Some of you may know me as Maegan Fee, Merida’s Creative Director. I’m now Maegan Gaffey after my June 19th, 2010 wedding at the Newagen Seaside Inn on Southport Island, Maine. It was a weekend event where all family and friends were welcome to stay at the beautiful inn filled with an itinerary of fun activities!
At Merida I’m constantly staying on top of color trends and bringing them into our products. I took the same approach with designing my wedding and I wanted to share the inspiration behind the design. I’m thrilled with how all the elements came together and my vision for a refreshing twist on a vintage inspired wedding came to life!
With this vision, I was able to pick my colors and start designing the details. My palette consisted of Fuchsia and Turquoise as the bold tones, and Chartreuse, Black and Gold as the accents. I started with the creation of my invitations and allowed those elements to tie everything else together.
The pattern that covers the invitation actually was influenced by the bridesmaids dresses. I wanted to showcase this pattern on the invitation to give guests a sneak peak of what was to come. Inside, was a fabric wallet created to hold all the important information for the weekend such as, the Itinerary, Map and RSVP Card. My hope was that guests would actually use the wallets throughout the weekend and eventually have a keepsake afterward.
I chose to work with talented local artists to help in the creation of the invitation. I worked closely with Cassandra Flinn, a graphic designer out of Rhode Island, to come up with a unique style and layout. The fabric wallet was created by Carrie Saunders from Anna Street Studio. Both artists were awesome to work with and were open to my ideas as well as contributing theirs to come up with an incredible presentation!
The bridesmaids were all very excited about the bold, patterned, nontraditional dress I found for them at Anthropologie. I kept their flowers and hair simple and clean to allow the dress to breathe.
Peonies in a bright fuchsia popped and made for a strong statement against the bold pattern. I accessorized each with a peonies hair clip, and a topaz pendant and earrings from Sarah Richardson’s jewelry collection, Pebble. Their bouquets were all wrapped with fuchsia ribbon and sealed with a vintage rhinestone pin I found at various shops throughout Maine.
The rest of the wedding party all represented the bight pink and turquoise either in their attire or as an accessory. Carrie used the remaining material and ribbon from the fabric wallets and created a matching ring pillow, which was a great way to bring the elements together.
I even had my own pink accessories to fit in with the rest! As for my Monique Lhuillier dress, I feel in love with the vintage lace and sleek silhouette. I thought it worked perfectly into my theme!
The Inn was the ideal backdrop with it’s clean lines and classic architecture. Located right on the point of the Island, the scenery was amazing! We worked with an incredible photographer, Robin Nathan, who captured my vision beautifully. The detail and pops of color really came through her photos to help tell the story.