Venue Reporter

A Summer Adventure Wedding with Kayaks, Cabins and Campfires
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 25702
VENUE:
Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake
LOCATION:
Casco, Maine
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Old-school Summer Camp
Classic Lakefront Lodge
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

Nothing screams summer adventure like kayaks, a cabin full of friends, and late night campfire hangouts loaded with s’mores and hot toddies. Migis Lodge is one of those old-school summer camps that’s been turned into a grown-up getaway spot, embracing that adventure-in-the-woods mentality but with really nice bedding and amenities.

 

 

When Miki and Matt decided they wanted to have a destination wedding with a New England style and a summer camp vibe, Migis Lodge on Lake Sebago in South Casco, Maine was the perfect contender.

 

 

Destination Wedding and Getaway

The couple met in Maine and thought their wedding would best be celebrated amongst nature and friends, at a destination getaway venue. With loads of outdoor activities, a close proximity to Portland, and that secluded camp vibe, Migis served as a great backdrop to their colorful, summery wedding.

 

 

To amp up the beauty of their surroundings, Miki and Matt entrusted mStarr Event Design and Petal Floral Design. Through the use of drapery, lanterns and brightly colored flowers, the team was able to really brighten up the lodge into a celebratory space. The ceremony’s Lake Sebago setting could not be more gorgeous, flanked by a simple birch and floral structure.

 

 

Ideal for Weddings and Retreats

Migis Lodge has 35 cottages and a 6-bedroom lodge along with plenty of canoes, kayaks and sailboats, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a golf course nearby. The property sleeps around 120-130 guests and can accommodate an event size of up to 180.

 

 

There are a few spots along the lake for wedding ceremonies and the main lodge, with its wraparound porch, is a good venue for a reception. There are enough event spaces to host multiple events on the property, so you could really host the rehearsal dinner, welcome party, wedding, and brunch all on-site.

 

 

About Migis Lodge

When it was built by Charles Goodrich in 1916, Migis Lodge was originally known as “National Camps,” and was run as a summer camp for many years. In 1968, the Porta family purchased the property and continues to run it now as a family oriented resort and lodge.

 

 

Water sports fanatics will love Migis! Not only do you have full use of the lake as a guest, but the resort offers canoes, kayak, sailboats, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and more. You could probably even organize some kind of water competitions during the day. 

 

 

Inside Tips
Migis has a limited number of weekends they’ll book weddings, so be sure to book ahead of time. Their summers book up quickly with families and returning guests, so most wedding availability is in May and early June or September to November. Full reign of the property is ideal for weddings.

 

 

Tips on Hosting Events at Migis
Emily of mStarr Events raved about working with all of the Migis Lodge staff and noted how accommodating and helpful they were throughout both the planning process and the wedding weekend. Emily points out that Robyn, the event manager, is particularly easy to work with.

 

 

A setting in which you can exchange vows surrounded by pine trees, Sebago Lake and Western Maine's mountains in the background isn't too shabby. 

 

 

Highlights of Migis Lodge

Use of the venue’s adorable red vintage 1936 Chris Craft boat is a definite perk for boating enthusiasts. Miki and Matt had their bridal party arrive on the boat for the ceremony and took a moment for themselves on the boat during cocktail hour. So cute!


 

 

“The lodge is a space that was neutral enough to be transformed a couple different times throughout the weekend, but still felt like a main lodge at a camp should feel."  MStarr Event Design 

 

 

Party in a Lakeside Lodge

After the ceremony guests were swooped into the lakeside lodge for cocktails, dinner and dancing. If you really want to channel the good old days of Summer camp, you can finish the evening around a bonfire on the front terrace. S'mores soiree anyone?

 

 

Types of Events the Venue is Ideal For
Migis Lodge is ideal for weddings of 100-120 guests, group getaways, bachelor/bachelorette parties, retreats, workshops, and family reunions.

 

 

"Oh, and the main lodge porch! I was so excited to accent it with chandeliers + greenery.” – Emily of mStarr Events

 

 

Around Town
Migis Lodge is only about a thirty to forty minute drive to Portland, ME and there are plenty of cute shops and restaurants there. In the more immediate area, highlights include stopping at the Village Donut Shop for molasses donuts, and The Good Life Market for sandwiches or a light lunch. The Portland area is home to many breweries worth exploring, including Allagash, Harpoon, Sebago Brewing Co. just to name a few.

 

 

Photography: Justin & Mary | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Paper Goods: Julie Song Ink | Linens: Nuage Designs  | Rentals: New England Country Rentals 

 

MEET THE CORRESPONDENT

Emily Alfano
CORRESPONDENT
Emily Alfano
COMPANY
mStarr event design
TITLE
Event Designer
LOCATION
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

i didn't realize my love for design, styling + planning was more than just a hobby until i took on the role of bride back in 2011. while planning my own wedding, i saw inspiration EVERYwhere. with the growing popularity of personalized events, and a hole in the new england market for design, i started mStarr in the hopes of bringing the same energy and imagination that i brought to my own wedding in achieving your perfect day. i actually want us to work together. i want to know you. i want to tell your story. armed with experience from years spent in project management, jewelry design, marketing, and events, i like to say that i bring right-brain creative thinking, left-brain execution, the ability to juggle, some graphic design skills, and resourcefulness to the table...and i attack each project with the mentality of someone hosting or attending as a guest. no dream is too big, no idea too far-fetched. mStarr is based in boston, serves all of new england, and loooooovvvvves to travel {hint hint}. - Website

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