2014 wedding trend predictions

i predict that weddings in 2014 will include some of these trends. the overall vibe for 2014 will be simple, effortless, comfortable, earthy and clean. 

inside out cakes

via Le Magnifique Blog | photo by Daniel Cruz Photography

simple wedding jewelry

via Gunnard Jewelry

bouquets with mostly one flower or color

via Style Me Pretty | Anita Martin Photography 

simple silhouette wedding dresses

Gwendolynne bridal designer 

wood, rock, glass, and fibers: raw materials for wedding decor

via Burnett's Boards | Photo by Leani Holmes Photography

creative wedding favors: handmade soaps, special teas, homemade jam

via Style Me Pretty | OneLove Photography

live bands will make a comeback

Photo via Cozmik Zombies | Maine wedding band

camp weddings will continue to be a big thing, especially here in maine

Angelica Glass Photography

guest blog: how i met my husband


by Beth Fitzgerald
Editor, The Maine Wedding Company

Brian and I worked for the East Valley Tribune in Arizona as newspaper photojournalist during the late 90's. We barely knew each other when a mutual friend and fellow photographer, Samantha, asked us to pose for a freelance job she was working on for a national photography magazine. Her assignment: Taking natural couples portraits. 

The three of us went to a nearby playground to take the pictures. Samantha set us up in various positions from snuggly to silly. It was super awkward at first but Sam worked her magic — wearing us down shot after shot. Twisting arms, moving hands. Changing our embrace until nothing was left but sweet vulnerability. 

What can you do? You're just wrapped up with a complete stranger! You're forced to let walls down. You're forced to laugh and smile. Your forced to gaze and breathe and connect in way that I can only explain as human.

Then it was over. Got the shots. Great. Everyone went off to other things — separately.

Now, I can remember my face feeling red and how bright it was that day. I remember Brian's white shirt. I remember thinking that the images were cute when Sam showed them to me just a few days later. She had done a nice job. But that's about it; nothing amazed me at the time.

It wasn't until Samantha brought out those same photographs out two years later that I really saw it.  It was amazing. Brian and I were seriously dating by then and  I saw it. I fit right under his arm perfectly. From my expression, I felt safe. I saw the look Brian that gives me when he thinks I am being adorable. I saw how I touch him in photos. I saw us— our connection. 

Whoa! How we connected with each other before, not knowing each other, was the same way we connected with each other now that we were together. It was a shock to see.

I wish I had those photographs now. I don't. Brian and I have been married over 10 years and have daughter together. What would I be able to see now? Our bodies and faces have changed, but our connection has not. 

things i'm thankful for

this is a bit of a twist on the "things i'm loving" post in honor of thanksgiving. herewith my list:

my kitty cats - check them out on instagram (pretty much the only place i subject you to endless pics of my cats)

my sweet, intelligent, thoughtful, hilarious husband

my little riverside town - damariscotta, maine, baby 

my full time job - they allow me to take time off in the summer so i can perform weddings and match my 401k!

my photography teacher/mentor/friend - i love you erin

window inserts - non-sequitor

my mom's rutabaga casserole - this isn't my mom's recipe (or blog) but it's the best i could find

club med in cancun - it's where i met my husband almost 9 years ago

fun things to do in winter - or else i'd go insane

warm wool socks - trust me, if you live in maine you need like 50 pairs!

the lincoln county animal shelter - for taking care of all the pets who are looking for a home

what are you thankful for this year?

10 blue engagement rings

it's engagement season! between thanksgiving and valentine's day a TON of people get engaged. i thought i'd do a little post of engagment ring inspiration with a twist: blue engagement rings. for the record, blue is my favorite color, so it's a no brainer that i'd love blue gemstones for engagement rings. i hope you enjoy this list of ten engagement rings all with blue stones. if you're not into blue, i have a pinterest board loaded with all sorts of different rings



Ruffled BlogOh Darling Days

Turtle Love Co



Leif Shop


Eight Hundred Ships

Sundance Catalog


Maria was such a pleasure to work with and made the ‘getting married’ process extremely easy and fun. She helped us customize a ceremony that complimented us as a couple with very personal touches. (She also took beautiful photos on our wedding day that she shared with us afterwards, which I thought was such a beautiful touch!) We had so many guests compliment our ceremony and officiant and we couldn’t have asked for a better person to be by our side on our special day.
— Devon

vendor profile: bario neal wedding jewelry

I'm sure by now you've seen the gorgeous jewelry crafted by Bario Neal. If you're on Pinterest, you've definitely seen Bario Neal jewelry in your feed. I was lucky enough to get Anna, a co-creater of Bario Neal, to answer some questions about what makes the jewelry so special. 

Meet Bario Neal

Owners: Page Neal and Anna Bario
Business Start Date: 2008
Number of Employees: 8

What made you want to start a jewelry business?

Page and I were both making jewelry already - each running our own business - when we decided to start Bario Neal. We were interested in focusing on the sourcing of our materials in an industry with such a complex history.

What does ethically-sourced materials really mean?  

For us, it means working with materials whose source and history are as transparent as possible. We do everything we can to learn about the conditions at the mine sites, as well as steps along the way, such as where stones are cut. The environmental and human impacts of the materials are very important to us, and our goal is to work only with materials that are either recycled or sourced from mines and supply chains that we feel confident about.

What is Fairtrade or Fairmined gold?

From the Alliance for Responsible Mining: Fairmined gold is ethical gold extracted by Artisanal and Small-scale miners certified under our FAIRMINED standard. Buying FAIRMINED metals is supporting responsible certified miners and their families that follow strict requirements for social development, environmental protection, labor conditions and economic development in their mining communities. FAIRMINED gold is the achievement of the world’s pioneering and industry leading network of responsible Artisanal and Small-scale miners. An initiative and movement lead by and for the miners.

Our Fairmined gold is mined by Aurelsa in Peru. It allows mines to market transparency and we pay a premium that the mining community uses to reinvest in local projects. You can read more info about the project

What is a recycled diamond?

Our recycled diamonds come from old jewelry that our refinery collects. The recycled diamonds are cleaned and re-graded by a grading agency like GIA, and the process is overseen by a third-party certifier to ensure the recycled origin. The benefit of recycled diamonds is that no new mining is required, but we don’t know the initial origin or ‘age’ of the recycled stones with modern cuts.

How do you work with clients on custom jewelry?

Lately we’ve taken a bit of a break from some of our custom work to focus on a new collection of engagement rings. But in general, the process begins with a consultation where we develop the design idea. Then we’ll create sketches and either a wax model or computer renderings of the piece before it’s made in metal. The process with each project and customer is a little different, but there is a lot of communication and collaboration along the way.

Is your jewelry sold in storefronts or only online?

Both! We have two locations. Our main store & workshop is in Philadelphia (where all the work is made). This fall, we opened a showroom in NYC, and several stores also carry our work. 

Your ring designs are so creative, what inspires you?

Our inspiration can come from anything, but natural objects and vintage jewelry are often at play.

What do you want new customers to know about Bario Neal?

I think our blog can be so helpful for people researching jewelry and wanting to learn a little more about us. We have posts about everything from the history of diamonds to marriage equality.

What kind of person typically purchases your rings?

It’s great getting to meet our clients at the Philly and NY shops - they are very diverse and I think it’s a real mix of people who are attracted to the design work or to the focus on sourcing.

What is a cocktail ring?

A cocktail ring can really be anything that isn’t a wedding or engagement ring, but traditionally they tend to be a little bigger in scale.

My engagement ring is a Canadian diamond, how do I know if it was ethically sourced?

Many Canadian diamonds come with documentation of their origin, and some are laser inscribed with a unique ID number that allows you to trace them to the mine. Canadian diamonds are generally cut and polished responsibly by fairly paid adults (cutting and polishing is one of the big human rights concerns with diamonds).

Canada’s mining laws are certainly stricter than most countries’ but there are concerns about the environmental impact and the effects of the mines on First Nations land and communities.  

What kind of gems do you use?

We work with all sorts of gemstones - a lot of sapphire, ruby and aquamarine. Not to avoid the question, but there is just too much info to go through it all! We have a great piece on the blog about our colored gemstones.

If you want wedding jewelry that is sustainably sourced, creatively made, and absolutely stunning, contact Bario Neal