venue: Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells, Maine
officiant: bride's family member
coordinator: Meghan Torrieri, B Merry Events and Occasions
caterer: 111 Maine
florist: Emily Carter Floral Designs
hair: Fringe Hair Art, Kennebunkport, Maine
tent: Sperry Tents
gown: groom's grandmother's gown, repurposed by Sarah Michniewicz
invitation: Diane Schaffer
honeymoon: Czech Republic
I have never seen two people more in love than Alli and Joel. Factor in their wedding day and I was witness to a perfect union on a perfect October day. They are so much in love they are creating their own last name that celebrates both of their families. Combining her surname Shapiro and his Jukosky, they will become The Jukiros.
Their wedding was full of seasonal fall touches and a focus on friends and family. A rented cottage in Bufflehead Cove was the prep location for both of them. It was so fun having them get ready together in the cutest cottage I have seen locally. I wanted to move in to the place! With some alterations, Alli wore Joel's grandmother's wedding dress. She traded in strappy shoes for a pair of cool brown boots. Family handkerchiefs were tucked in her sleeve and boot. A funky green velvet jacket she found on Etsy kept her warm after the ceremony and matched Joel's maroon velvet jacket custom tailored by Indochino. I was impressed, he and his best man even tied their own bow ties. Pocket watches finished off the groom's look and were gifts for all his special guys.
The picturesque Laudholm Farm was the backdrop for the entire wedding day. The ceremony was held on the part of the property closest to the road with a beautiful view of the distant rolling hills. A thoughtful tea ceremony served as their vows, a meaningful moment for these two tea lovers who currently work at Dobra in Portland and hope to own their own tea house someday soon. The vows demonstrated their devotion to tea and the devotion to each other. Guests waved little newspaper pendant flags as the two recessed down the aisle. Alli and Joel oozed emotion throughout the day.
Cocktail hour was enjoyed in the barn and a delicious dinner was enjoyed under a tent. Alli's brother sang a song for her and Joel. An iPod played some stellar tunes. Alli and Joel did a great job on the playlist and guests tore up the ol' dance floor all night. Still rocking the boots and tights, Alli changed into a shorter dress with lacy sleeves for cutting loose with her new husband, friends, and family.
This year I have been able to see Laudholm through all the seasons and I love it during each one -- in June I was a guest at my friends' wedding, in August I photographed Lauren and Joel's amazing wedding (another Joel!), and in October I was lucky enough to photograph Alli and Joel's fall nuptials. Each wedding was so warm and full of love. I think there is something in the water there that makes that place extra special for so many couples.
Alli and Joel, thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your wedding. It was a perfect day and I couldn't be happier for you two! I hope you are having an amazing time exploring the Czech Republic together as newlyweds! A cup of tea is in order when you return!
How they met, in Alli's words:
Joel and I met in college, and have been inseparable ever since. After we graduated, we spent 3 years on a small farm in Montana and it greatly influenced how we choose to lead our lives. As reflected in our wedding, taking care of our world, and taking responsibility for how we treat it is a big part of our lives and how we love it. We wanted our wedding to be as environmentally low impact as possible. So much of the decor is recycled, upcycled, vintage or antique, and we hired a fabulous caterer, 111 Maine, who has their own farm and uses as much local food as possible. We are using a lot of food as decor too, and whatever our guests don't take home will be donated. We love this world and this life so much, and we just want to take care of it!