Bethany and Dan

The “First Look” trend has become a staple in wedding photography. Stealing away for portraits before the ceremony allows the bride and groom a few moments of intimacy before the festivities begin and result in gorgeous photos that truly capture the raw emotions of joy, excitement and surprise. Here are some of our favorite First Looks captured by local New England photographers. [Photo: Bethany and Dan]

 AM SARAH V Photography

I AM Sarah V Photography

Rachel Buckley Weddings

Rachel Buckley Weddings

Bethany & DanBethany & Dan

emilie inc.

emilie inc.

Angie Devenney Photography

Angie Devenney Photography



Hailey & Joel

Hailey & Joel

Jessica Jaccarino

Jessica Jaccarino Photography

Melissa Koren Photography

Melissa Koren Photography

Joline Cameron Photography

Joline Cameron PhotographyRodeo & Co.

Rodeo & Co.

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Tying the knot in Maine? Show your appreciation for the guys by your side at the altar with thoughtful gifts from some of our favorite local vendors.

Maine Craft DistilingFifty Stone Whiskey, Maine Craft Distilling

Nothing sets the tone for celebration like a quality dram of whiskey. This Single Malt whiskey is as local as it gets, made from Maine-grown barley. If your friends prefer a different pour, Maine Craft Distilling also makes several other spirits, like Alchemy Dry Gin and Queequeg Spiced Rum.

Trapps Eyewear

Wooden Cufflinks, Traps Eyewear

These cufflinks are a coastal-cool alternative to classic tuxedo studs. Made from brass and repurposed oak of lobster traps, this set is ruggedly sophisticate and about as “Maine” as it gets.

The Maine Brew BusThe Maine Brew Bus

It’s no secret that the craft beer scene has become an integral part of the Maine experience. Invite your buddies to tour of some of the best breweries on the coast with The Maine Brew Bus. Book an exclusive trip for the bachelor party, or present gift certificates to taste another time.


LiveME t-shirts are made from breathable cotton and completely customizable to the hobbies you and your friends enjoy together.  RunME, FishME, HuntME, HikeME–you name it!

Coastal Root BittersCoastal Root Bitters

This one goes out to the cocktail guys! Aromas from Coastal Root Bitters,  like Coffee and Garam Masala, transform classic beverages into something extraordinary. These small-batch bitters are made in Maine with only the very best ingredients.

bowlineco_maine-weddingBow Ties from Bowline Co.

Offering a variety of prints, ranging from timeless nautical stripes to dapper plaid, you’re sure to find something to suit each member of your bridal party. Bowline Co. also offers several Wedding Packages.

L.L. BeanVictorinox Rambler Pocket Knife, L.L. Bean

Outdoorsmen will love this versatile pocket knife from the one and only L.L. Bean. Take your gift to the next level and have an engraver customize each knife with your friends’ initials.

Portland General StoreWhiskey Aftershave Splash, Portland General Store

Pampering isn’t just for the ladies. This aftershave is made with natural sea minerals–including sea kelp extract, blue-green algae, organic aloe vera juice, and tea tree essential oil–to leave skin glowing and refreshed.

FlowFoldMinimalist Wallet, Flowfold

Products from Flowfold are made for no-nonsense types with a taste for adventure. The Minimalist Wallet will hold everything your buddy needs in a sleek, compact casing made from water-resistant racing sailcloth and sturdy nylon webbing.

Maine-ly Fish PrintsLobster Rope Bottle Opener, Maine-ly Fish Prints & Mercantile

Crafted from reclaimed lobstermen rope, The R’OPENer is another great option for the beer lovers out there. These bottle openers come in a variety of colors and will surely come in handy for a toast the morning of the wedding.

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You’ve asked your best ladies to join you at the altar, now it’s time to pick the perfect, “Thank you!” present. Shop local–either in your hometown, or at your wedding destination–to support small business and make your gal pals feel extra special.

The Ropes ME

Jewelry has always been a fan favorite. We love how local artisans, like The Ropes and CHART metalworks take inspiration from the coast to create nautically chic pieces that your ladies will love.

CHART metalworks

Seeking something that will accessorize any style? Stop by your local jewelry shop for simple, yet elegant studs or charm necklaces–like this state necklace from D. Cole Jewelers.

D. Cole Jewelers

Accessories are another great option for fashion-forward friends! Hit your local boutiques to find unique pieces, like bright wristlets made from marine-grade materials by Alaina Marie and cozy knit hats from Swans Island Company.

Alaina MarieSwans Island Company

Brides have been embracing the goodie bag trend with full force. Custom canvas totes from Sea Bags would make the perfect base for a New England-themed gift pack stocked with more of your local favorites.

Sea Bags

Remember to shop with your recipient in mind! If your friends aren’t the all about fashion,  treat them to a taste of your destination. A bottle of their favorite varietal from a nearby winery, like Cellardoor Winery, or olive oil from Fiore Olive Oils & Vinegars are sure to please every palate.

Cellardoor Winery Fiore Olive Oils & Vinegars
Last but not least: everyone loves to be pampered! Local beauty products are great for our skin, the environment and for small business prosperity. Seek out something like the Salt Cellar‘s salt scrubs that your friends will gladly unwind with after a weekend of wedding fun.

Salt Cellar

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Wedding Invitation Inspiration

September 27 • 2016

Paper, please! Sometimes Tuesday feels like an extra Monday, to get you through the week we’ve rounded up some of our favorite paper inspiration from the 2016 season.

wedding-invitations_elscardsCustom watercolor stationery by El’s Cards sets the tone for a celebration on the seaside.

wedding-invitation_gr_henryandmacSimple never looked so good in this geometric suite from Gus & Ruby Letterpress[Photo: Henry + Mac]

wedding-invitations_lauren-rachelBold and beautiful! Lauren Rachel Custom Invitation Design  takes boho chic to another level. [Photo: Kivalo Photography]

wedding-invitations_sara-fitz_brea-mcdonaldNothing says, “New England” like a nautical save-the-date from Sara Fitz with lovebird lobsters and buoys!  [Photo: Brea McDonald]

wedding-invitations_christa-alexandra_ashley-largesseSwoon-worthy shades of lilac and ivory make the perfect pair in this romantic suite from Christa Alexandra Designs [Photo: Ashley Largesse]

wedding-invitations_paper-mossEverything is coming up cobalt here with a custom creation by Paper Moss.

wedding-invitations_tag-designThis rustic suite by Tag Design is oh-so sweet.

wedding-invitations_paper-divasVintage china inspires  traditionally elegant paper pieces from Wedding Paper Divas. [Photo: Henry Photography]

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New England Photo Booths

September 20 • 2016

Ham it up and have some fun! We love how photo booths add an extra element to wedding receptions. From classic booths to converted campers and cars, we’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite New England photo booths that will keep guests smiling all evening long.


Maine Snapshot Studio

Maine Snapshot Studio is an open-air digital self portrait studio that takes selfies to a whole new level. Easily controlled with the push of a button, the booth snaps three photos, instantly prints on quality gloss paper and can share to social media pages directly from the tablet. It’s that easy!


The Maine Photo Camper

Maine’s one and only photo booth camper is a mobile studio that will wow your guests. “Lucy” the photo camper comes outfitted with various props ranging from vintage finds to nautical and sailor themed accessories. [Photo: The Maine Tinker Studio]


Photobooth Planet

Serving Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Photobooth Planet is a one stop shop for your nuptial needs. They provide top notch services in their classic vintage-style booths and with Chloe, the traveling VW Photo Bus. Need we say more? [Photo: Daphne & Dean]


Shutterbooth New England

Shutterbooth New England offers sleek modern photo booths that are completely customizable to your event. On top of included services like state of the art digital cameras and high quality prints, you can tailor your package with “Shutteressentials” like custom backdrops, themed props and video.


Photobooth Planet, Vermont

Photobooth Planet’s Vermont location continues the company’s top of the line services with more classic booths and two more Photo Buses, Scarlet and Ruby! These restored mobile booths will complete your Green Mountain celebration with a one-of-a-kind vintage vibe. Not to mention plenty of guest keepsakes!


Nantucket Snapbooth 

Nantucket Snapbooth is a state of the art photo booth that will make your wedding an event to remember. This family run business is dedicated to providing exceptional photo and video services with a smile. On top of fun props, the booth’s features include facial recognition software with digital props and “Marryokee”– video photo booth karaoke!


** see more of our favorite local New England wedding vendors here!



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Coastal Wedding Favors

August 23 • 2016

Saying, “I do!” by the seaside? Send loved ones home with a thank-you gift that expresses your gratitude for their presence and speaks to the spirit of your destination. We’ve gathered some of our favorite coastal-themed favors from New England and beyond to spark your inspiration.  

Maine Wedding ArtistMiniature buoys from Maine Wedding Artist can double as escort cards and favors.

Deans Sweets_Melissa MullenTreat guests to something sweet with truffles in flavors like Maine Blueberry (made with Maine-made Cold River Vodka) or creamy caramels topped with Maine sea salt from Dean’s Sweets. [Photo: Melissa Mullen]

Spring Smith Studios

Cast iron bottle openers are the perfect parting gift! Find ones similar to these at Twine Living.
[Photo: Spring Smith Studios]

Andies Specialty Sweets_Sea Glass Candy

Sea glass candies from Andie’s Specialty Sweets are pretty to look at, and better to eat!
[Photo:  Bryan Gardner via Martha Stewart]

Dave Richards PhotographyTake the DIY route and offer up homemade Rosemary Sea Salt.
[Photo: Dave Richards Photography via Style Me Pretty

Coastal Maine Popcorn
Share your favorite flavors with custom bags of popcorn from Coastal Maine Popcorn.

Woodpecker and Weasel
Welcome loved ones to take home treasures from the sea. We love these unique seashell candles from Woodpecker & Weasel.

Say, “Thank you!” with accessories from SeaBags. From totes and wine bags (like this) to key chains and coasters, you’re sure to find a little something to suit your favor needs.

Figlewicz Photography
Keep it simple! Add a nautical touch, like this compass motif, to kraft paper parcels.
[Photo: Figlewicz Photography via Glamour & Grace]


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