Maple Rock Farm is one of those properties that is beautiful no matter what the season. But I must say it is exceptionally amazing in the fall! Julia and Peter took advantage of all the gorgeous character Maple Rock Farm has to offer for their October wedding. An old farm house, tall maple trees, stone walls, an apple orchard and a HUGE barn! It was a photographers dream! But, with it being October in Maine you never know what you will get for weather and let’s just say it was a little chilly for their big day (freezing cold with a snow flurry later that night!). But looking at Julia and Peter you would never know. They were so happy to finally be getting married and celebrating with all their family and friends. They could hardly take their eyes of each other all night long and the way Peter snuggled his new wife in close to keep her warm just made you smile. These two are just so happy to be together. Just as simple as that. Julia and Peter we hope no matter what the weather brings you in your years ahead it’s always full of snuggles, hand holding and cozy nights just like your wedding day. Cheers to you both!
On November 2nd this past year, in front of the best group of family and friends a gal could ask for, I married an amazing man. I haven’t shared many details about our wedding planning, our weekend or about all the talented vendors that put it all together. It just felt too personal and sacred to talk about it all before it actually happened. The truth is that that day and today, after it has all come and gone I could just explode with gratitude for all the people that came together to make our wedding weekend what it was.
Some of you might have seen our wedding film from Meg Simone or checked out the post wedding blog post from our wedding photographer Michelle Gardella. They are both amazing. Scratch that… they are perfection! They both understood Scott and I to the core (helps that Meg and I met years ago!). But what you don’t get from the photos and film are my own words, as a bride, on just how greatful I am to all our wedding vendors and how fabulous they all were to work with.
Everyone talks about how quickly your wedding day will go by and how you should carve out a bit of time to step back and let it all soak in; they are so very very right. It felt like it was all over in an instance. How is that even possible? How did I not get to have a conversation with every guest? How did I not get a bite of those tasty late night sliders? I don’t even remember what our JP said during our ceremony?! Being a wedding photographer I am familiar with the rhythm of a wedding day; the getting ready flows right into the first look and into portraits to the ceremony and so on. I knew what we had ahead of us and I still felt like it was a fleeting moment. This is exactly why it was so very important to have people I trust there to capture it all. Every last moment in either a still or moving image will forever be a gift that simple thank you’s just don’t seem to cover. I will cherish them for a lifetime.
The months and weeks leading up to our wedding were so fun! I kept saying I felt like I was planning an elaborate inspiration shoot even though I was going to end up being the one in the dress. I had a dream team of wedding professionals, but it was so much more than that. These pros are my colleauges and friends, one I’ve even known since elementary school! Reuben is one part of the two man team that is Blue Elephant Catering. I have known Reuben most of my life and reconnected with him as we both entered into the Maine wedding market. To say their food is delicious really doesn’t do it justice. Hands down the first thing people said to me was how absolutely over the top their meals were. They offered great meal options and ideas from the passed lobster salads in martini glasses to our late night sliders and mini grilled cheese with tomato soup! YUM! Not only was the food enjoyable but their level of professionalism and team approach to making dinner service efficient did not go unnoticed.
Working with Gail at The Barn at Flanagan Farm was such a treat. I love her properties and after a tour of the newly renovated house I knew that Scott and I would be right at home celebrating with our family and friends; plus I absolutely fell in LOVE with the outdoor sanctuary. Being married outside was a top priority (especially so our Corgi Milo could be a part of it all!) and it felt so natural for us be nestled in the pine trees.
Planning a wedding at a venue like this takes some skill; you need to bring in every fork, table, chair and linen and knowing how to make sense of it all is NOT my area of expertise. Early on my dear friend Meagan from Maine Seasons Events came on board to help with all the logistics that go into a wedding weekend. Everything from rental check-in to floor plans to how to heat the hot cider station at the ceremony spot were all handled with ease by Meagan and her associate Charli. I seriously could never have done this without them!! It’s like muscle memory for them and they were prepared with a van load of tricks up their sleeve to make it all happen with ease.
I have been lucky to see some seriously amazing flowers and decor at the weddings I photograph. It was so hard to decide who was the right fit for our style; but after seeing the earthy glam creations of Kate Martin from Beautiful Days I knew she would be the one for our wedding day. She just “got us” right from the beginning and I felt truly at ease knowing that whatever she did was going to be gorgeous! What I wasn’t prepared for was how she would transform this dark wooded barn into a glowing and inviting space with a sparkly light installation and a crazy amount of candles. To walk through the curtain of lights to meet our guests as husband and wife was right out of a movie! She really understood what we had in mind and took it to a whole new level!
One promise that I made to my now husband, Scott is that I would put my camera down for the weekend and be just a bride, as present as possible. It was hard! I admittedly did a bit of Instagram shooting/sharing of the behind the scenes moments both leading up to and during our weekend. I shared a few just for fun at the bottom of this, very long, blog post.
Getting married provided me with such a fresh perspective on weddings. I take away a new appreciation for the emotion and excitement a couple feels on their day and just how fleeting those moments can be. One of my most favorite moments of our day was hearing the cheers of family and friends right after we were announced husband and wife. It’s the image we used on our first holiday card together and now hangs on the wall of our home. (You can see the shot our photographer Michelle Gardella captured below)
Venue: The Barn at Flanagan Farm
Planning: Maine Seasons Events
Florals & Lighting: Beautiful Days
Catering: Blue Elephant Catering
Tent & Rentals: One Stop Party Rentals
Photographer: Michelle Gardella
Filmmaker: Meg Simone Wedding Films
Invitations & Paper Products: Griffin-vites
Linens: Be Our Guest
Cake: Wild Orchid Bakery
Hair: Hair that Moves
Make-up: Joya Beauty
Bride & Bridesmaids Earrings: Dee Ruel
Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige from Spoil Me
Bridesmaids Shawls: Custom made from handarbete on etsy
Custom Koozies from LiveME
Mini Cider Doughnuts from Pie Tree Orchard in Sweden, ME
A Maine wedding, on a hill overlooking an apple orchard … autumn perfection! Belinda and Jeff were married on one of the hottest days of September last year. A bright blue sky, trees bursting with apples and that familiar crisp evening air made for a quintessential fall day in New England. Thompson’s Apple Orchard in New Gloucester is a spectacular venue for a Maine wedding. Belinda and Jeff opted to see each other in the orchard before the ceremony so we took advantage of this amazing property for all sorts of fun portraits! We love it when couples carve out some alone time for photos before all the wedding day festivities begin.
Personal touches made up a big part of their wedding day. A custom made lawn game for guests to sign, treasures collected from family and friends for the table tops and a fall favorite make your own caramel apple station for dessert made you feel right at home. Towards the end of the evening we gathered guests around the happy couple for a moment of fun with sparklers… always a great way to end the night! Congratulations again to both Belinda and Jeff, it was such a treat to be a part of your big day!
Catering: Blue Elephant Catering
Tent: One Stop Party Shoppe
Cake: European Bakery
Dress: Allure available at Andrea’s Bridal Portland, ME
Oh the joy of a photo booth! I just love setting up my booth at events and having it at our studio opening was no exception! As wedding vendors we don’t generally get our own time in the booth… we reserve it for our clients. So when I gave free reign to all those vendors who attending our opening things got fun, REALLY FUN!
To see more photos from our studio opening and the photo booth visit our facebook page.
Our brand new studio space is open in York, Maine and to celebrate we had a little wedding vendor soiree! I have spent the last couple of months prepping the space with my office mate Sara from Griffin-vites Watercolor Stationery. Here’s how it all came to be. I was looking for an office space…. and so was Sara! She found this little gem in York but it was a bit to large for just one of us. SO…. we thought how about we make it work for both of us! And here we are today at 250 York Street!
There was a ton of painting, organizing, shopping and decorating that went into making the space our own but it’s all done and we couldn’t be happier to be in here working and meeting clients. I thought I would start by sharing a few photos of the space from our opening party and then tomorrow a few more from our super fun Photo Booth! Oh yes, wedding vendors REALLY know how to rock the photo booth!
It was a treat to work with Kate Martin from Beautiful Days to plan out the decorations and flowers for this event. I’m never on the planning side of the event so seeing the way she took our ideas and made THIS amazing-ness was such fun! Her vision with the outside was festive and set the tone for the party and her custom created paper chandelier/mobile will be staying long after the clean up! The team at Blue Elephant Catering just blew us away with their hot passed hors d’oeuvres and artisan cheese display. All I have to say is lobster puff…. yum! They certainly know how to please a room of wedding pro’s.
A big thank you to everyone who made it to the opening celebration and to all of you who sent e-mails and messages of support. It’s been wonderful to be a part of this amazing vendor community! We even had some of our Nantucket wedding vendor pals make the trip up! Don’t worry… we will still be out on the island for our seasonal clients!!