From the moment Chad proposed to Sarah while picnicking on the lawn of The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island; the wheels were set in motion for a timeless, vintage inspired union of two old souls. The couple’s foremost aspiration was a pleasurable and memorable weekend of events that truly reflected their life together and love for another.
Since Sarah is originally from New York, she wanted her visiting family and friends to fall in love with her new home and give both the Bride and Groom’s guests an opportunity to become better acquainted. Camden, Maine was the ideal destination to achieve the meeting of New York and Maine.
Event details fell right into place, upon first visiting the historic Whitehall Inn. The Inn, established in 1901, was the all too perfect backdrop for Chad and Sarah’s dream wedding; right down to its charming farmer’s porch lined with wicker rockers. The overall theme for the early August wedding was a “Vintage Summer Garden Party” and what flower exuberates summer more than the poppy? The difficulty with using poppies in floral design required some thinking outside the box. A color palette of red and aqua was ideal for summer.
The day was captured by & Unlimited Photography.
The tri-fold, poppy infused wedding invitation was a design collaboration with Sarah Hearts Design. It included all the pertinent information required when planning a trip Down East; complete with a weekend itinerary, travel information, area lodging, dining, activities, attractions and map.
The handmade Russian tulle and organza hair comb accented the Bride’s vintage inspired gown.
The bridal bouquet was crafted from vintage flower brooches collected from family, friends, and vintage shops.
Vintage flower brooches were attached to the Bride’s shoes to compliment the bouquet.
Instead of the traditional bouquet of flowers, the four Matrons of Honor each carried a handmade floral fabric clutch down the aisle.
The Matrons wore red organza flower hair combs, crafted to match the Bride’s.
Ribbon boutonnières were crafted for the men of the wedding party. Each of the four Best Men received a monogrammed pocket square to remember the day.
All the men of the wedding party sported a red ribbon poppy when walking down the aisle.
The pocket squares nicely complimented the men’s cotton pincord seersucker suits with silk pincord ties by Vineyard Vines.
As an expression of the couple’s gratitude, tags were sewn on the back of the ties.
Tags were also sewn inside the clutches of the Matrons of Honor and Mothers.
The day’s “Ring Master” carried a ring pillow crafted from a vintage handkerchief given to Sarah by her Grandmother.
Guests were welcomed by the couple’s new initials; painted in the event color palette and tied on a bench outside the entrance to the church.
The wedding ceremony programs, another design collaboration with Sarah Hearts Design, doubled as hand fans.
Ribbon and paper poppy garland draped over each church pew during the ceremony.
Hand stamped “Reserved” signs designated the “VIP Seating”.
The floral fabric of the clutches was also used to wrap the three varying size glass vases displayed on the church altar. The vases contained blue delphiniums, yellow lilies, and red dahlias, giving the illusion of a field of flowers.
Once the Groom kissed his Bride; the “Ring Master” traded his ring pillow for a fun hand stamped flag, announcing “Mr. & Mrs.”
A beautiful pagoda umbrella not only sheltered the newlyweds from a few stray rain drops but created a picturesque backdrop for their whimsical formal wedding portraits at the Amphitheatre.
Chad surprised Sarah with a 1942 Cadillac limousine to act as her coach for the day!
These adorable tea towels were an early wedding gift and made for a very fun photo prop.
A group photo of all the wedding guests was captured before dinner was served and then used as the couple’s thank you card.
Red paper poppies greeted the guests as they arrived to the reception.
An antique typewriter once used by Edna St. Vincent Millary, allowed guests to leave the newlyweds their sentiments.
Handcrafted number tags resembling typewriter keys, adhered to clothes pins; acted as name cards and anchored the free standing paper poppies.
Paper poppies were everywhere!
A table was set just for the younger guests’ entertainment.
Guests helped themselves to lavender lemonade and mint iced tea, stationed on the screen porch.
A summer garden party indeed! Brilliant floral print paper lanterns illuminated overhead, complimenting the cool summer palette of red and aqua.
Chad’s fondest childhood memory is bottle digging with his Grandfather. The centerpieces for the reception tables were from “Grampie’s” vast antique bottle collection. The color scheme drew inspiration from the unique blue shade of these bottles. Each held a single stem red dahlia, snapdragon or zinnia.
The finishing detail, the table number, allowed the couple to incorporate their beloved German Short Haired Pointers, Daisy Mae and Pearl (aka The Pointer Sisters) into their special day.
A vintage birdcage collected wedding wishes.
Family wedding photos, framed in silver, were displayed on the dining room mantel.
The focal point to the reception was the dessert table, featuring vanilla and red velvet cupcakes inspired by Magnolia Bakery’s own recipes.
A medley of cake stands and plates displayed these scrumptious treats, decorated with varying festive liners and toppers, as if guests contributed to the old time tradition of pot luck.
Poppies created of gum paste proved to be the perfect accent to the summer garden party theme.
Pinwheels were an extra treat on the children’s cupcakes.
Cameo toppers designated the Bride and Groom’s cupcakes.
The Birthday Girl was then adorned with a feather boa and birthday crown.
After dessert was served the “Dance Party” began.
The expression on his face says it all.
Before retiring to the honeymoon suite, Chad and Sarah had some fun with the innkeepers.