Lisa and Benjamin’s wedding looks like it was just as fun as their rehearsal dinner! So much personal style and laid back fun, plus gorgeous photos from Jillian Mitchell

 

 

 

Says the bride, “We knew that we wanted a simple, outdoor, family-oriented wedding that was suitable for all ages from the much loved children in our family to our grandparents. Our folks, who enjoy bringing family together at their home, knew we were on a budget, so after our engagement they offered to let us use their beautiful backyard as our venue. We were so excited about this venue, because it had a sentimental family feel in a beautiful mid coast Maine town that we were happy to invite our friends and loved ones to share with us.”

 

 

 

 

“We were surprised to find that we were more traditional than we thought when it came to rings and vows, and even the first dance and cake cutting. Yet everyone remarked to us that although there were elements of tradition in our ceremony, no one knew what to expect next. Everything was very off the cuff and unrehearsed.”

 

 

 

 

 

A bicycle built for two!

 

 

 

Bridesmaids wore dresses in every style and color.

 

 

 

 

Lawn games added to the relaxed, playful vibe of the summer wedding. Centerpieces were assembled from the groom’s father’s antique collection. Almost every element in the wedding was a collective effort of friends and family, from the picket fence ceremony backdrop to the tablecloths and bunting to the fireworks.

 

 

 

 

The signature cocktail was a Vodka Raspberry Lime Rickey. Cupcakes were white buttermilk cake with pineapple filling, cream cheese frosting and a cherry on top.

 

 

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were inspired by the venue itself being a beautiful old farm house in the Camden Hills. We were excited to throw a party to celebrate our love and to bring our families and friends together, but we did not want to get wrapped up in pointless details and did not want to feel on our special day as though it was something outside of us. We wanted it to represent our own unique styles.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The ceremony. Marrying my best friend in front of our families and friends, in a symbolic ceremony was the most that any bride could ask for.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice that anyone gave me came from my sister. While planning the wedding she reminded me to let others help with the details, to not be afraid to delegate tasks. Let go of the worry that you are burdening your loves ones and realize that they truly want to help make your day special, and in return it truly will be.

What advice do you have for other brides?  For us we decided to make a list of details we’d like at our wedding before looking at Pinterest. That way the ideas were all personal and meaningful to us rather then just randomly picked from someone else’s dream wedding. It was really important for our day to reflect us. Also, don’t be too particular or obsessive about the way it all ‘must’ be.  We  had so many particular ideas at first and planned on doing them all ourselves. When others wanted to help, we realized that these ideas may turn out different from what we originally imagined. This may have made me nervous at first being one who likes to be in control.  Then you realize that although the details may not look the way you first arranged them in your mind, everything has much more meaning and is more perfect being a mix of the tastes and talents of everyone who loves you.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The groom’s pocket watch was custom engraved with a Tom Waits quote: “Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends,”

Photographer: Jillian Mitchell / Venue: private residence in Lincolnville, Maine / Dress designer: Ann Phaneuf / Reception dress: Anthropologie / Shoes: Koi Couture / Jewelry: J.Crew / Ring: Mona Lisa Jewelers Boston / Veil: Gracefully Girly / Apron: Pretty Little Pearl / Makeup: Boston Vintage Factory / Hair: Kimberly Riposta of Glow / Shirt, pants: American Apparel / Tie: Olivia Paige Clothing / Shoes: Rokit Vintage / Hat: Coal / Pocket watch engraving: Danger!Awesome / Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung / Floral Designer: Kate Hall-Roy, flowers from Millie & Bemp’s organic farm / Rentals: Wallace Tents / Music: Steve Jinx / Caterer: Sandy Boddomer / Cake: Bunny’s Warm Oven

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    Alice and Cy on their wedding day. Image submitted by Robb Neal via Save Family Photos.

     

    Both Stanford graduates, they barely knew each other while they were at school. Following graduation, Cy went to study for a year at the University of Munich in 1938…an interesting time to be in Germany to say the least! While Alice was taking a two-month tour of Europe to study costume design. Mutual friends advised her to look up Cy when she was in Germany. She did and they spent what must have been an incredible week together. Ultimately, she moved on for the rest of her tour, but they agreed to meet again a few months later in Paris.

    Cy had his pilot’s license and periodically went to Paris to fly and keep his flying hours up. They met in Paris and Cy took Alice up for an aerial tour of the city. And that’s where he proposed, flying over Paris in early 1939!”

     

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    We’re on a short break, but in the meantime, we’re posting some of our favorite spring and summer weddings from the archives…

     

    Lavender fields, candy-colored palette, a ferris wheel… all captured on camera by the talented Lisa Lefkowitz! I can think of no better way to spend the morning than with this whimsical wedding at Bear Flag Farm.

    This might be my favorite mismatched bridesmaid collection I’ve ever seen! The shades of blue and coral work so perfectly together, and with the rest of the wedding decor. The ladies carried bouquets of peonies, roses, irises, and other blooms in shades of pink and cream.

    Says the bride: “For the details of our ceremony, we took inspiration from our history as a couple, from our families, and from aspects of recent weddings we had attended (take notes!).”

    What inspired the bride and groom in their wedding planning? “The earliest inspirations for our celebration were the lavender fields of Provence, a nighttime carnival, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Thanks to the farm’s natural beauty, it’s natural bounty, and Tina’s ingenuity, we were able to create a sort of romantic carnival in the French countryside feel, complete with lavender fields, a French quartet, a gourmet ice cream truck, a ferris wheel, and amazingly delicious food prepared with seasonal ingredients grown right on the farm. The farm itself was a source of constant inspiration. We were married among fruit trees under arches of flowers against a backdrop of greenery, enjoyed our cocktail hour under a dreamy star-filled tent, frolicked through the gorgeous lavender fields and rode the ferris wheel at sunset, and dined and danced the night away under hanging lanterns on a sunken lawn surrounded by sycamore trees.”

    Raj Tents added an extra touch of magic to Anna and Matt’s celebration.

    Guests found their table numbers on cards attached to the spokes of an old bicycle.

    Dinner was held on a sunken lawn, surrounded by sycamore trees. Large white lanterns hung over the tables and dance floor. Low centerpieces of hot pink peonies in turquoise vases added pops of color to the tables.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  After visiting several other potential venues, Bear Flag Farm just felt like “home.” We were enchanted by the serene and beautiful farm, whose lavender fields, orchards, vineyards, and sycamore trees are the stuff of paradise, and we were equally impressed by owner Tina Reikes, a wonder of a person who we would come to know as an all-around wedding-planning magician. We could see immediately that the farm would provide a spectacularly beautiful backdrop on which we would have the flexibility to bring to life our vision for our wedding day.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Toward the end of our celebration, the band performed a wonderful, French-English duet version of La Vie en Rose for our last dance. Part way through, we realized that our guests had begun to link arms and were slowly bobbing about us in a circle, creating an incredible moment in which the support of our family and friends was visually instantiated. Moments later, everyone treated us to a marvelously ridiculous kazoo send-off as we floated to our getaway car and made our escape together into the starry night.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  On a very practical note, more than one person suggested scuffing up the bottoms of my new shoes, which probably saved me from making an unintentionally grand entrance onto the dance floor.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Planning a wedding ourselves made us see other people’s weddings through an entirely new lens; attending other weddings is a wonderful way to identify things to incorporate (or avoid!) that might not otherwise come to mind. Also, as much as possible, surround yourself with vendors who know weddings inside and out; thanks to ours, we were able to simply enjoy our wedding day to the fullest – one of the best gifts we received!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Consider non-wedding-specific sources for bridesmaid dresses. Designers often require orders many months in advance and can be absurdly expensive, but we were pleasantly surprised that, with a bit of detective work, it was possible to find dresses we liked even better from other sources.

    Photographer: Lisa Lefkowitz / Venue: Bear Flag Farm in Winters, California / Event Planning & Design, Floral Designer: Tina Reikes of Bear Flag Farm / Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Alterations: Michael Sommerfield, Miosa Couture / Shoes: Dessy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff, WHBM, J. Crew / Hair, Makeup: Maria Chang / Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Tuxedos: Black Tie Tuxedo and Formalwear / Officiant: Joshua Greene / Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola Linen / Tent: RAJ / Lighting: Got Light? / Videographer: Koda Pictures / Transportation: California Wine Tours / Getaway Car: Wine Valley Convertible  Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering / Stationery: Hello!Lucky / Music: Baguette QuartetteFil Lorenz Orchestra / Ice Cream Truck: Twirl and Dip / Live Event Painter: Agnes Csiszar Russo / Wooden Flower Place Cards: CompanyFortyTwo

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    What is it about this garden wedding from Sarah Gawler?! From the whimsical venue, to the wildflower-inspired bouquets, to the bride’s gorgeous curls… everything about it has me feeling like I’m in a dream!

    Speaking of dreamy… the bridesmaids wore vintage nightgowns!

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    Says the bride: “My something old was the bridesmaid’s dresses which were all vintage; my something blue was the little flowers in the bouquet; my something borrowed was a beautiful little beaded purse my bridesmaids gave me on the day (which I haven’t actually given back – whoops!); my something new was my veil.”

    After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails (the signature drink was an Aperol Spritz) on the lawn before heading into the barn for dinner and dancing.

    In addition to the barn, Preston Court boasts a Georgian manor, numerous historic farm buildings, a wedding temple, ornamental lakes, and a carousel.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We instantly fell in love with the barn. We knew we wanted the day to be centered around a big feast and the barn was the perfect setting.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite look of long flowing hair and flowers headpieces. It kind of worked with the gardens and lake at the venue.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Walking into the barn with Freddy and seeing the beautiful smiling faces of everyone we loved all there together.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Let others help you! It saves money and takes some of the stress off your plate. Freddy’s mother made the beautiful cake, friends helped with catering and supplies, other friends did the music, and everyone was there on the morning helping to dress the venue.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  I became utterly addicted to blogs, saving pictures and making mood boards for food, dresses, location dressing, hair, make up. It helps to define your vision and be clear with suppliers about what you want.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Choose the things that matter the most to you and spend the money on those things. The guests aren’t obsessing over every tiny detail like you are.

    Photographer: Sarah Gawler / Venue: Preston Court in Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom / Event Planning, Design: Renee Cecile / Dress, Accessories: John Zimmermann / Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat / Veil: Angelica Bridal / Groom’s Suit, Shirt: Acne / Shoes: John Simons / Floral Design: The Real Cut Flower Garden / Folk band: Patch & The Giant / Caterer: Stella Grove / Hair, Makeup: Michelle Marsh / Videography: Cinereportage
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  • Whimsical Garden Wedding at Preston Court

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