One of the best ways to make your Maine wedding fabulous is to use lighting and decor! It’s simply the best and easiest way to add ambiance and atmosphere to your wedding. Glamorous draping, a sparkling chandelier, warm cafe lights or even marquee lighting can literally transform a space.Read More
Are you getting married in Maine? Are you looking to hire as many Maine-based wedding vendors as you can? Well, let me be the first to say "Yay!" and "Thank you!" It's so wonderful when out-of-state couples choose to work with local vendors. We have some of the most experienced wedding pros who provide exceptional quality products and service. You may think of Maine as a sweet, down-to-earth, casual State (and we are all of those things, too), but we're also sophisticated, savvy, talented wedding professionals. So, with that in mind, let me introduce you to some of Maine's best wedding invitation and wedding stationery providers. I'm also including providers of wedding signage and handlettering/calligraphy, since many of these vendors provide multiple products.
Custom Wedding Invitations + Wedding Signage
These vendors provide custom wedding invitation suites including save-the-date cards, thank you cards, place cards or escort cards, ceremony programs, vow books, dinner menus, bar menus, custom maps, and anything else you can think of!
Wedding Calligraphy + Hand Lettering
Many of the custom wedding invitation designers above can also do hand lettering and calligraphy, but the providers below specialize in the art form.
Many of you might not know that I've been blogging for six years! I started my blog the same time I became a professional wedding officiant, back in 2011. Since then I've covered so many different topics like: wedding ceremony timeline, make sure to eat on wedding day, how to calm your nerves, where to wear your engagement ring during the ceremony, wedding vendor pricing, 10 tips for the best wedding processional, and so, so much more. I even wrote a blog post about the best Maine wedding resources to help you plan your wedding.Read More
On a perfect autumn day at the stunning William Allen Farm in Pownal, Maine, Chris and Melissa tied the knot...literally. They chose to create a Lovers Knot during their ceremony to symbolize the joining of their two hearts. The ceremony took place under blue skies and a apple tree, and I had the great fortune of being their wedding officiant.
Everything about this wedding was beautiful from the bride in a princess gown, to all the thoughtful rustic decor elements and the gorgeous overflowing of flowers from Snell Family Farm. It felt lush and comfy, rustic and cozy, elegant and comfortable. Just a perfect day all around!
All photos below by me, A Sweet Start.
Officiant: A Sweet Start
Venue: William Allen Farm
Photographer: Greta Tucker Photography
Day of Coordinator: Dragonfly Services Day of Wedding Coordinator
Florals: Snell Family Farm
Rentals: New England Country Rentals
Catering: Famous Dave's BBQ
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Affordable Elegance Strings
Reception Music: Double Platinum Celebrations DJ Kevin Durant
Hair: Studio 88 Salon
Cake: Bam Bam Bakery
This is the love story of Jen and Justin, two of the most genuine, kindhearted, compassionate people. They chose to tie the knot at the Granite Ridge Estate and Barn in Norway, Maine, an excellent choice, if you ask me. With breathtaking views, abundant sunshine, the cutest ring bearer you'll ever see and lots and lots of laughter, these two joined their lives together in marriage and I had the honor of being their wedding officiant! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Justin Miller!
All iPhone photos below by me, A Sweet Start.Read More
Weddings on an island are magical. First of all there's the ferry ride which just builds the excitement and anticipation of what's to come. And then there's the "we're all in this together" vibe because you're essentially stuck on an island together. And then there's the breathtaking views and historic charm. Whatever *it* is, getting married on an island in Maine truly is one of the most special and amazing adventures!
Callie and Harrison chose Chebeague Island for their June wedding. On the lawn of the Chebeague Island Inn, and after almost ten years of life already together, they finally became husband and wife. I got a little choked up when they exchanged rings. The strength of the love between them was palpable. Such a happy day! Although these photos are from my iPhone, I think you can grasp the stunning beauty of their wedding day.
I want to say a special shout out to the staff at the Chebeague Island Inn. Caitlin, Jessica, Tina, Matt and everyone who works there treats their clients and all wedding vendors with a level of kindness and professionalism that makes you feel welcome, comfortable, confident and supported. Thank you!
All photos below by me, A Sweet Start.
- Officiant: A Sweet Start
- Photography: Emily Delamater Photography
- Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chebeague Island Inn
- Videography: Velare
- Florals: Field Floral Studio
- Cake: Cake Elizabeth
- Catering: Chebeague Island Inn
- Ceremony + Reception Music: Jim Ciampi Band (kind, professional and so good!)
- Rentals: Affordable Events
- Stationery: Jolly Edition
- Transportation: Chebeague Transportation Company
- Hair: Aphrodite Salon (oh my god, the ladies looked ah-mazing!)
- Makeup: Bride and friends
I created a spring wedding inspiration board on Pinterest for all you lovelies thinking of getting married in the spring. Even if you're getting married at another time of year, head on over and bask in the beauty that is a spring wedding. I could stare at this board for hours.
If I had the chance to do it all over again and plan (another) wedding of my dreams, I'd totally get married in May. I really love spring here in Maine: you start hearing the birds singing again, you can smell the earth thawing out, and of course the profusion of flowers inspires awe and delight! Some of my favorite flowers bloom in the spring, like lilacs, forsythia, apple blossoms, tulips and daffodils. Just that alone would be enough for me to choose this season for my wedding. So, here's what my spring wedding would look like.
My wedding colors would be dreamy pastels like serenity and rose quartz, lilac grey, sweet peach, and a dash of green flash.
The bridesmaids would carry May Day baskets instead of bouquets. The little baskets would overflow with seasonal flowers and have multi-colored pastel ribbons streaming from the handles. The ladies themselves would be in flowy, mismatched pastel gowns, and the ones with long hair would have ribbons in their hair. And barefeet. It was a tradition at our house that once the lilacs bloomed we could go barefoot for the rest of the summer!
My centerpieces would be a mix of seasonal flowers like grape hyacinth, narcissus, ranunculus, lily of the valley and, my favorite, lilacs. There'd be lots of greens and white, too, like moss and ethically harvested birch bark. Maybe the look of the centerpieces could play off the May Day posey.
For the wedding ceremony site, I'd use an abundance of apple blossom and/or cherry blossom branches, and flowy lightweight cotton draping to decorate the wedding arch. And, of course, more of the multi-colored pastel ribbons holding the draping in place and streaming in the sunshine and fresh breeze (which of course I'll have because it's my fantasy wedding and I can have anything I want!).
My wedding dress would be sweet, with long or 3/4 length sleeves and a demure neckline (think Kate Middleton). Maybe some embroidery or embellishments and definitely lots of swish. It should be simple but a statement piece at the same time. It will be a light, airy blue which is meaningful because blue is my favorite color.
The place settings will have rose-colored, thin-glass wine goblets, gold utensils, a light blue charger and a pastel floral vintage salad plate on top. A mix of jade green and white milkglass salt and pepper shakers and a white cotton cheesecloth runner complete the look.
This was fun! What would you add to my spring wedding inspiration? Feel free to steal the look and any others you see on the spring wedding Pinterest board.
As you probably already know, Pantone comes out with a new color of the year every year. I never really got behind the whole "color of the year" thing until this year. For starters, these two colors remind me of the ombre sky at sunset which is so achingly beautiful I just want to sign Adele songs til the sun disappears. I want to live in these colors! Then, I watched this little video from Pantone, and I love the words that these colors represent: wellness, balance, tranquility, duality, compatibility, calm, peace.
I would never say, "Ok, it's 2016, you should include these colors in your wedding because they're the 'color of the year,'" but I might say, "If these colors speak to you, if they represent the mood you want to evoke at your wedding, if they would bring you joy and set the tone for your married life, then by all means use them in your wedding!"
I'd love to hear your thoughts about the Pantone color of the year. Yay? Or Nay? Would you use them in your wedding?
The list you've all been waiting for: Maine wedding planners. This list is filled with wedding planners that I have either worked with, know from networking, or have it on good authority that they're the real deal.Read More
Cheryl and Jonathan come from two very different backgrounds. Cheryl's life was more of a straight line where Jonathan was encouraged to live outside the lines. Cheryl has always called Maine home while Jonathan has lived in Venezuela, Hawaii, New Jersey and Las Vegas. Their two paths connected in one of the most beautiful ceremonies I've had the pleasure of officiating. Cheryl and Jonathan put so much thought and attention into every word of their ceremony and together we created something funny, heartfelt, sweet, and touching. Cheers to their two paths becoming one!
All photos by A Sweet Start.
Officiant: A Sweet Start
Photographer: Closer North
Cake: Camden Cake Lady
Flowers: Hoboken Gardens
Ceremony and Reception Music: Silver Arrow Band
Caterer: Natale’s at Camden Harbour Inn
Ceremony Venue: Amphitheatre at Camden Public Library
Reception Venue: Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn
Day of Coordinator: Type A Events
Hair and Makeup: Green with Envy Salon and Spa
Transportation: Atlantic Limousine of Maine