photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photography
venue, caterer: Inn on Peaks, Peaks Island, Maine
officiant: Pastor Daniel Meeter, First Reformed Church of Brooklyn
florist: Judy Bourgeois, Flora Fauna
dj: Dave Dionne, Dionne Entertainment
gown: Maggie Sottero from Andrea's Bridal
invitations: Lion in the Sun, Brooklyn
Sarah and Billy were F-U-N! My fellow Brooklyn peeps would be proud to know a very cool couple represented their 'hood well on a tiny island off the coast of Maine.
Maybe I was reading into to it too much knowing they live in Brooklyn, but their wedding had a Maine island vibe and urban flare. Their rehearsal dinner was in "the city" at Grace, a very cool space complementary to their wedding day on the island. There were nautical touches, but accompanied by non-traditional accents. Instead of navy and white stripes, a fabulous patterned fabric served as table runners. Square lanterns and teal vases filled with fiery orange flowers were the centerpieces, and the over-sized monkey fist knots fit right in as the table number holders. Their first dance fit with the theme as well, Van Morrisson's "Into the Mystic," one of my all-time favorite songs. Much of the wedding was a success due to the collective effort of guests and parents. Sarah and Billy spoke during the reception and thanked everyone who contributed. It was a real group effort, and they love everyone who attended. Sarah's mom Anita, who I adore, made the strawberry jam and painstakingly placed personal labels on each jar. Friends and family had helped pick the strawberries in the fields on Sarah's parents property in Waterboro, the same fields Sarah herself picked from as a child. Bridesmaid Megan Trinidad made the cake. Sarah's godmother from Canada made the ring bearer pillows. Sarah's younger sister Maid of Honor, made the invitations. She also delivered a speech for the newly wed couple, as Sarah put it, "like it was her job." Katie said above all Sarah lives life for love. She is the type of person who will be by your side no matter what, whether you like it or not. That if you were having a nightmare, Sarah would be the first to run to your bedside and tell you a good story. Victor, Billy's Best Man, gave an equally moving and funny toast about his dear old friend from way back when. Later I witnessed a strange dance between them and a couple other guys that resembled kangaroos fighting -- clearly the kind of dancing that friends with long histories feel comfortable demonstrating even in public. The ceremony format deviated from the typical order. The I Do's and kiss were early on and Pastor Dan gave a homily that I thought was refreshingly original. He asked guests "Why are you all here? Why are we here?" and joked that it was not only for the meal, bar, and dancing, but informed us it was to witness Sarah and Billy commit to finding a greater, higher love together and that is what marriage is.
Despite Sarah and Billy both showing emotion during the ceremony, they were very calm and said they just knew they were doing the right thing by marrying each other. It seemed like a pretty natural thing to me that they have going. Both also have natural musical abilities. Sarah's family played music during the cocktail hour. Billy sang an Italian song with his boys during the reception. And for the first time, I witnessed the bride's ladies remove the garter while singing and dancing to Madonna's "Like A Prayer." And also for the first time, I witnessed the groom's little nephew be hoisted in the air by his father Mitchell in order to snatch the garter out of the air and proceed to wear it on his head the rest of the evening. Sarah donned her white leather jacket later and wore it with a rockin' 'tude and her gorgeous smile. She changed into a fun, short white strapless for the after-party at RiRa back on the mainland after guests sent she and Billy off in style with a sparkler exit. The perfect way to end the perfect day.
So, so happy for you both! Thank you for allowing me to document your wedding day -- I had a blast! I have no doubt you will live it up in Cuba this winter on your honeymoon -- can't wait to hear about it!
How they met, in Sarah's words:
Billy and I met at Middlebury College the day before my college graduation -- he was camping with a buddy in the Adirondacks and swung by to visit my college roommate, the infamous Chris Jennings. We stayed in touch throughout the years and began dating in 2004 when I moved to NYC to pursue a career in Film Entertainment. I am now a publicist for Fox Searchlight Publicity and Billy works in finance at Barclays Capital. Billy and I live in beautiful townhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn with our new little french bulldog puppy, Batpapi. We love the outdoors and traveling, love to run, hike and get into all kinds of mischief together. Billy's a photographer in his spare time and I'm a writer of scifi and horror. We both have very big families who were all very involved with our wedding!