Classic Coastal Maine Wedding

Classic Coastal Maine Wedding

Taylor and Michael both attended Bates College and enjoyed spending summers in Friendship, Maine, so there was no doubt that the couple would have a coastal Maine wedding. They wanted their guests to enjoy a quintessential Maine summer experience so they invited all of their guests to stay on site at Point Lookout’s charming mountain-side cabins to create a mini-vacation vibe. / Images by Brea McDonald Photography.

Says Taylor, “Mike and I met at Bates College in Lewiston and spent many summer days at my parents’ house in Friendship, so Maine was the obvious choice for our wedding. We wanted to share Maine’s stunning coastline with our guests, so it was important that our venue showcase that. Point Lookout’s mountain top view of the Penobscot Bay was the clear winner in that regard. Similarly, we chose elements of our wedding that reflected the rustic beauty of Maine’s mid-coast region; from the wedding bouquet wildflowers, the silver tea lights that sparkled like sun on the ocean, the deep navy and dusty blues, to the moose that flanked the entryway of Point Lookout’s Summit facility.

In addition to experiencing all the things that make Maine summer’s special–lobster rolls, lupines, salty air, and sailboats–we wanted our guests to both feel like an intimate part of our celebration and also enjoy the weekend as a mini vacation. All our guests stayed on site at Point Lookout’s charming mountain-side cabins. Family and friends took advantage of the multi-bedroom cabins and close proximity by lounging together in Adirondack chairs during the day and roasting s’mores around fire pits in the evening. We also encouraged guests to explore the best parts of Maine: go hiking at Camden State Park, eat seafood on picnic benches on Lincolnville Beach, and see historic lighthouses by way of boat.

I’m naturally a decisive person, so the dress-buying experience was very quick. My Maid of Honor called it, too; she said I would try on three dresses and pick from those three. As she predicted, I bought the third dress I tried on. I wanted a ball gown with a timeless appeal and a romantic train. The ruched sweetheart bodice reminded me of seashells and mermaids, which was perfect for our coastal wedding. I bought my WToo by Watters gown at a trunk show at Madeleine’s Daughter in Portsmouth, NH. The WToo representative was able to add covered buttons down the back of the dress and removeable off-the-shoulder sleeves to enhance the look. I believe everything you hear about finding ‘the one’ is true; the second I put the gown on, I never wanted to take it off.

My lace-trimmed veil was borrowed from a family friend who was married 10-years prior. As a teenager dreaming of becoming a bride one day, I put on her veil after her wedding and my Mom snapped a photo. A decade later, I wore that veil again! I will treasure that special connection she and I will forever have.  

Favorite touches? Gosh, there were so many! It was important to us to incorporate elements that mirrored bucolic charm but also called on nostalgic memories and elements of home. We had a custom watercolor wedding map designed by Mulberry and Elm that illustrated the key elements of our love story. The map was framed and displayed at our wedding, and also incorporated in our invitation suite. It now hangs in our bedroom.

I gifted Mike with custom cufflinks made of maps of our home in Boston and Maine where we met, got engaged, and married. Similarly, I gave custom cufflinks to my father that were made out of childhood photos of me. I wanted to remind him our family vacations sailing in Maine and that I will always be his little girl.

Mike and I love bright colors and we also wanted to weave in the beautiful greens and blues of Maine’s watery coastline. Mike had custom watercolor-print ties from General Knot made for the groomsmen and our fathers that blended all these elements together.

Our guests know that Mike and I have a deep love for Thai food. In writing our vows, we wanted to express our affinity for our favorite cuisine and also show our guests that as a couple, we love to laugh and don’t take ourselves too seriously. While we vowed [to] love each other forever, we promised to always share our crab rangoons and spicy noodles.

Favorite memories? The biggest surprise to me was when my father made a second toast at the wedding as an introduction to our Father Daughter dance. We made a non-traditional song choice and picked ‘Return to Pooh Corner’ by Kenny Loggins. That song revives so many childhood memories of our sailing trips to Maine and our shared love of all things Winnie the Pooh, and my father wanted our guests to understand the significance of this tradition and how special it was to us both.

Before our ceremony, Mike and I did a first look at Point Lookout’s private beach. As I’m walking down the path towards Mike who is facing away and can’t see me, all of our Bates friends are walking up from a day at the beach in their bathing suits and towels. It made for a great laugh for both Mike and I as our friends are reacting to seeing me in the white dress and Mike is still waiting for his bride to meet him. We got great impromptu photos of them and even some selfies. It was an unplanned moment that perfectly broke the ice.

We ended the night with an after-party at Point Lookout’s bowling alley and arcade. I’ll never forget bowling in my wedding dress!

Advice? Take five minutes after the ceremony to have a few moments as a married couple before greeting your guests. Have a glass of champagne, steal a few kisses,  and squeal with delight that you’re married! It will be the only alone time you get all day. For the rest of the night, go everywhere together: to the bar, to thank guests, to get dessert, to dance. The day goes by so quickly and 20 years from now you will want to treasure the memories of each other the most.

Also, consider taking dance lessons; if for any reason because it is a fun and intimate way to re-connect with your partner amongst all the pre-wedding madness. Mike and I decided to take a few lessons and we were so glad we did. We were confident during our first dance and it was so fun to hear our guests’ surprised reactions as we spun, dipped, and glided around the dance floor. And as a bonus, we will forever know how to dance.P

Photography: Brea McDonald Photography | Venue: Point Lookout | Videographer: Josh Swan, Media Northeast | Floral Designer: Seasons Downeast | Cake: Sweet Sensations | Band: Larry Williams | Wedding Stationery: Mulberry & Elm | Hair: Colleen, Aphrodite Salon | Make-up: Brenda, Adore Rouge