I've been officiating weddings since 2011 and never have I seen it rain so hard on a wedding day. This wasn't just a little rain, this was a 20 minute torrential downpour with thunder and lightning! Needless to say, this wasn't what Kristina and Alex had planned for their outdoor seaside wedding ceremony in Cape Neddick, Maine.Read More
Ah, wedding dress shopping, one of life’s greatest pleasures (and stressors)! I had a pretty intense wedding dress shopping experience that spanned many months and two countries. In an effort to help you have a better experience than I did, I’ve compiled a list of the best wedding dress shops in Maine. You’ll find just what you’re looking for: modern gowns, current trends and high quality wedding dresses here in Maine.Read More
Nights in Maine, even in the middle of summer, can be chilly. Evenings on the coast are especially cool. If you’re getting married in Maine, you could throw a sweater or light jacket over your wedding outfit, but I have a better, more fashionable option for you: a Swans Island Company wrap! You’ll stay warm while still looking fabulous, and your choice of covering will represent your Maine wedding experience.Read More
My sister texted me tonight saying she's going to a bridal shower and has no clue what to get the bride and wondered if I had any ideas. Because I'm in the wedding industry I totally should have ideas and lots of them, right? Well, I was a little embarrassed to admit that I didn't have a blog post that could help her, but I promised that soon I would. So, here it is!
Super Adorbs Apron
I know it's super sexist to say that now that she's becoming a wife she needs an apron, but I'll tell you a little secret: I didn't cook until I was married. I mean, I knew how to make scrambled eggs and miso soup but I mostly ate take out from the Whole Foods deli because I didn't know how to cook. So I would have LOVED an apron as a bridal shower gift! Check out this cute and colorful apron.
Colorful Nautical Notecards
These sweet nautical notecards are perfect for a bride getting married in Maine! I would freakin' love a set of these and would totally use them. The handwritten note is coming back in style (thank god) and you might even get one of these as a thank you note if you give her this sweet gift!
I need one of these soooo badly! This is the perfect give because it's the kind of thing that your friend might not buy herself but she probably totally needs. My necklaces are a knotted mess and my earrings are all over the place. I would LOVE to get this sweet copper jewelry stand.
Framable Botanical Prints
I adore these! Every since seeing Alicia Florrick's wall of framed botanical and bird prints I've wanted to do the same thing in my living room. I think they would look so pretty framed and laid out in a grid. Maybe get two sets so she can really make a statement. Would your bride friend like these beautiful botanical prints?
Otter Tape Dispenser
Ergmagahd! Apparently I'm just putting together a list of things I want because I MUST have this otter tape dispenser. He's so dang cute, just look at that face! Another little story...this year for our anniversary I got my husband a card that said "We're meant for each otter!" Cute, right? I know, and so is this adorable otter tape dispenser. I promise you, your friend doesn't already have one. ;)
Everyone Needs Gold Bowls
Ok, yeah, this post is totally just a list of things I want. LOL! But, c'mon, who wouldn't want these awesome gold bowls? They even have matching gold mugs, but I think I like the bowls even better. If she doesn't want to eat ice cream out of them, then maybe she can use them for her hair ties or rings or keys or nuts or candies or...whatever.
Mrs. Wine Tote
And, because she's becoming a Mrs. this little canvas wine tote would be a perfect bridal shower gift! And a wine tote is yet another useful item that people don't usually buy for themselves. And, you can totally put a bottle of champagne in it and tell her it's to bring to the bridal suite on wedding day! What a thoughtful gift. Give her this miss to mrs. wine tote and she'll know you really "get" her.
Little Retro Nightgown
It's traditional to get the bride some lingerie for her bridal shower, so why not get her something cute she can wear on her honeymoon. This cute little nightgown could fit most figures and is super flattering and totally sweet. C'mon, it's not like you're getting her leopard print g-strings.
Studs are The Hoops
Is she into jewelry? Studs are making a comeback, so maybe get her this charming set of pastel-y colored earrings. Every time she wears them she'll think of you. And if you're wondering what to get *me* for Christmas, I'd love these!
You Need More Sleep
You didn't think I'd make it through a whole post about gift ideas without throwing in something with cats on it, did you? Maybe you don't know me well enough yet. I'm a proud, crazy cat lady to two sweet cats, Felix and Bean. They even have their own Instagram account where you can see the life they live in Maine. So, yeah, I, like, really love cats! Hey, maybe your friend does to! Get her this funny cat advice book.
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I created a spring wedding inspiration board on Pinterest for all you lovelies thinking of getting married in the spring. Even if you're getting married at another time of year, head on over and bask in the beauty that is a spring wedding. I could stare at this board for hours.
If I had the chance to do it all over again and plan (another) wedding of my dreams, I'd totally get married in May. I really love spring here in Maine: you start hearing the birds singing again, you can smell the earth thawing out, and of course the profusion of flowers inspires awe and delight! Some of my favorite flowers bloom in the spring, like lilacs, forsythia, apple blossoms, tulips and daffodils. Just that alone would be enough for me to choose this season for my wedding. So, here's what my spring wedding would look like.
My wedding colors would be dreamy pastels like serenity and rose quartz, lilac grey, sweet peach, and a dash of green flash.
The bridesmaids would carry May Day baskets instead of bouquets. The little baskets would overflow with seasonal flowers and have multi-colored pastel ribbons streaming from the handles. The ladies themselves would be in flowy, mismatched pastel gowns, and the ones with long hair would have ribbons in their hair. And barefeet. It was a tradition at our house that once the lilacs bloomed we could go barefoot for the rest of the summer!
My centerpieces would be a mix of seasonal flowers like grape hyacinth, narcissus, ranunculus, lily of the valley and, my favorite, lilacs. There'd be lots of greens and white, too, like moss and ethically harvested birch bark. Maybe the look of the centerpieces could play off the May Day posey.
For the wedding ceremony site, I'd use an abundance of apple blossom and/or cherry blossom branches, and flowy lightweight cotton draping to decorate the wedding arch. And, of course, more of the multi-colored pastel ribbons holding the draping in place and streaming in the sunshine and fresh breeze (which of course I'll have because it's my fantasy wedding and I can have anything I want!).
My wedding dress would be sweet, with long or 3/4 length sleeves and a demure neckline (think Kate Middleton). Maybe some embroidery or embellishments and definitely lots of swish. It should be simple but a statement piece at the same time. It will be a light, airy blue which is meaningful because blue is my favorite color.
The place settings will have rose-colored, thin-glass wine goblets, gold utensils, a light blue charger and a pastel floral vintage salad plate on top. A mix of jade green and white milkglass salt and pepper shakers and a white cotton cheesecloth runner complete the look.
This was fun! What would you add to my spring wedding inspiration? Feel free to steal the look and any others you see on the spring wedding Pinterest board.
Ok kids, this post is going to get real. Get ready for some truthiness!
When choosing your maid of honor or man of honor, choose very, very carefully. I know that sounds harsh, but not only is it a great honor, it's a big-ass job! The person you choose for this role must have some or most of the following qualities:
- always be punctual
- be calm under pressure
- care more about others than him/herself
- be a hard worker without complaint
- love you so much that they'll literally do anything for you
- be super organized
- be a good organizer of people and things
- get along with the rest of the wedding party (cuz he/she's going to have to ask them to do stuff)
- always be on time, oh, did I already mention this? it's that important!
Sounds like a saint, right? Right. The last thing you want is to honor someone with the job who either can't or won't step up to be the person you need them to be. You want to feel like you can trust this person completely and that they've got your back. That they'll protect you from the craziness by making good decisions on your behalf. I know this sounds a bit melodramatic but I've seen it both ways and, trust me, you want to think about this before choosing.
All of this gets a lot less important if you have an awesome wedding planner, so seriously consider hiring one if you friend just can't pull this off.
Have you expierenced a sun shower? Now I can say, I have. The only thing missing from this wedding was a rainbow. Everything else, and I mean EVERYTHING else, was perfect! On a hot day in June, Sam and Mike promised to become partners for life. Since everyone in attendance was brought to tears, including me, it seemed only appropriate that the heavens cried, too! Ok, I know that sounds kind of cheesy, but I can't find any other way to describe the awesomeness that was Sam and Mike's wedding. I think the cake-topper sums it up: Best. Day. Ever!
All photos by A Sweet Start
the other day my sister asked me about good stores online where she could for a dress for her to wear to a wedding. it got me thinking: that would be a great blog post especially, if you're like me and you don't live in an urban metropolitan area. as much as we love supporting local businesses it's sometimes necessary to shop online for the dress that's just right for the wedding you're attending or you're in.
i did a little poll on facebook and came up with the following online retailers for party dresses, cocktail dresses, rehearsal dresses, bridesmaid dresses or after-party dresses. where do you love to shop? leave your favorite retailers in the comments.
i have a great pinterest board of bridesmaid dresses that might give you some fun inspiration of what you're looking for!
i have the best idea for your maine wedding favors! here in our little town of damariscotta, maine, there is a shop that crafts the most amazing 100% soy candles. they're just about the only candles i've ever used that smell exactly like the scent. for example, i have the garden lilac scent and it totally smells like lilacs, not like your grandmother's soap. so, let's learn a little more about the seawicks candle company.
founded by michael and cara, seawicks started in edgecomb, maine about six years ago. for years they sold their candles wholesale but they just opened their first storefront in my town. they pour all their candles by hand and right now have about 21 scents and are always adding more. michael and cara have awesome taste. their little shop is lightfilled and full of goodies from local artisans; goodies like saltwater taffy, jewelry, linens, scarves, soaps, note cards and even vintage beachy antique furniture. i want to live in their shop!
they often get orders of candles for wedding favors and i'm telling you this would be the perfect favor that your guests would actually LOVE! pick a scent that works with your wedding theme. you can order online or shop at a retailer in your area.
other gift ideas
other ideas for these amazing candles: gifts for attendants, thank you gifts for parents, housewarming gifts for the wedding couple, "welcome to maine" gift bag items, a gift for yourself to remember maine, a gift for your wedding officiant (wink, wink!). either way, feel good about your purchases since they donate $.50 from every glass candle purchase to conservation efforts. what's not to love about this maine company (and they didn't pay me to say that!)?
all photos by a sweet start
i had the great pleasure of officiating a wedding for the sweetest couple at the barn on walnut hill in north yarmouth, maine. both the couple and the venue are stellar! for the week leading up to the wedding, the weather forecast was 90% chance of rain with precipitation up to an inch. we obsessed over it. the day of the rehearsal we practiced the ceremony inside the barn because it had started raining. the feeling of disappointment was palpable. but low and behold, the day of the wedding was a gorgeous sunny day with big white puffy clouds and a light breeze. we're talking PERFECT wedding weather. i know that the universe wanted meaghan and thomas to have the wedding of their dreams, and so they did.
all photos by a sweet start.
111 maine catering | caterers
henry + mac photography | photographers (love dana and zack!!)
the barn on walnut hill | venue
all around sound | dj (603) 781-2596
two fat cats bakery | cake and cupcakes
fabu salon and day spa | hair and makeup
WToo | bride's dress
j crew | groom's suit