Venue Tour: Caswell Farm

October 10 • 2012

With the demand for barn weddings growing in popularity, we were pleased to recently learn about sweet Caswell Farm in Gray, just 15 miles from Portland. Many thanks to owner Catherine for sharing a bit about this up and coming location.

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L&L: Tell us a little about you and the history of Caswell Farm.

CASWELL: My Grandfather bought Caswell Farm in 1936. After my father’s generation grew and left the nest no one had the desire to return to the rural lifestyle of Gray, Maine. I, on the other hand saw the absolute charm and beauty here. In 1996 my family was planning on selling the farm and I knew I wanted it! I moved from Alaska where I had been living for the 4 years prior, with grand notions of  organic farming. I did just that for years, selling to local restaurants. After my son was born I found it hard to get back into the field and realized that hosting weddings for others would allow me to stay home, care for my son and be able to afford to live on this amazing farm. Until I launched my little website two seasons ago I had only hosted two weddings for close friends.

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L&L: Do you have a limit on how many weddings you accept each year?

CASWELL: I have only been hosting weddings to the public for a few years. I am now getting a lot of inquires and have had to decide how many weddings to book in a season. I feel that any more then 8 would be too many. I have 5 booked for 2013 and one for 2014.

L&L: When a couple books the farm for their wedding, how long do they have access to the grounds?

CASWELL: 4 days, with access to the farm house day of. I feel they need at least that much time to make the space their own. They are able to come in early to set up, and have the option of hosting their rehearsal dinner here as well.

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L&L: Are there any options for overnight stay on the property? Do you allow people to set up tents? Or, are there places nearby for guests to stay?

CASWELL: Yes, the bride and groom are welcome to the bottom floor of the farm house which includes two bedrooms, kitchen, bath and living room. Tenting is also available to the guests night of.

L&L: What structure(s) exist on the property?

CASWELL: 1700’s farm house and barn, and a small out building I have converted into a sauna.

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L&L: Do you allow event tents to be set up on the grounds? If so, do you have a particular company that you recommend?

CASWELL:  I have suggestions for all the services you may need but the couple is welcome to bring in whomever they’d like including caterers.

L&L: Tell us more about the property. Do you have specific spots that you recommend for photos or other activities?

CASWELL: I have a side lawn that is specked with small flower beds and fruit trees that are wonderful for the ceremony. The barn opens up to a large field which is perfect for the reception tent. There is also a bonfire pit that I light for the guests.

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L&L: Do you provide any decorations, or do couples do this themselves?

CASWELL: I have collected decorations over time and they are available for everyone to use including tiki torches, solar lights for pathways and few hundred feet of string lights. I also have quite a bit of signage to help direct guests through the farm. There are also some old farm tables that can be used, but the bulk of tables and chairs need to be rented.

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

CASWELL: A ferry ride around Casco Bay in Portland, Fore Street restaurant and Standard Baking Co. in Portland, and a stroll though and around Pineland Farm in New Gloucester.

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L&L: Thank you for giving us an inside peek into Caswell Farm. If readers want to get in touch with you, what is the best way for them to reach you?

CASWELL: caswellfarm.wix.com/weddings

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