The moment I met Emily and Meg I instantly felt a connection. I met them at Crema, a coffee shop in Portland, and felt like I was meeting two friends for a late morning coffee and tea break. Emily reluctantly pulled out their wedding binder, but I loved seeing their organization. I have a soft spot for spreadsheets, what can I say?
From that meeting, I knew their wedding day would be a special one. Not only because their nuptials were at the Inn on Peaks on Peaks Island, my home and one of my favorite places on earth. Not only because these two put so much work into planning, including Meg making all the invites and printed materials. Not only because since their journey together that began in 2008 now leaves them beneficiaries of the U.S. Supreme Court's historical decision to allow same-sex marriage in the state of Maine. But because they are two amazing, beautiful souls who found their other half and were surrounded on their wedding day by friends and family who clearly embodied that same spirit of love and exuberance. I felt honored and beyond happy to witness it all.
Meg looked stunning in her J.Crew suit. She even left her stylin' shoes untied to show off her self-proclaimed "swag." Emily wore a simple J.Crew white strapless dress and gold sandals fashioned in a nautical knot. The excitement was still in their air even after their first look, which they wanted to have on the dock. Both were beaming with smiles, and Emily had constant giggles of laughter. These two are so happy together.
Judy of Flora Fauna did another amazing job with the design. Loved the bold navy and white stripes with a pop of red. All white, low flower arrangements, but varied in shape and flower types. A simple, classic nautical feel, but fun. Every place card was personalized with a photo of the guest, often with Emily or Meg. Photos of their parents' and grandparents' weddings were displayed. Guests signed a coffee table book of Maine photos, filling it with little love notes and cheers. And what's a Maine celebration without whoopie pies? They were there, of course, along with Two Fat Cats cupcakes. Meg's grandmother made all the Italian cookies, my favorite!
Now I've seen some epic dance parties, but this was the MOST EPIC! It was non-stop hours of dancing. The floor was packed to the brim -- I had my wide angle lens on much of time because we were like a can full of dancing sardines! Plus I had to make sure I didn't trip over the speakers and mic stands of the band, the Free Downloads, that I was happy to hear again. They always tear it up. This party did not stop when the departing boats came either. Folks crammed into the Shipyard Pub on the other side of the Inn for drinks and continued celebration. I even rallied -- I walked home, dropped my gear and changed, and took Emily and Meg up on their offer to meet them in the Pub!
Thank you both for including me in such a special day and a killer celebration! So memorable, so fun, so full of life and love. I am ecstatic for your marriage and wish you the best! Let me know when you visit Peaks and I will look you up in NYC! Keep in touch.
How they met, in their own words:
In 2008, Emily moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in politics
and was looking to meet friends “off the Hill.” Meanwhile, Meg was
helping to organize a team to fundraise and participate in the
Washington AIDS Walk.
Through a mutual friend, Emily joined the team. Little
did she know the “walk” was more about the party that followed.
Matching team t-shirts and tequila shots in the afternoon... and the
rest is history.
After a few years in D.C., we moved to Boston for Emily
to pursue her Master's Degree, and now, finally, we live in New York
City, where Meg works in sports advertising and Emily fundraises for a
Inspiration for our wedding planning:
-The ferry to Peaks Island. Our love for boat shoes and all things preppy knows no bounds.
-Realizing Emilie (from Emilie Inc) was also a 'Cuse fan- Meg was sold!
-Craft beer, lobster, whoopie pies... need we say more?
-Emily's childhood memories of spending summers in
Southern Maine (Wells), and Meg's proposal to Emily on Marginal Way!
-The fact we can now be legally married in Maine.
photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photography • venue, catering: Inn on Peaks Island, Peaks Island, Maine • flowers: Judy Bourgeois, Flora Fauna • music: Murray Hill Talent, Free Downloads • cupcakes: Two Fat Cats • hair/make-up: O2 Salon • transportation: Casco Bay Ferry • gown and suit: J Crew • paper: Meg • honeymoon: Pacific Coast Highway, California roadtrip