A Rustic, Nautical Wedding at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine

rn Having grown up in Maine, Whitney Thornton (27 and a food and nutrition director) and Mathew Thornton (27 and a civil engineer) could think of no place more beautiful than their home state to celebrate their fall nuptials. The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, offered a picturesque setting, with its breathtaking views of the Kennebec River and acres of lush greenery. Paying tribute to the locale through the decor and menu were a given for the pair and a nautical, rustic theme was chosen for the day. A palette of bright royal blue, ivory and red hues served as a nod to traditional nautical flags and made an appearance in everything from the flowers to the mason jar escort cards and even the wedding cake. Seashells, driftwood and netting were incorporated throughout, adding a playful beach-inspired twist to the decor, while a menu packed with fresh seafood and Maine classics like whoopie pies showcased local flavors. The Time Pilots, a local band, kept the dance floor packed, and a photo booth stocked with silly props kept guests entertained when they needed to rest their dancing feet. Toward the end of the evening Whitney and Mathew surprised guests with a food truck dishing out late-night snacks like fried dough, wings, poutine, tacos and more—much to everyone's delight. A tip from Whitney: “Don't stress about the little things, especially since most people won't even notice, and really take it all in. Everyone told Mathew and me that the day would go by so fast, so try to enjoy it. Many times we stood back and looked, and cherished seeing our friends and family all together.”