Making: Invitations

You have hopefully received your invitation by now, so here is your chance to peek behind the scenes at what went into making them and just how crazy we really are… : )

Whitney + Billy

[ Note: I’m not pictured working on the invitations in these photographs because I took them. I did help a little, but ultimately, it’s my beautiful Whitney who deserves the majority of the credit for making this idea a reality. –Billy ]


Making: Cakes (1)

Since we will be making the cakes for our wedding, we decided to give ourselves time to do a couple of experiments. The first was cake batter and we think we may have a winner…

Whitney + Billy

Where will the ferry depart from?

The Pied Piper will be leaving from the Portland Ferry Landing, centrally located in the Old Port District, adjacent to the Casco Bay Lines Parking garage (left).

There is a small public park where people can gather or arrange to meet at Flatbread where we will be the night before for the Friends + Family Gathering or Rí Rá Irish Pub (right). Just be sure you don’t miss the boat. Refreshments will be available once the ferry is under way.

This is a photo of the park at the entrance of the dock where you will catch the wedding day ferry. Look for the RED buoy and BLACK anchor.

What size ring?

During the few weeks leading up to Christmas Billy gave me two different rings spaced about a week apart. He made them both out of random pieces of arts and crafts supplies we had. …brass strips, aluminum wire, 1/4 of a resin bead. He was busy filling out grad school applications and I had been working on making Christmas presents for our families. I found it odd that he found time to make me rings…

I found out on December 29th, when he proposed to me, that he had made the rings to figure out what size engagement ring to buy!


Making: Save the Dates

The process

In designing business cards and wedding invitations for other people, we’ve had a lot of interaction with professional printers, but this time we decided to give them a rest. We were able to source all the materials to produce our own “Save the Date” magnets. Printed on photo paper and mounted to magnetic sheets, they will stick to most metal surfaces, but should be kept away from liquids.

The design

Studying and working in architecture is like developing a brand. You find your accent colors, pick your fonts, and start figuring out the elements of design that are most significant to you. We share a love for warm wood tones, striking greens and blues, and clean lines. We are excited for an outdoor wedding in a meadow by the ocean, surrounded by the weathered wood structures of New England. Whitney’s modified NOAA map of Casco Bay paired with the font, brown paper packaging and rubber-stamped labels that are a trademark of our Etsy shop are the epitome of our aesthetic.

Whitney + Billy

Save the Date

Welcome to our wedding blog!

If you are reading this, you already know two important facts:
1. We are getting married!
2. The big day is July 14, 2012.

The ceremony and reception will both take place on Sturdivant Island, a small private island off the coast of Maine, just north of Portland in Casco Bay. On the day of the wedding, guests will board a chartered ferry leaving from the Portland Town Landing. The dock is within easy walking distance of downtown Portland. Check out the “Destination” tab for help finding accommodations.

We will be posting information in the weeks/months to come as the day approaches:

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Whitney + Billy

Ferry Boat

How do you get from Portland, Maine to Sturdivant Island?

Wedding guests should arrive at the Portland Town Landing Dock at 3:30pm on Saturday July 14th ready to board the Pied Piper, a ferry boat chartered just for the occasion. Enjoy a summer cruise and arrive right on time for our wedding ceremony. After an evening of dinner and dancing the ferry will return to pick guests up at 10pm and bring them back to Portland.

One coastal wedding surprise for us was that the Pied Piper cannot land on our dock at low tide. So the schedule of events is wholly dependent on the tide! Check out tide predictions for July 14th on the NOAA website.

Making: Wedding Decor (1)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Without giving away too much, my gift to Whitney this Valentine’s Day included this heart-shaped wire sculpture. In the last picture, you might catch a glimpse of some of the exciting wedding decorations.