Watershed Floral Vendor Tour || Rustic Elegant Wedding Florals

Watershed floral produces amazing wedding arrangements and bouquets.  I love the textures, types of flowers, and whimsical feeling to them.  I had the pleasure of working with Sarah this past summer at a wedding on Peaks Island and her flowers made the images amazing.  Since then I have been fortunate to see her several times and have enjoyed getting to know her.  She is a complete sweetheart you will LOVE working with her:) Here is a little bit about Sarah:

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1. How did you become a florist?

In 2004 I started working at Kennebec Flower Farm in Bowdoinham. I had recently graduated from college with a degree in sustainable agriculture but didn’t have much experience with growing flowers. After a few seasons at the farm, I started making bouquets for them to bring to farmers’ markets in Portland and Brunswick. Around the same time, I had some friends getting married and did the arrangements for those events. I realized it was something I love and am skilled at and when people at the markets starting asking about hiring me for events, I knew I was onto something. I grew the business very slowly at first with just a few weddings each summer while I also worked as a teacher. Two and a half years ago, I left the classroom for the floral studio. It’s been so exciting and kind of surreal to see something that was an idea and a dream become a thriving, growing business. It’s a lot of work, but so worth it!

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2. What is your favorite season?

Autumn. The temperature is perfect. The colors are amazing. And there are so so so many flowers available locally!

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3. What tips would you give a bride when working with her florist on her bridal bouquet?

My first bit of advice is to take time to look at a florist’s work before making contact. If you like what you see and it jives with your aesthetic, then make an inquiry. If the work on someone’s website isn’t in line with what you envision for your wedding, ,then chances are it isn’t a good fit. Once you’ve chosen a florist, my best piece of advice is to trust her. Hopefully you’ve both communicated about the colors, flowers, and style. I find that it’s helpful to share inspiration images. When you’ve established that you’re on the same page about the general look and vibe of the bouquet, it’s best to let the professional do what she does best. Good communication at the beginning of the relationship will ensure that you are pleased with the results!

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4. What is your favorite dessert?

I’m crazy about dark chocolate!

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5. What is your favorite flower?

That is impossible for me to answer. It depends on the season or my mood. During the summer, I pretty much have a new favorite every day. Scabiosa, feverfew, stock, and zinnias always rise to the top. But I could go on and on. The list of favorites is endless!

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Thank you so much Sarah for letting me visit your shop and chatting with me about Puerto Rico:) Looking forward to many more weddings with you!

Wedding Day Clutch Ideas || Bride Clutch Styles

Here are five wedding day clutch ideas for Maine brides.

1.  “Classic” Jimmy Choo $995  The “classic” can be used again and again for formal occasions and will hold those wedding day necessities.

2. “Nautical” Etsy Clutch $36  The “nautical” is perfect for a Maine seaside wedding.

3.  “Preppy” Tory Burch $350  The “preppy” works well with everyday business wear and looks awesome with your Jim Hjelm or Vera Wang wedding dress.

4.  “Rustic” Etsy Clutch $28  The “rustic” works great for a Maine barn wedding with its touch of lace on burlap.

5.  “Gold Glam” Michael Kors $268  The “gold glam” is black tie fancy for a fabulous tented Maine wedding.

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Barn at Flanagan Farm Wedding || Maine Wedding Photographer

Megan and Christian renewed their wedding vows at the Barn at Flanagan Farm on a rainy afternoon in late fall.  She wore a beautiful gold wedding gown and they wrote their own vows.  The details from their Barn at Flanagan Farm wedding were amazing and hopefully will provide you with lots of whimsical wedding inspiration and vintage wedding ideas.  The dessert table had lots of unique Maine barn wedding ideas and inspirations.  Overall feel for their vow renewal was a rustic wedding and worked perfectly in this southern Maine setting.

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Venue: The Barn at Flanagan Farm | Catering: Fire & Co. | Event Rentals (Farm Tables): Heartwood Essentials | Event Rentals: PARTY TIME RENTALS | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: kivalo photography | Videography: LMV Productions | Day-Of Coordination: The Refinery – Events & Marketing | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2 and 6): Lana Wescott Events | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 1 and 4): The Purple Orchid, Event Planning | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 2 and 5): Blue Fern Designs, The Finest Florals | Invitations: Impress Me Designs | Programs: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Paper Accents: Parrott Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair + Makeup: Bei Capelli | Band: Wavelength Band | Photobooth: TapSnap Phototainment | Wedding Cake: My Three Cakes | Dessert Bar: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott

 

New traditions and the story of Resc the orange cat

Today is a hard day. Usually I would have been planning for weeks what day I would arrive at my parent’s house in central Maine. Dad and I would have been talking every night and watching the weather. Today since it is snowing I would have left last night. I would be sitting next to the wood fire eating Hungarian goodies with my Dad and waiting for Mom and Tony to come home from work.   Today we would have complained about the snow and Dad might have been plowing. I would do work or read and just enjoy the comfort of home—literally always sitting next to the woodstove. Thanksgiving generally was just Tony, Mom, Dad, and I. However—last year it became Nicole, Tony, Adam, me, Mom, and Dad J

After Adam had to go back to work last year I remained with my parent’s for a few days. I loved spending the days working with my Dad, cleaning and chatting with my Dad. My Mom would go to work leaving around 7:30am and not come home until around 7pm so it was literally just my Dad and I all day. Anyway, this time last year not in a million years could I have imagined how different everything would look a year later.

Unfortunately my Dad lost his last and closest brother last year on Thanksgiving. My Dad was the baby in his family—he was 68. His brother was 82 I think when he died. Sadly on this day last year my Dad’s cat was hit by a car. Little did we know that a few days from now my brother would run into the house exclaiming “there’s a cat…there’s a cat in the woodshed” Sure enough if you listened outside you heard the tiny cries “mew, mew” That is where the story of Resc comes in. You see Resc my cat is a special little fellow because he is one of the only memories I have recently in life that includes both my Dad and my brother.

My brother went to work—texting me on the hour every hour to see if we had rescued the cat in the woodshed yet. My Dad and I set to work trying to figure out where the cat was in the woodshed. I climbed to the top of the pile….but I didn’t see him. We were worried he was actually in the middle of the pile somewhere. Finally I realized he was moving from one end of the woodshed to the other while he was meowing. I asked Dad if he could be under the shed….so I laid on the ground around the back of the woodshed where you could see under it a bit and sure enough there was Resc. Problem was how would we get him out? He didn’t know what a human was he had never seen one in his life….and I couldn’t just reach in and grab him.

 

Dad decided he could dig under the woodshed…..

He got less than one dig in before he changed his mind. He realized there was a much better way—he could take up the floorboards on part of the woodshed and we would have to hope the little kitten came out. We went down the road to the store to get some canned cat food—and we left the food there with some milk to try and get Resc to climb out. We went inside and waited. About 15 minutes later Dad looks out the window and says “Ill be….there he is” I couldn’t believe it—Resc had come out from under the shed.

 

The problem was how would we catch him without him running back under the shed? So we crept outside and tried to sneak up on him. Dad quickly put down the boards and I tried to grab him. He went into the corner and I reached out and got him. He was a tiny little guy. He wasn’t mean—he was so sweet! We immediately took him inside and gave him some food. He scarfed it down….and just wanted to be around people. See images below.

I texted my brother—he couldn’t wait to meet the little guy. I had been texting Adam about this craziness all day—so I sent Adam pictures. Of course I asked “can we keep him?” When I left for Biddeford a few days later—I had my new cat in tow. Dad named him Rescue and we called him “Resc” for short. When people asked why I didn’t change him name I told them because my Dad named him—and since cats live so long he might outlive my Dad. That’s some messed up foreshadowing.

A year later and not only did my Dad die but my brother did too. I guess as awful as this is what I am getting at is Dream Big—think big—because when you look back you never could have dreamt where you came from—or what might happen. For sure this Thanksgiving—make a point to make memories—and spend time with those who are close to you—because you never know what life has in store. In a year—I met the man of my dreams, did some great photography things, got a cat, and lost my Dad and my brother. Talk about things looking different this year than last. Who knows what next year will look like.  Below is Resc at one year old.

 

 

Groomsmen Suit Ideas || Maine Wedding Photography

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