Urban Mill Wedding Inspiration // Lewiston, Maine

Maine is known for its rocky coastlines, lobster boats and evergreen forests, but we have fallen head over heels for the forgotten mill towns. Gorgeous brick buildings, empty relics of another time, stand to tell an important part of Maine’s history. As inspiration for this shoot we looked to the city of Lewiston, drawn to its old fashioned urban landscape. An eclectic mix of run down mills, peeling paint, vintage hand painted signs, and brick buildings.

Inspired by the industrial nature of the mill, we wanted to infuse a modern elegance to this space, and it wasn’t hard to make what’s rough around the edges feel suggestively sexy and modern. A rich and bold color palate of green, caramel and black, inspired all design elements to follow effortlessly.

Inspired by the history of the venue, an old textile mill, in a unique twist (for New England) cotton was incorporated into the floral arrangements. These fluffy, white accents were also a nod to winter.

Our couple; two Maine artists, are creative and refined, and not afraid to do things a little differently. Our groom is handsomely refined in style yet has this rough around the edges vibe with an amazing ginger beard. Our bride is sleek and sexy, with a style at home in the art world just as easily as in the woods, and she rocks this gorgeous BHLDN jumpsuit instead of the traditional wedding dress. Her look is accessorized with a vintage fur coat and his with a traditional knit hat and work gloves, both familiar and nostalgic to our Maine location.

For our reception we repeat this same theme by featuring a sleek modern dinner table set against the rough urban interior of a hollow old mill. The  table has rigid steel legs with a cognac leather top draped with a sheer black runner that spills to the ground at either end. Super sexy. On top we use a sleek black dinner plate paired with a rough organic piece of green pottery and a modern designed menu card. In each setting we use all elements of the design to bring things together. The table is made complete with a beautiful collection of textural florals designed to represent the layers of beauty and creativity found in the history of this old mill setting.

Every detail throughout this shoot features a thread – whether in color, content, or composition – that ties into the next, creating a gorgeous loop and weaving together this story of love in Lewiston, steeped in the rich textile industry history here.

Floral Design: Watershed Floral
Concept Design and Styling (and Props and Furniture Rentals): Good Look’n Events
Paper Suite: Yonder Design
Cake: Landry’s Confections
Bride: BHLDN, Emily Shaffer Studio, Cole Haan, Material Objects
Groom: Portland Trading Co.
Signature Cocktail: Maine Craft Distilling and Baxter Brewing
Models: Ashley Jardim and John Sundling


  • November 12, 2017 - 8:42 pm

    Jennifer Hamann - Hello, I was just wondering where this venue was that you had photographed.. in Lewiston at a Mill?

    Thank you

    • November 13, 2017 - 12:52 am

      jwylde - Hey Jenni, it was at the Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston and featured Baxter Brewing, on the ground level!ReplyCancel

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