Sunday, April 6, 2014

Maine Seasons Events design for March Flanagan's Table Grace Restaurant Dinner

 For the March dinner at Flanagan's Table, the inspiration came from stained glass.  Grace restaurant is housed in a restored antique church in Portland, Maine and the interior gave us guidance for the table design.  Brea McDonald took the beautiful photos.  We are honored to be able to participate in this event, and look forward to the challenge of coming up with new designs for the monthly dinners.
 We made a printed burlap table runner that echoed the shape of the windows in the restaurant, and used our assortment of stained glass inspired metal candle lanterns and diffused hurricanes for the candle light.

 Overhead, we installed a constellation of illuminated star lanterns that came to life once the sun went down.  The patterns on the lanterns reminded me of stained glass and in the colors of the windows in Grace itself.

 Hanging overhead we installed a mix of stained glass and Moroccan inspired lanterns with flickering candles.

 I love this simple and beautiful shot of the drinking water vessels on the marble bar...

Guests are seated at a 44 foot long barn wood table for dinner.

 The lovely and visionary Alex Wight, the founder and organizer of this wonderful event...
 Kitchen goings on...

 A few of my favorite photos of the evening: the glow of the lanterns, flickering candles and illuminated happy guest faces.

Photography: Brea McDonald
Venue: Flanagan's Table
Location: The Barn at Flanagan Farm
Chef/restaurant: Pete Suletenfuss-Grace
Design and installation: Maine Seasons Events & Maine Seasons Event Rentals
To benefit: The Maine Farmland Trust

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Earth Dinner at Flanagan's Table

Flanagan's Table hosted the team from Earth restaurant, and we created a Maine woods inspired design that included elements of branches, moss, succulents, fire and water.  Photos by Heidi of Brea McDonald Photography.

We installed lit grapevine orbs over the table in a constellation and piece by piece, created a canopy of foraged tree branches over the orbs.  I wanted it to feel like you were outside, inside.  Chris painstakingly stood on a ladder, installing each branch, while I gave visual direction from below, all told, it took 30 hours of installation and foraging.

Layered terrariums of sand, peat and pebbles held assorted green succulents and floating candles atop ferns with over 100 candles on the table represented the earth with elements of fire, plants and water.  We created a herringbone table runner that represented wood bark, over Flanagan's Table's signature nubby linen runner. 

I love the action shots in the kitchen, as much artistry, passion and skill goes into creating food as it does to create an event design. (if not more!)  I always feel privileged to watch experts in creative fields doing their work.

This tattoo might just be the best I have seen, perfect!

A branchy, woodland, earthy setting for a beautiful dinner.
The next dinner is coming soon, stay tuned!

Photography: Heidi for Brea McDonald Photography
Design and installation: Maine Seasons Events & Maine Seasons Event Rentals
Chef-restaurant: Earth at Hidden Pond

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Flanagan's Table Valentine's Day Dinner with Chef Erin French of {the} Lost Kitchen

For the Valentine's Dinner at Flanagan's Table, we created a soft and dreamy atmosphere in the barn for a special holiday dinner.  Photographer, Brea McDonald expertly captured not only the feel of the design of the table, light and fabric installations, but also the spirit and energy in the kitchen with Chef Erin French and her team, beautifully creating beautiful food.  

Flanagan's Table,  in partnership with Maine Farmland Trust, is a monthly dinner series featuring a rotating guest chef from Maine. Set inside The Barn at Flanagan Farm, the five-course dinners feature  local  produce,  cheese,  meats,  and  pantry  staples  alongside  wine  and  Maine  beer.  In coming together around Flanagan's Table, guests have the chance to further the efforts of Maine Farmland Trust, to which a percentage of the overall proceeds are donated, and to preserve Maine agriculture all the while ensuring the luxury and longevity of eating in a truly farm-to-table fashion.

Working with Alex, the dinner series organizer,  our overall inspiration was abundant light.  With twinkle lights, lots of muslin curtain panels, vintage silver collections and grapevine orbs we aimed to create a space within the space.   Thank you to Chris & Ava for your installation support and work!
We created an entrance of curtains that framed the center view of the 44 foot long table, and installed curtains beyond the entrance to draw the guests into the space.

As the sky grew dark on the snowy field behind the barn, the interior of the barn began to glow with candlelight and the cozy warmth of twinkle lights.

We created a custom table runner in colors of gray, pale pink and deep red, and added a few pops of David Austin Juliet garden roses as the only flowers, sprinkled down the table.  We used over 100 votive candles and 50 taper candles, along with  20 pillar candles in newspaper wrapped cylinders to create the warm glow down the table.  Over 170 candles!  The newspaper bands were a nod to love letters, or old newspaper clippings you might find in your grandmother's attic, and a way to reuse and recycle within the design.

Chef Erin French toasts the guests..Chef French is opening her restaurant at a new location, you can read about her work and inspirations on her blog, here.  And about her new restaurant here.  

I love this photo of the sea salt sprinkled, in mid air, while Chef French checks the pot in the background...
Not only was the food colorful and special, but the artful display was a treat to see. 

Everyone looks beautiful in candle light!

Venue: Flanagan's Table Dinner Series

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Maine Seasons Events and Maine Seasons Event Rentals has launched new websites!

We are excited to announce the launch of our two new websites, and!

After many hours of work and thinking, we have both sites ready to go and visible to smart phones and tablets, big to do task checked off for 2014!  Thank you to our friend Ian for helping make the Maine Seasons Event website a reality in such a concentrated and scrutinized amount of time!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Maine Summer Purple, Grey & Magenta Wedding

Quintessential New England charm is what attracted our dear clients Katherine & Ian to the Barn on Walnut Hill. We created a layout that allowed for guests to move about the property,  with cocktails on the lawn,  a white tent for dinner,  and dancing & dessert in the barn. We used our vintage tea service vessels and collection of milk glass for the summery flower arrangements and made custom grey graphic table runners to go on the tables.  The couple rode in a vintage Bentley from the ceremony and 

You can also view this gorgeous wedding on Style Me Pretty

This day would not have been possible without the help of the following vendors. Thank you to you all again for helping us create a beautiful and meaningful event!

Photography: Sharyn Peavey
Venue: Barn on Walnut Hill
Event Planning & Design: Maine Seasons Events
Prop and decor rental: Maine Seasons Event Rentals
Floral Design Emily Carter Floral Design
Catering: Trillium
Music: Retrospecticus
Wedding Invitations: Minted
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
Transportation: Bo-Mar
Limo & Bentley Transportation: Maine Limo
Bride's Dress: Robert Bullock
Groom's Attire: Peter Renney's Fashions
Hair & Make-up Akari