There’s no denying it, fall in New England gets chilly. A long sleeve wedding dress combines beauty and practicality in combating that edge of coldness, letting you fully enjoy the day. Luckily for us, there are a million gorgeous styles of long sleeve dresses. Our personal favorite: ones with fitted tops and huge princess skirts. Tulle skirts create an especially interesting fall or winter dress silhouette as they catch the light and make you a glowing centerpiece of attention (plus all those added layers will help with keeping warm). If tulle isn’t quite your style, though, there are plenty of sleek, sophisticated fall and winter looks, including ones that combine traditional masculine styles with traditional feminine styles, like the blazer dress combos below.

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And the good news is that you can! Big weddings are often the core of many a childhood dream, and, for those willing to pursue it, that dream can definitely without-a-doubt become a reality. If you’re not in the position to have a gigantic or involved wedding, because of time, money, or just wanting to avoid the stress of it all, an elopement might be the perfect way to celebrate you and your fiance’s love while being kind on the pocketbook and easy on the planning side.

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A great Maine venue for elopements is The Inn by the Sea located on Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth. Right next to Portland, Maine’s largest city, Cape Elizabeth provides a secluded getaway spot that also has all the conveniences and amenities that a city has to offer. The Inn by the Sea provides a special Elopement package that includes a two-night stay in an ocean view room, a wine & cheese spread awaiting you in your room, an ocean front ceremony, a candlelit three-course meal, and a honeymoon breakfast-in-bed, all starting at just $2,200. Sounds pretty good, right? The downsides? You can only have up to four guests (i.e. witnesses) to your ceremony, and it’s likely that you won’t be able to land a weekend spot during the summer busy season. An elopement there is definitely not the right fit for everyone, but if you’d like the grandeur of a world-class venue and aren’t married to the idea of an elaborate ceremony, it might be just the thing for you and your partner.

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Kelsey & Michael met in middle school through mutual friends, became close friends in high school, and started dating in their senior year. These high school sweethearts keep their relationship going all throughout college, which they both attended in Maine, but at separate colleges. Long distance is no easy task, so kudos to them both for maintaining such a strong and committed relationship even from afar! They moved in together after graduating, and a year later became engaged.

 

Kelsey relates that one of her favorite parts of the wedding was the couple’s choice to have a “non first look” in which the couple spoke to each other on the morning of the wedding with a door acting as a visual barrier. She says, “We loved keeping the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony but it was so nice to have that moment together before the ceremony and calm nerves.”

 

The couple chose the breathtaking French’s Point in Stockton Springs, Maine as their venue. They rented out the entire farmhouse on French’s Point, in which their entire bridal party and guests stayed for multiple nights. Kelsey says this was a great choice for the couple as “it was so relaxing to keep the celebration going for more than just the one day!”

 

Congratulations to Kelsey & Michael, and a huge thank you to Darling Photography for sharing these stunning images! See more of Kelsey & Michael’s wedding on LulaWed.com!

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Photography: Darling Photography
Wedding Planner: Sarah Ripley
Venue: French’s Point
Cake: Laugh Loud, Smile Big
Beauty: Jessica Candage
Flowers And Event Decor: Verona Island Flowers
Attire: Andrea’s Bridal
Other: Maine’s Premier Entertainment

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Fall Filler Flowers

October 17 • 2014

Big blooms always seem to get the spotlight, and for good reason, they’re stunningly beautiful. But when you’re making a bouquet, you often need filler flowers and plants to help round out your bouquet. So we decided it might be useful to get the low-down on types of fall flowers bursting with color and texture that can help fill out those gorgeous bouquets. Knowing the names of these types of flowers, plants, and herbs is very useful when you’re trying to speak with your florist about your ideal look.

Amaranth:

Amaranth comes in many types including globe, sticks and the long spindley varieties pictured from left to right below. In addition to red and white, it comes in various shades of orange and yellow.

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Berries:

Berries are a fantastic way to add unusual pops of color and texture to a bouquet or table centerpiece. Varieties of fall berries often used in wedding bouquets include Bittersweet, Hypericum, Privet Berry, and Snowberry. Hypericum comes in a huge number of colors: red, green, peach, white, pink and more.

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Golden Yellows and Neutrals:

Orange Eremurus looks like a cross between dragon snaps and amaranth and has a beautiful subtle ombre gradient. Craspedia Billy Balls and Scabiosa Pods are both really funky textures and can add some geometric definition to your bouquet.

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Textures:

Textured fillers abound and provide myriad options for adding depth and looseness to your bouquet. Seeded Eucalyptus (pictured in the top photo below) is a trending favorite right now. Agonis is a beautiful silvery green with a purple-ish red stalk, making it lend itself especially nicely to fall weddings that occur closer to the holiday season. Wild grasses are a cheap and easy way to bring your region’s natural surroundings into your bouquet and also give a very natural feeling if you’re having an early fall wedding on a New England beach. Bunny Tails provide a textural counterpoint to the soft petals of flowers (and also just have an adorable name!). Dusty Miller is a beautiful silver green and creates an amazing pattern in any bouquet. It looks especially wonderful in nautical, beachy weddings because of its color. Olive Branches are both poignantly symbolic and bring in a gorgeous dark green color as well as adding in a neat texture if the seed pods are left attached.

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Herbs:

Herbs are an often-overlooked filler for bridal bouquets. Not only are they symbolically important (many herbs are believed to ward off evil spirits), but herbs such as Mint, Russian Sage, or Rosemary also add unexpected and delightful fragrances to your bouquet.

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Succulents:

Succulents are quickly become a well-known crowd pleaser, and for good reason! They add dimension and really funky character to any bouquet. And their varieties in shape, color, and size seem endless, making it possible to find the perfect one to match your wedding.

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While these are certainly not the only fillers available for your fall bouquet, we hope that they’ve kickstarted your imagination to help you come up with your dream bouquet (and also given you the tools to be able to communicate better with your florist and wedding planner!).

 

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Inside Peek: French’s Point

October 15 • 2014

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French’s Point is an upscale estate tucked away on a serene point on Maine’s rocky coast near Penobscot Bay. Surrounded by water views on three sides of the Point (a 260 degree water view!), it is a truly breathtaking site. Up until this week, I hadn’t gotten a chance to walk around the site for myself, so when I had the opportunity to take a tour at French’s Point earlier this week, I jumped at it!

In my mind, French’s Point was a beautiful property with a cute gazebo and a beach, but it was too remote, my mind told me. After visiting, though, I can say firsthand that the distance melted away after seeing the property. It. Is. GORGEOUS! The main estate is in supreme condition: dark hardwood accents, stone flooring, soft lighting in the hallways and expansive dining rooms that are lined with windows, letting natural light flood into the space. The grounds are pristine and continually maintained, with hidden flower-filled niches and private spots to talk or romance.

Other than the welcoming yet practical staff, there are three things that really stood out to me about the property:

1) The Tent

French’s Point recently redid the floor of their tent, which is available from May-October. The floor is now tinted poured cement that mimics real wood, and while this sounds odd at first, it’s actually brilliant. At first glance, the floors looks like classic wood, but it is much firmer, flatter, and doesn’t warp, which means that you and your guests won’t have to worry about tripping. The large tent accommodates close to 300 people and has a separate, covered side area for caterers to set up shop.

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2) Beach Rose Farm

The Farmhouse at French’s Point was redone this year and now boasts 13 spacious bedrooms, each with an in suite bathroom. It can accommodate 26 people, so it’s an ideal sized space for the whole bridal party to stay, and it has a beautifully refurbished wood kitchen, which is connected to a seating area complete with fireplace. It feels incredibly homey, and in my opinion, is a big step up from a hotel; there’s more privacy, and you’re in one place with other guests.

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3) Versatility

While French’s Point is primarily known for its ocean views, it also has expansive lawns framed by gardens. These lawns give you the option to have the ocean or a more rustic garden feel, or both! Up to around 100 people can be housed onsite at French’s Point and in the surrounding rental properties and B&Bs. But with Belfast less than half an hour away, there is plenty of easy accommodation for larger groups as well, making it easy to have small, medium, or large weddings at French’s Point.  The estate is also open all year round, giving you the perfect spot to have beautiful summer wedding or a cozy winter one.

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All in all, I was entirely blown away by French’s Point, and I would highly recommend a visit to their beautiful grounds!

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We sat down with Heather Cuzzi, event planner extraordinaire and founder of Cairn Events to get the scoop on what couples should expect from their wedding planners and how they can help make the wedding planning process smoother.

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L&L: What kind of questions should a couple expect to be asked by a wedding planner?

HEATHER: Here are a number of the ones that I ask my clients:

  • Wedding date/ season?
  • Feel and style are you thinking of? What words would you use to describe your day?
  • What would you like your venue to be like? What kind of price point for the venue are you hoping for?
  • Are you having a church service or something outside?
  • Is your venue multi-day or one day?
  • How many people are you thinking you would like to attend?
  • How many people will be in the bridal party?
  • Planning style? How involved would you like your planner to be and, if you are from away, how often will you be able to meet in person with me?
  • What are you thinking about for transportation? Is this only for the bridal party or for all of the guests?
  • What part of the wedding is most important to you? Band? Alcohol? Flowers?
  • What part of the wedding planning are you most anxious about?
  • How are you planning on dividing up the finances? For instance, who is responsible for rehearsal dinner? Are your parents helping out?
  • Are you planning on having welcome bags? Favors in addition to this?
  • Are you planning on having a farewell brunch the day after the wedding?

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L&L: What should a couple NOT expect from a wedding planner?

HEATHER: I have done a lot of things for my couples: had properties debugged, fished expensive sunglasses from toilets, removed bats. The only thing so far that I’ve personally sidestepped for a wedding is to do the total clean up (although I’m happy to coordinate for someone to come and do that!)

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L&L: Any tips to help make sure that both the couple and the event planner start on the same page?

HEATHER: After my initial conversation with a couple, I put together a thorough written proposal outlining my conclusions about what the couple needs based on my conversation with them and the experiences that I have had over the years. I send it to them and give them some time to go over it, and then we will have a call to review.

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L&L: Any advice on how to make wedding planning a little less stressful?

HEATHER: I think the thing that most people are surprised by are the emotional rollercoasters that happen during planning a wedding. Everyone is so happy and excited to be together for this event, and as a couple you probably didn’t realize that your mom is really passionate about the flowers, or your mother-in-law about the wedding ceremony. I think the most helpful thing for people going into this process is trying to internalize that emotions will be running high for everyone but realizing that those emotions are coming from a really caring place.

Thank you so much to Heather Cuzzi from Cairn Events for talking with us today. If you’d like to get in touch with Heather, she can be reached at hcuzzi@CairnEvents or through the contact form on the Cairn Events website.

*All photos from weddings planned by Cairn Events.

Photos by: emilie inc., Alexandra Cordts, Audra Bayette, and Geneve Hoffman

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