Page 1

Pull-out guide to wedding services and products for the busy wedding planner

Design a wedding cake Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Sunday, February 6, 2011

that fits your style

This issue is packed with photos!

Wedding profiles you won’t want to miss... White Water Rafting, New Year’s Eve, Great Falls Ceremony, 1920’s Themed


Diane today at 330-3770 ���� Call ����� ����� �� �������� ���� ��� ��� �������� ������ ��������� �����

�������� ������������� ���� ������� ���������� Join for ��� Our������ Third Annual ���� Us �� ��� ������

Live Rad io Station 99.9 The Wolf

������ ���������� ������

February 20, 2011 - 11am to 3pm • Bridal Fashion Show at 1pm ��� $500 ����Cash ����Give~Aways ����������to �� Registered ���������� Brides ������ • Vendor ������ ���� ����� ����� (2) Gift ������� Raffles ������ during��the whole event 2

THE WEDDING GUIDE

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


WEDDING TRENDS Delicious and affordable ways to say “I do”

Family Features

Bridal shower To create an elegant and festive party atmosphere, decorate the event space with fresh flowers and set aside a table where gifts can be presented. A buffet table lets guests serve themselves and also provides a tableau for food and wine selections to be artfully displayed. Arrange an inviting layout of fresh seasonal salads and bite-sized desserts, with a delectable angel hair pasta dish as the centerpiece. Pair with the delicious Angel Juice Pinot Grigio, quintessentially Californian with delicate peach notes and a refreshing finish.

Springtime ushers in the glitz and glamour of wedding season, which lasts into late fall. This year, economizing is foremost on everyone’s minds, but betrothed couples want their weddings and the events leading up to them to be as Couples’ shower special as ever.

A couples’ shower is the ideal way to informally celebrate the upcoming marriage. Commonly known as a Jack and Jill party, the event can be a luncheon, a laid-back barbeque or a party at a local park. A couples’ shower is a prime opportunity for everyone to take a break and enjoy spending time together. Mini-burgers, or gourmet n Revisiting food classics that are guaranteed to please sliders, have universal appeal and offer up a new twist on an old favorite. Paired with the vibrant Big House Red, a the palate but don’t break the bank. n Choosing fresh and flavorful wines that present incred- California blend bursting with ripe red fruits that costs ible value for the price but don’t compromise a smidge less than $10 a bottle, they will easily satisfy guests. on quality. n Serving food in smaller portions, a restaurant trend, is Wedding reception a hit for guests and a boon for the budget. As an alternative to the traditional wedding cake, a n Conserving resources with 3L Premium Wine Casks, a cupcake wedding tree is a sophisticated way to end the convenient, no-waste way to serve a crowd. momentous occasion on the sweetest of notes. Paired with the luscious, food-friendly Cupcake Chardonnay Here are some stylish, budget-friendly food and wine from the prized Central Coast winegrowing region, this options that allow happy couples to have their cupcakes spectacular dessert and the creamy, fruit-forward wine and eat them too. are a match made in heaven. These wedding trends are how brides and grooms are turning bridal showers, couples’ showers and, of course, the wedding itself into priceless yet affordable experiences for everyone involved.

Perfect Place

Wine planning checklist for parties n Use 3L Premium Wine Casks for large groups, as each cask will serve up to 20 guests, each guest with a standard five-ounce glass. n Guests at daytime parties usually drink less wine. Serve approximately one glass of wine per guest every 90 minutes. n For evening parties, serve approximately one glass of wine per guest every hour. n Chill white wine for at least three hours before guests arrive. n Open and decant red wines about 30 minutes before guests arrive to allow the flavors to open up and breathe. n Be a responsible host and offer special non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water for thirsty guests.

For more information about these wines, please visit www.UnderdogWineMerchants.com

The

bow Ro o

R Hall Rental

m

n i a

for celebrating your Special Day!

A historic landmark offering elegant and charming settings to celebrate one of life’s most important days.

� Weddings � Class Reunions � Retirement Parties Large private outside area with picnic tables Bar Services • Ample Parking

American Legion 10 Water St. • 1-877-373-2374 www.captaindanielstone.com 10 Water St. • 1-877-373-CDSI

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

Post 24, Rumford, Maine

369-9053

The Wedding Guide

3


Grab wedding ideas from famous couples who said “I do” Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley

By Cyndi Woodworth Feature Writer

On the well known NBC show, “The Office,” adorable couple Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley wed in Niagara Falls during season six. Of course, in true comedic fashion, many of Jim and Pam’s co-workers helped to make their ceremony silly and unique. But this wedding has a secret, too. Before the church ceremony, the happy couple hopped on a mist boat, and wed privately next to the powerful Niagara Falls. After this intimate ceremony, they reunited with friends and family at a small church. The bridal party grooved down the aisle to “Forever” by Chris Brown, in salute to the YouTube wedding video of the same character.

Most people love weddings. Whether it’s the dress, the cake, the reception, or the song “Shout!” we all have our idea of the perfect wedding. Most of these ideas sprout from famous “I do’s,” the weddings (real or staged) we’ve seen as a culture that we feel are a part of us even though we may not have attended. Here are four wedding celebrations to help you remember what you love about weddings:

Prince Charles and Princess Diana The world turned to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England on July 29, 1981 to watch a prince marry a princess. The wedding was truly royal; Diana wore an ivory white dress complete with 25 foot train, while Charles donned his complete naval uniform. Millions cheered the wedding couple remotely, through television and radio broadcasts of the ceremony. This wedding symbolized a change in English monarchy: Diana was the first commoner to enter into the royal house in over 300 years. This year, another similar wedding will take place in London. Prince William, the son of Charles and Diana, is set to marry Kate Middleton, a commoner from Great Britain. William proposed on November 16, 2010 with his late mother’s engagement ring.

Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy America’s version of the royal wedding happened on September 12, 1953 in Newport, Rhode Island at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. John and Jackie were wed in front of more than 800 guests. Jackie was the epitome of elegance; according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library website, she “wore a dress of ivory tissue silk, with a portrait neckline, fitted bodice, and a bouffant skirt embellished with bands of more than fifty yards of flounces.” Pearls adorned her neck and wrist.

Cloud

“Experience the Bliss” Lewiston-Auburn’s most elegant full service day spa

9

The true beauty of a wedding lies in the promise that it brings. A couple stands in front of their loved ones, and takes an oath to share a life with someone. It’s this hope, this ambition that makes the promise special. By being a party to this promise, we support it, and love becomes stronger. Library of Congress

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier on their wedding day, Sept. 12, 1953

Seven years after this happy union, John and Jackie would move their small family into the White House, and into the annals of American history.

Priscilla and Elvis Presley In today’s day and age, many people unfortunately associate Las Vegas weddings with Britney Spears who was wed in Sin City for less than three days before having it annulled. But Vegas can have its share of romance, too. In 1967, Priscilla Beaulieu married one of America’s most eligible bachelors in a beautiful white gown. The King wore a black tux. Today, in homage to this wedding, nearly anyone can get married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas.

• http://www.elvispresleynews.com/ElvisWeddingPhotos. html • http://www.vegas.com/lounge/centennial/ craziestmarriages.html • http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Ready-Reference/ JBKO-Miscellaneous-Information/Wedding-Details.aspx • http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ world/2010/11/16/2010-11-16_prince_william_proposed_ to_future_queen_kate_middleton_with_princess_dianas_ enga.html • http://womenshistory.about.com/od/diana/a/diana_ wedding.htm • http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/photos/categories/ episodes/1534/ • http://www.officetally.com/archive/the-office-wedding • http://blog.vivalasvegasweddings.com/2010/05/5-famoushistorical-weddings/

Day Spa & Wellness Center Located at Turner Highlands Golf Course

Bridal Packages Include: Bridal Express • Hair up-do • Make-up application • Spa manicure

Sources:

Bridal Deluxe • 30 minute massage • Spa manicure • Spa pedicure • Hair up-do • Make-up application

Bridal 7th Heaven • Essential facial • 60 minute massage • Spa manicure/pedicure • Body polish treatment or slimming herbal wrap

Banquet Facilities Up To 120 People!

Now Booking for 2011 & 2012 New Gazebo added for on-site ceremonies

Receive a free up-do consultation with this ad!

Elegant Victorian Setting Exclusive Bridal Party Room Hours: Mon. - Closed • T,W & F - 9-6 • Thurs. 10-8 • Sat. 8-4 • Sun. - Closed

465 Main Street, Lewiston • 207-689-2166 • www.cloud9ds.com Gift Certificates Available - order by phone or pick up

4

THE WEDDING GUIDE

Rt. 117, North Parish Road, Turner

224-7060

www.Turnerhighlands.com

www.foreseasons.net

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


Design a wedding cake that fits your style

Photography by Samantha Warren Weddings

ALL YO FOR

UR SHOWER AND WEDDING BEVERAGE NE EDS

Be sure to attend our “in-store samplings” every 2nd Friday of the month on Minot Ave. and 3rd Friday on Sabattus St. for ideas on beverage servings. REMEMBER: When planning how much wine to buy for a dinner party a good rule of thumb: one standard 750ml bottle yields 4 to 5 glasses. Large wine glasses can lead to excessive pours, never fill glasses more than 1/3 full.

For more cake photos and ideas see Cakes page 27 ‰

• Special case prices on all champagnes & Wines • Beer by the case or keg (Special Pricing) • Draft systems available • Liquor & mixers

694 Main St., Lewiston • 782-1482 794 Sabattus St., Lewiston • 783-6353 1420 Lisbon St., Lewiston • 333-3095 545 Minot Ave. Auburn • 783-2047

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

THE WEDDING GUIDE

5


6

THE WEDDING GUIDE

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


Wedding in a castle By Betty Jespersen Feature Writer / Submitted photos

It

was a glorious late afternoon on the grounds of an old-world villa in the lush Tuscany hills in Italy when Donna Laverdiere and Loren Crippin exchanged their wedding vows on Sept. 4, 2010 before 40 friends and family. Tuscany is a popular wedding locale for Italians because of its vistas, good wine and excellent food. But to plan such a major event at an off-the-beaten-track site about 35 miles east of Florence was a challenge for an American couple who opted to do it on their own. Laverdiere, the daughter of Claire Laverdiere-Michaud of Jay and Donald Laverdiere of Embden, was the Jay High School 2002 valedictorian. She is now a policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. Crippin works in advocacy at the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. They met at Duke University where both received master’s degrees at the Sanford School of Public Policy. After a two-week honeymoon on the Italian Riviera and the island of Sardinia, they live on Capital Hill in Washington, D. C. According to the premier wedding website, The Knot Inc. (www.theknot.com), more than 300,000 destination weddings of U.S. couples take place every year. These celebrations can be virtually stress-free because they are simpler to plan and often less expensive due to a smaller guest list, The Knot reports. Resorts, cruise lines, and tourist boards can offer complete wedding packages and there are

experts who specialize in arranging destination weddings. Crippin spent his younger years in Italy and learned to speak Italian, and his parents, Dr. Gary and Cynthia Crippin, owned a summer home in the tiny village of Gioglato on the grounds of a restored 12th century villa. Laverdiere and Crippin decided that was where they wanted to hold their wedding and that they could plan it themselves using local vendors. There were many transatlantic phone calls and on a trip to Italy last April, they decided on a caterer, photographer, florist, and rental company for the tent, tables, chairs, dishes and linens. “We got a lot of good information on that trip and knew we could do the rest over the phone,” Crippin said. The couple arrived seven days before the wedding to touch base with vendors, get things organized, decorate, prepare the site and make sure early arriving guests were entertained and accommodated comfortably.

Laverdiere’s favorite moment was the ceremony itself. The bride and groom had written their own vows and Crippin’s brother, Galen, officiated. “Standing in front of everyone to say our vows, overlooking the Tuscan hills, and looking at Loren and seeing all the people who had traveled so far to be with us was so wonderful,” she said.

As for wedding decorations, Laverdiere suggested do-ityourself brides may want to buy them stateside, as they did. They brought a suitcase filled with ribbons, floral wire and other decorative items and also hand-printed programs, escort cards and table signs that Laverdiere had made over the summer. “We wanted to focus on having this be different and personal,” she said. “But the setting was really the main decoration. It was the backdrop and did the work for us.”

As for tips on planning a destination wedding, Laverdiere said she relied on the book, Destination Weddings, that she purchased from The Knot. “But what I learned from all this is that there are so many things you could control, but you have to go with the flow. Give in to local customs and remember, things are done differently in different countries,” she said.

The couple had agreed that they wanted the meal to be memorable and traditional. After the outdoor ceremony, there was a cocktail hour with a huge antipasti buffet –

Route 4 - 261 Auburn Rd., Turner

Free Estimates for Wedding Flowers Church & Reception Decor

CALL 225-5938

for an appointment with Faye or Nancy

Make your wedding dance a dream come true!

Our expert instructors can help you look great together for your first dance! Wedding Preparation Packages • Group Classes Private Lessons • Bride & Groom • Wedding Party for information, contact Nan Brett at:

Block Building Main St. Harrison, ME www.theballroomharrison.com

Crippin said the special moment for him was after the ceremony when he and Laverdiere could sit back and see how all the pieces to the wedding “puzzle” they had worked on for months had come together. “It was nice to see that it had stopped being a million pieces and everything fell into place. The wedding took on a life of its own and everyone helped out,” he said.

Crippin said one additional pre-wedding task on their todo list was to buy 15-liter kegs of Chianti from a nearby vineyard and bottle it, placing on each a personalized commemorative label designed by a local Italian artist.

Ivy Cottage Home Decor & Bridal Registry Bridal Party

wheels of aged Italian cheeses expertly carved by waiters, a spread of salamis and other cured meats, and assorted condiments. The five-course dinner, which lasted nearly three hours, started out with two pasta dishes, including an amazing ravioli in truffle cream sauce and a Tuscan beef ragu followed by thinly-sliced rosemary-marinated steak. To ensure the homemade pasta was served hot and as fresh as possible, the caterer had set up a mobile kitchen next to the tent where staff cooked it right before it was to be served. The meal ended with a dessert buffet followed by the wedding cake, and then dancing into the night.

207-583-6964

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

Crippin agreed: “Let the little details really sparkle. Those are the moments people will remember.”

Secret Garden Flowers & Gifts

Gather Your Bridal Party and Design Your Own Wedding Flowers Or Have Our Experienced Designer Walk You Through Our Garden of Flowers For Your Dream Wedding 374 Main St., Norway, ME 04268 207-739-6060 Monday-Friday 9-6; Saturday 9-4; Sunday 10-2

Rumford Eagles Aerie #1248

For Every Occasion... Weddings • Reunions • Benefit Dances Business Meetings •Birthday Parties

We’ll do it your way... Our RENOVATED HALL has plenty of room (it seats 300 with lots of parking)

CATERING SERVICES AVAILABLE

Give us a call for rental information. 129 Rumford Ave., Rumford

369-9760

P.O. Box 533 • Rumford, ME 04276

THE WEDDING GUIDE

7


Wee ones welcome By Tresa Erickson

While some couples opt not to have children at their wedding, others do. They take great delight in young children and can’t fathom having a celebration without them. If you share in this feeling and would like to have children at your wedding, make sure you plan for them accordingly. If at all possible, hold your wedding in the morning or afternoon. The later your wedding is, the more likely your young guests will become tired and act out of sorts. Those accustomed to going to bed around 8 o’clock may even fall asleep during the celebration, forcing parents to leave early. Look for a venue that is child friendly. Don’t select a hotel with a lot of fine antiques. Young guests will be too tempted to touch all of the wonderful things surrounding them. Select a hotel with modern decor and make sure there are rooms nearby where young guests can nap if needed. Ask your ushers to seat all parents with young kids near the back of the room during the ceremony so they can leave quickly if needed. Provide ample entertainment. Even the best-behaved children act up when they get tired and bored. To prevent this at your reception, hand out crayons and coloring books

to little ones at tables and set up an area where children can play after dinner. If most of your young guests can handle sitting by themselves, you could set up a separate table for them where they could sit, draw and color together. Just make sure you have an adult on hand to supervise the action. If you have the budget, consider bringing in a clown, magician or some other form of entertainment for your young guests. If you are having your reception outdoors, rent a bouncy castle and find a volunteer to supervise the operation. You might even arrange for a group of volunteers to serve as babysitters and whisk the kids off to another room for hours of fun while their parents enjoy the reception. Finally, make sure you have plenty of food and drink on hand. Provide snacks and beverages for young guests before dinner to alleviate any hunger pains they might be having. Then serve them a meal they will eat. Children do like to eat, but that doesn’t mean they will like what you are serving at your reception. For the best results, consult with your caterer and create a child-friendly menu for younger guests. Serve chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese in lieu of lemon chicken and rice. Your younger guests will appreciate it, and so will their parents. These are just some of the accommodations you can make for your young guests to ensure everyone has a good time. Keep in mind you may need to take fewer or additional measures depending upon the number of young guests at your wedding.

BROAD STREET BAND

L/A’s Premiere Classic Rock Dance Band

If you are planning on five or six youngsters, then you may be able to have an evening wedding at an elite hotel. If you are planning on 10 to 20 youngsters, then you may need to set your wedding for an earlier time and bring in some entertainment.

The Color Boutique Let us create the perfect Hair Style for your Bridal Party

WEDDINGS - PRIVATE PARTIES - CLUBS 207-754-6462 cbroad@roadrunner.com

The

GREAT OUTDOORS On Pleasant Pond, Route 117, Turner

“Celebrate Your Special Occasion At Our Beautiful, Private Beachfront Area” A limitless array of indoor & outdoor possibilities: - Beach/Lakeside ceremonies - Lodge with seating up to 300 - Fieldstone fireplace, stage, dance floor - Full kitchen facilities - Beach, boats, BBQs, picnic areas, sports areas

Open May - October Call Mary at (207)224-7061 www.greatoutdoorsme.com “Rustic Beauty In A Peaceful Country Lakeside Setting”

8

THE WEDDING GUIDE

138 Main St., So. Paris

739-2566

the perfect location for your

Bridal Party to Stay & Prepare Bridal Brunch & Photo Ops Rehearsal Dinner Wedding Night in Scarlet’s Room Delight your bridal party, close family, friends, and foavorite guests... have them stay at the Ware Street Inn!

783-8171 ask for Jan

warestreetinn.com

Poland Spring’s All Souls Chapel

Heather's Bakery

Beautiful & Historic!

Custom Designed Cakes

(207) 783-7100

You and your guests will appreciate the great details and beauty of our buildings, gardens and the lovely atmosphere of Poland Spring for your wedding.

Wedding Cakes

We are open May through October. We are reserving dates now for 2010 and 2011. For more information and tour, please call Linda at (207) 998-4589. www.polandspringps.org

Modern Designs

Fondant

Sugar Flowers

Specialty Desserts, Wedding Favors & Dessert Buffets www.heathersbakery.com

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


Franklin County

Bridal Directory     

 

        �

  �

  



 ˆ  ‰

      �

   Š‹  ‹ ‹     �

   �   



    ­

  �         ­ € ‚ƒ„…  † ‡€

€ € €  ‚ ƒ „ …  € ƒ  †    ‡   ˆ    ƒ  ‰  ˆ

� 

  

  �  �  

                          ��   �     

   �   

 

                        

�                 ���

           �   

     

   �     



Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

   � 

�

 �      

 � 

  

      

   

            �  

      

    ­ €      

�

          

 

 �              �    

            � �  ��      

THE WEDDING GUIDE

9


Kate Bradley Photography

10 THE WEDDING GUIDE

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


Wedding overlooking the Falls By Strawberry Pinkham Feature Writer Kate Bradley Photography

E

rica Kennedy and Brady Vaillancour t were married during an evening ceremony on September 25, 2010 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn in front of 135 guests. Upon becoming engaged the November prior, the couple decided on a classic and stylish autumnal wedding. After attending several bridal shows the bride decided to print her own invitations, and used etsy.com for the table cards and cake toppers. Working with the experienced staff at Blais Flower Shop, the couple chose green orchid centerpieces, which glowed ethereally atop the small LED lights placed at the base of each piece. The bridesmaids carried green orchids, in addition to ivory and fall-colored roses. Kennedy noted, “I added a crystal butterfly pin, which the bridesmaids got to keep after the wedding.” The bride carried a bouquet that also boasted crystal orbs. Tw o e x p e r i e n c e d f l o w e r g i r l s b e g a n t h e c e r e m o ny, dressed in ivor y dresses with cinnamon sashes and pearls. Tw o b r i d e s m a i d s p r e c e d e d the bride, wearing cinnamon colored gowns with ivor y sashes. The bride was a picture of class, gliding down the aisle

A Honeymoon of Diving

Barclay’s Skindivers Paradise Snorkel or Scuba Dive on your Tropical Honeymoon!!! A NAUI Scuba Certification Class begins every 6 weeks

in a fitted, ivory gown, trimmed with pickups embroidered with iridescent beads, a long, elegant train in her wake.

couple. An ivory, buttercream cake, created by Heather’s Bakery, was decorated with a fondant tree branch with rich-colored leaves that mimicked the stunning foliage, signature for the time of year.

Her shoes, “stiletto pumps, covered in Swarovski crystals, so they looked like glass,” were the perfect finishing touch to the bride’s ensemble.

The reception was lively and sentimental, accompanied by the stylings of Natalie Cole, Ray Charles and Kenny G. “We didn’t do the traditional dollar dance; we did a garter toss and a bouquet toss,” the bride remarked of the reception festivities. Balloon Magic out of Topsham created a tulle canopy over the dance floor.

She was met at the head of the aisle by the groom and two groomsmen dressed in sharp, black pinstriped suits with black fedoras and silver aviators. They walked down the aisle to a non-traditional song: “Is this Love” by Bob Marley. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed appetizers while the bridal party had photos taken in front of the Bates Mill; the contrast of industry and elegance created powerful photos to help the couple recall their special day. “It was about us,” Kennedy recalled. Dinner was a succulent meal of sirloin steak and baked salmon. The meal was also enriched by the vibrant, hand-carved watermelon that sported the initials of the new

It’s Your Big Day! Pamper Yourself

The entire event was successfully concluded by a post-wedding breakfast for the couple and their families, who stayed at the Hilton overnight. The final review of the classic, stylish event? “It was so much fun, we loved it.”

studio6photo.net MAINE NEW ENGLAND MEXICO

IT’S ALL HERE or we will come to you with our

Island Indulgence

685 Washington St., Auburn

Hartford St., Downtown Rumford Check us out on Facebook

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

Choose from a wide variety of fresh, silk or dried flowers. We Also Have Available To Rent: Beauty Baskets • White Candelabras White Archway • Pew Post Candles

Professional Bridal Consultants Call us today for an appointment to plan your special day

(Just Beyond Mardens)

Family Hair & Spa

364-7720

"Fresh Ideas" For Your Wedding Day...

793 Main St. Lewiston

MOBILE SALON/SPA

Snorkel Packages starting at... $ 4995 784-7300

Regarding the wedding favors, the Vaillancourts “wanted to do something dif ferent than the traditional candle favor, so we opted for whoopie pies.” The miniature whoopie pies, compliments of Betty Reez, of Freeport, came in a variety of flavors, including gingerbread with lemon cream, oatmeal with maple cream, and chocolate with raspberry cream. “She asked us to send her a swatch of our wedding colors. She found a ribbon to match exactly. She labeled each whoopie pie: ‘Thank You For Enjoying Our Special Day! Love, Erica and Brady.’ She was wonderful.”

207-562-9900

“One Call Does It All” 784-4061 1-800-640-ROAK www.roaktheflorist.com

THE WEDDING GUIDE 11


How to plan for situations that require diplomacy

The wording on wedding invitations typically names the host. Who is hosting your wedding? If you are, you have nothing to worry about. If any of the parents are hosting, you will need to take extra

If there is conflict among the divorced, good seating at the ceremony and reception is a must. You can go about this in many ways. Generally, mothers and spouses sit in the front row at the ceremony with their family right

“The Perfect Wedding Begins with Us”

& Hi-Style Caterers

Most brides-to-be, roughly 75 percent, receive a diamond engament ring, according to the National Association of Wedding Ministers. Sixty-seven percent of repeat brides also will receive a diamond engagement ring. After the question is “popped,” the average American couple spends 16 months being engaged. (MS)

HALL FOR RENT

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 150 East Avenue, Lewiston WE RENT FOR Weddings ✦ Anniversaries Family Reunions Business Meetings Class Reunions ✦ Banquets Bridal & Baby Showers and much more! WE OFFER Full Size Kitchen

Cater yourself or hire your own!

Capacity up to 250 Tables and Chairs Hardwood Dance Floor Stage ✦ Full Bar Air Conditioned

Smaller function hall for up to 75 people

E

NT

ERTAIN

& Karao

M

T

Tel: (207) 344-6336

Planning a wedding around divorced parents is not easy, especially when they are in conflict. Tread lightly, discuss your decisions with everyone involved and proceed with caution.

Did you know?

We now have a second room available with a capacity of 97.

1119 LISBON STREET LEWISTON

Should you want them to play a more prominent role, you should discuss your wishes with all parties involved. A bride raised by her stepfather, for example, might prefer him rather than her biological father to walk her down the aisle. Before she makes any definite plans, she should discuss her decision with her biological father. This will eliminate the element of surprise and alleviate hurt feelings and tension later.

ke

• L.A.’s Premier Wedding & Banquet Facility • Wedding Receptions up to 250 People • Fully Air Conditioned • Full Service Bar • Personalized Events Coordinator • Plenty of Parking • Catering, Bands, Limos, Wedding Cakes • Our Exclusive D.J. - Mr. K

As for the receiving line, you have a few options for dealing with divorced parents. You may have them stand together if they get along, or separate them if they don’t. You may also ask the mothers only to stand in the line. Remarriages among the divorced

can complicate matters, especially if you are close to your stepparents. No matter what the nature of your relationship with the new spouses, you should recognize them and involve them in the wedding, even if it is just mentioning their names in the invitation.

EN

BANQUET & WEDDING FACILITIES OFF PREMISE CATERING & BARBECUES

behind them, and fathers and spouses in the third row with their family right behind them. If the divorced parents are on good terms, they may all sit together in the front row, with their families behind them. The same principles apply to seating at the reception. Divorced parents in conflict should be seated at separate tables; divorced parents in good standing may be seated together. It really is a matter of choice. You may switch up the seating as needed.

DJ

Whether old news or recent, divorces are not easy to deal with, especially when planning a wedding. If your parents or future in-laws are divorced, you must plan certain aspects of your wedding carefully to keep conflict to a minimum. The areas most affected generally are invitations, seating and the receiving line.

care with the wording so that it reflects the nature of the situation. You can go about this in many ways. Generally, the names of the divorced should fall on separate lines and their relationship to the bride or groom should be established, if needed. If the bride’s parents are remarried and they are hosting the wedding, for example, the invitation might read: “Mr. and Mrs. George Smith / and / Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jackson / request the honor of your presence / at the marriage of Mr. George Smith’s and Mrs. Jackson’s daughter / Susan Ann....”

DT

By Tresa Erickson

Specializing in

Weddings

AlsoBirthdays, Anniversaries,

Reunions, Pig Roasts & Garage Parties!

Or

Any Functions you need music or entertainment at!

For Dates & Prices Call

Dan Richard

Now available - call for details.

For more information call booking agent at 212-5888 or 783-3676.

12 THE WEDDING GUIDE

357-9444

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


What you need to know about notary public wedding services By Rich Livingston Feature Writer / Submitted photos

H

ear the one about the couple who got married outdoors in a blizzard? On April Fools’ Day? Deliberately? Or how about the time the dog chosen to be ring bearer took off for a romp in an adjacent field instead of proceeding down the aisle? Those are just a few of the experiences related by Karen Hart, a notary public from Bar Harbor who has performed more than 450 weddings, including some on short notice. She’s been asked, “Can you marry us at three o’clock today?” and she officiated with at least one bride who was quite pregnant, while she and her new husband were about to board an airplane. By the way, the couple married in the Nor’easter remain married after nearly 20 years. Closer to home, former mayor of Lewiston, and mayor of Auburn, John Jenkins, now offers a service called Notary Nuptials, and was once asked to officiate at a local wedding while dressed as The Cat in the Hat. The wedding vows included liberal sprinklings of Dr. Seuss’ rhetoric. “The first wedding I performed,” Jenkins said, “was when a couple who worked for the city of Lewiston while I was mayor asked if I would marry them. The wedding took place in the mayor’s office.” The familiar notion of weddings performed by justices of the peace hasn’t happened in Maine for some 10 years, but the alternative is that anyone with a notary public license in Maine can officiate. Maine, Florida and South Carolina are the only states in which notaries can perform weddings, but the process really is appropriate: The role of a notary, deriving from practices in ancient Egypt – where most people were illiterate and required the services of professionals in order to transact business – and continuing throughout medieval Europe has evolved to “formerly witness transactions involving paper documents.” Among other things, that includes licensed marriages. Virtually any adult citizen of Maine can be commissioned as a

notary, and all Maine notaries can perform weddings. Sally Brochu, a former chaplain at St. Mary’s, was once asked by a nurse if she would she officiate at the nurse’s wedding. When Brochu said she didn’t have a notary license, the nurse said “Well, go get it.” Brochu did and has performed numerous weddings since; not all that many, by her account, “but those I have [done] have been a real joy,” she said, including for her own granddaughter and her husband. N ot aries public can b e a more affordable alternative to conventional of f iciants, and are of ten asked to conduc t ceremonies at non-traditional locations, from back yards to beaches, airplanes to hot air balloons, although many have also appeared in churches, too. Those notaries who particularly enjoy officiating at weddings set their own compensation rates, often charging less for those close to home, with a surcharge or mileage charges imposed on those more than 100 miles away. Many also offer complete wedding planning services. Most will assist the couple with developing their ceremony, writing their vows, and doing whatever they can to help make the experience personal, meaningful and memorable. But, while no particular training is

Ellie Bowie officiates at an outdoor wedding.

required for notaries to officiate, the membership association: Informed Notaries of Maine – www.informednotariesofmaine. org – provides its members with instructional materials, and the website includes listings of those who enjoy officiating. A former president of INF, Kathleen Arsenault, who works at Bates College, has done “about 20 weddings,” and warns that couples should be careful about selecting a notary. “For example,” she explained, “using blue ink on the wedding certificate can nullify the whole proceeding. And filing

Michael and Elisha Graham were married using the services of Notary Nuptials.

the documents is a time-sensitive process, too.” And, she added, notaries who do weddings “have to love what they’re doing. You certainly can’t make a living at it!” Ellie Bowie, who operates a ser vice calle d Enchantment Wedding Services, in Lisbon, has performed more than 40 weddings in just “a couple of years.” She

provides full-scale event planning services, too. She functioned as an in-house notary for an employer a few years ago, and some coworkers asked her to officiate for them. “I just love brides, love seeing happy people, love seeing the start of new lives,” is how she sums up the perspective of most of her colleagues.

Maine Made Furniture Gift Registry

Maine Made quality furniture built from Maine’s finest hardwoods. Custom design available.

Gifts That Last A Lifetime!

Wooden Cutting Boards

Starting at

14

$

variety of styles & sizes

Rocking Chair

315 Ash

$

Specialty Wooden Bowls Deacons Bench

variety of styles & sizes

240

$

with storage seat unfinished pine

At the Premium Specialty Complex

1180 US Rte. 2, Rumford

364-7500 Ext. 100

www.premiumspecialtyhardwoods.com

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Wedding Guide 13


Fashionable 1920s-styled wedding By Donna Rousseau Feature Writer Sasha Salzberg Photography

She and Victoira watched “The Great Gatsby” together, paying particularly close attention to the wardrobe of “Daisy” to gather style ideas.

W

They scoured sites including www. my1920 s we dding.com and w w w. uniquevintage.com, where Janet found her mother-of-the-bride, ivory and silver beaded flapper dress. They even found grandson, Liam, knickers, a bow tie and cap from another site, www.dapperlads. com. They were mindful of utilizing local retailers including Claire’s for black lace gloves and accessories.

hen Victoria (Eustis) Martin and her husband, D.J., began planning their September 2010 wedding, they said the traditional trappings of dress styles, tuxedos, colors and invitations began to weigh down an experience they wanted to enjoy. Early theme ideas were focused on color, autumn shades of maroon, green and gold. It seemed a good start for a fall wedding, but it lacked the spirit the young couple wanted for their day. “We wanted to have fun and we wanted everyone to have a memorable time,” said D.J. Victoria, whose professional experience included working for Martindale Country Club, had seen “a lot of weddings” and, after a while, she admitted, one wedding began to look like another. From her offscene vantage point, she learned what centerpiece designs she liked and what worked best for table conversation, what menus were most tempting, and she definitely learned how to create a “cookie cutter” wedding. The idea for their 1920s wedding was born of D.J.’s fondness for zoot suits (twice he wore them to proms) and Victoria’s love of lace. “He looks good in a fedora,” Victoria confirmed. These three little points then waltzed their wedding away from just plain “swell” to a day that could only be described as “the bee’s knees.” D.J. entrusted Formal Image on Main Street in Lewiston with fitting him, his best man, groomsmen and ring bearer for the big day. “I liked working with Formal Image. We already had a professional rapport so I wanted to go back to them. They were great to work with, able to get us everything we needed.” Of course, the 1920s theme called for, what else but, black zoot suits with light striping and matching fedoras. “We were ready months before the women,” smiled D.J. Finding bridal and bridesmaid dresses and accessories with the 1920s flavor was more challenging. Victoria’s mom, Janet Eustis, said allowing time for research is the key to creating a period look or theme.

14 THE WEDDING GUIDE

David’s Bridal in Portland dressed Victoria for her day as a 1920s bride. “I tried several dresses, but many had modern detailing,” explained Victoria. In the end, she chose a soft ivory, all lace dress with a short train paired with ivory, low wedge heels. A bride fit for the Charleston, she completed her look with a “bird cage” floral headpiece in ivory with a short, netted veil, pearls, diamond and pearl earrings, and long, ivory gloves with lace and bead accents. Her attendants wore classic black, fringed flapper dresses found online, black chunky-heeled shoes and strands of cultured pearls, given as gifts from Victoria, and also purchased on line through www.rosssimons.com. True to the period, Victoria wore her curly, strawberry blonde hair in a classic, wav y, bob. Her finishing touches were trademarks of the 20s: porcelain skin highlighted with rouged cheeks, accentuated eyes, and scarlet red lips drawn up in a defined “cupid’s bow.” Finally on September 18 at 4 p.m., under a trellis of silk roses and tulle on the 10th hole of the Martindale golf course, D.J. and Victoria exchanged their vows in a short ceremony before 80 of their closest friends and family members. While the two were whisked off for photographs, guests enjoyed a bountiful wedding buffet of Victoria’s favorite Martindale dishes including chicken Zinfandel, carved top round, roasted potatoes, tortellini, and salads. Tables were adorned with red and cream colored roses in black art deco style vases that had been collected from area antique stores and garage sales. All the flowers were designed by Blais Flower of Lewiston, another

The Perfect Place for Weddings and Receptions.

local business with whom the couple had developed a professional trust. For fun and visual interest, a vintage candy buffet, complete with old-fashioned candy including sixlets, jellybeans, and lemon sours, welcomed each guest to fill a black container with sweets to take home as favors.

Accommodations for 20-80 people

As in the 20s, the music was an integral part of setting the mood for the dinner and reception. Benny Goodman and his orchestra, Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, Count Basie and his orchestra, as well as Louis Prima and the Glenn Miller Orchestra were among the musical selections for dining and dancing.

Sasha Salzberg Photography

“Our taste in music is very different, but we both like jazz and we really wanted the reception to be fun for everyone,” said the couple. “The music had to be something that all the generations could dance to.”

150 Mill Street, Lewiston, ME 207-782-2088 www.davinciseatery.com

Providing a unique private space that allows a casual to formal setting depending on your event.

Though Victoria and D.J. opted out of dance lessons, they did have guests who could swing dance and some who dressed in 1920s garb, as their invitation suggested. Victoria and her dad, who put on the Ritz in a vintage Masonic tuxedo and top hat, shared a turn around the floor to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”

Poland Spring

You are truly King and Queen for a day and all of us at Poland Spring are here to serve you!

As day drew to evening, the wedding party made an escape for one final “formal” snapshot, a special request of Victoria’s. Outside the country club, in the growing dusk, an old-fashioned lamp post shed a pool of hazy, white light along a stretch of stone curbing. It was there the group gathered with the bride and groom, striking a pose for a quintessential 1920s wedding photograph.

The Perfect Wedding and Reception

Looking through the wedding album today, Victoria and D.J. are pleased with their choice to step outside of the traditional wedding experience. The 1920s was a time when young people cast off societal restraints of older generations, kicked up their heels, and had fun with dance, music – even ways of using the English language; by that definition, Victoria and D.J.’s creativity and freespirited ideas turned their wedding into a “swanky blast from the past.”

We offer you the history … the beauty … the memories of Poland Spring. Our allinclusive wedding receptions include your ceremony at the All Souls Chapel or our beautiful Gazebo. For more information and a tour

Please call us at 1-207-998-4351 www.polandspringresort.com

“Couples shouldn’t be afraid to switch it up,” said D.J., referring to wedding plans and etiquette. “Make it different, have fun, make it interesting, but mostly, make your wedding your own.”

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

THE WEDDING GUIDE 15


Advertising with Sun Journal Main Office — LEWISTON 104 Park Street, Lewiston, Maine Mailing Address PO Box 4400, Lewiston, Maine 04243-4400

Advertising Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telephone 207-784-5411 or 800-482-0753 Retail Advertising Fax 207-784-5955 Classified Advertising Fax 207-784-3062 STEPHEN M. COSTELLO 689-2920 Vice President / Advertising and Marketing scostello@sunjournal.com JODY JALBERT 689-2913 Advertising Director jjalbert@sunjournal.com ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES:

Larry Baril 689-2960 lbaril@sunjournal.com Brian Croteau 689-2909 bcroteau@sunjournal.com Jeff Haggerty 689-2942 jhaggerty@sunjournal.com Ben Lachance 689-2974 blachance@sunjournal.com Dan McManus 689-2906 dmcmanus@sunjournal.com

Norm Moreau 689-2904 nmoreau@sunjournal.com Claire Small 689-2958 csmall@sunjournal.com Kevin Qualls 689-2928 Advertising Web Specialist kqualls@sunjournal.com Bruce Rioux 689-2915 National Accounts / sunprints brioux@sunjournal.com

Regional offices FARMINGTON 187 Wilton Rd., Farmington, Maine 04938 207-778-6772 or 888-778-9922 Fax 207-778-5524 Mike Blanchet 778-6772 mblanchet@sunjournal.com

RUMFORD 69 Congress Street, Rumford, Maine 04276 207-364-8728 or 800-782-8728 Fax 207-364-8420 Nancy Carpenter 364-8728 ncarpenter@sunjournal.com

NORWAY 429 Main Street, Norway, Maine 04268 207-743-9228 or 800-774-9228 Fax 207-743-7317 Eileen Morse 743-9228 emorse@sunjournal.com


16 THE WEDDING GUIDE

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


White water wedding: A river of love flows through it The marriage of Cassandra Wells and Sam Roy

By Cyndi Woodworth Feature Writer / Submitted photos

Love is a river – it starts small, and gradually, it finds momentum. Eventually, it becomes powerful; it stops being a stream and turns into something great. For Cassandra Wells and Sam Roy, love flowed naturally, like the way a river does when it finds gravity. Each current cut deeper into their strong top soil; each turn brought a new and exciting view of the world. They took to the current together, working side by side through the rapids and the calm spots. Cassandra and Sam had known each other for many years before they began dating. They were both raised in Turner, both attended Turner-area

For these outdoor enthusiasts, it seemed only natural to marry while rafting down the Kennebec River. And so Cassandra and Sam went with the current, hopped into the boat, and started the next journey of their adventure together. Friends came along for the ride: Andy Webb served as the witness, and Tom Coleman guided the raft through the rapids and officiated the ceremony, all while dressed as Elvis. schools. It wasn’t until April 2007, however, that Sam and Cassandra were set up on a date by their parents. “It was like we were friends all along,” Cassandra said, smiling. “Our love was easy and effortless.” Their relationship flowed through many twists and turns. Sam finished his degree in forestry from the University of Maine, while Cassandra studied business at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston Auburn College. The couple found themselves intrigued by each other’s differences, and in love with their similarities. “It was like we had always been. We’re best friends,” Cassandra remarked. In 2009, Sam and Cassandra welcomed their son, Henry.

Nothing sets the mood for a picture perfect wedding day like flowers. Leave the arrangements to us, and we’ll help you step down the aisle in style. Call us today for a free consultation with one of our professional certified floral designers. EXPERTS IN THE ART OF EXPRESSION®

Littlefield’s Flowers & Gift Shop 217 Main Street, South Paris

743-6301

Open: Sat. 9 am-12 noon; Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm www.littlefieldgreenhouse.com

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

On July 5, 2010, Sam, Cassandra, Henry and their dog, Zeus, found themselves boating down the Androscoggin River. They wanted to have a family picnic on a small island, but they had a hard time navigating the current with baby Henry, Zeus and many life preservers. So they found another island, and docked ashore.

“We wanted our wedding to be fun and low stress,” Cassandra explained. “We had joked in the past about going to Vegas to be married by Elvis, so we incorporated that idea into our wedding.” Tom was a good sport; he got notarized to perform the ceremony, and lost his Elvis wig in the rapids.

While Cassandra unpacked lunch, Sam knelt on the ground in front of her. He had a jewelry box in his hand, and within the box, a lovely blue sapphire engagement ring. Sam put the ring on her finger, and Cassandra said yes. “ The ring captures both of us – it’s original, but not orthodox,” Cassandra said.

The wedding party parked their raft in Cathedral Point – halfway through the river ride – and Cassandra and Sam were married with the river in the background. Cassandra wore a simple white dress she had bought at the Auburn Mall, and Sam wore a tux he bought online. After exchanging vows, they rafted

down to the Appleton pullout, where they had secured a tent site for a small reception featuring Cassandra’s own chop suey heated on a Pullman’s camp stove.

The river of love between Cassandra and Sam gets stronger with each turn. Together, they will take the rapids and reliefs; together, they will follow the current to see where the river goes.

Weddings & Receptions Make It Memorable In a Beautiful Rustic Setting Inside or Outside • Intimate Setting • Expansive Views • Large Deck • In-House Catering • Full Service Bar • Private •Paved Parking

• Gently Dry Cleaned • Packed in a full-size deluxe box Voted Best Dry Cleaner In 2010, 11th Consecutive Year, for Lew-Aub. by Market Survey of America!

When “Quality” Matters

See why we are the leader in the business

email at bmominfo@roadrunner.com

207-364-8977 39 Glover Road, Rumford, ME www.skiblackmountain.org

786 Center St.

(across from Lee Auto Ctr.)

Auburn

782-9389

Taylor Brook Mall (Behind Sam’s)

Auburn

783-1280

THE WEDDING GUIDE 17


Beautiful wedding day tresses What bride doesn’t want to be heads above the rest in terms of her wedding day ‘do? The trouble is, many brides-to-be don’t take adequate steps to ensure their wedding day tresses will be up to par, including doing a practice run and being confident with their stylists.

While your hair may look pictureperfect in your mind, getting through the wedding day with hair intact takes some time and effort – and the planning process doesn’t start a week before the wedding, either.

1. Start early Once you know your wedding date and have the venues booked, start shopping around for a stylist that you’ll stick with through your wedding day. You want to make sure this person is in consistent charge of your look, tailoring haircuts and coloring appointments toward the end goal.

4. Have a hair rehearsal Schedule a rehearsal of your wedding day hairdo with your stylist after you come up with a look that’s agreed upon. Not only will this help your stylist get his or her technique down pat, it’ll enable the both of you to fine tune what works and what doesn’t.

2. Set a schedule Certain hair tasks should occur at specific times. For example, your final color should be done at least two weeks before the wedding to allow for color blending. A final trim should be around the same time also so that your hair hasn’t just been snipped. You’ll want haircuts at regular intervals, even if you’re growing your hair out for the wedding to make sure it looks healthy.

3. Do your research Browse through magazines and make a look book of styles you like. Discuss with your stylist if they will

complement your facial structure, style, hair type, and wedding gown. Talk about the venue and what will be expected of your hair. If you’ll be on the beach with blowing wind, a tight up-do might not be practical.

Veronica’s Creations Specializing in Original Creations Alterations on Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids Dresses, Prom Dresses

Simple, Sassy or Sexy

1014 Route 202 Greene, ME

Book your date early

Groom’s Tux

FREE

veronicascreate@aol.com

207-739-2930

60 Plus Years Experience Fitting Tuxedos

946-2123 514-6820 bridalboutiquedesigns.com

Please Call For Appointment

event too small Catering No catering or too big! With With Personal Style

with 5 paid rentals

Hot & cold buffet-style

Great selection of

Tuxedos

starting as low as

64.00

$

Elegant catering at an affordable price WEDDINGS • CORPORATE FUNCTIONS SUMMER BARBEQUES • FAMILY REUNIONS

There's no place like

Dad'sce Pla CATERING DIVISION

Congress St., Rumford 364-2581 1-800-231-3553 Open: Mon. thru Thurs. 9-6 • Fri. 9-7 • Sat. 9-5

18 THE WEDDING GUIDE

Remember, you’ll be photographed coming and going, in action and at rest during the wedding.

Reproductions From Photographs

We are here for you and your Bridal Party We Offer: On-location services for your convenience and comfort. 40 MAIN ST., SO. PARIS

You can also get a feel for your hair so there won’t be any surprises once you are ready to walk down the aisle. Make sure to bring your veil with you and make-up your face so you’ll get an accurate view of what will be the finished product. Take pictures from all angles to ensure that you’re happy with the look from every direction.

345-9009 www.dadsplace.info

5. Pack reinforcements Some brides opt to invite their stylist to the reception hall for a few touch-ups between venues. If this isn’t an option, ask what products to bring along and how you can repair any minor flyaways, etc.

6. Put it in perspective Remember, just like everything that you’re planning for your wedding, while you hope things go on without a hitch, there may be some snags along the way. Remain calm and go with the flow. Guests are more apt to remember the joyous tone of the day rather than minute details that could frazzle you – like an errant Bobby pin or a pull in your stockings.

www.HerbalEssences.com

is a website that offers photos to help you “get the look” you want. The site also offers step-bystep how-to videos for hairstyles, in case you are doing your own hair for the big day.

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


Oops! Look back and laugh at the embarrassing moments By Doris A. Black

Almost all weddings contain an embarrassing moment or two. The most common include either the bride or groom forgetting their vows, problems with the bridal gown, a member of the wedding party being late or someone getting tipsy at the reception. Most embarrassments are minor, and although mortifying at the time, they can be laughed about later. q A formal church wedding ceremony: The bride unknowingly caught her dress on a nail. With each step, the nail caught a little tighter and the dress tore a little more until finally, the unaware bride stepped up to the officiate near the altar and the whole backside of her skirt tore off. The guests would have had a fine view of her backside had it not been for the quick-thinking maid of honor who casually stepped up behind the bride, lifted the gown and held it in place for the duration of the ceremony. q A n o u t d o o r m e a d ow ceremony: The bride looked radiant walking down the aisle and then suddenly she toppled over writhing in pain. Her father, at her side, tried to help her to her feet but she’d sprained her ankle when she fell off her high heels. After a short delay to wrap her ankle, the ceremony continued with the bride and groom sitting side by side. q A church ceremony: The groom was growing nervous as the best man was late. Time was growing short—where was he?—the groom wondered. Having spilled coffee on his gray tux trousers, the best man and maid of honor were attempting to clean them when unbeknownst to them the wedding ring fell out. Hurrying off to the church, they never noticed it was gone until it was time to give it to the groom. With the ceremony starting momentarily, the groom borrowed his grandmother’s engagement ring to give to his bride. Later that day the wedding ring was

recovered and all ended well. q A church ceremony in progress on a stormy night: When the priest asked if anyone objected to the marriage, suddenly there was a bright flash of light. The church was plunged into darkness except for the few candles lit by the altar. Everyone looked around, bride and groom included, to see what had happened—was it a joke or a sign from the almighty? As it turned out, it was a bolt of lightning hitting a transformer that took out the lights for miles around. The ceremony ended by

candlelight—how romantic. q A destination wedding: Guests arrived on schedule only to find they had no reservations. The bride, frantic, scrambled to find out what had happened to the reservations she had made. As it turned out, one couple who were unable to attend the wedding at the last minute called to cancel their room, but inadvertently, the hotel cancelled the reservations for the whole group. q A cross-cultural destination wedding reception: The groom, anxious to surprise his bride and

If you want a Celebration, not just a reception... Astound your guests with our elegant dining rooms, acres of lawns & gardens and outstanding resort activities in the heart of beautiful Bethel.

impress his new in-laws, attempted a toast in their native language. Halfway through the toast, he began to wonder by the looks on their faces if he had made a grave error but plowed ahead without missing a beat. Indeed, he had inadvertently called his mother-in-law, father-inlaw and bride unflattering names. His intentions were honorable though and all was forgiven. q A wedding reception: The groom approached his mother-inlaw to ask her to dance. As she rose from the table, her napkin fell to the floor. He, being a gentleman,

bent down to pick it up. As he rose, the tablecloth brushed the top of his head and made his toupee askew. The dance began and moments later, the bride cut in and the couple quickly danced their way to a private corner where an adjustment took place.

If at your wedding, you drop the ring or trip over your own feet, don’t feel too bad. You’re not alone.

Honor the Bride with a Gift Certificate from Hot Stuff PACKAGE or PRODUCTS $5 OFF FOR YOUR ENTIRE WEDDING PARTY Hot Stuff Tanning Salon & Wellness Center 81 Manley Road, Auburn • 784-8900 • Find us on

“A Must See” ~ Yankee Magazine

Country Elegant Wedding Packages From $39 - $99 per person!

On the Common, Bethel • (207) 824-2175 • bethelinn.com

Tuscany Hall

Wedding Receptions (for up to 150)

Rent it for your event!

• Wedding Package Available • Catering Specialties • Complimentary Champagne Toast • Honeymoon Suite Available • Group Room Rates For Event

icely decorated hall, brand new bathrooms, seating for 175. Get married outside under the pergola in our courtyard. Have it catered by your choice or do your own cooking for your special day. We are a byob hall or hire a bartender for the event if you choose. Reasonable rates take it for the whole day or a few hours. Come check us out at...

Open dates available for 2011 and 2012.

17 Olson Road (Route 26), South Paris, Maine

FIRESIDE INN

& SUITES

Washington Ave., Exit 75, Auburn 777-1777 • info@firesideinnauburn.com

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

N

or call 890-6675 for more information! TuscanyHallOfMaine.com

One mile north of market square on Route 26 in South Paris.

THE WEDDING GUIDE 19


Services & Products

Sun Journal’s

WEDDING Guide

ATTIRE Carlisle’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Formal Image Bridal Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Veronica’s Creations . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. Wears & Wares . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. .

800-231-3553 207-786-0310 207-946-2123 207-778-0262

BAKERS Cakes by Marlene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-562-8224 Grant’s Bakery . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 207-783-2226 Heather’s Bakery . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 207-783-7100 BEVERAGES Roopers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-783-2047 CATERING Dad’s Place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-345-9009 Sam’s Italian Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207-782-2550 CEREMONY SITE Black Mountain of Maine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-364-8977 The Bethel Inn Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207-824-2175 The Great Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207-224-7061 Greenwood Mountain Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-966-2233 Harraseeket Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-342-6423 Martindale Country Club. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 207-782-1107 Poland Spring’s All Souls Chapel . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 207-998-4589 Saddleback Maine. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. 207-864-5671 CLEANERS Auburndale Cleaning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-782-9389 FINANCIAL Franklin Savings Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-287-0752 FLOWERS & GIFTS The Flower Barn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-224-6144 Ivy Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-225-5938 Littlefield’s Flowers & Gift Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-743-6301 Maine Made Furniture Gift Registry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-364-7500 Roak the Florist . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .800-640-7625 Secret Garden Flowers & Gifts . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 207-739-6060 HONEYMOON & TRAVEL Barclay’s Skindiver’s Paradise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-784-7300 Farmington Travel. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . . 800-244-4777 Hillside Cottages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-943-0110 INVITATIONS The Maine Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-364-8889 JEWELERS Diamond Cut Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-739-2300 Republic Jewelry . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. 207-784-4444

LIMOUSINE Clark & White Inc. . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 877-259-8173 MAKE-UP, BODY & HAIR CARE Cassiel’s Salon & Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207-783-3321 Cloud 9 Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-689-2166 Color Works Hair Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-739-2930 The Color Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-739-2566 Hot Stuff Tanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-784-8900 Island Indulgence . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. 207-364-7720 Madison Avenue Salon . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. 207-782-5920 Mount Auburn Dental . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 207-782-3971 Paradise Salon & Spa . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. 207-777-3939 MUSIC & DANCE The Ballroom. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. 207-583-6964 Broad Street Band . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . . 207-754-6462 DT Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-357-9444 PHOTOGRAPHY D & R Framing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-786-4333 Damon Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-645-7057 Photo Finish Wedding Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-783-3354 Studio 6 Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-562-9900 RECEPTION SITES 49 Franklin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-369-0129 American Legion Hall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-369-9053 C & J Hall . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 207-782-1913 Captain Daniel Stone Inn. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 877-373-2374 The Carriage House Plus & Hi-Style Caterers . . . . . . . . . 207-344-6336 Fireside Inn & Suites. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 207-777-1777 Fore Seasons Restaurant . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . 207-224-7090 Hebron Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-240-8128 Knights of Columbus Hall . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. 207-783-3676 Lost Valley Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207-784-1561 Poland Spring Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-998-4351 Prospect Hill Golf & Banquet . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. 207-782-9220 Ramada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-330-3770 Rumford Eagles Aerie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-369-9760 Tuscany Hall of Maine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-890-6675 REHEARSAL DINNER DaVinci’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-782-2088 The Gingerbread House Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-864-3602 The Sedgley Place . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. 800-924-7778 The Village Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-782-7796 The Ware Street Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207-783-8171 TENT RENTALS Dave’s Rent-A-Tent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-239-1115

Visit www.sunjournal.com/specialsections to print a copy of this Sun Journal Special Sections guide to wedding services and products. The online version has links to these businesses’ websites, a real time saver for the busy wedding planner. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES: For information on deadlines and listing your business in the Sun Journal Wedding directory, call 1-800-482-0935 or e-mail an advertising executive.

20 The Wedding Guide

Larry Baril 689-2960 • lbaril@sunjournal.com Brian Croteau 689-2909 • bcroteau@sunjournal.com Jeff Haggerty 689-2942 • jhaggerty@sunjournal.com Ben Lachance 689-2974 • blachance@sunjournal.com Dan McManus 689-2906 • dmcmanus@sunjournal.com

Norm Moreau 689-2904 • nmoreau@sunjournal.com Kevin Qualls 689-2928 • kqualls@sunjournal.com Bruce Rioux 689-2915 • brioux@sunjournal.com Mike Blanchet 778-6772 • mblanchet@sunjournal.com Nancy Carpenter 364-8728 • ncarpenter@sunjournal.com Eileen Morse 743-9228 • emorse@sunjournal.com

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


A memory in the making By Scot Grassette 49 Franklin

Your wedding day is one of the times in your life that will create a memory which will last a lifetime. Most people make sure it will be remembered by setting up memorable events throughout the day including the ceremony and reception. Many will choose a memorable location for their vows and reception. Be sure not to miss out on the special dances with family and friends, such as the father-daughter dance and mother-son dance, by selecting a location with space and equipment for music and dancing. Cutting the cake ceremoniously sets the stage for your lives together by sharing and feeding each other wedding cake. A wedding is really a theatrical event. As bride and groom, you, your parents and bridal party are the players and your guests are the audience. If you think about a wedding, it’s also one of the few times in your life that you will hire a photographer and even a videographer to record the day. It’s one of the few times you will send out invitations to more than a handful of people to help you celebrate an important occasion. Most people will dress to the nines for their wedding day and it’s one of the few times you can get Uncle Charlie to wear a tie. It may be one of the few times you buy a gown or rent a tux. Also, remember slight mishaps may happen that will add to the day’s events. If the cake falls over or if a bridesmaid trips down the aisle, these things may seem like a disaster or failure at the time, but will be remembered humorously and generate fond memories for years to come. There’s really no need to fret over the little things that happen that you have no control over. Try to relax and enjoy your day. Scot Grassette and his wife Cindy have been wedding disc jockies for over 13 years and currently own 49 Franklin Reception Hall in Rumford Maine, www.49franklin.com.

v

Inclusive wedding packages v

Why should a bride seek an inclusive wedding package? Every bride dreams of her perfect day long before it arrives, but those dreams can turn into a financial nightmare when all the hidden fees get added. “Costs can quickly skyrocket,” said Melissa Brady, wedding coordinator at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. “The fee for the ballroom or reception space at some properties can run anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000. With the cost of food and beverage ranging anywhere from $50 to $150 per person, paying a room fee seems unnecessary. Add in the flowers for your tables and you could be talking another $1,000 easily. Then, there are chair rental charges, linen charges, and rental fees for the silver and glassware. Some venues even charge $3 per person for cutting the cake and coffee service.” Brady advises couples to bring a list of questions when they shop for the perfect place to host their wedding reception. Better yet, she said, they should shop for an all inclusive wedding package to avoid all those hidden costs. According to Brady, the

Call Us For Our

Wedding Package Starting at $2,500

Come walk our beautiful gardens and grounds, enjoy our flowers and relax with the mountain sunsets Call to arrange a visit so you can view first-hand the scenic surroundings and elegant accommodations we have to offer.

168 Greenwood Mountain Road, Hebron, ME

Website: greenwoodmtninn.com

E-mail: greenwoodmtninn@yahoo.com

Capture the essence of that fairy tale wedding you’ve always dreamed about!

package price might seem high at first glance, but it will end up being a tremendous value when adding in all the unforeseen costs. She also said the couple should choose a property with a reputation for excellent food and service, preferably one that allows them to design their own unique menu as part of the inclusive package price. “It’s their special day and the bride and groom should be the writer of that day with the wedding coordinator directing the show” said Brady. Having the coordinator on site for the duration of the wedding will allow the couple and their families to come and enjoy themselves, without worrying about all the small details that go into the execution of a wedding. They should also be able to choose to have two courses or 10, lobster and filet mignon, whatever they want in terms of food, however they want it, and the price shouldn’t change one bit. The meal is one of the most important highlights of the wedding reception. Long after the wedding is over, the guests will still be talking about the food. An inclusive wedding package offers the peace of mind that the costs will not change as the planning progresses.

For more information about inclusive packages, contact Melissa Brady at the Harraseeket Inn, 207-865-9377.

NEW FUNCTION HALL OPENING IN JUNE! •Wedding Receptions Accepting •Anniversary Parties Reservations •Special Events Now •Banquets •Golf Outings 694 S.MAIN ST, AUBURN • 782-9220 www.prospecthillgolfcourse.com

You Are Special • We Are Unique

We add tranquility to your special day by providing you with exceptional services, a spacious and elegant bridal suite, two dressing rooms for your comfort, and light refreshments. Hair Up-Do’s & Design Exclusive Make-up Application Skin Care Treatments • Electrology Manicures & Pedicures • Body Scrubs Relaxing Massages • Body Waxing Contact our Event Coordinator to schedule a consultation and tour of our spa

We would be honored to assist you in making your dreams and memories come true. Let us make your occasion a day to remember. • Elegant Country Dining

receive a $50.00 gift card for use on your special day.

• Weddings • Rehearsal Dinners • Anniversaries

(207) 783-3321

71 East Ave., Lewiston • www.cassiels.com

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

946-5990 • 1-800-924-7778

Off Rt. 202, Greene

www.sedgleyplace.com

THE WEDDING GUIDE 21


The Greek Orthodox wedding: A tapestry of history, tradition, spirituality and symbolism By Deborah Conway Feature Writer / Submitted photos

T

he Greek Or thodox wedding is “an ancient service,” dating back to the fourth and fifth centuries, according to Vicki Toppses, MTS, presbytera of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lewiston, Maine. A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs In America, authored by Marilyn

also selects a Koumbaros (male) and Koumbara (female) whose roles are similar to a godparent or sponsor. It is required that both are Orthodox Christians. Traditionally, they would also have been godparents to the bride and groom. In modern times, however, the wedding couple may choose close friends or people whose judgment they trust and can rely upon. The role of the Koumbari is to provide lifelong guidance to the couple, and the marriage ceremony creates a spiritual bond between the couple and the Koumbari who become “part of the family.”

Rouvelas, describes the wedding ceremony as “pristinely Greek Orthodox, unchanged for centuries.” Although they had met once, many years earlier, Vicki Toppses fell in love with her husband, Ted Toppses, presbyter, while they were both students at the Holy Cross Greek Or thodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. Together, they have provided suppor t and

who had married her parents.

services to the congregation in Lewiston since 2001.

As with most weddings, the bride and groom choose their wedding party, but essentially the similarities stop there. The Greek Orthodox wedding couple

Their own wedding, like that of her parents, was a traditional Greek Orthodox service and was, in fact, officiated by the son of the priest

Hebron Academy Events Let us turn your dreams into memories.

There are two distinct parts to the ceremony. The first is called the betrothal, or the blessing of the rings. Toppses explained that in years past this part of the ceremony was done prior to the wedding day, at such a time as when other couples might have an engagement party. Now, it is done on the same day as the wedding. According to Rouvelas’ tex t, “the priest blesses the rings and touches the forehead of the bride and groom with them.”

We carry something for every style, every budget, everyone!

Perfect for parties large or small, Hebron Academy offers savory cuisine and a beautiful, expansive setting. The Hebron campus encompasses 1,500 acres of beautiful woodland, gardens, ponds, athletic fields and an academic village, creating the ideal environment for weddings, bridal showers and banquets. Contact our Event Director Lisa M. Dunham at 207-240-8128 or via email ldunham@hebronacademy.org for a personal tour and brochure.

at

DiamondCut Jewelers Bride & Bridal Party Packages

Bridal Up-do Artificial Nails Manicures Pedicures Skin Care Body Treatment Make-up Application Therapeutic Massage

In-house Jewelry Repair Superior Customer Service Quality & Selection

Rt. 26, Oxford

207-739-2300

(Two Doors Down From Subway)

www.diamondcutjewelers.com (We can accomodate up to 15 people) 20 Union Street, Auburn

777-3939

22 THE WEDDING GUIDE

Open 7 Days www.ParadiseSalonSpa.com

The ceremony itself is as rich in spirituality and symbolism as it is in tradition and history. Unlike other weddings, a Greek Orthodox ceremony is never conducted “outside of the church.” The belief is that God is uniting the two, and the union must occur in a house of God. Gardens, beaches and other destination weddings, according to Toppses, are not allowed.

Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm Saturday 9am to 3pm

“Rings are put on the right hands” and the Koumbari “exchange the rings three times, symbolizing th e co mp lim e nt ar y ro l e of husband and wife.” Toppses

Greek wedding

page 26 ‰

Cakes By Marlene WEDDINGS ANNIVERSARIES ALL OCCASIONS Call Marlene Bryant 562-8224

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


The bride wore hiking boots By Deborah Conway Feature Writer / Submitted photos

J

that the top of the mountain was in.” After enlisting the assistance of a fair number of town officials, they solved the myster y and filed the papers. T he only other “concern” would be Jeff’s nerves. “I do remember being very nervous in the parking lot pre-hike.” Shortly after beginning the hike, however, partly from the physical exertion, but also as a result of the silly

wedding-day antics orchestrated by their friends, Jeff’s nervousness vanished. Those enthusiastic friends who joined them that morning brought a bridal veil and yellow roses for Lisa. Both Lisa and Jeff brought the vows that they had written. About 30’ from the summit, Lisa and one very dear friend lingered behind while Jeff and the others continued to the top.

Custom Framed

Wedding Portraits by

786-4333 23 Cross Street Auburn 10% OFF

When you mention this ad

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

When only the best will do for your beautiful bride

She walked the last bit on the arm of her friend to meet her beloved on top of Caribou Mountain on a clear midsummer day. Then, with her hiking boots, yellow roses and white veil fluttering in the breeze, accompanied by the spontaneous singing of strangers who happened upon this scene, but graciously scattered to give them privacy, Lisa and Jeff recited their vows, slipped rings onto now steady fingers and, of course, celebrated that first married kiss. After a mountaintop toast of champagne in paper cups, the group descended to the Bethel Inn for dinner and continued celebration. There would be other celebrations in the months to follow, with family and friends who were unable to make the hike. And then, on their first anniversary, there would be a rainy day hike back up to the top of Caribou Mountain in brightly colored raincoats. According to Lisa, getting married on top of a mountain, this mountain in particular, “fit our personalities.” As for Jeff, he said, “I just wanted to marry Lisa”.

Robert Frost wrote,

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.” For couples considering a non-traditional wedding, Lisa’s recommendation is to “do what you love no matter what.” It will make all the difference.

Compare our prices and LARGEST SELECTION of New & Estate Jewelry • Best Service • Best Prices • Best Selection • In-Store Jewelry Repair OLD WE BUY G S D N & DIAMO HOURS Mon, Tue 9-5 Wed-Fri 9-6 Sat 9-5

Celebrating 25 Years!

Jewelry & Collectibles www.RepublicJewelry.com

212 Center Street, Auburn

SAVE BIG!

e f f Pe n g e l h a d hiked Caribou Mountain in the White Mountain National Forest many times. In fact, he had been to its summit about 48 times in as many months and had eaten his snacks and enjoyed the view on those mostly solo day hikes never thinking that, someday, he would marry his sweetheart in that place. Lisa Guay joined the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club in 2003. In 2004, when she carpooled to a 15-mile group hike in the Carter Range near Gorham, New Hampshire, she never expected to fall in love. The idea of getting married on a mountaintop had also never occurred to her. That is, until she met Jeff. After dating for about a year, and continuing his monthly hikes up Caribou Mountain with his new partner, Jeff’s proposal was clever, but somewhat less than romantic: He left the partially completed marriage license in a kitchen drawer for Lisa to stumble across. The decision to get married on Caribou Mountain, with its open rocky summit and views of Sunday River and the Presidential and Carter Ranges, was easy. With a 2828’ elevation, the hike could be done in about 5 hours and was a relatively gentle ascent. It was also a mountain that both had grown to love. Although one might think that the weather would be the most significant logistical issue, for Jeff the “weather was never a real concern.” Lisa and Jeff were relatively flexible with respect to the date, as was the friend who they enlisted to officiate the ceremony. A small number of friends were invited to join them, and when the forecast looked promising and “the decision was made five days out,” the seven friends who still had that date free made plans to share the experience. The only true logistical issue that they ran across was with the paperwork that would make the marriage legal. According to Lisa, “When it came time to fill out the actual paperwork we did not know the name of the town

784-4444

THE WEDDING GUIDE 23


24 THE WEDDING GUIDE

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


Romantic New Year’s Eve wedding By Christina LeBlanc Feature Writer / Submitted photos

Danielle Bosse, of Portland, always knew she wanted a winter wedding. On December 31, 2009, after 14 months of planning, she married her husband, Nate Gagnon, on a snowy day in Auburn. “What better way to start the new year?” said Bosse, adding that the snow “made for really pretty pictures and added to that romantic feel I wanted.”

Amid holiday decor and with clever Christmas-y ideas for the ceremony and reception, Danielle Bosse and Nate Gagnon were married in a winter wedding wonderland.

for the bride, groom, and their guests and the tree ended up being a creative and meaningful “guest book” for the event. “This was one of my favorite parts of my wedding,” said Bosse, “because it will bring back so many special The ceremony took place at Holy memories every time we decorate Cross in Lewiston. The church was our Christmas tree together.” decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, poinset tias, berries, The wedding cake consisted of orchids, and plenty of candles. “It three square layers decorated with made it feel completely intimate, swags and poinsettias. The bride warm, and romantic,” said Bosse felt lucky to be able to use her of the candlelit atmosphere. The grandparents’ cake topper which groomsmen wore black (with red held special meaning to the family. vests for the best man) and the bridesmaids were outfitted in deep red satin gowns, while the bride, in a white satin ball gown, carried a bouquet of Christmas-colored flowers accented by berries. Before the bride’s walk down the aisle, the lights were dimmed and the bridesmaids and groomsmen began a candle light procession.

Around 10:30 p.m., the bride’s father brought in 30 pizzas to keep guests fed and happy (“This is one of the things my guests always mention!” said Bosse) and around 11 p.m. the Gagnons brought out New Year’s Eve party favors, gearing up to a champagne toast at midnight as they and their guests ushered in the new year. “It was amazing to count down to the new year surrounded by all of our loved ones,” Bosse said. It was a fun and romantic way to begin 2010 for Danielle, Nate and their family and friends.

Want aReception?

Dream

Following the romantic ceremony, guests gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn to celebrate the bride and groom at a reception. B o ss e a n d h e r b r i d e s m a i d s handmade nearly 200 gingerbread cookies for the event, each cookie displaying a guest’s name and table number. Each table had a snowflake tree-ornament that doubled as a place card. Tables echoed the candle theme from the church, with glowing candles surrounding holly and poinsettia centerpieces. Inside the reception room were six Christmas trees wrapped in white lights, while mistletoe hung in the entranceway and a kissing ball replaced the disco ball above the dance floor. Each guest was asked to bring a tree ornament, and decorated a Christmas tree for the bride and groom with these special tokens, an idea Bosse came up with while flipping through a Chris tmas ma ga zin e. E ach ornament had special significance

Full Catering, DJ Services & Affordable Rates! Air-Conditioned and Handicap-Accessible

Retirement Parties • Anniversaries Birthdays • Social Events

C &J Hall

$3000 Special

Hall, Cash Bar, Buffet with 6 Hot Entrees, Toast, DJ, Decorations, Cake

711 Webster Street, Lewiston • 782-1913

The Village Inn

Can handle all your Wedding Rehearsal Dinner needs! From 10 to 50 people! Complete dinner menu packages available to fit any budget! Call Todd for more information!

49 Franklin Reception Hall

Classy ~ Elegant ~ Timeless

Grapevine Catering ~ Grassette Entertainment Professional - Convenient - Experienced

49 Franklin Street, Rumford Maine 04276 207-369-0129 ~ www.49franklin.com

����� �� ����� ������� �����������

VILLAGE INN 165 High Street, Auburn 782-7796 View our complete menu at

www.villageinnmaine.com

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

THE WEDDING GUIDE 25


Greek wedding further explained that rings are traditionally worn on the right hand because “in the Bible, it is the hand of honor.” After the ceremony, the bride and groom may choose to wear their rings on their left hand, rather than the right.

silk ribbon that joins the crown symbolizes the bond between them. Also, the crown is the couples’ acknowledgement that there will be both joy and sorrow in their lives together. The priest puts the crowns on the couples’ heads and, as with the rings, the Koumbari exchange the crowns three times to symbolize the equality of the man and woman.

During the second part of the ceremony, when the marriage takes place, the bride and groom face the alter and stand in front of a small table that holds the Gospel, several candles and two crowns made of flowers and linked together by silk ribbons. The lit candle on the table symbolizes the “light of Christ.” The bride and groom are each given a lit candle to remind them “of the light of Christ who is with

After the crowning, two specific passages from the Bible are read aloud. From Rouvelas’ text: “In the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians, Paul talks of love and respect [and] the reading from the Gospel of St. John relates the story of Christ at the wedding in Cana of Galilee and his miracle of changing water into wine.” The last part of the ceremony is Toppses’ favorite. In

from page 22

Wedding Invita tions Engagement An nouncements Birth Announc ements Graduation Ann ouncements Shower Invita tions Anniversaries Family Reunio ns Wedding Statio nary Reception Nee ds Bridal Party G ifts Napkins Bridal Books, Etc.

Nick and Joy Toppses

them through the sacrament and their coming life together.” “The joining of hands,” according to Rouvelas, is “to make them one

Enjoy the convenience of finding beautiful and reasonably priced printing

in spirit and flesh and grant them the joy of children.” The purpose of the crowns is twofold. First, the bride and groom are the queen and king of the household and the

MADISON AVENUE

Salon

eets LA” w York MATMOSPHERE e N re e “Wh COMFORTABLE RELAXED

104 Knox Street, Rumford

364-8889

www.mainepress.biz

Formal Wear for Every Occasion Wedding Gowns $ starting at

99

50% OFF selected Wedding Gowns Over 300 to choose from

may not be combined with any other discounts

• Special Occasion Dresses • Bridesmaids, Mothers, Flower Girls • Dyeable Shoes & Jewelry

• FREE Pre-Wedding Hair Consultation for the Bride • Off Location Professional Hair & Make-Up Available • Professional Make-Up Application Visit www.madisonavesalon.net for more great up-do pictures! No need is too small or too big for us. Give us a call today to book your FREE wedding consultation and meet with our bridal coordinator.

1687 Main St. • Auburn • 782-5920

Y o u r D r e a m We d d i n g GRANT’S BAKERY 525 Sabattus St., Lewiston

(207) 783-2226

Check out our wedding Cake Designs on our website

www.grantsbakery.com

Beautifully decorated wedding cakes since 1956. Our commitment

Largest Selection of Tuxedos

to quality and

with five or more rentals 25% off wedding invitations with every wedding gown or bridesmaids party sale.

vides you with

Groom’s Tux is Free

FORMAL IMAGE Bridal Shop

675 Main St., Lewiston • 786-0310 • Marketplace Mall

26 THE WEDDING GUIDE

service pro-

“The Dance of Isaiah,” the priest leads the wedding couple around the small table three times. The Koumbari hold ribbons attached to the joined crowns worn by the couple. This ritual signifies the couple’s first steps as husband and wife and personifies the scripture verse, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God” (Isaiah 61:10). By the third revolution, with hands joined and the love and protection of Christ, the Koumbari and each other established and honored, and with the blessing of the priest, “this is the moment that they are truly united as husband and wife.” As with other weddings, the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony is followed by a reception. According to Toppses, “the Greeks love to dance and party.” Wedding favors always include koufeta. Koufeta is “an odd number of white almonds wrapped in thule.” The almonds signify fertility and prosperity. Although the food served at receptions may be different than your typical wedding fare, and the traditional dances have a definite Greek flair, the purpose of the reception is the same, in that it celebrates the love and potential of the newly married couple.

Counseling for healthy marriages A marriage doesn’t have to be in distress to bring in the help of a counselor. Marriage counselors can help newlyweds start out on the right foot or help established couples fine-tune their marriages. Counseling can: q Decrease conflicts that lead to fights. q Provide communication strategies for men and women. q Suggest new ideas for reconnecting. q Identify potentially problematic areas that may be easily resolved or require further attention.

a moist, tasty cake with frosting that is never greasy or too sweet. 14 cake flavors to choose from

Couples should inter view prospec tive counselors to determine the best fit and the one they feel most comfortable with. Not all counselors are the same, and some have specific areas of relationship expertise. There also may be counselors who work with both couples and families. (MS)

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011


from page 5

Cakes decorated with handmade icing flowers, shells/starfish and delicate dots and scrollwork remain popular. Couples are choosing cakes that fit with the location, theme and season of their wedding. Four to five layers is the average size for a wedding of 150-200 people. Buttercream or smooth fondant frostings are most common. Popular cake f lavors include lemon, chocolate, carrot, spice and “white” although some couples are choosing non-traditional flavors such as gingerbread, espresso and hazelnut. Flowers, sculptures, and large monogrammed letters are replacing the traditional bride and groom cake top. Vintage: Vintage details include broaches, feathers, and lace designs that are typically in a champagne or cream color combination. Varying heights: These cakes feature tiers similar in diameter but vary widely in height, allowing even small cakes to have a grand presence. In addition, tall and skinny cakes are making their mark. Dessert tables: Brides are opting to have a smaller cake for the ceremonial cake cutting and then adding a variety of desserts to the traditional wedding cake. Things like cupcakes, cake pops, candies, cookies and brownies are some of the more popular choices. Displays can be very casual to elaborate, with most having a variety of heights and maintaining consistent colors or themes. Groom’s cakes: With all the popularit y of cake shows on television right now, it seems as though everyone wants to incorporate a spectacular sculpted cake into their reception. A perfect way to do so is with a Groom’s Cake. Most are done as an additional cake option for the guests or as a dessert for the rehearsal dinner. The latest fashion color report for wedding cakes in 2011 reveals a fresh lineup of colors with champagne, turquoise and coral leading the pack.

Pink champagne wedding cake: This very light pink shade is a romantic and soothing shade for the elegant, classic wedding. The entire wedding cake can be draped in Pink Champagne fondant, or trimmed with oversized ribbons and bows. To add pink ribbons and flowers decoration around the cake will bring a more romantic air to the wedding reception. Yellow: In 2011, people will see a reappearance of yellow as a leading role in the choice of wedding cake color. Stark white wedding cakes decorated with bright yellow sunflowers, daffodils and tulips on the surface will be leading the trend in 2011 wedding. This information has been compiled from www.intricateicings. com, www.yourweddingcompany. com, and www.weddingnova.com.

Photo credit: www.samanthawarrenweddings.com

Cakes

The

Reception Your Dreams Of

Especially for the Bride and Groom

 Countryside view from anywhere in the lodge

 Secluded, private atmosphere

 Ample parking  Fully air-conditioned  Large attractive lobby  Spacious, all hardwood

Hillside Cottages is a perfect spot for your 1st or 2nd honeymoon or just for a romantic weekend away in the beautiful western mountains.

Call 888-943-0110 or 207-744-0110 www.hillsidecottages.com Rt. 117, Norway, ME

floor ballroom

 All service on fine china with crisp linens and round tables  Off premises catering available

Enjoy the enchantment of the picturesque countryside, the rolling green hills, Lapham Brook serenely running through the valley, and the fieldstone fireplace in our exquisite lodge.

Let SAM’S take the worry and cost out of having your next event catered! We are the affordable alternative for:

❖ Weddings ❖ Anniversaries ❖ Showers ❖ Banquets ❖ Any Get-Together

Call 784-1561 Check Our Website Ask for Connie King www.lostvalleyski.com

Lost Valley Lodge AUBURN

The most experienced banquet facility in the area... serving you since 1967.

Ask About Our Bachelor Paintball Parties

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

CATERING DIVISION Courtesy, Quality and Service... Since 1939

www.samsitalian.com

Call 782-2550 THE WEDDING GUIDE 27


Martindale has it all. Our day was perfect! “From the elegant facility, the wonderful food and service, spectacular location for pictures and the opportunity to hold the ceremony at Martindale made our day one we will always remember.” Brandon & Kristen Poulin

• First Class Venue • Convenient Location • Wonderful Relaxed Setting and Beautiful Views • Award Winning Culinary and Catering Staff • Large Deck • Available for Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal and Baby Showers

Martindale Country Club Since 1921

Beech Hill Road, Auburn, Maine 782-1107 28 THE WEDDING GUIDE

Feature Stories & Advertising, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, February 6, 2011

Wedding Guide Feb. 6, 2011  
Wedding Guide Feb. 6, 2011  

Sun Journal Special Sections Wedding Guide spring issue 2011 is packed with photos, ideas, and a handy guide to wedding services and product...

Advertisement