Kristin and Clement’s rural Maine wedding at Beech Hill Barn is filled with love, a lilac color palette and gorgeous details all under a white tent and surrounded by gorgeous summer scenery. It was important to the couple to celebrate Clement’s French heritage with nods to French wedding traditions like the croquembouche cake by Bear Brook Bakery. Other details designed by planner A Family Affair of Maine include wild flower florals by Snell Family Farm and industrial dining chairs for a pop of color. Lucky for us, Jessie Felix Photography was on hand to capture it all in these super fun images.
What made the wedding special and unique?
One of the things that made the wedding unique was the blending of cultures. My husband is French and it was very important to him and his mother that we incorporate many of the customs of a traditional French wedding. It was very much a learning experience for all parties involved but it brought us all closer together and made the day truly special.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
The Eloise dress by Sarah Seven was one of the first dresses that I tried on. It was at a boutique shop called Ceremony on Charles St in Boston. I loved the simplicity yet elegance of this dress. It was comfortable and lightweight – something that I could move in. Although I went with my bridesmaids to try on several more, I knew in the back of my mind that this dress could not be beaten!
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
My husband and I had photographs and stories from different places we have lived and traveled to. We wanted to add this special touch because a wedding is not an isolated event but represents a culmination of experiences that bring a couple to that day. Our guests enjoyed learning more about us and found these to be good ice breakers with other guests.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
There were so many memorable parts of the wedding day. The food was brilliant and the flowers were more perfect than anything I ever imagined. The one moment that will always stick with me, however, happened right after the ceremony. My husband and I escaped from the wedding to spend a few moments alone as a newly married couple. We went to a patio overlooking the beautiful Maine countryside. The weather was perfect. We were both so happy and without a care. All of the hard days planning for the wedding were behind us and now we could just enjoy, surrounded by close family and friends.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
My husband and I were introduced by mutual friends in our senior year at NYU. After graduating, we spent a year doing long distance. We finally made a decision to move to Oregon together when Clem got into a Ph.D. program at Oregon State University. Five years, one Ph.D., one Masters, and one cat later, Clem proposed at close to 7,000 ft elevation while we were on our way back from a hike at Mt. Shasta in California. Maybe it was the altitude or maybe it was love, but I said yes! The rest is history.
Photography: Jessie Felix Photography // Planner & Design: A Family Affair of Maine // Florals: Snell Family Farm // Invitations: Clement Bommier Original // Venue: Beech Hill Barn // Dress: Sarah Seven // Shoes: Bella Belle // Rings: Tiffany & Co & Ravens Refuge // Cake + Desserts: Bear Brook Bakery // Beauty: Lux Salon // Tent: One Stop Event Rentals // Band: Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection // Officiant: Clair Winston-Wade // Bar: Maine Mixologist // Caterer: French Picnic Catering // DJ: Hicks Productions // Lighting: Griffin & Griffin // Menswear: The Tie Bar