small seaside ceremony of Tammie and Rick in Kingston, Massachusetts


Tammie sent me a spreadsheet with the name, affiliation and photograph of each of their 22 guests before her wedding to Rick so I would know who was who. It was the teacher in her, Tammie said. I loved it. Tammie's sorority sister (and my wedding dress angel), planner and former dress shop owner, and on this day- officiant!- Tracie Garceau had a blast pulling together the details of the day. Tammie even had guests wear clothes in the same color palette as the cushions on the porch furniture of the rental property were they wed. Brilliant! It was all of their nieces and nephews who stole my heart on this day, taking turns reciting an adorable poem during the ceremony, tossing beach balls and playing with parasols on the beach after, competing in corn hole and making funny faces as their parents indulged in lobster as they colored and took turns choosing songs on the iPod from the kids table nearby. It was a treat to spend a few hours with this crew and those delightful cousins dodging rain drops and toasting to a happy life together. Congratulations, Tammie and Rick!

How they met, in their own words:

Rick and Tammie were reunited after a brief encounter 12 years earlier at his nephew’s Christening. Tammie’s sorority sister arranged (unbeknownst to them) to have them both present at the Christening and see if sparks would fly. Well, we won’t go into details, but the sparks didn't fly just yet. Twelve years later Rick finally got the courage (heavily influenced by his sister-in-law) to ask Tammie out for a date. It was love at second sight for the two of them and for the next few years they would each commute from opposite sides of the state of Massachusetts to see each other.

In November of 2013 Rick proposed right before they jetted out to a Bruins game. Their first instinct was to elope since they both come from overwhelmingly large families. After much thought and deliberation they realized that they did indeed want to share this special day with those they love most. Rick is a Mass Maritime grad and they live in a waterfront home on a local pond. They both share a passion for hockey, boating, the Red Sox and a picturesque sunset. True New Englanders, Tammie and Rick settled on a small, intimate, seaside setting in the town in which she grew up, which embodies both their simplicity and passion for the beach and sea.
photographer: Emilie, emilie inc. photographycoordinator, officiant: Traci Garceau • venue: rental property • caterer: A Fork in the Road, Pembroke, MA • florist: Designs in Bloom, Pembroke • cupcakes: Sugar Plum Bakery, Kingston • gown: Chaps • groom: Tommy Bahama • message in a bottle invite: etsy

Point Lookout wedding of Mary and Ryan

by Anonymous

Ryan was an adorable groom with butterflies before his wedding ceremony - not because he was nervous about marrying Mary, but because he hadn't seen her all day when Denise and I arrived.  His Mar-Bear, as he calls her (the first word in his vows that he wrote), is the other half of him.  Together, the two have an undeniable energy that is easily witnessed, if you are around them for longer than a mere two minutes.  You can see the love, passion, friendship, and fun that these two have together.  I think they wear their hearts on their sleeves for each other, their friends, and their family.  Because of that, their day was filled with tons of emotion - laughter, smiles, hugs, tears, funny faces with the ring bearer and flower girls, and wedding cake frosting on the groom's cheek, courtesy of the bride, that he playfully ate off his face with a fork.  And of course, this also meant they didn't hold back from dancing most of the night away.  DJ Aaron Topfer played hit song after hit song, and the dancing got wilder.  Just as we were leaving, Mary, Ryan, and most of their wedding guests were refueling on pizza and drinks, and getting ready to continue their night of celebration with bowling at the eight-lane alley right on-site at the venue, Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. 

Mary and Ryan, your wedding was so much fun to document, so happy for you two!  Thanks for having Denise and I be a part of your big day.  Hope you relaxed in St. Lucia - you needed it after all that dancing!

How they met, in Mary's words:

We met at a friend's birthday party in March 2008. The second that Ryan walked in the door, our friend looked at me, then at Ryan, then back at me and said "Oh my God! You two would be PERFECT together!" It turned out that she was right! Ryan stood Mary up on their first date. Despite being royally annoyed, she trusted her instincts and gave him another chance. They have been together almost every day since. Ryan told Mary on their third date that he wanted to marry her, but it took another five years to pop the question.

photographers: Whitney and Denise, emilie inc. photographyvenue, catering: Point Lookout, Lincolnville, Maine • florist: Season's Downeast Designs, Rockport • music: Aaron Topfer • cake: Sweet Sensationsmake-up: Rheal Day Spahair: Elizabeth's Cuts and Styles • gown: Pronovias at Vows, Watertown • maids: JLM Couture at Alexandria's Bridal, Fall River • men: Men's Wearhouse • invitations: Shine Wedding Invitationshoneymoon: St. Lucia
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