Travel Themed Destination Wedding in Maine

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Lindy and Dave wed in York Beach, Maine with a travel themed destination wedding in the oh-so color appropriate blue and white palette.  With a ceremony overlooking the ocean, the happy couple enjoyed lots of intimate moments with loved ones with a beautiful New England backdrop behind them.

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The bride’s something blue was her new initials sewn into the inside of her dress!  Great idea!

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The bridesmaids wore navy chiffon that flowed perfectly in the wind.

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At the couple’s first look, the groom was overheard saying, “you’re an angel!” when he saw his bride.

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This wedding was all about the little moments.  Photographers, Bethany and Dan Photography shared one such sweet moment with us.  “The wedding party and I were standing on a balcony that overlooked the ceremony site. Guests were walking in and waving up at us, everyone excited about the coming ceremony. Dave and Lindy pulled away and looked down at their family and friends, the PERFECT weather day, the ocean and then at one another. I heard her tell Dave, “It’s finally happening, just like we planned. I’m just so happy.” Then she covered her face with her hand and laid her head on his chest and he snuggled her close and said “I know, I love you so much.” It was so so so SO sweet and I was so happy in the moment that we were there to photograph these two people commit the rest of their lives to one another. It truly felt like we were watching our close friends get married.”

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After the sweet ceremony, the newlyweds decided to have a little fun at a local arcade.

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Back at the reception, the blue and white travel theme continued right down to the hotel-named tables.

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Their wedding cake even had a couple who had packed their bags to see the world atop of it!

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The fun pair planned a perfected coordinated first dance that the crowd loved!

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Then the music lovers gifted guests with a CD for a wedding favor, complete with a monogram travel stamp of course!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Bethany & Dan Photography

 Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: The Union Bluff Meeting House, Floral Designer:  Brenda’ s Bloomers Inc, Cake Designer:  Popovers on the Square, DJ:  DJ Fred


Best Wedding Venues in Vermont

We’re back with part two of Paige Hiller’s top ten wedding locations in the lovely state of Vermont.  Paige, the Founder of Vermont Wedding Style is an expert at sourcing the best barns, lodges, and unique event spaces in the state.  So here’s five more fabulous places to wed in Vermont – summer, winter, spring or fall.  Thanks Paige for sharing your favorites with us!

Hildene Lincoln Family Home

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
“Hildene is located in the scenic Vermont village of Manchester. Robert Todd Lincoln built the Georgian Revival style summer home in 1905. Set on a promontory, the Hildene grounds offer breathtaking views of the valley below, and the mountains to the east and west combined with the exquisite formal gardens provide the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding. If you prefer an indoor affair the entry hall with its grand staircase and the formal dining room are a lovely choice for an intimate wedding and reception, especially when the snow falls and the Hildene becomes a winter wonderland.”

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Mountain Top Inn and Resort
“Nestled on 350 beautiful acres, overlooking a pristine mountain lake and exquisite views of the Green Mountains, Mountain Top Inn & Resort is the perfect choice for a destination wedding spring, summer, fall or winter. Imagine a lake side wedding, cocktails on the beach followed by a reception in the Boat House or a mountain top ceremony followed by an exquisite reception or a quaint ceremony by the fire, a horse draw sleigh taking you up to one of the stunning chalets for dinner to celebrate your wedding day!”


The Kedron Valley Inn
“One of Vermont’s oldest inns, the Kedron Valley Inn has welcomed visitors to South Woodstock, Vermont, for more than 185 years. With an idyllic location in the picturesque Vermont countryside, the Kedron Valley Inn provides you with the perfect quintessential New England wedding experience.  Enjoy an informal barbecue by the pond for your rehearsal dinner; take a horse and carriage to the South Chapel for your wedding ceremony followed by a delicious dinner in the beautiful dining room of the inn.”

Inn at Mountainview

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The Inn at Mountain View Farm offers an extraordinary destination for weddings and civil unions. Discover the splendor of Vermont, perched on the crest of a spectacular ridge line and surrounded by beautiful pastoral views this historic farm estate on 440 acres is breathtaking, offering all the ingredients for an unforgettable wedding celebration; the newly renovated Morgan Horse barn offers an elegant rustic setting, the Willoughby room with fireplace offers an intimate setting for a small celebrations, while the expansive lawn under white peaked tents offer spectacular views of Burke Mountain.”


The Pitcher Inn
“Weddings at The Pitcher Inn are a perfect blend of sophistication and country elegance. Set in the village of Warren, Vermont nestled in the Green Mountains; the inn takes on the feel of a comfortable country home. Your family and friends will be treated to an incredible pairing of extraordinary food and wine, while surrounded by beautiful accommodations that exude warmth and classic sophistication.”

For more Vermont wedding professionals, ideas and locations, check out Paige’s site, Vermont Wedding Style.  Thanks so much for joining us this week Paige!  We love all your picks for Vermont destination weddings!


Top 10 Vermont Wedding Venues

Today we’ve got a special guest expert with us, Paige Hiller, Founder and Creative Director of Vermont Wedding Style.  We’re thrilled she has joined us to share her Vermont wedding expertise.

Vermont may not be the first place to roll off your tongue when you start to think about your destination wedding, but that’s probably because you haven’t seen these amazing venues!  A beautiful state filled with unique barn and ranch properties, farm to table organic wedding fare, and wonderful event professionals – Vermont really does have it all!  To see what we mean, take a look at part one of Paige’s recommendations for the top ten wedding venues in Vermont.


Southern Vermont Arts Center
“The Southern Vermont Arts Center is truly a unique setting for your wedding celebration.  Set on Mount Equinox, the grounds of the Southern Vermont Arts Center offers breath-taking views, as well as beautiful botanical paths, an enclave of Bradford Pear trees, a sculpture garden, and vast meadows and fields for your guests to meander through. The Yester House Gallery, a historic 1917 Georgian revival mansion is the jewel in the crown of the Arts Center’s campus. The 28- room National Register of Historic Places mansion was built as a “country cottage,” a place to get away from the hurly-burly of Manhattan.  The Yester House Gallery’s grand staircase and ten beautiful galleries is a perfect backdrop to an intimate rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, cocktails and elegant sit down dinner.

The Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, arguably the East Coast’s finest contemporary exhibition space not set in a major urban center. Designed by noted architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, the Wilson Museum is an exquisite venue for the couple who is looking for a modern backdrop for their wedding.

The Arkell Pavilion is a 400 seat acoustical gem without equal. A former barn, the Pavilion was completely restored in 2000. You can transform this incredible space into a nightclub for you and your guests to dance the night away.”


The Pond Pavilion at The Equinox
“Located at the base of Mt. Equinox, this pond-side Pavilion offers beautiful wooden architectural details and awe inspiring views of the Equinox Pond and Green Mountains. With ample outdoor space for a dramatic mountain and pond-side ceremony and cocktail reception, the Pavilion is considered a ‘hidden gem’ with unparalleled natural beauty.”


The West Monitor Barn
“Located in Richmond, Vermont, the West Monitor Barn is a beautiful rustic wedding venue. West Monitor Barn is a unique wedding venue; all proceeds go towards funding Vermont Youth Conservation Corps programs. The magnificent post and beam interior is spacious and cozy, elegant and charming. Outside, the West Monitor Barn is surrounded by spectacular views of forests, woodlands hills, conserved fields and Vermont’s third tallest mountain, Camel’s Hump.”


Trapp Family Lodge
“If you have always loved the movie, The Sound of Music, then you will fall in love with the Trapp Family Lodge. Situated on 2,500 acres overlooking the classic New England village of Stowe, Vermont, the Trapp Family Lodge is the perfect setting for a wedding.”

Grand Isle Lake House

Grand Isle Lake House
“The Grand Isle Lake House is situated on Robinson’s Point, a 55 acre rolling point of land with 2500 feet of Lake Champlain shoreline. Reminiscent of another era, the Grand Isle Lake House is a jewel in her crown, offering an unparalleled lakeshore setting for weddings. The sweeping views of the lake and the Green Mountains from the grand wrap-around porch provide a spectacular backdrop for a destination wedding.”

Thanks so much Paige for sharing your faves with us!  Stay tuned for tomorrow when we’ll share the rest of her top ten wedding locations in Vermont!


A White Wedding in Vermont

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Lindsay and Patrick chose Morrisville, Vermont for their white wedding set to the backdrop of snow.  As we head into spring, this may be our last chance for a snowy reception!  Lindsay and Patrick shared with us their story.

Lindsay and I met in college and have spent much time in Vermont over the past eight years.  We chose to have the reception at the Maple House Inn which is located in the quaint little town of Morrisville, just outside of Stowe, VT.  The owners of the inn, Rick and Lynn, worked extremely hard to make the celebration as amazing as it was.”

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For the sake of accommodating all of our friends and family, we decided to split the celebration into two nights: the ceremony was open-invitation which was followed by a reception for family; the following day was a New Year’s Eve party.  We wanted to create an experience for our friends beyond the traditional wedding reception because they had supported us for so many years.  The choice, however, wasn’t entirely selfless, as they also tend to cultivate a hell of a good time wherever they are.  We couldn’t think of a better way to bring in the New Year than with these friends and family, and directly on the heels of getting married.”

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“The unique layout of the Maple House Inn helped us plan the event and disperse the amount of guests on both nights.  The cocktail hour was held in the indoor pool room which is adorned with a fiber-optic display of the milky way across the ceiling.  The movie theatre, which is reminiscent of an opera house with its vaulted ceiling, gold textured wallpaper and velvet seating, hosted a looped slideshow of friends and family.  The main room of the house provided a simplistic, yet elegant, setting for the seated dinner with its lit, coffered ceiling, snow-covered windows, an immense stone fireplace, and a centralized foyer of glass doors which housed the delicious cake made by a family friend.” 

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 “After a delicious meal from Rick’s Catering, everyone pitched in to change the room into a dance floor.  This little project brought the families together in a unique way, and it got people up and moving.  Lindsay’s brother, Colby, passed around apple cider moonshine and rye whiskey, which was a great help in motivating people to the dance floor.”

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“New Year’s Eve, on the other hand, became a celebration unto itself with family and friends, ice luge and dancing, conversation and gliding across the pool on inflatable swans.  We feel blessed to have had a wedding celebration extend two nights to include everyone we love and are thankful to so many people for helping to make it happen and for supporting us.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Erica Camille

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Dress: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, Bride’s Lace Jacket: Sewly Yours Bridal, Caterer: Rick’s Catering, DJ: Elite Entertainment, Flowers: Howard’s The Flower Shop, Location: Maple House Inn, Maple Syrup Favors: Butternut Mountain Farm


Enter to Win a $100,000 Wedding in Maine

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Listen up newly engaged guys and gals!  Real Maine Weddings magazine is giving away a $100,000 dream wedding in Portland, Maine.  This could be your perfect destination wedding!  With over 25 vendors from the Portland area, from Sea Bags to DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, you will have an all star team to produce the wedding of your dreams, for free!

The weekend will begin with a rehearsal dinner and spa day at The Portland Regency and end with a ballroom reception at the Holiday Inn By the Bay.  The ceremony and cocktail reception will be held at the Grace restaurant, a historic church renovated into the area’s most sophisticated event space.  You’ll even get event photography by the talented team at Emilie Inc. Photography. Sea Bags will be giving out the wedding favors and Sweetest Thing Weddings will be helping the winning couple plan their wedding from start to finish.

 How to win?  The magazine is accepting submissions now.  You’ll need to upload a 2-minute video on why you want to be married in Portland, Maine and do so before March 9, 2012.  They are looking for creative, funny, serious, or clever entries that will be published on their website.  To win the general public will have the opportunity to go online and vote for their favorite couples and the winning couple will be announced on April 1st.

To upload your video submission, click here.  And if you win, the contest isn’t over yet!  Certain aspects of the wedding will also be chosen by the public. For example, the bride picks out three wedding dresses and the public votes on the one they like the best. Same goes for the wedding bands, honeymoon, wedding cake, and more!

Good luck!!  We’ll be watching!