After a New Year's Eve proposal, Jillian Parker and Paul Blakeslee decided to borrow a page from Marie Antoinetteâ€™s playbook for their opulent New England wedding.
The 19th-century reception site near Cape Elizabeth, Maine, proved a unique backdrop for their chosen theme: Versailles. To bring together the couples' home state and their foreign inspiration, they set the stage in Maine, and Sofia Coppolaâ€™s "Marie Antoinette" inspired a rich palette of teal, pale pink, and gold, which played the starring role.
The coupleâ€™s monogram appeared inside a crest with a coat of arms inspired by Marie Antoinette. Its border was borrowed from a box of Laduree macarons from Paris, and the teal-and-gold envelope liner echoed the pattern on the bottle of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, which was used in a signature drink. Each guest also received accommodation information, an itinerary, and a reply card, bound with a matching paper sleeve (papelpress.com).
Paul, a clinical dietitian and culinary school grad, spared no flavor while dreaming up their menu. Oysters, reminiscent of the coupleâ€™s first date, were followed by greens dressed with a vinaigrette that showcased his familyâ€™s maple syrup, and a small cup of gazpacho, a nod to Jillianâ€™s Texas roots. The main course, rack of lamb, paid tribute to a Valentineâ€™s Day meal he had once prepared for his future bride.
Dinner menus featured hand calligraphy, gold engraving, and a Marie Antoinette design.
Location: The Barn on Walnut Hill
Event Production and Design: Lisa Vorce of Oh, How Charming
Catering: Kitchen Chicks Catering
Floral and Event Design: Mindy Rice Floral Design
Stationery: Papel Paper & Press
Cake: Two Fat Cats
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Rehearsal Dinner: Portland Lobster Company
Calligraphy: Anne Jones
DJ: Red Shoe
Tent: Sperry Tents
Rentals: Be Our Guest
Photo Booth: Maine Photo Booth
Lighting: Barker Decor Service
Restrooms: Blow Brothers
Wedding Filmography: Ogden Media
Wedding Photography: Aaron Delesie
Makeup: Michael Wormwood
Transportation: Custom Coach & Limousine
Vintage Car: Maine Limousine Service