Maple Syrup Season, Part I

Maple Syrup Season, Part I

Maple Syrup Season, Part I

Since it’s one of my favorite times of the year, I thought I’d make a guest appearance and write this weeks blog post. I just got back in from tapping roughly 40 maple trees in the back yard. It’s a small sample of the maples that we have on our 86 acres. But right now, it’s enough. At some point, I say this every time I start the process, we will expand. But then it seems all our other projects, chores, and hobbies seem to disrupt that plan. Maybe next year. For now, I’m just going to enjoy the fact

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Meet the Vendors, Volume III

Meet the Vendors, Volume III

Strange Events Chad and I welcomed, Renee Strange-Farnham and Carrie Erickson of Strange Events to Bonaventura Vineyards this past Saturday. It was a little chilly and the heaps of snow we just received prevent us from touring the whole property (without snow shoes anyway), but the sun was shining so we threw open one of the big barn doors to show Renee and Carrie our barn venue space including the view from the deck, which made for the perfect backdrop to our vendor selfie! It was great to to talk business, share ideas and learn what we all have to

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Story Behind the Logo

Story Behind the Logo

If you are searching for an authentic New England barn for your wedding or event, we think you might enjoy reading about the vision behind our newly finished logo. Hopefully you have had a chance to read our earlier “Before & After” blog posts, if you have, you know we have been cleaning, repairing, and renovating the barn over the past several years. Throughout that time we have found lots of interesting “treasures”, some we have chosen to keep and others not, but one of the fun things we have found over and over are signatures of the prior owners

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5 Reasons to do an Engagement Session

5 Reasons to do an Engagement Session

One of the couples getting married here at Bonaventura Vineyards this Fall was considering whether or not to take advantage of the engagement photo session their photographer included in their wedding package. Sharing our experience with them brought back the memories of our engagement session and why we found it valuable. #1Gave us a chance to get to know our photographer better. We spent time talking during our session, learning her style and sharing our wedding plans. We found the time invested by both our photographer and us invaluable and we believe this resulted in better photographs from this shoot

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Meet the Vendors, Volume I

Meet the Vendors, Volume I

BB’s Events & Rentals On January 12th I had the pleasure of visiting BB’s Events & Rentals showroom in Livermore Falls, just a quick 20 minute drive from Bonaventura Vineyards. If you need specialty decor pieces for your wedding or event along with tables, chairs, benches, and so much more, contact BB’s at http://bbseventsandrentals.com or schedule a visit to their showroom and see what they have to offer. In addition to the rental selection BB’s has available for their clients, they also provide day of event coordination and full event planning services. Relax and enjoy your day and leave the

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Fall barn wedding with a vineyard ceremony…..

Fall barn wedding with a vineyard ceremony…..

This past fall we had the honor of hosting Amanda and Shawn for a quintessential Maine barn wedding complete with hay bales for their ceremony seating. Shawn proposed to Amanda right down the road from us on the dock at her parent’s home making Bonaventura Vineyards the perfect location for their wedding day! Shawn made this beautiful arbor for Amanda and we loved the drapery and greenery accents Amanda added. The arbor was the perfect compliment at the top of the vineyard. Amanda’s Aunt was their wedding photographer. Their wedding officiant was Senior Pastor, Roger Cousineau from the East Auburn

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Before & After, Part II

Interior Barn Renovations This is a continuation of our before and after series illustrating how we transformed an authentic New England barn into an event venue. In Part I we showed you many of the renovations we have completed on the exterior of the barn, Part II will focus on the interior changes we have made over the past several years. If you are searching for a Maine barn for your wedding or next event, please take a look, Bonaventura Vineyards may be the location for you! The beginning…. Before we closed on the property we had an inspection completed;

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Before & After, Part I

Exterior Barn Renovations If you are searching for an authentic New England barn for your wedding or event, you may be interested in seeing how we have transformed one Maine barn from a building that once held cows, chickens and tons of hay to one for people, complete with a built-in bar and plenty of space for dining and dancing. The beginning…… Chad and I closed on our 86 acre property at 355 Berry Road on tax day, April 15, 2015. The property consisted of an 1800’s house, a small garage, an old workshop and a beautiful old barn (also

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