Tucked just a few short miles away from the beach and the village of Kennebunkport is Hidden Pond. It’s a stunning wooded property and home to the well known restaurant Earth. If you have had the pleasure of visiting the property you can see why it’s the perfect venue for a celebration! Laura and Jake recited their vows on the forest edge right near the property’s own farm. Cocktails were held in the nearby flower gardens, dinner and dancing in the event barn and an afterparty at Earth!

Their day was so warm, cozy and inviting in every way. Even the clear tent where guests dined was filled with soft light and a cozy nook for snuggling or chats. And what better way to end the night than warm doughnut holes around the fire! Laura and Jake we wish you all the best in the years to come and many more nights around the fire with your loved ones… and doughnut holes… lots of warm doughnut holes!

 

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Bald Peak Colony Club in Moultonborough, New Hampshire was the setting for this stunning lake side wedding. Having spent years growing up on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee Megan knew this was where she wanted to celebrate with family and friends. After photographing there for two days with their families I can see why! Their rehearsal dinner took place at Megan’s family home on the back patio overlooking the lake and the ceremony took place in a glade of trees on the same property. Guests were treated to an amazing dinner at the clubhouse, with touching toasts, lots of dancing and a surprise fireworks show! Megan and Ben we wish you both many more special celebrations on the lake in the years ahead! Cheers to you both!

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Before Julianne and Sam’s wedding day I had never been to Shady Lane Farm. By the end of their wedding day, I wanted to live there! I love photographing weddings at new locations. It offers up the opportunity for new ideas, new scenery and with clients like these two, lots of creativity. Julianne is an artist and we talked a lot about the importance of the visual record of her day, her photographs are important to her. We get that!

Their talented team of creatives put together a wonderful experience for the happy couples family and friends. A true Maine Summer celebration! Ceremony held in the field, cocktails at the outside bar, lawn games, S’mores by moonlight and dinner and dancing under the lights in the barn! It was magic! But what had me smiling all day long was the ever clear love these two have for each other. The way in which they quietly held each others hand throughout the day was the real magic. Cheers to you both and many, many years of hand holding ahead!!

 

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Heidi here! I had the pleasure of photographing one of  Flanagan’s Table  monthly dinner series at The Barn at Flanagan Farm and just had to share some images from the night! These intimate dinners are held inside the newly renovated barn and meals are prepared in the beautifully restored farmhouse kitchen. This month’s dinner table was decorated by the uber talented Meagan Gilpatrick of Maine Seasons Events. She foraged the forest to bring natural elements to the table setting and transformed the barn into a woodland environment. Perfectly echoing the style of the nights guest chef!

The featured Chef was Justin Walker from Earth at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine. At Earth, the menu focuses on bringing organic foods from local farms to your table. Nestled among the trees, Earth’s dining experience lets you feel like your amongst the land and partaking in a sustainable community. Earth’s Executive Chef Walker, has an extensive career of creating cuisines that start by picking fresh daily ingredients from onsite gardens and then preparing them into unforgettable dishes. In addition to fresh produce, Chef Walker incorporates meats from local farms and seafood fresh off the shores of Maine.

It was so wonderful to be a part of this Flanagan’s Table and watch the night unfold. Watching the chefs plate each course with such concentration and precision so quickly for a table of 50 was amazing! It was fun having all this action to get creative with my photography. I really enjoyed meeting the crew of Flanagan’s Table and catching up with familiar faces. Everybody worked so hard to make the night run smoothly including the waitstaff. They whisked back and forth delivering the courses and making sure each guest was having a truly amazing experience. By the smiles on all the faces and laughter in the air, you could tell the evening was a success!

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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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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)

Don’t forget to head over to Michelle’s blog post to see more wedding images here and watch our wedding film shot by Meg Simone, here.

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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

Music: My Bluegrass Romance (ceremony & cocktail hour) & DJ Jon (reception)

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

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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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Congratulations to one of our happy couples of 2010, Fatemeh and Suanne , on their current feature in Boston Weddings! Their September wedding in Bar Harbor was heartfelt, intimate and SO beautiful! It was a perfect fall day in Maine and they celebrated in style.

You can view more photos of their day and read their story online at Boston Weddings.

Venue: Balancing Rock Inn

Design & Planning: Maine Seasons Events

Catering: Bar Harbor Catering Company