* Stonehouse Manor wedding of Laurie and Charles by Whitney


photographers: Whitney and Steve, emilie inc. photography
ceremony: St. John the Baptist church, Brunswick, Maine
reception: Stonehouse Manor, Phippsburg, Maine
caterer: Stonehouse Manor
cocktail musicians: Island Beats
band: The Dirty Names
cake: Seaflour
hair: True Colors
tent: One Stop Party Shoppe
gown: Bridal Trousseau
invitation: Forever Fiances
honeymoon: Maine

Laurie and Charles had the perfect Labor Day weekend wedding.  The weather was just right, a beautiful, hot sunny day, but not sweltering hot, followed by a cool, comfortable evening.  These two are cool as can be.  They were so relaxed on their wedding day and there is an obvious ease between them.  Their families were adorable and, despite everyone's chill vibe, there was a definite underlying feeling of excitement in all.  Laurie's parents, Lolly and John, and Charles' parents, Margaret and George, looked at each of their children with pride and love, and a hint of nostalgia that I notice in every parent, a look of awe that their baby is all grown up. 

St. John's Church in Brunswick is beautiful.  The colors in the paintings and light through the stained glass are ethereal.  Charles was so excited to kiss his bride.  He looked handsome in his suit, donning a watch from one grandfather and cufflinks from the other.  Both worked for the railroad and have since passed, but it was meaningful for Charles to wear them in their honor.

The Stonehouse Manor reception was another perfect part of their day.  Jane and her staff were amazing.  The sprawling, gentle hill from the manor leading down to a fresh water pond demanded an extended cocktail hour.  Six people somehow fit on a sunfish; I thought for sure I would end up with photos of someone in the water, but no luck!  Row boats and canoes were also enjoyed by guests.  Lawn games were in definite order.  Badminton and croquet entertained people, while a steel drum band played some chill music.  Jane, owner of the venue, has in-house chefs that presented a mouth-watering spread of food, with a farm-to-table feel, grilling everything fresh right next to the table.  It was a huge treat for Steve and I to have a meal like this!  We never eat like that, and we had the pleasant company of Laurie's cousin's band, The Dirty Names, at our table.  Later they performed some good ol' rock 'n roll.  They were awesome and got everyone on the dance floor.  It must have been that chardonnay!  Laurie changed from her "big pouffy dress" as she said, into a fabulous short, pale pink dress, accented by an over-sized matching flower in her hair.  With Laurie's dress change, Charles shed his jacket and we snuck out for some cute portraits in the gardens.  At the end of the night, some guests changed into some comfy clothes and pulled up a chair next to the bonfire.  Absolutely a perfect way to end a perfect day.

Congratulations, Laurie and Charles!  I hope you enjoyed some great Maine hiking and relaxing up north!  It was an absolute pleasure documenting your wedding day.  Thank you!

How they met, in Laurie's words:
It was our friend Gabby's birthday party. I was living in White Plains, NY at the time. Gabby and Charles lived in Hartford, CT as they both worked at Pratt and Whitney (engineers). I had just broken up with a guy and told her i'd only go (joke) if she invited a single guy. Charles, the single guy (also just broke up with a long term girl friend), was invited (they were friends as well). We instantly hit it off and have been together ever since.

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