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Love at First Bite Written by Amanda Easter and Pat Chaudoin   Q: How can I create an Instagram-worthy cocktail? A: Instagram is all about what you see, so make your cocktails pretty in addition to being tasty. “Using an embellished or engraved glass on top of a customized coaster can be really beautiful,” says Nicole Mower, owner of Nicole Mower Weddings and Events, Kittery, ME. “It’s all about the little details. For example, as more people choose to forego straws, you can find cool alternatives, like the Twizzlers one couple used.” Rose Bryant, Senior Wedding Coordinator at Kitchen Chicks…

Virginia Robbins + Derek Olson | Best of Seacoast Weddings 2018

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October, 13th 2018 Harpswell, Maine Best of Seacoast Weddings 2018 Despite meeting in a very 21st century manner—through the dating app OK Cupid—Ginny and Derek’s wedding was filled with nostalgic details. Owner of a vintage clothing store in Chicago, Ginny’s roots are in Maine, where her family owns a lakeside camp. Derek proposed one day during late summer, as the couple was standing on the dock for their final moments of the season at the lake. “I decided to ask her right there,” says Derek. A small group of family and friends joined the couple for a weekend-long wedding celebration…

The Groom’s Guide to Styling – Wedding Q & A

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Q: What can the groom do to make the most of his wedding day look? A: Master stylist Brianne Wilson of Wingate Spa in Stratham, NH, says there’s an untapped market locally for men’s spa treatments. “It seems like the guys just tend to do their own thing,” she says, “but having a facial before the wedding day is a great idea, along with getting your hair styled. One of our stylists is from Thailand, and he says his mom does hair and makeup for grooms over there—basically, she applies foundation to even out their skin tone.” As for shaving foams and…

Don’t Stop the Party: The Collegiate Wedding Experience

Wedding portrait on the steps of UNH's Huddleston Hall.
Group college wedding portrait on UHN Common
College wedding venue at UNH

As college students across the country start to head back to their respective campuses, there is a certain nostalgia floating through the air. For many, this time of year brings back memories of their college days: classes that opened their eyes and broadened their minds, endless late-night conversations with friends, and — perhaps most poignantly — the first time they lived on their own, navigating adulthood and beginning to craft their identities. But, who says that this part of your life has to be over? The monumental years spent in college are worthy of being called upon for your next…

Wedding Planning Q&A

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Are there benefits to wearing a well-tailored suit instead of a tuxedo? “If you don’t have the budget to buy a bespoke (custom-tailored) suit, consider the option of renting a hybrid between a tux and a suit called a ‘tuit,’ (pronounced ‘toot’)” says Elizabeth Dirom of Madeleine’s Daughter in Portsmouth, NH. “It has a less formal look—no big satin stripe down the pant leg or wide satin lapel—but it sets you and your groomsmen apart from your guests, and brings an element of formality to the wedding party. “Usually a ‘tuit’ is three pieces,” Elizabeth adds, “and instead of the…

Vacationland Venture: A True Maine Wedding

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There is a beautiful plurality to the state of Maine that has attracted travelers for decades, commemorated in the state’s nickname “Vacationland.” On the one hand, there are hundreds of miles of farmland giving birth to potatoes, blueberries and corn. Elsewhere, there are luscious forests that harbor swaying birch trees and fragrant pine trees, intersected by burbling rivers and streams. Travel farther east and there are exquisite coast lines marked with fishermen’s boats, jagged cliff lines, and cawing gulls. Maine’s beauty and multifaceted landscapes always seem to leave travelers enthralled, allowing them to slow down the fast pace of the…

Vintage Romance

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spring floral wedding bouquet with ranunculus, astilbe, anemones, David Austin roses, maiden hair fern and peonies.
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rustic wedding table arrangement with candles

Photographed at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts, this romantic shoot is enhanced by the home’s eclectic medieval and Arts and Crafts style. Spring florals, softly lit candles, sparkling rosÉ, and delectable donuts add to the allure.   {the team} Photographer & Concept: Newbury Photography Venue: Willowdale Estate Model: Andrea Cadigan Dress: BHLDN Flowers: 33 Munroe and Lotus Floral Designs Donuts: Union Square Donuts Drink: 90+ Cellars Invitations: 33 Munroe Rentals: New England Country Rentals and Kadeema Rentals    

Katherine Cain + George Stevens

Wedding dress from Cristina's Bridal in Andover, MA
Fun pineapple socks for groom and groomsmen
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Wildflower wedding bouquet on Lake Winnipesaukee
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Wedding boat cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee with dog
Simple wedding cake ideas with white rose flower accents
Romantic Lake Winnipesaukee wedding portrait photograph
Wedding reception tent at Lake Winnipesaukee
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Wedding reception beach bonfire on lake Winnipesaukee

September 23, 2017 Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Katherine and George took a weekend trip to Burlington, VT, accompanied by Shea, Katherine’s English springer spaniel. After exploring the town, they took a walk along the shore of Lake Champlain, where George proposed. The first thing I did was ask Shea what he thought!” Katherine exclaims (fortunately, he didn’t have any objections). George grew up on Lake Winnipesaukee, and he and Katherine were eager to introduce the lake to family and friends. “It’s his favorite spot in the world,” says Katherine, “and a place I’ve grown to love as well.” Wedding planner Amy…

I’m Sweet on You: Lip-Smacking Wedding Dessert Trends

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doughnut instead of a traditional wedding cake

A sugary dessert is an integral part of every wedding; a hit of sugar gives people the energy to boogie on the dance floor. We’ve heard of treats ranging from cakes to cupcakes to crullers. Seacoast Weddings Magazine panelist member Jennifer Williamson from Jenny’s Wedding Cakes shared her insights on the most mouth-watering dessert trends. We talked wedding dessert trends, amping up frosting decor, and the importance of a fully stocked cupcake table. The semi-naked cake, a popular wedding trend of late, is equal parts tasty and work of art. Semi-naked cakes are covered in a thin layer of frosting…

Wedding Planning Q & A

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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 tuxedos!” According to Christian Pendergraft, there’s a time and a place for wearing sunglasses, and it’s not during the formal…