The Maine Event
Traveling to Maine for my cousin’s wedding was stressful and rewarding and lots of fun. My favorite guy cousin was getting married, finally, this was the family event of the year!
I’d already been remotely helping Elise, the bride, plan everything from the overall timeline to tiny details here and there for a few weeks, but I’d yet to see the actual space–hello it’s in Maine. I’d also been stressing over what to wear. (it ended up being for nothing because believe it or not, the weather in Maine was the exact same in NOLA–oh well)
The funny thing about where we were staying in Maine was that there were literally NO major hotel chains to stay in. None. So we were forced to stay in this absolutely GORGEOUS bed and breakfast–Admiral Peary Inn. The leaves actually change colors up north, like it’s amazing. On to the wedding festivities.
The second full day we were there was for major set up and planning/organizing and the rehearsal dinner. That meant we had to get a place where annoying, grubby teens gather every summer to shove food down their throats into a spick and span place to say nuptials and party the night away in less than 24 hours. Anyone slightly freaking out yet?
I was, but luckily for me, that fuels my creativity and take charge attitude–besides I’m the resident wedding planner of the family, it’s what I do.
Ellzey’s–in charge of stringing the lights… How many Ellzey’s does it take? (Five plus a Baumgartner)
The Men— in charge of the heavy lifting (and helping Ellzey girls figure out the best way to hang lights)
Bomar/Baumgartner’s— floral design
|That’s a lot of flowers!|
|They looked pretty spectacular in the end AND stayed up and lit the entire time!|
We were rewarded after all of our hard work of stringing lights and various other wedding preparation with tacos for dinner! More specifically, it was a taco bar. Died and gone to heaven here people. Perfect ending to a hectic, busy day.
|From the Lodge–reception space looking down at the Beach–ceremony space|
Note: See how steep that hill is? Yep, I definitely tripped up the hill a few times during the day–Carol is my only witness, hopefully. It takes skill to trip up.
This wedding had a lot of firsts for me. It was really the first wedding I coordinated all on my own AND it was in Maine. People in Maine do weddings way differently than in New Orleans. Also, usually at work I have other people with lots more experience in the industry to help guide me, but this was all me calling the shots.
|This is my “I got this” face + two sisters|
|Hello food truck!|
|Best Men and Best Women!|
Someone found this sign “Elise for Congress” on the side of the road while on the way to the wedding. Boom, instant sign in book. Since they didn’t have one before, it was literally the most perfect thing. The T-shirt: JP’s Pub was just another personal touch. (Side note: ALL of Jonathan’s friends call him JP, which is so weird for me and the rest of the fam. He will always be Jonathan to us!)
Their cake was Vegan Chocolate and “she” was Harry Potter and “he” was a Ninja Turtle–all made out of legos of course.
|The crazy couple during their first dance!|
The reception was hands down THE most fun I’ve had since my last college date party (without my main man, Josh of course). The stressful part was over and it was time to party! My Mimi learned the YMCA and had her first taste of red wine on this trip, my parents were dancing (like I’ve never seen them dance), we were all drinking like fish, it was an all around great time.
|And this is basically my most favorite picture of me and Jonathan– I mean JP|
|Dad busting some kind of “old school” dance move.|