It may be March but it’s still snowing in New England so why not share a fantastic little winter inspiration shoot, complete with a sled and nordic ski details!

Meagan Gilpatrick’s inspiration came from a family heirloom that’s been passed down in her family for generations – a Scandinavian nativity pyramid. Keeping with true Scandinavian elements, Meagan incorporated details that were both modern and traditional.

The use of red was a common thread used throughout but what really tied the whole look together was the mix of patterns. Meagan added touches of straw details – in the centerpieces and at the place settings. There was a slight woodland feel to it as well, with the use of sliced timber used as risers for the votives and the pyramid.

And those cakes! I loved the detail of each and every “leaf” and the squirrel cake toppers were just adorable.

Parrott Design Studio did a fabulous job on the stationery as well – a perfect mix of  causal and elegance. The envelope liner was such a thoughtful detail!

Shot in one of my favorite places (my wedding venue) here are more images from that fun winter day!

Vendors:

Concept/Design/Flowers: Maine Seasons Events

Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Company

Dress: Spoil Me

Furniture Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals

Photography: Brea McDonald Photography

Venue: The Barn at Flanagan Farm

Stationery: Parrott Design Studio

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Flanagan’s Table has done it again! Their monthly collaboration with Maine’s finest took a more romantic turn this month with a special Valentine’s Day dinner. As usual, Meagan Gilpatrick of Maine Seasons Events knocked it out of the park with her romantic twine lighting, draped fabric, custom floral runner,  silver candelabras and blush roses. The barn felt even more intimate than usual with the “tented” feeling the fabric gave. Tons of candlelight, great company and good food – Meagan turned the barn into such a magical place that it almost made you forget about the snow outside!

The special guest chef for this event was none other than Erin French of {the} Lost Kitchen! Erin’s energy radiated from the kitchen to the table – from the energy of the all-girl crew in the kitchen to the toast she gave at the table about love and local food was heartfelt and touching. Something that resonated with me was the part of her toast where she described Maine being a part of her heart and the reason behind her menu; it is moments like these when I am reminded of just how powerful love is – in your life and your work.

This venue holds a special place in my heart, which you’ll see later this week as we end the month of LOVE blog posts with my very own Barn Wedding at Flanagan Farm!

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Every month, a new chef from Maine creates a five-course dinner made with local ingredients and paired with local wine and beer at The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, Maine. The talented Meagan Gilpatrick of Maine Seasons Events designs each month’s table in conjunction with the lovely floral creations from Judy Bourgeois of Flora Fauna. Their designs set the feel and mood for the evening, creating a relaxing yet luxe dining environment inside the 19th century barn.

These farm-to-table private dinners began last February in partnership with the Maine Farmland Trust. The intimate dinners feature local produce, cheese and meats as well as local wine and beer. These events are rooted with such great cause – not only will you enjoy fabulously delicious food, you’ll be helping to keep the Maine Farmland Trust and its efforts alive! A portion of the proceeds from the events go towards preserving Maine agriculture, a belief that is dear to each participating vendor and chef’s heart.

The very first guest chef of the monthly series was Chef Masa Miyake. Miyake’s creative Japanese-inspired dishes have changed the face of Japanese food in Maine and his restaurants are some of the most well-received in Portland. Miyake is also a big believer in the farm-to-table tradition – he started his own farm in 2011. It is truly inspiring to see how all of these efforts come together for a cause that will keep locals and visitors conscious of what they eat and where it comes from.

Flanagan’s Table is already off to a great start for 2014 – their first two events of the year are already sold out! We are looking forward to photographing more of these dinners this year and can’t wait to share them!

Here’s a look back at the very first dinner at Flanagan’s Table – an event we were so grateful to be a part of!

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The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Maine Wedding, Maine wedding photographer, Flanagan Barn, Flangan's Table