* Migis Lodge wedding of Erin and Pat in South Casco, Maine

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photographers: Whitney and Megan, emilie inc. photography
venue: Migis Lodge, South Casco, Maine
officiant: bride's family member
caterer: Migis Lodge
florist: Marcia Davis Flowers
ceremony musician: Kate Webber
dj: Greg Powers Entertainment
cake: Charity Catruch, Migis Lodge
hair/make-up: Salon at 616, Casco, Maine
gown: Priscilla of Boston
invitations: Becky Colley, Dana Herd Designs
honeymoon: Kauai

A few weeks ago I finished my last wedding of the season at Migis Lodge. Whitney and Megan finished their season there as well the weekend after. We all agree we could go back there again and again and again (like I did three weekends in a row last spring!) and never tire of this place, the perfect venue to round out an amazing season of celebrations.

Campy chic, Migis provides a spectacular backdrop, staff and food (best buffet ever, no?!) to spoil your guests with the most amazingly memorable, relaxed retreat setting. And just a quick jaunt from Portland, you can't beat the location. It's the sort of place we talk about vacationing as a family.

Erin and Pat's wedding featured all sorts of fun... pumpkins, boat ceremony entrance, belly laughs aplenty and might you recognize that funny groomsman? Yup, the one and only Bob Marley is a longtime friend of the groom and treated the guests to a hilarious after-party.  

How they chose Migis:
Pat and I own a cabin (or as he calls it, a "camp"... he's the Mainer in the relationship!) in Denmark. We spend many weekends up there and have developed amazing memories in the lakes region of Maine. When we got engaged, we knew immediately that we wanted to share the experience with our friends and family. When we visited Migis, we fell in love with its beautiful setting and natural beauty. Fall is our favorite season, so we are really looking forward to an outdoor ceremony with a brilliant seasonal, lakeside backdrop.

Happy Halloween from our little piggy

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A pig was Will's favorite first stuffed animal so it seemed the likely choice when I showed him three costumes on Etsy and let him pick which one he wanted to be for his first Halloween. His face lit up when I showed him the piggy and so naturally, it's the one we went with. Pink is a power color on males, no? Our carved pumpkin this year was a depiction of Will... four teeth on top, three on the bottom. Lady Gaga and Angry Birds were the most popular costumes for 2011. What did you dress up as?

State of Maine Wedding Industry Survey

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We already know that Maine’s wedding vendors are a talented and professional bunch. But what we don’t know is how 2011 is shaping up for them and what they expect for their businesses next year.

That’s why our own Love & Lobster has teamed up with Real Maine Weddings, the Maine Wedding Association and Tide Creative, a Maine-based wedding marketing and consulting firm, to conduct the State of Maine Wedding Industry Survey.

The survey is open to any Maine business that works in the wedding industry, and we invite each and every one of you to participate. Spend about a minute answering 11 quick questions, and you’ll be among the first to learn the results by the end of November. The survey ends on November 4th.

Plus, we’re offering three prizes to help kick your booking season into high gear. We’ll draw winners at random for advertising spots on yours truly, Love & Lobster, as well as on the websites of Real Maine Weddings and the Maine Wedding Association.

We want to hear from you! Please, take a moment to tell us about your business at www.stateofmaineweddingindustrysurvey.com.

* Abenaqui Country Club wedding of Emily and Tyler in Rye Beach, New Hampshire

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photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photography
coordinator and event designer: Amy Piper, Signature Events
ceremony: St. Andrew's By the Sea, Rye Beach, New Hampshire
officiant: David Tomkinson, Pathways to Personal Growth
bagpiper: Gordon Webster
reception: Abenaqui Country Club, Rye Beach, New Hampshire
florist: F as in Flowers, Exeter, New Hampshire
band: First Class Band
tent: Sperry Tents 
lighting: Port Lighting Systems
cake: Ooo La La Creative Cakes
cupcakes: Party Favors, Brookline, MA
photo booth: Images Event Studios
hair: Patrick Shumay, The Atrium
gown: Sassi Holford at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon
transportation: Paul Connolly and Seacoast Trolley
invitations: Celeste Simpson, Impress Me Designs
honeymoon: Belize

Emily and Tyler live just outside New York City, but married in Emily's hometown, the sweet seaside town of Rye Beach, New Hampshire. We love their fall wedding and bold reception decor. Hats off to you both for your unique vision and thanks so much for having Whitney photograph your big day! Beautiful!

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