Yanica and Leah's weekday wedding in Skowhegan, Maine

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I have a hunch that Yanica and Leah are folks I'll keep in touch with for a long time.  They planned an intimate wedding (including the couple, I was guest #8!) at the home of Yanica's Colby College mentor Joe, located in Skowhegan, Maine. The ceremony took place across the street at Coburn Park, a lush little sanctuary filled with beautiful trees.  Joe's reading had tears streaming down Yanica's cheeks right from the start.  The two wrote their own vows, raw words that spoke to the love and friendship that has bonded these two over the last seven years after meeting at a kids camp they both worked at.

Yanica and Leah were thoughtful with their planning, even for such a small wedding, which I loved seeing.  All along the way, through a Skype call, office meeting, emails, texts, and phone calls, I really felt included in their wedding day.  They choose to have the ceremony be small and just something they could do for each other and share this big moment together, before a larger celebration in Brooklyn the weekend after with about 60 friends and family.  Leah joked as I was leaving, they weren't even out of their wedding dresses and they were talking babies already!  Somehow the conversation had quickly turned to this topic and they were scheduling me to photograph their yet-to-be little ones :)  Love it - I'm excited to think that I'll get to be there every step of the way, documenting their family as it grows.

Yanica and Leah, thank you so much for including me in your wedding day.  It was so special to be there and your friends and family were so warm and inviting.  Have a blast on your honeymoon in Costa Rica this December!  That gives Yanica some time to get used to buzzing bugs and nature :)

How they met, in their own words:

We met in 2007 at the "Double H Ranch" (a summer camp for children with life threatening illnesses) located in Lake George, NY. As camp counselors our days consisted of zany costumes at camp dances and being covered in fluff at the silly Olympics, we quickly became best friends.
 

During the last night of each campers week at Double H they are asked to write a wish on a piece of birch bark which they place on a wish boat. Then after the talent show the entire camp heads down to the waterfront and sends out their cabins wish boats and wishes off into the lake while singing the 3 camp songs.
 

We have chosen to incorporate this ritual into our wedding ceremony as well and will be making our own wish boat and writing our marriage wishes on a piece of birch bark. We have spent the last 7 years as best friends and the last 5 years in love and can not wait to spend all of our future days living, laughing, and loving in health and happiness.

photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photographyceremony: Coburn Park, Skowhegan • officiant: Joe Atkins • caterer, cake: The Bankerymake-up: Ariel Johnsonhair: Taji Salon, Raleigh • gowns: David's Bridal • honeymoon: Costa Rica

1 comment:

  1. These pictures are beautiful! And so are the lovely brides! Congrats!

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