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Winter White with a Touch of Glam

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{The Team} Greta Tucker Photography, photographer Nicole Dearing of To The Point, planner French’s Point, Stockton Springs, ME, venue A Family Affair of Maine, design & specialty rentals Bar Harbor Catering Company, catering & bar service PEAK Event Services, linen rentals Marigold Floral Studio, flowers Annie Boss & Barrett Russell, models Bear Brook Bakery, wedding cake & desserts Madeleine’s Daughter, wedding attire Gus & Ruby Letterpress, stationary Ariel Johnson Makeup, hair & makeup

Hitched Heros: Jenny Cluff + Ian Harper

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November 7, 2019 Cape Neddick, Maine They say third time’s the charm, and that certainly proved true in the love story of Jenny and Ian. They first met and fell in love straight out of high school, and within a year Ian had joined the Air Force. After two years—and several periods of Ian being away for training— their paths took them in different directions. A few years later they met up again and sparks flew, but Ian was stationed too far away for things to work out. Fast forward to 2017, when amazingly their lives intersected for the third…

Rainy Day Elements

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Part 2: Plan Ahead – But Not Too Far Ahead Plan ahead—but not too far ahead. Hopefully you have established a solid rain plan that you’d be just as happy having to execute as your fair weather plan. Yeah for you! For those of you who are now staring at your weather map and consulting the Farmer’s Almanac six months in advance, I’m afraid you’re adding a level of stress to your planning process that is just not necessary. When you live in New England, you’re used to having 80 degree temperatures in early fall followed by the first frost warning…

Rainy Day Elements

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No ones wishes to actually need their rain plan, but it’s important to have one and it’s even more important for you to like it.  I always tell our clients to have a plan b and sometimes a plan c and to love them as much as your fair weather plan. These plans of course usually occur when you’re hosting an outdoor wedding. This series of blog posts is going to help you create your rain plans, making sure you think of all the elements involved and what your options are in order to execute the plan if the rain…

Wedding Wisdom

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SEATING CHART Ellen Braley of El’s Cards recommends a hand-painted (watercolor, in Braley’s case) statement piece that doubles as a work of art to hang in your home post-celebration: “It’s a visual reminder of those who shared your most special day.” CALLIGRAPHY “If envelope liners aren’t in your budget, a handwritten envelope is most impressive, most impactful,” says Braley, who often incorporates an element from invitations- like an oyster shell or flower- onto the envelopes as well. ESCORT CARDS These days, brides are all about efficiency, so why not have your escort card double as favors? Think plotted plants or…

Wedding Wisdom

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THANK-YOU NOTES This is arguably one of the most important pieces to include in your stationery suite. “It’s a lot of work being a guest at a wedding!” Courtney Daniel laughs. “You need to show your gratitude for the fact that they took the time to show up and buy you a gift.” But guess what? Thank-you cards don’t actually have to say “thank you” on them. In fact, Braley recommends sticking with elements from your theme and that’s it, so you can use them again and again well after your photo album has been printed. REPLY CARDS Online RSVPs…

Wedding Wisdom

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SIGNAGE Put those wedding hashtags to use and include signs around your venue, instructing guests to post pictures for all to share. Go for double duty and make them arrows pointing toward the bar, photo booth, and hors d’oeuvres station. EMBELLISHMENTS A twine wrap that marries with your nautical theme, a burlap ribbon to tie all your inserts together – whatever extra “wow” factor you want to include, get a group of girlfriends together or pop open a bottle of wine with your fiancé and do it yourself. Leave the calligraphy and designing the experts, but this…

Wedding Planning Q & A

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Q: Do we have to…? A: It’s your day to celebrate. There are no “have to’s” or “shoulds,” says Kate Malloy. Do what’s meaningful to you and don’t be afraid to break your tradition. Malloy’s fiancé, Chris, initially wanted to abide by tradition and not see her on their wedding day until the ceremony. Brian Adams, their wedding photographer, talked him in to doing a first look. “It was the best thing we did,” Malloy says. “It gave us the breather we needed.” Accustomed to working alongside Chris daily, Malloy also decided to check in with him before the ceremony.…

Wedding Tips & Trends

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Happy Tips & Trends Tuesday! The featured photo was taken by Emily Delamater Photography. Tip: Wedding Insurance What happens if your wedding photographer is a no-show? Or the caterer goes out of business after you’ve paid the deposit, or the tent malfunctions? Consider insurance. If you’re getting married at a friend or relative’s home, you can extend your renters’ or homeowners’ insurance to cover your event. There are also online wedding insurance packages. Aileen Dugan of State Farm in Portsmouth, NH, notes, “Make sure you read the fine print of these policies as well as any online reviews. Know how…

Wedding Planning Q & A

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Q: What should I include in my wedding day schedule? A: Your celebration should include time to simply appreciate the moment. Kate Malloy of Malloy Events in Rye, NH, know this firsthand: she’s a wedding planner who recently planned her own nuptials to another event planner, Chris Malloy. “Everyone says it but it’s true – pause a moment in your day to appreciate the significance of getting married,” she says. Talk to your photographer and event planner (if you have one). Build a few minutes into your schedule, maybe in the morning before the ceremony or during your rehearsal dinner and…