Mount Desert Island wedding of Sarah and Eliot


Combine a great group of people, a gorgeous location, perfect weather, a loving couple and a slew of personal details and you have Sarah and Eliot's wedding. Sarah and Eliot married at her family's summer home on MDI. When I arrived, Sarah's dad was at work clearing paths for the ceremony and hammering nails to hang the wedding dress. A close friend of the family was affixing edible birch trees and birds to their intricate and perfectly Maine wedding cake, and another family friend was preparing to introduce their wedding ceremony.

Sarah and Eliot married in a Quaker-style ceremony on a lawn overlooking trees and the ocean. Guests were invited to stand and speak. Some shared memories, others gave advice and yet others discussed topics like horticulture. In the periods of silence in between one could hear the sound of rustling leaves and bird calls. It was lovely, minus the uninvited guests- mosquitoes- but a light breeze kept them fairly at bay.

Post-ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn before moving into the tent for a delicious dinner. Sarah and Eliot made their own custom playlist for the post-dinner party and an adjacent tent served as the dance hall. The playlist was a success and the dance floor was packed.

The location was special for Sarah's family who has been summering there for years, and for Eliot's family being introduced to it. Many of Eliot's extended family flew in from France (including his grandpa who is in his 80s!) and many of the guests treated themselves to a Maine vacation surrounding the nuptials.

Loved meeting you and your families, Sarah and Eliot! Congrats!

How they met, in Sarah's words:

Eliot had just moved to DC from Wisconsin to begin a job and I (Sarah) was teaching at a private school outside of the city. We met in DC and went to the Smithsonian for our first date. Eliot suggested that we start at the Museum of African Art since he lived in Africa as a child. We spent 4 hours walking around and getting to know each other and we both knew right away that we had found something special.

photographer: Megan, emilie inc. photographyvenue: private residence, Bernard, Maine • caterer: Sassafrass Catering, Bar Harbor • flowers: Chickadee Hill Flowershair/make-up: I Do Spastent: Wallace Tentsinvitations: A Printable Pressgown: Augusta Jones

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