venue: bride's family home, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
officiant: Patricia Waterman, Wolfeboro Town Clerk
coordinator, caterer: Gary McGloin, Mise En Place, Wolfeboro
transportation: Winnipesaukee Belle
flowers: Kate Parker Designs
ceremony musicians: friends
cake: Gatherings by Stellaloona
make-up: Joanne McDonough, Joya Beauty
hair: Angela Randolph, Wink Salon and Spa
tent: Sperry Tents
photo booth: Maine Snapshot Studio
gown: Anne Barge, Kleinfeld
honeymoon: Tulum, Mexico
Kristen and James had their wedding at a family home on Lake Winnipesaukee on a pretty perfect fall day. Two tents were set up at the front of the house for dinner and dancing, and the ceremony was held at the back of the house, with chairs tucked in between a stone terrace and the dock. Final touches were being placed on both areas when I went inside to find Kristen.
The ladies were finishing up with makeup and Kristen was relaxed, chatting and double checking she had what she needed for accessories. Getting married at your family lake house definitely has its perks, it's so familiar and comforting, and that feeling just sort of spreads to everyone else present. While Kristen was relaxed, I saw right away that she still had the fun energy I picked up on when we spoke on the phone last year. She so doesn't take herself too seriously, and is always cracking jokes and keeping things light. Kristen's Dad, Jim, was circulating about making sure things were getting done and people had what they needed. Kristen referred to him as "Captain Dad" which I thought was sweet, and fitting.
After a first look with James we did some quick family formals then it was time for the ceremony. Some of the guests arrived via a cruise boat called the Winnipesaukee Belle and docked right at the house! I had never seen this before as a form of guest transportation and it was a fantastic idea. And although it was a beautiful fall day, it was a bit blustery and chilly so everyone came prepared with scarves and mittens. The ceremony was held right on the dock and included a beautiful song performed by two friends and touching vows. Kristen had her hands in the pockets of her dress much of the time because it was not exactly warm enough to be wearing a strapless dress by the water but hey, she really loved those pockets so why not use them.
We snuck away for some portraits and Kristen and James had some time to themselves to walk up the driveway and along the road where the trees had begun turning. They really complement each other, these two. Kristen's gregarious, extroverted personality is balanced with James' quieter nature and dry sense of humor. We had a fun time with their portraits and then headed back to the party where their guests were warming up in the tents and enjoying cocktail hour.
Rather than have a seated dinner, this couple chose to have more of a mingling atmosphere with buffet stations, so guests circulated between both tents for the rest of the evening. Their coordinator, Gary McGloin, and Kristen's father had a little surprise planned as well. Gary, a total renaissance man who catered the affair and is a friend of the family, also has an amazing singing voice. So for the father daughter dance he sang a Harry Belafonte song for them to sway along to. The rest of the music for the evening was from a great playlist on a laptop, but this little moment of live singing was really special.
Kristen and James danced the night away with their friends and family, and the scarves and mittens came off, perhaps helped along with some free flowing wine that may or may not have been passed around the dance floor by the bottle. As I got ready to leave with Megan, I went to say goodbye to Kristen and she said I might want to stay for one more song because "My Dad realllly loves Lady Gaga." And boy does he. As soon as the song came on he stopped in his tracks, turned, and headed for the dance floor. He went from a scarf wrapped around his head to a tie, and went boogieing along from guest to guest. It was such a fun way to end the night shooting.
Kristen & James, it was a total joy to be there and I know every time you come back to the lake house you'll be reminded of your amazing day.
How they met, in their own words:
We met through mutual friends in 2004. We were friends for 5 years, became very close and had our first kiss on New Years Eve 2009 into 2010. We had our first date two days later, and have been together ever since. :)