Lauren and Stephen’s wedding day was as sweet and heartfelt as their love story. My initial email from Lauren best summarizes their mission, “My fiancé, Stephen and I are planning a completely Do-It-Together wedding. We are renting out a B&B, taking over the whole space and creating the wedding of our dreams from scratch.” They had me at “scratch”, which necessitated daisies & pearls’ services as wedding planner and day of coordinator (DOC+ as my escort card read).
The couple chose Kingfield, Maine for the location of their 9.10.11 nuptials because they wanted their friends and family to experience the beauty of mountains they enjoy during vacations from the hustle and bustle of Boston. Lauren and Stephen found the picturesque Mountain Village Farm for the setting of their handmade wedding.
One of the fun details Lauren and Stephen used throughout their event was bunting. Lauren’s bunting making skills were well practiced for many months leading up to the big day. The couple even used bunting on the adorable invitations they designed.
The Bride and Groom decided their “First Look” would take place on the New Portland Wire Bridge. Meredith Perdue snapped these beautiful photos of Lauren and Stephen enjoying one another’s company prior to the ceremony; as well as all the photographs featured. Lauren looked absolutely stunning in her lace gown and single dahlia in her hair. The couple dancing on the bridge is something straight out of a fairytale.
While the wedding party was saying “cheese”, guests found their way to the farm. Guests were warmly welcomed by Izze Pop and scrumptious Cow & Crumb homemade cookies to savor as they waited for the ceremony to begin.
The ceremony took place along the farm’s beautiful flower garden offering breathtaking views of the mountains. The aisle was adorned with Mason jars of pretty flowers hung on Shepard’s hooks and yes, bunting.
Bouquets were made of gorgeous dahlias from Endless Summer Flower Farm, in warm late summer shades of orange, pink, red and yellow. The color palette perfectly complimented the bridal party’s lovely persimmon dresses. The finishing touch on Lauren’s bouquet was an elegant lace wrap to match her dress.
The gentleman sported fun bike ties in honor of Stephen’s love for cycling. Their tan suits were topped with red zinnia’s grown in Stephen’s parent’s garden.
Following the ceremony Meredith captured some more incredible shots of Mr. and Mrs., while guests were treated to cocktails and delicious BBQ sliders by Spring Creek BBQ. Each guest received their own Mason jar to fill with the spirit of choice and a name button.
The dinner bell was rung to encourage guests to find their seats under the tent.
The tent was a canopy of sheer delight. Vivid bunting and tissue pom poms everywhere the eye could see.
The tables were just as much a delight. Each table was designated by Maine peaks along the Appalachian Trail. The table name cards were displayed on white ash stands. There was no question which seats were the Bride and Groom’s.
White linen with a burlap runner served as each table’s canvas. The centerpiece comprised of dahlias along with other native Maine flowers arranged in Mason jars and vintage bottles.
Lauren collected vintage salt and pepper shakers and plates for each tablescape. Colorful napkins were accessorized with mini tissue pom pom napkin rings, crafted by the Bride.
Dinner was a buffet of mouthwatering BBQ deliciousness from Spring Creek BBQ.
For dessert, guests enjoyed delectable cupcakes from The Bankery. Each cupcake was topped with its own little pennant while the Bride and Groom’s displayed festive bunting, of course. The cupcakes were displayed on wood cake stands made by Stephen and his father.
Following dessert the fun continued with Mad Libs and a photo booth, which I couldn’t help but strike a pose.
As the sun set the scotch and cigar bar was open for anyone desiring a night cap.
A fire was lit to keep guests warm in the crisp mountain air. What is a camp fire without s’mores; the cherry on top of a very sweet wedding.
When you hear the word “scratch” whether it is referring to food, fashion or an event, most individuals think “Good Luck!” Lauren and Stephen took on the challenge and succeeded in creating a wedding that was truly all their own. Thank you for inviting me to accept the challenge with you. Thank you to Lauren and Stephen’s dedicated family and friends who lent a hand in making their special day one for the story books.
Venue – Mountain Village Farm; Cookies – Cow & Crumb; Catering – Spring Creek BBQ; Dessert – The Bankery; Bride’s Dress – Liv Harris; Hair – The Strand; Makeup – Claudia Moriel; Ladies’ Dresses – Bill Levkoff; Men’s Suits – JoS. A. Banks; Men’s Ties – Divine Domestication; Flowers – Endless Summer Flower Farm; Music – Jason Hjort; Photography – Meredith Perdue; Tent & Party Rental – Are You Ready to Party?