Thursday, June 21, 2012

Romantic,Whimsical, Wedding By The Ocean

Pink and whimsical this wedding was a summer time treat! Be inspired and enjoy the breathtaking views of Down East Maine....

Denise and Brian chose to marry at John Peter's Estate... They went with a pink wedding with gold accents, whimsical and romantic....

They were married by the shore in the woods with a touching and loving ceremony...,
then Denise and Brian treated their gift to cocktail hour with ice cream bar, sundae bar & popcorn.... signature drinks with polka dot straws...  Next guests moved up to the reception tent,  for dinner, and dancing to the Portland Based Band Time Pilots... Finally, after the dinner and dancing... guest moved to the after party tent that glowed pink for an after party.

On this sunny June day, I thought you all could be inspired by this incredible couple and this incredible day for inspiration...


Cocktail Hour over looking the ocean with coral linens with pink accents.... 
Touching moments, on the property of John Peter's Estate...

tented affair on the coast of Maine...

Cocktail, chalkboard photo booth

Pink after party

Pink linens with gold overlay and gold beaded chargers

Large Pilsner arrangements with submerged ivy added to the romantic theme with touches of whimsy

Guests feasted on ice cream sundaes and cotton candy during the cocktail hour

Brian & Denise at the barn on the estate

Just Married...

long and low continuous centerpiece..

precious moments...

Oceanside ceremony in Castine Maine

the dining room tent, three table designs to break up the space, with pink draping and chandeliers 

bridesmaids carried hydrangeas, stalk, lisianthus, and lemon leaf 

romantic inspired bridal bouquet, hydrangeas, stalk, lisianthus, callas and lemon leaf hand tied with pink satin

cast of characters...

Venue: John Peter's Estate
Tents&Rentals: Wallace Tent & Party Rental
Caterer: Moveable Feasts
Band: Time Pilots
Photographer: Dustin Turin... all images in this blog copyrighted to Dustin Turin Photography
Cake: Montes International Catering
Lighting: Ambience Lighting
Flowers & Day of Coordination: sweetest thing weddings
Photo Booth: Maine Photo Booth Co.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spread the Love!

So, we all know how much work goes into making sure a wedding day is perfect, don't we?  Every vendor in the industry has had to duck and cover at some point, proving that an event day is really more of a production than anything else.  As long as everyone behind the scenes has the same goal in mind, which should be creating a seamless and stress-free event for the couple and their guests, everyone will have a good time and walk away feeling like the day was ultimately a success.

Sweetest Thing takes great pride in knowing and respecting each and every one of the vendors that we work with.  We understand that they are bringing a talent or skill to the table that makes their contributions to an event invaluable.  Our job is to help couples bring each of these artists and/or craftspeople together to facilitate a shared vision.  We wouldn't be doing our job well if we micromanaged or unnecessarily criticized the way an expert does a job we surely couldn't do ourselves.  We are thankful for the presence and cooperation of every vendor that helps make an event everything a couple dreamed.

In theater, if someone forgets a line, it is important that no one in the audience pick up on it, which means that one of two things needs to happen.  The first is that the actor think fast enough to just keep going.  The second is that someone else on stage thinks fast enough to save the day and just keep going.  The end result is the same; JUST KEEP GOING!  Remember that you are now part of a team of players and the best way to showcase your talent is to work well with others.

Sure, we know that sometimes hiccups happen.  We may occasionally run into folks who are not as easy to work with as we'd hoped, or maybe the couple didn't choose a vendor we recommended.  That stinks, but doesn't it behoove everyone, most especially the bride and groom, to just roll with the punches and stick to whatever it is YOU do best?  In the end, your willingness to work as part of a team and check your ego at the door will only serve to make you look like the stellar professional we know you are!

I leave you with a little wisdom from Shel Silverstein.

Thanks, Shel.  We can all use a few more hugs!  :~)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

So, Here's What You Missed...

I don't know how many of you out there are Glee fans, but I just freakin' love that show.  All I have to do is hear that opening line followed by the speedy pace of the recap and I am in the zone.  We have done a horrible job at keeping you all up to date on the happenings of the Real Maine Wedding of the Year, so I'm going to catch you up to speed, Glee style.

So, here's what you missed...

Alyssa and Nick met at Gifford's Ice Cream right before Alyssa started college at Colby College, where Nick was already a student.  They fell madly in love and decided to get married.  They submitted a video of their story to the Real Maine Weddings Contest and won a totally outrageous Real Maine Wedding!

The whirlwind began with a trip to Sweetest Thing Studio in Bangor where we showed them three different moodboards based on their style and preferences.  It was voted on by all of you lovelies, and this is the one that won:

Romantic theme.  Color palette of pink, purple, robin's egg blue.  Pedestal vessels, stalk, David Austin roses, Anemones, hydrangea. 
Then, Nick and Alyssa went to pick out their stationery.  After spending an epic afternoon at Papier Gourmet in Portland, they narrowed their choices to their three favorite, and this is the one that won (don't worry, the colors will be changed to fit the mood board colors):

Whimsical Calligraphy letterpress on thick card stock with custom color accents.  Photo Credit: Emilie, Inc.
Following was a day of dress shopping and cake tasting.  Cake designs haven't yet been put up to a vote, but we can assure you it will be as beautiful as it will delicious.  Jessica Parrott of Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott is nothing short of amazing.  Keep an eye out for voting on her creations.  Do these not look absolutely delicious?

Cupcake madness!  Nom nom nom! Photo credit: Emilie, Inc.

In the meantime, check out the dress that you all chose for Alyssa!  She is going to be smashing, ay?  Thanks to Spoil Me Bridal for donating this knock-out!

Lea Ann Belter's "Tess".  Photo Credit: Emilie, Inc. 
You also voted for the lovely and deserving couple to honeymoon in fabulous Jamaica!  Thanks to Hurley Travel Experts for this amazing Sandals vacation!

Jamaica, baby!
And, that's what you missed!  (cue the music!)

So, go now and vote on Alyssa's wedding band choices.  She has already said she is partial to the sapphires, just in case that was critical to your voting process.

Thanks all you sweet things.  See you soon!

Friday, May 11, 2012

An Intimate Camden Maine Wedding...

Okay, this has to be one of our all-time favorites.  Why?  Because it's proof of two things.

One: A small wedding can be just as lavish and elegant as a big one.  A small crowd does not necessarily mean a casual one.  The right venue, the perfect flowers, and lots of candlelight equates to big-time romance.

Two (and this one's the best one): The longer you live, the better love gets.  Gulp.  It's true, folks.

Enter Alejandra and Fred, both in their fifties and totally gaga for each other.  When Alejandra walked out on the patio of the Camden Harbor Inn to join her groom and speak her vows, we could all feel how crazy in love they were.  There they stood underneath our beautiful hand-made Chuppah, decorated with scads of Baby's Breath and hydrangea.  She was, in a word, radiant, and the look of sheer adoration on his face brought us to tears.  We can't make this stuff up!

The Camden Harbour Inn provided the perfect backdrop; a thoroughly contemporary space situated inside of a gorgeous Victorian Shell.  Trust us, it works.  The existing color palette of red, deep purple, and white was our inspiration, and boy were we inspired!  We created low centerpieces of deep red David Austin roses, ornamental ginger, and black calla lilies.  Each one was accented with a purple damask ribbon.  We then finished off the tables by adding a touch of sparkle with gold crackle votive holders--there were dozens of them!

As we reviewed these pictures last week, they took our collective breath away and we hope you'll feel the same way about them.  Congratulations Alejandra & Fred!!

**Special thanks to Amy Wilton Photography for these gorgeous pictures!

Chuppah decorated with Baby's Breath and Hydrangea.  Photo courtesy Amy Wilton.

Chuppa with Baby's Breath & Hydrangea.  Photo courtesy Amy Wilton.
Long centerpiece with David Austin roses, calla lilies, ornamental ginger.  Photo courtesy Amy Wilton.
David Austin roses, ornamental ginger, calla lilies, poppy pods.  Photo courtesy Amy Wilton.
Long tables, red, green, purple centerpieces.  Gold votives.  Photo courtesy Amy Wilton.  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Double Take

So, we finally did it. We loosed our energy and enthusiasm for all things beautiful on our own space and couldn't be happier with the results. We are now a full service floral design studio. We specialize in creating the perfect arrangement for any and every occasion, but we always have flowers by the stem so you can choose your own favorites. Our studio is also the best place to find unique, mostly Maine made gifts! We are now constantly in our happy place! We're working with flowers four to five days a week! Seriously!

Come in and feel the good juju from 10-2 Tuesday thru Friday. Like us on Facebook at Sweetest Thing Weddings and follow us on Twitter @ Sweetest Studio so you're always up to date on our latest specials and new merchandise. But, while you're waiting to get your sweet, little butt in here you can check out the pics of our new & improved space. Let the daydreaming commence!

Choose your own vase!  Our cards come from Angela Adams, Rachel Anderson, and Saturn Press.

Maine Made goodies from ChalkArt Creations and The Right Mat.

Seabags!  And we always have flowers by the stem so you can build your own arrangement, or let us help you!

Yes, it's true.  We are open!

Window display with succulents and pansies.  Do you love that cloche?!

Window display.  Are those umbrellas adorbs??

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A "green" Valentine's Day

Valentine's day....
What do we do??? What we do best.... EVENTS!
We teamed up with the Bangor Green drinks and threw a Valentine Day cocktail hour....Green drinks is a networking group for like minded "green" thinkers.  We network, socialize, and learn from each other how to be more sustainable in our businesses.

The idea..... 
get a local artist, chocolatier, and floral designer (us of course) and great food & drinks & celebrate love....

The cast of characters....

we had some beautiful flowers for all the lovers out there.... and began Bangor's Flower of the Month Club & The Little Pink Book... more to come about that... 

Next  Character... and an AWESOME one at that... 

Maggi Blue:
AMAZING chocolates & Neck Candy, as in stunning glass jewelry!! 

And Finally.... 
Bella Cakes
They are a new company that we debuted at this event.... there are no words for their dessert. Gotta try them to see...

The result.... Happy Green people  =)