It was love at first sight when we laid our eyes on this gorgeous wedding captured by Emily Delamater Photography. Does it get any better than an emerald green gown? I think not. Using Maine Seasons Events & Rentals to help plan and design their big day and Flora Fauna for the floral arrangements, Emily and Andy went for a whimsical route, incorporating fun turquoise shades with gold accents and berry colors. The way colors were used in this wedding and the way they blended together has us all heart eyed.
From the bride, Emily: Oh man, you know, I thought for sure I would gravitate towards something more bohemian and organic when I first started thinking about our wedding. You know, barn wedding, mason jars, that whole gig. But amidst all my initial wedding design research, I saw a picture on Pinterest that completely changed everything. The image was of a bride wearing an emerald-green, form-fitting sequin reception dress. Holy cats! That picture Blew. My. Mind. I HAD TO HAVE A GREEN SPARKLY WEDDING DRESS. And as soon as that idea was planted, well, to heck with boho and organic. I mean, hay bales and mason jars with green sparky “KA-POW!” dress? No way. Such a fabulous dress requires a similarly fabulous setting. So, out with the boho and in with moody opulence, lots of sparkle, jewel tones, texture, and pattern.
We didn’t really have a theme, but we knew we wanted the wedding to be a bold representation of the overwhelming joy Andy and I felt about finally getting married. By our wedding day, we had been together for nearly 10 years, and we were beyond elated to finally make everything official. More than colors or a theme, we knew how we wanted the day to feel. You know when your heart feels so full of love that you feel like it just might explode? We wanted the day to feel like that. Exuberant and a little overwhelming. Laser-focused on the boundless love for each other, our families, and friends. A joy bomb. So… how on earth to translate that into decor? Well, basically we knew it meant nothing remotely minimalist, understated, or restrained! Color? Check. A whole mess of sparkle? Check. And what about some whimsy and sass? Check check check! This is about all the guidance that I gave Meagan Gilpatrick from Maine Seasons Events, who took these slap-dash concepts and turned them into a glorious fantasy of a wedding day that was beyond our wildest imaginings.
Although we had hired a wedding planner, Andy and I were both very hands-on throughout the whole process. We had spent a long time thinking about our wedding day even before we decided to make everything official, and when we finally started planning, it was ON. We really wanted to focus on the details of the wedding, those little touches that can so personalize the day. In addition to the vendors from Maine, I scoured Etsy to find independent artists whose taste and creative vision matched ours. We were inspired by working with so many talented artists on all the details of the event to get entire wedding concept executed in a cohesive and spectacular way. For example, we worked with a brilliant watercolor artist to develop our semi-custom stationery suite, the interior envelopes of which included renderings of the exact flowers that would be used throughout the day! And, because our guests were all coming to Maine from across the country, we made welcome bags for each of them, hand-stamping and painting each of the bags and filling them with all sorts of goodies from Maine that we sourced in Camden and from the surrounding area.
If you know, what flowers were used for your bouquet and/or floral arrangements?OMG, the florals! The florals that Judy from Flora Fauna put together were one of my absolute most favorite elements of the day and worth every single penny we spent on them. I wept the day I had to dismantle that glorious confection of a bouquet, though I was able to save and dry a few of the flowers for archival purposes. For the bridesmaids, I opted for corsages they could wear instead of big bouquets. Judy also made my mother a gorgeous hair-comb bedecked in flowers instead of a corsage. In the bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and arrangements, Judy used a variety of flowers including garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, dusty miller, amaranth and pepper berries, all in beautiful jewel tones to complement the overall look of the day, and she finished most of the pieces with gorgeous vintage velvet ribbon. Just beyond my dreams.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I have two pieces of advice! First, a fun one: create a day that feels authentic to you and your spouse-to-be, even if it hews far from a “traditional wedding” (whatever that is). Second, a very practical one: If it’s in your budget, consider hiring either a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator. It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but our wedding planner was the single best investment we made in the day. I hear so many couples say they don’t remember much from their wedding day and it was all a blur, but because everything (and I mean everything) was handled by Meagan and her team, Andy and I were able to be present and engaged throughout the whole day. As a result we have just these crisp, vivid memories of that incredible day. The way the sun sparkled off the water in the harbor on the morning of our wedding. Our first look, which was such a private, quiet moment between us before all the madness. The way my face hurt at the end of the night from smiling so much. The day was intense and so very magical, and I’m just not sure we would have been able to enjoy it in the same way if we had been worrying about whether the catering went out on time, or if we ran out of something, or whatever other pesky things might have come up.
First Dance: “I Found You,” Alabama Shakes
Last Dance: “Somebody to Love,” Queen
My favorite pre-selected song was the song we chose to end the evening — something I fervently believe everyone should have! There is nothing like a horde of tipsy wedding guests gathered in a circle, singing along at the top of their lungs while The Man Himself, Freddie Mercury, closes out the night. Magic.