By Tara Hill
Our last evening in Bethel, Christine and Melanie of Real Maine Weddings hosted a fantastic cocktail party where the vendors and Trevor and myself could spend a little more quality time together. Trevor and I were excited to talk to each of our vendors on a more personal level. Everyone involved is so humble and seems very excited about being a part of our wedding. We, of course, couldn't be more grateful for them because without their votes, this dream wedding wouldn't be becoming a reality.
Before the party got started we had a chance to sit down and talk to Wendy from Maine Balsam Fir Products
. Wendy is graciously donating hand made balsam pillows for all our guests at the wedding. She let us pick our own design and special wording to be embroidered on the pillows. This is another great memento our guests will have to remember this special day for years to come!
The cocktail party was held at the Mill Hill Inn
in Bethel. Owners Woody and Lee, pictured above with Trevor and me, put out some of their famous date appetizers and other delectable treats. Thank you, Woody and Lee, for being so hospitable! The Mill Hill Inn was a great spot for the cocktail party and everyone who attended would surely agree. Another vendor in who also supplied food for the cocktail party Heather from Good Food Store
. The spread she and her husband made for the party was amazing. We can’t wait to see what you put together for our wedding events!
Trevor and I got to spend some time getting to know a few vendors who we hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting until this party. There are so many vendors making this wedding a possibility and so little time for Trevor and I to truly show our gratitude.
Some of the people we met for the first time at the party included Scott and Necole of Affordable Events
. They are donating the tents and linens for our wedding. Mary, from the Inn at Pinnacle Mountain, was also in attendance with her daughter. Trevor and I are so lucky and excited to spend a mini-Maine honeymoon at the Inn at Pinnacle Mountain
after our wedding. It was great to meet Gary from Stagecoach Shuttle Services
. He has offered to shuttle Trevor and my family to and from the Bethel Inn to Sunday River for the ceremony and reception. This is amazing, as everyone will be safe and no one can get lost! Another new face was Gordon from The Pheonix
. Gordon is putting on a goodbye brunch for our guests before they leave Saturday after our wedding. I was also excited to meet Linda from Ambiance Day Spa
. She and her crew will beautify my bridesmaids and myself for the big day. I can't wait to meet up with her again for our hair trail. Last but not least, Trevor and I had a chance to meet Mo from Linda Clifford
. She gifted Trevor and I beautiful hand blown glassware made by Jerpoint Glass from Stoneyford, Ireland. These pieces are stunning and we are very fortunate to take them home. Carole from Pooh Corner Farm is in the works of creating a centerpiece for our table at the wedding with the beautiful glass bowl.
Some attendees who Trevor and I already had a chance to work with, but were thrilled to see and spend more time with, was Tammy and Brad from The Bethel Inn
who is designing our cake, Amanda from Nabos
, Lynda and Bill from Harvest Gold Gallery
, Carole from Pooh Corner Farm
, Jessica from Allium Farm
, Reverend Ellie
, our wedding officiant, Robin from the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
, Amber from Sweetest Thing Weddings
, and of course, our very talented wedding photographers Andree Kehn
and Carol Savage
It is been a pleasure working with every single one of these people and it was so nice to spend that little extra quality time with them. Unfortunately not all the vendors could make it, but that doesn't mean Trevor and I weren't thinking of them while we were visiting Bethel. We will never be able to thank everyone or show enough gratitude for everything being put into our dream wedding. Thank you so much for voting for us—you are the reason this dream came true!
Photos by Carol Savage Photography