* Swallow Boathouse wedding ceremony of Liz and Nicolai in Moultonborough, New Hampshire


photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photography
coordinator: Andrea Ryan, AER Wedding Services
ceremony: Windward Harbor boathouse, Moultonborough, New Hampshire
officiant: Andrea Ryan
reception: Bald Peak Colony Club, Melvin Village, New Hampshire
caterer: Bald Peak Colony Club
florist: Linda Pare, Mountain Laurel, Ashland
band: Tony Boffa Band
cake: Bald Peak Colony Club
photo booth: Maine Snapshot Studio
hair/make-up: Erika Cormier, Picture Perfect Makeup Services
transportation: First Student Bus Service
gown: Selia Yang
invitation: Rifle Paper Company

Liz and Nicolai are MBA candidates and were planning their wedding while studying in Spain! Balancing class schedules, time zones, traveling and a fierce game of phone tag, we were happy to pair Whitney with Liz and Nico for their Lake Winniepsaukee nuptials. A place Liz has gone every summer with her family, they tied the knot in the boathouse in their lake community. Amazing, isn't it?

How they met, in Liz' words:
Nicolai and I first met in October of 2005. It was a few days before Halloween (I remember because Nicolai was on the hunt for a monocle to complete his Monopoly Man costume- still one of the best!). My coworker was a good friend of Nicolai's from college and invited Nicolai to join our office colleagues for cocktails after work one evening. We ended up walking to the same subway stop on the other side of the city that night and talked the entire way. I'll never forget that that was the night that New York City oddly smelled of maple syrup (later to be attributed to a factory in New Jersey). I saw Nicolai a few times socially over the next several months, but it was not until January of 2006 that our mutual friend officially set us up on a date. By April 2006, we were pretty inseparable and as they say, "the rest is history."

Somehow, Spain has played a significant part in our story. Our first date in January 2006 was at a Spanish tapas restaurant. On our second date, Nicolai took me to the Met to see an exhibit about the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. In May of 2006, we took our first ever vacation together to Spain. Last year we had the opportunity to embark on the journey of studying and living abroad in Spain, which was an amazing experience and a dream fulfilled for both of us. For the first time during our relationship, we were living in a new and foreign city, learning a language neither of us had studied before and meeting many new people from all over the world. I think the challenges and rewards of navigating that experience brought us even closer, strengthened our relationship and helped to define what we want our future together to look like.

About the boathouse:
The structure was built in the grand era between 1908 and 1910 to house the steam-powered yacht, the Swallow. This vessel was purchased by Herbert Dumaresq, who developed Kona Estate, which encompassed two hundred acres and five islands here on Lake Winnipesaukee. The Swallow was a present to his bride, and this boathouse is now the best-preserved structure from this former estate.
The enclosed area above the entrance was the captain’s quarters and the projection on the marina side served as the coal loading dock. Most of the windows are original, and are constructed with poured glass, which when looked through offer an antiqued view of the surroundings. The tall windows overlooking the lake allowed the Swallow to dock without removing the masts.
After the Hare family purchased the boathouse in 1942 the house was floored and used as a camp basketball court and a diving board was attached to the end. Today, Windward Harbor residents use the Swallow Boathouse as a quiet retreat to enjoy morning coffee or an evening cocktail, as well as for canoe storage in the winter.


  1. So many sweet moments of you two. So adorable together. Love you guys and loved documenting your wedding. Thanks for allowing me to do so!

  2. Whit, we can't thank you enough! So thrilled with all of the pictures from the day. They tell the perfect story of a perfect day! It was such a pleasure working with and getting to know you. xoxo.

  3. Does anyone have any information about the Swallow boathouse? I have grown up loving it and can't imagine getting married anywhere else! Thank you!!

  4. Hi Nicole,

    As far as we know, you need to be a resident of that community to be married there.

    Good luck!!


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