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.

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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!

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 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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Mountain View Grand Resort

Known for warm hospitality, tranquil lakes and rolling mountains, its obvious why local and destination couples alike choose New Hampshire for their special day. Whether you’re looking for a quaint New England inn or an impressive estate, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with one of these incredible properties.[Photo: Mountain View Grand Resort / Rodeo & Co.]

Wentworth By The Sea

Wentworth by the Sea New Castle, NH  [Photo: Lindsay Flanagan]

Situated on the shores of scenic Portsmouth, this oceanfront resort boasts a long history of hospitality. Wentworth by the Sea can accommodate celebrations for up to 250 guests with a variety of all inclusive packages. You’ll love the elegant guest rooms, pampering spa services and of course, the amazing views!

Bishop Farm Weddings & Events

Bishop Farm Weddings & Events Lisbon, NH  [Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography]

The possibilities are endless at Bishop Farm. This cozy bed and breakfast features a gorgeous 1876 restored Reception Barn, acres of rolling pasture and on site accommodations. Seven well-appointed guest rooms in the farmhouse and eight individual cottages offer ample room for your closest overnight guests. Ceremony options include the rolling back lawn and Ceremony Barn.

Bedford Village Inn

Bedford Village Inn Bedford, NH  [Photo: Dreamlove Photography]

Enjoy a quintessential New England wedding experience at the Bedford Village Inn. This 10-acre estate features manicured grounds, wisteria-lined walkways and a range of beautiful indoor and outdoor event spaces. Whether you prefer a casual garden party or a formal affair in the Great Hall, the experienced staff will cater to your every nuptial need.

Castle in the Clouds

Castle in the Clouds [Photo: Steve Holmes Photography]

Originally built in 1914 atop the Ossipee Mountain Range, Castle in the Clouds is a fairy tale destination for your New Hampshire wedding. The estate maintains the elegance of it’s storied past with all the amenities of modern comfort. Interior reception spaces boast sophisticated decor and impeccably restored architecture. Outside, you’ll enjoy lush gardens and 180 degree views of Lake Winnipesaukee.

LaBelle Winery

LaBelle Winery [Photo: Patrick McNamara Photography]

LaBelle Winery is the perfect place for couples seeking a rustic, yet modern venue. Acres of vineyard lanes make the perfect backdrop for ceremonies year round. Inside, three different reception spaces feature urban industrial decor and views of the functioning wine cellar and stainless steel tanks. Of course, you can’t forget about the local wine and farm-to-table cuisine!

Camp Cody

Camp Cody Freedom, NH  [Photo: Krista Photography]

Create a one-of-a-kind wedding weekend with a celebration at Camp Cody. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive use of 100 wooded acres along the shores of Lake Ossipee. Comfortable cabin accommodations, lakeside ceremony sites, an on site chef, cozy reception hall and plenty of classic summer camp activities (water skiing anyone?) are just a handful of reasons couples choose Camp Cody for their big day.

Wolfeboro Inn

Wolfeboro Inn [Photo: Callan Photo]

Nestled along Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountains, this classic New England inn offers all the charm and comforts of a country estate. The lakefront gazebo and gardens are perfect for summer weddings, while the inn’s elegant interiors create an aura of warmth and welcome for celebrations in the chillier months. You’ll enjoy a stress free wedding experience with the help of knowledgeable staff to pull everything together flawlessly.

Mountain View Grand Resort

Mountain View Grand Resort Whitefield, NH [Photo: Anastasia Shephard Photography]

This venue is a must-see for couples planning an elegant New Hampshire wedding. Tucked away on 1,700 acres in the heart of the White Mountains, you’ll enjoy the quiet of nature with all the perks of a top notch resort. Multiple ceremony and reception sites provide a bevy of options, each outfitted with sophisticated decor, restored architecture and breathtaking mountain views.

Whitney's Inn at Jackson

Whitney’s Inn at Jackson Jackson, NH  [Photo: Eric McCallister]

Dreaming of a rustic mountain celebration? Look no further! Whitney’s Inn at Jackson will exceed every expectation. Built in 1842, the restored Shovel Handle Pub is a beautiful barn outfitted with twinkling lights and classic country decor. The surrounding acres of manicured lawns are perfect for outdoor ceremonies, while the nearby Whitney’s Inn offers sumptuous accommodations and event space for intimate weddings.

The Toad Hill Farm

The Toad Hill Farm Franconia, NH 

Experience your very own New Hampshire homestead at The Toad Hill Farm. The venue offers exclusive booking from Thursday afternoon to Monday morning so that couples and guests can enjoy all the wedding festivities in one beautiful location. The newly built Main House accommodates up to 16 and additional guests are welcome to camp in one of the nearby fields. On the grounds you’ll find ample space for a tented affair with unparalleled views of the mountains beyond.

 

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Kelsey Regan Photography

College sweethearts Janeka and Jeff first met while attending Bryant University. Life after graduation led the couple to settle into city life in Boston, but they always shared a special love for Maine. Weekends and vacations spent hiking, going to the beach, visiting Jeff’s family home in on the Southern coast and skiing Sugarloaf are just some of the many pursuits they enjoyed throughout their relationship. When it came time to plan the celebration, it’s clear why Bar Harbor was the obvious choice.

A native of the Downeast region, Janeka turned to the characteristic rocky coastline to inspire the details of the day. The couple exchanged vows in a traditional church ceremony, then welcomed guests back to The Bar Harbor Club for seafood and afternoon cocktails on the patio. Inside, fresh greenery and warm candlelight accented the venue’s elegant atmosphere flawlessly. We particularly love the portraits Kelsey Regan Photography captured right along the water’s edge–nothing gets more coastal than that!

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Photography: Kelsey Regan Photography

Venue: The Bar Harbor Club

Floral Design: Fleurishes

Hair & Makeup: Amy’s Salon & Spa

Cake: SweetHart Cakes

Gown: Pronovias from Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo from BHLDN

Entertainment: Jim Ciampi

Stationary: Minted

Videography: Summerfly Productions

Trolley: Oli’s Trolley

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

Ceremony Site: St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church

Second Photographer: Omar Rawlings

 

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Bethany and Dan Photography

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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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When it comes to incredible wedding properties, Maine takes the cake. The state’s celebrated maritime character comes to light in a bevy of waterfront event spaces ranging from quaint inns to luxe resorts. On the other side of the coin, you can find breathtaking rustic venues inland and along the coast that speak to New England’s rich agricultural history. Whatever your wedding day vision, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect place to say, “I do!” in Maine. Here we’re gathered a list of our favorites–among many others!–in the state:

 

The Nonantum Resort

The Nonantum Resort Kennebunkport, ME

Located on the pristine coast of Southern Maine, The Nonantum Resort has been a longtime favorite for local and destination couples alike. Open seasonally for celebrations in the spring, summer and fall, this location offers award-winning cuisine, exceptional service and stunning celebration spaces right on the water.

Hardy Farm

Hardy Farm Fryeburg, ME  

Dreaming of a Maine barn wedding? You’ll fall head over heels for Hardy Farm. The venue is a true homestead with a gorgeous barn and comfortable accommodations on site in the Farmhouse and Lodge. The event barn, on-site sailcloth tent, woodland chapel and lush gardens provide a bevy of options for the ceremony and celebration. [Photo: Emily Delamater Photography]

Camden Harbour Inn

Camden Harbour Inn Camden, ME

This boutique hotel is everything you’ve dreamed of–and more! The natural beauty of Camden Harbour and impeccably manicured grounds offer the ideal backdrop for your ceremony. Inside the Inn itself, you’ll find everything you need at your fingertips. Luxurious suites, first class service and delectable cuisine–sign us up!

Hidden Pond

Hidden Pond Kennebunkport, ME  

This tranquil, yet modern retreat is the perfect choice for couples looking for a balance between waterfront and “on the farm” atmospheres. While centrally located in Kennebunkport, you’ll find this venue secluded on acres of pristine landscape. Aside from the beautiful scenery, Hidden Pond’s perks include exclusive site booking for your celebration and cuisine from their award-winning restaurant, Earth. [Photo: Jamie Mercurio Photography]

Newagen Seaside Inn

Newagen Seaside Inn Southport, ME 

No surprises here! Generations of couples have chosen this Boothbay Harbor wedding venue for it’s oceanfront views, top notch planning services and gourmet menu fare. Unique amenities include a variety of elegant ceremony and celebration sites, lobster bake rehearsal dinners and an on-site candlepin bowling lane. [Photo: Bethany and Dan Photography]

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm Wells, ME 

Considered one of Southern Maine’s “best kept secrets” this property offers a rustic setting along the seaside. This restored saltwater farm and rustic barn is located on the protected Wells Reserve featuring expansive lawns, sandy beaches and miles of nature trails. The property’s practical strengths include a working kitchen, proximity to nearby accommodations and plentiful space for all of your event needs. [Photo: Kivalo Photography]

Samoset Resort

Samoset Resort Rockport, ME

This historic resort is nestled on 230 oceanfront acres overlooking Penobscot Bay. Beautifully manicured grounds and jaw-dropping views of the coastline will set the scene for your ceremony. After the “I do’s” you’ll have your pick of enchanted ballrooms or a tented pavilion for the reception. Every step of the way, you can count on the venue’s on-site wedding specialists to ensure every element of your day comes together flawlessly.

Beech Hill Barn

Beech Hill Barn Pittston, ME 

One of Maine’s newest rustic properties, Beech Hill Barn is the perfect choice for couples seeking a home away from home. The newly renovated event barn features gorgeous post and beam interiors, modern restrooms and space for up to 240 guests. Outside, the lawn offers ample room for a tent and gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. Last but not least, the private Country House is perfect for bridal party prep and guest accommodations.

58 Fore | The Portland Company

58 Fore | The Portland Company  Portland, ME

Industrial elegance at its finest. This venue provides couples an opportunity for an urban wedding on Maine’s coast. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, you’ll enjoy the conveniences of a city wedding without sacrificing waterfront views. You’ll have your pick from a collection of event spaces, each featuring exposed brick, wooden floors and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbor below. [Photo: emilie inc.]

Inn on Peaks Island

Inn on Peaks Island Peaks Island, ME

It doesn’t get more “Maine” than a wedding venue only accessible by ferry. This charming inn is located just 15 minutes from Portland in the heart of Casco Bay. Upon arrival, you will be blown away by the island’s natural beauty and the inn’s exceptional services. An on site restaurant, experienced staff and well-appointed guest rooms are just a few of the property’s many perks. [Photo: Lexi Lowell]

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