July 22 • 2016
July 21 • 2016
Treating ourselves to a little #throwbackthursday with a tour of the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, ME. A gorgeous property overlooking the water, this retreat has been a longtime wedding destination for couples and guests celebrating in Southern Maine.
L&L: Tell us a little about the history of the Nonantum Resort.
NONANTUM: The Nonantum Resort was built in 1184 by Captain Henry Heckman. Captain Heckman and his brother David were ships Captain in Kennebunkport. They owned sailing vessels that they would travel the West Indies and trade goods. Around 1880 David Heckman was lost at sea. Captain Henry Heckman sold the remaining ships and business. With those proceeds, he bought the land that Nonantum sits on and built the hotel. He never went to sea again. The name “Nonantum” is an Algonquin Indian word meaning “Rejoicing”. Captain Heckman borrowed the term from the Indians that summered along the property.
L&L: Do you host weddings year round? A lot of couples don’t think to get married in Maine in the winter. Can you tell us about kinds of details or activities you offer for winter weddings?
NONANTUM: We are currently open through the 3rd week of December and close just before Christmas. We offer Holiday Weddings up until that time.
L&L: Where on the premise are weddings typically held? Are there both indoor and outdoor locations available?
NONANTUM: We allow couples to choose any location on the property. We have the “Stone Bench” that overlooks the sailboats and lobster boats. We have a lighthouse location and we have the beautiful gazebo area. They each offer water views and their own charm.
L&L: How many guests can you typically accommodate for weddings? Can you tell us about the accommodations available if wedding guests wish to stay overnight?
NONANTUM: We can comfortably seat 200 guests in our ballroom. We can host tented receptions at the waters edge for up to 400 guests. We have our own sailboat and can deliver the bride and groom to the property under sail. The Nonantum has 110 guestrooms and can sleep up to 325 guests at any given time. We provide couples with a block of 25 rooms to start. We can add more to the block as needed but they are not required to fill any rooms in order to have their reception with us.
L&L: How far in advance do you recommend that couples book? Do you offer tours of the facility prior to booking?
NONANTUM: I am seeing the trend of booking weddings to be much shorter than in the past. Most couples are now booking a year out where in the past it was closer to two years. We strongly encourage tours of the property. The sales team is available at any time, weekends, weeknights, or weekdays to give a detailed tour and consultation.
L&L: Is all of the catering done on site? If so, we would love to hear about the different menus you offer.
NONANTUM: All catering is done on site. We do allow the wedding cake or specialty items brought in by the couple from an outside vendor. Our team of chefs take great pride in custom designing any menu. We have a great banquet menu but oftentimes a couple wants to incorporate family recipes into their menu. This is welcomed and encouraged by our culinary team.
L&L: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working at the Resort? What activities do you recommend in the area for out of town guests?
NONANTUM: The Nonantum’s location to town is less than a mile from the center of Kennebunkport. There are great shops, art galleries and restaurants just beyond our doors. We have biking, kayaking, lobster boat and sailing charters from our own marina. The In Town Trolley tours depart every half hour from our front veranda.
L&L: What “must-see” places and eateries do you suggest to folks from out of town check out while visiting Maine?
L&L: Thank you for giving us an inside peek into the Nonantum Resort. If readers want to get in touch with you, what is the best way for them to reach you?
firstname.lastname@example.org or 207 967 4050. The Nonantum Resort offers “FREE ROUNDTRIP TROLLEY SERVICE’ to Federal Jacks Brew Pub for the After Party. Available for Saturday night weddings from mid May to late October.
July 19 • 2016
Nothing says, “summer” like a bouquet of meadow-picked blooms. From petite daisies and lupines to ferns and herb accents (rosemary and lavender anyone?) we’re head over heels for this fresh-picked trend.
via Avenue Lifestyle
July 18 • 2016
Molly and Josh welcomed guests to the York Harbor Reading Room for a classic coastal affair.
While she was growing up, the bride spent summers with her family in York, ME. She had always dreamed of saying “I do!” at this beloved vacation destination–and once Josh came along she was absolutely certain this would be the perfect place. From the timeless palette of navy and ivory, to sailor stripes and a lobster motif, Molly and Josh crafted a quintessential Maine vibe infused with their style of simple elegance.
Venue: York Harbor Reading RoomWedding Coordinator: Mary Mace at the York Harbor Reading RoomPhotography: CA Smith PhotographyFloral Design + Decor: Beautiful Days EventsInvitations + Design: Paper StudioEntertainment: The Boss BandSweets: Nothing Bakes Like a ParrottHair: Harbor HairMakeup: Harbor Hair Skin Studio
July 15 • 2016
July 14 • 2016
L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.
I love where I live what what I do. I’m a mother, a wife and a business owner. I grew up in Fryeburg, Maine and am so happy to call it home. My husband, almost two year old daughter and I live bought the house next-door to my childhood home where my parents still live. My photography business is both my passion and my work. I’ve been photographing people for as long as I can remember and spend my high school and collage years in the darkroom.
Weddings are full of love and laughter and who wouldn’t want to spend a work day surround by that? I love what I do and can’t imagine a greater privilege than to document the beginning of your lives as a married couple.
What makes your business different?
You spend a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day. The more you have in common with them, the more comfortable you are the more real and authentic the images they create will be. I’m a laid back, fun loving person. I tend to help bring stress levels down and make you feel comfortable by cracking a joke or two. I’m not a photographer that poses you in a bunch of stiff robotic poses to capture the perfect image. The perfect image in my book is one that looks and feels like you at your best so I have a slightly more hands off approach to posing and couples portraits and it leads to a more romantic, soft style of portraiture.
I promise you that I will make you feel at ease even with a camera pointed at you. I will ensure that we have both enough time for the image you want and the list your mom’s have. You will have an album of images that you absolutely love and will want to share with friends, family and the generations yet to come.
Best place that people can find you (to contact you)?
I’m launching a new website in the next few weeks!!!! You can find my current site at: www.springsmithstudios.com and when the new one goes live it will be at that same address! You can also check out my blog
www.springsmithstudiosblog.com and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat @springsstudios