Nautical Wedding Ideas || Maine Wedding Photographer

This stylized shoot was inspired by the coast of Maine. Lobsters, anchors, buoys, boat shoes, salt water taffy, and pearls were the major elements of the shoot. The thought was for an intimate seaside wedding. The nautical wedding ideas would include a tented wedding with a traditional lobster bake and a pottery barn flare. This was the stylized shoot we came up with around those ideas.  There are some great signature cocktail ideas, and dessert table set ups.

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Wooden Anchor: Mainely Anchored

Styling: Sarah Reece

Concept: Kivalo Photography

Photography: Kivalo Photography

Second Photographer: Sarah Truman

Lighting: Adam Perro

Model: Melissa Albert

Model: AJ Bouffard

Centerpieces: Fleuriste

Boutonniere: Blooms and Heirlooms

Coral: Pottery Barn

Invitations: Papier

hair and makeup: Lindsey Green

Cake: Beach Pea Bakery

Cupcakes: East End Cupcakes

Bride and Grooms Shoes: Sperry Top Siders

Bracelet: Kiel James Patrick

Grooms Attire: Express and J. Crew

Brides Dress: Sandy’s Bridal

Table and Chairs: A+ Party Rental

Linens: DIY

Scarf: Purple Baboon

Pillows: Home Goods

Winter Wedding at Hardy Farm || Fryeburg, Maine Wedding Photographer

This winter wedding at Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine looked more like a spring one with the heavy rainfall all day only instead of mud there was ice.  Lots and lots of ice…..that prevented some people from being able to travel to the wedding.  The friends and family who did make the wedding brought the party and their love and support for Brian and Chesari was exponential.  Their son stole the show and danced with almost everyone there.  What a beautiful wedding it was–and there was not a dry eye in the barn during the ceremony.  These two have a great love story.  Chesari and Brian have known each other since they were kids–but didn’t begin dating until they were adults. It is clear that they are perfect for each other–and they have an amazing family.  It was such a pleasure to photograph their wedding memories yesterday.

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Winter Wedding at Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine

It was 7 degrees outside for this beautiful winter wedding at Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine.  Luke and Kim are amazing people–they have hearts of gold and it was truly destiny that they ended up together.  With mutual friends and casual meetings over the course of many years the timing was finally right for them to go on their first date.  After that and many miles of commuting from Boston to Portland and Portland to Boston there was an engagement and Kim moved to Maine.  Their wedding was so much fun this past weekend–everyone hit the dance floor and the food was amazing.  It will be a memorable night and was a wonderful was for them to begin their married life together.  Luke and Kim are surrounded by fantastic people and tons of love and support.  The beautiful florals were done by Emily Carter Floral Designs, and the delicious cupcakes were by Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott.  The cake topper which is of Kim, Luke, and their dog was hand painted by Laura Banwarth.  The hair and makeup for the girls was done at Bei Capelli.

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Destination Maine Wedding Venue Ideas || Lakeside Wedding Venues in Maine

Maine is a wonderful destination wedding location–it is a vacation haven for your guests and there are breathtaking landscapes.  Some great destination Maine wedding venue ideas are private estates, Bed and Breakfasts, Inn’s, lakeside wedding venues, coastal venues, barns, and summer camps.  Here are a list of the most photogenic Maine wedding venues.

Private Estates, Bed & Breakfasts, and Inn’s:

John Peters Estate-Blue Hill, Maine

The John Peters Estate is a unique event venue located on 22 acres of pastoral fields in Downeast Maine. Looking toward the fresh-water swimming pool there are majestic views of Blue Hill Mountain. From the front porch, the expansive lawn rolls gently down to Blue Hill Harbor.  The Federal style home built in the 1800s is on the National Registry of Historic Places and will accommodate thirteen. Also on the grounds is the recently renovated Waterfield Cottage that will sleep seven. It can be rented with or without the main house. Completing the estate, the barn has two conference rooms and a prep area for caterers.  The John Peters Estate is perfect for a memorable Maine family vacation or reunion, Maine destination wedding, corporate event or conference. This is truly a unique offering—spectacular water and mountain views set on rolling fields—yet, within walking and viewing distance of the quaint and picturesque Blue Hill Village.

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SkiEsta Resort-Newry, Maine

Welcome to Ski Esta! a luxury rental home designed for large, extended family vacations located in the beautiful mountains of the Sunday River area of Maine. Whether you come to ski, snowmobile, hike, fish, mountain bike, golf or to enjoy any of the many year round activities this wonderful recreation destination has to offer, our home is the perfect place to experience it all while enjoying the many resort quality amenities that we have to offer.

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Mooring B&B-Georgetown, Maine

This picturesque Midcoast Maine Bed and Breakfast located on Georgetown Island was the original home of Walter Reid, the donor of Reid State Park in Georgetown, and later his daughter Louise R. Butler. It is now owned by Mr. Reid’s great granddaughter Penny, and her family.

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Black Point Inn-Scarborough, Maine

Black Point Inn is a historic, grand hotel on Prouts Neck, minutes from bustling Portland. Presiding over one of the most spectacular settings along Maine’s ruggedly beautiful coastline, the Inn is nestled on lushly landscaped property surrounded by water and beaches on three sides, you’ll be captivated by the ever changing seascape. You’ll also be captivated by the unhurried pace, gracious charm and attentive service that remain the hallmarks of this historic Maine Inn, making it ideal for romantic getaways, family vacations and in the off-season, small business meetings and weddings.

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York Harbor Inn-York, Maine

At the historic and romantic York Harbor Inn, we specialize in oceanside functions and banquets. Our 61-room upscale Inn offers over 5,000 square feet of banquet space gracefully set within 7 private and beautifully decorated function rooms —some with ocean views and fireplaces! At the heart of the Inn’s facilities is the Yorkshire Ballroom—an elegant 3,000 square foot room with a 35 foot cathedral ceiling and dramatic skylight atrium.

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Chebeague Island Inn-Chebeague Island, Maine

It’s your wedding. It’s your dream. Let Chebeague Island Inn make it come true for you!  Perched on a hilltop overlooking a nine-hole golf course and Casco Bay to the west, Chebeague Island Inn offers you and your guests a destination wedding with the simple elegance of a coastal Maine experience. Enjoy the breeze from the ocean and the sunset over the bay as backdrop for your magical day.

The Inn on Peaks-Peaks Island, Maine

Infused with fresh ocean breezes, Maine island charm and native wildflowers, surrounded by summer island warmth, fall foliage or softly falling snow, there are few backdrops more idyllic as Peaks Island located in beautiful Casco Bay. Let us welcome you to The Inn on Peaks Island, the perfect setting for your most celebrated day. The Inn on Peaks Island is able to bring you the experience and expertise to navigate every aspect of your wedding. We share your ultimate goal: the perfect day. To make your day absolutely flawless, we will work with the vendors that best fit your vision, style and personality and offer experienced opinions and advice to make your dreams reality. Perfection, from beginning to end.

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Camden Harbour Inn-Camden, Maine

For any occasion you can imagine—a glittering engagement party, wedding day vows, a getaway honeymoon, an anniversary celebration—the Camden Harbour Inn has everything you need under one roof. Immerse yourself in the gorgeous coastal scenery of Camden, Maine, dine on award-winning cuisine at in-house Natalie’s Restaurant, and revel in luxurious guest suites while we indulge your every wish with our all-encompassing personalized service.  Our staff prides itself on its ability to help you coordinate the perfect intimate wedding and event experience for you and your guests, during any time of year: summer, winter, spring, or fall. We offer several all-inclusive wedding and event packages and will gladly assist you with your own custom event and wedding preparations and arrangements.  The Inn is comprised of eighteen guest rooms and suites, and Natalie’s Restaurant is able to comfortably accommodate up to 70 guests and has a private room for up to 33 guests. Weather permitting, our outdoor seating areas allow us to accommodate up to a total of 110 guests.

1802 House-Kennebunkport, Maine

Welcome to Kennebunkport Maine and the 1802 House Bed and Breakfast Inn where you will be greeted like a friend and treated as a personal guest at our historic Colonial inn. Nestled in a quiet southern coastal Maine location amid peaceful landscaped gardens and towering pines, our relaxing accommodations offer a home-away-from-home, any time of year.

Spruce Point Inn-Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Spruce Point Inn is exactly what most guests picture when they think of an oceanside resort in Maine. Located about an hour drive “down east” from Portland in the seafaring village of Boothbay Harbor. For more than 100 years, the inn has attracted travelers from across the United States and has provided a refreshing backdrop for families and friends to create delightful memories. Along a stunning stretch of oceanfront on Maine’s rugged coast, the Spruce Point Inn is a family resort and the ideal venue for memorable reunions, seaside weddings, romantic getaways and business retreats.
Spruce Point Inn is a relaxing and spectacular retreat situated on 57 acres of shoreline fringed with tall spruce woodland. Recognized as one of the best family resorts in Maine and recently in Downeast Magazines – Readers Choice Awards, our historic vacation destination offers a variety of accommodations.

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Lakeside Wedding Venues and Summer Camp Wedding Venues in Maine:

Migis Lodge-South Casco, Maine

Our luxurious Main Lodge and 35 cottages nestle amid 125 acres of pine forest, stretching along 3,500 feet of Sebago Lake shoreline in southern Maine. Come see why our guests return year after year, generation after generation.  Whether you’re lunching on our private island, enjoying tennis, waterskiing, kayaking or sailing, a massage at our wellness center, time with the family, or gazing at dramatic sunsets – it’s all waiting for you, at Migis Lodge.

Camp Mataponi-Naples, Maine

Camp Mataponi takes a lot of pride in our beautiful and well-maintained facilities, which include:  Waterfront: With over 5000 feet of beachfront, boating and swimming in Sebago Lake are two favorites at Mataponi. There is an indoor gymnasium, tennis courts, ropes course, and outdoor theater.

Kingsley Pines-Raymond, Maine

Kingsley Pines is a unique private venue which allows you to create your custom wedding or event. We offer an expansive sandy waterfront, athletic fields, traditional cabins for overnight guests and multiple buildings for groups of all sizes. We welcome only one group at a time and availability is limited.

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Camp Takajo-Naples, Maine

Since 1947, our focus has remained constant – to provide a full-season summer camp experience that helps each boy develop the many facets of his unlimited potential. Our fundamental emphasis — brought home through sports and a wide range of activities and special events.

Camp Wildwood-Bridgton, Maine

The sprawling Wildwood campus accommodates not only nature, but necessity. For rainy days, the campus houses a 24,000 square foot gymnasium.  Inside there are two full-size basketball courts (convertible to tennis), the only indoor roller hockey rink in Maine, and a collegiate wrestling area. Complementing the indoor space are four outdoor basketball courts, volleyball, and the lake for canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding.

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Seeds of Peace Camp-Oxford, Maine

Founded in 1993 by journalist John Wallach, Seeds of Peace is dedicated to inspiring and equipping new generations of leaders from regions of conflict with the relationships, understanding, and skills needed to advance lasting peace. Nestled on a beautiful lake in the lake region of Maine it offers quiet and outdoorsy fun.


Coastal Venues:

Hidden Pond-Kennebunkport, Maine

Central to life at our Kennebunkport resort is the Lodge, an Arts and Crafts-inspired Maine getaway lodge and gathering place set amidst the natural landscape. Simple in its elegance, the Lodge features a charming mezzanine, large stone fireplace, soaring ceiling and French doors overlooking our swimming pool. Don’t miss the Back Porch Bar for the perfect libation poolside. You’ll find plenty of comfortable places here to lounge and gather with family and friends.

Ocean Gateway-Portland, Maine

Reaching out into Casco Bay and welcoming newcomers to Portland, Ocean Gateway is the City’s newest waterfront jewel. The spectacular setting of islands and water enhance the beauty of the architecture which was designed to resemble the prow of a ship. This 5,600 square foot, glass enclosed facility is situated directly on Portland’s Historic Waterfront. With its prime location, breathtaking views and ample area parking it is the perfect spot to host your next corporate meeting, wedding reception, non-profit fundraiser, school function and much more.

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Samoset Resort-Rockland, Maine

Samoset Resort is thrilled for the third year in a row to remain open year-round on the weekends during the winter season. Each Friday we open our doors at noon and remain open until 3 p.m. Sunday. During vacation weeks or holiday weekends, the resort offers extended days and hours of operation, so be sure to give us a call if you have any questions.  The resort amenities including La Bella Vita restaurant, Enoteca Lounge, The Spa at the Samoset, and our gift shop follow this same weekend schedule throughout the winter months.

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Portland Company-Portland, Maine

The Portland Company is a nine acre industrial site with a commanding location on the eastern end of the waterfront. It was established in 1846 as a locomotive foundry to build railroad equipment for the connection between Portland and Montreal. It was a significant New England medium to heavy steel fabricator until 1978. It had a proud history of serving New England manufacturer’s and utilities while building 628 locomotives 160 ships (including Iron Clads), equipment for the Panama Canal and so on. Presently the site has become a marine oriented complex with a small marina, several marine as well as other office tenants and an operating Maine two-foot narrow gauge railroad museum.

Union Bluff-York, Maine

The Union Bluff Hotel has been keeping a watchful eye over the shores of Short Sands Beach since 1868. Back then, guests arrived by horse drawn carriage and steam train with their trunks packed for a month long stay. The feeling of the Bluff’s old-world charm remains just as strong today. Learn more about our rich history, fantastic lodging and delicious food.

Nonantum-Kennebunkport, Maine

The Nonantum delivers on the promise of a genuine Maine waterfront resort. It’s steeped in casual historical elegance — with just the right modern comforts. On the water in Kennebunkport, Maine, the Nonantum offers everything you need to create life-long memories. The perfect setting for life’s special events.

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French’s Point-Stockton Springs, Maine

French’s Point is a historic, coastal estate, located on the tip of a private peninsula in Maine’s Penobscot Bay. The beauty of our expansive grounds is surpassed only by that of the 260 degree view of Maine’s rocky coastline.  Committed to the quality of your experience, we host only one event at a time so that we may offer you and your guests the entire estate for your special day. Between May and October, enjoy the use of our spectacular Sail Cloth tent. which can accommodate up to 300 guests.

The Cliff House-Ogunquit, Maine

We invite you to escape to our Ogunquit Maine hotel where you will enjoy the complete resort experience with oceanfront dining, four swimming pools, a full service spa and spacious guestrooms, all with breathtaking views from your very own balcony. Situated on the beautiful coastline of Maine, this oceanfront resort offers spectacular views and endless relaxation. Minutes from Ogunquit’s sandy beach and only an hour North of Boston, feel worlds away from it all upon your arrival.

Linekin Bay Resort-Boothbay, Maine

Linekin Bay Resort sits on 20 spectacular acres of oceanfront property on Linekin Bay in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. It is New England’s only all-inclusive sailing resort and offers something for everyone. The possibilities are limitless.

White Barn Inn-Kennebunkport, Maine

Truly memorable weddings, social events, conferences and corporate meetings located in Kennebunk Maine…The White Barn Inn provides the perfect backdrop for your next event. Private dining can be arranged at The White Barn Inn Restaurant, or, if you are staying several nights, experience dining variety at our local partner establishment; seafood at Stripers Waterside Restaurant.



Granite Ridge Estate and Barn-Norway, Maine

Built on top of a mountain and surrounded by 128 private acres, the Granite Ridge Barn is a 3,500 square foot finely crafted timber frame barn featuring panoramic mountain views.

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Laudholm Farm-Wells, Maine

When you reserve the Wells Reserve at Laudholm for a Saturday wedding, it’s yours from 1 pm to sunset on Friday and then Saturday morning through 3 pm Sunday. Get the decorating done Friday, celebrate all day Saturday, and return for a Sunday wedding party brunch. No need for multiple locations!  Your fees help preserve and protect the Wells Reserve.  Enjoy a variety of unique settings — The expansive lawns of historic Laudholm Farm, an auditorium with plenty of catering workspace and a full kitchen, one of southern Maine’s most beautifully restored barns.

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Barn at Flanagan Farm-Buxton, Maine

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, a sublimely refined late 19th century Maine barn and farmhouse, provides an exceptional event space and gracious accommodations on one property. Previously owned by Gwendolyn Flanagan (1916-2008), the sixty-six acre farmstead was purchased in 2011 by Gail Landry, who granted a conservation easement on the land to Maine Farmland Trust, thereby committing to keeping the property a Forever Farm.  Located twenty minutes south of Portland in Buxton, Maine, The Barn at Flanagan Farm seamlessly merges rusticity and sophistication. Hosting at The Barn will make your event—whether large, small, or somewhere in-between—a truly remarkable experience.

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Barn on Walnut Hill-Yarmouth, Maine

The Barn on Walnut Hill, an exquisite 1887 Maine barn and farmhouse that marries rusticity with refinement, provides a setting for your guests that is at once simply elegant and elegantly simple.  Located on four estate-like acres 20 minutes north of Portland in North Yarmouth, Maine, The Barn on Walnut Hill is a rare venue that incorporates an exceptional event space and gracious accommodations on one property. Hosting at The Barn will make your event—whether large, small, or somewhere in-between—a truly remarkable experience.

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Hardy Farm-Fryeburg, Maine

The Barn at Hardy Farm is a wedding and event venue in the White Mountains of Maine. Our restored 18th Century Farmhouse dates back to the days when George Washington was a young man, with the current accommodations pleasing even the most picky of today’s guests. Last year we completed a full restoration of the barn, which now provides the perfect backdrop for creating any style of wedding or event. Please reach out to us for any event inquiry you may be considering!

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Broadturn Farm-Scarborough, Maine

Celebrate your love and connect it to your values here at Broadturn Farm. Getting married on an organic farm expresses individuality and a commitment to the beauty of local, organic food and flowers. A wedding is an opportunity to share this vision of sustainability with your loved ones. Each event is unique, and crafted to honor the season and the bounty available. Your wedding will reflect your value of local businesses, healthy ecosystems, and delicious food, with a minimum of mainstream commercialism. We are committed to helping you create an event that meets your needs and your vision. Our season for event hosting runs from Memorial Day Weekend through September.  Located 12 miles from Portland, ME, and 10 miles from the coast, convenient to I-95 and Boston, Broadturn Farm partners with local purveyors to ensure the menu you choose for your wedding reception honors the tradition of Maine foods. The flowers from our fields will grace every table and our produce will fill every belly.

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center-Falmouth, Maine

Situated along the Presumpscot River estuary just five minutes from Portland, Maine Audubon’s headquarters features a modern environmental center and a 65-acre sanctuary with more than two miles of trails winding along a pond and through woods, meadow, orchard and salt marsh.

Marianmade Farm-Wiscasset, Maine

Nestled on the banks of the Sheepscot River near historic Wiscasset is Marianmade Farm. As a working lavender and flower farm, the setting brings a piece of Provence to mid-coast Maine. Owner & designer, Michelle Peele, uses her farm fresh florals to create simple and unique floral designs.  The farm hosts a select number of weddings and events each year. With a waterfront outdoor ceremony site, a timber frame event barn, and acres of natural beauty, Marianmade Farm serves as the perfect backdrop for your celebration.

Live Well Farm-Harpswell, Maine

The 1840’s Farmhouse and Barn have been restored to create the perfect setting . While the Farm grounds are ideal for open-air or tented receptions, the restored barn provides the ultimate rustic atmosphere and has all that’s needed for dancing your wedding night away. Around the corner the ocean awaits, providing an amazing backdrop to capture the wedding images of a lifetime.

Thompsons Orchard-New Gloucester, Maine

With a beautiful barn on site (but not for the event) this orchard has old charms and is a beautiful backdrop for a tented wedding.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm-Freeport, Maine

Wolfe’s Neck Farm is the perfect setting for weddings, large gatherings, reunions, birthday parties, foot races, kayaking events and more. The backdrop of Casco Bay is simply incredible, and we offer the rustic amenities that your outdoor event requires.

1812 Farm-Bristol, Maine

With broad sweeping lawns and gardens, a glittering pond with a dancing fountain and the architecture of 18th century Maine, the stage is set for you and your guests and an unforgettable moment in time. Be it outdoors next to that glorious landscaped pond or inside one of the most spectacularly restored 18th century barns in the Midcoast with every luxury of the 21st century, we only wait for your ideas to craft the perfect setting.

Black and White Wedding Ideas || Relaxed and Rustic Wedding Ideas || Gold and Glitter Wedding Ideas

Dreamy wedding ideas for the Trendsetter: the girl who loves style and wants people to be talking about her wedding for years to come black and white elegant and chic wedding ideas

elegant and chic wedding ideas

1. Vera Wang: $2,500-15,000.00 | 2. Badgley Mischka: $189.00 | 3. Swarovski: $155.00 | 4. Louis Vuitton: $1560.00 | 5. Tiffany & Co: $6,500.00 | 6. Kate Spade: $148.00

Relaxed and Rustic wedding ideas for the bride who wants a casual fun wedding with preppy and stylish wedding ideas

relaxed and rustic wedding ideas

1. BHLDN: $800.00 | 2. Gucci: $55.00 | 3. Tory Burch: $435.00 | 4. Christian Louboutin: $765.00 | 5. Swarovski: $80.00

Glitter and Gold wedding ideas for the girl who loves bling and shine: this bride is feminine and enjoys gold, sequins, and sparkles, shiny, and sparkly wedding ideas

gold and silver wedding ideas

1. Dress That: $170.00 | 2. Swarovski: $75.00 | 3. Michael Kors: $268.00 | 4. Kate Spade: $198.00 | 5. Tiffany & Co: $11,000.00 | 6. Jimmy Choo: $2450.00