A Colorful Outdoor Destination Wedding in Maine
Leslie and Randy
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.
Leslie, a graphic designer, dreamed up the stationery, which was then letterpressed by Mandate Press.
The Welcome Bag
Silkscreened tote bags designed by Leslie depicted Maine motifs and were filled with snacks.
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.
The soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Engler walked to nearby Hamilton Beach for a few seaside portraits.
The Bridal Look
One of the bride's friends hand-stitched the couple's names onto a bit of ribbon. Leslie pinned it to the inside of her dress as her "something blue."
Leslie's bouquet contained garden roses, paniculata hydrangeas, bittersweet, and scabiosa pods from FiftyFlowers, all tied with peach satin ribbon.
Randy accented his Paul Smith suit with a rose and bittersweet boutonniere and soft-pink pocket square.
Portraits on the Porch
Photographer Michele M. Waite captured the generations of the soon-to-be joined families in a stately group prior to the sunset ceremony.
All in the Family
Randy and his grandmother Jean Ackerman.
A Special Guest
Cody, the venue owners' golden retriever, joined everyone during the weekend's festivities, and enjoyed the ceremony site before everyone else.
Programs were tucked under each seat cushion prior to the ceremony.
Instead of a traditional ring pillow, the wedding bands were strung onto satin ribbon and tied around the young ring bearer's wrist.
Leslie's father, Hiroshi Ogino, escorted her down the steps of the inn to the lawn for the ceremony as Timothy Garrett played Pachelbel's "Canon" on the cello.
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.
Inside the tent, 100 paper lanterns and 400 feet of cafe lights were hung above long tables decorated with golden yellow napkins and glass votives.
The Place Settings
Trios of French macarons from MadMac were packaged in cellophane and tied off with tags featuring guests' names. Placed at each plate, they served as a place card.
Red vintage glassware housed some of the floral centerpieces.
Clear glassware was used to showcase butter-hued arrangements during the seated dinner. Guests enjoyed white asparagus soup, roasted beet salad, braised Maine short ribs, and pan-seared scallops prepared on-site by Chebeague Island Inn.
Leslie and Randy danced to Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is," which was also the same song the groom's brother, Bart, had chosen for the first dance at his wedding. Dominic and the Lucid, a local Portland band, kept the guests dancing.
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.