Tips & Trends: Look to Your Own Back Yard and Bye-Bye Buffet

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Tip: Look to Your Own Back Yard. Sourcing locally for flowers and food has become something of a mantra in recent years, especially in this time of supply-chain issues. “Local farmers and growers were essential to the flower industry this year,” says Julie DeStafano, owner of Viola & Moss Floral Artistry. “Flowers were very hard to source (through normal channels), but local farmers had beautiful product that pushed our florals to a new level. I also saw local farmers who cultivate their own oysters, like Laura Brown from Fox Point Oysters and Swell Oyster Co., both out of New Hampshire.…

I Love You Deerly

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{The Team} Kate Preftakes Photography, photography Events by Sorrell, planning & design Southwick’s Zoo Deer Forest, venue Lotus Designs Florist, flowers Autumn Nomad, cake Southern Calligraphy, stationery Katherine McDonald Beauty, hair & makeup BBJ Linens, linens Maggie Inc., models

Winter Camp Retreat

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{The Team} Katelyn Mallett Photography, photography & concept Cause We Can Events and K. Marie Events, planning & coordination Camp O-AT-KA, venue One Stop Event Rentals, place settings, flatware Farmhouse Floral by Estabrook’s, flowers Village Baking Co., cake Little Ivy Paper Goods, invitations & menu Andrea’s Bridal, dress & tux Jesse Shaw Braids & Balayage, hair & makeup Nell Ballard Designs, jewelry

Sweet Summer Citrus

{The Team} Kelly Payeur Photography, photographer Lulu & Everly Weddings, planning & florals Arrowheads Estate, venue The Sandpiper Cake Shop, cake & dessert bar La Tavola Fine Linen, linens Little Ivy Paper Goods, menus Andrea’s Bridal, dress & suit Katie Pottle Hair & Makeup, hair & makeup Modcloth, shoes Nell Ballard Designs, jewelry

Hannah Miller + Dylan Evans

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June 19, 2021 Georgetown, ME Hannah and Dylan moved from Alabama to Maine just before COVID-19 hit, so they found themselves spending a lot of time with his brother, Dallas, and sister-in-law, Clara, at her historic family home on the ocean. “We spent pretty much every weekend together, trying to get through the pandemic,” says Hannah. “Dallas and Clara had been married there in 2018, so we knew it was the perfect place for our wedding.” She adds that she wanted to keep the day laid back and intimate, without a lot of fussiness. “I thought the property spoke for…

Helen Stamas + Bryan Walsh

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May 15, 2021 Portsmouth, NH When it came time to choose a location and vendors for their wedding, Helen and Bryan knew Portsmouth would be at the center of things. “We had a truly Seacoast wedding,” says Helen, noting that from the reception venue to her hair and makeup, flowers, and even their wedding rings, the couple chose Portsmouth—or nearby—businesses to fill their desires. “And I loved the intimacy of Little Harbor Chapel,” she says of their ceremony site, “that secluded feeling as you drive through the woods down Little Harbor Road. It really fit our motif of an intimate…

Bailey Jones + Ryan Heber

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Bailey Jones + Ryan Heber August 21, 2021 Ipswich, MA A simple backyard wedding at her in-laws’ historic residence, lovingly known as the Blueberry Farm, was exactly what Bailey was looking for. “It’s so beautiful, it was already the perfect venue,” she says. “I always knew we’d have our wedding there. We thought it would be fun if our guests could wander through the bushes picking blueberries to take home.” The overall wedding look was meant to be light and airy, “like a posh backyard summer party,” Bailey explains. “I just wanted everything laid-back and casual.” That meant cool blue…

Ally Girasole + Clinton Hayes

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October 2, 2021 Naples, ME A summer camp in Maine turned out to be exactly what Ally and Clinton were looking for as a place where family and friends could gather to celebrate their wedding day. “I’ve been to a million weddings, and I knew we wanted something different, a place where we could be with our family and friends for more than fours hours the day of,” says Ally. They chose Camp Mataponi for its idyllic setting on a beautiful piece of property with a lake. Of the couple’s almost 200 guests, about 140 were able to stay on…

Ariana Dimona + Dylan White

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September 11, 2021 Rye, NH A love for the New Hampshire Seacoast led Ariana and Dylan to choose Odiorne Point and the Seacoast Science Center as their wedding venue. The couple met in 2010 as freshmen at Bentley University. “Our roommates were an item, and we got dragged along on their dates,” says Ariana. “They eventually broke up, and we’re still together after a decade.” Ariana was going for a “Seacoast organic look, like we had walked along the beach and gathered the flowers.” Other coastal touches included some of the groomsmen’s custom jellyfish-print jacket linings and a tabletop boat…

Laura Coyne + Josh Gerritsen

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July 31, 2021 North Haven Island, ME A serendipitous visit to North Haven Island and Turner Farm led Josh to discover the perfect wedding site. “I’d been there a few years before Laura and I met, and I thought, ‘Wow, this would be a great place to be married!’” says Josh. Laura adds, “It’s so special there. It felt like a destination wedding even though we were just off the mid-coast of Maine.” Some guests arrived by ferry, others by private charter boat—the only ways to arrive on-island. Most of their 44 guests stayed in three rented houses, and the…