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Wedding Planning Q & A

Q: How can a little flair be added with accessories? A: “Some grooms are adding pizzazz with loud socks in solids or argyles with pinks, oranges, purples, and reds, often pulling in the bride’s colors,” says Elizabeth Dirom. “Then, we offer a couple of polka-dot cummerbunds that are fun. You also can personalize your look with cuff links that have everything from anchors to superheroes on them. I’ve even seen a groom and his groomsmen wear Chuck Taylors with their…

Wedding Tips & Trends

Check out these solutions to make your big day the best ever. Tip: Put a Pin In It. Pinterest is great for collecting ideas and sharing them with vendors, friends and family but when is enough enough?  “Pinterest is a love-hate for anyone who does design work,” says Heidi Hamblett of Flowers by Leslie in Portsmouth, NH. “It helps me figure out what clients want. But once you’ve made a decision, stick with it!” Caterer Peggy Liversidge of Kitchen Chicks…

Betsy Gardella + Jim Smith

August 19, 2017 Wolfeboro, NH Betsy Gardella and Jim Smith’s summer wedding, in a meadow overlooking the Ossipee Mountains, was uniquely New Hampshire. “I wanted to give our guests, many of whom were coming from out of state, a New Hampshire experience,” says Betsy. “We thought it would be lovely to be married on a farm.” The couple, who met through a friend and business associate of Betsy’s, hoped for a September wedding, but the venues they wanted were booked.…

Jillian Bannister + William Shaheen

September 30, 2017 Wiscasset, ME On a crisp October day, off the coast of Boothbay Harbor, ME, Jillian and Bill hopped on a friend’s boat, headed for Squirrel Island, where Jillian’s family owns a home. That’s where Bill proposed, adding another reason for Jill to think of it as her “happy place.” Jillian envisioned an outdoor September wedding. The first venue Bill and his father visited, Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset, ME, proved to be the only venue the couple considered.…

Leah Rosenzweig + Alex Meyer

May 13, 2017 Kennebunkport, ME The lush gardens of Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport provided the romantic setting for Leah and Alex’s Maine wedding in front of friends and family. The ceremony was followed by an intimate dinner, and dancing in the property’s rustic barn. Leah wanted a relaxed, outdoor wedding and knew she’d found the perfect venue when she and Alex discovered Hidden Pond. In fact, the couple found wedding planning to be a lovely way to get to know…

A Beautiful Mess

Historic Fort Gorges, in Casco Bay off the coast of Portland, ME, is the dramatic backdrop for this stylized shoot highlighting the beauty of chaos. The design team embraced the fort’s wild, overgrown environment, exploring the unruly and unkempt with elements like wind-blown hair and food strewn about – a direct contrast to the order and perfection of most weddings. {the team} Planning + Concept: A Family Affair of Maine Photographer: Emily Delamater Model: Brianna Lueck Dress: @auntwilma Flowers: Field…

Hitched Heroes: Heather Allen + Bernard Hudgens

{2017 Seacoast Hitched Heroes} Every year, a lucky military couple is selected to be Seacoast Hitched Heroes. Wedding vendors donate their services as a thank you for the military couple’s services.  Heather and Bernard, winner of the 2017 Seacoast Hitched Heroes wedding, met at a military ball in Manchester, NH. They had an instant connection. “The commonality in our lives was undeniable,” Heather says. “We both have two children, we both love the outdoors and the ocean, we love country…

True Blue

{details} The bride’s hair/makeup are by Jessa Blades, Brooklyn, NY; Dress from Gossamater Vintage; Silky hair crown by Sara Moffat, LDBA; This photo designed by Molly O’Rourke, One & Supp, Camden, ME. A pretty blue and gold invitation by theoldmarketprintingco.com Marco Sanchez suits up in navy from J.Crew; bride Molly Barrett wears a Leanne Marshall dress from Ceremony, Boston, MA. Baby-blue bowties for the groom and groomsmen. Kevin + Emily step out in shades of blue on their wedding day at…

Eliza Hulme + Tim Glynn

October 7, 2017 Harpswell, Maine Eliza and Tim’s evocative fall wedding was held at Live Well Farm – a charming waterfront home in Harpswell, ME. Eliza had long envisioned a relaxed, barn-like property where, together, they could host an elegant, fun, laid-back and cozy wedding for their family and friends. Inspired by a variety of wedding blogs, Eliza had planned the day herself, adding fun details like a Polaroid guest book, a basket of plaid blankets for guests (a reflection…

Ali Englehardt and Rich Walters

September 19th, 2015 Rye, NH Seaside weddings aren’t unique in New England. But a wedding with a casual surf vibe… not your everyday occasion. Ali, who’s from New York, and Rich, who’s from Durban, South Africa, share a love for surfing. The couple runs Umzumbe Surf House & Surf Camp, a South African surfing camp and bed and breakfast; they also have close tied to the Rye, NH, surfing community. Ali knew she wanted to get married in NH. “We…