This was my first time photographing at the John Peter's Estate in Blue Hill, and I just loved it. You drive up a long dirt driveway along fields full of wildflowers to a beautiful, Federal style home perched on top of a hill. It has expansive views of Blue Hill Mountain to one side, and the harbor to another. Luisa had told me about her love of the Maine coast, specifically Downeast, as she had vacationed there with family for years. I immediately saw why she and Giordano chose this as the perfect venue for them to be married.
Another bonus to the location is that it can hold many people, so the couple was able to get ready in the same house without a real threat of seeing each other. The home is kind of a maze, with rooms upon rooms, and little doorways into new, unexplored corridors. I loved being able to hang out with Luisa for a bit, then scoot downstairs and see what the guys were up to, then head back upstairs with the ladies.
The rain held off for the entire day (yes!) so the ceremony was held outside looking over the water. It was full of sweet moments, like when Luisa's cousins all sang the Beatles' "Blackbird" together. We were also able to hike around a bit of the massive property for portraits, all with a different feel, with the water, fields, mountain, and barn all serving as backdrops.
One of the most fun details of this wedding was the wood fired pizza cart! Pizza by Fire supplied appetizers, salad, and delicious pizzas for a non-traditional dinner that had everyone looking for their next slice. After the meal, guests hopped up to get down to a playlist the couple had put together and dancing continued into the night.
Luisa and Gio, thanks so much for having me and enjoy your mini-moon drive back to DC!
How they met, in Luisa's words:
Giordano and I met 5 years ago in Cusco, Peru, where he was working for a
non-profit and I was volunteering at an orphanage. Despite being
uncomfortable in front of large groups of people, I got bullied into
running a trivia night at the local bar called the Real McCoy. On my
first night of trivia, I was terribly nervous. A friend of the bar
owner, Giordano happened to be there and wondered who I was and how he
could meet me. Several weeks later, on Halloween, I was dressed as a
llama (not a particularly attractive costume) and Giordano was dressed
as a Newsie (from the movie Newsies). We still hadn't met, so when
Giordano asked a mutual friend about me, she took the liberty of
introducing us. Giordano and I immediately discovered that we had a lot
in common. Two days later, Giordano called the apartment that I was
staying at to ask me out on a date. We had so much fun, that we never
stopped seeing each other. Since then, life has taken us to Michigan,
Maryland and finally Washington, DC. This coming July, we will be
welcoming a yellow lab puppy to our family. He will be named McCoy,
after the bar where Giordano saw me for the first time.
photographer: Denise, emilie inc. photography • venue: John Peters Estate, Blue Hill, Maine • caterer: Pizza By Fire • florist: Sweet Pea Gardens • cake: Milk and Honey • hair/make-up: Roberto Hostins • tent: Wallace Tents • gown: David's Bridal • invitations: minted.com • minimoon: Stonington, CT