Island Wedding Venues: Maine

June 28 • 2016

Nothing says “coastal cool” like an island wedding destination. We’ve gathered some of our favorite reception venues located off the coast of Maine. From the ferry ride over to breathtaking views of the surrounding sea, you’ll fall head over heels for these celebration sites.

The Inn on Peaks Island [Peaks Island, ME]
Welcome loved ones to a classic New England style inn with sumptuous accommodations,
beautiful views and plenty of coastal charm. 

Harborview at Jones Landing [Peaks Island, ME]
Photo, Top: Lara Kimmerer

Located at the entrance of Peaks Island, Harborview and Jones Landing is as oceanfront as it gets.


Chebeague Island Inn [Chebeague Island, ME]

Situated on another gorgeous little island in Casco Bay, the Chebeague Island Inn is the ideal setting for your nuptials. Think a beautiful wrap-around porch, gourmet cuisine and plenty of open-air ceremony sites.

Claremont Hotel [Southwest Harbor, ME]
Photo, Bottom: K Angell Photography

While you don’t have to take a ferry to access this sophisticated resort, the Claremont Hotel is located
only 25 minutes South of Mount Desert Island. This luxe retreat overlooks the Somes Sound and offers
easy access to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

Diamond’s Edge Restaurant & Marina [Great Diamond Island, ME]

A short ferry ride from Portland, this destination can accommodate parties from an intimate
gathering of 20 to a grand affair of 200.

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Andrea-Emilio-279Andrea & Emilio tied the knot in the backyard of the bride’s family home. We are completely in awe of the way these two and their talented team of vendors transformed their setting to an elegant reception site.

The happy couple said, “I do!” beneath a floral festooned arbor on a sheltered porch overlooking the ocean. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a tented celebration where a coastal-chic cocktail lounge, sophisticated farm tables and plenty of jewel-toned blooms came together to create an aura of classic New England refinement.

Thank you to Darling Photography for sharing these lovely images with us!

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Photography: Darling Photography

Venue: Private Residence, Falmouth ME

Floral Design: Snell Family Farm

Coordination & Event Design: Celia Bedilia Designs

Cake & Catering: Aurora Provisions

Entertainment: Jason Spooner Band

Hair & Makeup: Stacia Makeup Artistry

Gown: Musette BridalInes di Santo

Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo

Menswear: Brooks Brothers

Tent: Leavitt & Parris

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This week’s Vendor Feature #throwback revisits celebrated Maine caterers, Kitchen Chicks Catering. This Kennebunkport-based vendor has been their own delicious touch to New England weddings for years. We sat down with owner, Peggy Liversidge, to learn more about how these busy ladies keep business booming–

Table tops<br><a href=http://www.davidmurrayweddings.com target=_blank>David Murray Weddings</a>

L&L: Tell us a little about you, your background and the history of Kitchen Chicks Catering.

In 2001, I had just started my catering company by taking over a job from a local caterer who couldn’t do an event. Minutes into this new career, a friend noticed that I needed a name for the company. The guests at this very first event would be high-end, and I needed to be able to market to them. I said, “I don’t know, right now, I’m just a chick in the Kitchen.” My friend took that idea and came back with business cards. So, we’re called Kitchen Chicks Catering.

L&L: Describe the range of services that you offer. What is the bulk of your work?

We gear towards all aspects of events: social, corporate and of course, weddings. Weddings, rehearsal dinners and “life events” (anniversaries, birthday parties) certainly are the lifeline of our business, but we do our share of both large and small corporate catering as well as a significant amount of social events at private clubs, such as the Kennebunk River Club, Arundel Yacht Club and Webhannet Golf Club.

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L&L: Is there any particular type of food that you are known for?

Crab Cakes! Both at our store- Cape Porpoise Kitchen- and for catering. We make more Mini Maine Crab Cakes each year than any other hors d’oeuvre we offer. The recipe originated from a family friend and we have perfected it! People rave about our crab cakes. We are also pretty well known for our grazing station or “apple table.” This is offered mostly at cocktail hour for big gala events or weddings. The concept is something we took away from our annual trip to the Catersource Conference in Las Vegas and we have continuously improved on the overall design and can custom design table décor, both under the glass and with the food to clients taste (although the apples are still the most popular!). Our clients enjoy that there is “something for everyone” on these stations as well as presenting it artfully and thoughtfully, as opposed to just having cheese on a tray. For entrée choices, our filet of beef tenderloin with any number of sauces seems to top the list and we continually get rave reviews on our lobsters.

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L&L: How far in advance do couples typically book you for their wedding day?

We are generally getting calls 9 months to a year in advance, but there are always a few last minute calls! This year alone we have turned events around in 1 – 2 months time. In 2009, we got a call from a couple who got engaged and wanted to be married in six weeks. They came in from New York for a tasting as soon as we told them we were available and we put together an extremely high-end event for them at a private club in Kennebunkport in just a few weeks.

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L&L: Describe the process of working with Kitchen Chicks.

Once a client contacts us, we set up an appointment, whether it be face to face, at the site of the event or over the phone. For weddings, many of our brides are from out of town, so setting up an appointment to narrow down the selection is key. Once we have a direction to head in with clients, we send them sample menus and begin to get their feedback on menu choices, budget, service style etc., until we get to the point that works for everyone. Tastings are available before a client signs if they would like, but most people have them afterward, to confirm the menu they have selected for the event. I also like to do a site visit a week or two before the event, to make sure everyone has communicated on any last minute changes or plans (you never know what other vendors may have recommended to a bride that has effected the overall schedule). We do most of our meeting, tasting and planning between March and Memorial day, which is a slower time of year for us and it gives us time to work out any additional details with client requests.

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

Online and word of mouth/recommendations from other vendors in the industry. Relationships with other vendors in our industry such as rental companies, venues, photographers, wedding cakes, music, florists are the most important tool in booking new business. We also advertise in a few magazines, which has led to some significant business.

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L&L: What was the most memorable wedding you have worked and why?

Several years ago we were hired for what we refer to as our first “away game.” The client had a home locally and was familiar with our work and our store, and asked us to cater their daughter’s wedding 2 hours away in New London, New Hampshire. We were up for the challenge of preparing and traveling with a large group and food for 200 guests. The wedding took place at the home of the groom’s parents. Everything was going great, flawlessly even, until a storm blew in off of the lake the home sat on. Cocktail hour had begun, and most of the guests had arrived and were enjoying the patio surrounding the home, which was home to two big bars, our apple table and a pasta station. Luckily, the home was large enough to accommodate 200 guests (they had a tent for dinner and dancing, but unfortunately, you can’t put guests under a metal frame tent in a lightening storm).  We moved everything inside within ten minutes and escorted guests with umbrellas indoors. The trickiest part was moving the apple table indoors, but somehow, we managed to do this, without breaking it down.  The rain caused about an hour delay to moving guests to dinner, but our chef managed to hold dinner at the perfect temperature and the rest of the event went on without missing a beat. The combination of logistics, traveling, and the storm make this certainly one of our most memorable weddings.

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L&L: What “must-see” places and eateries do you suggest folks from out of town check out while visiting Maine?

In our immediate area (Kennebunkport), if we have a free Sunday afternoon, it is great to sit on the deck at the Arundel Wharf and have a cocktail (or two). The deck literally sits on the water. Then we head over to Bandaloop or The Ramp for a great bite to eat. We do suggest anyone looking for a great walk and the best of Maine take a walk to the beach via the paths at Laudholm Farm.

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

The best way to get in touch with us is by phone or email. General inquiries can go to info@kitchenchicks.com or you can call 207.985.0252. We highly recommend clients check out the slideshow on our website to get an overall idea of our work.

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Both functional and fun, escort cards are a great way to welcome loved ones to the reception and introduce them to the design of your wedding day vision. When dreaming up the details of your display, keep in mind the escort card’s primary role–to easily guide your guests to their seats. Escort cards should always have names and table numbers, as opposed to place cards which are the pretty little name tags which you’ll arrange on specific settings.

Whether you’re looking to go big (we’re talking to all you DIY go getters who want to repurpose a rowboat!) or keep it simple, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite creative escort card displays that will complete your coastal celebration.

 

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Create a show stopping display with a beached rowboat.
[Photo: Meg Perotti via Inspired By This]

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 Calligraphed translucent paper gives a nod to the whimsical charm of sea glass.
[Photo: Caroline & Evan Photography via The Every Last Detail]

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Send loved ones to their table with a little something from the sea.
[Photo: Rebecca Arthurs]

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Nautical flags guide guests to their seats.
[Photo:Kristen Hudson-Nichols via Southern Weddings]

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Catch of the day! Fishing lures are nice touch for a rustic celebration on the shore.
[Photo: Carmen Ash via Weddings Unveiled]

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Two classic sea-inspired details, sailboats and driftwood,  pair perfectly here.
[Photo: Stephanie Hunter via The Knot]

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Surf’s up! This is display is the essence of laid-back beach vibes.
[Photo: Jeff Newsom via Style Me Pretty

 

 

 

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Katie & John’s wedding at Linekin Bay Resort captured the quintessential character of Maine.

The Boothbay Harbor location was the perfect place for the couple’s casual, yet elegant celebration complete with made-with-love touches–like bouquets arranged by the Mother of the Groom and a berry-topped cake baked by the bride herself! We love how Lex Nelson captured every special moment, including a gorgeous newlywed portrait session on on a boat ride through the harbor. LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-61LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-59LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-39LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-15LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-32LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-22LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-1LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-51LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-33LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-26LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-3LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-52LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-5LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-8LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-9LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-55LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-18LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-47LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-49LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-4LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-37LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-60LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-25LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-36LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-62LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-44LNP-Boothbay-Harbor-Maine-Wedding-BlogSubmission-34

Photography: Lex Nelson

Bridesmaids: BHLDN

Cake: DIY by the Bride

Catering & Reception Venue: Linekin Bay Resort

Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Queen of Peace

Entertainment: Dave Winsor

Floral Design: DIY by the Groom’s Mother &  Boothbay Region Greenhouse

Suits: Men’s Warehouse

Hair: Shear Artistry

Makeup: Kim Begin

Accessories, Gown & Invitations: David’s Bridal

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