Magic in May at Migis Lodge…The Wedding of Tawnee & Brian

photo by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyI have had the honor of photographing not one magical wedding at Migis this month…but two!  Pinch me.  I’d love to see other Migis weddings…so send them our way (May, June or Oct)!

photo by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyMaine constantly surprises me–just when I think I’ve seen every gorgeous event location…a place like Migis shows up.  Book them early though…they only have weddings in late Spring and early Fall so the generations of guests can vacation during the social season!photo by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyMigis Lodge is nestled in on the pine forested shores of Sebago Lake.  Classic Maine.  It has been a vacation camp in one form or another since 1916.   As legend goes, “Migis” means “a place to steal away and rest” in local Native American by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyThe cabins and the main lodge are all very rustic, but still elegant and comfortable.  Most of the cabins sit steps away from the shore of quiet Sebago by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyTawnee and her three sisters wore complementary periwinkle and bright blue accents.  The white anemones in their bouquets (and hair!) were the  perfect understated by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyKids were a big element at this wedding, and they had fun catching turtles around the island before getting gussied up!photo by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photography Brian and his groomsmen had to be “lured” away from all the great outdoor adventures.  Brian’s work involves squirrel studies, so naturally, the squirrel theme will run through this wedding–from the cufflinks to the table decor.  Leah Haydock, a most wonderful and welcome second shooter for the day, spent some pre-wedding quality time with the boys to get all these fun shots.  Thanks Leah!!photo by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyIt is a Migis Lodge wedding tradition for the bride to hop Captain Tim’s beautiful Chris-Craft boat and take the short, but breathtaking, ride to the ceremony by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyMost couples opt to marry on the grassy waterfront lawn near the main dock, but Tawnee and Brian chose nature’s cathedral overlooking Sebago–right in front of the main by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographydphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman PhotographySo many unique details from Tawnee and Brian for the guests.   They used antique spoons for their escort “cards.”photo by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyThe “felicidades” was a play on Brian’s last name…and Tawnee’s new last name…Felice!photo by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyThe gorgeously fresh buffet at Migis Lodge had something for everyone…all superbly displayed and by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyWe all loved their “recipe” guest book…I’d love to leaf through that and see what her guests will come up by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyI always try to take sunset stroll with my couples…Tawnee & Brian loved this moment!photo by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman Photographyphoto by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyLeah captured this stunning sunset shot as the last “portrait” of the evening…swoon.So many amazing moments of their day…I didn’t even share them all here!  But you get a taste of a beautiful wedding at Migis Lodge.  The pines, the lake, the trails, the wildlife..all beckon and create the most magical wedding experience for you, your family, and your by Geneve Hoffman PhotographyThings we love about Tawnee & Brian’s Migis Lodge Wedding…

Umm..Migis Lodge…first and foremost!  What a true gem.  Robyn, Jed, Tim and all the wonderful staff put the extra special touches in what is already an amazing place.
Marcia Davis Flowers was the floral designer…stunning!
Dress and Bolero by Mikaella.
Invites from Printable Press and envelope liners by Minted.
Cake and Catering by Migis Lodge!  Multi talented place!
Lavender Sea Salt favors were homemade.
Hair and Make up by Bei Capelli in Portland, Maine
Joe Farren performed and DJed.
Connie Mills of All in One Weddings was the officiant.
Rings by Barmakians.
Photography by yours truly, Geneve Hoffman Photography, and Leah Haydock was second shooting, assisted by Wendy Freedman

{all photos by Geneve Hoffman and Leah Haydock}


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Winter wedding inspiration… How romantic!

Yes the peepers are out and daffodils are starting to bloom but from my window there are still bits of snow in the woods reminding me of some gorgeous days of winter blanketed with the romance of white and the sparkle of ice crystals. So before we finally say goodbye to winter here is a look at a wedding inspiration shoot that will warm your heart no matter what the weather!

What we love…
Design, styling and flowers from Beautiful Days.
Gorgeous photos shot on film by  White Loft Studio
Smokey eyes and glowing cheeks! Make up: Jen at Bernadettes Day Spa
Beautiful dress that works perfectly with a fur from Pure Bliss Bridals
Sparkling crystal earrings from Chouettes
Chic hair by Angela at Fresh Hair Studio, Newburyport

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Road Trip…Maine Maple Sunday

Maine Maple SundayOccasionally we go “off road” to feature uniquely Maine happenings.  This week we just had to feature the yearly celebration that everyone looks forward to:  Maine Maple Sunday!   Frigid nights and hints of warm Spring days means one thing in the woods of New England:  maple boiling season is here.   Even though I spent my childhood in New Mexico & Colorado, my mother thankfully “imported” Abbot’s Farm 100% pure maple syrup from Tilton NH by the gallon full–it’s the stuff she grew up on and she wouldn’t let any of that fake stuff pass our lips.  We boiled it and poured it not only pancakes & waffles, but on fresh fallen gathered snow…something every kid should try sometime. 
One thing I’m sure of after tasting all grades and shades of syrup since I was toddler, is that every sugar shack has it’s own distinct flavor.   It comes from many things, including the soil, the maple trees, the each season.  Maple syrup is an incredible ingredient too…just ask any local (or international for that matter) chef their favorite way to use maple and the last thing they will say atop pancakes (although kids of all ages would beg to differ).2012 will be my 10th season touring the shacks of Maine Maple Sunday.    It’s a rare time when dozens of shacks throw open their doors to celebrate the bounty of the season and show off the process.  Maine Maple Sunday is held on the last Sunday in March every year.  Visit the Maine Maple Producers Association links below for a map of all the participating sugar shacks.  There are demonstrations, tastings, farm markets, tractor rides, pancake breakfasts, mini petting zoos, museums, walking tours…but mostly, there is that singular aroma of boiling maple sap in the air.  A cute little maple leaf glass bottle as favors for a wedding or party guest will delight every time.Each shack has it’s own take on  maple production–some use the latest and greatest high tech methods and some are old school.  Part of the fun of Maine Maple Sunday is supporting the robust locavore movement in Maine.Maine Maple season is worthy of celebrating and sharing here at Something Blue!

Things we love about Maine Maple Sunday…

The Maine Maple Producers Association…for opening up their sugar shacks
March in New England…doesn’t get anymore Americana than tapping and boiling on those last days of Winter
Thurston & Peters, Sugar Hill 207-793-2773, and Hilltop Boilers 207-793-8850 were featured.  They are all located in Newfield Maine area.

{all photos by Geneve Hoffman}

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Dreamy Winter Wedding by Maine Seasons Events & Corbin Gurkin

Winter Wedding Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsWe have featured Maine in every season…Spring hope, Summer bliss, and Autumn Warmth..but the sereneness of Winter in Maine is captured so wonderfully in this fantasy wedding design by the creative team of Meagan Gilpatrick at Maine Seasons Events, Corbin Gurkin, and Emily Carter Flowers.Winter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsWinter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsWhat caught our eye was how well the carefully chosen details mimicked all the elements we love about Winter in Maine.  Birch, glistening snow, twinkling lights, and hot cocoa…but with a hint of the Spring to come.Winter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsWinter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsOn a personal note, I feel like I was meant to live in the Victorian times…all I really want to do is sip tea and nibble petit-fours…so this whimsical table scape speaks to me directly!Winter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsDetails like the Scandinavian inspired snowflake pastries by Swans Way below will not be lost on your guests–weddings and special fetes are the perfect time to share such highly crafted and artful goodies.Winter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsWinter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsOne year fur is in, and the next fur is out.  We say…ignore the trends and be warm yet stylish in your own way!Winter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsLove the surprising pop of fuschia and cerulean blue on these images.  It conjures the sky blue days of Summer that we long for in the dead of Winter, and also the gleaming horizon of Penobscot Bay…while keeping in tact all the restrained palettes of Winter.  Winter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsWinter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons EventsWinter Wedding Maine Corbin Gurkin & Maine Seasons Events

We love how Emily Carter, floral designer, describes the approach for the shoot on Style Me Pretty: Our inspiration board combined a lush, simplistic vintage elegance with subtle touches of explicit detail.  I used this to direct my overall look and feel for the floral elements.  The beauty of full blooms of New Zealand peonies and the intricate detail of lady slipper orchids as well as the organic textural elements of various berzillia baubles and brunia berries brought forth a wonderful combination of a vintage style elegance with a touch of organic texture.  French and double tulips were icing on the cake with the combination as their natural tendency to flow and have such a beautiful curve and shape is one that I will always adore.  Silver dusty miller was a beautiful complement to all of these above flowers as its texture speaks for itself, but it also conveniently mimicked the silver mercury glass bowl that we used for the container in the shoot.  Finally, it is a shame that images can not be scratch and sniff, as the aroma of the peonies and the tuberrose was a nice breath of Spring in the midst of a frigid winter day.  For the bouquets, it was impossible to simply create one as I wanted to do a bouquet that would nicely complement the centerpiece elements; however once I found impeccable anemones with black centers, I was compelled to create yet another.  These flowers have the most amazing contrast of not only color, but also the dainty delicate petals contrasted with the heaviness of the dark center is so very inviting.  I will always love these flowers and that is the reasoning behind the second bouquet, as I simply could not go without showcasing their stellar and distinctive beauty.

Things we love about this fantasy Winter Wedding…

The Colloborative Creative Process of these amazing ladies…and what it produces!
Maine Seasons Events…Meagan Gilpatrick has a rustic, whimsical, yet elegant style that shines in the design of this fantasy.  The layers of blue and white and red and fuschia work so harmoniously with the white landscape!
Corbin Gurkin Photography…beautifully capturing the fairy tale layers and textures of the Maine Coast on a serene Winter day.
Emily Carter…for the velvety smooth textures and composed, artful color palette.
Swans Way…for the divinely inspired petit fours and catering.  Yeah, I’m gonna be calling them.
Let Them Eat Cake…I’ve eaten many a luscious cake from Gayle Forte, and this one just takes my breath away.
Ceci New York…for the inspired stationery and divinely azure blue design.
Lo Boheme…for the hair accessories and romantic cake topper.
Temperly London…for the glamorous wedding gown.
Out of Hand…stunning handmade, woodland inspired necklace.
Tina Warwell…for bringing a very light, angelic hand to the styling!
Anthropologie…perfection with the mercury glass ornaments.
Cole Haan…for accessories.
Style Me Pretty…for being a constant amazing source for both wedding creatives and brides.  If you haven’t visited their site yet…oh goodness…clear your schedule for the next 8 hours and get comfortable.
Fox Hill Estate…a private manor with the classic view of Penobscot Bay.
Sharyn Peavey…I recognized my friend and fellow photographer as the coquettish bride!  Rockin it girl!!  Who knew?
Camden Maine in Winter…don’t overlook this quiet, fun filled season for your wedding or fete!  Camden doesn’t shut down like some coastal areas do…and people are ready to cozy up and party down once the snow starts flying.

{all photos by Corbin Gurkin of Corbin Gurkin Photography}

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Christmas in York Village, Maine…York Flower Shop

There’s all kinds of reasons to visit quaint, historic York Village, Maine.  But the York Flower Shop should be at the top–especially in December.  Many people know York as wedding or vacation destination, but the locals know that it lights up best around the holidays.The shop is known as the go to place for any occasion, but the shop looks so enchanting and inviting around the holidays…I just had to pop in!   The York Festival of Lights parade passes right in front of the shop and it is an annual outing and event for most in the area–it signals the beginning of the quiet yet festive holiday season at the beach.  Every year there are contests for best float…and they winners wear it proudly!York Flower Shop feels like a little oasis when you walk in…the scent of balsam and other refreshing seasonal arrangements entices you to linger.  There are so many pretty holiday inspired gifts and arrangements for everyone on your list (and be sure to get something for your own home too!!).  You won’t be able to leave empty handed.Be sure to stop in any time of year to this beautiful shop…but especially during the holidays. Things we love about York Flower Shop and York during the holidays…

All the hidden elves that are surely doing all this amazing work at York Flower Shop!
The York Festival of Lights…cute, classic, New England holiday festival complete with parades and all kinds of historic fun!
Lighting of the Nubble Light…another yearly seaside holiday event not to be missed!

{all photos by Geneve Hoffman Photography}

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