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PRELUDE

A S W E L O O K B A C K at the 2020 wedding season here in Maine, we are still recovering and navigating through the disruption in our lives caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. So many celebrations were postponed and plans put on hold. We all made sacrifices that none of us could have ever anticipated. Our perspective on the world, our human nature, and our lives and how we live them have been permanently altered.

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

Despite the challenges that 2020 brought to all of us, 6,760 marriage licenses were issued in the State of Maine between January 1 and October 31, 2020. This number is down from 8,776 in the same period of 2019. Thousands of weddings and celebrations were produced safely and with proper procedures to ensure the continued good health of all who attended and worked. These are the things that we should remember about the 2020 wedding season in Maine. Brides, grooms, families, friends, and wedding professionals came together to make it work and get things done. We thank you and wish great fortune for 2021 and beyond to all who participated in these safe weddings.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Timothy Ames, Susan Grieve, Lena Hartford, Abigail Worthing

Our July 2020 issue was our first digital-only issue. Now that we are back in physical print, we decided to feature the weddings and styled shoots first seen online in July in this new issue. It is important not only to give the couples and wedding professionals featured something tangible for their efforts, but also to make sure that these beautiful images are shared and recorded. I think you’ll agree that it was worth the wait!

Real Maine Weddings is published twice a year by Real Maine Weddings, LLC. Stories and photography published in Real Maine Weddings are chosen for their quality and editorial interest, and 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.

All of us at Real Maine Weddings wish you the best for 2021! We can’t wait to see what the wedding season brings. Be safe,

Reuben Bell III, Editor

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York and distributed at select bridal shows along the East Coast, as well as Day’s Jewelers and bridal salons throughout Maine. Newsstand Cover Date: January 2021; published December 2020. Vol. 14, No. 1, ©2021. Advertisers, photographers, and their agents are responsible for 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. Cover photo by Nadra Photography

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PHOTOGRAPHY

#postponedontcancel In early June of 2020, more than 30 members of the Maine Wedding community answered a call to come together and show solidarity for their beloved industry, recently devastated by the COVID 19 pandemic. Event businesses in Maine have been closed since March, with little indication from the politicians on when Maine might be back open for our kind of business. We are encouraging our clients and to postpone (not cancel) their 2020 events and encouraging each other to look forward to a busy and productive 2021 wedding season. We asked each business participating in this project to write down a thought or share a feeling while they were waiting to be photographed and interviewed. Here are a few of these quotes:

“We will get through this together because we are EVENT STRONG!” — Leigh Doran, Nadra Photography

“My wish is that we use this time to love each other well and protect each other.” — Amber Small, Sweetest Thing Weddings

“One day soon, we’ll look back on a time that tested us and scared us but made us stronger. We’ll come out of this with a new perspective, be better for it, and raise the bar higher than ever before!” — David Bates, David Bates Photography All of us represented here hope that you are your families are safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you at your special events in the future! #postponedontcancel #marryME2021 #eventstrong #wereallinthistogether #marriedinmaine2021 4 | WWW.REALMAINEWEDDINGS.COM

207 Wedding Films & Photography: 99 Adventures & Vows: 74 A Moment in Time Photographs: 85 Allie Kelley Photography: 18 Andrea Simmons Photography: 6, 11, 12, 68, 73, 93, 94-98 Ave Maria Photography: 153 Becca Dunn Photography: 56-59 Brendan Bullock Photography: 85 CA Smith Photography: 139 Cait Bourgault Photography: 111, 137 Carolwood Productions: 143 Caron & Co. Photography: inside cover, 5, 8, 78-83, 85, 134, 159 Carrie Mae Photography: 91 Chris Becker: 138 Closer North: 5, 6, 11, 66, 69, 74, 83, 90, 106-111 Courtney Elizabeth Media: 10 Cuppa Photography: 17 Cynthia Kate Photography: 2, 22 Dave & Kerri Photography: 148 Dear Jenna Photography: 13, 142 Dory Diaz Photography: 153 Elizabeth Ivy Photography: 6, 93, 112-117 Elusive Photography: 152 Emily Brianne Photography: 69, 151 Emily Delamater Photography: 121 Emily MacCabe Photography: 120 Esther Mathieu: 7 Focus Photography: 4, 19, 20, 22, 60-63, 139, 161 Jaimee Morse Photography: 11, 65 Jeff Kirlin: 124, 125 Jenn Marie Photography: 13, 84 Jessie Dineen Photography: 130 Jessie Felix Photography: 8, 73, 85 Joanne Lee Photography: 91 Kate & Keith Photography: 105

Katelyn Mallet Photography: 130 Kelly Payeur Photography: 8, 41-45 Kim Chapman Photography: 51-55, 89, 161 Kivalo Photography: 118 LAD Photography: 140, 152, 159 Leslie Swan Photography: 21 Maillett Photography: 70 Maine Tinker Photography: 31 Mark McCall Photography: 90 Melissa Gebert: 76, 126 Meraki Portrait: 71 Michael Whitman: 143 Miranda Mulligan Photography: 30 Molly Breton & Co.: 23, 30, 119 Nadra Photography: cover, inside cover, 8, 28, 32, 34, 92, 153 Nick Genesio Photography: 147 Patrick McNamara Photography: 145, 153 Provencher Photography: 64, 76 Rachel Buckley Weddings: 162 Radiance by Design: 67 Revolution Summer: 88, 146, 148 Rocky Tejada Photography: 8, 13, 46-50 Sabin Beckwith: 3 Samantha Clemmer Photography: 6, 88, 89, 93, 100-105, 147, 151 Sara Elizabeth Photography: 16 Sierra Archer Photography: 33, 127 Siousca: 143 Stephanie Lasher: 14, 15 Story Silo Media: 36-40 Suzanne Simmons Photography: 132 The Libby’s Photo and Film: 7 Two Adventurous Souls: 123, 144, 145, 149 Wild Lima Photography: 150 Whitney Fox Photography: 105


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CONTENTS

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F E AT U R E

S T OR I E S

COVID-19 WEDDINGS ...................... 88

Wedding professionals share photos illustrating how the pandemic shaped weddings across Maine in 2020.

MOUNTAIN ROMANCE { BROOKS } ...................... 94

A romantic proposal on Cadillac Mountain leads to Fuschia and Brandon’s whimsical wedding in the hills of midcoast Maine

A DECADE OF LOVE { YORK } ...................... 100

Allyson and Quinn’s seaside wedding is the culmination of 10 years of romance. ANCHORS AWAY { ROCKLAND } ...................... 106

Cori and Nathan’s nautical nuptials in Rockland aboard a vintage 1920s schooner. A CLIFFSIDE WEDDING { CAPE NEDDICK } ...................... 112

Megan and Matthew plan a romantic coastal wedding in Cape Neddick.

P L U S : AN EXTENDED ENGAGEMENT

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Our 2020 Wedding of the Year winners, Rachel and Adam, find themselves engaged for an extra year. 6 | WWW.REALMAINEWEDDINGS.COM

PHOTOS: (TOP LEFT) ANDREA SIMMONS PHOTOGRAPHY; (TOP RIGHT) SAMANTHA CLEMMER PHOTOGRAPHY; (MIDDLE LEFT AND BOTTOM) CLOSER NORTH; (MIDDLE RIGHT) ELIZABETH IVY PHOTOGRAPHY

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CONTENTS I N S P I R AT I O N | 1 0 I N S P I R E D P H OTO S | 1 0

A selection of stunning photographs from Maine wedding photographers. M A I N E W E D D I N G T R E N D S | 14

New trends on the horizon for Maine weddings.

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.

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ASK THE EXPERT | 28

Timothy Ames offers a heartfelt message to the Maine wedding community. FOCUS ON HAIR | 30

Lena Hartford talks about current trends in wedding hair and what will work best for you. ASK THE EXPERT | 34

Fausto Pifferrer of Blue Elephant events on what keeps his professional life fresh after 35 years. I N S P I R AT I O N | 3 6

Seasons of Love! Maine wedding pros capture the essence of the four seasons with a special holiday bonus.

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M A I N E F LO R A L G U I D E | 6 4

View a selection of gorgeous bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres created by Maine florists. MAINE CAKES | 71

Creative cakes and desserts made by Maine bakers. C H E E R S! | 7 8

Delicious ideas on how to serve your guests in style. L I C E N S E D TO W E D | 8 4

A step-by-step guide to make your Maine marriage official. 50 THINGS | 86

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O F F I C I A N T S | 12 0

Things to consider before saying “I Do!” W E D D I N G P L A N N E R S | 12 2

Newly engaged? Yes, you need a wedding planner. D E S T I N AT I O N S

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G R E AT E R B A N G O R | 124

THE KENNEBUNKS | 138

B E T H E L | 12 9

M I D C OA S T | 142

B A R H A R B O R | 12 6 B AT H | 1 3 2

CASTINE | 134

K E N N E B E C VA L L E Y | 1 3 5 K ATA H D I N | 1 3 6

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G R E AT E R P O R T L A N D | 14 6 R A N G E L E Y L A K E S | 14 8 YO R K | 1 5 0

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M A I N E W EDDI NG

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Top: Bare feet and seaweed are an added bonus to many Maine weddings. Photo by Closer North

Above: Just in case! Every little man needs a pocket full of sweets. Photo by Andrea Simmons Photography

Left: This sweet pup is as excited as any wedding guest for the ceremony to start. Photo by Jaimee Morse Photography

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This page: A bride and groom share a moment of quiet bliss in the midst this bustling barn wedding. Photo by Andrea Simmons Photography

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“ Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” —Lao Tzu

Top: A wedding journey begins with these first steps into the bright Maine foliage. Photo by Dear Jenna Photography Left: Soft tulle invites dreams of her own wedding dress for this flower girl. Photo by Jenn Marie Photography

Above: Maine’s rocky coast provides a dramatic and subdued backdrop for these newlyweds. Photo by Rocky Tejada Photography

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wedding 2021 TRENDS

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ou don’t need to look far in Maine to see marijuana dispensaries popping

up. Since Mainers voted to legalize recreational use in 2016, the cannabis industry has been thriving state-wide, and is now beginning to appear in the most important party of people’s lives: their wedding. As marijuana use becomes normalized and the stigma begins to fade, more and more couples are finding ways to incorporate a little green into their wedding celebrations. PHOTOS: (OPPOSITE PAGE AND RIGHT) STEPHANIE LASHER; (BELOW) ISTOCKPHOTO.COM / ALEXANDRUM79

“Having marijuana at your wedding would be amazing because everyone has a good time, and no one gets sloppy,” said Karleena Stoner, a marijuana farmer. “You

to get the recreational sale, which would

strains to choose from, having a budtender

just might need more snacks!”

make marijuana available for purchase to

at your reception can help guide your guests

Morgan and Karleena Stoner are the

everyone, are frustrating, dispensaries like

looking to dabble in something new. Couples

proprietors of Stoner and Co., a licensed

Stoner and Co. are hopeful that recreational

can also work with their budtender to ensure

dispensary in Biddeford, Maine. Established

use is right around the corner.

that guests aren’t over-indulging, setting

in 2015, Stoner and Co. serves the area with

“As the recreational use opens up, the

Maine-grown marijuana from their dispen-

stigma will start to disappear, and people

sary. The couple says that so far they have

will realize how much better it is to use mari-

Budtenders can also work with the

had four inquiries into providing marijuana

juana than alcohol,” said Karleena Stoner.

bartender, and couples can collaborate on

for wedding celebrations, a number they

“No one gets belligerent smoking. It’s more

pairings for cocktails and strains, the same

expect will rise as recreational use be-

mellow and fun.”

way some couples may choose to pair

comes more readily available in Maine.

For couples looking to offer a way for

weeds

time frames for consumption and limits per guest.

whiskey and cigars. As not all guests may want to partake in cannabis,

A GROWING TREND IN WEDDING

some couples elect to have a smoking tent away from the party where guests can stop

EXPERIENCES

by and enjoy the selection.

BY ABIGAIL WORTHING

can be furnished with lounge

With a separate area, which seating, guests will be able

Mainers voted to approve

guests to imbibe, hiring a budtender can

to indulge in a secluded space to enjoy with

th e re cre -

help facilitate the use throughout the recep-

friends before rejoining the party.

ational use

tion. From checking IDs to making recom-

M o rg a n Sto n e r co m m e nte d th a t

of marijuana in

mendations, a budtender can be invaluable

contrary to popular belief, having a mari-

2016, and while there

if you are choosing to include marijuana in

juana reception as opposed to an alcohol

your celebration.

reception can end up being less expensive

have been legal hold-ups for recreational sales, the

“Any of our budtenders in-house would

than going with an open bar. According to an

decriminalization has led

be thrilled to serve at a wedding,” said

internal study at The Knot, the average cost

to a wide-spread surge

Karleena Stoner. “They are knowledgeable

of alcohol at a wedding is $2,300 and hosting

of dispensaries across the state. While resi-

about the product and are so familiar with

a cannabis bar could be considerably less.

dents and visitors can possess up to 2.5

each strain, they are able to guide guests to

ounces at a time, purchasing marijuana is

the right item for them.”

“If you were to host a marijuana bar, $1,000 would probably cover 100 guests,”

still only legal if the buyer has secured a

The different varieties, or strains, of

medical card through a licensed physician.

marijuana each have different qualities and

said Morgan Stoner. For couples looking for a way to incorpo-

While the legal obstacles on the state level

effects on the user. With so many different

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using smoke, consider having a CannaCock-

throughout the evening, without the risk of

hotel room, allowing them to enjoy some of

tail, a cocktail made with small amounts of

overindulging. Couples working with a

Maine’s freshest agriculture upon arrival.

THC or CBD, which provides the relaxing

budtender can tailor restrictions to the

“ When my cousin got married, she

qualities of marijuana without the high. With

crowd, placing limits on when they are

curated a really amazing basket for guests to

a CannaCocktail, guests can have the illusion

offered and a limit of edibles per guest.

have in their hotel rooms, with local items

of a traditional cocktail hour with the effects

Couples should also be sure all edibles are

and a hangover kit,” said Karleena Stoner.

of cannabis. Introducing a cannabis cocktail

clearly marked and responsibly consumed to

“Wouldn’t it be a great surprise to also have

at your reception allows the use of cannabis

ensure edibles are not left lying around for

a few joints in there as well?”

to be streamlined with the rest of your cele-

tiny hands looking for something sweet.

For Stoner and Co., their most common

bration, mixing in the elements that you

If you’re passionate about marijuana but

exports for weddings are wedding party

enjoy about cannabis without the smoke or

you’re not sure you want to incorporate it into

gifts, as a thank you for the time and friend-

with the divide between cannabis users and

your reception, there are other ways that you

ship from th e bride an d gro om . For

other guests.

can choose to include some green into your

groomsman gifts, Stoner and Co. have had

Other couples may choose edibles, both

wedding celebration. Some may choose to

purchases of their pre-roll tins, which hold 5

a common and effective way of ingesting

have a parting gift that will allow your guests

joints, or what they call their Apothecary

marijuana without smoke. If choosing to

to enjoy the wedding even after they leave.

Trio. This specialty gift has three jars of

offer edibles to guests, this could be another

“We sell pre-roll joints for five dollars

curated strains, labeled “Love Potion,” “Sleep

area where it would be ideal to utilize a

apiece, which can be a great gift for a low

Tonic,” and “Brain Elixir,” making it a gift with

budtender to help facilitate consumption.

price,” said Karleena Stoner. “And what a

a little something for everyone.

Edibles have varying degrees of effective-

great way to remember the day!”

ness, and therefore may affect people in

If you’re planning on having guests from

different ways. Lower dosages will allow for

out of town, consider including a pre-roll or

your guests to more easily track their usage

an edible in your welcome basket from their

Stoner and Co. also carries THC chocolate bars, which the company wraps themselves in house. “The chocolate bars would be a great favor for a wedding because we do have the capability to print special wrappers for the chocolate,” said Karleena Stoner. “We could specialize for the couple, incorporating their colors or the wedding date, or a thank you

Wedding Dance Trends

message.” When planning, be mindful that if guests will be present who are under 21, the

THIS YEAR’S MOST REQUESTED WEDDING SONGS FROM DJ JASON

budtender must check IDs to prevent

First Dance

open bar approach, the budtender must also

underage consumption in the same way a bartender would for alcohol. If you are having cannabis items for sale, as opposed to an ch e ck m e dical ID cards prior to th e

“Falling Like The Stars” by James Arthur

purchasing. If you are hoping to include marijuana in

“Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves “This Is It” by Scotty McCreery

your wedding, be sure to have open and

Father/Daughter Dance

other vendors. While some may be open to

honest communication with your venue and the inclusion of marijuana, others may have

“Your Song” by Elton John “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

information from you about your plans.

Mother/Son Dance

because there’s no hangover, no calories, you

“Having cannabis at your wedding is great don’t need to consume as much,” Karleena

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by DJ Jason Strycharz, The Music Man DJ Service

Stoner said. “The more it becomes normalized, the better!”

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Undercover Dining

Caterers found creative ways in 2020 to keep food covered in unique and surprising ways. Entrées, salad, and even desserts all found themselves delivered to wedding guests safely under glass and plastic. PHOTOS: (LEFT) SAMANTHA CLEMMER PHOTOGRAPHY; (BELOW) FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY

Mobile Bar Trucks

Mobile bar setups are a unique way to serve guests during cocktail hour or throughout your entire reception. There are trailers and campers equipped for full

bar service and others specifically outfitted for craft beer taps and prosecco. Cheers! PHOTOS: (OPPOSITE PAGE) ALLIE KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY; (LEFT) FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Safer Small Bites

Hors d’ouvres found themselves facing similar safety challenges as other parts of wedding meals in 2020. Creative ways to serve grazing stations and hot and cold small bites are

quickly becoming standard serving styles. PHOTOS: FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY

Mini Cocktails

Why do hors d’ouvres get to have all the fun? Mini cocktails in eye-catching vessels are a great way to offer a small burst of flavor to your guests. PHOTOS: FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Kitsch, Kitsch, Hooray! Vintage kitsch elements

are making appearances alongside classic traditional tablescapes. Tropical elements, flamingos, and AstroTurf bring a welcome sense of lightness and humor to the table. PHOTOS: CYNTHIA KATE PHOTOGRAPHY

Plated Meals

We always come back to the classics! In an era where food stations and family-style service are problematic, classic plated dinner service is making a comeback. PHOTO: FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Love is in the

AIR

THESE TIMELESS PIECES FROM DAY’S JEWELERS ARE SURE TO SEND YOUR ROMANTIC STOCK SKYROCKETING THIS VALENTINE’S SEASON.

QUALITY PIECES OF JEWELRY are not only perfect gifts for anyone in your life with a love of all things sparkly, but also timeless heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation. These gorgeous sets can be worn together or as individual pieces, depending

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1 | 1/4 Carat Diamond Necklace in 14 Karat White Gold. Diamonds never go out of style. Celebrate the eternal beauty of diamonds with this fabulous fashion necklace. Perfect as that special added touch to your wardrobe, this necklace is ideal for everyday wear.

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2 | 1/2 Carat Diamond Open Drop Earrings in 14 Karat White Gold. You can never go wrong with elegant diamonds. Diamond jewelry is the gift that keeps on giving, whether you buy it as a gift for a friend or for yourself. 3 | 1/5 Carat Diamond Wedding Band in 14 Karat White Gold. Tell your love story with the perfect diamond wedding band.

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PHOTOS: (JEWELRY) COURTESY OF DAY’S JEWELERS; (GEM ILLUSTRATIONS) SELENSERGEN/DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB

on the occasion.


GEMSTONE CUTS: Marquise

4 | Pear Sapphire Necklace in 14 Karat White Gold surrounded by 1/2 Carat of Diamonds. Timeless sapphire makes a stunning accessory in this jewelry piece. The vibrant blue tones of sapphire glimmer in captivating beauty. 5 | Sapphire Earrings in 14 Karat White Gold with Diamonds. The elegant blue tones of a sapphire are suspended in a nest of white gold and glittering diamonds. These luxurious drop earrings add a stunning touch of glamour to any outfit.

Radiant

6 | Sapphire and 3/4 Carat Diamond Bracelet in 14 Karat White Gold. Treat yourself to the sensational hue and shimmer of sapphires with this exquisite sapphire bracelet.

Trilliant

7 | Sapphire Fashion Ring in 14 Karat White Gold with Diamonds. Beautiful sapphires come to life in this fashion ring. Paired with a sparkling halo of diamonds and a white gold setting, these rich blue sapphires pop.

Baguette 4 5 Oval

Princess

“ Jewelry is like the perfect spice — it always complements what’s already there.”

Emerald

—Diane Von Furstenberg

Round

Antique Cushion 7

Pear

Asscher

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Tapered Baguette

Heart

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8 | 7 1/3 Carat Diamond Riviera Necklace in 18 Karat White Gold. This exquisite diamond Riviera necklace is full of beauty, shimmer, and shine. 9 | 1 1/2 Carat Diamond Stud Earrings in 14 Karat White Gold. The perfect design to capture and reflect the diamond’s fire and brilliance at any angle. 10 | 2 Carat Diamond Tennis Bracelet in 14 Karat White Gold. This timeless diamond bracelet sparkles with natural brilliance and is the perfect accompaniment for any occasion.

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4 C’s of a Diamond

11 | 1 1/7 Carat Forevermark Diamond Earrings in 18 Karat White Gold. These magnificent Forevermark earrings feature a sparkling selection of fine diamonds, perfect for adding a brilliant touch to your jewelry collection. 12 | 1/3 Carat Diamond Pavé Wedding Band in 14 Karat White Gold. Place this beautiful ring on your finger on your wedding day for a promise of everlasting love. Pavé set diamonds shimmer across the band as a reflection of all the love in your heart.

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COLOR refers to the clear, grey, or yellow quality of a diamond CLARITY refers to the number of flaws in an individual diamond CARAT refers to the weight of a diamond

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PHOTOS: COURTESY OF DAY’S JEWELERS

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CUT refers to a diamond’s ability to reflect and refract light


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Black Diamonds set in a Black Gem Ceramic Men’s Wedding Band: Both the black diamonds and the black zirconia ceramic band are extremely durable, making this an excellent choice for an everyday men’s ring. Another appealing factor is that the cost is less than half of what it would be in white gold and white diamonds.

PHOTOS: COURTESY ETIENNE PERRET

8mm Black Gem Ceramic Bands with a Matte Cobalt-Chrome Overlay: Both the cobalt-chrome and the zirconia ceramic are harder than steel. This is another great choice for the rugged outdoor man. This is an option that costs significantly less than gold and platinum.

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TIMOTHY AMES

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The Nonantum Resort

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INSPIRED ADVICE

TIM AMES,

Director of Sales for the

Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, has

director of sales, a position created specifi-

today. His tireless dedication not only to his

cally for him.

clients but to other professionals in the

deep roots in Maine. His family settled in

Exchanging ad sales for weddings wasn’t

industry is something to behold, and his

Kennebunk in the 1820s, his grandmother

that big of a shift for Tim. “l have always

light shines bright in times of darkness like

was the first female minister in Kennebunk

believed that in any sales position, as long as

we are in today. This recent statement from

in 1947, and his great, great grandfather is

you believe in what you’re selling, you will be

Tim sums up the hope that we all have for

buried in a cemetery five miles from his

successful. At the Nonantum, I sell events

the future of the wedding industry in Maine.

home. Raised in a historic house, Tim grew

with confidence… I sell knowing the team

To all who have postponed your 2020

up with an appreciation for the living history

behind me makes the promises good.”

that was all around him.

weddings to next year – we can’t wait to

In his down time, you can find Tim

welcome you in 2021! For future clients in

Tim started his career in the newspaper

outdoors, especially in the winter. He also

2021 and beyond – we can’t wait to meet

industry, selling advertising for the York

enjoyed biking and spending time with his

you. If you need help, reach out to us to or

County Coast Star. He also picked up extra

grown sons. “Nature is my church. It’s where

any of the talented professionals repre-

shifts at the front desk of the nearby

I recharge my batteries.”

sented here at Real Maine Weddings. We are

Nonantum Resort, to help save for his sons’ college fund. In 2005, the Nonantum

Tim Ames is one of the most respected

here to help you!

individuals in the Maine wedding industry

approached him and offered him a job as

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don’t change who you are for your wedding. Find a style that works with YOUR hair. Braids and formal ponytails are here to stay for the next season. You can never go wrong with these. I find that brides like these because they are a just a tad more formal version of who they are. Sometimes looking too different is not comfortable. Some fun accessories that I have not seen a lot of will be tulle turbans for brides looking for a vintage look. We will see some bows and scarfs for a fun look. Incorporated into a simple hair style, they could really make a statement. Trends aside, I believe that you should wear your hair in a way that best accentuates your dress and neckline, and in a way that you feel most beautiful. Trends are fun, but I say a classic look never goes out of style. Choose a style that works for you and one that you may look back at in 40 years and still love. 32 | WWW.REALMAINEWEDDINGS.COM

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[ HAIR BY KIM DOLL ] Soft, natural updos are popular this season, and the trend will continue into next year. Casual hair worn long is also coming back. Choose the style the best accentuates your dress and neckline and makes you feel comfortable.


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INSPIRED EXPERTS

FAUSTO PIFFERRER Blue Elephant Events

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WITH 35 YEA RS OF WEDDING AND SPECIAL EVENT EXPERIENCE UNDER HIS BELT, A CONVERSATION WITH FAUSTO PIFFERRER CAN FEEL LIKE A CRASH COURSE IN THE EVENTS INDUSTRY.

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n event planner and co-Founder of Blue Elephant Events and Catering, Pifferrer

began his career in Philadelphia, first running a catering company out of his mother’s kitchen before ascending into the events industr y, working on ever y thing from weddings to luncheons to large scale events. In 2007, Fausto moved with his family from Philadelphia to Saco to open Blue Elephant Events and Catering, which recently moved from their long-time location in Pepperell Square to a new location in Saco that offers Fausto is a wealth of information and has agreed to offer some insight on how he runs the show, navigates hurdles, and how he stays so passionate about events this many years into his career. 34 | WWW.REALMAINEWEDDINGS.COM

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exciting opportunities as a venue as well.


INSPIRED ADVICE

YOU’RE ONLY AS GOOD

there at noon when you could get there at 7

notes so that if something goes wrong, I can

a.m.? Get there early and start your day off

show them exactly where I counseled them.

I learned this lesson early on. The first

on the right foot. Set the tables, ensuring

If the party is over at midnight, then the

wedding that I booked on my own when I first

that everything is pristine and perfect.

lights go on at midnight, and the party’s

started always stands out in my mind. It was

Nothing bothers me more than an incor-

over. I always tell my clients: “Even Cinderella

for Mary S.; the bride started my career. I

rectly set table. Take care of the details

had a timeline, and so do you!”

was so proud of myself — it was all paper

early, and reduce your own stress. This

plates and beer cans and ver y basic

allows you and your team to take a breather

compared to what I would do later on. But

and regroup before the party starts.

AS YOUR LAST EVENT.

this client took a chance on me and launched

DON’T TRUST A COMPANY WITHOUT A BAD REVIEW.

Reviews are a tricky spot in our industry, you

my career, and I will always be grateful for

REMEMBER: I AM NOT A GUEST.

need them, but you hate to ask for them. For

that. Not long after this wedding, I took a

When I first started doing events, I would wait

me, I never ask for reviews because I think it

job with an event management company

for the ‘Father of the Bride’ moment at every

makes them less genuine. Society has

and started to work on larger-scale events.

wedding. You know, where the bride runs to

reached a point where clients feel they can

It was then that I realized that once an event

you and gives you a big hug and says, ‘oh

hold the threat of a negative review over

is over, it’s over. The only way to measure

Fausto! Thank you for everything!’ If it didn’t

your head to force the desired outcome. To

myself is by that last event. How was the last

happen, I would be devastated. I would forget

me, how you handle a bad review shows

event executed? Was it a success? What

that my job is to provide a service. I am there

more about who you are than the actual

could I have done differently? Because for

to be the eyes and ears for the client. I’m

review itself. Everyone makes mistakes, and

them, it’s the only day.

there to ensure that they have the best day

you learn from them. If you never make a

ever. It’s not about when or what I’m going to

mistake, are you really doing the work?

LEARN FROM THE HICCUPS.

eat. It’s not about getting a good Instagram

I DON’T LOOK AT GUESTS

There is always underlying anxiety in plan-

picture. I’m not there as a guest. As a profes-

ning events, a pressure to exceed the client’s

sional, it is so important to remember that

AS POTENTIAL CLIENTS.

expectations and your expectations. A few

professionalism and focus on the job.

I never bring business cards to an event

years before moving to Maine, I worked on a

because I don’t see guests as potential

large public event for a local country radio

FIND A WAY TO “CLICK.”

clients. I’m not there to solicit business. This

station in Philadelphia. It was a VIP event

When I work with new clients, it is often over

isn’t a bridal show. I’m a service provider, and

with A-List country music celebrities, and

email or phone for the first part of our inter-

I am there to work for my client to ensure

early that morning, I found myself hyperven-

action. When we first have our meeting in

that their event runs flawlessly. It’s not just

tilating and having a panic attack in my car.

person all that’s left to do is sign the

about the business. I get butterflies every

The pressure of everything was too much; I

proposal, but it’s that first face-to-face

time I do an event because I am still moved

honestly thought I was having a heart attack.

meeting that tells me everything I need to

and excited each time. The day I don’t get

Luckily my partner was there, and he helped

know. We need to click. I joke about every-

butterflies is the day I’m out of the business.

talk me through it. After an hour, I got out of

thing; life is short. Will we laugh together

the car and executed the event. The show

through this? Because if we don’t click on

BREATHE.

must go on, no matter what. From that expe-

day one, we’re not going to click nine months

We all need to breathe and focus on the

rience, I learned that if you’ve done the work

later either. One meeting tells me every-

silver linings and small pleasures. The 2020

to the best of your ability, you have to trust

thing I need to know about whether this will

micro weddings from this summer were so

it and get back out there. Since then, I have

be a good working relationship.

beautiful and intimate and fun. For me, this

had events that have had all kinds of hiccups:

was our first summer off in 35 years. I spent

set up takes too long, last-minute obstacles

EVEN CINDERELLA HAD A TIMELINE.

a great deal of time at the beach with my

and challenges throw everyone into a tail-

This is a big one for me. Timelines are so

family. Our world has slowed down a bit,

spin. But now I know I can do this. Everything

crucial for weddings because everyone’s

made everyone a little more gracious, a bit

will work out.

time needs to be respected. Sticking to the

more grateful. I look to the future with

timeline ensures that the day flows

caution and gratitude. I am still here after all

smoothly. I like to communicate with my

of these years!

ARRIVE EARLY. I like to get to each event as early as I can get

clients about the timeline so that they can

on site. If the event starts at 4 p.m., why get

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INSPIRING SEASONS

spring INSPIRATION

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INSPIRING SEASONS

Soft spring colors meet sophisticated textures in downtown Portland

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SPRING VENDORS Photographer: Story Silo Media, Bangor Florals, Design + Coordination: Florals by Fittsy, Portland Venue: The Danforth, Portland Caterer: The Bread and Butter Company, South Portland Cake: Skye’s Artisan Bakes, Saco Bridal Dresses: Andrea’s Bridal, Portland Stationery: Letter Home Design, Westbrook Hair: Flawless Professionals, Saco Makeup: Virginia Michaud, Portland Jewelry: Brown Goldsmiths Fine Jewelry, Freeport Models: Casey McDonald & Shelby Lynn

STORY SILO MEDIA

PANTONE ® 17-3313 Dusty Lavender

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PANTONE ® 12-1310 Blushing Bride

PANTONE ® 14-4316 Summer Song

PANTONE ® 18-5338 Ultramarine Green


summer INSPIRATION


INSPIRING SEASONS

PHOTOS BY KELLY PAYEUR PHOTOGRAPHY

Art inspired summer wedding vibes are everywhere in this relaxed barn setting

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INSPIRING SEASONS

Bright colors, pink cocktails, and classic barn elements capture pure Maine wedding magic

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SUMMER

VENDORS Photographer: Kelly Payeur Photography Planner/Designer: Kristin Mills Events, South Berwick Venue: Cunningham Farm, New Gloucester Florist: Farmhouse Florals by Estabrooks, Yarmouth Décor/Rentals: Heartwood Essentials, Yarmouth Hair & Makeup: Katie Pottle Hair & Makeup, Yarmouth Cake: Bear Brook Bakery, New Gloucester Calligraphy: Lilac Designs, Gorham Gowns: Andrea’s Bridal, Portland Jewelery: D. Cole Jewelers, Portland Paintings: Ken Lund and Lindsay Parmal, South Portland

PANTONE ® 19-4052 Classic Blue

PANTONE ® 13-4306 Ice Melt

PANTONE ® 13-1114 Bellini

PANTONE ® 18-3513 Grape Compote

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autumn

INSPIRATION

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INSPIRING SEASONS

Moody fall colors and décor capture an end-of-season feeling

PHOTOS BY ROCKY TEJADA PHOTOGRAPHY

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INSPIRING SEASONS

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INSPIRING SEASONS

AUTUMN VENDORS Planner/Designer: Behind the Vows, LLC, Winslow Photographer: Rocky Tejada Photography, Winslow Venue: Maine Enchanted Gables, Oakland Florist: The Robin’s Nest, Waterville Decor/Rentals: Behind The Vows, LLC, Winslow Dress: Dreams Bridal Boutique and Tuxedo Center, Augusta Hair/Makeup: People’s Salon, Waterville Cake: Heavenly Delights, Vassalboro

PANTONE ® 16-1350 Amberglow

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PANTONE ® 16-1328 Sandstone

PANTONE ® 11-0110 Buttercream

PANTONE ® 19-6350 Formal Garden


INSPIRING SEASONS

winter

INSPIRATION

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INSPIRING SEASONS

PHOTOS BY KIM CHAPMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

“ There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” — Bette Davis

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INSPIRING SEASONS

“Big girls need diamonds.” — Elizabeth Taylor

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WINTER

VENDORS Planning: Laurie Andrews Design, Portland Photographer: Kim Chapman Photography, Gorham Venue: Spire 29, Gorham Design/Décor: Laurie Andrews Design, Portland; Blue Elephant Events, Saco Dresses: Andrea’s Bridal and Formal Wear, Portland Hair/Makeup: Jessica Candage Cake: Confection Art, Kittery Bar: Grand Central Wine Bar, Gorham Rentals: LA Design Lab, Portland; A Plus Party Rentals, Scarborough

PANTONE ® 18-5338 Ultramarine Green

PANTONE ® 16-2614 Moonlite Mauve

PANTONE ® 13-2003 First Blush

PANTONE ® 20-0035 Space Sand

KIMCHAPMANWEDDINGS.COM

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Holiday

MEMORIES

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I N S P I R I N G H O L I D AY W E D D I N G S

Classic New England touches add magic to a holiday wedding celebration.

PHOTOS BY BECCA DUNN PHOTOGRAPHY

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I N S P I R I N G H O L I D AY W E D D I N G S

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HOLIDAY MEMORIES VENDORS Planner: AB Events, Portland Photographer: Becca Dunn Photography, Portland Venue: Jonathan’s Ogunquit, Ogunquit Dress: Blush Bridal and Formal, Portland Hair/Makeup: Salon Loka, Ogunquit Florist: Calluna Fine Flowers and Gifts, Ogunquit Desserts: Village Baking Co., Gorham Hors d’oeuvres: Jolie Rogers Traveling Raw Bar, Edgecomb Signage: Love & Design, Acton Models: Allie Whitten and Cameron Barber PANTONE ® 18-1662 Flame Scarlet

PANTONE ® 18-5322 Alpine Green

PANTONE ® 14-4002 Wind Chime

PANTONE ® 10402 C Gold Metallic

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Christmas IN KENNEBUNKPORT

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I N S P I R I N G H O L I D AY W E D D I N G S

PHOTOS BY FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sparkling red accents and holiday greens turn Kennebunkport’s fabled Nonantum Resort into a holiday jewel-box.

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CHRISTMAS IN KENNEBUNKPORT VENDORS Photographer: Focus Photography, Portland Venue: The Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport Florals: Laurie Andrews Design, Portland; The Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport; Focus Photography, Portland Attire: Andrea’s Bridal, Portland Hair/Makeup: Naviina Salon, Wells Cake: Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott, Westbrook Invitations: Zula Bell, Portland

PANTONE ® 18-1564 Poinciana

PANTONE ® 15-6428 Green Tea

PANTONE ® 19-6350 Formal Garden

PANTONE ® 20-0024 Spumante

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MAINE FLORALS

e n 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: Florals by Fittsy 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: Honeysuckle Way Flowers Photographer: Jaimee Morse Photography

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MAINE FLORALS

[ THIS PAGE ] Florist: Seasons Downeast Designs Photographer: Closer North

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

Summer

Peonies

Hydrangea

Daffodils

Clematis

Lilacs

Hellebores

Forsythia

Early Summer Snapdragons Zinnias

Lupine

Sweet Pea Late Summer

Dahlias Fall

Eucalyptus Nine Bark

Basil, sage and

other fresh herbs [ THIS PAGE ] Florist: Flower Girl Wedding Designs Photographer: Radiance by Design

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

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MAINE FLORALS

[ THIS PAGE ] Florist: Florals by Fittsy Photographer: Andrea Simmons Photography

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Laurie Andrews Design

Immersive, Impactful, inspired & entirely unforgettable

A Maine Event Planning Company

Showroom & Studio located at 364 Maine Mall Road, South Portland www.laurieandrewsdesign.com [ TOP LEFT ] Florist: Cottage Flowers Photographer: Emily Brianne Photography [ MIDDLE LEFT ] Florist: Salt Farm Flowers Photographer: Closer North [ FAR LEFT ] Florist: Pooh Corner Farm Photographer: Emily Brianne Photography [ LEFT ] Florist: Harmon’s Floral Company Photographer: Closer North REAL MAINE WEDDINGS JANUARY 2021 | 69


MAINE WEDDING CAKES

e n i a M

cakes DELECTABLE DELIGHTS MADE RIGHT HERE IN MAINE

Baker: La Bella Torta Photographer: Meraki Portrait

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Baker: Wildflour Cake Design Photographer: Wildflour Cake Design

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MAINE WEDDING CAKES

“ I’m not saying I don’t enjoy the days that I’m not eating chocolate cake. But I do particularly like those days when I am eating chocolate cake.” —Trisha Yearwood

[ ABOVE ] Baker: Village Baking Co. Photographer: Jessie Felix Photography [ FAR LEFT ] Baker: Mike’s Cakes and Sweets Photo: Andrea Simmons Photography [ LEFT ] Baker: Wildflour Cake Design Photographer: Wildflour Cake Design

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[ TOP ] Baker: Village Baking Co. Photographer: Adventure & Vows [ ABOVE ] Baker: Wildflour Cake Design Photographer: Closer North [ RIGHT ] Baker: The Sandpiper Cake Shop Photographer: The Sandpiper Cake Shop

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make your event

Photos: Yuri Kriventsoff & (far right) Kate & Keith Photography

memorable

Celebrate life’s most memorable events with A-Plus Party as your rental resource. 10 Washington Ave Scarborough, Maine 207-883-4472 • 888-611-2999 www.apluspartyrentalme.com

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MAINE WEDDING CAKES

[ RIGHT ] Baker: Skye’s Artisan Bakes Photographer: Provencher Photography [ TOP ] Baker: La Bella Torta Photographer: Melissa Gebert Photography [ ABOVE ] Baker: Wildflour Cake Design Photographer: Wildflour Cake Design

“ Let’s face it. A nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people. It does for me.” — Audrey Hepburn

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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

THE MIXOLOGISTS AT STONE COVE CATERING AND THE 1812 FARM OFFER MODERN TWISTS ON CLASSIC COCKTAILS FOR YOUR WEDDING WEEKEND.

PHOTOS BY CARON&CO 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

Welcome Reception The welcome dinner is just the beginning, so kick things off with these lighter drinks to ease your friends and family into a weekend full of celebration.

FOR SPRING/SUMMER

FOR FALL/WINTER

1.5 oz Bourbon 0.5 oz Crème de Cassis 4 Blueberries 0.5 oz Lemon Juice 0.5 oz Lime Juice 1 oz Simple Syrup Muddle the blueberries, citrus, and simple syrup, then add other ingredients. Shake over ice and strain into a rocks glass with large ice. Garnish with mint.

1.5 oz Absolut Juice Pear & Elderflower 0.75 oz Limoncello Liqueur 0.75 oz Ginger Liqueur 1 oz Lemon Juice Shake ingredients over crushed ice, open pour into a pint glass. Garnish with pear slices.

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Rehearsal Dinner The big day is almost here! Enjoy time catching up with close family and friends with drinks that everyone will love.

FOR SPRING/SUMMER

FOR FALL/WINTER

1.5 oz Gold Rum 1.5 oz Pineapple Juice 1 tsp Grenadine 1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur Shake ingredients over ice, double strain into a coupe glass.

1.5 oz Gin 1.5 oz Dry Vermouth 0.5 oz Benedictine 1 Dash Orange Bitters Stir ingredients with ice in a large mixing glass. Strain into a coupe glass, garnish with an orange twist.

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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 oz Black Rum 1 oz Gold Rum 1 oz Apricot Liqueur 1 oz Lemon Juice Shake ingredients over crushed ice. Open pour (do not strain) into a Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

2 oz Gin 0.5 oz Sloe Gin 0.5 oz Walnut Liqueur (such as Nux Alpina) 2 oz Prosecco Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a coupe glass. Top with prosecco. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Blueberry simple syrup 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup water 1 quart Maine blueberries 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest pinch of salt Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to boil. Add blueberries, zest, and salt and return to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until blueberries burst (5-7 mins). Remove from heat, cool, and strain through a sieve.Â


The Final Rose 2 oz. Rosé Vodka

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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 Cognac 1 oz Cherry Kirsch 0.5 oz Orange Curacao 1 oz Lemon Juice 0.5 oz Grenadine Shake ingredients over ice. Pour into a coupe glass and garnish with cherries.

3 oz Hot Coffee 1.5 oz Brandy 0.25 oz Amaretto 0.25 oz Simple Syrup Add ingredients to a mug. Garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg.

OMCherry

Amaretto Nightcap

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

1.5 oz Vodka 0.5 oz Elderflower Liqueur 0.5 oz Lime Cordial 0.5 oz Lime Juice 2-3 Cucumber Slices Muddle the cucumber in a cocktail shaker with the lime cordial. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a wine glass, and garnish with a cucumber ribbon.

1.5 oz Bourbon 1 Fig 0.5 oz Lemon Juice 0.5 oz Lime Juice 1 oz Simple Syrup 0.5 oz Orange Curacao Thinly slice fig, leaving a small piece for garnish. Muddle fig with the citrus juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add the spirits and shake over ice. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with the remaining slice of fig.

Garden Party

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Cozy Bourbon Fig


Two more to top it off...

MOBILE BAR SERVICE

FOR SPRING/SUMMER

Starry Night

2 oz Vodka 0.75 oz Lime Juice 0.75 oz Grapefruit Juice 0.5 oz Romana Sambuca 0.25 oz Simple Syrup Shake ingredients over ice and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with star anise.

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FOR FALL/WINTER

Happily Ever After

2 oz Vodka 3 oz Apple Juice 1 oz Lime Juice 0.5 oz Ginger, grated 4 oz Ginger Beer Mix vodka, apple and lime juices, and grated ginger in a cocktail shaker, and shake over ice. Pour into rocks glasses and top with ginger beer. Garnish with apple slices.

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MAINE OFFICIAL

“If I get married, I want to be very married.” – Audrey Hepburn

Maine marriage license basics GETTING MARRIED IN MAINE? YOU NEED A LICENSE IN ORDER

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 MAKE IT LEGAL.

to bring a copy of your Divorce Decree. If you don’t

FILLING OUT & FILING: The marriage license must be

HERE’S HOW.

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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MAINE TIPS

9. Given how short Maine summers are,

especially on the coast. Remind guests

be sure to book your vendors well in

to pack a sweater.

advance.

2. Planning an island wedding? Remember these two words: ferry schedule. You

don’t want your guests to miss the boat. 3. One great way to have an authentic and

10. Bring an umbrella. If it’s not going to rain, you can use it as shade. 11. Wear sunscreen and bring sunglasses. Many weddings are outside, and you

greener wedding is to purchase supplies

don’t want photos of you to show you

locally. Incorporate Maine food, drink,

sunburned and squinting.

and favors. 4. The weather can change quickly in

12. Bring a pair of shoes to wear during the scenic photo shoot on the rocky coast

Maine. If you plan on having an outdoor

of Maine. The last thing you need on

wedding, have an inside venue planned

your wedding day is a sprained ankle.

as a backup. 5. Scope out transportation options early. When you plan on where to have your Maine wedding, remember there aren’t a ton of airports, bus stations, or public transportation venues for your guests. 6. Serve local favorites like Maine microbrews, blueberries, and fiddleheads. Many people can’t get these things where they live. 7. Leave time for people “from away” to get lost.

8. If people are driving, provide suggested rest stops. I-95 can go on for miles without one, so be prepared.

13. If you are going to take beach photos, make sure your bustle keeps your dress from dragging in the sand. 14. Lobster is a Maine tradition, but it’s messy! If you are going to serve it, do so lazy lobster style. 15. 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 consultant. 16. 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.

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50 Things to Remember When Planning a Wedding in Maine

1. It can be chilly at night in summer,


17. If you are planning a romantic ceremony

29. Double-check rental delivery, especially

41. If you’re still worried about bugs, put

outside on the coast, be aware that it

if you are having a rural wedding. If the

a bottle of insect repellent on each

can get quite windy. Make sure your

delivery charge is outrageous, you can

table at the reception and make use of

hairstyle pulls your hair away from your

plan on doing the pickup and return

citronella candles when decorating.

face to keep from holding it back with

yourself.

your hand throughout the vows. 18. Planning a beach wedding? Nix the idea

30. Does your Maine wedding

42. It’s been shown that the rice thrown at weddings is harmful to the birds

photographer have an assistant? A

that eat it. Here are some alternatives:

of a long train on your wedding dress.

second shooter is a valuable asset on

blow bubbles, throw birdseed, or light

Delicate fabric doesn’t mix well with

the wedding day.

sparklers.

sand and seaweed. 19. Put signs up along the road in rural areas so your guests won’t get lost. 20. Both the bride and groom must visit

the town office in person to apply for a

31. If you are planning a Maine wedding

43. Rural areas can lack a large number of

from afar, try to make at least one trip

available accommodations. Be prepared

to your destination site and meet with

to book rooms and guest houses well in

all of your vendors.

advance.

32. An outdoor wedding? Rent a sound

44. If you are planning a destination

marriage license. You do not need to

system. You want your guests to be able

wedding in Maine, a great place to start

apply in the town where the wedding

to hear your heartfelt vows.

is by contacting the local Chamber of

will be held. Different rules apply depending on where you are from, so check out maine.gov for information. 21. Getting married in the off-season (aka, winter) may save you money on the reception site and the vendors you choose. 22. A Maine marriage license is valid for 90 days. 23. Give your guests Maine favors. It’s an easy way to be unique. 24. If you’re getting married in the fall,

book hotel rooms early. Autumn is “leaf

33. If your ceremony is in a church sans a cooling system or outside in a hot area, have paper fans for your guests to cool themselves. 34. Two words. Mud season. If you’re getting married outside in the spring, beware. 35. Visit the ceremony site during the time of day and the time of year and make notes of external or environmental noise. There’s nothing like a foghorn to ruin the moment. 36. If you are getting married at a public place, such as a park or a beach, check

peeper” season in New England, and

to see if you need permits, especially

accommodations book up fast with out-

for alcohol.

of-state tourists. 25. Because there are only so many

37. Planning a backyard wedding? Call the local town hall to see if there is any

Saturdays in the summer, consider

construction planned for the area around

having a wedding on another day of

the time of your wedding. Summer in

the week like a Friday or Sunday—

Maine is road construction season.

especially if the venue you want to use is already booked. 26. Be aware of traffic. Coastal Maine is a

38. 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

popular place in the summer and Route

be sure to cease mowing their lawns

1 can come to a standstill, which can

during the ceremony.

make times between the church and the reception longer than planned. 27. Having a beach wedding? Why not say

“no” to stilettos and choose flip-flops?

28. Since going barefoot on the beach is a

norm, offer your guests pre-moistened

39. There are a lot of beautiful, natural places in Maine to get married that don’t have

access to a restroom. Plan accordingly to have some porta potties delivered. 40. Black fly season runs from mid-May to early July; mosquitos can be an issue,

towelettes so that they can wash their

too. Try not to schedule your ceremony

feet before putting their shoes back on.

during the buggiest times of day— like dusk—if you are having an outdoor wedding.

Commerce in the area you’d like to be wed. 45. 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.

46. Summer evenings can be cool 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. 47. Want to give your guests a little piece of Maine to take home with them? How about a sapling? The Maine state tree is the eastern white pine. Have your guests plant the tree and help the environment. 48. Gas isn’t cheap. 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. 49. Have a photo booth at your wedding. It’s fun and people love it. Ask your photographer if they can set something up for you. 50. Maine is just as beautiful in the winter

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MAINE 2020

Weddings

COV I D

AFTER AN UNEXPECTED SPRING QUARANTINE, THE SUMMER OF 2020 delivered new and unique challenges to Maine’s wedding season. COVID-19 restrictions and sheer uncertainty led to smaller, socially distanced events and changes in everything from seating charts and ceremony sites to dinner service and dancing. These photos illustrate the creativity, humor, and pure emotion that wedding professionals and clients brought to their events. Love was not canceled in 2020! It just looked a little different. We’d love to see your COVID wedding photos. Please send to editor@realmainewedddings.com.

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Top: This bespoke face mask adds an elegant and hopeful touch as a bride gets ready for the day. Photo by Revolution Summer Photography Left: Hand sanitizer and contract tracing forms became familiar welcome table components at wedding receptions across Maine this year. Photo by Samantha Clemmer Photography


Left: Guests form a socially distanced heart to show their love at Kennebunkport’s Nonantum Resort. Photo by Timothy Ames Above: Customized safety necessities like these individual bottles of hand sanitizer added some much-needed levity to weddings in 2020. Photo by Samantha Clemmer Photography

Below: Masked and gloved wedding professionals became a familiar sight as businesses worked hard to ensure safety at each step of the wedding day. Photo by Kim Chapman Photography

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MAINE 2020

Top: Guests also did their part to help keep things safe, like these masked bridesmaids. Photo by Mark McCall Photography

Above: Wavelength Band plays remotely while guests dance safely in another area. Photo by Wavelength Band Right: Things may have looked a little different this year, but ultimately, love won! Photo by Closer North

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M AINE W EDDINGS Featured Photographers

Andrea Simmons Photography, p. 82

Samantha Clemmer Photography, p. 88

Closer North Photography, p. 94

Elizabeth Ivy Photography, p. 100

Andrea Simmons’ passion is to create soft and romantic, almost ethereal, photographs that use light and detail in a unique way. She’s grateful to have a job that she absolutely loves!

Closer North is a team of photographers led by Erica Godino, capturing events and lifestyle sessions for the past decade in Maine. They have a love for natural light, candid moments, and adventurous couples.

Based in Northern Maine, Samantha Clemmer travels the country photographing weddings for clients from coast to coast. She is blessed to be a part of the amazing wedding industry here in Maine. She says that doing what she loves, where she loves, brings her great joy.

Liz Prybylo is the easy-going photographer behind Elizabeth Ivy Photography. She describes her approach as down-to-earth, natural, and heartfelt. Liz’s passion for smaller events led her to write a book on the subject, due out at the end of 2020.

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B R O O K S | F E AT U R E D W E D D I N G

MOUNTAIN

Romance

A ROMANTIC PROPOSAL ON CADILLAC MOUNTAIN

LEADS TO FUSCHIA AND BRANDON’S WHIMSICAL WEDDING IN THE HILLS OF MIDCOAST MAINE STORY BY ABIGAIL WORTHING | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA SIMMONS PHOTOGRAPHY

W

hen Fuschia Cyr, née Caron,

together and Brandon says it was on that day

first met Brandon Cyr 12 years

that he knew that this was the girl he was

ago, she knew he was something special. “I knew he was The One,” Fuschia says. “I loved him the moment I met him.”

“She looked so beautiful in her summer dress,” Brandon recalls about that day. “I

For Brandon, it took a little longer.

remember just staring at her and thinking

“I missed all the hints that she was inter-

‘This is it. I love this girl, and she is the one!’”

ested in me, and I wasn’t sure until years later

The proposal took place on a trip to Bar

when we started to date,” Brandon says.

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going to marry.

Harbor, which Brandon had planned to cele-

After meeting, it was a few years before

brate their second anniversary. On what the

the couple really connected. A month into

couple calls “a gorgeous day” in June, they

their relationship, they took a day trip

visited the top of Cadillac Mountain in


“I remember just staring at her and thinking ‘This is it. I love this girl, and she is the one!’” — Brandon Cyr

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Acadia National Park. A popular tourist desti-

As the couple began making plans for

while there was no “theme”, she had a clear

nation, the top of the mountain was crowded

their ceremony and reception, Fuschia knew

vision for the day. “I kept using the word

and as the wind picked up, the couple

without a doubt where she wanted to cele-

‘whimsical’,” Fuschia says of the aesthetic.

decided to make their way to their favorite

brate their love: at her family home in Brooks,

The bride prepared for the ceremony with

spot in the park. Nestled in the rocks on Sand

Maine. The home is surrounded by trees,

her two bridesmaids and her mother, all wearing matching floral robes and toasting with champagne as they got ready, with

“ It was quiet, and I was looking out at the waves. I turned around and saw my best friend kneeling down holding the most beautiful ring I have ever seen.”— Fuschia Cyr

Kimberly Savage on hand to do the hair and makeup of the bridal party. The bride’s attire reflected the whimsy of the day. Fuschia wore a lace, off-the-shoulder gown by Stella York, a crown of flowers, and deep blue velvet heels. The bouquets,

Beach was a quiet place for the two, where

with a stunning vista of a lake behind the

designed by Najean Shedyak at Unity Flower

they would picnic. It was there, in a place so

house. This provided the perfect backdrop

Shop, were full and lush with greenery and

special to the couple that Brandon popped

for both the ceremony and photographs. The

flowers, giving the appearance of being

the question.

foliage surrounding the home was at its

plucked from a garden.

“It was quiet, and I was looking out at the waves. I turned around and saw my best friend

peak, providing a warm glow of gold and orange to the day.

The day reflected the bride and groom’s affection for their families. In lieu of a tradi-

kneeling down holding the most beautiful ring

“My family home is the most beautiful

tional bridal party, standing beside Fuschia

I have ever seen,” Fuschia remembers fondly.

place in the world. It is the most beautiful

on her wedding day were three important

“When Brandon asked me to be his wife, it was

place and holds a special place in my heart.”

family members.

a dream come true! I was going to spend the

Fuschia says that she and her mother had

“I knew I wanted my brother, sister, and

been planning her wedding for years, and

sister-in-law to all stand next to me as I got

rest of my life with my best friend.”

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I N F U S C H I A’ S WO R D S I’m so glad that... I got to marry my best friend. One of my favorite moments was... watching the sunset with my husband and family at the end of the day. I didn’t realize... how fast the day would go! I wish... I could relive my wedding day; it was the best day ever! I really liked... how much God blessed the entire day. My advice to other brides is... order enough cake for leftovers!!!

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F E AT U R E D W E D D I N G | B R O O K S

Come see the N ew views at Granite Ridge Estate

married,” Fuschia says. The ceremony took place outside, surrounded by the orange and gold of the autumnal changing leaves. In another nod to the importance of family for the couple, the ceremony was officiated by the bride’s uncle, Craig Lowe. Close family sat near the couple for the vows, while other guests were seated further uphill near the home. Framing the couple as they exchanged vows were two large antique vases filled with eucalyptus, flowers, and sprays of white pampas grass. The reception took place under a tent provided by Wallace Events behind the bride’s familial home, and had a communal warmth, with guests seated at long rows of farm tables as opposed to separate smaller groupings. The tables were adorned with gauzy runners and laden with greenery, an abundance of silver dollar eucalyptus with flowers in coordinating shades of pink. As a special touch, the flowing runner for the head table was embroidered with flowers in shades of pink. The warm wood of the tables and chairs the plates atop a beaded glass charger. The place settings were accented with a dusty rose napkin that coordinated with the dresses of the bride’s sister and sister-in-law. The couple put another whimsical and

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that added to the beauty of the day. Fuschia used favorite pieces from a collection of milk glass that she has been cultivating since childhood as an additional

ites for their wedding cake, baked by Frank’s

For Fuschia, the wedding was the culmi-

personal touch.

Bakery in Bangor, Maine. The cake consisted

nation of years of dreams and prayers,

“I’ve been collecting milk glass since I was

of four layers, two layers of white cake with

perfect from start to finish.

a child,” Fuschia says. “I wanted to use all of

lemon curd and a native raspberry filling, and

“My wedding day was a journey of

my favorite pieces for our reception.”

two layers of chocolate cake with chocolate

answered prayer and euphoric highs. I married

The food, provided by Jeff’s Catering of

ganache and raspberry filling, surrounded by

my best friend at my childhood home with all

Brewer, Maine, was a nod to the couple’s

white frosting. The florist wrapped the cake

my favorite family and friends surrounding

desire for a unique dining experience for

with vines, garnished with flowers and

me,” says Fuschia fondly. “It was the most

their guests. The brunch buffet was filled with

berries. Atop the cake was a tribute to the

beautiful day, from the foliage to the sunset.

breakfast favorites, from biscuits and gravy

couple’s home state, with two Maine chicka-

It was truly a blessing from God. As a little girl,

to bacon and eggs.

dees sitting together surrounded by vines

I always had dreams of my wedding day, and

and flowers.

today they all came true.”

The couple chose to indulge their favor-

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Y O R K | F E AT U R E D W E D D I N G

A DECADE

of LOVE

ALLYSON AND QUINN’S SEASIDE WEDDING IS THE CULMINATION OF TEN YEARS OF ROMANCE STORY BY ABIGAIL WORTHING PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA CLEMMER PHOTOGRAPHY

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F E AT U R E D W E D D I N G | Y O R K

“We’ve always made sense, without even knowing how much at the time.” — Allyson Johnson-Parulis

F

or Allyson and Quinn, falling in love was

a quiet night at home to pop the question.

the most natural thing in the world. The

Quinn knew that Allyson was not one for big,

couple met in middle school in their home-

romantic gestures, so he surprised her when

town of York, Maine, but didn’t begin dating

she came home from a late night at work.

until their senior year of high school. From

“It was our moment. I got home from work

the beginning, the two knew they were a

super late, and he surprised me by completely

good match, becoming not only a couple, but

catching me off guard,” Allyson says of that

best friends.

night. “He tried to get our cat involved by

“We’ve always made sense, without even

placing the ring on his collar. It was a bit of a

knowing how much at the time,” Allyson

mess and he sprung the question, so I

Johnson-Parulis says of their relationship.

laughed, but I also said yes! To us, it was

When asked when the couple knew that

perfect and also hilarious, and since we value

the other was “the one”, they responded that

laughter and humor in our relationship, it

they never had a specific moment where they

suited us just fine.”

knew they wanted to be together forever

Having both grown up in York, the couple

because they had known from the beginning.

decided to hold their ceremony and recep-

“I wish we had a cute, made for the movies

tion at local standout, Dockside Restaurant.

answer, but really we just grew together in

“We just always knew there would be

such a natural way that it felt right,” Allyson

something very sentimental to having our

says. “There is no one else we’d want to

wedding where we first met. We grew up

spend our lives with. We’re each other’s best

around the ocean and knew that if we were

friends. With time we felt more and more like

able to, being within a stone’s throw would be

we were each other’s person.”

the ideal scenario,” says Allyson of choosing

When it came to the proposal, Quinn chose

their location. “When we first starting dating, REAL MAINE WEDDINGS JANUARY 2021 | 101


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we would go for walks along the Fisher-

couple says that having family involved made

man’s Walk, which you can see from the

not only the day better but made the plan-

venue. This brought us another sense of

ning period more enjoyable.

novelty.”

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“I know that the ‘big day’ is about the

When thinking about the wedding, the

couple, but I found it all the more poignant

couple’s families had an “all hands on deck”

because it felt like a celebration of both of us

approach to the planning process. The

coming together, but also a celebration of


the people we love and hold close to us,” Allyson says.

Allyson chose floral arrangements and bouquets that felt both wild and overgrown, which she felt was indicative of the couple’s personality.

The recurring theme behind the design choices made by the couple for their wedding was centered around flowers, with floral designs on both invitations and save the dates. Allyson chose floral arrangements and bouquets that felt both wild and overgrown, which she felt was indicative of the couple’s personality. “More than anything, I wanted anyone who was attending and ate the lemon cake, saw the wild array of flowers or heard our song selections to be able to say, ‘that was definitely Ally and Quinn’s wedding.’” On their wedding day, the couple got ready separately - Quinn and groomsman at his parents’ house, and Allyson and attendants at her parents’ house. The bride’s hairdresser, Julie Dupuis, arrived early to aid the bridal party in preparations, but Allyson says it wasn’t until the flowers arrived that it began to feel like their wedding day. “The flowers were something out of a dream,” Allyson says of the arrangements. “Seeing all of the bridesmaids and my mom get pieces of greenery or little white roses to put in their hair started to complete this image I’d had in my head since the very beginning.” The bride rode to the ceremony with her grandparents and younger sister, who served as her junior bridesmaid, while her bridesmaids and maid of honor drove over together. The bridal party waited in the guesthouse at the Dockside as the guests arrived and were seated. When it was time for the ceremony to begin, the group slowly walked down the aisle to “Fare Thee Well,” from the film Inside Llewyn Davis (one of Allyson’s favorite films) and the bride walked down the aisle with her father to “All My Days” by Alexi Murdoch. Looking out over the ocean, Allyson and Quinn exchanged vows that they had written

that ran through us with that. It was surreal and gorgeous and put us in great spirits for the reception.”

themselves that reflected their longevity, as

While Allyson feels that it can be hard to

they were married two days after their tenth

plan something unique for a wedding, the

anniversary.

couple chose to do a guest book that would

“Before we knew it, we were pronounced

have a lasting impact on their home; a

husband and wife,” Allyson says. “Quite

wooden tabletop with the couple’s initials

frankly, after ten years together, I don’t know

burned into it, made by the bride’s father.

that we were prepared for the excitement

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I N A L LY S O N ’ S W O R D S I’m so glad that... it was such a family and friends affair. Our “guest book” which is a wooden tabletop with our initials burnt into it was built by my dad. My mom put together favors. My sister/maid of honor and one of my bridesmaids worked on setting up the seating chart. It felt like a collaborative process and one where Quinn and I were able to fully reap the benefits of the day because it was built on the work and love of the people we hold closest to us. One of my favorite moments was... our vows. For people who aren’t exactly those who choose the spotlight, our vows were daunting because we aren’t keen on such open sentimentality and we brought as much humor to them as we were able. However, the day was perfect. Following a week of rain, we got the one beautiful day — the skies were clear, and we were right on York Harbor — and made this private moment (even though in front of a crowd) all the more special. I didn’t realize... how crucial the flow would be. Thank goodness for those in my life who did, and handled things as Quinn and I bopped around. I wish... there is nothing I would have changed. Maybe I would have seated some people differently or closer to the stage, but seating is impossible. More than anything and more than we already had, I just wish I had been able to give more time to everyone who came. I really liked...that we got photos at the end of the day. We looked maybe a little more disheveled and a touch worse for the wear than we did at the start of the day, but the happiness on our faces is apparent. My advice to other brides is... trust your vendors. It seems like such an obvious idea but so many of us are reliant on sources such as Pinterest when in reality, it’s difficult to replicate those images in real life. Our DJ and florist, our officiant and the sales associate I worked with in finding my dress were instrumental because they could read between the lines of what I was trying to convey and worked with me. Have an open mind and don’t put too much pressure on yourself — it’s a day to celebrate and if you worry too much the day will be over even quicker than it already is. 104 | WWW.REALMAINEWEDDINGS.COM


our next home,” Allyson says of the memento.

The couple shared their first dance to the sweet and sentimental “I Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Elvis Presley. They elected to have a shared mother/son, father/daughter dance,

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reminder of a very special and happy day.”

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“It’s a piece that we’ll have forever as a

choosing “The Wind” by Cat Stevens for this special moment.

make your event

For the reception, the couple wanted to focus on their love of music and movies.

memorable

Allyson says that their DJ, Robert Wilson, was instrumental in taking her eclectic tastes and turning them into a cohesive playlist. The couple chose a wide variety of songs, some ranging as far back as the 1930s with picks like “As Time Goes By”. “Movies are another art form that we both

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for Quinn’s father and an Eddie Vedder song

guests stayed and danced until the very last

for Allyson’s parents.

song. The couple spent time saying farewell

“Throughout the day, any time a song

to their friends and families but spent the

came on, most likely we could pinpoint a

last part of their day together. Alone with

memory to it,” Allyson says.

the photographers, the couple spent time

are either on our favorite movie soundtracks

After toasts to the couple, dinner catered

posing in a series of relaxed photographs

or backdrops to our favorite scenes,” Allyson

by the Dockside was served, followed by the

outside the Dockside, basking in the beauty

says of their song choices. “It was a way to

ceremonial cutting of the cake. The cake,

of the day.

make the day more ‘us’.”

created by Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott, was

“We spent our last minutes taking photos

lemon with a lemon butter icing, adorned

by the ocean we were married in front of,”

with garnishes of fruit and greenery.

Allyson says. “Alone after a long and love-

The couple also wanted to enhance their guests’ experiences by choosing songs special to their loved ones, including Prince

The wedding was a daytime affair, so

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Anchors Away CORI AND NATHAN’S NAUTICAL

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Y

proposal in Cori’s hometown of Cape May, NJ.

find “the one.” Cori Harris (originally

“I proposed to Cori just after Christmas in

from Cape May, NJ) and Nathan Noll (from

Cape May at Congress Hall, one of the most

Harrisburg, PA) were both living in Cleveland,

historical and picturesque places in town. Cori

Ohio, and some mutual friends were eager to

is a huge fan of Christmas and Cape May is a

connect them, as they were both from the

special place during that time of the year.”

east coast.

Nathan remembers that “I got down on one

ou never know when or where you will

Nathan remembers dating Cori through

knee outside next to the largest Christmas

several moves over a period of time. “We

tree in town, and then we went inside to cele-

dated while Cori was in Cleveland, when she

brate with drinks and friends. The night ended

moved to Michigan, and then when she trav-

with the most amazing dinner at the Peter

eled in Africa. When Cori returned from Africa,

Shields Inn and Restaurant.”

we continued dating before I proposed to her

Cori and Nathan ended up in Rockland on

on December 27, 2018.” After Cori’s trip to

a bit of a whim…and Cori’s desire to get

Africa, Nathan says that “we were inseparable,

married on a schooner. “Cori had gotten the

and I knew that I didn’t want to let her get that

idea that the wedding could take place on a

far away from me again.”

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searching for boats that could work. We


“I knew that I didn’t want to let her get that far away from me again.” — Nathan Noll

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stumbled on the Schooner Ladona and fell in love with the ship, the history of the boat (it served as a submarine patrol in WWII), its aesthetic with natural wood and all white accents, and the layout with ample seating and standing for 45 people. We actually booked the wedding sight-unseen — we had never been to Rockland or seen the boat. We later made visits to check out the town and the boat and coordinate arrangements and realized just how awesome a ‘venue’ and area we had chosen.” In addition, they fell in love with the people that they met. “We were also blown away by the kindness of everyone we met in Rockland,” says Nathan. This choice also reflected a bit of compromise for Nathan and Cori. “We were limited to having no more than 45 guests, which led to a smaller and more intimate wedding than we had planned, but it ended up being perfect. I had envisioned a large wedding and Cori wanted to elope; this size felt like a perfect compromise.” Reflecting on the planning process, Nathan remembers the challenges that he and Cori faced with their unique choice. “Planning a wedding from many states away was certainly unique. We would tell anyone doing the same to be aware that it can take more time to coordinate everything than if you are having your wedding at a venue you can visit, for example. Having patience and organization are crucial to staying sane while you’re waiting to find out info about your exciting day.” Another unusual aspect of their planning came with working around the schedule of the boat itself. “We also had the added challenge of coordinating with a ship and crew that are extremely busy or out at sea,” says Nathan. “Jane Barnes (co-owner and coordinator of the Schooner Ladona) was amazing with answering all of our questions, nailing down our details and recommending how to make ever ything smooth sailing (pun intended).” Letting the schooner set the tone and theme for the wedding. Nathan and Cori opted to not go overboard on the nautical references in their décor. Cori chose a combination of dusty blue and natural greens. REAL MAINE WEDDINGS JANUARY 2021 | 109


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IN CORI’S WORDS I’m so glad that... we decided to keep the wedding small and intimate. I think it helped the guests to feel more relaxed and really enjoy themselves. I felt I was able to connect on a deeper level with my guests, while also enjoying my time celebrating with my new husband! One of my favorite moments was... walking down the “aisle” (dock) to our favorite David Bowie song and then seeing everyone on the boat for the first time. I didn’t realize... how much the elements of an outside wedding can affect your makeup and hair for photos. Even though I chose an up-do hairstyle, it was no match for the wind once we set sail. I am easy going and didn’t think twice about it until I saw some of the photos. I still love how they turned out, but it is something other brides will want to consider if choosing an outdoor ceremony/ reception. I wish... I could go back and do it all over again!!! Even though it was an all-day event, the time flew by.  I really liked... that my husband supported my alternative ideas for our wedding. Being able to control and tweak the details to fit our personalities made it the most amazing day of our lives.  My advice to other brides is... at the end of the day, the wedding is about celebrating your love. Don’t get too hung up on the details. I promise you no one will notice the small mishaps or unplanned mistakes. Most importantly, have fun! It should be a joyous day spent surrounded by the people you love. Take your shoes off, indulge in that dinner you planned, dance all night, and try to remember every moment, because it goes by fast!

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As the Ladona sailed up the coast, guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oevures, mingling on the deck, in the ship’s living quarters, and at the large main table. “Zipping past the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse was a huge thrill and led to some breathtaking photo opportunities,” says Nathan. “For many of our guests, it was their first time in Maine and getting to see the wild coast was a unique way to take in some of the best that Maine has to offer.” Guests then enjoyed dinner from Dot’s Market, which included chicken with fennel and orange and Israeli couscous salad. After dinner, the cake was cut, and This nautical and non-traditional

members of the lines working in unison. Once

approach led Nathan and Cori to trust the

they were up, the crew of the Ladona untied us

people involved and rely on their expertise.

from the dock and we began our journey

“We weren’t able to plan every single aspect

through the Penobscot Bay.”

of the wedding like I’ve heard others do,” says

After the sails were hoisted, the party

Nathan. “We didn’t even know what Captain

began. “The Ladona set sail and we began

JR had planned for the ceremony speech until

riding the strong winds out into the Penobscot

a few hours before the wedding. There were

bay,” remembers Nathan. “Captain JR and the

plenty of other things like that, that were left

crew graciously let guests take their turn at the

‘unplanned’ and became happy surprises

wheel to see what it’s like to steer the ship.”

speeches were given by Nathan’s brother, Adam, and Cori’s best friend, Helen. As the evening fell over the Atlantic ocean, the schooner’s lanterns were lit, and guests enjoyed watching the twinkling lights on shore. At the end of the cruise, Nathan recalls that “guests made their way onto the dock with sparklers to capture one last picture from the wedding.” It was a perfect end to the perfect wedding day.

when they happened organically.” The big day finally arrived, and Nathan, Cori, and 45 family members and close friends gathered for the eagerly anticipated wedding at sea. “All of our guests boarded the schooner while it was docked,” remembers Nathan. “Then the bridal party walked down the dock and stood at the bow. Cori then walked down and took her place. Captain JR gave his remarks about the power of love and then married us. The ceremony was capped off by air horns from all of the surrounding boats.” Following the ceremony, guests made schooner. “Not many weddings that I know of require a Coast Guard mandated safety speech about what to do if someone falls overboard,” Nathan jokes, “but that was just one of the unique things we loved about our wedding. After the safety speech, about 20 of the guests broke into two lines to hoist a set of sails before we departed. While it was necessary to get that many people to raise the sails — it set the tone that this probably wasn’t going to be like most weddings. The sails were lifted by the

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I

n late 2014, Megan Donnelly and Matthew

since.” Matthew adds that, “As our time

Philbin reluctantly agreed to meet over

together went on, we discovered our paths

dinner and live music with mutual friends

likely passed over the years, being from the

Neither liked the idea of being “set up”, but

same area and with both our families for

finally relented. In spite of their hesitation, a

generations having vacationed in southern

bond was formed, and that fateful first date

Maine. We each had memories of walking the

is now referred to as “the best day ‘eva!”

Marginal Way in Ogunquit, in hitting the

“We covered everything from food, music, and sports, to childhood, family, and goals,”

Scoop Deck on the way back…a tradition we happily continued.”

Megan remembers. “Our compatibility was

After dating for several years, Matthew

affirmed at the end of the night when he said

decided to propose in a carefully executed

that our next date should be a Celtics game,

romantic weekend in Wells, Maine. “Maine is

and that was it, we have been together ever

a very special place for our families, both of

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captured decades before — and we looked out over the cliffs, remembering her this day as it was her birthday. I turned around to Matt on one knee and was overcome with emotion. He completely surprised me and made the proposal so incredibly meaningful. I didn’t realize he’d planned the entire weekend until after we checked in to The Anchorage, where gorgeous flowers and champagne were waiting.”

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IN MEGAN’S WORDS One of my favorite moments was... the fireworks … yes, fireworks!!! They were spectacular. I’m so glad that... [we hosted] the wedding wind down at the lobster shack, with late night snacks, with family and friends coming from all over to celebrate. I will always remember that... everything about September 1, 2019 was magical. A part of us is always in Maine.

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After considering many different

The couple quickly decided to hold their

champagne as they entered the North Lawn

options for their wedding, Megan and

wedding at the Cliff House, with their cere-

for the ceremony, and the Conscious Reggae

Matthew always came back to the same

mony on the North Lawn and the reception in

Band played “Over the Rainbow” in tribute to

basic want: a summer wedding in Maine.

the Atlantic Ballroom. Megan remembers

Megan’s grandmother. Megan’s father, John

Megan recalls, “Given the timing, a summer

feeling that the Cliff House was so special

Donnelly performed the ceremony. “The only

2019 wedding seemed impossible, but my

that she didn’t necessarily need a “theme” to

direction given to him was to keep the cere-

sister, Molly-Kate Donnelly accepted the

make the wedding weekend memorable.

mony joyful, engaging and brief,” says Megan.

challenge. Matt and I already loved the

“Cliff House is so spectacular on its own. We

“From the beginning with his address to the

history and location of Cliff House, but

incorporated personal touches in subtle

guests, to the promises of marriage which

neither of us had visited the property post-

ways that we could appreciate, but that really

included to improve our pickle ball game and

extensive renovations.” Megan, Matthew,

just highlighted the remarkable features of

sharing our cones at the Scoop Deck. He

and Molly-Kate drove up in mid-May 2019 to

Cliff House. Rather than a theme, we wanted

ended the ceremony by asking the guests to

start imagining the possibilities at one of

to create a feeling that would provide our

join him in a rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’. We

their favorite spots: Cliff House in Cape

guests with unique, lasting, and joyful

will always remember looking back at our

Neddick, Maine. “We were sold just walking

memories.” Again, Megan’s sister stepped

guests smiling and singing together, a song

down the lobby stairs to the lounge area.

up to help with the planning.

that brings memories and celebrations to us

The combination of its contemporary

“We are so thankful we took every recom-

all. And complete strangers, young and old,

design with its historical ties, and the luxury

mendation she made. Planning seemed over-

were singing along from their balconies and

amenities with New England comfort

whelming and tedious. Molly made the

the family pool at the Cliff House. Then — off

aligned with every element we’d been

process enjoyable. She knew what compli-

we went for photographs on the beautiful

thinking but couldn’t describe ourselves.

mented us. We can’t thank her enough, for

cliffs at the Cliff House, and a wonderful cock-

The property’s size, layout, and operations

planning the most perfect day ever!”

tail hour, reception, dinner and dancing in the

also ensured a safe and comfortable envi-

With Molly on planning duties, the

Atlantic Ballroom.”

ronment for the number of guests, their age

wedding came quickly. Before they knew it,

Megan and Matthew look back fondly on

range, and any/all special accommodations

Megan and Matthew were ready to walk down

their wedding day in Maine — a day full of

necessary.”

the aisle. Guests were greeted with glasses of

family, friends, and love.

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ur 2020 Wedding of Year winners, Rachel and Adam, found themselves

in a bit of a predicament the moment they won the contest. Usually announced at the Freeport, Maine wedding show, the contest winners were announced via livestream on Facebook shortly after quarantine started in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meetings were scheduled and just as quickly postponed as we juggled safety and travel restrictions, and our initial conversations were held electronically. After a season of hoping we might produce Rachel and Adam’s wedding as planned in October 2020, the decision was made to postpone to 2021. Throughout it all, Rachel and Adam took things in stride, and we have enjoyed getting to know them during this time of uncertainty. Ultimately, this will be a part of their wedding story and we know it will be worth the wait. Special thanks to our wonderful 2020/2021 Wedding of the Year partners for their willingness to postpone. We couldn’t do this without them, and we can’t wait to see what they put together for Rachel and Adam next year!

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When should you book your

Connie: Your Professional Maine Wedding

wedding officiant?

Officiant will have the knowledge and experi-

Connie: Choose and lock in your venue, and

ence to ensure that your ceremony runs

then call us! Typically, 9 –12 months in

smoothly and flows perfectly from begin-

advance will ensure that you can book your

ning to end. Your officiant should be an

first choice, favorite professional Maine

experienced public speaker who will deliver

wedding officiant. With many weddings

your ceremony in a polished, eloquent

postponing from 2020 to 2021 (and even

manner. They will be sure that all of the

2022) because of the pandemic, I would

passages reflect who you are as a couple and

suggest booking as soon as you have a

that your legal paperwork is filed correctly

wedding date in mind.  

after the wedding. Hiring a professional wedding officiant

Maria: A s soon as you get engaged!

will put your minds at ease. It is comforting

Because an officiant can only officiate one

to know that you have a pro on your side who

wedding at a time, it’s essential to book

will bring a sense of joy, organization, and

them as quickly as possible. Unlike a baker,

attention to detail to your special day so you

who can provide cakes to multiple clients a

can relax and enjoy every minute of it.

weekend, an officiant is only one person and can’t be in more than one place at a time.

Maria: Everyone getting married needs a

Also, the most in-demand officiants book

professional wedding officiant! Just like

up quickly, so hiring your professional right

you need a professional wedding photog-

away is the best idea!

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MAINE WEDDING PLANNERS

Newly Engaged? Yes, you need a wedding planner!

HIRING AN EVENT PLANNER can be one of

team that gives the couple the day they want

the most intimidating parts of the early plan-

without worry or stress.

ning process. You don’t always know what you are looking for, and it can be hard to match up

Lisa: A question I get asked a lot is, what is the

with someone who reflects your personality

difference between an independent wedding

and communication needs. Two of Maine’s top

planner and a planner at a venue? It is a great

planners, Catherine Fairbanks-Cliffe of Desti-

question. Many venues have a planner or coor-

nation Maine Weddings and Lisa Sturgeon, of

dinator on staff to help with venue-specific

Getting Married in Maine, offer tips and give a

needs- catering, room blocks, floor plans, etc.,

little perspective on this often overlooked

for all of the weddings planned at that venue.

piece of the wedding puzzle.

However, an independent wedding planner

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What is the most important thing about

from possibly finding a venue to finding

hiring a planner that clients don’t

vendors that are the right fit for you and your

necessarily know?

budget to working with the venue’s planner to

Catherine: That wedding planners develop a

create a wedding unique to you. Professional

reliable network of trusted vendors. Some

wedding planners also serve as the day of

weddings have up to 12-15 vendors. I have

contact for all logistics and troubleshoot

worked hard to know the best and most

issues that may arise, so you enjoy the experi-

creative in Maine. It’s the part of forming a

ence of getting married.

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works with you on all aspects of your wedding,


MAINE WEDDING PLANNERS

Lisa Sturgeon

Catherine Fairbanks-Cliffe

What is the most essential part of the

get married here. Our years working in

planning process?

Maine’s hospitality and tourism industries

Catherine: Communication and openness

give our team a unique approach to how we

with my clients. From the day they sign the

plan events both big and small.

contract, I keep them informed on budget, changes, vendors, and timelines. I am in constant contact with them from the start to ensure every detail they want is set in motion. Lisa: Communication and honesty. They are also really the most important parts of any marriage, and what I like to remind couples I work with. Your wedding day lays the foundation for a journey longer than the one down the aisle. If couples communicate and stay honest (however, maybe no one needs to know how much the wedding shoes were), everything goes a lot more smoothly!

What is one thing that you want potential

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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 loca-

Bangor is centrally located in Maine and

tions—many of which are complete with

is within a 90-minute drive of Acadia

high 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

Miles from Bangor to: Portland 129; Boston 235; New York City 445; Montreal 294

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!

Wedding shows: Maine Wedding Association Bangor Wedding Show Cross Insurance Center, Bangor Sunday, January 26, 2020 www.maineweddingassociation.com

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

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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 207-848-1011 Old Town City Hall 250 Main Street 207-827-3980 Orono Town Hall 59 Main Street 207-866-2556

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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Greater Bangor’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:

A1. The Tarratine A2. Cascade Park A3. Morgan Hill Event Center A4. Black Bear Inn and Conference Center A5. Penobscot Valley Country Club

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

Acadia National Park, on Mount Desert Island, and the nearby Schoodic Peninsula offer some of the most wellloved vistas in the state of Maine.

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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

And, for your guests looking for more of

it should be. With thousands of rooms

a 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 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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OlisTrolley.com 207-288-9899 Allow us to provide safe, reliable, and professional service for all your wedding transportation needs. Oli’s Trolley seats up to 36 passengers and adds that special touch to your wedding. Group tours of Acadia National Park provide a truly memorable experience to your event for both out-of-town guests and locals alike.

Bar Harbor’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:

A1. Atlantic Oceanside Hotel A2. Camp Beech Cliff A3. Bar Harbor Club A4. Bar Harbor Inn A5. Schoodic Institute

Bar Harbor’s Top 5 Photo Sites:

B1. Bar Harbor Inn B2. Grant Park B3. Somesville Footbridge B4. Camp Beech Cliff B5. Schoodic Peninsula

Bar Harbor Town Office 93 Cottage Street 207-288-4098 Mount Desert Town Office 21 Sea Street Northeast Harbor 207-276-5531

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Where to get your marriage license:


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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The Artist’s Covered Bridge is a favorite spot for a fabulous photo opportunity. Located at 123 Bridge Road, its charm is not to be missed.

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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:

B1. Artist’s Covered Bridge B2. Bethel Common Town Gazebo B3. Middle Intervale Meeting House B4. Androscoggin River Banks continued B5. Downtown Bethel

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Bethel’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:


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 26

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

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A1. Maine Maritime Museum A2. Swedenborgian Church of Bath A3. Winter Street Center A4. Bath City Park A5. Sebasco Harbor Resort

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Bath’s Top 5 Photo Sites:

B1. Bath City Park B2. Downtown Bath B3. Popham Beach State Park B4. Winter Street Popham Beach Center State Park, 14 miles B5. Stone House south of Bath, features Bed and one of the longest sand Breakfast beaches in Maine at low tide.

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“A truly stunning day!”

MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM 243 Washington Street

Bath, Maine

207-443-1316

Photo by Lexi Lowell

www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org

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Surprisingly affordable, inclusive & discreetly private

Where to get your marriage license: Castine Town Office 67 Court Street • 207-326-4502

FROM AN INTIMATE ELOPEMENT to

make your wedding a memorable

a private destination wedding, Castine

occasion in Castine, Maine – Under The

offers the exceptional quality and

Elms And By The Sea.

service of larger destinations but with

Pre-wedding celebrations and post-

the discretion and privacy you deserve.

wedding honeymoon excursions make

For generations, couples have come

centrally located Castine an ideal and

from all over the world to be married in

affordable destination from which to

the quintessential Maine village of

take day trips to Bar Harbor and

Castine. Historic churches, a mesmer-

Camden. They are close enough so you

izing lighthouse, beautiful parks, a

can be back in time for a relaxing moon-

sunny beach and charming B&Bs offer

light stroll before retiring to your honey-

the attention to detail you desire to

moon suite in restful Castine, Maine.

Miles from Castine to: Acadia National Park 50; Camden 50; Bar Harbor 50; Bangor 50; Portland 150

For more information: Castine Town Office www.visitcastine.com • 207-326-4502

Castine’s beautiful harbor makes a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos.

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Maine’s hidden gem

Where to get your marriage license: Augusta City Hall 16 Cony Street • 207-626-2310

THE KENNEBEC VALLEY is a relatively

There are many conference and

undiscovered treasure in the heart of

convention centers located in Maine’s

central Maine. It has four fabulous

capital city, with rooms accommodating

seasons; mountains and rolling hills;

any size crowd. Local lodging, including

rivers, streams, and the lakes that feed

several bed and breakfasts, provides

them; the state capital; and many water-

plenty of comfortable space for friends

front parks and trails. All of these

and family from away. Restaurants

options provide great vistas to enjoy in

include an eclectic mix of nationwide

all four seasons.

chains and many homegrown favorites

The Winthrop Lakes and Belgrade

that dot the downtowns. From Belgrade

Lakes Regions boast more than a dozen

Lakes to Augusta, through downtown

lakes and ponds. Augusta, the state’s

Hallowell, and into downtown Gardiner,

capital, and the surrounding cities and

you can find some incredible food,

towns paint a backdrop of light and color

including southern barbeque, Thai,

throughout the year. From the banks of

Italian, award-winning seafood chowder,

the beautiful Kennebec River to the

and so much more. You’ll be surprised

many lakes and streams leading to it, the

with the amount of wonderful choices

area is blessed with some of the most

you have here for your special Maine

picturesque locations in the state.

wedding.

Miles from Augusta to: Bangor 77; Portland 56; Boston 162; New York City 369; Montreal 249

For more information: Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce www.augustamaine.com • 207-623-4559

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Moxie Falls is Maine’s highest and most easily accessible waterfall.

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THE K ATAHDIN REGION is a four-

class five 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

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

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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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:

B1. Baxter State Park B2. Millinocket Lake

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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 • 207-985-3675 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 Kennebunks’ Top 5 Wedding Sites:

A1. St. Ann’s Church, Kennebunkport A2. Parson’s Way, Kennebunkport A3. Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, or Gooch’s Beach, Kennebunk A4. Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport A5. Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport

The Kennebunks’ Top 5 Photo Sites:

B1. Anywhere on the water — breakwater jetty, where the Atlantic meets the Kennebunk River, or Colony Beach, Kennebunkport (or any of our five beaches, which range from rocky to sandy) B2. Aboard a boat, whether that’s an elegant sailboat or a rustic lobster boat B3. Cape Porpoise village fishing pier B4. Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport B5. Maine Classic Car Museum, Arundel

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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 area

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

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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Lewiston/Auburn’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:

A1. Agora Grand A2. Maine Wedding Barn and Event Center A3. Poland Spring Resort A4. Royal Oak Room A5. Coolidge Family Farm

Lewiston/Auburn’s Top 5 Photo Sites:

B1. Androscoggin River Walk B2. Bates College Campus B3. Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary B4. Androscoggin River Falls B5. Lake Andrews

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Camden, Rockport & Rockland—the Jewel of the Maine Coast

THE CAMDEN-ROCKLAND REGION,

intimate “I do” from the deck of a

conveniently located in the heart of

s ch o on er, th e C am den - Ro cklan d

Midcoast Maine, is your perfect desti-

Region offers a multitude of venues to

nation wedding setting. Our area

fulfill your dreams.

boasts breathtaking vistas everywhere

You’ll also find reception spaces of all

you turn, along with the Maine coast’s

sizes and settings, from cozy B&Bs to

greatest concentration of accessible

banquet halls, and amazing lodging

islands and lighthouses dotting pictur-

establishments to accommodate your

esque Penobscot Bay.  Your guests will

guests. Local caterers, florists, and

come for the wedding and want to stay

photographers will complete the picture.

longer to experience all the cultural attractions our area has to offer. Whether you envision an outdoor

Miles from Camden to: Bangor 53; Portland 82; Boston 188; New York City 399; Montreal 293

With so many unique ways to stage your special day, we think you’ll agree that our little corner of the world is the

occasion in an historic natural setting,

truly “The Jewel of the Maine Coast.”

a traditional church ceremony, or an

www.camdenrockland.com

Miles from Rockport to: Bangor 55; Portland 80; Boston 186; New York City 398; Montreal 292 Miles from Rockland to: Bangor 61; Portland 79; Boston 184; New York City 396; Montreal 295

For more information Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce www.mainedreamvacation.com Camden: 207-236-4404 Rockland: 207-596-0376

Near the water or on the water, everywhere you turn there is beauty to behold in the Midcoast region.

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Midcoast’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:

A1. Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel, Rockport A2. Camden Amphitheater, Camden Public Library A3. Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde A4. Top of Mt. Battie, Camden Hills State Park A5. A variety of schooners, Camden, Rockport and Rockland

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Midcoast’s Top 5 Photo Sites:

B1. Merryspring Nature Center B2. Downtown Camden B3. Rockport Opera House B4. Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel B5. Rockland Breakwater

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Historical Elegance on the Pemaquid Peninsula Where to get your marriage license: Camden Town Office 29 Elm Street • 207-236-3353 Rockport Town Office 101 Main Street • 207-236-0806 Rockland City Hall 270 Pleasant Street • 207-594-0300

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Aptly named by the Abenaki tribe, it’s a “beautiful place by the sea”

Where to get your marriage license: Ogunquit Town Office 23 School Street • 207-646-5139

YO U GA ZE INTO the eyes of your

as they say, “I do.”

beloved as the two of you stand on a

Marrying in Ogunquit is incredibly

cliff overlooking an incredibly beautiful

easy. Our florists make unique arrange-

expanse of ocean, surrounded by your

ments, our bakeries create edible

friends and loved ones. You kiss for the

masterpieces, our town clerks will

first time as a married couple, and the

happily help, and experienced offici-

ocean waves join the onlookers as they

ants will facilitate the process.

roar with applause.

While the marriage process takes

T h i s d re a m c a n b e a re a lit y

little time, you will want to stay longer

for those who choose to marr y in

in Ogunquit. Our myriad choices of

Ogunquit. Couples can marry on the

lodging, dining, shopping, activities

fam e d Marginal Way, a on e -mile

and nightlife will keep you and your

paved path along the ocean cliffs, or

wedding guests happy for days. Here in

may prefer to feel the sands of our

Ogunquit, the possibilities are almost

soft white beaches between their toes

as infinite as your love.

Miles from Ogunquit to: Bangor 161; Portland 37; Boston 74; New York City 282; Montreal 315

For more information Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce 207-646-2939 • www.ogunquit.org

B1 Ogunquit is defined by its sandy beaches, vibrant art and theater scene, and thriving and welcoming community.

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Ogunquit’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:

A1. Marginal Way A2. Beachmere Inn A3. Cliff House Maine A4. Clay Hill Farm A5. Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Ogunquit’s Top 4 Photo Sites:

B1. Perkins Cove and Perkins Cove Bridge B2. Main Beach and Footbridge Beach B3. Marginal Way B4. Ogunquit Museum of American Art

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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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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:

B1. Wharf Street B2. City Hall Steps B3. The Eastern Promenade B4. Victoria Mansion B5. The Roof of the Portland Masonic

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THE RANGELEY LAKES region is an

Mountain at the doorstep, winter is

historic four-season resort area in the

truly a winter wonderland.

The jewel of the Western Maine mountains

western mountains of Maine that have

Spoil yourself and friends with

captured the hearts of vacationers for

activities that match your taste for fun,

gen erations. Thro ugh th e years,

luxury, or romance. The area boasts

couples have come to create their

indoor and outdoor venues, intimate

dream weddings in a majestic setting

and grand, fun and sophisticated.

that only Mother Nature can provide.

Group activities are easily arranged.

The choice of intimate venues, historic

From cookouts to kayaks, golf to

hotels, traditional inns, and unique lake-

guides, skiing to skeet shooting, hiking

side and mountain lodges offer a variety

to biking—you can certainly have it all!

of wedding options.

Where to get your marriage license: Rangeley Town Office 15 School Street • 207-864-3326

Wh eth er yo u want an a c tion -

R a n g e l e y ’s s c e n i c a t trib ute s

packed gathering or the opportunity to

provide a four-season vacation desti-

relax and reconnect with family and

nation in ever y sense. Late spring

friends, you will find it in the Rangeley

welcomes spectacular lupine-laced

Lakes region. No matter how simple or

mountainsides, summer offers spar-

sophisticated, traditional or unique,

kling lakes and deep green forest,

your vision of the perfect destination

renowned fall foliage provides a spec-

wedding event will be limited only by

tacular backdrop, and, with Saddleback

your imagination.

Miles from Rangeley to: Bangor 120; Portland 118; Boston 220; New York City 428; Montreal 194

For more information Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce www.rangeleymaine.com • 207-864-5571

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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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DOCKSIDE WEDDINGS & EVENTS C E L E B R AT I N G

50

years

GENEVE HOFFMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS YORK, MAINE

IN BUSINESS

A Dockside Wedding Our lovely coastal venue has the most beautiful view of York Harbor and all its nautical activities. We have everything onsite at our resort to make your special day memorable — chair rentals, dining room, large dance floor, exquisite lodging and wonderful food. For more information or to start planning today, call 207-363-2722 or email info@dockside-restaurant.com

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York’s Top 5 Wedding Sites:

B2

A1. Nubble Lighthouse A2. Fort McClary A3. Hamilton House A4. View Point Hotel A5. Union Bluff Hotel

B1. Nubble Lighthouse B2. The Wiggly Bridge B3. York Beach B4. Stage Neck Inn B5. Fort McClary

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ARBORS

Salty Girl and the Long Dog We created the wedding arch for the 2018 Wedding of the Year contest. We create driftwood arches, wreaths, signs and Christmas trees, handmade in Maine and perfect for your special day. 463 US Route 1, York, Maine 207-351-6256 • www.saltygirlandthelongdog.com BARNS 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 Coolidge Family Farm Having been in the wedding and event planning industry for over a decade, our expertise and passion for weddings speaks for itself.

1084 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester 207-671-7479 • www.coolidgefamilyfarm.com Granite Ridge Estate & Barn Granite Ridge Estate & Barn is a mountaintop and barn wedding venue located in Norway, Maine. This scenic venue offers panoramic views of the Maine mountains that will make the perfect backdrop on your wedding day. With outdoor and indoor venues that all have views of the Maine countryside, couples will have the opportunity to capture beautiful pictures by the end of the night. 127 Richards Way, Norway 207-747-1212 • www.graniteridgeestate.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

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Sennebec Farm

Sennebec Farm’s 90 private acres of lawn, fields, and woodlands is the perfect backdrop for your event, with our Wedding Terrace, Sweetheart Tree, small rustic barn, tent site, and beautifully renovated farmhouse. 323 Sennebec Road, Union 207-671-0488 • www.sennebecfarm.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 BRIDAL STYLE 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.

12 Pepperell Square, 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 • 207-563-7008 www.stonecovecatering.com CHEERS Maine Mixologist

We are a mobile bar service that serves the beverages that you provide to your guests. Our staff is professional, ServeSafe certified, and highly energetic. We are fully insured and aim to provide you with superior service! 207-671-7479 • www.mainemixologist.com 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 Our clients come from all over the globe and have chosen northern New England for their destination wedding and Double Platinum Celebrations as their trusted Maine DJ service. With years of experience in the wedding and entertainment industries, combined with the latest technology and good old fashioned customer service, we are ready to exceed your entertainment expectations! 932 River Rd, Buxton 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 Bash

Maine Event Marketplace & Planning Studio. 374 Maine Mall Rd., South Portland 207-423-9622 www.bashmarketplace.com

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


Destination Maine Weddings Congratulations, we are here to tell your love story through the details and moments that make for an unforgettable event. Weddings • Elopements • Ceremonies 82 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth 207-799-0750 • www.destinationmaineweddings.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. 979 Riverside Street, Portland 207-423-9622 (cell) • 207-613-9452 (office) www.laurieandrewsdesign.com EVENT RENTALS & TENTS A+ Party Rental

Provide A+ quality rental products at a fair market price, supported by experienced, courteous staff. 10 Washington Avenue, Scarborough 888-611-2999 www.apluspartyrentalme.com LA Design Lab

Event Furniture Rentals and Décor. Come style your event and shop from our warehouse. LA Design Lab offers luxury products, exceptional service, and a commitment to providing a better wedding planning experience. 207-613-9452 • www.ladesignlab.com One Stop Event Rentals From casual seaside receptions to the most elegant celebrations, we love setting the stage for memorable Maine weddings. 262 Main Street, South Portland 207-767-5966 • www.onestopeventrentals.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 Florals by Fittsy

Florals by Fittsy provides distinctive floral design services and bespoke gifts. We conjure up wildly creative and eclectic designs and provide a high-level of customer service, attention to detail and an energetic spirit to make your vision come to life. 603-275-5697 • www.floralsbyfittsy.com

Queen Anne’s Flower Shop Our ARTISTIC flair for your dream. We will turn your fantasy into reality. Elopements, lavish receptions, and same-sex ceremonies all welcomed. 4 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor 207-288-2860 • www.queenannesflowershop.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 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 Area Served: Statewide Choose from our professional, award-winning team of Notaries, JP's and Ministers who will craft a custom ceremony with unique vows and traditions. Beautiful ceremonies, affordable for every budget! Custom packages may include your flowers, cake, photos, video, DJ, limo, day of coordinator, honeymoon suite and assistance in choosing your perfect Maine venue. As always, LGTB friendly. Covid weddings safely performed. Statewide • 207-504-4101 Mobile / Text Anytime! www.allin1weddings.com A Sweet Start

Imagine time has slowed down. You take a deep breath and exhale slowly. You look over at your beloved and realize this is the moment. After all these years, you’re getting married! You feel calm, at ease, completely present, and bursting with joy. As a professional Maine wedding officiant, I know that when couples feel grounded and relaxed during their wedding ceremony, time seems to slow down. Savor the moment and store the memories! 207-380-2444 • www.asweetstart.com Getting Married in Maine Planning | Designing | Officiating | Elopements Curating events unique to your love in the beautiful state of Maine. If getting married in Maine is part of your journey down the aisle, then we look forward to working with you to help craft and execute your vision of the perfect celebration! Statewide • 207-949-4637 www.gettingmarriedinmaine.com

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PHOTO BOOTHS Maine to Boston Photo Booth Rental The ultimate photo booth with the best photos, price, and service. All inclusive four-hour wedding package $795. Free upgrades. Only $99 deposit holds your date. 276A U.S. Route 1, York • 207-205-2221 www.m2bphotobooth.com PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEOGRAPHY Becca Dunn Photography Becca Dunn believes real life is pretty awesome, and she specializes in documenting the romance and realness in every moment of your special day. She says she will not only be your photographer but the best sidekick you could ever ask for. www.beccadunnphotography.com Focus Photography We’re committed to helping couples that would normally be less-than-comfortable in front of a camera lens create a tremendous assortment of romantic, fun, and natural portraits on their wedding day, without it ever being awkward. 90 Bridge Street, Westbrook 207-772-4274 • www.focusphotography.com Kelly Payeur Photography Kelly Payeur Photography specializes in high quality wedding and portrait photography. I'm inspired by color and absolutely adore capturing real moments. Your love story is unique and deserves to be told. Let me help you tell your vibrant love story to share with the world. 207-232-4142 • www.kellypayeurphotography.com Kim Chapman Photography Being hired to document your wedding and photograph all of the great moments and details is so fulfilling to me as photographer. I like to be unobtrusive in order to tell the real story...shoot moments as they unfold. My style is “exquisite, whimsical fun with a touch of a vintage vibe.” Maine and beyond 207-939-6542 • www.kimchapmanweddings.com Molly Breton & Co We believe in servicing our clients to the best of our ability. We want our brides & grooms to enjoy their day, be as stress-free as possible, and have the ability to look back at their beautiful images and reminisce about their wedding! We’re there for you every step of the way during your wedding planning. We want to get to know you as a couple and as an individual so that we can give you the best wedding day experience! 207-619-2121 • www.mollybretonandco.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 Cape Arundel Inn & Resort The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort offers 180-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, a beautifully landscaped garden featuring Adirondack chairs, and a spacious front porch with plush wicker seating. 208 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport 855-346-5700 • www.capearundelinn.com Castine, Maine

Castine, Maine is your wedding destination for a surprisingly affordable and discretely private event, offering an array of unique venues, attention to detail, and farm fresh gourmet food. www.visitcastine.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 coop 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. 6 Gotts Cove Lane, Georgetown • 207-423-9622 Booking through LABlue Event Brokers 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 Hidden Pond

Hidden Pond is THE place to create the celebration to surpass your dreams. Our attention to detail, tranquil yet modern features, and attentive staff will ensure your wedding is exquisitely

perfect. 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport 888-967-9050 • www.hiddenpondmaine.com

Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown The Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown hotel is your destination. We’re only two blocks from L.L. Bean and within walking distance to over 100 upscale retail outlets and boutique shops. 5 Park Street, Freeport • 207-865-1433 www.freeportdowntown.hgi.com Inn at Diamond Cove We offer a dynamic event venue on Great Diamond Island overlooking beautiful Casco Bay. Our high level of service and delicious island cuisine is sure to impress your guests. You may also visit our sister property, Portland Harbor Hotel in downtown Portland. Great Diamond Island, Portland • 207-805-9836 www.innatdiamondcove.com Johnson Hall Museum FDR was here in 1932. The American Pickers and Good Morning America came in 2011. An historic, beautiful setting both indoors and outside with unique photo opportunities. 2713 Post Road, Wells • 207-985-0015 www.johnsonhallmuseum.com Kennebunkport Inn The Kennebunkport Inn is a popular venue for intimate events such as wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, a post wedding brunch, or party. One Dock Square, Kennebunkport 800-248-2621 • www.kennebunkportinn.com Loon Lodge

Experience the warmth, charm, and hospitality of this 100 year old authentic log lodge on the shores of Rangeley Lake, located in the lakes region of Maine’s western mountains. 16 Pickford Road, Rangeley 207-864-LOON (5666) • www.loonlodgeme.com


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Maine Lakeside Cabins Resort & Event Center Nestled on the shores of Wyman Lake, our full service lakeside resort is the perfect backdrop for your destination Maine wedding. We offer a lodge and barn, cabins, and event design and decor. 1008 US Route 201, Caratunk • 855-528-3441 www.mainelakesidecabins.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

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

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Mountain House on Sunday River Mountain House is a beautifully unique outdoor venue providing so much fun for your fabulous wedding day! Our onsite lodging allows you and your friends to stay on property, making your entire weekend memorable! 761 Sunday River Road, Newry 207-583-2007 • mountainhouseonsundayriver.com

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

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

Sebasco Harbor Resort Tucked away on 550-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

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

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Portland Harbor Hotel— Diamond’s Edge Restaurant and Marina Diamond’s Edge is a quintessential wedding venue on Great Diamond Island. Lawn ceremony with ocean view and the McKinley Grove Tent Site provide a unique and memorable experience for your destination wedding. 279 Diamond Ave, Portland • 207-766-5850 diamondsedgerestaurantandmarina.com/weddings Portland Regency Hotel & Spa Perhaps you’re dreaming of a lavish wedding in our magnificent Atlantic Room, which can seat up to 200 for a banquet. Or maybe a tented reception on our breathtaking 9,000 square-foot rooftop venue is more your style. However you choose to celebrate your event, our hotel can help you make it happen. Allow us to create a custom wedding package for you. 20 Milk Street, Portland • 207-772-4200 www.theregency.com

Our ballroom can accommodate gatherings from a small intimate affair, up to a larger reception of 170 guests. We offer a build your own dream wedding, a la carte menu or we can custom create a package for you. 284 Western Avenue, Augusta 207-622-5804 • www.senatorinn.com Sky Lodge

Sky Lodge of Moose River Maine, is a unique lodge owned by Unity College that sits on over 150 acres overlooking the Moose River Valley. Its beauty is only matched by our authentic hospitality, simple yet exceptional dining, and unrivaled setting for a picturesque Maine wedding. 3 Sky Lodge Drive, Moose River 207-668-2171 • skylodge.unity.edu Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf brides enjoy breathtaking views of Maine’s western mountains along with activities such as golf, scenic lift rides, and zipline tours. 207-237-2000 • 800-THE-LOAF 5092 Access Road, Carrabassett Valley www.sugarloaf.com

Sunday River Wedding Co. The official weddings of Sunday River Resort: Explore our three outdoor ceremony spaces, each featuring scenic vistas and open-air seating areas for reciting your vows. For the party that follows, choose from one of our three on-mountain reception spaces. 15 South Ridge Road, Newry 207-824-5113 • www.sundayriverweddings.com Tea Pond Lodge & Cabins With historic lakeside cabins on pristine Tea Pond, we provide you with unique, rustic elegance your special day deserves. Let us help you plan your event that family and friends will always remember in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Tea Pond Road, Eustis 207-670-3009 • www.sportingcampsmaine.com 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 The Harborside Hotel Whether you envision an intimate seaside ceremony overlooking Frenchman Bay or an elaborate, formal ballroom reception, a Harborside wedding is flawless from start to finish. 55 West Street, Bar Harbor • 207-288-5033 www.theharborsidehotel.com The Lodge on the Cove The Lodge on the Cove is a refurbished classic motor lodge with a relaxed ambiance enlivened by a vibrant mix of vintage, eclectic, and contemporary furnishings. 29 South Main Street, Kennebunkport 800-879-5778 • www.lodgeonthecove.com The Peakes Hill Lodge Banquet & Event Center A banquet and event center for weddings and receptions in a relaxed, rustic atmosphere! 40 Peakes Hill Road, Dedham 207-944-8319 www.peakeshilllodge.com

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The Portland Masonic The Portland Masonic has been reimagined and reborn as one of the premiere event spaces in New England. Featuring some of the most visually alluring and exquisite spaces on the East Coast, and located in the heart of historic downtown Portland, you’ll find The Portland Masonic to appeal to the most discerning of guests. 415 Congress Street, Portland • 207-761-1190 www.portlandmasonic.com The Red Barn at Outlook Farm Imagine your wedding guests mingling, dining, and dancing while enjoying spectacular views of our 18-hole championship links-style golf course. The Red Barn embodies New England charm with picturesque grounds filled with stunning natural beauty. South Berwick • 207-384-1010 www.outlookweddings.com

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The Tides Beach Club The Tides Beach Club is prominently situated overlooking Goose Rocks Beach and offers a breathtaking setting, chic atmosphere, luxury amenities, and exceptional service—the ultimate choice for your Maine beach wedding. 254 Kings Highway, Kennebunkport 855-632-3224 • www.tidesbeachclubmaine.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 York Harbor Inn

Luxurious historic oceanfront inn. Elegant ballroom. Exclusive oceanfront wedding ceremonies at the beautiful Hartley-Mason Reserve. Many luxury guest rooms with fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, decks, and ocean vistas. 480 York Street, York Harbor • www.yorkharborinn.com 207-363-5119 x192 • 800-343-3869

SPA, SKINCARE & COSMETICS EVER, by Stella & Dot Get your best skin for your most important day. All EVER products are made from good-for-you ingredients and boast proven clinical results. Risk-free with our 45-day money back guarantee. Find your local independent specialist at www.everskin.com Regency Spa

Body treatments, massage, facials, HydraFacial, and spa parties. With any spa treatment, gain access to the Portland Regency Hotel’s facilities: jacuzzi, co-ed sauna & steam room, fitness center, and locker rooms with showers, private sauna & steam room, and robe & sandal service. 20 Milk Street, Portland (inside the Portland Regency Hotel on the ground floor) 207-871-7054 • www.spaatportlandregency.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 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 Oli’s Trolley

Oli’s Trolley specializes in safe and reliable transportation for both your wedding party and guests from the rehearsal dinner to the reception. Allow us to provide all your transportation needs for your special day. 1 West Street, Bar Harbor 207-288-9899 • www.olistrolley.com WEDDING GARMENT CARE / DRY CLEANING / PRESERVATION Pratt Abbott

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


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Real Maine Weddings January 2021  

Real Maine Weddings magazine is Maine's premier resource for couples planning a Maine wedding. We celebrate our state's talented professiona...

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Real Maine Weddings magazine is Maine's premier resource for couples planning a Maine wedding. We celebrate our state's talented professiona...