As long as she can recall, Laura Roy always wanted to get married in Maine, where she grew up and now lives with her husband, Chip Kibort. For their August 2007 event, the couple chose the historic Newagen Seaside Inn because it allowed them "to treat our family and friends to a quintessential Maine experience," says Laura. As soon as their 150 guests arrived, they got a taste of the marine theme with mini "boat and tote" welcome bags and a lobster-bake rehearsal dinner. The next day, after a Catholic ceremony at Our Lady Queen of Peace and a cocktail hour on the inn's poolside deck, the crowd dined on bacon-wrapped filet or crab-stuffed haddock at an elegant tented reception. Everyone flooded the dance floor when Laura's father, a drummer, sat in with the eight-piece band for covers of "Pretty Woman" and "Mustang Sally." Later, the revelry continued in the inn's game room, which features two classic candlepin bowling lanes. In between strikes, guests snacked on sweets honoring the groom: mini ice-cream "Chip"-wiches. —Elaine Stuart
Learn from Laura & Chip
Stick with Subtle Touches: For sophisticated style, the pair incorporated their nautical motif through thoughtful details, like seashell place-card holders, not over-the-top props.
Dress up Dessert: Instead of just serving slices of wedding cake, Laura's baker artfully displayed each piece on a plate with attractive accents, such as raspberries and white chocolate shells, to give it a presentation as gourmet as the meal that preceded it.
Offer Alternatives: Bar tables set up outside the tent, along the water, let guests who weren't dancing get a breath of fresh air. Similarly, a late-night bonfire and a s'mores spread entertained those who chose not to partake in the game room after-party.
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