cellardoor winery | lincolnville maine

welcome to one of maine's top ten tourist destinations: cellardoor winery in lincolnville, maine. the largest winery in maine, cellardoor embodies that current trend: rustic glam. from the exposed beams in the farmhouse, to the shiny tanks of the winery, cellardoor is a comfortable yet sophisticated place where you can relax, smooze and drink awesome wine.  

while the cellardoor winery isn't yet available for weddings, there are many things to do here related to weddings: rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions, cooking classes, private wine tastings, winery tours, bridal showers, the list goes on. so on a chilly but beautiful fall day, the venue's events coordinator, devon, welcomed me for a private tour of the winery.

the vineyard

we started our tour in the vineyard where staff and volunteers were sorting the newly harvested grapes. bettina doulton, the owner, bought the land in 2007 and has been growing grapes since 2008. for now, until the grape production increases, cellardoor purchases grapes from california and washington state. i'm super excited about the small batch of sparkling rose that will be ready next year, grown from cellardoor's own maine grapes! 

the farmhouse

there are three parts to cellardoor in lincolnville (they have a tasting room in rockport, too): the vineyard, the farmhouse and the winery. the farmhouse holds the tasting room, the open concept kitchen, and the dining area with accompanying deck overlooking the vineyard. it's a restored 200 year old structure and it's stunning. the winery's logo comes from a carving on the old cellar door of the original farmhouse. i can't wait to attend a party in the farmhouse; i can just picture it: glass in hand, music in the background, laughter, and tinkling of glasses. it would be a soiree for sure! 

the winery

up on the hill above the farmhouse stands the winery where they craft the wine in small batches. it is immaculate and clearly cared for. you get the feeling that the 25 people who work at the winery really care about it. i was greated with big smiles and genuine warmth. 

the wine

unique and delicious. my favorite was the monti al mare, which is a bold red. because maine hasn't yet been given a regional wine grape-growing designation, the winery can't use the word "maine" on their label. so in a clever nod to the midcoast maine area where the mountains meet the sea, they named this red using the italian for just that!

for more information about cellardoor winery contact the events coordinator (207) 763-4478 and please tell her you read about the winery on my blog. thanks!

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maine wedding venue: marianmade farm wiscasset

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If you're getting married in midcoast Maine (Brunswick to Belfast) and you're looking for an awesome barn wedding venue, check out Marianmade Farm. Lucky me, I get to perform a wedding there in 2014 and I can't wait to see it in person. I want to go and just lay down in the fields of lavender. Doesn't it look incredible?!

To contact Marianmade Farm email michelle(at)marianmadefarm(dot)com and please tell her you heard about the Farm from my blog. Thanks!

See the best list of Maine barn wedding venues.

northport maine wedding officiant

Here are my favorite things about this Northport, Maine wedding:

  • The venue - The Summit at Point Lookout, holy-crap-gorgeous
  • The flowers - Emily Carter Floral Designs is one heck of a flower arranger
  • The weather - The forecast called for "afternoon scattered thunder showers" but the skies ended up being bluer than blue
  • The ceremony - We laughed, we cried, we watched Devon and Mike vow to love each other forever, aw!
  • The couple - Mike and Devon are the sweetest, most laid back, couple with the best sense of humor

So there you go, it was an awesome day! I also got to meet two more wonderful Maine wedding vendors: Sarah from Daisies + Pearls | MERRYMAKING, who was the wedding coordinator and Meredith Perdue, the photographer. Both ladies are professionals who know their work and execute it with ease and kindness. 

All photos by A Sweet Start

Meredith Perdue Photography | Photographer
Daisies + Pearls | MERRMAKING | Wedding Coordinator 
Point Lookout | Venue 
Emily Carter Floral Designs | Florist
Peter Miles | Musician (he played guitar AND sang and he was excellent!)
A Family Affair | Props 

camden amphitheater maine wedding

christine and michael contacted me over a year in advance of their wedding. they had already booked the camden maine amphiteather for their ceremony and had lots of the other details all worked out. i was so impressed! a lot can happen in a year and many of those details changed or morphed, but the one constant was the undeniable love that these two feel for each other. they chose to share personal vows as well as the traditional ones and i'm so glad they did. their personal vows touched me so deeply. they were honest, sweet, funny, and just so full of love i bet i wasn't the only one tearing up. all the best for a lifetime of happiness, you two!

all photos by a sweet start

closer north photography | photographer
evan cuddy | wedding musician/violinist (he was awesome, i would totally recommend him!)
starlight custom cakes | cake
camden amphitheater | ceremony venue
party fundamentals | tent rental
harmonious palette | flowers  
pronovias | brides dress (which was gorgeous!!)