANTONE ® 11-0110 Buttercream

PANTONE ® 15-1322 Dusty Coral

PANTONE ® 18-1540 Cinnabar

PANTONE ® 12-0720 Mellow Yellow

VENDORS Photography: Melissa Gebert Photography Venues: Tops’l Farm, Odd Alewives Farm Brewery, Moody’s Diner, Waldoboro Florals: Midcoast Blooms, Damariscotta Desserts: Moody’s Diner, Waldoboro Hair/Makeup: Jocelyn Moody Invitations: MW Designs, Portland Jewelry: Mainely Baubles, Midcoast Maine

melissagebert.com

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hell0@melissagebert.com


downtown

IN A MILL TOWN

AN URBAN CHIC AFTERNOON ON THE RIVER IN SACO


INSPIRING THEMES

PHOTOS BY MOLLY BRETON & CO.

Sophistication abounds in this historic mill venue.

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INSPIRING THEMES

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VENDORS Photography: Molly Breton & Co., Standish Planning/Décor/Florals: Laurie Andrews Design, South Portland Venue: The Forge on the Falls, Saco Rentals: A Plus Party Rentals, Scarborough Catering: Blue Elephant Events and Catering, Saco Cake: Mainely Wedding Cakes, Lisbon Falls Dresses/Suits: Andrea’s Bridal and Formal Wear, Portland Bar Service: Sips and Saddles, Saco Music: The Music Man DJ Service, Kennebunk

PANTONE ® 19-4120 Blue Opal

PANTONE ® 10-4012 Carbon

PANTONE ® 19-5421 Aventurine

PANTONE ® 10402 C Gold

M O L LY B R E T O N & C O. Molly Breton & Co.

wedding & portrait photog raphy

mollybretonandco.com

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INSPIRING THEMES

picnic

A P R O P O S A L AT T H E

SIMPLE NATURAL ELEMENTS AND SUNLIGHT INFUSE THIS SEASIDE “I DO!”

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INSPIRING THEMES

PHOTOS BY EMILY BRIANNE PHOTOGRAPHY

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INSPIRING THEMES

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INSPIRING THEMES

VENDORS Photographer: Emily Brianne Photography Venue: Suminsby Park, Mount Desert Florist: Floret Maine, Mount Desert Décor: Luxury Picnics Acadia, Bar Harbor Hair/Makeup: Bridget Knowles, Ellsworth Catering: Bar Harbor Catering Company, Bar Harbor Charcuterie and Grazing Boards: East of Acadia Woodworking

PANTONE ® 11-0108 Solitary Star

PANTONE ® 12-0714 Cornhusk

PANTONE ® 12-0215 Aspen Green

PANTONE ® 12-1010 Scallop Shell

Bar Harbor + Travel Weddings Celebrating all types of love with bright, fun, timeless photos emilybriannephotography.com @emilybriannephotography

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INSPIRING THEMES

HEAVEN AND EARTH COMBINE IN THIS DIVINE OUTDOOR SETTING

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INSPIRING THEMES

PHOTOS BY TWO ADVENTUROUS SOULS

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INSPIRING THEMES

“Watch the stars and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

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VENDORS Photography: Two Adventurous Souls, Old Orchard Beach Planning: Destination Maine Weddings, Cape Elizabeth Venue: Terramor Outdoor Resort, Bar Harbor Cake: Hanami Cake Design, Biddeford Florals: Fleur de Lis, South Portland Jewelry: Nicole Elise Designs Catering/Bar: Terramor Outdoor Resort Rentals: One Stop Events, South Portland Invitation Suite: El’s Cards, Greenland, NH Jewelry (crystals): Elise Marie Designs, Portland Makeup: Bar Harbor Beauty, Bar Harbor Dress: Andrea’s Bridal and Formal Wear, Portland Jewelry (hair/stars): Island Treasures Boutique Plates (china/stars): West Elm PANTONE ® 19-3940 Blue Depths

PANTONE ® 14-4121 Blue Bell

PANTONE ® 15-1816 Peony

PANTONE ® 11-1306 Cream Pink

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ne i a M florals F R O M B O U Q U E T S to boutonnieres to centerpieces at your reception, flowers are a big part of many Maine weddings. We hope the inspiration on the following pages gives

Florist: Fox Meadow Flower Farm Photographer: Provencher Photography

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you a taste of what Maine florists and event designers can pull off for your big day!


MAINE FLORALS

Florist: Petalage Photographer: Paradis Photography

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MAINE FLORALS

[ ABOVE ] Florist: Abby Garden Floral Designs Photographer: Rachel Campbell Photography

[ TOP RIGHT ] Florist: Chadwick Florist & Greenhouses Photographer: Perfectly One Photography

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[ MIDDLE RIGHT ] Florist: Cindy Carroll Photographer: Brittney Fairfield Photography

[ BOTTOM RIGHT ] Florist: Blue Fern Designs Photographer: Laura Ramage


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MAINE FLORALS

[ ABOVE ] Florist: Fox Meadow Flower Farm Photographer: Provencher Photography [ RIGHT ] Florist: Broadturn Farm Photographer: Provencher Photography [ FAR RIGHT, BOTTOM & INSET ] Florist: Jennifer Neal Floral Designs Photographer: Rachel Campbell Photography [ OPPOSITE PAGE ] Florist: Petalage Photographer: Adventure & Vows

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Henry’s the

PHOTO BY KIVALO PHOTOGRAPHY

31 Washington Street ~ Bangor Penobscot Plaza

Bridal Boutique & Formal Wear

207.947.0702 ~ 800.974.0702 www.bangorbridal.com

“It was absolutely beautiful.” Photo courtesy of Leslie Swan, leslieswanphoto.com

MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM 243 Washington Street

Bath, Maine

207-443-1316

www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org

www.kingshillinn.com

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MAINE WEDDING CAKES

e n i a M

cakes DELECTABLE DELIGHTS MADE RIGHT HERE IN MAINE

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MAINE WEDDING CAKES

[ ABOVE ] Baker: Farm 23 Photographer: Brittney Fairfield Photography [ FAR LEFT ] Baker: Sweet Sensations Photographer: Strike a Pose Photography [ LEFT ] Baker: The Sugar Tree Photographer: Rachel Campbell Photography

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MAINE WEDDING CAKES

[ TOP ] Baker: Fred’s Fried Dough Photographer: Revolution Summer Photography [ ABOVE ] Baker: Cupcakes by Cara Photographer: Paradis Photography [ RIGHT ] Baker: Love Cakes Photographer: Emily Brianne Photography [ OPPOSITE PAGE ] Baker: The Holy Donut Photographer: Provencher Photography 58 | WWW.REALMAINEWEDDINGS.COM


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MAINE WEDDING CAKES

[ TOP ] Baker: Short and Sweet Bakery Photographer: Brittney Fairfield Photography [ ABOVE ] Baker: Creative Cakes & Designs, Nikki Chan Photographer: Brittney Fairfield Photography [ RIGHT ] Baker: Hanami Cake Design Photographer: Two Adventurous Souls

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LESLIE SWAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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S P O N S O R E D B Y: M A I N E S P I R I T S

PHOTOS BY CARON&CO PHOTOGRAPHY

THE TALENTED MIXOLOGISTS FROM NEW GLOUCESTER’S COOLIDGE FAMILY FARM CREATE EXCITING COCKTAILS FOR YOUR ENTIRE WEDDING WEEKEND.

COCKTAILS MIXED BY TRAVIS GAUVIN AT COOLIDGE FAMILY FARM

Rehearsal Dinner

The Final Rose

The big day is almost here! Enjoy time catching up with

close family and friends with drinks that everyone will love.

2 oz. Rosé Vodka

FOR SPRING/SUMMER

2 oz. Grapefruit Seltzer FOR FALL/WINTER Optional: Rose Bud Ice Cubes

Watermelon Smash

Ginger Buck

1.25 cups Bedlam Vodka 2 oz Calumet Farm 8 Year Bourbon DIRECTIONS: 1.25 cups Watermelon Juice 1 oz Lime Juice 1. Combine Rosé Vodka and Grapefruit Seltzer. 3 oz Lemon Juice 1/2” Piece Fresh Ginger 2. Stir ingredients together. 3 oz Simple Syrup 0.5 oz Simple Syrup 30 Mint Leaves Sprig of Rosemary, Candied Ginger (garnish) 3. Garnish with Rose Bud Ice Cubes. Watermelon Triangles (garnish) In a cocktail shaker, muddle ginger and lime juice until fine. Mint Leaves (garnish) Add ice and the rest of the ingredients and shake until chilled. Add all ingredients into a pitcher. Add ice and mix well. Pour into Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with rosemary glasses and garnish with watermelon and mint leaves Serves 6-8. and candied ginger. Cocktails created and curated by Cheers! sponsor, Maine Spirits. For more great cocktail recipes, visit mainespirits.com

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S P O N S O R E D B Y: M A I N E S P I R I T S

Cocktail Hour While you catch up with friends and family, sip on these sophisticated cocktails.

FOR SPRING/SUMMER

FOR FALL/WINTER

1.5 oz Frankly Organic Vodka 0.5 oz Triple Sec 0.5 oz Pomegranate Juice 0.5 oz Lemon Juice 0.5 oz Simple Syrup Lemon (for garnish) Edible Flowers (for garnish) Shake ingredients over ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel and an edible flower. Muddle cranberries and orange half-wheels with simple syrup.

2 oz Hudson Rye 0.5 oz Lemon Juice 0.25 oz Maple Syrup 2 oz Apple Cider Apple slices (garnish) Shake lemon juice, maple syrup, and rye in a shaker with ice, and pour into a rocks glass. Top with apple cider and garnish with apple slices.

Tickled Pink

Autumn Cooler

COOLIDGE FAMILY FARM

C

oolidge Family Farm is a retired Maine farm situated on eleven beautiful

country acres in the quaint Upper Village of New Gloucester. The property was built in 1870 and has been recently renovated to host couples and their families and friends for a available for all types of weddings, gatherings, and celebrations. Owner Misty Coolidge focuses on being your one-stop venue to assist you with all your needs at an affordable price. Having been in the wedding and event planning industry for over a decade, her expertise and passion speak for itself. The Coolidge family strength, bond, and genealogy date back to the 30th President of th e U nite d St a te s , C a l v in C o o li d g e himself. At the Farm, you’ll notice a wall dedicated to his presidency and a personal collection of memorabilia to honor ‘Cool Cal’ and his short reign in office. 64 | WWW.REALMAINEWEDDINGS.COM

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long weekend wedding getaway. The farm is



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Reception It’s party time! Celebrate with fun cocktails that will keep your guests on the dance floor all night long!

FOR SPRING/SUMMER

FOR FALL/WINTER

1 oz Azteca Azul Silver Tequila 1 oz Ancho Reyes Verde 1 oz Lime Juice 0.5 oz Agave Nectar 1 Slice Jalapeno (garnish) 1 Lime Wheel (garnish) Basil Leaf (garnish) Salt (for rim) Run a lime wedge around the edge of the glass and dip it into a plate of salt. Shake other ingredients over ice. Garnish with a jalapeno slice, basil leaf, and lime wheel.

2 parts Mossy Ledge Bourbon 1-part Fresh Lemon Juice 0.5-part Crème de Cassis Liqueur 0.5-part Simple Syrup 1 dash Angostura Bitters Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon or blackberries.

Spicy Margarita

Bourbon Renewal

Brunch The final gathering of the weekend wouldn’t be complete without a little something to ease the effects of celebrating too hard.

FOR SPRING/SUMMER

FOR FALL/WINTER

2 oz Porter’s Modern Classic Gin 1 oz Lemon Juice 0.75 oz Simple Syrup Shake the first three ingredients over ice, then top with champagne.

2 oz Edinburgh Gin 1 oz Simple Syrup 2 Orange Half Wheels 4 Cranberries (plus 3 for garnish) Thyme Sprigs (for garnish) Top with Cranberry Juice and Club Soda Muddle cranberries and orange half wheels with simple syrup. Fill the glass with ice, gin. Top with cranberry juice and club soda. Stir, garnish with thyme sprig and 3 cranberries.

French 75

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Winter Punch


CARON&CO PHOTOGRAPHY

MARCH 12-13, 2022 BRICK SOUTH @ THOMPSON’S POINT

PORTLAND, MAINE

Saturday, March 12th 5pm-8pm: VIP Session Sunday, March 13th 10am-12pm: VIP session 11am-4pm: General Admission VIP sessions: $25 • 2 tickets: $40 General Admission: $10 FLORISTS // VENUES PHOTOGRAPHERS EVENT PLANNERS RENTAL COMPANIES FASHION // JEWELRY TRAVEL // CAKES

THE 3RD ANNUAL

BLISS WEDDING SHOW

Join us for this experiential show! BLISS is a curated boutique wedding show targeting couples from Maine to Massachusetts. We have created an event that showcases the Maine Wedding industry in a relaxed and unique setting, offering an engaging experience to both the vendor and the attendee. SPONSORS

Grayce Bridal // Pratt Abbott // The Coast // Real Maine Weddings // Days Jewelers

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URBAN

Chic SOPHISTICATED FASHION AND

ARCHITECTURE IN BIDDEFORD AND PHOTOS BY KATE MICHAUD PHOTOGRAPHY

SACO’S HISTORIC MILL COMPLEX

Venue: The Forge on the Falls & Pepperell Mill Campus | Photography: Kate Michaud Photography | Boutique: Grayce Bridal & Formal Jewelry: Day’s Jewelers | Floral Design: Farmhouse Floral by Estabrook’s | Hair: Kim Doll, A Hair to Remember | Makeup: Brianna Landry

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HAIR BY KIM DOLL

MAKEUP BY BRIANNA LANDRY

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Gowns | Grayce Bridal & Formal Jewelry | (Left & inset) Swarovski Crystal Emily Bracelet

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Gowns | Grayce Bridal & Formal Jewelry | (Top & inset) Diamond Bezel Drop Earrings in 14kt White Gold; (Far left) Mastoloni Freshwater Pearl Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold, Forevermark Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band in Platinum; (Left) Oval Hoop in 14kt Yellow Gold, Paperclip Link Necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold, Swarovski Elements Crystal Chain Bracelet

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Gowns | Grayce Bridal & Formal Jewelry | (Top & inset) Diamond Fashion Earrings in 14kt White Gold, Swarovski Crystal Attract Round Necklace, Swarovski Crystal Emily Bracelet; (Right) Diamond Stick Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold, Swarovski Crystal Tennis Bracelet, Swarovski Solitaire Crystal Necklace; (Opposite page) Swarovski Deluxe Crystal Hoop Earrings, Forevermark Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band in Platinum

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Gowns | Grayce Bridal & Formal Jewelry | (Left) Swarovski Deluxe Crystal Hoop Earrings; (Inset) Forevermark Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band in Platinum; (Opposite page top & inset) Akoya Pearl Earrings in 18kt Yellow Gold with Diamond Jacket; Forevermark Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band in Platinum; (Opposite page far right and inset) Diamond Fashion Earrings in 14kt White Gold

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M A I N E W E D D I N G FA S H I O N

Gowns | Grayce Bridal & Formal Jewelry | (Right) Mastoloni Freshwater Pearl Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold; (Far right) Mastoloni Freshwater Pearl Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold; (Below & inset) Akoya Pearl Earrings in 18kt Yellow Gold with Diamond Jacket, Forevermark Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band in Platinum; (Opposite page) Oblong Teardrop Cultured Freshwater Pearl Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold, Forevermark Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band in Platinum

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Gowns | Grayce Bridal & Formal Jewelry | (Below right inset) Diamond Earring Climber in 14kt Rose Gold; (Below left inset) Cultured Freshwater Pearl Strand Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold

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Historical Elegance on the Pemaquid Peninsula

1297 BRISTOL ROAD, BRISTOL, MAINE | THE1812FARM.COM | (207) 563-6007

Weddings are one of the most happy days. Family and friends gather to celebrate this exciting event. It’s a special For Your Unforgettable Moment in Time the1812farm.com treat for the Flower (207)563-6007 Girl and Ring Bearer. Join them as they tell this wonderful story. They’ll remember it for Creative Catering 0n the Midcoast stonecovecatering.com a long-long time. (207)563-7008

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M A I N E W E D D I N G M E N ’ S FA S H I O N

GUY STYLE BRINGING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE INTO YOUR WEDDING ATTIRE

C

ustomizing your wedding wardrobe can be a subtle way of bringing your own

personal style into a traditional tuxedo type of affair. Here are a few ways to add some highlight notes to your wedding attire.

SHOES Shoes make the man! Get creative with your footwear. Whether you choose matching high tops, bespoke dress shoes or velvet smoking slippers, your shoes can be a signature highlight of your wedding wardrobe.

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LAD Photography, p. 90

Lauren DelVecchio is a Certified Professional Photographer and has her Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees. She has won the Maine Wedding Photographer of the Year Award, the Photographer of the Year Award for Maine and New England, and has earned several national and international awards for her work. “My clients tend to be happy, laid-back couples who know how to have fun. They love that they can trust me to make their day stress-free and photograph them in a way that is unique and creative.”

Molly Breton & Co., p. 102

Molly Breton is a southern girl at heart, a wife and mother of two beautiful boys. She grew up in Virginia and yes, she still has an accent. Her husband, Benn was originally from Maine and he always wanted to move back. Fast forward a few years and here they are living in the most beautiful place ever, managing an outdoor ice skating rink in Portland during the winter months.

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Corey Butler, a member of the Wedding Photojournalists of America, is a documentary-style wedding photographer. He prides himself on a hands-off low-key reportage approach that allows couples to see their true selves in their photos, and details of their day unstaged and unmanipulated as they actually happened. A Maine native, Corey lives with his wife, son, and dog on Unity Pond.

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Dreams

S UMME R WE DDIN G

MING AND CHRIS’S HIMALAYAN ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO A CLASSIC MAINE WEDDING

STORY BY ABIGAIL WORTHING | PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARON & CO PHOTOGRAPHY

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panning years and crossing oceans, the

were posted for an assignment to Hong Kong

love stor y of Ming Lee and Chris

and met while working there.

McLaughry was celebrated this past summer

Since their first meeting in Hong Kong,

in Georgetown. Overlooking the rocky Maine

Ming and Chris talked about how much they

coast at Grey Havens Inn surrounded by their

wanted to visit the Buddhist kingdom famous

family and friends, Ming and Chris shared

for its monasteries, fortresses, and dramatic

vows and took in the best that Maine has to

landscapes. The adventurous couple got

offer for their wedding day.

engaged in another stunning location,

Ming and Chris’s story starts nearly 8,000

Bhutan, located at the eastern edge of the

miles away, across the ocean in Hong Kong.

Himalayas between China and India when it

The couple had both worked for the same

came to the proposal. Finally, their dream of

company for years but were working in

a trip came to fruition, and the two took a

different offices, with Chris in New York and

week-long trip to Bhutan. On the third day of

Ming in her home city of Singapore. The two

their much-anticipated trip, Ming and Chris

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spent their day hiking up a mountain. On

wedding locale, the warm feelings Chris felt

the pandemic, Ming and Chris had originally

their hike, the couple enjoyed the beautiful

toward the state of Maine made the decision

envisioned a larger event, but new circum-

landscapes of Bhutan, past herder nomads,

easy for them.

stances led to a wedding a quarter of the size

and through a lush rhododendron forest.

“We love the peace and quiet,” said Chris.

of their initial guest list. While the wedding

When they returned to their hotel, they

“And the chance to escape the city and

was lovely, a significant setback for the

settled onto Adirondack chairs on the hotel

spend the time with family.”

couple was that the travel restrictions left

veranda, exhausted from their journey, and looked out into the valley below.

While the couple did not have a theme

Ming’s family unable to make the trip to

for their wedding, they included nods to the

Maine for the nuptials. When asked, Chris

“The arrangement wasn’t conducive with

locale. For escort cards, the couple used

said this would be the one thing he would

getting down on one knee,” said Ming of the

lobster buoys, and on each table were bowls

change about the day. Despite Ming’s family

proposal. “So Chris simply took out the ring,

of fresh blueberries that the couple

being unable to travel, the couple wanted to

placed it on the arm of my chair, and asked

picked just the day

me to spend the rest of my life with him.”

before.

While the couple now lives in Brooklyn,

had

make sure that they would at least be able to watch the ceremony from afar. The

Like many

New York, Chris grew up in Boston and often

couples plan-

visited Harpswell, Maine. When selecting a

ning before

couple chose to have their ceremony at 11:30 a.m. to accommodate the time difference for Ming’s family overseas. “Our ceremony was simple and elegant,” said Chris. According to the couple, the ring bearer, who happens to be their French Bulldog named Doby, stole the show during

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IN THEIR WORDS

the ceremony. Doby had other ideas in mind for the

I’m so glad that... we went ahead with the wedding despite the pandemic

route to the altar for the cere-

One of my favorite moments was... our dog, who was our ring bearer, dragging Chris’s nephew on a shortcut to the altar instead of going down the aisle.

nephew around on a shortcut

I didn’t realize... that our three-year-old flower girl who loves “Let it Go” would not appreciate the instrumental version we picked out for her procession. I wish... Ming’s family had been able to make it. I really liked...pulling up to a lobster dock on a schooner. My advice to other couples is... don’t stress too much on the day of your wedding!

mony, choosing to lead Chris’s rather than walking down the aisle as planned. Grey Havens Inn overlooks the beautiful coastline of Maine, and for the wedding, the couple was able to rely on the former owner of the venue to help as they planned from New York. Both ceremony and reception were on the cliff overlooking the water, with the islands nearby adding to the feeling of a cozy harbor. The Grey Havens Inn was built in 1904 and boasts of the opportunity to experience Maine “the way it used to be.” Often referred to as the “castle by the sea” with its two turrets facing east, guests visiting the inn are treated to awe-inspiring sunrises from the porch. Grey Havens is now under new ownership, but the former owner Eve was

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Ming and Chris. When speaking of their wedding, the two rave about their experience working with the inn for their special day. With the early start time for the ceremony, the couple had a lunchtime reception for the guests at the inn. As the reception wound down, the couple had arranged for a 70-foot sailboat to sail slowly into the hotel’s deep harbor to escort the guests on a cruise of the harbor in two groups to extend the happy occasion. After the second tour of the local coastline, the sailboat pulled up at a working lobster dock. There, the couple treated their guests to a sampling of authentic Maine fare with seafood as fresh as it from

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including a tuxedoed bulldog.” Following the seafood excursion, the newlyweds and their families returned to the hotel, where they enjoyed cocktails and desserts into the evening. “It was a truly special day, elegant and beautiful,” said Ming. “We’ll never forget it.”

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WI NT E R WE DD ING

Dreams

MEG AND BILL PLAN A MAGICAL WINTER WEDDING IN LEWISTON

D

uring a particularly snowy evening in

even more. They discovered that their

February 2015, Meghan “Meg” Healey

personalities were compatible and their

and William “Bill” Hays casually struck up a

values perfectly matched in cohabitating.

STORY BY ABIGAIL WORTHING

conversation that would change both their

“It’s how we learned to be partners,” says

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lives. It was a conversation that would start

Meg of their time living together. “Ulti-

them on a path to dinner dates, a proposal,

mately, the love we feel for each other is what

and a special celebration in Lewiston,

guided us.”

surrounded by the ones they love.

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Meg remembers that Bill’s proposal was “a

Throughout their courtship, Bill and Meg

sneaky one.” For Bill’s 35th birthday, Meg had

found that as much as they loved spending

gone all-out to plan a birthday party, inviting

time together, they loved living together

their friends and family to celebrate the occa-


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sion. Little did Meg know, while she was plan-

destination to exchange vows. “Maine has

ning the party, Bill was planning a surprise of

always been a fun and unique retreat for us,”

his own. Surrounded by their loved ones, the

said Bill of the locale. “We wanted to cele-

party was in full swing when Meg stood up to

brate our love in a place that we love.”

thank them for coming to the party. However,

The couple chose the Agora Grand Event

when she got up to make her speech, Bill

Center in Lewiston to host their nuptials.

dropped to one knee to propose.

Completed in 1890, this beautifully reno-

“It was the perfect setup,” said Meg of the party. “I was completely blown away!”

vated former church is situated in the heart of the city, and its tall spire makes it the

Although both hail from Massachusetts,

second tallest building in the state of Maine.

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were looking to hold the wedding in one location rather than have their guests traveling from one location for the ceremony to another for the reception, especially when considering Maine’s chilly evenings. The venue also hosts an inn on-site for the couple and their guests to stay, perfect for an outof-state couple like Meg and Bill. “The space gives off a truly magical energy that was a perfect fit for our vision,”

THEIR PA L E T T E

said Meg of the venue. Instead of an official theme, the couple

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“It was most important to us that our guests have a night where they could be carefree and have fun,” said Bill. The couple started off their weekend with a bang with dinner at DaVinci’s Eatery in Lewiston for their rehearsal dinner. On the morning of the wedding, the bridal party got ready for the big event at two separate locations, with the bride and her attendants in a

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IN MEG’S WORDS I am so glad that... we had a wedding planner and day-of coordinator. I didn’t realize... how much work goes into wedding planning and how extensive the process is. Having a wedding planner to help navigate allows the bride and groom to focus more on enjoying the experience. My advice to other couples is... to make sure all the vendors follow along with the master itinerary given by the wedding planner and communicate cordially. I really liked... the dip during our first dance. One of my favorite moments was... the bouquet toss. Throwing it off the balcony made the moment more dramatic and exciting. And it was a perfect catch by one of Meg’s good friends. Such a fun memory! I wish... we could relive that night over and over again!

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room secluded in the steeple of the venue

Little did Bill know, Meg had planned a

moment as they celebrated the love of Meg

and the groomsmen at the venue on site. The

special surprise for the ceremony. One of the

and Bill. For that moment, the whole room

cozy atmosphere was fitting for their wedding

owners, guitarist, and vocalist Wes Cooke

was together in thought and celebration of

party, and the couple enjoyed spending the

came out during the ceremony and

the newlyweds.

morning surrounded by their closest loved

performed a rendition of “The Best” by Tina

ones. The couple individually shared moments

Turner, the couple’s favorite.

with their parents, with Meg having a special

After the ceremony, the couple was

first-look with her father and Bill with his

announced and joined their guests for their

mother. Before the ceremony, Meg and Bill

reception.

“It was a unique moment that helped set the overall tone of the night,” said Meg. “A tone of cheer, peace, and gratitude.” The new Mr. and Mrs. were able to fully enjoy their day with the help of the planning

had their first look together without their

“Walking into the reception was nothing

services of Kelly O’Hara of Oyster and Pearl

guests, enjoying the quiet of the venue to

short of magnificent,” said Meg. “It was

Events and the day-of coordination services

share a sweet, intimate moment before the

beyond what we could have imagined.”

of Maggie Scott, hailing from Boston. The

big event began.

It was important for the couple to be with

couple had nothing but rave reviews for their

“At that moment, everything was perfect,”

their guests during the cocktail hour, so all

vendors, with special kudos for the “incred-

said Meg. “It was a moment we will never

photos were taken before the ceremony to

ibly delicious and extremely professional”

forget.”

ensure that they didn’t miss even a moment

catering by Blue Elephant Events and

of the party.

Catering of Saco. For dessert, the couple

The ceremony took place inside the chapel, the intimate space transformed by

Another special touch the couple incor-

sourced locally, choosing treats from The

greenery and soft lighting as the couple

porated into their reception was a medita-

Italian Bakery, located just blocks away from

exchanged their vows. The ceremony was offi-

tion and blessing to kick off the reception.

the Agora Grand.

ciated by a close friend of Meg, adding a layer

The brief meditation, led by Meg’s cousin,

“The joy and love we felt throughout the

of intimacy to the moment.

was a unique and intimate moment that

night were palpable,” said Meg of the cele-

helped center the energy for the evening and

bration. “It’s a feeling we still feel within our

allow the guests to truly experience the

hearts today.”

“We could not think of a more beautiful setting to recite our vows,” said Meg.

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argo Goodrich

explaining. These all

and

Scott

contribute to knowing

Blagden both grew up

he would be ‘the one.’”

on the North Shore of

Building on the

Boston, about 30 minutes

water theme of that first

from each other. They had

meeting, Scott decided to

many mutual connections and even went to the same summer camp but never met until college. The

propose to Margo as the couple boated around East Point Lighthouse in Cape Ann.

couple finally met officially on the sailing team at

“As boating has been such an integral part of our

Northeastern University. Margo was trying out for

relationship, proposing while doing what we love was

the team, and Scott was the captain.

very sweet and meaningful,” Margo recalls. “We were

“Team members get really close throughout the season,” Margo remembers. “And we immediately hit it off!”

then able to boat over to Marblehead to celebrate with my family following!” Margo and Scott chose to have their ceremony

Scott caught Margo’s eye immediately, and the

and reception at Beech Ridge Barn in Scarborough,

two began to bond as the team traveled around New

Maine. The amenities offered by the venue made it

England.

possible to spend an entire relaxing weekend with

“Sitting in that first info session for the sailing team, I knew I wanted to talk to him then and there.

their family and friends. Margo remembers the barn and its owner fondly.

But looking back at our full relationship, it’s the

“I simply cannot say enough positive things about

mutual interests, the lack of drama, the honesty, the

this venue! We loved the proximity to Boston and

respect for one another, the fun we have together,

Portland, so our wedding guests could make a

and the way he just ‘gets it’ when I have trouble

weekend out of the event. We also loved the indoor/

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S C A R B O R O U G H | F E AT U R E D W E D D I N G outdoor flexibility, which gave us major peace of mind when thinking about weather and COVID variables. The venue has two houses right on site that we could book for the whole wedding party for the full weekend — so we got to fully occupy the venue from Friday to Sunday instead of just a couple of hours. Additionally, the venue owner Bridget was so prepared and on top of every aspect of our wedding — it was like we had a second wedding coordinator on hand!” Margo and Scott focused on providing a relaxed experience for their guest instead of trying to stick to a specific theme. “Though we didn’t have a theme for our wedding, our main goal was to provide our guests with a big, fun, and easy party while remaining elegant in the decor. Our first

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priority was to find a gorgeous, flexible venue, then to find a kickin’ band, then to finagle an open bar, and the rest would fall into place,” Margo remembers. “Most of our decorations were bought online, but our coordinator helped us put everything together so tastefully, you would have never known we were able to keep the decor on a tighter budget. It helped to have a venue that was so beautiful on its own!” In addition to the overall feel, it was essential to Margo and Scott to include a few unique touches to the day that would add to the magic. “After our ceremony, we had our guests wave streamers which provided for easy clean up after the ceremony and for some fun color while we walked back up the aisle.” Instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, they chose to go with food trucks. “For dinner, we had food trucks which gave our guests more options for what they would like to eat. That gave us a lot of flexibility for adding or subtracting last-minute guests, as we could pay for what we use. Additionally, we ate “cafeteria-style” at long tables with benches and no seating chart, which allowed our guests to squeeze in or spread out as they desired. This informal arrangement saved us lots of time having to put together a seating chart and figuring out who would want to sit with who.” After dinner, they chose to bring in a twist on a classic summertime favorite.

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IN MARGO’S WORDS I’m so glad... that we decided to do a “first look” instead of waiting to see each other during the ceremony. Getting all my nerves out of the way privately with just my partner made the ceremony more relaxing and fun! One of my favorite moments was... when my ring bearer’s boutonniere flew off his lapel just as he started to walk down the aisle in front of me. As soon as that little mishap happened I started to laugh, and it immediately calmed my nerves and I started to enjoy myself. I didn’t realize... how much of an impact our photographer would have on our whole wedding experience, and I’m so happy we went with Corey! The

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photos we have are special to us because they capture the day exactly how we remember it. I wish... I had gotten a s’more from The Marshmallow Cart. People always say to slow down on your wedding day to enjoy all of it, and that couldn’t be more true! I really liked... the flexibility we had throughout the whole process. There are so many things that can come up last minute, and having flexible plans kept me calm and collected throughout the planning process through the wedding day! My advice to other couples is... to worry less about tradition and focus on what you’d like out of your wedding. Our imperfect wedding was perfect to me!


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“For dessert, we did a s’mores cart which

everyone stayed comfortable. Rachel helped

featured a variety of flavors of marshmallows

us acquire a super last-minute tent and

“The air was so hot that day, they also

made for you on-site.”

photo-worthy umbrellas from One Stop

helped organize a last-minute change to put

Event Rentals, so we could still have the cere-

our band outside under the tent instead of

mony outside.”

inside the barn for more comfortable dancing

Guests took polaroid pictures of themselves throughout the evening and wrote notes on them instead of a guestbook.

and energized.

“Everyone was looking at the weather all

after dinner. That meant completely changing

Margo’s memories of the day are clear

day wondering if the storms were going to

around the ceremony site into a dance floor

and focus on the fun she and Scott had with

hit right as the ceremony started or if they

area the second our ceremony ended. We

their loved ones. Some quick thinking by her

would pass over us. I could tell people were a

were so fortunate that the clouds parted right

planner and the venue alleviated some last-

little nervous — except for me, because I

as our ceremony was supposed to happen, but

minute nerves brought on by the weather.

knew I was in super safe hands with Rachel

we were still happy to have the tent to keep all

“My day was perfect and went flawlessly

and Bridget! Because we had so much flexi-

guests and wedding party members nice and

— solely due to the help of my amazing coor-

bility at the venue, the plan was to see what

cool during the ceremony! The switch around

dinator Rachel and venue owner Bridget,

happened with the weather, and if need be,

to turn the ceremony area into a dance floor

whose adaptive and quick thinking helped

swap the cocktail hour and the ceremony

area worked so smoothly — you’d never know

pull together what could have been a stormy,

while the storms pass and then perform the

that this was a day-of decision! Though it was

hot mess! It was a very warm day — the last

ceremony afterward.”

a hot day, the spirits of all guests and vendors

day of a big heatwave in August, and there

This last-minute change made all the

were super high. My wedding day went off

were thunderstorms headed our way to cut

difference, and the guests never knew that

without a single incident — that I was made

the heat. As the day progressed, quick

it even happened. Another late change to

aware of — and that is exactly how the bride

thinking and rearranging ensured that

the plan helped keep everyone comfortable

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anuary 2020 arrived at Real Maine Weddings, and the

“We had so much fun making our Real Maine Weddings

10th annual Wedding of the Year contest

contest entry video together on the days leading up to the

launched with the usual fanfare. Over the next few

announcement on Valentine’s Day. After work, we spent our

weeks, dozens of excited couples created submission

nights looking through old photos of us and reliving our

videos in hopes that they would win this dream wedding

engagement. After much debate, we found the perfect song

package. The twists and turns caused by the COVID-19

and submitted our video. The voting period was very exciting

pandemic were just around the corner, and none of us knew it.

— and stressful — as our friends, families, co-workers, and

Just before the scheduled announcement of the winning

even strangers rallied for us to win our dream wedding. We

couple, the world went into complete lockdown, and the Real

never imagined at the beginning of the contest that we

Maine Weddings team had to think fast and come up with a

would win. As the Freeport Wedding Show approached and

way to keep the contest rolling along even as we navigated

the contest voting closed, we started to get our hopes up.

the new rules and regulations. For the first time, the winners

However, an unexpected heaviness was in the air as the real-

were announced virtually via Zoom. Our three finalists

ness of the pandemic began to settle in. The wedding show

watched from home, and Editor Reuben Bell announced the

was canceled to keep the public safe, but Real Maine

winners — Rachel and Adam — from

Weddings did not let that spoil the

his living room. We were officially off

day. We all joined a Zoom call where

and running! It felt odd to us and

third, second, and first place winners

strangely comforting that we could

were announced. Our loved ones

continue despite the unfamiliar new

watched from all over the country

circumstances.

via Facebook Live as we were

Rachel remembers the feeling of

announced the winners! We could

excitement mixed with apprehension

not believe that we had just won our

as the contest unfolded as well.

dream wedding! And during a pandemic nonetheless! We cannot wait to share this unbelievable story with our future children one day. It is a story for the ages.”

“Our loved ones watched from all over the country via Facebook Live as we were announced the winners! We could not believe that we had just won our dream wedding!” — Rachel

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M I D C O A S T | F E AT U R E D W E D D I N G Planning began cautiously at first, via more Zoom meetings. It felt good for everyone involved to be making progress safely and simply proceeding with this exciting project as we were all going stircrazy at home during quarantine.

away. We seriously cannot wait to dive into her dishes the night before our wedding.” An in-depth session followed these meetings to discuss wedding invitations. “Wedding invitations set the mood of a wedding, so we were looking for something

Rachel remembers the excitement of

nautical yet elegant. Jessica Thibodeau at

those early virtual planning meetings fondly.

Zula Bell walked us through ideas via Zoom

“With uncertainty about travel and

and even mailed us color swatches. She nailed

meeting in person, we had our first unofficial

our design on the first draft, and we couldn’t

planning day via Zoom with the Real Maine

believe it! We couldn’t wait for our guests to

Weddings team. It was so much fun, and they

receive these beautiful invites to our most

were full of great ideas. We felt an instant

special day.”

connection and knew we were in great hands

The apprehension caused by the pandemic

for our special journey. We loved Fausto’s

didn’t dampen the spirits of Rachel and her

sense of humor, Reuben’s calming presence,

bridesmaids and family as they journeyed to

and Christine’s radiating warmth. It was

Maine to make their first stop on this wedding

obvious they were industry experts with all

journey — dress shopping at The Henry’s Bridal

the super helpful tips, tricks, and suggestions

Boutique in Bangor, Maine! The first in-person

they provided.”

planning day was finally scheduled after

As the process began, the planning meet-

hunkering down for a few months and navi-

ings were a first for the Real Maine Weddings

gating through travel restrictions. All protocols

team: completely virtual dress shopping

were followed, and Rachel and her team could

experiences.

gather safely to start the process. Christine

“The pandemic prevented us from

Parker, publisher of Real Maine Weddings, and

meeting some of the vendors in person, so

Molly, owner and photographer, from Molly

Real Maine Weddings and the vendors came

Breton & Co. joined the group on this first trip.

together to give us a wonderful virtual experience. We met Molly from The Henry’s Bridal

Rachel remembers that first in-person meeting well!

Boutique and Formal Wear and browsed

“The first official in-person planning day

some bridal party attire. It was exciting to

was wedding dress shopping at The Henry’s

“With uncertainty about travel and meeting in person, we had our first unofficial planning day via Zoom with the Real Maine Weddings team. It was so much fun, and they were full of great ideas.” — Rachel

Many of the initial planning meetings during the pandemic were held virtually, like these with The Henry’s Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear, Stone Cove Catering, and Zula Bell.

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watch her mix and match options on the

Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear in Bangor. It

mannequins right before our eyes. She

was a long drive from Boston, but totally

totally read our minds, which made the expe-

worth it! The drive was scenic and easy

rience even more enjoyable.

because Adam kindly drove us. He’s a keeper!

“We are huge foodies and were excited

He went sightseeing around Bangor while we

to meet Sarah of Stone Cove Catering to

girls shopped the entire day. We finally got to

craft our rehearsal dinner menu. October is

meet part of the Real Maine Weddings team

our favorite month, so clearly, it was a must

on this planning day in person! Christine was

to incorporate local autumn flavors into our

so friendly and fun to work with. Molly was

dishes. Sarah’s colorful spreads on Insta-

ready for us by pulling gowns ahead of time

gram and her culinary knowledge blew us

that she thought would look beautiful on me.


This made the process less stressful and kept things more sanitary with the current situation. She even made adorable nautical masks for my bridesmaids and a sophisticated mask with pearls for me. Those little touches were so appreciated and made the day run smooth. The Henry’s had a huge selection of gorgeous wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Molly figured out my style quickly after just a few dress changes. She started pulling dress after dress like she was reading my mind. I’m short and can be indecisive, so I was nervous about not finding THE dress. But Molly’s

so are the emotions it brings. I picture our

superpowers prevailed, and we found three

future first look whenever I can’t sleep at

beautiful gowns worthy of voting. There was

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one particular dress that stood out, though. I

Rachel knew from the minute she tried it on that this dress from The Henry’s Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear was night. This vision brings me so much peace “the one!” and happiness. I cannot thank The Henry’s

looked beautiful, and it was my style. But how

enough for a beautiful day and the biggest

I felt in it was the magical part. All I could

keepsake of my life. Our wedding began to

think about was Adam whenever I put that

feel natural after picking out my wedding

dress on. That’s how I knew it was THE one. I

dress. Adam could feel the excitement radi-

kept my favorite dress a secret from the

ating off me for days after dress shopping.”

voters to keep things fun. But all my friends

As things finally began to feel more real,

and family said they instantly knew that dress

Rachel and Adam looked forward to the next

was the one for me. My dress is beautiful, and

planning day. This one promised to be full of


M I D C O A S T | F E AT U R E D W E D D I N G excitement as the team met with Farmhouse Florals by Estabrook’s, toured Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, and the Church of the New Jerusalem, also in Bath. Patty Takacs from Kivalo Photography joined the group to document the trip. “We marked the days on our calendar leading up to the next planning day because we could not wait to see our venue! The day finally arrived, and we had beautiful weather. We pulled up to Sebasco Harbor Resort and took our time admiring the gorgeous landscaping and sweeping water views. We looked at each other with huge smiles, because we knew this was a very special place. Fausto, our wedding planner from Blue Elephant Events and Catering, was waiting inside for us to begin a fun day filled with food tastings, flowers, and tours. It was our first time meeting him in person, but you wouldn’t know it. We all instantly clicked, even with masks covering our faces. “Flower arrangements with Ashley Dyer from Farmhouse Florals by Estabrook’s were first on the agenda. I grew up in a house exploding with plant life and developed a great love for flowers, so I was excited when I saw pictures of Ashley’s incredible work! Ashley took the time to comb through our Pinterest and make a few storyboards tailored to our style. We both instantly fell in love with her ideas, which were Pinterestworthy themselves! We couldn’t wait to see her creations come to life on our big day. Her ideas for the church sound like a fairy tale, and we cannot wait to see how Patty and Molly capture it all on camera.” Of course, everything was carefully documented by one of the photographers assigned to the wedding. “Patty from Kivalo Photography joined us took some cute photos around the resort and soaked in the beautiful day. Our favorite moment was checking out the vintage bowling alley on the resort and having Patty snap some photos. Our first date was bowling, so we planned to incorporate the resort’s vintage candlepin bowling alley into our 108 | WWW.REALMAINEWEDDINGS.COM

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The second in-person planning day was a whirlwind! The tasting at Sebasco Harbor Resort followed a meeting with Ashley from Farmhouse Florals.

for the day, making us feel extra special. We


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“ Our rehearsal dinner was to be in a cozy room overlooking the water, which we knew would be perfect after an October boat cruise with our guests.” — Rachel

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we knew would be perfect after an October boat cruise with our guests. Lastly, we

photos she took, and we cannot wait to

stopped at the Church of the New Jerusalem.

see the images. The food tasting at

This charming, old white church sits pretty on

Sebasco Harbor Resort was fun and

a hill in Bath. It’s a storybook wedding church,

relaxing. Each course was delicious and came

and we cannot wait to see it filled with our

with a paired wine pour. This was an excellent

loved ones. Ashley from Farmhouse Florals by

way to unwind in the middle of a busy plan-

Estabrook’s had some amazing ideas to make

ning day, and we really enjoyed it.”

this church even more beautiful.”

Next on the agenda was a trip to the Maine Maritime Museum.

Momentum picked up, and things felt a bit more normal as Rachel and Adam moved

“We drove down the street to check out

into the next phase of the planning process.

our rehearsal dinner venue, Maine Maritime

Next on the agenda was a day with Steward

Museum. We could not have been more

and Porter Travel by Dream Vacations to

excited to incorporate a nautical New

discuss the honeymoon plans, a meeting and

England vibe into our wedding. The museum

tour at Agora Grand Event Center in Lewiston

and the property are so lovingly cared for,

to talk about the welcome party, and a stop

and it shows. Our rehearsal dinner was to be

at Affordable Events in Oxford to choose

in a cozy room overlooking the water, which

wedding rentals for the rehearsal dinner and

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Above: After a trip to see Maine Maritime Museum, Rachel and Adam envision their ceremony at the Church of the New Jerusalem in Bath.

special weekend. An extra perk of having Patty there was all the candid


reception. This day was documented by Molly from Molly Breton & Co., who even took photos of Rachel and Adam in the former church crypt at Agora Grand. “We met the Real Maine Weddings team at the end of April for our third official planning day. Spring was here, and the long quarantine of winter was finally over! It felt so good to stretch our legs and resume wedding planning. We began the day with a bang by discussing our honeymoon to Saint Lucia! We could not think of a better way to start the day. Marigot Bay Resort generously gave us a week-long honeymoon! “We enjoyed coffee and sunshine outside a café with the Real Maine Weddings team. That’s where they introduced us to Maria from Steward and Porter Travel by Dream Vacations. Maria is an expert travel agent who kindly donated her time and talent to give us an unforgettable honeymoon. We felt a little nervous about travel due to our inexperience and the ever-changing pandemic rules. However, we felt a connection with Maria and were instantly put at ease. She walked us through every little detail like flights, food, adventure, and safety. She gave us some great insider tips and recommendations as well.” From there, the team traveled to Lewiston, to the renovated church that is now Agora Grand Event Center. Rachel remembers her experience of seeing the venue for the first time. “Our jaws dropped upon entering the historic neo-Gothic style church with 55foot ceilings and shimmering stained glass windows. The place is a masterpiece. The owner, Billie, warmly welcomed us with a full tour. After that, we got to business planning the welcome party with Billie and Fausto. We decided on a simple and elegant aesthetic to let the stunning architecture shine. From there, we just needed to find welcome party

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outfits grand enough for this stunner of a venue!” Next up was a trip to Oxford to discuss rental equipment at Affordable Events. “Our third stop was Affordable Events to design our tablescapes. The owners, Scott REAL MAINE WEDDINGS JANUARY 2022 | 111


M I D C O A S T | F E AT U R E D W E D D I N G and Necole, welcomed us enthusiastically. Fausto and Necole jumped right to work and created three beautiful themes. It would have taken us forever to create something half as nice without their guidance. We were excited to have the public vote on their favorite!” The last stop of the day was one that Rachel and Adam had been looking forward to for a long time: wedding rings and jewelry at Day’s Jewelers in South Portland. “We started the day with honeymoon planning, so we had to end it with an even bigger bang… WEDDING BANDS! We felt like kids in a really nice candy store, but with champagne and diamonds. Kristin Kennedy of Day’s Jewelers took great care of us. She was incredibly patient and narrowed down our personal style right away. We were able to find several wedding bands each for public voting, and we cannot wait to see the winners. We also picked out some stunning crystal jewelry — and something blue — to wear for the wedding. Overall, it was a truly wonderful day that even felt a little magical.” As Rachel and Adam found themselves nearing the end of the planning process, they found time to take advantage of a couple of other fun activities included in the Wedding of the Year package. A trip to the Regency Spa in Portland was the perfect way to relax, unwind, and get into the wedding mood. They followed this with a fun session at Board and Brush in Portland, where they created some beautiful DIY wooden signs,

Rachel and Adam had a great time selecting tableware with Scott and Necole from Affordable Events and choosing wedding rings and Rachel’s jewelry suite at Day’s Jewelers.

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including one that would feature promi-


nently at their reception. The final planning day scheduled with the team was a trip to Saco. “Our next planning day couldn’t come fast enough, so we were happy to hit the road for Maine again a few weeks later. We giddily talked about our wedding and played our wedding playlist on the ride up from Boston. All those little touches made us feel special and made an already great day even better! We arrived at the Blue Elephant office to a lovely welcome sign. Fausto is known to gift his clients a little blue elephant keepsake, and we were excited to be given one that day. Our little blue elephant sits lovingly on our desk at home and serves as a reminder for wonderful days ahead.” Next was a meeting that Rachel and Adam had been looking forward to for a long time. It was finally time to talk about the wedding cake! “We were so excited when we heard a knock at the door because that meant wedding cake time. We both love dessert! Owen Dyer, the owner of Confection Art, arrived with a huge variety of gluten-free and regular cakes for us to taste. We are so appreciative that he can bake a really good glutenfree cake and that he brought us several flavors in gluten-free for tasting. We wanted to offer both gluten-free and regular cakes at our wedding. Owen offers so many mouthwatering flavors, and the combinations are practically endless! We loved that Owen’s recipes are beloved old family recipes that he has perfected. You can just feel the love and enthusiasm when eating Owen’s cake. We felt so energized by Owen’s passion and couldn’t wait to see how our wedding cake turned out!” Lastly, Rachel and Adam met up with Jason Strycharz from The Music Man DJ Service and Maine to Boston Photo Booth to discuss the music and special dances for the reception and the photo booth experience for the guests. Much thought went into

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creating special playlists for the dance sets and customized photo backgrounds for the

Top: Rachel carefully inspects wedding rings with Kristin at Day’s Jewelers. Middle: Owen from Confection Art goes over the many different combinations of wedding cake fillings with Rachel and Adam. Bottom: The team meets with Jason from The Music Man DJ Services to discuss music for the reception. Inset: One of the incredible cake samples from Confection Art.

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Rachel and Adam’s Welcome Party at the Agora Grand was the perfect way to kick off the Wedding of the Year weekend.

2021 due to the pandemic, Rachel, Adam, and the Real Maine Weddings team found themselves finally at go time in October of 2021. The weekend started at the Agora Grand in Lewiston for the welcome party. Rachel and Adam gathered for drinks and snacks with their friends and family in the dramatically restored church. It felt good to be back together again, and the anticipation for the weekend ahead was palpable. Everyone enjoyed the food and drinks provided by the venue, and we all made it an early night to prepare for the next day. After months of waiting patiently, it was finally time for the rehearsal dinner! In the afternoon, Rachel and Adam greeted their guests at the Maine Maritime Museum for a

Welcome Party AGORA GRAND

Merrymeeting. The group spent an hour enjoying snacks and drinks while sailing up and

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private sail aboard the museum boat,

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The evening was warm and full of love and a fantastic lead-up to the wedding day. down the Kennebec River. When the group returned to the museum, the Chart Room at Maine Maritime Museum was beautifully prepared by Fausto from Blue Elephant. The tables set with china and glassware from Affordable Events sparkled in the candlelight. Delicious hors d’oeuvres were followed by an extraordinary meal prepared by the team at Stone Cove Catering. The evening was warm and full of love and a fantastic lead-up to the wedding day. After an extended engagement, months of additional planning, and anticipation, and

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a full-year postponement, Rachel, Adam, and the Real Maine Weddings team reached the finish line. The wedding day had finally arrived! Friends, family, and wedding professionals gathered from far and wide — freshly pressed dresses came from Pratt Abbott in

Top: Rachel and Adam enjoy a sunset cruise on the Kennebec River in Bath. Top Left: Nautical rope incorporated into the rehearsal dinner tablescape created by wedding planner Fausto from Blue Elephant Events. Bottom Left: A festive sparkler send-off after the rehearsal dinner. Above: Rachel and Adam share a toast. REAL MAINE WEDDINGS JANUARY 2022 | 117


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Top Left: Adam gets some help tightening his vest. Top Right: Adam’s father makes sure that his boutonniere is straight. Bottom: The groom helps a young friend with his suspenders. Opposite Page: Adam opens his gift from Rachel — a beautifully engraved compass.

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Guests staying at the resort woke to a light fog along the Maine coast that melted away as the sun rose. Portland, cookies made their way from

Rachel and Adam got ready in separate

Flower & Sugar in Saco, and other

areas at the resort, and you could feel the

pieces of the puzzle from all over the

anticipation in the air as it became time to

state of Maine made their way to

leave for the ceremony. As the morning sun

Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg for

rose on the wedding day, Rachel and her

the big day. Guests staying at the resort

bridesmaids started by getting their hair

woke to a light fog along the Maine coast

done by Kim Doll from A Hair to Remember.

that melted away as the sun rose. It was a

Spirits were high as the two bridal parties

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the first time that morning for their first look on the rocky coast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Photos with the bridal party followed on the coast near the swimming pool on the western edge of the resort campus. When photos were finished, Northeast Charter and Tour Company arrived at the resort to take Rachel and Adam and their bridal party to the Church of the New Jerusalem in Bath. The historic church was decorated inside and out with florals from Ashley at Farmhouse Florals by Estabrook’s. Outside, long green garlands wound up the railings leading to the church’s front door, welcoming guests into the sanctuary. As the wedding party arrived, they gath-

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processed down the aisle to music expertly timed by Jason from The Music Man. The church’s chancel was lined with arrangements from Farmhouse Florals that perfectly framed the steps on either side of the alter. As the officiant led the ceremony, the sanctuary was full of glistening eyes and smiles as the gathered guests watched Rachel and Adam become husband and wife. The church was full of love and hope, and guests erupted in cheers and applause as the ceremony came to a close. A rush of excitement followed the ceremony as the wedding party and guests boarded the bus and made their way back to Sebasco Harbor Resort for the reception. Cocktail hour was held on the lawn, and guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the cool autumn air overlooking Casco Bay. PHOTOS: MOLLY BRETON & CO.

The Maine-themed jumbo bacon-wrapped diver scallops with Maine maple dipping sauce were particularly popular. Kivalo Photography and Molly Breton & Co. took the opportunity to take more photos of the

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OCTOBER 15, 2021

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Reception

Wedding of the Year Partners: Kivalo Photography

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Blue Elephant Events and Catering

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Right: Rachel and Adam share a kiss during their first dance. Bottom Left: The culinary team at Sebasco Harbor serves dinner. Bottom Right: Rachel and Adam cut the cake! Top Left: Rachel and Adam get into the Maine spirit with boots from L.L.Bean.

Bottom Left: A quiet space at the entrance to the reception.

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Middle Left: Adam shares a dance with his mother during the reception.


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newlyweds with family and friends, including a special photo of the bride and groom wearing one of their favorite things — L.L.Bean Boots — with their wedding attire! Soon the resort staff invited guests to the ballroom for dinner. Guests entered the building through a beautiful makeshift grotto created by planner Fausto from Blue Elephant, utilizing repurposed greens from the rehearsal dinner the night before, special lighting provided by The Music Man, and existing resort furniture. This cozy entrance also provided quiet seating during the reception and a perfect nook for guests to take photos throughout the evening. Introductions of the bridal party followed as soon as guests took their seats in the ballroom, and the resort’s culinary team served

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an expertly prepared dinner. Guests dined on a seasonal salad and a dual entrée of NY strip steak and salmon with seasonal vegetables. The place settings sparkled with specially curated pieces from Affordable Events. Blue

Top: Rachel and Adam share a laugh during their reception. Bottom Left: The finished dining tables with florals and decor Farmhouse Florals and Affordable Events. Inset: Rachel and Adam’s Jenga guestbook.

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Honeymoon OCTOBER 21-27, 2021

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cocoon at the spa, cold plunged with wine, enjoyed birthday cake & espresso on our balcony, and ended with a private dinner in a treehouse!”

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echoed the colors of Rachel and Adam’s wedding invitation, and candlelight threw dancing shadows on the room. Each guest received a custom anchor cookie from Flower & Sugar at their setting. The room shimmered and echoed with love and laughter, and guests danced the night away with tunes spun by the Music Man. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. All of the proceedings were lovingly documented by Kivalo Photography and Molly Breton and Co., and filmed by Life In Focus Videography. Shortly after their wedding weekend, Rachel and Adam were whisked away to the gorgeous Marigot Bay Resort and Marina in St. Lucia for a well-deserved break to celebrate their honeymoon! This 10th Wedding of the Year was a unique experience that we all went through as we planned this wedding during a pandemic. It is all part of the story now, and we are glad to have shared this journey with you! Special thanks to each of our Wedding of the Year

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Affordable Events: Reception Rentals

Blue Elephant Events & Catering: Event Planning

Farmhouse Florals by Estabrook’s: Rehearsal Dinner Florals

Farmhouse Florals by Estabrook’s: Wedding Day Florals

Marigot Bay Resort & Marina: Honeymoon

Molly Breton & Co.: Photography

Kivalo Photography: Photography

Agora Grand Event Center: Welcome Party Host

The Henry’s Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear: Bride’s & Bridesmaids’ Gowns

The Henry’s Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear: Menswear

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Maine Maritime Museum: Rehearsal Dinner Venue

Stone Cove Catering: Rehearsal Dinner Catering & Bar

Northeast Charter and Tour: Wedding Day Transportation

The Music Man DJ Service: Ceremony & Reception DJ Services

Day’s Jeweler’s: Wedding Rings & Jewelry Suite

Church of the New Jerusalem, Bath: Ceremony Venue

Confection Art: Wedding Cake

Zula Bell: Invitation Suite

Life In Focus: Videography

Maine to Boston Photo Booth: Reception Photo Booth

Flower & Sugar: Wedding Reception Favors

Steward and Porter by Dream Vacations: Travel Agency Service

Regency Spa: Spa Day Service

A Hair To Remember: Bride & Bridesmaids’ Hair

Board & Brush Creative Studio: Creative Experience

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THE UNIQUE SPIRIT of the Bangor

while standing with your loved one by a

region is evident in its charming shops,

spectacular ocean coastline, lake, or

delicious dining options, and world-

gorgeous golf course is what you desire,

class performing arts venues. The

local professionals have the expertise to

The Queen City of Maine

opportunity to indulge in culture and

help to make your vision a reality.

nature will beckon your guests at every

If an indoor wedding and reception

turn, and it’s all within the city limits or

is more to your style and liking, this

just a short drive away. The city of

region has numerous elegant locations

Bangor is centrally located in Maine and

— many of which are complete with high

is within a 90-minute drive of Acadia

ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, and

National Park, Bar Harbor, Baxter State

picturesque views. No budget is too

Park, and the Moosehead Lake Region.

small and no party is too large for many

If your per fect day includes a

of the reception sites in the area. From

secluded lakeside ceremony with Mount

sites steeped in history to brand new

Katahdin as your backdrop, your dream

facilities, finding a place to celebrate

can come true. Or if saying your vows

your wedding day is a piece of cake!

Miles from Bangor to: Portland 129; Boston 235; New York City 445; Montreal 288

For more information: Greater Bangor Convention & Visitor’s Bureau www.visitbangormaine.com 207-947-5205 / 800-91-MOOSE

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The Bangor Waterfront is one of the most relaxing places in town and a favorite place for couples to enjoy a quiet stroll and get a few great shots.

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Where to get your marriage license: Bangor City Hall 73 Harlow Street 207-992-4221 Brewer City Hall 80 North Main Street 207-989-7050 Hampden Town Office 106 Western Avenue 207-862-3034 Hermon Town Office 333 Billings Road 207-848-1010 Old Town City Hall 265 Main Street 207-827-3965 Orono Town Hall 59 Main Street 207-866-2556


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Greater Bangor’s Top 5 Photo Sites:

B1. Stephen King House B2. Thomas Hill Standpipe B3. Paul Bunyan Statue B4. Bangor Waterfront B5. Downtown Bangor

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SAY “I DO” in Bar Harbor! You’ve said

pected and romantic place, with all the

“ ye s” to him an d th e dre s s , th e

amenities to make it happen. Travel to

wedding party is ready to go, every-

and from Bar Harbor is relatively easy

thing is just about perfect but there’s

for all attendees, a five-hour drive from

There’s something magical about Bar Harbor.

one piece missing — the perfect place

Boston and 50 miles from Bangor

to say, “I do.” That place is Bar Harbor.

International Airport.

Miles from Bar Harbor to: Bangor 49; Portland 176; Boston 282; New York City 489; Montreal 354

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There’s something magical about

Your destination wedding on Mount

this quaint coastal town, a celebrated

Desert Island is also the per fect

destination with rich history and culture.

getaway for your friends and family.

Imagine the natural beauty of the punc-

With Acadia National Park so close,

tuated ocean cliffs, rocky beaches,

there are endless activities for your

glacier-formed lakes and valleys, unob-

guests to enjoy. For your adventurous

structed mountain vistas and boreal

guests, hiking one of the many trails in

forest surrounding you on your day.

the park or cycling along the carriage

Bar Harbor offers many options to

roads would be a fun afternoon activity.

make your special day as memorable as

For your guests looking for more of a

it should be. With thousands of rooms

leisurely visit, they might enjoy world-

and exceptional inns, banquet halls and

famous popovers at the Jordan Pond

restaurants, you’ll find just what your

House or exploring downtown’s many

heart desires. Bar Harbor is an unex-

shops and museums.

Miles from Mount Desert Island to: Bangor 46; Portland 173; Boston 279; New York City 486; Montreal 351

For more information: Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce www.barharborinfo.com 800-288-5103

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The City of Ships

Where to get your marriage license: Bath City Clerk’s Office 55 Front Street • 207-443-8332

IMAGINE THE PERFECT WEDDING…

The Bath area offers the special loca-

a glorious ceremony overlooking the

tion you seek any time of year. The

sea with the surf calmly enchanting

professionals who know the region best

your guests. Exchange vows in an inti-

can handle every detail of this once-in-a-

mate church, the twinkle of candles illu-

lifetime event. Local caterers use fresh,

minating the air. Or say, “I do!” at an

local produce and seafood to create culi-

intimate historic inn or breathtaking

nary delights from the simple to the

coastal resort. Looking for something a

extravagant. Wow your guests’ taste

little different? How about a wedding at

buds with fish, lobsters, and clams caught

the unique Maine Maritime Museum?

and harvested right that morning. It’s an

Your guests will enjoy stunning views

experience they won’t soon forget!

amidst a backdrop of maritime history.

A wedding in the Bath area is not

The Bath area offers elegant settings,

only an unforgettable experience for

intimate environments, and panoramic

you, but for your guests, too! They’ll love

views that have to b e se en to b e

exploring everything the area has to

b elieve d. T h e only limit s on yo ur

offer, and making memories that will last

wedding is your imagination!

a lifetime.

Miles from Bath to: Bangor 113; Portland 34; Boston 140; New York City 350; Montreal 260

For more information: Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber www.midcoastmaine.com 877-725-8797

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Popham Beach State Park, 14 miles south of Bath, features one of the longest sand beaches in Maine at low tide.

“A truly stunning day!”

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Bath’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:

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A quaint village community with four seasons of fun

THE BETHEL AREA offers a remarkable

start to finish; caterers to bring in

and romantic location for your destina-

gourmet food to your remote mountain

tion wedding.

lodging; spas for your pre-wedding

Ima gine the settin g you have

primping; florists who will fulfill your

dreamed about: a beautiful mansion or

desired theme within your budget; tent,

mountaintop scene, Bethel’s idyllic

chair, and dance floor rentals; and even

village with white-steepled churches

jewelers who can make your rings in a

and a gazebo on the green, alongside a

style reflective of western Maine, using

waterfall or a mountain stream, or

native gems and Maine workmanship!

under the Artist’s Covered Bridge. You can have it all here.

Where to get your marriage license: Bethel Town Office 19 Main Street • 207-824-2669

Bethel’s motto is “four seasons of fun,” and they really mean it! Whether

Bethel’s quaint community is small,

your guests prefer to put their feet up

but it offers the services you need to

and use this time to restore them-

make your wedding day perfect. There

selves in peace and quiet or to pursue

are many full-service hotels in the area

an outdoor activity, they will find plenty

with staff to help you plan your day from

to do, for any ability and budget.

Miles from Bethel to: Bangor 136; Portland 64; Boston 172; New York City 379; Montreal 189

For more information: Bethel Chamber of Commerce www.bethelmaine.com • 800-442-5826

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Bethel’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:

A1. Artist’s Covered Bridge A2. Bethel Common Town Gazebo A3. Middle Intervale Meeting House A4. The Bethel Inn Resort A5. Ski Esta

Bethel’s Top 5 Photo Sites:

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THE K ATAHDIN REGION is a four-

Class 5 whitewater rapids; or a simple

season wedding destination. Whether

ceremony with vast open views and

you get married in the summer, fall,

scenic settings, the possibilities within

winter, or spring, you’ll have a gorgeous

the Katahdin Region are endless.

A Four-Season Wedding Destination

backdrop to your big day. Summertime

Your guests will love having the

offers warm sunshine and the sparkling

o p p o r t unit y to e x p l o re M ain e ’s

deep blue hues of our lakes. Brilliant

untouched natural beauty during your

orange, red, and yellow paint the trees

event. Make it a wedding weekend and

in the fall, offering you and your guests

take advantage of hiking, biking, and

spectacular views at ever y turn.

ATV trails. Take a cruise on the lake in a

Winter’s white provides a crisp, clean

powerboat, canoe, or kayak to play,

palette for your memorable event.

fish, or just enjoy the call of Maine’s

Where to get your marriage license: Medway Town Office 4 School Street • 207-746-9531 East Millinocket Town Office 53 Main Street • 207-746-3551 Millinocket Town Clerk 197 Penobscot Avenue • 207-723-7007

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Whether you’re looking for a grand

famous loons. Plan a whitewater

lakeside ceremony with Mt. Katahdin,

rafting trip for your more adventurous

Maine’s highest peak, looming in the

wedding guests! Fun and relaxation

background; a quaint, private ceremony

await you and your guests in the

alongside the Penobscot River’s raging,

Katahdin Region.

Miles from Medway to: Bangor 62; Portland 189; Boston 295; New York City 502; Montreal 348 Miles from East Millinocket to: Bangor 65; Portland 192; Boston 297; New York City 505; Montreal 350

Miles from Millinocket to: Bangor 72; Portland 200; Boston 305; New York City 513; Montreal 326 For more information: Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce www.katahdinmaine.com 207-723-4443

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Katahdin Top 4 Wedding Sites:

A1. Baxter State Park A2. Millinocket Lake A3. New England Outdoor Center A4. Big Moose Inn

Katahdin Top 2 Photo Sites:

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B1. Baxter State Park B2. Millinocket Lake

Mt. Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, is the crown jewel of Baxter State Park and the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

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dinner in one of the region’s fine restau-

backdrop for your wedding than the beau-

rants, or as casual as a waterfront lobster

tiful beaches and deep blue water of the

bake by the shore or rustic barn event. The

Kennebunks? How about a stone church

region is also rich in all of the services you’ll

The place to be all year

perched above crashing waves? Or an

need for your special day, from photogra-

antique farmhouse overlooking the marsh?

phers to caterers, hairdressers and florists

Or a turn-of-the-century resort with a

to event planners, cake designers and

rolling green lawn? All of these venues —

videographers. Your guests can even travel

and more — are available for those looking

to your wedding on a trolley, or via a golf

to exchange vows in Maine. In the

cart limousine! There is no better place to

last decade, the Kennebunks have become

honeymoon than here in the beautiful

one of the country’s premier destina-

Kennebunks, with accommodations

tion wedding locations, primarily because

ranging from historic bed and breakfasts

of the local beauty, but also because of the

to antique vehicles.

many activities wedding parties and guests

The Kennebunks is one of the most

can enjoy here. The destination is perfect

photographic communities in the world,

and welcoming for all couples. Sunset kayak

and we are lucky to have so many talented

tour? Check. Sunrise breakfast on the

local photographers who remind us of

beach? Check. Evening cocktail cruise?

this with their striking images. Around

Check. Trolley tours? A plethora of shop-

every corner awaits the next best shot,

ping? Relaxing spas? Check, check and

which differs in ever y season, in the

check. In addition to a variety of wedding

changing light of the day. Add a bride and

sites, your rehearsal dinner or other special

groom to the scene and you’ve got the

occasion can be as formal as a sit-down

perfect shot.

Where to get your marriage license: Kennebunk Town Office 1 Summer Street • 207-985-2102 Kennebunkport Town Office 6 Elm Street • 207-967-4243 Wells Town Office 208 Sanford Road • 207-646-5113

Miles from Kennebunk to: Bangor 155; Portland 27; Boston 83; New York City 290; Montreal 326 Miles from Kennebunkport to: Bangor 156; Portland 28; Boston 84; New York City 292; Montreal 327 Miles from Wells to: Bangor 160; Portland 33; Boston 78; New York City 285; Montreal 321

For more information Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce www.visitthekennebunks.com 207-967-0857

The Kennebunks region offers several beautiful sand beaches.

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The epicenter for Maine’s rich FrancoAmerican heritage

prominent landmarks. Its opulence and

as a border between Lewiston and

grandeur is second to none.

Auburn, providing plenty of gorgeous

Take a stroll through the Bates

scenery for your L-A wedding backdrop.

College campus with your photogra-

The falls, in particular, are a popular

pher to capture the essence of one of

spot for photos. The cities of Lewiston

Maine’s elite colleges. Lake Andrews,

and Auburn are steeped in rich history,

located on campus near the well-known

and the architecture showcases both

Bates Museum of Art, is a popular spot

the past and the present.

for photo opportunities!

Located less than an hour from

There are also several public parks

Portland, the Lewiston-Auburn area

along the Androscoggin River that over-

offers a distinctly different experience.

look the massive falls. If you’re seeking

And your choices for celebration

drama, the falls is where you will find it!

venues and locations are varied!

Where to get your marriage license: Lewiston City Hall 27 Pine Street • 207-513-3000 Auburn City Hall 60 Court Street • 207-333-6601

Whether you are searching for a

The awe-inspiring Church of Saints

grand hotel ballroom, a quaint inn,

Peter and Paul is one of the few basil-

pristine golf course, or even an historic

icas left in New England, and the only

train station, the Lewiston-Auburn

one in Maine. It’s one of the area’s most

area has it.

Miles from Lewiston-Auburn to: Bangor 104; Portland 40; Boston 137; New York City 345; Montreal 238

For more information Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce www.androscoggincounty.com 207-783-2249.

The Androscoggin River provides a beautiful backdrop for your L-A wedding.

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The perfect blend of the present & a very special past

S E E K I N G T H E P E R F E C T wedding

dence. Maine has long been a beloved

destination? You’ve found it – whether

wedding destination, and Maine should

your wedding plans lean toward a beach

be where you start your life together.

wedding, a stay in luxury resort, or a

With thousands of miles of coastline,

ceremony on a schooner in Casco Bay,

soaring mountain peaks, pristine

stunning Greater Portland locations

forests and islands, bustling cities and

exceed the expectation of every style

charming towns and villages, Maine

and budget. Make memories in a beau-

offers something for everyone. We’ve

tiful location that you’ll treasure for a

been one of the world’s premier tourist

lifetime — Marry in Maine! The way life

destinations for hundreds of years, and

should be. It’s the Maine state slogan ...

we know how to offer a warm welcome

and the way you feel when you’re in

and create an unforgettable experi-

each other’s arms. That’s not a coinci-

ence.

Where to get your marriage license: Portland City Hall 389 Congress Street • 207-874-8610 Scarborough Town Office 259 U.S. Route 1 • 207-730-4020

Miles from Portland to: Bangor 129; Boston 107; New York City 315; Montreal 279

For more information: Greater Portland CVB 207-772-4994 www.visitportland.com

Coastal, urban or rural; islands, cityscapes or beaches, the Greater Portland region has almost any setting you could possibly want for your special day.

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Greater Portland’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:

A1. First Parish Portland Church A2. State of Maine Room, City Hall A3. Grace Event Center A4. Brick South at Thompson’s Point A5. Ocean Gateway Terminal

Greater Portland’s Top 5 Photo Sites:

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The Gateway to Maine

IN YORK, IT IS a common sight to see three or

or the countryside, you will find the perfect

four generations relaxing on the porch of a

location that will be remembered by all.

beach cottage, taking in the sunset after a day

York is blessed with spectacular scenery,

of frolicking in the waves. It’s no surprise that

which is the perfect backdrop for wedding

many who vacation here return to marry here. It

photos. Choose from local favorites, such as

is their place of fond memories, a place to be

the Nubble Lighthouse, bait shacks adorned

shared with their family and friends, a place for

with colorful lobster buoys, the beach, and the

new beginnings and traditions. From quintes-

Wiggly Bridge. Or let your inner child run wild

sential New England churches to ceremony sites

and climb aboard the carousel at the amuse-

with ocean views, there are plenty of places to

ment park or toss a skee-ball at the arcade for

consider, such as the Nubble Lighthouse, Fort

something more whimsical.

McClary, the Hamilton House, or on the beach.

Whether you are continuing a family tradi-

After the vows are exchanged, it is time to

tion or starting your own, the wedding profes-

celebrate! Gather your family and friends at

sionals of the Greater York Region Chamber of

one of the exceptional reception venues in the

Commerce invite you to consider the York

Greater York area. There are numerous options

region to host your wedding. Local wedding

available to accommodate your needs, style,

professionals will work with you to help plan

and tastes. Whether you prefer a casual

your wedding and assist you on the big day to

setting, an elegant ballroom, the ocean-side,

ensure things go perfectly.

Where to get your marriage license: York Town Office 186 York Street • 207-363-1003

Miles from York to: Bangor 172; Portland 44; Boston 65; New York City 275; Montreal 308

For more information Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce www.gatewaytomaine.org 207-363-4422

York is famous for its long sandy beaches, and safe, family-friendly beachtown atmosphere.

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York’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:

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BARNS Arabella Estate Wedding Barn & Special Events Come celebrate the happiest day of your life with us at Arabella Estate! Your three-day package includes the 5,000-SF barn, accommodations for up to 16, heated swimming pool, manicured grounds with flower gardens, and gas firepits. One-day and half-day packages also available. Tables, chairs, linens included. 766 Long Plains Road, Buxton 207-504-4101 • www.arabellaestate.com Bear Mountain Inn + Barn LOVE OUR SOUTHERN MAINE WEDDING VENUES. Are you dreaming of the charm and romance of a rustic yet chic Southern Maine wedding without the headache of planning from scratch? Bear Mountain Inn + Barn delivers perfectly orchestrated, heartfelt wedding ceremonies and receptions on our 25 acres of lakefront property and experienced professional staff – we’ll take care of every detail, uniquely designed for you. 364 Waterford Road, Waterford • 207-583-4404 www.bearmtninn.com Beech Hill Barn

Beech Hill Barn is a stunning post and beam event venue. The property also offers the Country House with pool, the Oak Grove with a mountain view for ceremonies, the Stone Patio for cocktail hour, the East Field for tents and games, and of course, the panoramic view of Maine countryside. 200 Beech Hill Rd, Pittston 207-458-4749 • www.beechhillbarn.com Hardy Farm

Hardy Farm is a very special and unique venue for weddings and events offering an authentically historic feel, with a distinctly unique ambiance of contemporary yet rustic elegance. 254 W. Fryeburg Road, Fryeburg 207-869-5289 • www.hardyfarm.com King’s Hill Inn & Barn Looking for beauty, history, and elegance for your rustic wedding? We bet our beautiful barn is the perfect location for your celebration of love! 56 King Hill Road, South Paris 207-774-0204 • www.kingshillinn.com The 1812 Farm

Sweeping lawns and gardens, a glittering pond with fountain and an 18th century Maine barn, the stage is set for you and your guests and an unforgettable moment in time. 1297 Bristol Road, Bristol 207-563-6007 • www.the1812farm.com

BOOKS / EDUCATION D.R. Dionne (Author) & Steve Hrehovcik (Illustrator) The Best Wedding Ever Weddings are one of the most happy days. Family and friends gather to celebrate this exciting event. It’s a special treat for the Flower Girl and Ring Bearer. Join them as they tell this wonderful story. See all the preparations, formal processions and heartfelt moments when the Bride and Groom become married. There’s fun, food, flowers, music, dancing, picture taking and lasting memories. djsmaine.com/the-best-wedding-ever BRIDAL STYLE The Henry’s Bridal Boutique & Formal Wear Our knowledgeable staff will assist you in finding the wedding gown of your dreams. We carry gowns to accommodate everyone’s budget, so you can realize your bridal dreams no matter what your budget. No appointment is necessary. 31 Washington Street, Bangor 207-947-0702 • www.bangorbridal.com CATERING / BAKERIES / CHOCOLATIERS Blue Elephant Events and Catering Blue Elephant offers one-of-a-kind wedding packages that guarantee that your wedding and reception will be the one that you have always dreamed of.

265 North Street, Saco • 207-281-3070 www.blueelephantcatering.com Good Food Store & Catering Company Catered events of all sizes and styles. Our goal is to take the stress and hassle out of entertaining, so you can enjoy your guests. We make real food, not wedding food! 212 Mayville Road, Bethel • 207-824-3754 www.goodfoodbethel.com Kitchen Chicks Catering We are a full-service catering company, located in beautiful Kennebunk, Maine. At Kitchen Chicks Catering we offer fun, elegant food for every occasion. Delicious and beautiful food, impeccable service, and meticulous attention to detail. 41 Water Street, Kennebunk • 207-985-0252 www.kitchenchickscatering.com Stone Cove Catering Just as there is no template for a standard party — no list of “musts” for the event of a lifetime, we believe catering for your gathering is a very personal and unique choice! Together we will craft the event that reflects you — your story, your tastes, your distinctive style. P.O. Box 40, Bristol • 877-548-0095 www.stonecovecatering.com

CHEERS Maine Spirits

We believe that supporting locally distilled spirits is good for our economy and offers a positive contribution to the people who live and work in the state of Maine. We hope you’ll give these products a try and support the local entrepreneurs who help to fuel the Maine economy. www.mainespirits.com ENTERTAINMENT / BANDS / DJ Double Platinum Celebrations Tell us all about your dream wedding. We know that every wedding is as special as the two people being joined in matrimony. We will work with you and your loved one to create a custom wedding package to suit your distinct needs. Weddings are what we do! We want you to relax and enjoy the day. 207-939-3761 • www.maineplatinumdj.com The Music Man DJ Service When you celebrate, make it wonderful in every respect, starting with the entertainment. The Music Man DJ Service offers you something special: “Excellence.” 207-423-4859 • www.themusicmandjservice.com EVENT DESIGNERS & WEDDING PLANNERS Blue Elephant Events and Catering Blue Elephant offers one-of-a-kind wedding packages that guarantee that your wedding and reception will be the one that you have always dreamed of.

12 Pepperell Square, Saco • 207-281-3070 www.blueelephantcatering.com Laurie Andrews Design Creative Events • Flowers • Furnishings. A full service wedding planner and floral designer for local and destination weddings from Maine to Massachusetts, Laurie Andrews Design can help you make your dream wedding day a reality! Serving all of New England. 364 Maine Mall Road, South Portland 207-423-9622 • www.laurieandrewsdesign.com LA Blue Venue Brokers & Maine Venue Partners Our mission is to connect our venues with clients and clients with venues looking for unique and inspiring spaces that engage and excite, and to partner with new and existing venues to help guide them through the eyes of a potential client and the eyes of a experienced vendor. We are an experienced team with a restless desire to collaborate, connect with, and explore event spaces throughout New England. 207-423-9622 • www.mainevenuepartners.com

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EVENT RENTALS & TENTS A+ Party Rental

Providing A+ quality rental products at a fair market price, supported by experienced, courteous staff. 10 Washington Avenue, Scarborough 888-611-2999 www.apluspartyrentalme.com FLORISTS Fleur De Lis

Fleur De Lis is a full-service fine floral boutique located in South Portland, Maine. From unique floral design to fresh and fragrant fine art arrangements and gifts, their experienced floral team goes above and beyond to deliver high-quality flowers to complement your personal taste and wedding vision. 460 Ocean Street, South Portland 207-799-4458 • www.flowersinmaine.com HAIR & MAKEUP A Hair to Remember by Kim Doll Kim Doll has been doing special event hair for over 20 years. With the experience of over 1,000 weddings to her credit, she is an efficient and poised professional able to handle the stresses of any wedding party. She offers on-site hairstyling for the entire bridal party and custom designs for each bride during their pre-bridal consultation. She keeps her styles and skills current with continuing education and hair shows all over the country. 207-691-3809 • www.kimberlydoll.com JEWELRY Day’s Jewelers

Diamond professionals since 1914, Day’s Jewelers offers many services in addition to our collection of jewelry and gifts, including custom design, appraisals, and watch repair. www.daysjewelers.com Maine: 600 Center Street, Auburn • 207-784-6766 4 Stephen King Drive #2, Augusta • 207-579-0499 930 Stillwater Avenue, Bangor • 207-990-0351 49 Topsham Fair Mall Rd, Topsham • 207-725-8559 415 Philbrook Avenue, S. Portland • 207-780-6052 80 Main Street, Waterville • 207-872-9025 New Hampshire: 66 March Avenue, Manchester • 603-641-8232 567 Amherst Street, Nashua • 603-324-5200 LOCAL EXPERTS Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce 2 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor • 207-288-5103 www.barharborinfo.com Bath, Maine 15 Commercial Street, Bath 207-442-7291 • www.visitbath.com 158 | WWW.REALMAINEWEDDINGS.COM

Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce 14 Main Street, Belfast 207-338-5900 • www.belfastmaine.org Bethel Chamber of Commerce 8 Station Place, Bethel 800-442-5826 • www.bethelmaine.com Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau Bangor • 207-947-5205 • 800-91-MOOSE www.visitbangormaine.com Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau 1375 Congress Street, Portland • 207-772-4994 www.visitportland.com Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce 1 Stonewall Lane, York • 207-363-4422 www.gatewaytomaine.org Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce 1029 Central Street, Millinocket • 207-723-4443 www.katahdinmaine.com Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce 269 Western Avenue, Augusta 207-623-4559 • www.augustamaine.com Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce 16 Water Street, Kennebunk • 207-967-0857 www.gokennebunks.com Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce 415 Lisbon Street, Lewiston • 207-783-2249 www.androscoggincounty.com Maine Office of Tourism 59 State House Station, Augusta 888-624-6345 • www.visitmaine.com Maine Wedding Association The MWA produces comprehensive and professional bridal shows in Augusta, Bangor, Freeport, Lewiston, and Portland. www.maineweddingassociation.com Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce 36 Main Street, Ogunquit • 207-646-2939 www.ogunquit.org Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce 2 Public Landing, Camden • 207-236-4404 1 Park Drive, Rockland • 800-562-2529 www.mainedreamvacation.com Rangeley Lakes Maine Chamber of Commerce 6 Park Road, Rangeley • 207-864-5571 800-MT-LAKES • www.rangeleymaine.com OFFICIANTS

All In One Weddings Statewide Our professional, award-winning team of Notaries, JPs, and Ministers will create a beautiful ceremony offering many unique vows, options and traditions. Custom packages may include your photos, video, flowers, cake, limo, DJ, day-of coordinator and honeymoon suite. Assistance in choosing the perfect Maine venue. Affordable weddings for every budget! As always, LGBTQ friendly! Statewide • 207-504-4101 Mobile / Text Anytime! www.allin1weddings.com/Maine

PHOTO BOOTHS Maine to Boston Photo Booth Rental Maine to Boston Photo Booth Rental has everything you need to make your event the most memorable it can be. You and your guests will be thrilled with the quality of product and professional service that is offered to you by Maine to Boston Photo Booth Rental. 207-205-2221 • www.m2bphotobooth.com PHOTOGRAPHY Emily Brianne Photography Your experience with me is more than just showing up and snapping some pretty pictures. I aim to provide a fun, helpful experience for you and your partner from the initial steps of planning to the last kiss on the dance floor, and everything else in between. www.emilybriannephotography.com Kivalo Photography It is all about the in-between moments… the cuddles, laughter, Eskimo kisses, and all those everyday minutes that make you the perfect match for each other. That ordinary everyday magic is what makes romantic and connected love stories and long-lasting marriages. 207-749-6900 • www.kivalophotography.com Melissa Gebert Photography Photographs from your wedding are meant to capture the real, beautiful, raw moments that make up such an important day in your lives. My place behind the camera is not to direct and pose every aspect — it is to provide a space where you can truly be yourself in front of the camera, giving you the opportunity to stay present and live the experience as your wedding day unfolds. 207-449-8923 • www.melissagebert.com Molly Breton & Co. Planning your wedding can be stressful, but finding the perfect photographer is about to get really simple. Let’s chat about how we can make your day perfect and we’ll make a plan together that will help everything run smoothly while still capturing all those special moments like the first look, the first dance and the candid ones with your family and friends. 207-747-8132 • www.mollybretonandco.com Two Adventurous Souls Photography Your wedding is more than just a day, it’s your love story. When you look back at your photographs we want you to feel the emotions all over again, to relive the epic, sweaty dance party! Our approach to capturing your wedding is focusing on moments with primarily candid, photojournalistic coverage with some light direction during your couples images to tell the story of your love, of families coming together, of joy. 207-671-5331 • www.twoadventuroussouls.com


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RECEPTION / EVENT CENTERS / REHEARSALS Agora Grand Event Center Your all-inclusive wedding venue rental comes complete with luxury amenities including an elegant chapel, a magnificent reception hall for small and large weddings alike, an exquisite balcony lounge to pamper you and your wedding party, and New England’s most unique honeymoon suite to share with your loved one. 220 Bates Street, Lewiston • 844-552-4672 www.agoragrand.com Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center We provide a full range of wedding services including ceremony location, reception, dining, decor, and lodging for your guests. 119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor 207-288-5801 • www.barharbormainehotel.com Coveside Bed & Breakfast Coveside Bed and Breakfast offers the ideal waterfront location to make your wedding or other special event truly memorable. Situated on Gotts Cove at the mouth of the Sheepscot River, the views down the lawn to the cove, the working lobster co-op and beyond to Sheepscot Bay are spectacular. Coveside is ideal for micro-weddings or weddings of up to 125 guests, family vacation reunions, and corporate retreats. Offering flexible packages and plenty of outdoor space for social distancing. 207-371-2807 • www.covesidebandb.com Booking through LABlue Venue Brokers www.MaineVenuePartners.com Crooked Steeple Hall Nestled along Maine’s winding Penobscot River, Crooked Steeple Hall has been a fixture in Winterport dating back to 1850. Boasting the original working church bell cast in 1872, striking stained glass windows and 20-inch-wide wooden floorboards, Crooked Steeple Hall has been thoughtfully and painstakingly renovated with finishing touches in 2019. It is poised to be a distinct wedding locale offering a true Maine experience for couples seeking a one-of-a-kind Maine destination. 176 Main Street, Winterport • 207-404-0548 www.crookedsteeplehall.com Dockside Restaurant of York Harbor Our lovely coastal York, Maine wedding venue has the most beautiful view of York Harbor and all its nautical activities. Our sprawling lawn to the ocean’s edge makes for the perfect ceremony spot, and we have everything onsite at our Maine resort to make your special day memorable. 22 Harris Island Road, York • 207-363-2722 www.dockside-restaurant.com Maine Maritime Museum Waterfront ceremony, tented reception in the historic shipyard, elegant dinner in the timber-frame hall, cocktails on the riverside deck — create your custom wedding on the banks of the Kennebec River in historic Bath, Maine. 243 Washington Street, Bath • 207-443-1316 www.mainemaritimemuseum.org

New England Outdoor Center/Twin Pines Lakeside resort with breathtaking scenery; full-service custom weddings with lodging and catering. Indoor and outdoor event options are available. Open year-round. Destination wedding venue. 30 Twin Pines Road, Millinocket Lake 800-634-7238 • www.neoc.com Nonantum Resort Dedicated to providing our guests with the highest quality service, we assure that your wedding or vacation in Maine is everything you dreamed it would be. 95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport 207-967-4050 • 888-205-1555 www.nonantumresort.com Province Lake Golf Sitting astride the Maine and New Hampshire border, the beautiful grounds of Province Lake Golf sit among majestic pine, birch and firs with a stunning view of the Ossipee Mountains, Course and Lake. 18 Mountain Road, Parsonsfield 207-793-9612 • www.provincelakegolf.com Purpoodock Club

We have room to accommodate up to 140 people for a formal seated event and up to 200 for a non-seated event. Our flexibility allows for board or business meetings, luncheons or dinner parties, overlooking the 1st tee and 9th green, hearty hors d’oeuvres receptions, special occasion celebrations, holiday parties, wedding receptions and more. 300 Spurwink Ave, Cape Elizabeth 207-799-2273 • www.purpoodock.com River Winds Farm & Estate River Winds Farm, now re-named River Winds Farm & Estate, is a family-owned and operated farm conveniently located in Saco, Maine. Now offering event planning and coordination for destination weddings 207-415-2110 • www.riverwindsfarmandestate.com Sebasco Harbor Resort Tucked away on 450 acres of midcoast Maine, discover a breathtaking oceanfront venue for spring, summer, and fall weddings. Relax, rejuvenate, and celebrate at Sebasco. Pure Maine. 29 Kenyon Road, Phippsburg • www.sebasco.com 207-389-1161 • 866-389-2072 The Bethel Inn Resort Our renowned 200-acre resort, lawns and gardens, country elegance, welcoming staff, and multitude of locations for receptions and banquets set us apart from the ordinary choices available to you. 21 Broad Street, Bethel • 207-824-2175 800-654-0125 • www.bethelinn.com

The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel Our expansive, waterfront deck and tidal river offer breathtaking event space. Our dedicated service team, onsite accommodations, and David’s KPT restaurant ensure your guests will be well provided for. 21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport • 877-266-1304 www.boathouseme.com Union Bluff Meeting House The Union Bluff Meeting House is an oceanfront destination offering breathtaking views with a classic graciousness, both inside and out. We can make your event unique and memorable. 8 Beach Street, York Beach • 207-363-1333 www.unionbluff.com Village by the Sea Affordable and elegant wedding receptions. Large main ballroom. Outdoor ceremony site with gazebo. Wedding coordinator. Perfect resort for destination weddings. One- and two-bedroom suites and swimming pools. 1373 Post Road, Wells • 207-646-1100 www.wellsmaineweddings.com TRANSPORTATION Maine Limousine Service Maine Limousine Service is the area’s premier private transportation provider. Our fleet features luxury vehicles including sedans, sports utility vehicles, vans, shuttles, limousines and an antique show-stopper 1962 British Bentley. 70 Pleasant Hill Road, Scarborough 207-883-0222 • www.mainelimo.com Northeast Charter & Tour We know that when you’re planning your big day, transportation is a key element to everything coming together. Our team is here to give you the solutions you need to ensure that everything goes smoothly. It’s important to us that your special day is glitch-free. 235 Goddard Road, Lewiston • 207-784-3159 www.northeastchartertour.com VIDEOGRAPHY Life in Focus

You want your story told with emotion. You want to cry all over again because you’re hearing those beautiful speeches once more. You want to relive your first dance with the love of your life. You want something beautiful that will make you smile, laugh, cry, be excited for your love story. Every time. 207-240-1113 • www.lifeinfocusweddings.com

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WEDDING GARMENT CARE / DRY CLEANING / PRESERVATION Pratt Abbott

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Pratt Abbott is Maine’s expert in wedding dress cleaning, on-site preparation, and post-ceremony preservation. Whether you ship your wedding dress to us from away or take advantage of free local pick-up and delivery, when you choose Pratt Abbott you’re choosing the best. 14 locations in Maine to serve you. 207-210-5127 • www.prattabbottwedding.com • 160-acre horse farm and estate • • Sleeps up to 16 people • • Accommodates up to 250 guests •

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WEDDING SHOWS/EVENTS Bliss Wedding Show March 12 & 13, 2022 – Thompson’s Point BLISS is a curated boutique wedding show that engages couples to meet their vendor team in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Over 80 vendors will help you plan your special day. We will have a lounge to sit down in and relax and the bar and food vendors will be open during the show hours. Saturday, March 12, 5pm-8pm • VIP Session Sunday, March 13, 10am-12pm • VIP Session Sunday, March 13, 11am-4pm • General Admission VIP Admission $25, or 2 for $40 General Admission: $10 www.blissweddingsmaine.com

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