Vendor Spotlight: Pinch Me Planning

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“Whatever the occasion is, Pinch Me Planning is here to help with all the details. From day-of coordination down to table design and envelope stuffing, Pinch Me Planning wants to make the entire process easier.” – Pinch Me Planning

How long have you been operating your business?

Since 2016

 

How would you describe your services?

From day-of coordination to full planning and design, Pinch Me Planning offers any service that allows couples to check their to-do boxes with ease and efficiency!

 

What makes your work unique?

Our background is in merchandising and design for large corporations.  This has given us a skillset that balances the art and the science of planning weddings.  We’re organized, but also know how to create a beautiful day from a couple’s vision!

 

How would you describe your style?

Our tagline is “elevated events with an edge”.  We like to create weddings that are timeless but not predictable.

 

How would you describe your ideal client?

A couple who is excited to hand off the reins, so they can be present in their special day.  They are willing to take some chances with the design to create special details unique to their wedding weekend.

 

What is your favorite moment on the wedding day?

The moment the couple sees the reception space for the first time.  The transformation from bare bones to thoughtful beauty is always exciting to witness.

 

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

I love going up to Wiscasset for the day.  They have some really cute shops and great places to grab a bite.

 

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Owner Name: Christina Padavano

Business Name:  Pinch Me Planning

Address: 6 Classical Ln

City/State/Zip: Scarborough, ME 04074

Phone: 207.671.5457

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.pinchmeplanning.com

Facebook: @pinchmeplanning

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Instagram: @pinchmeplanning

Vendor Spotlight: Emily Elizabeth Events

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French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are French’s Point Estate are the stuff of which dreams are made!

Emily Hricko, from Emily Elizabeth Events, is a one-of-a-kind wedding planner. Her creativity and designers-eye make her the perfect planner for couples who want a unique and unexpected wedding. She describes her style as artful and sophisticated, which you can clearly see in the photos below. Not only is Emily immensely talented as a designer, she’s extremely organized and never seems to get flustered. Her calm and confidence will mean that you’ll be relaxed on wedding day. You’ll get to enjoy all the hard work you’ve put into the collaborative process of planning your wedding with one of Maine’s most wonderful wedding planners!

How long have you been operating your business?

Emily Elizabeth Events has been planning and designing weddings and parties since 2012. What began as a part-time passion project and has grown into a full-time endeavor.

How would you describe your services?

I offer full planning and design for eight to ten weddings a year. I work very closely with my couples and it’s always a collaboration – each one a personalized and unique celebration of the two people getting married.

How would you describe your style?

My style is all understated elegance and simple beauty. I try to achieve the right balance between classic and unexpected in all of the events I produce. I appreciate sophistication with personality – elegance with a little whimsy or eclectic touches.

How would you describe your ideal client?

My ideal clients are people who enjoy the journey just as much as the destination. They’re thoughtful, sweet people who appreciate the good things in life.

What is your favorite moment on wedding day?

The dancing – seeing the couple happily enjoying the evening and each other, surrounded by all of their friends and family.

What’s your favorite day trip in Maine?

A day spent in the midcoast, with activities like the beach, shopping, art gallery meandering, window shopping, and cocktails or dinner at a local restaurant.

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Emily Hricko
Portland, ME
(207) 577-7456
[email protected]
emilyelizabethevents.com

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Vendor Spotlight: The Purple Orchid Event Planning

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French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are French’s Point Estate are the stuff of which dreams are made!

My friend Kristina, owner of The Purple Orchid Event Planning is a coordinator with an eye for logistics and details! She is the perfect fit for a couple seeking a wedding planner to relieve couples of the burden of managing the vendors team and details involved in a wedding in Maine. The Purple Orchid Event Planning specializes in tented, outside, and/or private property weddings that involve more moving parts (for example, tent, rentals, generators, etc) than a resort venue. Kristina’s experience in the hospitality industry has provided her with the skill sets and knowledge needed to ensure your guests have the experience you set out to create for your wedding. If you are planning a wedding in Maine and you want to have the event managed from start to finish so you and your honey can sit back and enjoy the day, you need to meet Kristina, from The Purple Orchid Event Planning.

How long have you been operating your business?

We are so excited (and ready) to be entering our six season of business. Prior to opening The Purple Orchid, I had an extensive background in all aspects of the hospitality world.

How would you describe your services (i.e. day of coordinator, full service event planning, logistics management, event design, etc)?

The Purple Orchid, Event Planning is a full-service event planning company specializing in tented, outside, estate, barn and family-owned properties throughout Maine. Our services include day-of coordination, consultation and custom packaging for all our wedding clients. We strive to be one of Maine’s premier logistical planners and only design weddings for our full-service couples.

Describe your ideal client.

The Purple Orchid team loves to laugh, have fun and enjoy a team approach to event planning. Our ideal client is laid back in their personality, but knows they deserve a well-planned and executed event. They work as hard in their world as we do.

What is your favorite moment on wedding day?

Great question! I still cry at ceremonies. When you can see, and feel, that unique love couples have for one another, it makes my heart happy. Having the opportunity to be a part of one of their most intimate days while being welcomed by the most important people in their lives – we are just so grateful and fortunate to be a part of that.

What’s your favorite trip in Maine?

There are so many little gems in Maine; undoubtedly, why people decide to get married here! The Purple Orchid is a based out of Mid-coast Maine, because we love that area. Other favorites include hiking in Camden, wine tasting in Portland, skiing in Bethel, swimming in Sebago, camping in Belgrade and trying new restaurants along the way.

Kristina Slocum, Owner
The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
136 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME
207-615-4674
[email protected]
www.purpleoe.com
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Vendor Spotlight: Cairn Events

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French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are French’s Point Estate are the stuff of which dreams are made!

Heather Cuzzi, of Cairn Events, is a treasured friendor (wedding vendor and industry friend) here in our office at French’s Point. Erin, Sarah and I all love collaborating with Heather on any event. We have very high expectations of wedding planners and coordinators, given our own background and experience, and Heather exceeds them every time. I have been blessed to get to know Heather on a personal level, and I have grown very fond of her and admire her greatly both professionally and personally. She is a calm, serene, professional wedding planner that can take on what could be challenging events to anyone else. Not only will she do it with ease, she will thrive and elevate the experience of that event beyond anyone’s hopes or expectations. She recently coordinated a wedding on an island in Casco Bay and had to coordinate a fleet of over 200 ships, barges and boats to provide the services needed for that beautiful celebration. I asked her how she did it and she said that after planning hundreds of political events for thousands of people all over the country, a couple hundred boats in Portland harbor was no big deal.

We hosted a beautiful Maine wedding that Heather brought to French’s Point last year, and I am very hopeful we will have an opportunity to collaborate with her on many more events in the future.   She is one in a million and I can tell you, her clients LOVE her, just as I just love her. Meet Heather, the founder and visionary at Cairn Events!

What made you want to be a wedding planner?

I honestly fell into the business. I had worked in politics raising money and managing logistics both here in Maine and nationally for over 10 years, and when I was pregnant with my first child – those worlds collided. I could not do both anymore. A former campaign contact was looking for a wedding coordinator for an island wedding here in Maine….well, the rest is history.

What is the best part of your job?

Every day, every client and every challenge is different. I continue to learn new methods and new things about myself and my business.

What should I ask a potential planner I’m interviewing?

I think that it is most important to take the time to chat and get to know each other. If it is not a fit personality- and expectation-wise…it is going to make planning a very long process.

What are the advantages of hiring a wedding planner?

The couple, the family and wedding party do not have to worry about anything. Also, I am in the “weeds” on details every day. It will take me and my team less time to get the task done. In the end, I truly believe that the wedding planner pays for themselves.

When should I hire a planner?

The earlier the better. I have seen an increase in helping my clients find their wedding locations. It is amazing to work with someone for so long – you all become equally invested in the result.

What does a wedding planner do?

Anything and everything. I have helped to find locations, book venues, design the event, manage vendors, manage transportation/ travel and housing. Truly, there is not much that I would not be willing to do.

Describe your client.

My client is typically in their early to mid thirties, well education, getting married on or near the water. They always want their event to reflect them. My clients always have a connection to Maine, but rarely live here. I am their eyes, ears and voice through the planning process.

Tell us about your company and how it began.

It began in 2009, when I started consulting doing mostly political events and fundraisers. Then, I did my first wedding….I was hooked. The logistics and rush of the process was exactly what I needed. One of the best parts is that it has allowed me to be home with my kiddos. Now, I have a daughter in 1st grade and a son in preschool. It has created a great work/life balance.

I think that my company niche is water…and islands. Instead of hesitating in any way when it comes to building a custom venue on an island…I am enthusiastic. The logistics, the island feel and the overall challenge of an island makes me tick.

What inspires you?

My clients inspire me. Listening to them, seeing photos of their likes and dislikes, watching their process of picking out paper. These are all jumping off points to make sure that their day is wonderful.

Favorite Place to hike in Maine?

On the border of New Hampshire in Fryeburg.

Favorite place to Eat in Maine?

So hard…Scales.

Favorite Place to Rest in Maine?

Any beach.

Favorite Wedding Month?

September.

 

Heather Cuzzi
Cairn Events
Southern Maine
(207) 650-8486
www.cairnevents.com

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Vendor Spotlight: Seacoast Harbor Events

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French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue a new series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are French’s Point Estate are the stuff of which dreams are made!

I met Heidi over a year ago when we began collaborating on a mutual clients wedding celebration which we recently hosted at French’s Point (see photos below).

Heidi is a beautiful blend of class, heart, hard work and vision. She is incredibly articulate, kind, calm, patient, and so very talented! Heidi is originally from Pennsylvania, is a graduate of University of New Hampshire, has traveled all over the US, and she has spent the last 15 years living and working in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and Maine.

Heidi’s love of celebrations started in her childhood as she watched her mother and grandmother host lovely family gatherings with beauty and gusto. Her background in theatre and design combined with sales, marketing, and business management make her ideally capable of producing flawless, customized, meaningful events. Heidi has planned over 70 events throughout New England. Her desire is that your event is unique to you and tells your story. I just adore her and you will too.

You must meet Heidi Brisette, the owner, chief planner, designer and visionary.

Tell us a little bit about your background and why you are in the industry.

I came from a business background in marketing, sales, and software/tech start-ups. So it would seem that it was a huge jump for me into event planning, but it was actually done with full intention. My background in business helped shape a clear understanding of the direction of a project, project management, handling large groups and personalities, and being “on.” When I layered that level of knowledge against my personal passions, creativity, and growing up entertaining, it was a perfect fit. I developed my planning chops when with other companies as director of marketing and senior level sales; planning large corporate events in Boston, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. Additionally, I starting helping friends and family plan their private events and weddings. After 5 years, it grew, and I launched my business. I haven’t looked back since. I genuinely and full-heartedly love what I do every single day.

How would you describe your services (day of coordinator, full service event planning, logistics management, event design, etc.)?

Seacoast Harbor Events, our parent company, provides full event management for both weddings and private events, functions, and corporate. Our sister company, SHE Luxe Weddings and Design, exclusively provides couples a comprehensive approach to their destination New England Wedding Planning and Design.

Within our offerings, we provide three distinct services; event management, style/design, and event production.

Event Management: Once everything is planned and in place, you need a team behind you to be able to orchestrate your day. We have event coordinators who are the point of contact leading up to your wedding day for questions, vendor suggestions, a wedding planning portal, and then come in 6 weeks prior to the wedding. We offer a highly comprehensive event management service (which in the wedding world could be called day-of, but it is far greater than anything that can be done in a day). This is, in our professional opinion a must-have, no matter the budget.

Style and Design: Think of us as the architects that craft your wedding day. During our initial style and design call, we create a design board that illustrates your entire wedding from ceremony, cocktail, reception, details, feel, etc. We carefully blend together the details of lighting, concept, layout, colors, florals, linens, decor, furniture, place settings, and so much more. We source and hand-picked the perfect solutions and professionals to meet your wedding day style.

Production: Producing an event means strategically bringing everything together and hiring all the right vendors, creating the flow, ensuring all needs are met for everyone including the couple, guests, and also the vendors to be able to shine on your wedding day!

When we blend together our Event Management, Style and Design, and Production; you get the crème de la crème, our full comprehensive planning.

Describe your ideal client.

The weddings we love to create are what I would call “feeling centric.” That the details placed, the atmosphere we create, is completely centered around the feel and the experience. Although we create beautiful, amazing, and lovely weddings in all shapes and sizes; our style is that of keeping it as intimate and meaningful, no matter what. We love when our couples feel the same way and have a similar idea in creating their wedding day.

Describe your approach to your service.

There is nothing more important than service. Period. In business and certainly this business, service includes how everything is handled in advance of the wedding day, alongside the attention given on the wedding day itself. There really is an art to entertaining. Whether it is a black-tie event or a coastal causal cocktail party – we believe the level of service should never change.  Guests should always feel taken care of, thought of, and considered. This is our approach to service – always. There is nothing worse then having an amazing band, beautiful set-up, delicious food…and then having the service lack. People remember how they feel at a party, wedding, event…and that has everything to do with service first, and atmosphere after to compliment the amazing service.

What’s the best memory you have of Keri and Greg’s Wedding?

I love it when couples are able to take time right after their wedding to be alone, take it in, and have a moment to see everything. Keri and Greg decided to do this, and their moment took place in the beautifully designed tent. Keri had a clear vision of what she wanted in her wedding day with colors, florals, etc, but kept saying to me, “I can’t visualize all of this coming together,” and I would say “well, that is my job.” She and Greg had a chance to see all their details and everything we planned together in full scope without guests; unobstructed. They were ecstatic. They took their time and walked around the tent, seeing everything, while sipping their champagne.

The day goes so fast, and so many details are missed because couples are unable to take that time and enjoy everything they planned and dreamt up for a year. This is always a special moment to me and am grateful we got that moment at Keri and Greg’s wedding.

In love & parties,
Heidi Brissette
Chief Planner | Designer + Visionary
Seacoast Harbor EVENTS & SHE Luxe Weddings
New England & Beyond
(207) 480-3177
www.seacoastharborevents.com
www.SHELuxeWed.com
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