Bethel Planning Days: Part 2

Posted: June 12, 2014

By Tara Hill

The second planning day in Bethel was just as busy as the first. Trevor and I were excited to find more pieces of that big puzzle we are creating and meet more of the fantastic vendors who are making it all possible. Everyone we have worked thus far have been unbelievable, and this planning day was no different.
Our first stop was Sunday River. Here we met Emily, who walked us through every step of our reception, which will be held at Sliders in the Jordan Hotel. Trevor has visited Sunday River frequently in the past to snowboard, but this was my first time experiencing this mountain oasis. Although not the typical snowy scene I am used to when visiting the Maine mountains, Sunday River is picturesque in all aspects. I can't wait to see what it looks like during the foliage season. 
Emily gave us the grand tour of the Jordan Hotel, starting with Sliders. Picture a giant room with gorgeous wood beams with ceiling to floor windows overlooking the mountains—that is where we all get to celebrate after our wedding ceremony. We discussed seating arrangements, food and drink options, dancing space (need lots of that!), fire pits, and more. Emily was very helpful in answering any questions we all had and gave us some great pointers for making our celebration a memorable one.
After gawking over the reception venue, Emily proceeded to show us some of the room options where our guests and any wedding attendee can book for the event. All Trevor and I can say about the rooms and amenities at the Jordan Hotel one! Every room Emily showed us looked like it belonged in a catalog—some of them even feature saunas! Did I mention the year round pool and hot tub, too? Emily also showed us around to the gym, breakfast and lunch cafe, and their other restaurant, all available for use when staying at the hotel. Trevor and I look forward to celebrating with family and friends at Sunday River and we know everyone will have a great time up there.

The next adventure for the day was to discuss flowers! Now, I'm no flower expert by any means, but Carole from Pooh Corner Farm and Jessica from Allium Farm have my back. We all met at Pooh Corner Farm, a 28year old family owned and operated business located just down the road from Bethel. When we all arrived we were greeted by their three adorable little Corgis and the pot belly pig, Piglet. Also come to find out they used to have a kangaroo and a donkey too, hence Pooh Farm!
We got right down to business and started "flower talk." Trevor was given permission to go explore the surroundings. We told him we'd ring the giant bell once we were finished. After browsing Carole's photos of previous work and looking at magazines for ideas, I chose a few of my favorite flowers and Carole, Jessica, and Amber from Sweetest Thing Weddings helped me from there.
This meeting reminded me of picking out invitations—so many options and varieties to explore. But just like Valerie from Papier, Carole and Jessica have a method to their madness and made choosing all the flowers a piece of cake. After picking my favorites and then listening to Carole and Jessica's ideas, I can only imagine how beautiful this wedding is really going to be. Just writing this blog makes me want to tear up, it's just going to be incredible, every single little detail. I can't wait for you to all see what Pooh Corner Farm and Allium Farm have in store for our wedding, I sure can't wait! 

Last, but not least, was our meeting at The Bethel Inn Resort. Built in 1913, The Bethel Inn has just over 100 years of charm and charisma sitting at its doorstep. When Trevor and I first pulled up to the inn, I was in awe. I had seen pictures of the inn online, but none of them can prepare you for how amazing The Bethel Inn looks like in person.
Trevor and I were looking forward to having this meeting and exploring the Inn with the experts. We had lunch at the Inn with Tammy, the wedding coordinator, to discuss the wedding ceremony. Trevor and I will be getting married on the 18th hole on their golf course. This couldn't be any more perfect for my future husband, the golf pro. Tammy went over all the details of the ceremony and the cocktail party and took us on a tour of the premises as well. She was so fun to work with! She made everyone feel right at home and I know her envision for our ceremony will be nothing but perfect. The view at the 18th hole is out of this world and I can't believe Trevor and I will be married there!

As much as this process is coming together, it still feels so surreal to Trevor and me. We are meeting incredible vendors and learning so much more about Maine than I could ever imagine. Being able to be married in the mountains of Bethel is such an honor, and as far as we can see, Maine certainly lives up to it's slogan "Vacationland."   

Photos by Andree Kehn Wedding Photography

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