The 1812 Farm

Today we’re looking back on an interview with The 1812 Farm. Located in Bristol, ME on the beautiful Pemaquid Peninsula, this venue is still a favorite among couples seeking a rustic celebration site.

L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

The 1812 Farm is a restored barn and we host weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners.

 L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.

The 1812 Farm is a full service facility so we provide the venue, catering, bar service and day of coordination service. We have china, silverware, linens, tables, chairs – everything the couple needs for a perfect day! There is an onsite bridal suite with salon for getting ready, primping and being with the bridal party

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

Our team is focused on making the day perfect for all of our couples.

 L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?

We love working with local Maine vendors – planners, photographers, officiants, djs and florists.

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

9- 12 months

 L&L: How do most clients find you?

Wedding Wire and word of mouth.

 L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you’ve worked at and why?

One of the most memorable weddings was a girl that worked for us all through high school and college. She and her partner came back to Maine to get married and we were so honored that she chose us. The connections to her family and friends that we knew so well made the day feel like a family event which made it more special for us and our team.

 L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?

www.the1812farm.com

sarah@the1812farm.com

(207)563-6007

Thank you Sarah from The 1812 Farm for sharing more information about your beautiful Maine Barn Venue.

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Hair That Moves
L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.
Hair That Moves is New England’s premier bridal hair styling service that comes to you. No need to travel to the spa to receive professional hair care and styling services. Relax and enjoy in the convenience of your talented stylist coming to you. Perfect hair for your perfect wedding day.

 L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.
I offer everything from spa services, manicure and pedicures and blow outs for the bridal party before rehearsal, we sometimes even do a little grooming for men! The day of wedding I offer formal hair services and makeup services to meet your desired look.

Hair That Moves

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?
I used to think that being an onsite wedding specialist was unique but it seems to be very popular now. I would say that my business is unique because I work very closely with planners, photographers and other vendors to make sure that the bride is done on time and that the schedule that I make to use as a time guideline for the day is reflective of that. Since I am the vendor that starts the day, if I run late, everyone runs late and I don’t want anyone to be put off by the bride being late because of me!

 L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?
Venues, that is hard! There are so many gorgeous ones. I would say my favorite would be Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport and The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, Maine. I love these locations because they are not hotels and they are very focused on the bride and she can be in her own space. I work with so many wonderful vendors. I am not sure I could pick my favorites, but I tend to see the same ones often!!!

 L&L: How far in advance do couples usually book you for their wedding day?
Ideally brides book me 16-12 months in advance. It never fails that there are popular dates and I get asked for the same dates and I hate not being able to help them all. After the early brides book, the trend is 6-8 months in advance. I would love it if brides booked me as soon as they booked their photographer or venue first thing!

 L&L: How do most clients find you?
Most clients find me from word of mouth from brides or vendors, photographers blogs that they have credited me in or features in magazines or blogs. I do try my hardest to keep an online presence! I love the vendors I work with and we tend to recommend each other!

Hair That Moves

 L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you’ve worked at and why?
I have very special details that stick out in my memory from most brides. The connection I make with brides that I see more than once, maybe from a referral to a friend or sister’s wedding is special. I do have to say that two of my favorites have been wedding where celebrities were involved. One Olivia Wilde was a bridesmaid and I did her hair, that was crazy. The wedding party was so sweet and fun! The other was a wedding that Justin Timberlake was there and it turned into quite a show!

 L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?
The best way to reach me is by email at Lena@hairthatmoves.com or call me 603-682-4465
Follow me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HairthatMoves/, Instagram https://instagram.com/hairthatmovesmaine/ or Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/hairthatmoves/

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Today we’re looking back on our interview with Maria Northcott of A Sweet Start. This experienced officiant is well versed in creating and performing customized ceremonies for couples tying the knot in Maine.

L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.
I’m a professional wedding officiant designing, writing and performing personalized wedding ceremonies. I’m a notary public which gives me the authority to perform marriage ceremonies in Maine. I’ve been in business since 2011 when I performed my very first wedding. I honestly feel like officiating wedding ceremonies is my calling. I love this work so much and find that helping couples create a meaningful ceremony really does give them a sweet start to their married life!

 L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.
My services include elopements and very small intimate wedding ceremonies all the way up to large weddings with huge wedding parties. I also consider myself a “full service ceremony coordinator” which means I guide my clients through the process of envisioning their ceremony from the pre-processional all the way through to the recessional. I organize and direct their wedding rehearsal and act as the coordinator for that portion of their wedding on wedding day.

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?
I’m starting to learn that not all officiants coordinate the rehearsals or are as intimately involved in the details and production of the ceremony beyond the spoken words. My clients and I put so much thought and energy into the entire ceremony, I want to be there with them though the whole process. This full service ceremony coordination definitely makes me unique. I also take photos at the cocktail hour of the weddings I officiate. With my clients permission I post those photos on my blog in a Real Weddings category. Clients love that I do this and so do I! Oh, and also how much I truly, honestly LOVE weddings!

 L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?
I’m so lucky to have worked with some of Maine’s best wedding vendors. I adore Emily Hricko from Emily Elizabeth Events. She’s incredibly creative and produces some of the most magical weddings I’ve ever seen. I’m also a huge fan of Erin Little of A Love Supreme Photography. Her amazing work defies categorization! The florals designed by Sarah Lapine of Watershed Florals and the arrangements that Megan Hevenor of Field puts together just blow my mind. As far as venues go, I’m partial to Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset. Not only is the property stunning, but I love working with MacKenzie and Michelle. But I could go one and on, there are so many talented vendors and amazing venues in our great state!

 L&L: How far in advance do couples usually book you for their wedding day?
It really ranges. Some contact me 18 months in advance and some just days before, but I’d say the majority contact me between 8 – 12 months in advance of their wedding. The sooner they contact me the better though since I take a limited number of weddings each season!

 L&L: How do most clients find you?
A huge number find me by doing a Google search for something and then they find a post on my blog about it. My blog is filled with useful information for couples planning their wedding. I’m also getting clients through Pinterest now, which is so cool. Couples also find me through WeddingWire where I have a bunch of really awesome reviews. And, of course, I get the majority of my clients through vendor-to-vendor referrals.

 L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?
Through any of my social media: I’m @asweetstart on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Of course they can also find me on my website www.asweetstart.com and my blog www.asweetstart.com/blog. Or just shoot me an email maria@asweetstart.com.

L&L: Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
My passion for weddings extends beyond the ceremony. I also organize and host networking events for wedding professionals working in Maine. Through my connections with hundreds of Maine wedding professionals I’m able to give my couples personalized vendor referrals. I feel so lucky to be part of this amazing community and say with confidence that you’ll be in good hands if you have your wedding in Maine!

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Frontier is a unique event space, restaurant, gallery and catering company located in Brunswick, ME. Inspired by owner Michael Gilroy’s travels around the world, this unique venue aims to create a crossroads where culture, food and community come together. Here’s a look back at our interview with them in 2012 when the catering branch of their family just launched.

Frontier in Brunswick, Maine<br><a href=http://www.SarahJanePhotog.com target=_blank>Sarah Jane Photography</a>

L&L: Tell us a little about you the history of Frontier.

Frontier is a vision inspired by my work as an expedition leader around the world.  My passion for connecting people with experiences that provoke a sense of discovery led to the creation of a special kind of meeting place reminiscent of a traveler’s crossroads – where stories, ideas and culture interact in a rich and dynamic environment.  Frontier is a destination where people gather to enjoy and explore food, film, music and art inspired by the world.

Frontier's bar<br><a href=http://www.SarahJanePhotog.com target=_blank>Sarah Jane Photography</a>

L&L: What types of events do you typically host at your space in Fort Andross?

Frontier is an ideal and festive setting for private events such as rehearsal dinners, weddings, birthday parties, film screenings, holiday parties, concerts and other special occasions. Our space can also easily transform to meet the needs of business meetings, conferences, fundraisers and community events.

Frontier is located in Fort Andross, an historic mill situated on the Androscoggin River in downtown Brunswick. Our space has been thoroughly restored using reclaimed materials, fixtures and equipment, while preserving the original features and textures of the old mill. Frontier offers a dynamic atmosphere and embraces a catering philosophy that celebrates fresh ingredients, world flavors and seasonal specialties

Wedding ceremony at Frontier<br><a href=http://www.SarahJanePhotog.com target=_blank>Sarah Jane Photography</a>

L&L: What is your availability for private events? How far out do couples need to book, and how many people does the space hold?

Frontier is available for private events all year (subject to availability). We recommend couples secure a date as far in advance as possible to insure their preferred date. Our space can accommodate up to 200 people depending upon the type of event and required configuration, however we are best suited for events up to 175 people.

L&L: What are some of the more memorable events people have planned there?

Our most memorable events would have to be our weddings.  Because of the uniqueness of our space we often get couples looking for something “different.”  And different often translates into something a little less traditional and more inventive.

One memorable wedding was a fun couple from California who set up a few computers in our theater along side a basket of random costumes. Guests were invited throughout the night to throw on something fun and then stream whatever they fancied live to all their friends back in CA who couldn’t make the wedding.  They became in effect, virtual guests. We thought this was an innovative way to increase your guest count without actually increasing your attendance.

Our New Year’s Eve weddings have also been extremely memorable. Choosing a New Year’s Eve wedding is like a party on top of a party.  So the way we see it, you’re starting off a marriage with Double Happiness.

Frontier in Brunswick, Maine<br><a href=http://www.SarahJanePhotog.com target=_blank>Sarah Jane Photography</a>

L&L: Tell us a bit about your menu. Where do you get inspiration for your dishes? Does your menu change regularly?

As of January 2012 our menu is now a creation of our new full kitchen.  In the past we only had a small prep kitchen, so we’re now able to be far more creative and innovative with our dishes.  Our mission at Frontier is to connect you to the world, so whenever possible we like to give our menu options a little global influence.  Comfort fare with a worldly twist.

Our main menu changes seasonally.  And during a given season we offer daily soup specials as well as lunch, dessert and weekend dinner specials.  Whenever possible we work directly with local farms and vendors.

Frontier New Year's Eve wedding reception<br><a href=http://www.SarahJanePhotog.com target=_blank>Sarah Jane Photography</a>

L&L: I noticed you have a lot of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options on your menu. We’re happy to see this variety supporting different diets. Are you seeing this part of your menu gaining traction?

More and more of our community has been requesting vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.  In building our kitchen and designing a new menu we made intentional choices that would increase our capability of offering these options.

It’s still a little early to determine the traction on these particular dishes.  But for those customers who have restrictive diets, this part of our menu is critical to providing multiple options and a full experience.  We’re looking forward to feedback from this part of our community, so we may start expanding this section of our menu.  For those reading – the Vegetarian Reuben is returning!

L&L: You also offer a catering service. Tell us a bit about your catering menu. What size events are you accustomed to catering for, and how far are you willing to travel for an event?

This is one of the most exciting growth areas for Frontier.  While we’ve always offered on-site catering services (although limited due to our prep kitchen), it’s only now with the facilities of a full kitchen that we’re able to expand our offerings on-site, as well as offering catering services off-site.

The focus of our catering is to continue our on-site events, as well as service off-site events within a 25-mile radius of Brunswick.

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

Telephone: 207.725.5222; Website: www.explorefrontier.com; Email: info@explorefrontier.com; Twitter: http://twitter.com/explorefrontier; Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/explorefrontier

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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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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.

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

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.

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

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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