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! 

and the winners are...

john and larry on vacation in camden mainei'm so excited and pleased to announce the winners of my maine gay wedding giveaway! john and larry contacted me a few months ago. it seems that john had seen a comment i made on a huffington post article and either liked what he saw or was interested enough to check out my website. i'm SO glad he did!

as so many others, john and larry are "from away." way, way far away. they live in mississippi and have to come to maine for vacations in the past. they have spent time in camden and port clyde, but they love monhegan and have decided to have their wedding on the island. i couldn't be more excited! an island wedding? now that's dreamy. 

i look forward to meeting these two in person and to being honored with the role of officiant at their maine wedding. 

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. 


free (gay) wedding giveaway!

UPDATE: i'm happy to announce that i have a winning couple! congratulations to john and larry who will be married on monhegan this summer. 

i'm still looking for a winner for my free gay wedding giveaway. if you're interested, contact me right away! 

last november, maine voted to approve gay marriage, so in honor of the historic (and totally awesome) vote i'm giving away a free* super sweet 2013 wedding to the first same-sex couple who contacts me via my website! this is a $500 value, folks!

i'm so proud to be from maine and to support equality for all. i'm looking forward to providing my services to all loving couples wanting to get married in maine! 

*based on my availability, travel not included. 

free wedding giveaway!

we did it! maine voted YES to legalize gay marriage. i'm so proud to be from maine and to support equality for all. i'm looking forward to providing my services to all loving couples wanting to get married in maine! 

maine voted to approve gay marriage, so i am giving away a free* super sweet 2013 wedding to the first same-sex couple who contacts me via my website!

UPDATE: mainers united for marriage wrote a blog post about my free wedding giveaway as did purple unions and gayapolis. check them out!

*based on my availability, travel not included.