The Coolest Wedding Processional Music

I was just introduced to the music of the Vitamin String Quartet. How did it take me this long to find out about them?! They are incredible! They completely rock the whole I-want-cool-music-but-want-it-to-sound-classical thing. Check out this rendition of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know." Ah-maz-ing!

Check out their YouTube channel where they have a whole section devoted to wedding music. I'm sure you'll find songs you love! Which one is your favorite? 

Your Wedding Song

Do you and your sweetie have a song that's "yours?" Like, that song that comes on and you gaze over at your love and make googley eyes and kissy-kissy sounds? I bet you can tell that Nick and I have a song! This is our song:

Here's a cool story about how our song was incorporated into our wedding day. Unbeknownst to us, Nick's best man, Jody, coordinated a fire pit sing-along in the wee hours of our reception. We gathered around the fire on that chilly August evening watching the sparks take flight into the trees above and then all of a sudden Jody takes out his guitar and says he has a wedding gift for us. He played and sang this song just as good as if Jack was there around the fire pit with us. It was such a sweet gesture and is a cherished memory of our wedding day!

So, what's YOUR song? Will you incorporate it into your wedding day? If so, how? I'd love to hear your story. 

Maine weddings: something old

while driving to an event the other day i passed a really old, cool-looking barn and i had this thought. right now everything in the wedding world is vintage. vintage-this, vintage-that, vintage-inspired, vintage, vintage, vintage. so what does that really mean? OLD. and what does maine have a lot of? old stuff! we have old barns, old farms, old inns, old ports, old street, old piers, old lighhouses, old boats, old dirt roads, old bridges, old people (seriously, we're the oldest state in the nation), you get the idea. so, that got me thinking. people should come here to have their vintage wedding! there are so many amazing options for that vintage-y look. here are just a few ideas to get you inspired to come to maine for your wedding.

Old Brick Libraries

Camden Amphitheater - Click on the image. 

Camden Amphitheater - Click on the image. 

Old Barns

Not an actual wedding venue, but don't worry there are tons of other barns to choose from. Click on the image.

Not an actual wedding venue, but don't worry there are tons of other barns to choose from. Click on the image.

Old Chapels

Wilde Memorial Chapel - Click on the image. 

Wilde Memorial Chapel - Click on the image. 

Old Lighthouses

Owls Head Lighthouse

Owls Head Lighthouse

Old Boats

Windjammer FRANCES - Click on the image. 

Windjammer FRANCES - Click on the image. 

Old Wooden Libraries

Bailey Island Library - Click on the image. 

Bailey Island Library - Click on the image. 

Old Forts

Fort Henry William

Fort Henry William

Old Inns

Monhegan Island Inn - Click on the image. 

Monhegan Island Inn - Click on the image. 

guest blog: how i met my husband

POSING WITH MY HUSBAND BEFORE HE WAS 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. 

10 blue engagement rings

it's engagement season! between thanksgiving and valentine's day a TON of people get engaged. i thought i'd do a little post of engagment ring inspiration with a twist: blue engagement rings. for the record, blue is my favorite color, so it's a no brainer that i'd love blue gemstones for engagement rings. i hope you enjoy this list of ten engagement rings all with blue stones. if you're not into blue, i have a pinterest board loaded with all sorts of different rings

 Etsy

 


Ruffled BlogOh Darling Days

Turtle Love Co

Etsy

Etsy

Leif Shop

Etsy

Eight Hundred Ships

Sundance Catalog

single layer wedding cakes

my new favorite trend in weddings right now is single layer also known as one tier wedding cakes. i love the simplicity of them. they're festive but not overly fancy. for some couples a wedding cake like this would represent them perfectly. i started a new pinterest board just for single layer wedding cakes and here are a few images from that board. 

what do you think about this trend? would a one tier wedding cake represent you and your sweetie? or is it "the higher the better" when it comes to your wedding cake approach?

Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes

Cake by Highland Bakery

Cake by Cakes by Polina Laskova

via Jenny Haas Photography

Cake by Metro Custom Cakes

Cake by Publix (with additional styling by Layla)

via Inspired by This