PAULA CANO

 

Creative Director + Owner

Hello! I am so happy you found us. I'm thrilled to be in this vocation, working with couples and families from all over the world and all walks of life. I have been planning and designing weddings and events for more than 19 years, and started A Family Affair of Maine 10 years ago out of abundant gratitude and love of my own family. Celebrating life has become my mantra and passion; every day that I'm alive there is reason to celebrate, and this has been our mission that we share not only with our Clients, but with our team and my growing daughters as well. When couples and families work with us, I am beyond proud to say that the experience is one of collaboration and teamwork, a little coaching and a lot of love. We are your wedding planning family and we'll be there every step of the way with you.

We've planned everything from intimate library ceremonies to 300 person weddings, celebrity weddings and 500 person galas. We assist in all family celebrations and have planned and designed bar/bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, birthday parties and children's events. We work with many Maine based corporate clients such as Idexx, WEX, Hyde School and we are proud to provide philanthropic support to Full Plates Full Potential, Hitched Heros, Cancer Community Center and The Portland Museum of Art each year.



I owe every success to God, my incredibly supportive and loving husband (see 'About Pete' below) and my beautiful family and staff.  We are encouraged and inspired by the people who hire us, and thus become part of our family for years to come. 

 Virgo:analytical, reliable, perfectionist.

MARIE GRASSER

 

Wedding + Events Planner

Coming from a family of event planners & producers, you could say planning & logistics runs through Marie's veins.  Marie has worked in events at both the corporate and university level, but always felt most like herself when she was working with families.  After getting a taste of weddings in 2018 while working as an Event Coordinator at The Woodlands Club, Marie knew this was truly what she was meant to do.  In Marie's words: "Nothing gives me more joy and fulfillment than getting to know our couples and their families and being able to play a role in one of their most important life moments. People do not realize how tough it can be, both emotionally and mentally, to orchestrate a wedding and that is where we come in - to help make that process a whole lot smoother.  We are right there with our couples through each step of the wedding planning journey - deciding on the details, creating the best timeline flow, and sharing hugs, a few (happy) tears & lots of laughs.  SO much heart and soul goes into every detail of our weddings and to see it all come together on the wedding day gives me goosebumps just thinking about."

Marie's family ties run deep in love and tradition: "My family is everything and I am who I am because of them."

Capricorn: ambitious, hard-working, team-player.

JORDAN CROWLEY

 

Event Design Assistant + Marketing Specialist

Jordan joined the team in March 2020 as AFA's official Event Design Assistant and manages the company's social media and marketing efforts. Jordan graduated from Keene State College with a bachelor of arts in journalism and public relations, with a minor in multimedia marketing. She has worked in the marketing field for many years helping small businesses share their message, in a beautiful and thoughtfully designed way. But that's not the only design Jordan loves! Interior and event design has always been a passion of hers, so with that - she has become a great asset to our Clients and to the team, developing gorgeous rental plans and onsite styling services.

In Jordan's words: "I believe that in order to live your happiest life doing what you love, you must be exactly who you are. There's only ONE of you in the world - so live that truth out to the fullest!"

Cancer: loyal, intuitive, creative.

COURTNEY

Blog Journalist 

Courtney began working with us in early 2015 as an intern while attending University of Maine in Farmington, and soon became AFA's amazing wedding planning assistant. In 2017 she moved to Washington, DC to acquire her masters in Marketing while continuing to work with us in a PR and journalism capacity, creating dreamy and helpful content for our Clients and fans. Courtney's passion for all things weddings is evident in her writing style; she is encouraging, witty, and possesses a keen knowledge of the industry. "I chose wedding planning for my love of details and all things pretty, and for the feeling of making an impact on someone’s life. It’s a small impact, but playing a role in such an emotional and memorable event is the most rewarding feeling in the world."

MEGAN

Megan Theriault
Hand Lettering Artist + Calligrapher

I met this charming and uber talented  lady during the planning of her wedding in 2013 (also featured in Style Me Pretty here). Her incredible style and meticulously creative hand lettering on our chalkboards had us begging for more. She's been designing gorgeous signage for our wedding Clients ever since and we couldn't be more ecstatic to have her on the team. Among her many talents, Megan is an archeologist (dream job!) with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and spends much of her free time re-habbing her 1770 home in New Gloucester. We love you, Meg!

PETE

Peter Turner Jr.
Project Manager + Craftsman

I was so fortunate to have met this handsome creature some eight years ago, and although I had a hand in my search (online dating is a wonderful thing) I can't imagine where I would be today had I not had faith in that process.  Pete is my very best friend, and an amazing father to our girls.  He is also incredibly inventive, and works hard at perfecting many of our custom wood creations for our Clients.  He manages and maintains our inventory, handles deliveries and best of all, is a super Dad while Mom works.  I love him to pieces and I know you will too.