An Intimate, Rustic-Industrial Wedding at The Portland Co. in Portland, Maine

When Lauren Methia (31 and a wedding photographer) and Dave Oliver (34 and a chiropractor) began planning their spring nuptials, they knew a destination affair was in the cards. Wanting to gather their closest family and friends in a significant location, the pair looked to Portland, Maine, a favorite vacation spot with plenty of amenities and stunning scenery for guests to enjoy all weekend long. “It’s been a special place for us since we started dating,” says Lauren, “and while the other locations we were considering were very beautiful, there was no connection and they felt very impersonal to us.” With Maine in mind, the couple then set out in search of a unique venue with lots of character. The Portland Co., an elegant, industrial space along Portland, Maine’s historic waterfront was the perfect fit, providing Lauren and Dave with an unexpected backdrop for their day. “We both loved the style of the space,” says Lauren, “open, airy and industrial. We knew there were so many possibilities and it would be unique.” The day started with a waterfront ceremony officiated by Dave’s brother at Fish Point on Portland’s Eastern Promenade. Allowing the sentiment of the moment and the beauty of the local to be the focus of the occasion, the couple kept the decor to a minimum, adding only a few floral arrangements to help define the outdoor space. After exchanging vows, the newlyweds were whisked off in a pedi-cab to The Portland Co. for the reception. With a short guest list, Laura and Dave were able to make the most of the industrial loft space. With the help of The Event Light Pros and A Family Affair, they created a series of intimate vignettes for each portion of the evening. Strands of bistro lights distinguished the dining area and a cozy lounge complete with sofas, armchairs, vintage rugs and a bar provided a chic place for guests to mix and mingle before dinner. “I wanted the evening to have a backyard feel,” says Lauren. “The style was very organic, simple and elegant. We kept the decor to a minimum to allow the character of the venue to shine through.” Wooden farm tables dressed with simple linen table runners and vintage-inspired bottles filled with flowering branches made guests feel like they’d sat down to a family dinner, while warm candlelight infused the industrial space with undeniable ambiance. Details like hand-lettered place cards, Polaroid escort cards featuring childhood photos of each guest and a menu boasting local craft beer and mini lobster rolls allowed Lauren and Dave to show off their playful personalities. A tip for the taking from Lauren: “Our best advice is to choose the things that are most important to you and focus on that. For us that meant the food, photography, venue, location. Everything else will work itself out.”