A Summertime Gatsby Wedding at the Bar Harbor Club

For people who spend their summers vacationing in Maine, it’s no secret that Bar Harbor is pretty much the quintessential waterfront destination. Right? It’s idyllic, whether you’re from here or from away. So who WOULDN’T you want to host your summertime wedding here, too?

Last summer we helped coordinate Kelly and Sam’s stunning wedding at the Bar Harbor Club, located right on the water’s edge in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Hosting a Wedding at Bar Harbor Club

The Bar Harbor Club is an incredible venue to host a wedding. The oceanfront hotel and spa has been revived to its original grand state and features a spectacular scenic backdrop, considering it’s positioned along one of Maine’s most scenic oceanfront locations.

In addition to sprawling grounds, and a welcoming resort and spa for your guests, the Bar Harbor Club offers on-site professionals to help you plan your dream wedding. Whether you’re vision is for a small gathering or a grand ceremony and reception, your guests will love celebrating with you at this location.


Kelly’s Gatsby wedding vision

Although the Bar Harbor Club offers on-site professionals to help plan your wedding, we always recommend a third party planner or coordinator to work with your on site team. Kelly hired Pinch Me Planning for her wedding day of coordination, so that she could fully enjoy the day after spending a year working to plan and design her dream day. And dream day it was.

I love a bride who has a clear vision for their big day! And Kelly was just that person. She described her design approach as “Gatsby” and she hit the nail on the head with a Gatsby wedding.  Black and white accent, acrylic signage, greenery, a clear top tent - all very glam and perfectly contributing to the stunning ocean side reception at Bar Harbor Club.


Keep reading to hear from Kelly herself in our fun wedding couple’s Q&A, and to see more of our favorite pictures from this waterfront wedding!

Interview with our Bar Harbor bride, Kelly

How did you two meet?

If you would have asked him and I where we met the first few months of us being together, the answer would have been the grocery store. However, we soon realized that’s actually not very realistic. So after a few glasses of wine, feeling more confident in our relationship, our friends and family were eventually told the story of our blind date at Sebago Brewing Company. We had met on Tinder, and what was suppose to be a coffee date, turned Into a rainy dinner date. We are a Tinder success story! We now say it loud and proud.

What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?
Sam:  I can’t just pick one! I think having the dogs with us the whole weekend was wonderful, but mostly letting loose and dancing with all of our friends and family.

Kelly: Everything! From the big picture of our wedding day as a whole, down to the tiniest little detail. But, if I had to choose one, I’d probably say the second I could make solid eye contact with Sam walking down the aisle. It’s a moment that will forever be embedded in my brain.


What was your favorite part about having a wedding coordinator?

A wedding planner, yes, yes, yes. A million times over YES. A day of coordinator, a designer, or full on wedding planner... whatever your heart and budget can afford. It is worth every single penny. Whether your venue has a coordinator or not, having a third eye who understands the detailing and romance you want to achieve allows you to fully enjoy your wedding day. And when I say enjoy it, the Pinch Me Planning team allowed ME and my HUSBAND to take in special moments, like getting ready with all our people, not worrying about timelines, making sure the “oops” were handled seamlessly. We didn’t need to check on anything through the day. They even made sure our dogs were okay (going above and beyond)! We put so much heart, soul, and thought into our wedding for over a year, and we wanted the details to come alive on our big day. Pinch Me Planning made it come true. Our fantasy wedding became our reality.


Our team of Maine wedding vendors

It takes a village to flawlessly design, plan, and execute a wedding like Kelly and Sam’s Bar Harbor Club wedding. We are beyond fortunate to be able to routinely work with the best wedding professionals in Maine, and our team of wedding vendors for this wedding was no different. Thank you to the incredible team that worked this wedding!


Having a Maine Wedding? Let us be your day of coordinator

If you need help planning, designing, or coordinating your upcoming wedding in Maine, get in touch with us today. Our approach to wedding planning and design is collaborative. You’ll share your own vision of your event concept, and together we’ll make your vision a reality. And since no two events are the same, all packages are customizable to your needs. We can work together to make sure the planning process and timeline suits your needs. Review our wedding planning packages and contact us to start the conversation.

More coastal Maine weddings you’ll love

If you loved the look of this Bar Harbor Club wedding, and are dreaming of a coastal Maine wedding for yourself, then you’ll love these waterfront weddings we’ve featured on our blog.