8 Sep

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

If you love history, nature, and those New England summer vibes, you’ll totally fall in love with this venue. Mike and Kate wanted to tie the knot somewhere that encompassed all the things they loved, and found that in Wells Reserve at Laudholm – a space rarely used as a venue. Kate says, We wanted something truly special and unique for us, and given our love of the ocean, farming, and conservation, Laudholm Farm (historic farm turned estuarine research reserve on the coast of Maine) was more than perfect; it was a dreamland. 

A big shout out to Jen Huang for the photos below.

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Surrounded by friends + flowers… what a dream!

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

It was super important to K + M that their guests felt comfortable, even amidst a hot July in Maine – so they told them to wear what they wanted and provided drinks and lawn sports, while the farm gave everyone space to spread out in a laidback environment. Kate says relaxed is the way to go… She even went surfing the morning of. Love this attitude!

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Everything about this is just perfection.

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

They went local whenever possible – with delectable eats from Dandelion Catering + flowers from Marianmade Farm. Not to mention that both their Day of Coordinator and DJ were also in the wedding party!

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Refreshments, anyone?

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

Coastal Maine Wedding | Photo by Jen Huang | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78140

We really both can’t say enough about how wonderful, helpful, and talented our family and friends. The first hurricane of the season, Arthur, hit the east coast on July 4th. Our amazing bridesmaids had been asked to set up decorations and they ended up struggling through seriously strong wind all morning. Chairs were falling over and plates were literally flying off tables. Despite this, they did a beautiful job. The wind died down by the ceremony and we had perfect weather plus – fireworks that had been postponed the day before!  

Cheers, Mike and Kate!

Photographer: Jen Huang / Second Shooter: Kurt Boomer / Venue: Wells Reserve at Laudholm / Planner: Kate and Mike / Day of Coordinator: Erin Skurdal (bridesmaid) / Floral Designer: Michelle Peele at Marianmade Farm / Hair: Jenn Macek Conway / Makeup: Kate / Invitations: Kate / Catering: Dandelion Catering / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Rentals: Special Events of New England, Event Lighting Concepts / Band/DJ: Raha Wala (groomsman) / Wooden Signs: Kate / Wedding Dress: Theia / Shoes: Steve Madden / Accessories: Family heirlooms, belt from Anthropologie / Groom’s Suit: Rawganique

 
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5 Sep

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

You may already know this from the above photo, but after seeing this spread, you’ll so want to cancel your weekend plans and recreate this late summer scene in your own backyard (oh, how we wish all backyards looked like this!) instead. Athena Calderone, designer + blogger at Eye Swoon, hosted this bohemian backyard soiree at her Amagansett home and it kinda illustrates everything we’re hanging onto about summer: expertly planned yet casual hangouts, warm summer nights with friends (poolside, of course), and a major emphasis on food. We’re just happy Winnie Au caught it all on camera for us to swoon over too!

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Chef Jeff Schwarz (see his column for T Magazine) brought Athena’s menu dreams to life with seasonal veggies, herbs, surf and turf kebabs, and some drool-worthy sweets, like Cointreau-glazed peaches and ice cream.

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Athena’s kind of a genius when it comes to outdoor spaces, don’t you think?

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Eye spy the always stylish Kelly of  The Glamourai & cutie Nate Berkus.

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Athena partnered with Cointreau on the party, and paid homage to the liqueur brand with sophisticated but rustic details like the vintage bottles that ran the length of this gooorgeous custom table.

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Outdoor entertaining ideas by Eye Swoon | Photo by Photographed by Winnie Au | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78106

Thanks Athena for sharing your beautifully styled party with us! We hope this inspires you to create one last outdoor soiree before summer officially ends. See more entertianing ideas over on Eye Swoon.

Photographer: Winnie Au / Concept, Planning, & Styling: Athena Calderone of Eye Swoon / Menu: Jeff Schwarz / Dinnerware: Canvas Home / Rugs: Athena’s own collection / Dress: Zimmermann

 
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5 Sep

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

The idea for a camp-themed shoot at Joshua Tree came up when Julie + Josh talked the e-sesh over coffee with Mandi of Mandilynn Photography (who Julie had actually met years ago and booked after seeing her work on social media, soo it was meant to be). The vision unfolded right when they talked about their love of hiking and camping. From there, the bride-to-be styled the whole thing, and Mandi showed ‘em off with these adorable photos:

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Ready for adventure… These guys loaded their props, pups, and camping gear into the truck and headed to Joshua Tree National Park. Julie explains, We were feeling a little anxious, because it had been raining the entire drive there, but luckily, the rain let up for a couple hours so that we could scout for the perfect location. We made our way through the winding roads of the park, looking for anything that called our names. We wanted to capture it all, so we found wide open scenery, the iconic Joshua trees, and a massive rock structure.

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Julie marked the map with their wedding spot… Sooo cute.

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Such a fitting location for these two: Julie has memories of desert camping trips with her fam, and they both love hiking and campouts a ton, not to mention all the props they had collected from antique shops and garage sales.

Mandi says, Joshua Tree is a beautiful setting as is, and throwing in a cute living room/camping set and a beautiful couple just set off this evening together.

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Camp-themed Joshua Tree engagement shoot | Photo by Mandilynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77783

Anyone else pining for a fall camping trip now?

Thanks to Mandilynn Photography for sending these ones our way!

Photographer: Mandilynn Photography / Location: Joshua Tree National Park / Styling: Bride-to-be, Julie Beatty / Hair & Makeup: Julie / Props: Collected from antique shops & garage sales / Julie’s Outfit: Forever 21 & H&M / Scarf & Beanie: Knit by Julie / Josh’s Outfit: Old Navy

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