Backyard wooded wedding of Katherine and Elijah in Walpole


I've been looking forward to Katherine and Elijah's wedding ever since they inquired early this year. The wedding took place at Elijah's family's home in Walpole. The house is the most beautiful location, situated on the river, and built from trees that Elijah's dad cleared from the land.

Elijah and Katherine put a lot of love into their planning, adding many personal touches to their celebration. Additionally, they spent the week leading up to the wedding at the house, constructing benches for their intimate woodland ceremony, posting notes alerting guests of bumble bees and lady slippers, and otherwise prepping for the day. This was after Elijah's parents spent the past spring readying the property, including growing gorgeous flowers for the bouquets and table settings.

Good friends of Elijah's family offered their house on a nearby island for Katherine and her bridesmaids to get ready. After meeting Elijah for a tour of the property, Elijah's cousin, Beecher, kindly escorted me there. The property is a little tricky to get to (you can either go by boat or wait until low tide to walk from the island), which makes the experience all the more fun. When the girls were dressed and ready, Elijah's dad, Barnaby, arrived in his boat (adorned with streamers!) to chauffeur the group back to the ceremony site.

The weather was perfect, as was the celebration. Family members read poems during the ceremony, guests laughed, guests cried, and afterwards everyone enjoyed cocktails and Damariscotta oysters on the lawn. The evening culminated in the tent with good food and toasts and I imagine guests lingered long into the night.

Thank you for sharing such a magical place with me, Elijah and Katherine, and for including me in your heartfelt celebration. I wish you all the best!

photographer: Megan, emilie inc. photographyvenue: groom's family's home, Walpole, Maine • officiant: Don Stanley • caterer, tent: Stone Cove Cateringmusic: Johnson Brotherscake: bride's sister • flowers: bride's mother • hair/make-up: bride's friend • transportation: Country Coach Chartersgown: Vera Wang, Bridal Gardeninvitations: designed by the couple • honeymoon: Italy

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