I photographed this curated photo shoot this past spring. it was a memorable experience and combined the talents of some of New England’s most seasoned and non-traditional wedding professionals. The shoot was designed to capture the romance of the bourgeois lifestyle of those who once spent spring and summer along the coast of New England, mixed with the confidence and sensibility of the current millennial bride and groom.
As the theme materialized, we found it very important to also document the artisan’s creative process; behind the scenes photos are also included, it was truly a collaborative effort.
I hope you enjoy this album, and find inspiration in the work we did. Much more information is below. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Planner: Blissful Beginnings http://www.blissfulbeginnings.com/index2.php Melanie Voros
Florist: Marigold Floral www.marigoldfloral.com Leslie Otto
Photographer: Alexandra Daley-Clark www.classicmaineweddings.com
Caterer: The Hunter’s Bend – Frank and Rebecca (207) 808-8391 [email protected]
Event Painting: Ken Lund http://www.kenlund.com/
Wedding Dress: Blue Eyed Boutique http://-.com/shop/ Hannah Brown
Jewelry: Nelson Rarities, Inc http://www.nelsonrarities.com/
Cake: Siren Cake Studio http://www.sirencakestudio.com/ Eva Geiger
Cocktails: Vena’s Fizz House www.venasfizzhouse.com
Staging: Details Event Staging http://detailseventstaging.com/ Rick Taranto
Hair and Make-up: Crown and Halo http://www.crownandhalo.com/ Danylle Hickok
Models: Neala Broderick and Robert Walsh, plus Basil the dog
Antiques: Found, Portland, Maine (207) 712-3951
More about this styled shoot:
Set in the sleepy village of Bailey Island, Maine at historic Library Hall – the structural embodiment of today’s “book club”- we reflect on the passion of a “Summer Love” by dreaming up a wedding blending early 1900’s elements and the independent and somewhat off-beat sensibility of today’s young lovers. Built in 1911, Library Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places, and serves as the center of this small Maine island community, it frequently hosts small, classic coastal Maine weddings. Blending old and new elements, accessible and available to couples today, with unique antique pieces of bronze, vintage crystal, and period estate jewelry, this wedding appeals to those who have an appreciation for exquisite, timeless and romantic details. Florals were inspired by the scene found just outside the hall’s doors which overlook picturesque Mackerel Cove. Early spring buds of peonies, magnolia, apple blossom branches and ferns were combined with English garden roses, French tulips, astible and anemones reminiscent of the times.Some truly one-of-a-kind elements were featured in this shoot, including a live event painter, Ken Lund, who memorialized in an oil painting a scene to serve as a timeless keepsake for the couple. Drawing inspiration from his own summers on Maine’s Mt. Desert Island, the painter focused on the wedding couple quietly reading together, juxtaposed against the timeless room filled with classic novels and wedding details. Relishing in the bright early spring sunlight filtering through the original glass doors he captured a moment of romanticism for the ages.
Two stunning vintage gowns were repurposed by a local dressmaker whose business is founded on the principle of reuse and redesign. The veil, was made with modern tulle but vintage lace and satin. It was built specifically for the shoot and to go with these dresses. Fine period estate jewelry was borrowed from a local dealer, and complimented each dress specifically. A local mixologist, Vena’s Fizz House, created the signature cocktail: The Bluebird Martini using locally made blueberry- infused Backriver Gin, Carpano Antica Vermouth, locally produced, Owl and Whale persimmon bitters with a dash of fresh squeezed lemon juice and blueberry garnish. Our baker brought her own interpretation of art deco to a stunning conclusion with a Madagascar vanilla cake with lavender salted caramel filling and classic American buttercream, it was decorated in mint-green fondant with hand cut and hand painted gold appliques as well as striking black bas relief gum-paste flowers. Borrowing from the shelves of the hall, antique books were used in almost every scene to weave a sophisticated literary vibe throughout.
Hair and make-up inspiration came from the Great Gatsby with a coastal airiness. The artist pictured a modern youthful Bride and Groom that came together in a place where time stood still. The bridal look is clean and romantic. The makeup was well balanced with a smoky eye and a dark berry lip. The hair style was soft but needed had enough structure to effortlessly fit under the Juliette cap and veil. The Groom’s hair was cut into a strong shape finished with a pomade for a polished look.
A typewriter font on the menu cards lists the refreshing spring and sea inspired local menu.
champagne & caviar: taittinger granita, crème fraîche, tarragon
caldwell farm steak tartare: fiddlehead, soft egg, pumpernickel
seared atlantic halibut: summer market pistou, bacon
fruits de mer picnic platter:
steamed mussels with saffron aioli, raw oysters and clams
boston sweet shrimp with lemon lime vinaigrette, lobster
scallop ceviche with stone fruit, citrus and micro cilantro
From our chefs: When we heard “Gatsby inspired”, we immediately went to a place of the elegance and finesse of those times, while still incorporating our style and passion for locality. The first course is our interpretation of “champagne and caviar”, a timeless indulgence that was free-flowing at the soirees of the time. Champagne is frozen with just a touch of vinegar for acidity and acts as a perfect vehicle for the caviar on a hot summer day. We knew we wanted to incorporate fiddlehead ferns as they are a special, local treat here in Maine, and their emerald color was a nice complement to the decor. And steak tartare is just a natural when we think back to the legendary steakhouses of that era, such as 21 Club in New York City, which started as a prohibition-era speakeasy that still exists today. Caldwell Farm is an organic, local family farm that has been in business for over 65 years and raise a beautiful, high quality product. As a contrast to the richness of the second course, we chose to keep the entree clean and light, seared Atlantic halibut in a chilled summer vegetable and herb pistou. The fruits de mer platter is dressed with fresh seaweed pulled from the waters just outside the venue. A mix of raw and cooked shellfish including oysters, clams, mussels, Boston sweet shrimp, lobster and scallops, are paired with a variety of dipping sauces and garnishes… an obvious choice for an elegant Maine wedding.