Why you should get married in Maine

Thanks to Chelsea, from the awesome wedding blog Tidewater and Tulle, for interviewing me and asking me all about what make Maine such a great place to get married. I met Chelsea on social media because we're both crazy cat ladies and both love weddings. When she came to Maine on a press tour I made sure to pop down to the beautiful Inn by the Sea to finally meet her in person. We walked down to sweet Crescent Beach just down the boardwalk from the Inn to do this impromptu interview.

I wish I could do every interview barefoot on a beach! 

guest blog: how i met my husband


by Beth Fitzgerald
Editor, The Maine Wedding Company

Brian and I worked for the East Valley Tribune in Arizona as newspaper photojournalist during the late 90's. We barely knew each other when a mutual friend and fellow photographer, Samantha, asked us to pose for a freelance job she was working on for a national photography magazine. Her assignment: Taking natural couples portraits. 

The three of us went to a nearby playground to take the pictures. Samantha set us up in various positions from snuggly to silly. It was super awkward at first but Sam worked her magic — wearing us down shot after shot. Twisting arms, moving hands. Changing our embrace until nothing was left but sweet vulnerability. 

What can you do? You're just wrapped up with a complete stranger! You're forced to let walls down. You're forced to laugh and smile. Your forced to gaze and breathe and connect in way that I can only explain as human.

Then it was over. Got the shots. Great. Everyone went off to other things — separately.

Now, I can remember my face feeling red and how bright it was that day. I remember Brian's white shirt. I remember thinking that the images were cute when Sam showed them to me just a few days later. She had done a nice job. But that's about it; nothing amazed me at the time.

It wasn't until Samantha brought out those same photographs out two years later that I really saw it.  It was amazing. Brian and I were seriously dating by then and  I saw it. I fit right under his arm perfectly. From my expression, I felt safe. I saw the look Brian that gives me when he thinks I am being adorable. I saw how I touch him in photos. I saw us— our connection. 

Whoa! How we connected with each other before, not knowing each other, was the same way we connected with each other now that we were together. It was a shock to see.

I wish I had those photographs now. I don't. Brian and I have been married over 10 years and have daughter together. What would I be able to see now? Our bodies and faces have changed, but our connection has not. 

wedding websites or wedsites

wedding website, or wedsite, sample from WedOverHeels

do you have a wedding website yet? i highly suggest you create one. wedding websites, also known as wedsites, are the most useful way to communicate details of your wedding to your guests. you only have so much space on the save-the-date cards and invitations. so use your wedsite to help your guests with stuff like accommodations, transporation, maps, things to do in the area, your super sweet love story, your registry info, short bios of your attendants, and just about anything else you think they'll need.

if you want a totally original, totally cool, totally hip wedsite, then you must check out WedOverHeels

You're not a cookie-cutter couple, and your wedding deserves more than an over-used template. Wedsites from WedOverHeels are as unique as you are; no two are the same.

Your content is layered over a fullscreen background photo, and the "design" is a slideshow of your favorite images. Setting up can take less than 30 minutes (or go crazy and update all the time). You've found each other, and now you've found your wedsite.

Your photos are the design. 100% customized to you & your wedding. Online RSVP, photos, videos, guestbook, landing page, blog, SayI.Do domain & more all included!

the wedsites are free but if you want to upgrade to a premium wedsite, it's $30/year. but MY READERS GET A DISCOUNT! just use the Promo Code: asweetstart96c75f until the end of march and get 30% off your wedsite!

frida kahlo inspired wedding shoot

Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding Editorial Shoot from Ale Vidal on Vimeo.


you guys have to check out this styled wedding shoot by alejandra of imaginale design. i'm not usually a big fan of styled shoots, sometimes they just seem so forced and fake but i LOVE this one. the colors are incredible, the dress is stunning, the flowers, the hair piece...ah!! it's all gorgeous. alejandra said "The Frida shoot was such a special piece that I poured a lot of dreaming and planning into!" well, you can tell!

you can view the stills from the shoot on one of the most inspiring wedding blogs. sara burnett who runs burnett's boards has an eye for putting together gorgeous wedding boards. i'm sure you'll love them! 

top 10 pinterest wedding peeps

recently i've seen a bunch of wedding bloggers putting out their top 10 pinners to follow on pinterest for wedding inspiration. well, i LOVE pinterest and am on it daily, so i thought i'd join in the fun.

i tried choosing some unique pinners because you probably already know about all the usual ones (martha stewart weddings, 100 layer cake, style me pretty, etc.). below is my list of people or organizations you could follow to get awesome wedding inspiration. have fun!


1. F R I P P E R I 


2. Kinfolk Magazine - "a guide for small gatherings"


3. sara {burnett's boards} 


4. {this is glamorous}


5. gus & ruby letterpress


6. every last detail


7. grey likes


8. reverie magazine


9. the white dress by the shore


10. a sweet start

wedding trend: die-cut decor

die-cut elements are a big hit in weddings right now. from invitations to place cards to favors to jewelry. you can die cut into wood, metal, paper, hard plasti, leather. i love how die-cut items look like lace: delicate and sophisticated. what do you think of this trend? 

one of the brides from a wedding i performed owns a business called peppersprouts and she makes all sorts of cool "modern home decor and accessories" and many of them are die-cut. i love her stuff! she also has a great blog called upstate fancy, check it out!



actually i think this last one is a papercut which is different than die-cut, but it's so cool i wanted to share it anyway.

sock bun tutorial


when i got married i wanted a sock bun, except i didn't know that's what it was called. i love this kind of bun, especially for a wedding, and this tutorial makes it look pretty easy to do. plus, wendy, who is teaching the tutorial is so damn cute you'll just want to watch her!

below are a few photos from my wedding so you can see my sock bun!

photo by amy wilton photography

photo by amy wilton photography

photo by amy wilton photography

photo by amy wilton photography