Peaks Island summer wedding of Heather and Dana


Some of my most favorite weddings are on Peaks, and Dana and Heather's was no exception.  Okay, maybe I'm biased for having lived on the island for five years and worked as a deckhand on the boats in Casco Bay before that.  But really, the couples that decide to marry on Peaks are usually riding the same wave as me, so there's an easy instant connection.  That's what I had with Dana and Heather, who married at the Inn on Peaks.  I also had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session last fall in Portland, so we had already spent some time together and got those nervous camera jitters out of the way. 

There were jokes made in toasts about how young these two look, but trust me, they are wise beyond their years and have a rock solid relationship anyone would hope to have with their own partner.  I'm certain it stems from both of their parents who have been married for at least 30 and 40 years.  That's something very special.  Needless to say, Dana and Heather's wedding reflected that strong sense of family.  I could feel it, and I could see it.  Two families with the same values, now joined together, an even greater love formed.  Heather's mom, Laura (aka Lodi), sewed all the table runners and made all the monkey fist guest gifts.  Heather made all the center piece table numbers.  Her dad Rob made the Chuppah, and he, Heather, and Dana installed it.  Lodi's cousin officiated the ceremony and it was one of the best I've heard; personal, funny, moving.  Dana and Heather's vows were genuine and true.  Happy tears flowed from lots of folks.  I had to hold mine back as it's not easy to focus with tears in your eyes :)  I experienced this challenge at Melissa and Steve's wedding, when Melissa's brother Michael gave the best toast I've ever heard and brought me to tears.  Like I said, maybe it's something about Peaks weddings (or maybe it's just me growing older and more emotional!).

A beautiful wedding party, killer sunset, spin-the-bottle dancing (yep, even I had to participate!), and a newlywed couple!  What a wedding!  Heather and Dana, I am so, so, so happy for you two.  Thanks for allowing me to document your big day.  Can't wait to see you soon!

How they met, according to Heather:

We both went to college at Northeastern and we were both in a class together. Although we both knew exactly who the other person was, and were both very interested in meeting the other, we never ended up speaking (Dana was too nervous to come up to me!). Coincidentally, we ended up a mutual friend's birthday party where Dana finally built up the courage to come introduce himself to me. The rest is history, and over five years later, Dana brought me back into the classroom where I 'almost got away', and proposed :)

photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photographyvenue, catering: Inn on Peaks, Peaks Island • flowers: Heather Caron Floral Designband: Jason Spooner Triocake: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrotthair/make-up: Big Day Beautygals: Platinum Bridal Boutique, Southborough • guys: Brooks Brothers • invites: Page Stationery via Gus and Ruby Letterpresshoneymoon: Nantucket and Kauai

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