venue, caterer: Inn on Peaks, Peaks Island, Maine
officiant: James Griffin
florist: Laurie Andrews Design
cake: Two Fat Cats Bakery
make-up: Laurel Wiley, New England Professional Makeup Artistry
gown: Amsale at Cristina's Bridal, Andover
invitation: William Arthur
honeymoon: Singapore, Thailand, Bali
I knew Leah and Adam's wedding would be a special one simply based on the spectacular clouds that morning. There's something magical about September clouds in Maine, don't you think? There was a crispness in the air, somuchso that I pulled out my long sleeves for the first time. The weather forecast was only calling for high 60's after all.
Once arriving on the island by ferry, I was a bit surprised it wasn't more windy over there, making my wardrobe choice a bit silly for the afternoon, but a comfortable pick by sunset and the ferry ride back to shore where Megan and I would recount the day as we always do, this time needing to talk a bit louder than usual as our hearing seemed a bit out of whack after the very fun dance party.
Leah found us by way of Love and Lobster when searching for Maine venues from Brooklyn, where she currently resides, although she grew up outside Boston and summered in Scarborough. Immediately connected by something rather special, we discovered during our first conversation, we both got engaged on Higgins Beach! Happy to finally say hello in person on their wedding day more than a year later, Leah and Adam and their families made us feel right at home, literally insisting we pull up a chair and chat for a while before the picture-taking commenced.
Those clouds provided some wonderful changing light throughout the day, especially during their garden ceremony. Supported by her mother as maid of honor and cousins as bridesmaids, Leah was a vision in her Amsale gown despite her worry that she looked too tired from crafting too late during the week or crying too hard at the toasts during the rehearsal dinner the night before. Adam, who looked so much like his brother to us initially that we were happy he chose to wear a necktie and his brother a bowtie to tell them apart!, was the perfect balance to Leah's nautical elegance in a navy suit with patterned shirt and tie (with owls on it!).
A leisurely cocktail hour allowed us the time to scoot around the island for a few portraits on a golf cart, a welcome break, I overheard, for these two very newlyweds to have a chance alone. We would take some time for a few more portraits at sunset during the tented dinner before the dancing commenced inside the inn, likely my favorite part of the day as most of the formalities were over and Leah and Adam were really enjoying themselves. Retrospecticus, a band I am familiar with from my pre-mama days out and about in Portland, wow'ed us with their high energy right from the start (the first two songs out of the gate were "Call Me Maybe" and "Don't Stop Believing") and didn't let that momentum wane. It was impressive!
Equally impressive was how attentive Adam was toward Leah and their ability to turn off everything around them and just be so in the moment. If there's a secret, you two, please share! It's a hard task to accomplish on a chaotic wedding day and I know there's a lot of brides and grooms-to-be reading who would love to know how you pulled it off so effortlessly! When you get back from your ah-mazing honeymoon, of course. xo
How they met, in their own words:
We met at a company sponsored happy hour that consisted of many one dollar beers. Ironic, because unless he's cutting the lawn in August, Adam will rarely reach for a beer, and well Leah... didn't work for the company but slipped into the bar event with her friend. Leah's grandmother lives outside Portland on Higgins beach and Leah has spent many years traveling to the area. Adam fell in love with the beach side cliffs only shortly after he fell in love with Leah.