Stephanie and Casey's Inn by the Sea elopement

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Stephanie and Casey were quietly married on a Tuesday afternoon at the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth.  This mixed up my weekday routine and made it way more exciting!  With just their parents in tow, this was a true destination wedding -- as Mainers like to say, they were all from "away."

Stephanie and Casey are avid travelers and decided to get married in a state neither had been to.  Fortunately, Maine beat out Hawaii and North Dakota.  However, the hot humid day had us joking that Hawaii might have been a cooler decision.  A torrential downpour changed the ceremony location last minute from a wooded area off the beach boardwalk to under the canopy right on the dining patio at the Inn, resulting in a few more "guests" at their wedding than planned.  I thought to myself how lucky those lunch eating folks were, that they were one of a few, along with myself, who got to witness Stephanie and Casey making a lifelong commitment to one another.  Such a profound event, carried out so intimately, yet no less meaningfully.  I like to think maybe that rain was Casey's dad showering the wedding with his blessing and love.  Casey admitted he almost lost it when the wedding band, which was his father's, was slipped onto his own finger.

After the ceremony, Stephanie and Casey wanted a few family photos and portraits of themselves.  Stephanie was so stylish in a knee length cream dress, birdcage veil, and bouquet designed by Casey himself.  Casey looked handsome in a pale lavender shirt and dark navy suit, his sarcasm and humor always a quip away.  We walked the grounds, and had no problem finding picturesque places to showcase Maine's beauty.  I want them to remember that when they look at a photo hung on their wall or page through their album -- how Maine now has a special meaning for them as the state they married in.  They might also remember the killer mosquitoes on the boardwalk!  Stephanie said, "OK, that's enough of nature.  We're done.  Let's go inside."  We all welcomed the cool air conditioning and a bite-free zone to snap a few more first moments of them together as husband and wife.

Stephanie and Casey, I hope you enjoyed your stay in Cape Elizabeth and Boothbay Harbor!  It was such a pleasure to meet you.  Your connection to each other is evident and runs deep.  I am so happy our paths crossed and feel privileged to have been the one to document your sweet ceremony.  Scratches to Ula and Creston, and hugs and hellos to your lovely parents.  You're married!  I hope you're enjoying your newlywed status and wish you all the best!

How they met, in Stephanie's words:

Casey and I met on a Friday after work at a charity happy hour event in Washington, DC (November 13, 2009). Casey likes to say he met me while saving the children of Darfur, while I flat out say we met at a bar. He came right up to me and said, "Hi, I'm Casey." We quickly hit it off and discovered that we both had rescue dogs that were the exact same age - Ula & Creston. Casey asked if he could take me out to dinner the next week, and I said, "Yes!"

He pulled out all the stops on our first date. He showed up in a suit, took me out to dinner, opened all the doors. I gushed about the date to my mom later that night and she told me then and there that Casey was the man I was going to marry. I guess maybe moms are always right (but don't tell her I said that!).


  photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photographyvenue: Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth • hair: Bei Capellimake-up: Adore Rougedress: BCBGhoneymoon: Boothbay Harbor

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