I’ve had Maine — and weddings — on my mind. While some Huffingtons were busy coordinating all the millions of flying pieces that go into opening a new business location, two of us were lucky enough to sneak off under the radar and enjoy a fabulous, family wedding on a beach in Maine over a long weekend.
I usually manage to get away to Maine for a few days every year, but somehow missed last year, and after receiving these gorgeous new paintings from Nancy Franke, I needed my Maine fix: to hop on a plane, eat some lobstah, and enjoy the beautiful light and cool sea breezes that inspire so many artists to paint.
Nancy’s work embraces the essence of Maine: The glimmering light, the jagged rocks reflected in the water, the shadows of trees on white clapboard houses, the soothing surf, and the gentle imperfections of this rough and rugged coastline. Her studies of Maine capture the ephemeral quality of the light on the ever-changing landscape. Its beauty is daunting, mysterious and sometimes punishing … but always addictive.
So it’s no surprise that it was in this same neck of the woods, where Nancy has captured the light, that we attended a wedding so special and so beautiful that I can’t resist sharing a few pictures.
“The” wedding place on a beach, with private access from the bride’s family’s property. On a cloudless and gorgeous sunny day, we left our shoes at the door, and sat in pretty white chairs waiting for the event to begin. Lo and behold, to the majestic music of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” and the enthusiastic cheers of 250 guests, the groom heroically appeared from around the rocks, rowing a boat to his own wedding ceremony. When the gorgeous bride walked the beach on the arm of her father, there were tears of joy everywhere as those of us who have known and loved her forever recognized a childhood dream come true. And when the ceremony was over and the metaphoric knots were tied, to the tune of “Anchors Aweigh,” the bride and groom hopped in their boat and rowed off into the sunset as husband and wife.
We’ve also got weddings on our mind at Huff Harrington. First off, we call ourselves the little Huffington matchbox since we can proudly take credit for five engagements and weddings that have occurred on our watch at Huff Harrington Home or Huff Harrington Fine Art. Our beautiful brides have included Rachel (aka Gallerina), Colleen, Emily, Martha Douglas and later this very week, Mackenzie! On Friday, Mackenzie will marry her long-time (and thoroughly vetted, Huffington approved!) beau, Chad Middleton. I think our young princess won’t mind if I share her perfectly fitting hashtag, #meet-the-middletons! (It may be: #meetthemiddletons)
We also just introduced our first wedding registry this year, and of course who better to ask for input than our brides or brides to be! We’ve had a great time curating that collection and seeing what’s new now and what has been born again.
And some of us are happily just at the age where we’re being invited to weddings again. That may mean we’re getting older, but that doesn’t keep us from loving every wedding we go to! Hope you’ve enjoyed this one too.
PS: Just a few weeks away … Stay tuned as we close in on our move date to Buckhead Court!