enter to win a free seawicks candle

remember a little while back i did a blog post about this fantatic little shop that just opened up in my town? and remember i told you how amazing their 100% soy candles are? and remember i told you the candles are just perfect for wedding favors? 

well you could WIN one of those candles!

seawicks is giving away a "beach girl" glass candle and a "beach girl" candle tin to one of my lucky readers! yippie! 

all you need to do to enter is like the seawick candle company facebook page (and while you're there why not like my page, too!) and then leave a comment below telling me where you'll put your awesome new beach girl candles!

entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on thursday, august 22nd. only one entry per person and you must leave an email address in your comment.  

UPDATE: and the winner is...willow! congratulations, willow, your candle is on its way! 

maine made wedding favors

i have the best idea for your maine wedding favors! here in our little town of damariscotta, maine, there is a shop that crafts the most amazing 100% soy candles. they're just about the only candles i've ever used that smell exactly like the scent. for example, i have the garden lilac scent and it totally smells like lilacs, not like your grandmother's soap. so, let's learn a little more about the seawicks candle company

the owners

founded by michael and cara, seawicks started in edgecomb, maine about six years ago. for years they sold their candles wholesale but they just opened their first storefront in my town. they pour all their candles by hand and right now have about 21 scents and are always adding more. michael and cara have awesome taste. their little shop is lightfilled and full of goodies from local artisans; goodies like saltwater taffy, jewelry, linens, scarves, soaps, note cards and even vintage beachy antique furniture. i want to live in their shop! 

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wedding favors

they often get orders of candles for wedding favors and i'm telling you this would be the perfect favor that your guests would actually LOVE! pick a scent that works with your wedding theme. you can order online or shop at a retailer in your area. 

other gift ideas

other ideas for these amazing candles: gifts for attendants, thank you gifts for parents, housewarming gifts for the wedding couple, "welcome to maine" gift bag items, a gift for yourself to remember maine, a gift for your wedding officiant (wink, wink!). either way, feel good about your purchases since they donate $.50 from every glass candle purchase to conservation efforts. what's not to love about this maine company (and they didn't pay me to say that!)?

all photos by a sweet start 

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maine wedding gifts

terry hire photography | maine photographer

are you looking for gifts? either you're a couple getting married in maine and you're looking for authentic maine gifts for your wedding party or family members, or you're attending a wedding in maine and you want to give the happy couple a gift from maine. may i humbly offer the following list of incredible gift ideas!

alan claude print

terry hire photograph (see image above)

quench metalworks piece

black dinah chocolatiers chocolate

luksin designs piece

sea bag bag

maine float rope company mat

ll bean hudsons bay point blanket

maine sailing adventure on the frances

maine magazine subscription

maineshare donation in honor of

anything from craft/artisan vendors at the maine organic farmer and gardener association annual common ground country fair held the third weekend in september in unity, maine. everything has to be manufactured or created in maine, so you know you're supporting the local economy. 

and if you really can't figure out what to give, check with the wedding couple to see if they're registered with betterment gift registry

do you have other ideas? put them in the comments below.