Maggie Marquis & Brendin McCord
July 12, 2014
The Big House
When it comes to Maggie Marquis and Brendin McCord, all roads lead to Maine. Maggie, who spent her childhood summers in Kennebunk, introduced Brendin to the town early in their relationship, and he quickly fell under its spell. “There’s fantastic dining and the air is just so refreshing and everything is so beautiful and pristine,” Brendin says. When their favorite local sandwich shop, Bennett’s Store, came on the market, the couple decided to ditch their high-stress jobs in New York to start a new life in Vacationland. “This has been the wildest year,” Brendin says. “I left Wall Street, Mag left fashion, we sold our apartment in Hoboken, moved to Maine, and got the shop up and running.” As if that weren’t enough, they also had a wedding to plan.
So they leaned on Audrey Zahares, of Azalea Events, to help them execute a brilliantly modern wedding in (where else?) Kennebunk. The most important task: finding a location. “After going around to a bunch of different venues, we were stuck,” Maggie says. “Audrey actually recommended the Big House to us because it’s [owned by her] family. When we got out of the car, we knew that it felt right.” With the reception spot booked, the couple set out to design a “city meets coast” celebration with style to spare. “I worked in fashion, so I love the beachy, Calypso-like prints,” Maggie says. “We wanted it to feel modern, but to keep some of the New England charm.” That charm was nowhere more apparent than in the portraits the pair took in front of their store. “The kids who work for us changed the sign [outside] to say, ‘Congratulations to Brendin and Maggie,’” Brendin says. “We were so compelled to stop and say hi to everybody.” A warm wedding embrace from family and friends—and their beloved summer home—indeed.
Friends and family wrote their well wishes on a bench that Maggie’s mom found at HomeGoods. “When we have a house, it will be on our front porch or in the back,” Maggie says.
Parasol-toting flower girls heralded the bride’s arrival.
Brendin and his groomsmen wore patent-leather Converse sneakers for the celebration.
The bridal bouquet showcased striking king protea.
“I wanted something that was kind of rustic, but I kept it modern by having one flower on the top,” says Maggie of the lemon-blueberry wedding cake.
The couple mixed bold blue printed linens on the long tables with white sequined tablecloths on the rounds. “That night, they were shining,” Maggie says.
Designer Yosi Samra gifted Maggie the flower girls’ glittery blue ballet flats, which coordinated with the bride’s Kate Spade peep-toe heels.
The food truck Mainely Treats served up ice cream sandwiches and root-beer floats.
Bride’s Accessories Ben-Amun by isaac manevitz
Bride’s Shoes Kate Spade
Bridesmaid Dresses Amsale
Cake Wild Orchid Baking Company
Catering Kitchen Chicks Catering
Ceremony St. Ann’s Episcopal Church
Flowers Michelle Rose, Minka Flowers
Gown Allure Bridals, Andrea’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup Jessica Candage
Ice Cream Truck Mainely Treats
Invitations Cheree Berry Paper
Menswear The Black Tux
Tent Sperry Tents
Transportation Intown Trolley Company
Videographer Josh Swan, Media Northeast
Wedding Planner Audrey Zahares, Azalea Events
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