things i'm loving

i'm on a bit of a break from weddings until august, so i thought i'd drop in with a quick "things i'm loving" post. i'd love to know what you're loving at the moment. 

these popsicles - although i haven't made them yet, i'm going to (for my birthday party!)
this dress - not sure how it would look on me, but i LOVE it!
this album - okay, i know it's not "new" but it's so, so good (and he's hot). thanks, erin, for giving it to me!
this bathing suit - i'm totally into stripes at the moment (can you tell?) 
this maine band - we're seeing them in concert next week 
this show - my husband and i are completely hooked and watching every season on netflix
this drink - i am serioulsy addicted, i have one every day after lunch 
this snack - i'm not 100% convinced it's real but if it were...

what are you loving? 

portland maine bayside wedding

you may have seen yesterday's teaser, well today i want to show you all the awesome nautical elements that made morgan and jimmy's portland maine bayside wedding so fabulous. these two tied the knot on the lawn at the ocean gateway pier. it was a stunning, sunny day, which you don't always get here in maine in may. the reception was held upstairs in the terminal looking out through enormous glass windows over casco bay. the motif of blue and white expertly crafted by meghan at b merry events worked so well with the industrial feel of the venue. nautical elements like rope, stripes, sea grass and sand all tied together perfectly. the whole day of sophisticated fun represented the bride and groom to a T. congratulations morgan and jimmy! all photos below by a sweet start.

b merry events | wedding planner

ocean gateway | venue

ben bridges | ceremony musician (contact me for his information)

111 maine | caterer

rodeo & co. | photographer

northeast event design | lighting

nothing bakes like a parrott | cake

mainely bartenders | bartenders

dionne entertainment | DJ

portland photo booth co. | photo booth

one stop party shoppe | rentals

portland maine bayside wedding

here's a teaser from today's gorgeous bayside wedding. morgan and jimmy tied the knot in a nautical themed wedding in portland, maine, on what can only be called an epic day. although a bit chilly, the sun shined brightly and the water was a rich, deep blue. absolute perfection especially for this sweet couple. more photos coming soon...

 photo by a sweet start

portland maine wilde memorial chapel wedding

you may remember me posting some of my photos from this portland, maine wedding, which took place in the wilde memorial chapel. during the rehearsal for this wedding i both cried and jumped for joy, literally! lorraine and jared asked me to help them time the processional to the moment when the song reached its crescendo and that would be the moment the bride appeared. we must have practiced it 10 times but we nailed it! and this wasn't just any song, this was an acoustic performance of the metallica song "nothing else matters." can you think of anything more freakin' awesome than that?! no? me neither! 

the fantastic maine wedding photographer, greta tucker from greta tucker photography, shared her photos from this totally original red and white wedding. i have such a soft place in my heart for lorraine and jared and these photos made me smile! i hope they inspire you. 


cool wedding portlandia

i love this clip! have you seen that t.v. show portlandia? well, it's about the OTHER portland, as in oregon, and it's hilarious. it stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein as they give a "wonderfully unique rendering of Portland, OR." enjoy!

my top 5 wedding directories

my top five favorite wedding which i'm listed! there are so many great resources out there but these really are some of the best. i most recently joined wed over heels and i think it's just about the coolest community of wedding vendors out there!

wed over heels "love the journey. shape your dream wedding & connect with local pros who can make it come true!"

wedding wire "tools that make wedding planning as easy as 1, 2, 3..."

my wedding "our directory of maine wedding vendors will help you plan the wedding of your dreams!"

we do. " inclusionary, progressive, style and information-based online community for same-sex couples who are planning their wedding." they're going live in march 2013!

weddingchicks provides "custom wedding totes and tanks, wedding photographers and vendors, and wedding inspiration" all with a super classy interface. 

which are your favorites? share them in the comments below. 

LiveME maine-inspired apparel and accessories giveaway

this is so exciting! not only do we have a guest post/interview with the owner of LiveME maine-inspired apparel and accessories, but he's giving away a LoveME tote bag!!! find out how to win the tote bag at the bottom of this post. 

we can all thank pinterest for this blog post. one day as i was pinning i came across the LoveME camp mug and fell in love (ha, ha). the LiveME products, all with different slogans, are are so quintessentially maine, if you get married here it would be awesome to include them in your wedding. 

here is my interview with owner chris avantaggio.

How did LiveME get its start?
BeerME was actually the first design. It started as a t-shirt design I created for a bunch of friends. Every year we would go to the Maine Brewer's Festival and wearing bright colors made it easy for us to find each other in the crowd. In the fall of 2009 we wanted to do something a little more fun, so I put this t-shirt design together and we printed them on blaze orange t-shirts. It turned out to be pretty popular so I just kept making them.

What was the second design you came up with and how do you think up new ones?
I think the second design was LoveME, but we released 4 new designs several months after BeerME became LiveME. Now we have around 12, and only release a couple of new designs a year. We try to make them appealing to what people love about Maine.

When did LiveME become your full time job?
LiveME is still a passion project for me. It's a lot of late nights and weekends. I currently work full time as an advertising Art Director.

Do you sell in retail stores in Maine or only online?
The best way to shop our entire collection is on our LiveME website. But you can also find a selection of our merchandise in Portland at Zane, Old Port Card Works, Mexicali Blues, Newbury Comics and at Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor.

What if someone wants to purchase a large quantity of, say, LoveME camp mugs for their wedding, can you accommodate special orders like that?
Absolutely. We have done many bulk orders for weddings and the camp mugs make perfect glassware for signature cocktails and drinks. We also do a lot of custom orders such as tote bags, koozies, and t-shirts for wedding favors. We have a contact section on our site for inquiries.

Where are your products made?
Almost all of our apparel is made in America and printed in Portland, Maine.

Whats the most popular product you sell?
The BeerME and LoveME t-shirts are topsellers.

Whats the best part of running your own small business?
Creative freedom.

Whats one thing your customers should know about LiveME?
Where a small family run company that loves Maine!


want to own your own LoveME tote bag?! of course you do! all you have to do is follow these simple instructions:

  1. go over to LiveME's facebook page and "like" it
  2. leave a comment on this blog telling me which is your favorite LiveME design
  3. that's it!

i'll pick a random winner on valentine's day, february 14, 2013 and announce the winner on my facebook page and my twitter account. you may only enter once. feel free to "like" my facebook page, too, although that's not necessary to win.