On the Marsh and St. Ann's Church wedding of Shawna and Chip in Kennebunkport

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The thing that I remembered most about my first conversation with Shawna and Chip was...well food.  We talked for almost an hour over the winter about their nuptials, but the majority of that time was spent discussing the amazing dinner they hoped to treat their guests to.  They were able to devise a custom menu, inspired by Costa Rica (where they met) and their shared love of Maine.  The dining room looked truly elegant with tall floral centerpieces and candles, the perfect backdrop for all the delicious-ness to come.  Guests nibbled on antipasto, twice baked potatoes, roasted asparagus, I could go on.

Judging by the looks on their faces, I think Shawna and Chip saw that all they had planned truly came to fruition.  They had ear-to-ear smiles whenever I looked their way.

Another personal touch was the dessert bar these two created.  They had an adorable cake (complete with lobster bride and groom!) and a whole assortment of desserts featuring family recipes.  Tiramisu, pizzelles, and mini whoopie pies where just some of the treats to sample.

Clearly the food was fabulous.  But the entire day was centered on the connection between these two and the love they have for their family and friends.  It was one of those weddings where I know it is a treat to be a guest, and I think that's exactly what this bride and groom were going for.

Shawna and Chip, I hope Italy was amazing (how could it not be??) and you better have had a cappuccino and some gelato for me!

How they met, in their own words:

Our story begins in Costa Rica in January 2013. As an AP environmental science teacher, Chip was bringing a group of students to Costa Rica for a high school leadership summit in April. Shawna was helping with the public relations surrounding the summit, and we had four days of orientation for teachers and staff in January.
 

It was a hot day and we were about to embark on a two-hour bus ride into the rain forest. Shawna asked if any of the teachers would like a bottle of water, and Chip eagerly raised his hand. Shawna tried to get him one, but the bus had to leave. She explained to Chip that she couldn’t get him a new bottle of water, but asked if he would like to share hers. He said sure.
 

And the rest is history... After sharing that bottle of water and talking non-stop for the two-hour bus ride, we spent the weekend exploring the rain forest, zip-lining through the trees, drinking Imperial and dancing to Foot Loose. By the time we had to say goodbye on Monday morning, we vowed to give our relationship a shot – both knowing that we had met a very special person.
 

Chip immediately booked a flight to Boston, and we went back and forth between Boston and DC for six months. When it came time to look for a summer teaching job, Chip landed a position at Harvard Summer School and we knew it was our best chance to be in the same city together. Despite getting the stomach flu during our first road trip from DC to Boston (isn’t that some de facto relationship requirement?), we spent the summer picnicking on the Charles River, eating lobsters and oysters at the beach, playing in a kickball league, and discovering our shared love for Kennebunkport, Maine.
 

In the fall, we got lucky again when Chip was offered a science position at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Even though we were breaking our “rule” to not move in together before marriage, we rebelled and Chip moved in to Shawna’s TINY Beacon Hill apartment (seriously it’s the size of a closet).


 
photographers: Denise and Megan, emilie inc. photographypreparations: Breakwater Inn, Kennebunkport • coordinator: Jenny McClain, Boston • ceremony: St Ann's Episcopal Church, Kennebunkport • reception, caterer: On the Marsh Bistro, Kennebunk • flowers: Snell Family Farmsband: Soul Sensationscake: The Winey Baker • hair/make-up: Fringe Hair Arttransportation: Ogunquit Trolleygown: Bella Sera Bridal at Allure Bridalgals: J Crew • guys: Vera Wang • invitations: Paper Source and DayTrip Societyhoneymoon: Amalfi Coast, Italy

Peaks Island summer wedding of Heather and Dana

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Some of my most favorite weddings are on Peaks, and Dana and Heather's was no exception.  Okay, maybe I'm biased for having lived on the island for five years and worked as a deckhand on the boats in Casco Bay before that.  But really, the couples that decide to marry on Peaks are usually riding the same wave as me, so there's an easy instant connection.  That's what I had with Dana and Heather, who married at the Inn on Peaks.  I also had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session last fall in Portland, so we had already spent some time together and got those nervous camera jitters out of the way. 

There were jokes made in toasts about how young these two look, but trust me, they are wise beyond their years and have a rock solid relationship anyone would hope to have with their own partner.  I'm certain it stems from both of their parents who have been married for at least 30 and 40 years.  That's something very special.  Needless to say, Dana and Heather's wedding reflected that strong sense of family.  I could feel it, and I could see it.  Two families with the same values, now joined together, an even greater love formed.  Heather's mom, Laura (aka Lodi), sewed all the table runners and made all the monkey fist guest gifts.  Heather made all the center piece table numbers.  Her dad Rob made the Chuppah, and he, Heather, and Dana installed it.  Lodi's cousin officiated the ceremony and it was one of the best I've heard; personal, funny, moving.  Dana and Heather's vows were genuine and true.  Happy tears flowed from lots of folks.  I had to hold mine back as it's not easy to focus with tears in your eyes :)  I experienced this challenge at Melissa and Steve's wedding, when Melissa's brother Michael gave the best toast I've ever heard and brought me to tears.  Like I said, maybe it's something about Peaks weddings (or maybe it's just me growing older and more emotional!).

A beautiful wedding party, killer sunset, spin-the-bottle dancing (yep, even I had to participate!), and a newlywed couple!  What a wedding!  Heather and Dana, I am so, so, so happy for you two.  Thanks for allowing me to document your big day.  Can't wait to see you soon!

How they met, according to Heather:

We both went to college at Northeastern and we were both in a class together. Although we both knew exactly who the other person was, and were both very interested in meeting the other, we never ended up speaking (Dana was too nervous to come up to me!). Coincidentally, we ended up a mutual friend's birthday party where Dana finally built up the courage to come introduce himself to me. The rest is history, and over five years later, Dana brought me back into the classroom where I 'almost got away', and proposed :)

 
photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photographyvenue, catering: Inn on Peaks, Peaks Island • flowers: Heather Caron Floral Designband: Jason Spooner Triocake: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrotthair/make-up: Big Day Beautygals: Platinum Bridal Boutique, Southborough • guys: Brooks Brothers • invites: Page Stationery via Gus and Ruby Letterpresshoneymoon: Nantucket and Kauai
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