A note from Jonathan & Joelle

Winning was the most amazing experience of our lives. From the start when we first saw the website through the judging process where we met the other finalist to the final announcement and the wedding itself, everything was just perfectly planned and organized down to the last letter. Clay Hill Farm and all the sponsors made us feel like the most important people in the world. It was just a wonderful experience. The best advice we could give people when entering into this contest is just be honest and be yourself and you will shine.

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Wedding photos by
Deb Cram Photography
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Jonathan & Joelle's Essay
Joelle and I met at the Portsmouth Farmer's Market. Joelle is a silversmith & natural foods chef. I own White Heron Tea, a local Organic & Fair Trade tea company. We spent two years as market vendors before dating. We quickly fell in love and found that we share many common values and interests. We are close to family, love fresh air, exercise, gardening and cooking healthy food. We make time for running, surfing, walks and foraging for wild edibles. (Berries and mushrooms....yum!)
Our dream of married life together is based on mutual love, inspiration and a commitment to making a better world. We cherish simplicity and the ability to enjoy life without the need for “bigger, better, faster” material goods. We believe that every dollar spent is a vote for a world that is green and sustainable or fast-paced and generic. We buy goods that are organic, locally grown/produced and support local businesses. We grow much of our food and enjoy making bread, yogurt, cheese and maple syrup. For us, green living boils down to focusing on what is most important and staying educated in a rapidly changing world. Green living is how we share our love with the world around us.
Jonathan Blakeslee & Joelle Guerard of Eliot, Maine

Clay Hill Farm is an award-winning restaurant and wedding venue on 11 private acres in Cape Neddick, Maine. The first restaurant in the country to be a certified wildlife habitat and bird sanctuary, Clay Hill Farm is also one of the first businesses in Southern Maine to earn the Environmental Leader certification. Passionate about seasonality, local food and Maine-made ingredients, Clay Hill Farm embraces green living by also celebrating real people making a difference and encouraging social outreach in all shades of green.
www.clayhillfarm.com, (207)-361-2272