Sunday, November 13, 2011

Smith Meetinghouse Wedding-A Maine Seasons Event

One of our dearest and smartest couples, Jessica and Dalen, reached out to Maine Seasons Events for design and planning for their wedding this past June. Jessica's father is very involved with the Smith Meetinghouse in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and it proved to be the perfect location for this very special celebration.
We came up with this palette for the design, incorporating jade, pale blue, slate, oatmeal, sage, black and gray.
We had custom black ticking runners made and over champagne table cloths, our enamel ware collection was a fun and unique element on the tables. Flora Fauna created the lush and seasonally perfect arrangements and bouquets, and we delivered them all to NH and set up, it was a busy day, doing the floral installation job too, floral designers work so hard to make everything beautiful!
The bride had collected some enamel pails and Flora Fauna planted herbs and moss in them to accompany the flower arrangements that were in vintage enamelware teapots, pitchers and mugs. We used little pottery crocks with numbers on them for tables numbers, the bride and I collected them simultaneously until we had enough of the right numbers to make a set.
Jessica had great ideas and contributed to the design, sharing her inspirations and thoughts. She even designed the stationery, including a save the date with an illustration of the Meetinghouse and a delightful map and feather image.
Jessica even created the place cards/favors: mini jars of home made jam, each covered with black ticking and a hand typed little tag tied on with gray twine, noting each guests' name and table number. We arranged these on crates and vintage metal boxes they were so sweet all lined up in rows.
We mixed in some of our vintage medicine bottles and Flora Fauna added jade votives, a little pop of color on the mostly neutral tables. We used what has become our signature: mixing round and rectangle tables, so we had two different table looks.
Jessica's bouquet featured scabiosa seed pods, bachelor buttons, roses, Delphinium, dusty miller, peonies and veronica, tied with a band of black ticking fabric and a tail of satin ribbons in shades of blue.
This photo really illustrates Jessica's beautiful spirit, it just might be my fave! Her feather detailed dress is from Claire La Faye, and it was just perfect on her.
Dalen's boutonniere was made from a scabiosa seed pod, hypericum berry and greens, wrapped with black ticking and blue velvet ribbon, I love the blue against his gray suit!
Jessica's parents' house nearby has gorgeous fields surrounding it and after the ceremony, the couple and photographer Rebecca Hansen snuck away to the fields for some great photos.
After the ceremony in the Meetinghouse, with music from royal Bagpiper, Gordon Webster, cocktails were held on the lawn and then dinner in the tent from Lakes Region Tent. After dinner and pie, guests moved into the "horse shed", a structure that Jessica and I plotted how to decorate all winter! We hung garlands of hemlock that we made, with swags of muslin and draped string lights among it all, to create a twinkly, magical dance space.
The temperature turned cool in the evening, and a fire was built for guests to snuggle up to while watching the dancing in the horse shed. Jessica's father launched a custom fireworks display at the end of the night, over the hill, the sky was lit with light and the air with love.
Congratulations to you Jessica and Dalen, we loved working with you!


Photography: Rebecca Hansen

Event Design and Planning: Maine Seasons Events

Floral Design: Flora Fauna

Location: Smith Meeting House, Gilford, NH

Catering: Provincial Palate

Music: DJ Bob Wilson-e-mail:

Ceremony Bagpipes: Gordon Webster

Linen Rentals: One Stop Party Shop

Tent and Furniture rental: Lakes Region Tent

Stationery: Client designed and created

Favors: home made jam made and assembled by client and family

Hair & Makeup: Sunday Salon

Transportation: Feliciano Limousine

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