photographers: Whitney and Steve, emilie inc. photography
venue: Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) Peaks Island, Maine
caterer: Blacktie Catering
hair: Salon Burke
invitations: Lisa Aaronson
How they met, according to Renee:
His company opened an
office behind my coffee shop. He was working out of my cafe while they
finished construction. I thought he was cute and gave him a sample of
lemon loaf. We got to know each other slowly over a few years. Then we
were both single! However, we decided to wait before getting involved...
well, a bottle of red and a sunset on Two Lights fixed that!
There was a huge sigh of relief for Renee and Jon's wedding day weather. The two days leading up to their big day were wet ones and the night before -- during their rehearsal dinner lobster bake -- brought torrential rains, thunder, and lightening (I lost power during my meeting with another bride Lauren who had come to the studio to look at our albums!). Many of the guests were not familiar with Maine weather -- as the saying goes, if you don't like the weather wait five minutes -- so the storm did not dampen their rehearsal. Fortunately, that storm made way for a gorgeous sunny Saturday for the wedding.
Jon lived on Peaks for a few years back in the early 2000's, so it was a homecoming of sorts, now that they live in Colorado while Jon is in school. He and I actually met randomly on the beach in front of my tiny house a year or two ago when he was visiting the island. Crazy to think that I ended up photographing his and Renee's wedding.
They did not see each other before the ceremony and got ready at two beautiful rental houses filled with that Peaks Island charm we love. There was a no-frills, homegrown spirit about this wedding -- friends and family filtered in and out of the houses, other friends picked and arranged the flower centerpieces for the reception tables, a friend (and owner of Salon Burke) did Renee's hair, folks took turns keeping a watchful eye on Jon and Renee's little girl Avery, Jon shuttled guests from the ferry to their cottage rentals, Renee- in her maternal element- changed Avery's diaper clad in her wedding dress, a family member served as the officiant, and friends played the music.
Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association was the picturesque locale for the celebration. It is the sailing and tennis club on the island, and I'm in love with the space. Renee opted for daughter Avery on her hip as she walked down the aisle with Jon's father Ed -- her bouquet and Avery's were back at the house! Guests were spoiled by a view of Casco Bay's Diamond Pass that overlooks Little and Great Diamond Islands while Jon and Renee said their personally written vows on the dock. Avery even got to hang with mom and dad during the ceremony, before a hand off to Jon's mother Pamela. Close friends and family gave heartfelt toasts, as well as some laughs, to the bride and groom during the reception. Jon wanted to sneak out later in the evening for a drive around the island for some photos at a spot on the backshore of the island known as Whaleback, and I wanted to take them to a place overlooking Picnic Point.
I left their wedding giving hugs and filled with happiness for two people that have a special bond, not only because they are wonderful parents to Avery, but because they genuinely complete each other as best friends and partners in life. You couldn't have asked for a better day on Peaks Island, and I am so happy I was able to be a part of their day.
Congratulations again, Jon and Renee! Good luck back in Colorado, but you must visit Peaks again soon!