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Sara & Patrick Bette Wedding

After our joyous Christmas engagement, my now-husband and I were faced with the large dilemma of where to tie the knot. My husband, Patrick, grew up in beautiful Lake George, New York, while I grew up in La Crescent, Minnesota, a charming, small town located in the southeast corner of the state, and we currently live in Dallas, Texas. After discussing locations, we decided that a destination wedding would work best for our situation. Several years ago, Patrick’s parents decided to purchase and renovate a lovely home on the southern coast of Maine. We have spent the last few years calling Kennebunkport our "vacation spot”, and we decided that it would make the perfect wedding location.

Maine became the focus of our nine month engagement, and we absolutely fell more in love with it. Most of my mid-western guests had never been to the east coast, so I wanted to make this a weekend they would never forget.

Destination weddings do not have to be stressful. It all starts with hiring the perfect wedding planner and helpful, knowledgeable vendors. Less than two weeks after getting engaged, we decided to get on a plane to visit Kennebunkport. First on our to-do list was a venue. After meeting with Vanessa at The Breakwater Inn & Spa in Kennebunkport, we knew we had found the venue. Our plans started to fall into place through helpful recommendations from our wedding planner.

In order to give our guests the ultimate Maine experience, we held a Lobster Bake Welcome Reception at Breakwater the night before our wedding. With the mouth of Kennebunk River as our backdrop, the night couldn’t have been more picturesque. The entire meal was cooked in the backyard over a fire pit on a bed of fresh seaweed from Breakwater’s shoreline. Our guests were thrilled by this experience – the beautiful atmosphere, the fresh lobster and the company of family and friends made this a memorable night.

The following day, Patrick and I were married surrounded by the people we love with Kennebunkport’s scenic lobster boats, beaches, and overall charm as a backdrop. The photos with our wedding party were taken on a scenic beach within walking distance from the inn. We kept the Maine theme going throughout our reception with a sea glass motif, driftwood accents and an ocean blue/green color scheme. Breakwater provided amazing cuisine, much of which was locally sourced. During the cocktail hour, fish and chips, sausage stuffed mushrooms, crab cakes and clam chowder shooters were passed around. We also had an oyster bar inside for our guests to enjoy while listening to The Waiters Jazz Trio. For the main course, our guests had a choice between braised short rib, swordfish or half chicken. Dessert was our wedding’s highlight for many guests, as they chose from over a dozen scrumptious offerings from Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott’s dessert table. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Blueberry Mini-pies and Texas shaped sugar cookies made our guests going up for more. The night continued marvelously with the help of The Waiters awesome tunes and ended with a sparkler send-off and horse pulled carriage.

Our wedding weekend gave our family and friends the opportunity to experience the area we love so much. Many guests spent days in the area exploring, taking lobster boat tours, shopping the streets of Portland and enjoying some of the freshest seafood imaginable. We are so happy that we were able to share Maine with the ones we love. Kennebunkport and its surrounding area will always have a place in our hearts.

Written by: Sara Bette

We are so thankful for all our amazing local vendors!

Photographer: Rene Roy Photography – Auburn, Maine
Wedding Planner: Purple Orchid Events – Brunswick, Maine
Music: The Waiters – Portland, Maine
Flowers: Little River Flower Farm – Buxton, Maine
Baker: Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott – Westbrook, Maine
Officiant: Charlotte Nolan – Bridgton, Maine
Photo Booth: TapSnap Phototainment – South Portland, Maine

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