ceremony: Blue Hill Congregational Church Blue Hill, Maine
venue: The John Peters Estate Blue Hill, Maine
coordinator: Courtney Weaver, Take Off Events
flowers: Sweet Pea Gardens
dj: Play Something Good
I have never seen so much dancing as I did at the beautiful wedding of Jenney and Steven in Blue Hill. I mean, epic marathon dancing. It was solid rug-cutting to New York City husband-wife DJ's Tom and Abby of Play Something Good that killed it on the turn-tables, mixing unpredictable tunes together -- my favorite being Paul Simon's "Cecilia" and Moby's "Honey" -- plus playing old school hip hop and, of course, Journey. Jenney and Steven blended thoughtful touches throughout their day -- a silhouette of the hills of Blue Hill and their date 8.10.12 incorporated into the welcome bags (sweetly, I even received one!), ceremony programs, welcome sign, cake, and guest favors of jarred jam -- with a sense of local community, friends, and family. Jenney prepped at their family homes on the water's edge in Blue Hill. Her mother Robin wore a fabulous canary yellow dress that she wore on her very own wedding rehearsal dinner night. We took some photos in the front yard with a big old tree that you knew witnessed countless family memories unfold, held precious secrets, and donned a rope swing that Jenney resurrected for the wedding festivities and junior bridesmaids -- though really, I think, for herself, jumping on it in her wedding dress much to her mother's dismay. In that moment, it was like no time had passed at all, and the beautiful woman in the flowing white wedding dress was still in her soul the little girl that revels in doing exactly what her mother tells her not to do.
Blue Hill is quaint and alluring. The kind of coastal Maine town that I love. The officiant Rob delivered a wonderful ceremony during which Jenney shed some happy tears. Both she and Steven were beaming ear to ear by the time they hopped into the photogenic antique VW convertible for their get-a-way car, romantically strung with an assortment of aluminum cans -- car loaned by friend Anne, cans attached by more friends.
The inn and property at the John Peters Estate was gorgeous, as was the property next door, owned by Jenney's family friends Kitty and Tom Clement who kindly loaned us their gardens for more photos (I laughed when their dog Winnie photo-bombed a couple pictures with the bride and groom, appearing as a grey blur of fur). Cocktail hour was magical. The bride and groom's dinghy "A-J" served as the boat beer cooler. Guests enjoyed an oyster bar and the kiddos played with bubbles and hula hoops. Tables were designated by airport codes, fitting for a well-traveled couple. The frosting flowers on the cupcakes were represented in the centerpiece flowers on the tables. Later, after the cake cutting, Jenney and Steven themselves passed out the cupcakes to guests. A moving toast from Jenney's father Tappy praised groom Steven, who subsequently sweetly praised his new wife. It was at this moment, my predictions that Jenney Wilder was an amazing force who draws people together was confirmed. Anyone would welcome for themselves, the way Steven spoke of his partner, so admirably, happily, and excitedly -- "She is all mine," he said with a smile -- joking that he will now forever be referred to as Mr. Jenney Wilder.
Congratulations, Jenney and Steven! I am so happy for you two. Your wedding was amazing, your family, your friends. Thank you for allowing me to document your day! I truly wish you the best in all that is to come for the two of you and Dani.