Your Invited to a Mother’s Day Luncheon

Mother’s Day Luncheon hosted by

Grand Elegance Events

Sunday, May 11,2014

1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Join us on a special day with a love one.  Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day with a fabulous luncheon buffet , fun, free prize give aways and more much.

PI Banquet Hall
23347 Franklin Rd.
Southfield, MI 48034

Tickets available today at Eventbrite or at

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Invitation Questions Answered

By Linda Boatman
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1.     Is a website a good place to post details about our wedding online?

  • Yes.  A wedding website is an excellent choice instead of e-mailing or mailing directions, time and locations for guests and it’s an accessible place to retrieve information without searching through mail.  There are wedding websites with great features, R.S.V.P. page, checklists, and gift trackers, to help you stay up to date.   

 2.   How far in advance should I request R.S.V.P.’s?

  • Three weeks before the wedding will allow you a larger window to review guests who have not responded and to get them to reply.  Remember, you need to get the final guest count to your caterer.  If you prefer to send invitees to your wedding website R.S.V.P. page this may produce fast replies.    

  3.   What’s the best way to get guests’ addresses?

  • The best way to collect addresses and telephone numbers is e-mail and it’s efficient.  Your wedding website can send an e-mail to friends requesting their home addresses.  Make sure you have the correct spelling of your guest’s full name for when you address the invitations.   

4.     Should I invite distant relatives?

  • If you have an elderly relative who provided you with a gift as a child every year, send them an invitation.  If you haven’t heard from cousins for many years, it’s very likely she won’t mind not receiving an invitation.  

5.     Should I invites significant others of single guests?

  • No is the legitimate answer.   However, someone who has a partner who means a great deal to your guest could end up with hurt feelings if they were not invited.  If it’s just a few friends with significant others, then including them would be thoughtful.  Especially if they are traveling to your wedding from out-of-town or you really like the girlfriend or boyfriend.   

6.      What is the proper etiquette for a formal invitation?

  • The parents of a bride getting married in a house of worship selects a 10 to 12 line traditional wedding invitation that reads:
    • Mr. and Mrs. James Steven Smith /request the honor of your presence/ at the marriage of their daughter/ Joyce Maria /to Mr. Robert  David O’Neal /Saturday, the Twenty –third of August, Two Thousand Fourteen/at Six o’clock/ St. George Church/11456 Middleline Avenue/Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • If you need additional etiquette advice for divorced or deceased parents, then rely on what your wedding planner or stationer use for guidance in Crane’s Wedding Blue Book. 

7.      How do I let guest know to leave their children at home?

  • The rule in wedding etiquette is if the names of children are not included on the invitation, then they’re not invited.  If you believe a family member or friend will bring their child with them, then kindly call them and let them know as much as you would love to include them, you can’t.

8.    How can I use my secondary B-list of guests?

  • Make sure all of your A-list guest are organized to review when your get the R.S.V.P.’s.  Mail out the A-list at least eight weeks before the wedding.  After two weeks have passed, add up the noes you’ve received and add 20 percent.  Using that number is how many B-list invitations you can send.  Mail out the B-list six weeks before the wedding date to ensure the time frame is met you will have less chance of offending B-listers.

 

 Invites tips

  •  Make sure you have the correct spelling for the ceremony, names, address, date and time are correct.
  • Hire a calligrapher to hand address your invites or someone with beautiful handwriting.  Don’t use stick on labels for your addresses.
  • Place gift registry or charitable-giving information on your website.  Also, family members can help spread the word.

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for your special day.

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Newly Engaged Couples

T’was the night before New Years

And all Through the house,

The girlfriend was angry

She wasn’t a spouse!

She hoped for the joy

That Christmas would bring.

But Christmas had passed,

And she still had not ring!

They’d been together

for over two years.

Long term commitment

That must be his fear.

She thought, “That’s the reason

That I’m, still single.”

I’m breaking it off!

Then the phone gave a jingle.

“Come outside,” said the voice,

And then went away.

She opened the door,

And there was a sleigh!

He whisked her away,

Grinned like a fox

Got down on one knee

And opened the box.

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T’was the first day of the New Year

Her eyes opened wide.

“Yesterday, I’m a girlfriend.

Today, I’m a bride!”

She started to panic

“There’s so much to do!

To plan a whole wedding

before I can say I do?”

Then she remembered

Grand Elegance Events ad

and suddenly she

Felt tremendously glad!

Here eyes, how they twinkled!

Her smile seemed to glow!

“I can plan everything at

Grand Elegance Events.”

Reception hall, caterer

Florist and Tux!

Save money, save time

And no acid reflux!

Limo! DJ!

Photographer and Gown!

I won’t have to be running

all over town.

And I heard her exclaim

“I have found all that I need

Now my planning is done.”

I can’t until the day we become one.

“Congratulation Newly Engaged Couples”

Are you a newly engaged couple seeking to plan an amazing wedding? At Grand Elegance Events we have all the services you ‘ll need to plan your beautiful upcoming wedding.  Select our  Forever Grand  service and we’ll provide a special bonus offer when you book your wedding.  If you have planned your wedding details and in need of a Month of Coordination, our Classic Love selection has a limited special price just for you.  Dates may be limited, so book now.  Contact us for a free wedding consultation at no cost to you. Start your planning right now!

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Poem courtesy of Bridal Debut

Photography by Chic Luxury

Can I Afford a Wedding Planner?

By Courtney

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Can you afford to hire a planner for your wedding?  In our opinion, you can’t afford NOT to hire one; it’s simply a matter of how much help you want from them, and when during the planning process you decide to secure their services.

At minimum, you’ll want someone there for the day to help orchestrate and coordinate the decor, greet and direct vendors, circle up the family and bridal party before the ceremony, pictures and the toasts, to make sure guests know when to be where, and most importantly, to help clean up at the end of the night.  We’ve known many brides and grooms who have decided to forgo this expense, and almost every single one of them say that’s one of the things they definitely would have done differently if they could.  DIY brides will often try to take care of this stuff on their own, or will ask family and friends to pitch in.  If you can afford a professional who does this regularly it’s always best, but if your budget is too tight find a thrifty alternative!  Find a local college girl who wants to be a wedding planner when she grows up (you’d be surprised how many of them are out there).  Inquire with your friends, family and coworkers if they know of someone who could fit the bill and be willing to do it for you.  Just remember that professionals can charge upwards towards $1000 for this service; if you aren’t hiring a professional, you shouldn’t pay professional prices, but a $100 gift card to Target for a day’s worth of work isn’t really enough unless you’re budget is really strapped.

If you’re on the other end of the spectrum, a wedding planner can be a fantastic resource for you!  They can help secure some of the most talented and reputable vendors, and will also be knowledgeable on the latest trends and styles of the season.   Not to mention all of the time they save and stress they alleviate for you!  Many brides fear that a planner will steal the show and try to take over.  On one hand, remember that the reason you’re hiring them is so they CAN run the show!  But you want to make sure he or she won’t step on your toes too much, and will only step in when you really want them to.  If you’re the kind of bride that likes to hold the reins and long as possible, then meet with your potential planner once or twice before signing a contract, and even spring for a consultation meeting.  If they’re insistent that you just HAVE to hire such-and-such photographer because they’re FABULOUS, and they wouldn’t DREAM of having anyone other than so-and-so design your bridal bouquet…well, they probably aren’t the right match for you.  Just make sure that you guys connect on a personality level as well as monetary one; when stuff hits the fan, they’re the one that you’re going to go to first to save the day, and if you’re not comfortable with who they are as a person, you’re not going to want to turn to them when you actually need them.

So how does a wedding planner benefit those that aren’t on a super-tight budget, but don’t have a ton of money to spend?  One of the best things they can help you with is to find vendors and decor to keep you in your budget, and in theory he or she will save you enough money to cover their fees.  Think of it this way; if you’ve budgeting $20,000 for your wedding, your planner should be able to save cut enough corners and find enough deals to save you $1,000-$1,500, which is about what the fee can be.

Regardless of your budget, wedding planners can help you in so many ways!

•  Vendors are more likely to get referrals for new business from wedding planners than brides, so their incentive to do a fantastic job at your wedding is increased when there’s a wedding planner preset.
•  They ensure that your family, bridal party and friends have a good time.  Sure, these people love you and would do anything to help you out.  But after a long day of dancing, drinking and celebrating, sticking around until midnight gathering up table numbers and pulling linens off of the table is probably not their ideal way to end the night.  These people are, after all, your most important guests; make sure you take care of them and let them have as much fun as they can!
•  They can help you with the wedding day timeline.  Oftentimes vendors are happy to help with this, but remember this isn’t what they do professionally.  A DJ may do a great job of helping time out the reception, and photographers can do a pretty good job of helping your orchestrate the day, but neither of them will be able to help with the timing of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, nor will they be able to assist you in having your hair and makeup artist arrive at the hotel at the right time.
•  Something will ALWAYS go wrong at your wedding!  It could be as simple as a broken strap on a bridesmaid’s dress, or as overwhelming as a vendor that no-shows.  Having a planner means that you don’t have to deal with these problems when they arise; and if your planner is really good, chances are you won’t ever know that anything went wrong!

All in all, a wedding planner is something every couple needs for their wedding, and it really is something to factor in to your budget from day one.  Trust us, it’ll be one of the best decisions you make about your wedding, aside from choosing the groom!

At Grand Elegance Events we know how to take wedding planning one step further than the rest, for an enjoyable experience for our clients.   Whether you are looking to convey an upscale vision, or  to create a simple yet memorable gathering, we will help ensure your requests are fulfilled. We provide many services to help plan your  wedding or social event.

To help you get started  with your wedding planning we are offering a Month of Coordination service special.  Just click on our Exclusive Offer page at our website to learn about the details or go to the Facebook Special Event tab.

Mobilization for your business today

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By Linda Boatman

Mobile apps are here to stay. Many of us engaged daily with some form of mobile apps for communications, social comfort, payments, updates, media, and the latest trends. Our phone ia a vital tool and we don’t leave home without. Most of us will invest in a top of phone or tablet to keep our social presents. We access the internet from our mobile device in a matter of seconds and use them more that desktops or laptop.

Here a list of the top applications (apps) to grow, run and keep your business going.

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  1. A card reader to process payments with a tablet or phone, Square.
  2. Create your own blog from anywhere, Tumblr.
  3. Keep track of the people and post that matters to you.  Inbox for Twitter, Facebook, Email, and LinkedIn, Cloze.
  4. Get a smart assistant to get things done or you, Easilydo.
  5. Intelligent solution for document,  scanning for small businesses and organizations, CamScanner.
  6. Best password manager in one place, Dashlane.
  7. Create a budget and manage your money, Mint.
  8. Control doors, lights, automate electronics with SmartThings.
  9. Turn ordinary moments into quality videos, Montaj.
  10. Keep track of receipts, your time and mileage for your business with Expensify.
  11. A mobile for your phone to navigate real-time traffic, maps and turn by turn direction, Waze.
  12. Record calls for later, share files together, create conference calls and meeting Speek.

Getting Married Soon!

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Special Offer Just for You

Planning a wedding can be a stressful event for the bride and groom.  Grand Elegance Event will assign you a personal wedding consultant to help, plan and coordinate the details of your wedding, so you can sit back and relax.

Having a Professional Wedding coordinator will help ensure  your wedding is day is a successful, amazing and special.  Select from any one of our services.  Limited dates are available.  Some exclusions may apply . For more details, visit our Exclusive page at Grand Elegance Events, created Just for You!

This special offer won’t last long. Relish, live it up and have a good time at your wedding.  We will listen to your desires and make  them happen with the least amount of stress possible for you, your family and your family to be.  Call Grand Elegance Events at 888.854.3102 today to reserve your date and start planning.  It’s never too late.

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Your big day will be here soon, contact us for a free complimentary consultation at no cost to you.

Tips to Create a Natural Tablescape

By Crate & Barrel

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Blend accessible, seasonal elements to create the perfect backyard reception table.

1. Set a Casual Scene.
Mix solid and patterned dinnerware—whatever you have on hand—and layer over a burlap runner. The natural texture serves as an earthy counterpoint to terra cotta. Instead of elaborate centerpieces, cluster bud vases of single seasonal blooms down the length of the table and keep the arrangements low for easy conversation

2. Bloom Simple and Seasonal.
No need for elaborate centerpieces. Instead, cluster bud vases of single seasonal blooms down the length of the table. Keep the arrangements low for easy conversation.

3. Do Something Unexpected.
Fill bowls with lemons and arrange among the flowers for a sunny burst of color. Fruit breaks up the monotony of the blooms and adds more textural interest. Scatter votives throughout to set the table aglow.

Disaster averted!

Side-step every possible getting-married glitch with our save-the-day solutions, says Emma Vince

It’s the biggest day of your life and you’ve spent the last few months making sure every detail is perfect. So, with all your plans in place, what could possibly go wrong? The truth is, even the best planned weddings have niggles, because there are some elements – such as the weather and, well, your guests – which are completely beyond your bridal control. So, what should you do when you’re faced with your very own worst-case scenario?

Wedding planner of Quintessentially Weddings, Sophie McCorry Day, says it’s all about the way you handle the emergency. “The key is damage limitation and keeping calm,” she says. “Remember, whatever happens, nothing will stop this from being your dream day – so be sure to make that your mantra!”

To give you a helping hand, we’ve discovered how to turn your very worst bridal nightmares into something not so bad after all…

Big-day disaster: The monsoon 

It’s only a minor problem if it starts to rain, but what if the marquee looks like it might take off and the beautiful lawns of your garden venue resemble the last day of Glastonbury?

Diffuse the drama: Try not to break down, shouting and cursing the heavens, because your hair can be re-done and your make-up reapplied. “We’ve had a couple of monsoon like summers recently,” recalls Sophie. “I remember one wedding where the marquee almost started to fly away in the wind! The good news is, most companies are used to the great British summertime and will have contingency plans in place. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and if you do think it might rain, plan ahead with glamorous wellies and pretty broil lies incorporated into your theme.” Also, grey clouds can be atmospheric and couples huddled underneath large white umbrellas make for cute wedding photos. Problem solved!

Big-day disaster: The drunken groom 

Most wedding receptions will feature a squiffy guest or two, or perhaps a stray uncle dancing where there isn’t a dance-floor. But what if your groom drinks too much? And by drinking too much we mean he’s can’t-tell-who-he’s-just-married drunk.

Diffuse the drama: Getting mad or upset with your beloved might be the natural reaction but it won’t help so try to remember you love him, drunk as he is. “It’s one thing getting a bit exuberant on the dance-floor,” says Sophie. “It’s when things go a stage further that you might need to alert the bar staff! This is a moment for the best man to really earn his title, so inform him he’s now in charge while you make the most of the rest of your evening and try to see the funny side.”

Big-day disaster: The chianti catastrophe 

Most brides will find it hard to keep a wedding dress spotless throughout the day, but just imagine the horror of red wine-meets-white dress! With the deadly combination of wine and tipsy relatives intent on hugging and congratulating you, it could well happen…

Diffuse the drama: “Nobody wears an all-white wardrobe in everyday life,” says Sophie. “You have to see the irony of it; if you wear this pristine thing, it’s almost bound to happen!” Your first reaction might be a complete meltdown, but try to stay calm and consider your poor relative who is now clutching an empty glass and a guilty face; they’ll be feeling bad enough already. “We’ve witnessed a whole bottle of champagne being spilt down a bride,” recalls Sophie. “We had a quick Mr Bean scenario in the toilets under the hand-dryer and all was OK. The option of a second dress for the reception is now becoming more popular so you could enjoy shopping for a stunning reception dress as a back-up just in case.” Then, when you don’t have to wear it on your big day, you can wow your new husband on honeymoon!

Big-day disaster: The “Ooh, snap!” scenario

Your cousin nearly tipped you over the edge by opting for a fitted white cocktail dress, but now your fiancé’s flirty female friend has turned up in a white, backless maxi. She looks gorgeous, as usual, and positively bridal.

Diffuse the drama: However angry you are, try to be the bigger person and consider the fact she may not have realised her mistake. “Take a moment to consider your options here,” says Sophie. “You could demand she goes home and change or you could spend the rest of your day complaining about her wardrobe choice to the rest of the wedding party, but both of these will put a negative spin on your day and direct yet more attention towards her. Remember, you are the bride and nothing can take away from that.” Although perhaps you might have a word with the photographer to clarify that she isn’t actually the bride and if they could avoid her being centre-stage in your wedding pictures, well, that would be good.

Big-day disaster: The family fist-fight 

Whether it’s tension between bridesmaids or a full-on family brawl, you want your wedding day to be all about love, not war.

Diffuse the drama: Whatever you do, don’t join in. “Clashes can become an inevitability when you’ve got a mix of people, alcohol and heightened emotions,” says Sophie. “If you sense there are people who are a bit inflammatory towards each other, seat them far apart and with people they’re friendly with.” If, despite your best efforts, a blazing argument does break out, it’s time to look at the positive side: your wedding now has all the drama of a rom-com! It might not be ideal but at least, just like on the silver screen, things always come right in the end.

Real-life wedding hitches

These brides had to negotiate their very own hurdles en-route to wedded bliss…

“My new husband knocked red wine over me during his speech! Luckily, it didn’t look too bad and we still had a great day.” Roz  Solomon, Darenth, Kent

“My father-in-law was meant to pick up my brother-in-law and nephew – our ring-bearer – on his way to the church but forgot! My flowergirl had to step in and my poor father-in-law was mortified.” Sarah Waygood, Battersea, London

“After the ceremony I discovered my husband’s aunt and uncle weren’t there because I had sent them an evening invite instead of an all-day one. They’d travelled all the way from Devon and it still devastates me I made such a mistake.” Nicola Laver, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

“The Icelandic volcanic ash cloud in 2010 meant lots of our guests couldn’t make it or got stuck mid-flight. My friend travelled for 54 hours and still missed our wedding, and we ended up honeymooning in Whitby, Yorkshire.” Helen Foers, Sheffield

13 Tips to Pull Off the Perfect Summer

By   Azure

Summertime is the perfect time for outdoor I Do’s! You can check snow, sleet, and frigid temps off your list of wedding planning worries, and count on walking the aisle bronzed and beautiful with the sun shining bright.

However, every season, including summer, presents challenges for brides and grooms, but luckily we’re here to help you execute the summer wedding of your dreams!

If you follow the tips below as you plan your special day, you can sleep easy knowing that just about everything will go off without a hitch!

1. Timing is everything. Work with your photographer to plan your pictures and portrait sessions ahead of time. Right around noon the sun will be directly overhead casting unflattering shadows, so you’ll want to avoid taking photos and exchanging vows during the noon hour.

2. Choose hearty blooms. The heat of summer can do a number on freshwedding flowers, so make sure to select blooms that will maintain their beauty throughout the entire day. Or, keep fresh flowers to a minimum and get creative with other decor (like lanterns, paper flowers, succulents, feathers, etc.).

3. Think long and hard before booking a venue without AC. If the wedding venue of your dreams is not equipped with air conditioning, then summertime nuptials may not be in your cards. Be open to a change of venue or season to ensure you, your groom, and guests are comfortable and cool.

4. Consider a warm weather friendly theme or wedding guest dress code. There are plenty of wedding themes that work well for summertime, and allow you and your guests to dress to impress without overheating. Think Hamptons, Luau, or Barefoot on the Beach, rather than Black Tie and formal dress codes which are not conducive to the summer sizzle.

5. Avoid a blushing bride heat wave with a breathable, lightweight wedding dress. If you’re getting hitched in summer, then a big frothy ball gown is not the best choice. Instead choose a gown with minimal beading and layering, in a lightweight fabric like jersey, charmeuse, chiffon, crepe or cotton.

6. Opt for ceremony programs that double as fans, or provide guests with parasols for the outdoor portion of your nups. So that you don’t have wedding guests dropping like flies as you become husband and wife, these are two great options to keep them shaded and staying cool!

7. Have ample refreshments on hand. Make sure you, your wedding party and everyone in attendance has easy access to water by incorporating refreshment stations at the ceremony and reception.

8. Hire a seasoned MUA who knows how to keep sweat and shine to a minimum. Splurging on a great photographer will be a waste if your wedding day makeup can’t withstand the heat! So hire a makeup artist who’s been around the block and knows the right products to combat shine and sweat.

9. Ensure shade at the altar. So that you’re not squinting into your groom’s eyes, or straining to read the vows you worked so hard to write, choose your outdoor ceremony location wisely, and consider erecting an arbor or similar structure that will provide shade for you and your soon-to-be.

10. Keep calm and stay hydrated. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you, or a rowdy rehearsal dinner leave you parched on your big day. Focus on taking deep breaths, staying calm and collected, and make sure to drink lots and lots of water!

11. Choose a breezy bridal updo. While you may have your heart set on aromantic all-down wedding hairstyle, wearing your hair all-up will keep you cooler in the sun. If you just can’t part with the all-down ‘do, save it for the reception once the sun has set for the night.

12. Eliminate bum burns with chair covers or cushions. If your guests will be seated outdoors while the sun is shining, make sure to cover your chairs! Otherwise your memorable ceremony could be interrupted by yelping wedding guests as they’re directed to take their seats.

13. Serve light and fresh fare rather than heavy hors d’oeuvres. No one wants to feast on heavy, fried foods while dining al fresco during the summer months. So choose your menu accordingly, and serve dishes that are refreshing and light (think fruit skewers, sushi, gazpacho shots, shrimp cocktail, etc.).

Camden, Maine Wedding from Michelle Turner Photography + Maine Seasons Events

by Mallory

It is impossible to go wrong with navy and white stripes. Especially when you’re going for something ultra chic and nautical. It’s like peanut butter and jelly, Meg Ryan and The Chick Flick, Michelle Turner Photography and Maine Seasons Events. Like this gorgeous bride and her handsome groom. Made for each other. MFEO. The gallery is filled with so many perfect match ups, you won’t know which ones to give the most love. Click here for that!

Sonya and Lucas honestly don’t know when they first met. It may have been in the halls of Plummer-Motz Elementary School that they first laid eyes on each other, or perhaps it was on the playground at recess, or on Nelly’s Bus 13. It’s likely their first interaction was sometime in the mid 1980’s in Falmouth, Maine — but it’s tough to say exactly when that was.

Growing up in the same small town in Maine means Sonya and Lucas had lots of the same experiences. They knew the same places, had the same teachers, and some of the same friends. But this is not a tale of childhood sweethearts… like all good things, this one took some time.

Lucas graduated from Falmouth High School in 1997, attended Brown University and moved to San Francisco. Sonya graduated in 1998, attended The College of William and Mary and then moved to Burlington, Vermont for medical school. It would have been tough for the two of them to get much further apart! Fast-forward 10 years to New York City, 2008: Lucas had recently moved east to follow his passion for music. Sonya had completed medical school and was doing her internship at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

One summer night, a friend of Sonya’s who also happened to be a college friend of Lucas’s invited Sonya to see a concert on 5th avenue. Lucas just so happened to be playing the drums, and Lucas and Sonya reconnected. Time passed, emails were exchanged … then, one cold day in February Lucas was invited to Sonya’s birthday party. He went, they had a great time, and soon after they went on their first date.

Sonya describes their proposal: We got engaged on a beach near our house in Connecticut, called Penfield Beach in Fairfield CT. I should have known because I woke up that morning to Lucas whipping up banana bread french toast (Lucas is not known for his cooking, so to see him in the kitchen was a big surprise!) Then we went for a nice walk and at the end of the point, Lucas proposed!

Sonya and Lucas chose Camden, Maine as their wedding location because a friend of Sonya’s had been to Camden for her honeymoon and texted Sonya 2 days after her own wedding to tell her that she and Lucas had to get married there. (Lucas and Sonya were not engaged yet!) When they did finally get engaged, and their wedding planner, Meagan of Maine Seasons Events, suggested the location as well, they drove up to visit and just fell in love with the spot, it was gorgeous/romantic, and very classic “Maine.” Perfect.

Working with Maine Seasons Events to design a sophisticated nautical Maine wedding, a color palette of navy blue, pink and gold was chosen. Sonya chose blue stripe elements throughout, inspired by her stationery design from Parrott Design Studio, including custom table runners from Maine Seasons Events and her shoes from J.Crew.

The design incorporated nautical elements of gold lanterns, vintage milk glass and mercury glass, bubble gum pink napkins and gold and pink paper lanterns. Romantic flowers designed by Emily Carter Floral Designs consisted of pink flowers and blue berries. Parrott Design Studio created the escort cards, that were pinned with gold pins in a vintage frame by Maine Seasons Events.

Retrospecticus band kept the dance floor full all night, even inviting Lucas up to play drums with them. There were some notable performances from friends of the couple as well, singing with the band at the end of the evening. The beautiful celebration closed with a gold sparkler send off at the harbor’s edge.

Photography: Michelle Turner Photography / Event Design & Planning: Maine Seasons Events / Props & custom linens: Maine Seasons Events / Floral Design: Emily Carter Floral Design / Dress: Vera Wang, Ghillian / Shoes: J.Crew / Navy sash: Britex Fabrics / Veil: Lucy’s Alterations, San Bruno CA / Bride’s Jewlery and flower girl necklaces: custom made by All Things Tinsel / Cinematography: McCormick Media / Invitations: Parrott Design Studio / Cakes and desserts: 3 Dogs Cafe / Reception: Camden Yacht Club / Rings: D. Cole Jewelers / Groom’s Suit: Freemans Sporting Club / Groomsmen Suits: Classic Tuxedo / Bridesmaids Dresses: Ports 1961 via Rent the Runway / Bridesmaids shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid clutches: ao3designs / Beverage Dinghy: Downeast Nautical Salvage / Band: Retrospecticus / Ceremony music: Stretta Ensembles / Officiant: Jay Erickson, friend of the bride and groom / Tent & rentals: One Stop Party Shoppe / Catering: Trillium Caterers / Ceremony/reception signs: handmade by Erin Gries, friend of bride and groom / Hair: Kim Doll, Camden ME / Makeup: Laurel Wiley / Lighting: John Griffin / Groom’s socks: SockBroker / Ties: Solid Color Neckties / Ring box: Groom’s grandfather’s, pillow handmade by mother of groom / Flower Girl dresses: Olivia Kate Couture / Bridesmaid robes: silkandmore / Wedding Favors: Blueberry Basket at Brock Farm / Tote bags: East Side Screen Printing