Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bar Harbor Wedding Planning

It is hard to believe that this scene will soon be the site for a luscious fall wedding!
I drove to Bar Harbor today to do double duty, scout out a few locations for one client and meet with another for their catering tasting and to tour the location where we are having the wedding.
We had a huge snowstorm here yesterday, so the roads were almost empty and every tree was dusted with confectioners sugar snow. Wedding planning isn't all glorious Maine summer days and breezy summer evenings, most of the hard planning happens in knee to hip high snow, to take measurements, choose the best spot for certain elements of the wedding, talk about layout for tents...
Today was one of those days, in my Gators, hiking down to the ocean with new clients, in top- of -the -knee deep snow, with their sweet dog at our heels. After we assessed the proposed ceremony location-(stunning, I know!) we breathlessly hiked back up the hill in the single digit temperatures!
All in a day's work!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Maine Wedding Feature-Birch, Orange, Gray & Milk Glass

I am so excited to have a recent clients' wedding (you can see all of the images and read the story here) featured on Style Me Pretty-the couple wished to remain private, but the details were so fun for this event.
I am so fortunate to have the privilege of working with people who have become my dear friends, and photographer, Corbin Gurkin is one of those extraordinary talents and irreplaceable friends.
I had the exciting and fun experience of working closely with another dear friend, the fabulous and incomparable Judy of Flora Fauna to create the vibrant and fun design of orange, gray and white. Judy and I used our collective vintage milk glass stashes for centerpiece containers, vintage wooden boxes and Judy provided birch logs, gray beach rocks and Maine moss on the guest tables.
The bride's bouquet had a hand made gold collar with a vintage fabric wrap-oh it was fun shopping for that fabric, and I really couldn't believe the wire collar Judy made for the bouquet, it was a stunner!
Judy made birch logs with little slots cut into them to hold the hand made place cards by the couple, each reciting a little riddle guiding each guest to their table. The bride and groom contributed playful details throughout the event, including tables named for animals that corresponded to the answers on the place card riddles. The birch holders were snuggled in a bed of moss, orchids and candles.
We had an extended cocktail hour at this wedding, the weather was perfect August Maine weather, and Ameranoush provided heart thumping gypsy jazz music while guests mingled on the lawn overlooking the orchard, and others played lawn games.
The scrumptious hors d' oeuvres, meal and desserts were provided by 111 Maine, Jennifer and her team working with us to incorporate our vintage wooden boxes, birch stumps and moss, to style even the food.
Redline provided reception music after dinner and orange paper lanterns hung in the orchard and in the barn by Flora Fauna illuminated the night as guests departed.
Seeing the images takes me back to that day, so special, so magical, the air was literally buzzing with ethereal fairy like essence that day-how did I get so lucky?!?