Stage Neck Inn York Maine Wedding | Lindsey and Owen

On September 9th, 2017, Lindsey and Owen were married at the Stage Neck Inn in York, Maine. They had their first look and ceremony on the lawn overlooking the ocean. They were lucky enough to have a very beautiful sunset that evening, which made for some amazing photos. Lindsey and Owen were announced into their reception where they shared their first dance. After the speeches and toasts, everyone enjoyed a lovely dinner. After dinner, the couple shared dances with their parents, they cut their wedding cake and Lindsey did a bouquet toss. The rest of the evening, Lindsey and Owen danced the night away surrounded by family and friends. It was truly the most perfect day anyone could hope for.

I asked Lindsey some questions about her special day:

How did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

We originally wanted to have a beautiful barn wedding but I also loved the ocean at the same time. I was down in York one day and I had just ran into Stage Neck Inn and fell in love immediately. I took Owen down there next chance we got and he felt the same way. I wanted a classic, elegant wedding with beautiful flowers and wanted the most beautiful backdrop by the ocean. 

What was your color palette and your style vision?

Our color palette was teal, white/cream, and peach. Teal was centered around the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen's bow ties. We choose a lot of cream ribbons and peach flowers. We added a little bit of violet in my bouquet with berries and having a layer of blueberry in our cake too!

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

Owen's favorite moment was the first look we did by the ocean. It gave us a second to enjoy our day just the two of us. My favorite moment was walking down the aisle. I loved that Owen was standing there waiting. It was surreal to be surrounded by all these family and friends we have known for ever and having our best friends stand by us.  

What song did you do your first dance to? 

Thomas Rhett - Die A Happy Man

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

Flowers were from York Flower Shop, centerpieces were hurricane vases surrounded by a floral wreath of baby's breath, greens and berries. They had a little sand in the bottom with a white candle. The bridesmaid bouquets were made with baby's breath and peach David Austin roses.  My gown was from David’s Bridal. It was mermaid cut with a beautiful belt that was sewn in. It was the dress I just kept putting back on and I knew it was the one from the start. I had a lace veil from David’s Bridal as well. My wedding favors were from Maine Wedding Artist, aka Beth!  They were hand painted buoys to match our wedding colors. I had seen these in stores in Portland and online right after we got engaged and I knew I had to have these as our favors! Our cake was made by Cake Elizabeth, it was white to teal ombre frosting 4 tier alternating flavor of blueberry and Baileys cream with champagne cake throughout.

What advice would you give to couples who are currently planning their wedding?

Keep calm and plan on! Tackle the big picture things first, you don't want to be scrambling on anything super important super late in the game. Tough decisions will be made, don't be afraid to upset people, it's your day. Most importantly, enjoy the process and have fun with it.

Wedding Vendors

Venue: Stage Neck Inn

Wedding Coordinator: Dawn Whittemore

Second Photographer: Andrea Simmons

DJ: Mark Sawyer

Florist: York Flower Shop

Hair and make-up: Euphoria Salon

Videographer: Mark Sawyer

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Cake: Cake Elizabeth

Officiant: Julie Draper

North Peak Lodge Sunday River Maine Wedding: Katie and David

On July 22nd, 2017, Katie and David were married at Peak Lodge, which is one of Sunday River’s many mountain-side wedding ceremony locations. The unique chairlift transportation to the venue provided the couple and their wedding guests with spectacular views during the seven minute ride. The wedding ceremony took place at the arbor of the outdoor patio of the lodge, which overlooks the breathtaking Newry and Bethel Maine mountainside.

The couple shared their first dance on the dance floor of the beautiful wood-beamed lodge. After the heartfelt toasts and speeches by Katie’s father, the best man and maid of honor, everyone enjoyed a wonderful dinner. The buffet style dinner stations featured Maine lobster rolls, beef tenderloin and fresh steamed vegetables.

We took Katie and David outside again at sunset to take advantage of the amazing colors in the sky that evening. They were so lucky to have such a perfect location for their wedding photos!

Everyone enjoyed the rest of the reception which included great dance music and of course, a packed dance floor. To finish off the prefect evening, Katie and David’s wedding guests surrounded them with sparklers as they said their farewells and departed as husband and wife.

Here’s a little more about the wedding in Katie’s words:

Tell us how the two of you met.

We met while playing trivia at a local pizza place.

Please describe you how you got engaged.

The proposal took place on Christmas Eve. It was the first Christmas that we didn't travel out of state to see family. Dave made dinner for us and then we decided to open our gifts instead of waiting until Christmas. After we opened our presents, Dave said that he might have one more gift and gave me the ring. We didn't call or tell anyone until the next day. We went skiing on Christmas Day.

What was your vision and color palate for your wedding?

Our color palette was navy and blush. I wanted the wedding to be simple but beautiful.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

I think my favorite moment of our wedding day was just seeing all our friends and family in one place. I also liked the chairlift ride up to the venue.

What was your first dance song?

Our first dance was to Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan.

Tell us about the details of your special day, including your dress, flowers, cake, etc.

Our flowers were really simple, pale pink roses and spider poms with a lot of greenery. We had cupcakes instead of cake and they were delicious. We had four flavors; chocolate, red velvet, strawberry and carrot.  My dress is from Allure Bridals and is a strapless, sheath style dress in antique/ivory with lace and beadwork. Our rings are from Brilliant Earth, their diamonds are all ethically sourced and the metals are recycled.

Wedding Vendors:

Photography: Trina Dinnar Photography

Venue: Peak Lodge at Sunday River

Officiant: Rhonda Tate, Notary

Cake: Piece of Cake by Carri McPherson

Hair/Makeup: Island Indulgence Spa

Florist: Pooh Corner Farm

Are you getting married? Whether you are looking for a North Peak Lodge Sunday River wedding photographer or a wedding photographer in Maine or beyond, Trina Dinnar Photography specializes in capturing weddings, elopements, engagements and vow-renewals. Reach out to us here to learn more!

Sunday River Jordan Terrace Newry Maine Wedding

Sunday River Resort, located in the heart of the mountains of western Maine, is the perfect destination to say “I do.” I was thrilled when I learned that Elizabeth and Robert would be having their wedding at Jordan Terrace, which is one of the many locations at Sunday River that hosts ceremonies and receptions.

Their wedding ceremony at Jordan Terrace offered scenic views of Sunday River’s alpine Jordan Bowl, which provided a picturesque outdoor ceremony. Following the ceremony was a lovely wedding reception at Sliders Restaurant, whose intimate post-and-beam architecture made for a unique location.

Perhaps the most amazing moment was when a rainbow appeared right over the mountains surrounding Jordan Terrace. It was truly a sight to be seen!

I asked Elizabeth to tell me a little more about her and Robert’s special day:

How did you two meet? 

We met in 2012 when I first started my big girl job at UPMC. 

When and where did your engagement take place? Please describe the proposal. 

I actually proposed to Rob. Our 3 year dating anniversary was coming up and I decided to pop the question when we were heading south to Hot Springs, North Carolina Memorial weekend. I ordered his engagement/wedding band online from Ireland before hand and it was burning a hole in my pocket. On our get away, we went for a short hike and had BLTs’ for lunch and I knew if I didn’t take the opportunity then to do it, I would lose all confidence in ever doing it. So, I told him “You can’t say no.”, pulled out the ring box from under the couch and slid the ring on his finger. He was bit confused then asked if we were officially engaged. 

How did you envision your wedding being prior to planning? 

I knew I wanted a small, relaxed, chill wedding with minimal planning involved but with delicious food.

What was your color palette and your style vision? 

We chose lilac, grey, and champagne and wanted minimal decorations/planning involved with the wedding because at the time we were living in Pittsburgh and anticipating a move in December up to Boston.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day? 

Watching everyone enjoying themselves

What song did you do your first dance to? 

Thousand years cover by Boyce Avenue

Tell us about your flowers, your gown and your cake.

I folded both paper bouquets. It took about 8 months to do, made the pistol and stamen for some of the flowers using wire, a hot glue, and yellow nail polish, and added fake baby’s breath.

My gown is a homage to both the Korean and American culture. The white dress color and veil was the Western take on the outfit where the East was a modern twist on the Korean traditional hanbok/paebak dress including the headpiece, petticoat, socks, pants, and shoes. 

Our cake was a basic cake with Maine blueberry filling. 

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Jordan Terrace at Sunday River

DJ: M&M Entertainment (Mike Mahoney)

Catering: Sliders Restaurant

Wedding Dress (store and brand of dress): 진성한복 (Custom made in South Korea)

Bride's Shoes: 진성한복

Men's Attire: Mens Warehouse

Wedding Rings: Groom ring is from My Irish Jeweler. Bride’s from James Allen

Jewelry/Hairpieces: 진성한복

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Vow to be Chic

Cake & Desserts: Heavenly Delights Bakery

Officiant: Heather Rose

Stationary: Vista Print

Wentworth By the Sea New Castle New Hampshire Wedding

On June 10th, 2017, Jillian and James were married at the Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire. Their ceremony took place outside at the gazebo and it was the perfect warm, late spring day for the couple to exchange vows. After the ceremony, we did portraits all over the lovely property of the resort. There were so many beautiful locations that included flower gardens, open areas of perfectly-mowed lawn, and even a quaint little arbor. Once we finished the portraits, a lovely reception followed in the Wentworth Ballroom. Jillian and James were announced in and their wedding party surrounded the dance floor as the couple shared their first dance. Next, they received four heartfelt speeches and toasts. After the cake was cut, there was a garter and bouquet toss. The rest of the evening was filled with laughter, dancing and unforgettable memories.

I’m so honored to have been part of Jillian and James’ special day and had a blast working with them. I asked Jillian to share a little more about their love story:

When and where did your engagement take place? Please describe the proposal.

Our engagement happened on Valentine’s Day of 2016. James had the whole day planned out with some funny jokes along the way. All day he had been giving me joke gifts: in the morning he came down with a ring box and got on one knee, when he opened it it was a candy ring. This threw me off so I had no idea we would be getting engaged that day. He took me out for coffee at our favorite shop in Kittery, Lil’s Cafe. After that he asked if I wanted to go to Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH for a quick walk, I was hesitant since it was the coldest day of the winter that day but we went. He took a gift bag out of the car and we walked over to the bench we had sat on our first date. He had me open the gift and I took out a necklace box and I just assumed this was a valentine’s gift, I opened it up and it was a candy necklace :)  I laughed and turned to put it down and when I turned back around he was down on one knee with the actual engagement ring.

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

I always envisioned our wedding in the summer somewhere close to the ocean. I have grown up on the coast of New England my whole life so being near the ocean was important to me. I went through many theme and color ideas but I really just wanted a classic, timeless style wedding.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

Our color palette was Shades of Blue, grey and white. James and I's favorite color is blue so we definitely knew we wanted lots of blue. My style vision was a classic New England coastal wedding, which is why we went with the Wentworth as a venue because it really shows that historic feel of this area. We were both born and raised in New England, on the coast and we truly love this area.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

My favorite moment was when my dad first saw me, and also when I walked down the aisle and saw James. He looked so happy and stunned which is what I was hoping for! We also of course loved the dancing! It was really hard to pick a moment because we thought the whole day was so perfect!!

What song did you do your first dance to? 

Our First dance was to Everything by Michael Buble. We chose it because it was an upbeat and fun love song!

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

My gown was a Maggie Sottero, trumpet style gown, champagne color under the lace overlay. It had rhinestones around the sweetheart neckline. For our flowers we wanted to have garden flowers: Peonies, Garden roses, tweedia and lots of greenery. I wanted the style of flowers to be natural and free flowing. The centerpieces had blue and white hydrangeas, white peonies and dark blue delphinium to contrast the white and light blue. Our cake had three different flavors: Lemon strawberry, middle layer was carrot and the top layer was a lemon ginger. The cake was white decorated with blue hydrangeas and white roses. Our favors were made by my Mom Bernadette, who has her own garden pottery business. She made the little boxes and they were filled with mints.

What advice would you give to couples who are currently planning their wedding?

Advice for couples planning their wedding is leave the stress out of it and just enjoy the process. I went into our wedding feeling so relaxed because we hired such great people to handle everything. Don't stress because it's one of the happiest times of your life, so even if things don't always go perfectly always have fun with the process and especially on the day of your wedding!

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Wentworth by the Sea

Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Abigail Lajoie

DJ: Clark with Fred Pappalardo Disk Jockeys

Florist: Jardiniere Flowers

Dress: Pure Bliss Bridal Boutique in Newburyport, MA

Men's Attire: Tuxedos and Suits with Style in Newington, NH

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Weddington Way

Cake: Jacques Pastries

Officiant: David Tompkinson

Stationary: Portsmouth Invitation Company & Wedding Paper Divas

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Freeport Maine Wedding

It was such an honor to photograph Stacey and Eric’s June 3rd, 2017 wedding! The wedding ceremony took place at the Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth, Maine and was followed by an elegant reception at the Hilton Garden in Downtown Freeport. After the parents, wedding party and bride and groom were announced into the reception, they received heartfelt toasts and speeches from the best man and maid of honor. Everyone then enjoyed a buffet-style dinner which included various salads, roasted vegetables, chicken and carved beef. Stacey and Eric took the dance floor and shared an unforgettable first dance, followed by Stacey’s dance with her father and Eric’s dance with his mother. After the cake cutting, they did a bouquet and garter toss and the rest of the evening, the dance floor was open to everyone. All in all, it was a beautiful day. I asked Stacey to share a few more details about their special day:

When and where did your engagement take place? Please describe the proposal.

Eric proposed to me by China Lake in China, ME two days before Christmas 2015. Eric and I went out for a drive and made a pit stop at China Lake. Sometimes we do this to just enjoy the beautiful views of the lake, so I didn’t really think anything of it. We got out of the truck and before I knew it, he was on one knee with a ring in his hand asking me to marry him. It all happened so fast and was a complete surprise to me!

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

Prior to planning, we thought we wanted something small and low key. As we got into planning and really envisioning what the day would look like and who we wanted to be there, the wedding grew to be a much larger event. In the beginning we were toying with a country theme, maybe a barn wedding like so many do these days. However, as we looked at venues, our vision changed to a more elegant look—we eventually settled on a church in Yarmouth and a reception location at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. We were very happy with our choice!

What was your color palette and your style vision?

Our wedding was a mix of rich royal blue and even toned yellow colors. We were going for a summer feel and the colors ended up being beautiful together. It’s funny because one of the main colors for my mom’s wedding was royal blue---I had no idea when I chose my colors, but it just goes to show the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It’s something I will always look back on with a smile.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

The favorite moment of the wedding day was being able to share the experience with all of our closest family and friends. It was a day filled with love, laughter, and contentment. Oh, and saying “I do” was pretty great too!

What song did you do your first dance to?

Our first dance song was Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not by Thompson Square. That has been “our” song since we started dating 6 years ago so we knew it had to be the one we danced to on our wedding day.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

As I mentioned, the wedding colors were royal blue and yellow---the bridesmaid dresses were royal blue, so the flowers were yellow. The bridal bouquet was a mix of yellow roses, yellow carnations, green hydrangea, and baby’s breath. The bridesmaid bouquets were a mix of yellow carnations, green hydrangea, blue irises, and baby’s breath. The blue irises in the bridesmaid bouquets were my favorite.

My wedding gown was by far my most favorite part of planning the wedding. The satin gown featured an illusion neckline with a gorgeous lace back. It fit like a glove!

Wedding Vendors:

Venues: Sacred Heart Church and Hilton Garden Inn 

DJ: Double Platinum Celebrations

Second Photographer: Autumn Wells

Florist: Wildflower Florist

Hair: Epic Image Salon

Dress: Blush Bridal

Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Rings: Day’s Jewelers

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Andrea’s Bridal