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Vendor Feature: Take Off Events

February 23 • 2017

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Planning a Maine wedding? Trust the team at Take Off Events to make your celebration everything that you envisioned, and more!

Owner, Courtney Weaver, is an event expert with a decade of experience under her belt. Her career began in 1997 organizing corporate and community events. In 1999 she coordinated her first wedding in San Francisco and she fell in love with the industry. Years down the road in Blue Hill, Courtney saw the need for event planners in the growing Maine wedding market and Take Off Events was born.

Today, Courtney and her talented team provide professional consultation and planning services. Take Off Events offers individualized packages catered to meeting each client’s specific needs. From theme design and complete coordination to consultation and day-of facilitation, this talented team does it all! They are dedicated to making every couple feel pampered and every celebration uniquely unforgettable.

See more from Take Off Events on their website and their Facebook page.

[Photos: top right Summer Street // bottom right Mark McCall]

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A coastal wedding isn’t complete without a lobster bake! We love how Kate and Matthew embraced the spirit of their destination with a laid back rehearsal dinner in Boothbay Harbor, ME. 

The rehearsal dinner has been a long standing tradition that sets the tone for the wedding weekend. Originally valued for the opportunity to truly “rehearse” before the ceremony itself, a meal before the big day has become a special affair in its own right. A casual setting–like a backyard lobster bake–is a creative option beyond a formal plated dinner that allows loved ones to mix and mingle before the official celebration.

The night before their ceremony, Kate and Matthew welcomed friends and family to a classic clapboard bridge house overlooking the harbor. Guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn while fresh lobster, clams, potatoes and corn baked over open flame. Inside, red and white checked linens, “How to Eat a Lobster” plates, crackers and bibs completed the evening’s fun, cozy vibe.

Thank you to Greta Tucker for the amazing images. Inspired? Check out more creative ideas for rehearsal dinners and Kate and Matthew’s wedding day!

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Kate and Matthew’s wedding has all the ingredients for a classic coastal wedding: a timeless color palette, driftwood touches, waterfront portraits and a bridal party arrival by boat!

The happy couple welcomed guests to the Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, ME for a wedding weekend unlike any other. On the big day, everyone gathered for a traditional church ceremony where their dog Bailey joined Kate and Matthew at the altar. The newlyweds popped some bubbly on the docks then set sail with the bridal party for a celebratory lap around the bay. At the reception, strung bistro lights, peach rose arrangements and greenery continued the day’s elegant theme. We love the couple’s custom cake topper–Bailey included!–and the sweet pie treats they served up to end the evening.

Thank you to Greta Tucker Photo for the wonderful images. Stay tuned tomorrow for a look into Kate and Matthew’s lobster bake rehearsal dinner, it’s one for the books!


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Photography: Greta Tucker Photo

Floral Design: Pretty Flowers Maine

Coordination: Dragonfly Services

Venue: Spruce Point Inn

Cinematography: 207Weddings Films & Photography

Gown + Bridesmaids: Andrea’s Bridal

Cake: Sweet Sensations – 3 Dogs Cafe

Ceremony Site: Our Lady Queen of Peace

Shoes: Figgie Shoes

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Summer wedding season will be here in the blink of an eye! In the spirit of the planning season, we’re revisiting our interview with  Sperry Tents. Today, Sperry Tents is known across New England for their impeccable products, elegant style and excellent customer service.

Sperry Tents<br><a href=http://www.sperrytents.com target=_blank>image courtesy Sperry Tents</a>

L&L: The history of Sperry Tents.

SPERRY: Sperry’s journey began in 1980 when accomplished sail-maker Steve Sperry was faced with the challenge of hosting a family gathering.  Applying his creative eye and knowledge of fabrics, Steve hatched the plan to design the first ever Sperry Tent for the occasion.  Using hand-sewn panels of waterproof sailcloth and hand-milled spruce pine for center poles and perimeter poles, Sperry Tents was born.

Sperry Tents<br><a href=http://www.sperrytents.com target=_blank>image courtesy Sperry Tents</a>

L&L: Describe the range of tents that you offer.

SPERRY: Our authentic sailcloth tents are all manufactured in Rochester, Massachusetts, by the Sperry Tents originator. The same lightweight, waterproof sailcloth canvas has proven strong enough to stand up to the seas for decades.  With sizes ranging from as large as a 66ft x 126ft oval tent to as small as a 16ft round tent, we aim to accommodate any event size.  In addition to sailcloth tents, we offer an array of wedding and event amenities.  Our versatile flooring options offer limitless potential for event ideas and venue locations.  We also offer a wide variety of lighting options providing the signature Sperry glow of aesthetic ambiance and elegant décor.

L&L: What are the majority of your bookings? Weddings, private events, corporate functions, etc.?

SPERRY: About 90% of our bookings are for weddings.  The remaining 10% are made up of corporate events, benefits, and cocktail parties.

L: Tammy Byron, R: Michelle Turner

L&L: How long does it take to put up a tent? With how many people?

SPERRY: One of Sperry’s core competencies that we pride ourselves on is our customer service.  Our friendly, professional staff is timely and efficient.  The number of people and the amount of time an installation takes can vary with the size of the event.  A common booking for us is a 46ft. x 125ft. tent with brushed nickel onion lanterns, perimeter lighting, side curtains, a bandstand and a dance floor, an event that six installers could complete in under four hours.

Sperry Tents interior<br><a href=http://www.sperrytents.com target=_blank>image courtesy Sperry Tents</a>

L&L: How far in advance do couples typically book with you? What does that process consist of?

SPERRY: Most of our clients book 8-12 months before their event date, while a smaller percentage book 6-8 months in advance. To get in touch with us clients have been using the online contact page on our recently remodeled website, as well as calling our sales office.

The booking process starts with a phone call to discuss event details including: location, number of guests, event space, and potential flooring and lighting options.  We follow up with a complementary site visit to introduce ourselves, measure the event space, and discuss all of the options for the event layout.  After the onsite consultation, we send an estimate and an individualized blueprint of the event.

Our representatives work closely with clients throughout the entire booking and planning process to ensure satisfaction.  Installation and breakdown appointments are fitted to work around your schedule, and an onsite attendant is always available at each event to answer any questions or offer suggestions.

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L&L: How do most of your clients find you?

SPERRY: We have had the opportunity to work with a network of amazing clients, vendors, venues, and event specialists that have spread our message throughout the northeast.  In addition to referrals, we have remodeled our website with a blog page, new interactive features, and significantly increased our presence in social media.

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L&L: Thank you for giving us an inside peek into Sperry Tents. If readers want to get in touch with you to inquire about your availability, what is the best way for them to reach you?

SPERRY: Call 1-877-SPERRYT or email us at info@sperrytentsseacoast.com. You can also use our “contact us” link on our website or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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