New Yorkers Leslie and Randy opted for a destination wedding on a small island off the coast of Maine. The intimate New England nuptials took place on a sunny late-September day in 2010.
After considering several locations (Palm Springs, Puerto Rico, a Vermont farm), the couple settled on a place they had lived for a year -- Maine. Specifically, they picked the historic Chebeague Island Inn for its quaint setting.
"One of the best experiences at the inn is to sit on the huge porch and watch the sun go down over the water," Leslie says. So, the pair drew inspiration from the sunset and chose a palette of coral, pink, gold, and yellow for the wedding.
Fox, turkey, lobster, and squirrel icons appeared on the invitation suite and again on the escort cards. They represented various wild animals the couple encountered during their year in Maine. A bicycle icon was also incorporated, to represent the bride's main mode of transportation during that time.
In Japanese culture, during Tanabata (the Star Festival) people write their wishes on pieces of paper and hang them on a tree in the hope they'll come true. In honor of the bride's background, a tray of paper strips was set out by a "tree" of bittersweet branches for guests to write their well-wishes on.
Three large paper lanterns from Ikea hung over the dessert table, which was piled high with coconut macaroons, tartlets, piroulines, mini chocolate Bundt cakes, French macarons, shortbread cookies, cupcakes, meringues, and lemon drops. Anchoring the sweets was a cake by Two Fat Cats, decorated with gum paste flowers made by Sugar Flower Cake Shop.
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