elegant Biddeford Pool and Nonantum wedding of Ashleigh and Erol


Fun surprises were a common theme to this day. During dinner, Erol's mother took the mic for an unexpected toast, which soon evolved into both families leading a well-practiced flash mob to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" by more than 100 guests on the dance floor. I have never seen anything like it and promise I will never forget it. The energy in that tent was on fire!

After the ceremony guests fueled up at a snack station and downloaded a custom app Erol made for a scavenger hunt throughout Kennebunkport (we were able to check the leaderboard as we traveled around taking formal photos). And at the beginning of cocktail hour, Ashleigh skirted into a private room and changed into a second wedding dress, a surprise for Erol and total delight to capture.

Even unplanned surprises seemed fitting for this pair, like when Ashleigh's veil caught a floorboard in the old summer chapel as she was walking up the aisle with her father and fell out. It put everyone at ease, and helped her hold back her tears, she later said. After the ceremony it started to rain lightly, but these two weren't deterred. Pulling on Bean boots and rallying the troops, we braved the deteriorating conditions for formal photos at Goose Rocks beach and then made quick stops at two other favorite spots nearby.

Ashleigh and Erol, it was such a pleasure to spend the day with you both and your incredible families and wonderful friends. I adored getting to know you (and swapping snacks in the Bentley like school kids) and look forward to crossing paths again soon. Keep surprising each other! xoxo

photographers: Emilie and Lindsay, emilie inc. photographycoordinator: Jean Marie Finnocchio • ceremony: St. Brendan's Chapel, Biddeford Pool • reception, caterer: Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport • flowers: Fleurantdj: Greg Plowman, Entertainment Conceptscake: Let Them Eat Cakevideo: Nora McCormack, Softshell Productionsmake-up: Joanne McDonough, Joya Beautyhair: Lena Hartford, Hair That Movestent: Sperry Tentstransportation: Ogunquit Trolley and Maine Limousine Servicegowns: Bella Sera Bridal, Danvers, MA • girls: Bella Bridesmaids • guys: Men's Warehouse • invitation: Gus and Ruby Letterpresshoneymoon: Saint Lucia

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