St. Christopher's Church and Inn on Peaks Island wedding of Kara and Mike

by whitney

I first met Kara and Mike via phone, way back in July 2013.  We had a great phone call, and I loved learning about how they met (read their story below!) and what they had planned for their Peaks Island wedding.  We then got to meet in-person at a meeting at the emilie inc. office.  Kara's mom Ginny came and it was almost a year to the date of their wedding day!

Finally, a year later, the big day was here!  All their hard work planning had paid off.  The day was so lovely and everyone involved did a wonderful job.  The weather was gorgeous and these two were laid back and loving their day.  A few little butterflies were only natural, subsided after a first look at The Water House (they rented it for a couple nights including their wedding night), and completely gone by the time they had said "I do!" at St. Christopher's Church down the road from the venue.  Aside from a few large extended family shots, Kara and Mike opted to have all the family formals taken before the ceremony, so they could enjoy their cocktail hour with guests.  After a few toasts or rather stand-up acts (who knew Rick Culgin was so funny?!), we snuck out to The Water House for sunset photos and golf-carted our way back to kick off dancing with the cake cutting.  DJ Luke Lanigan spun song after song that keep the dance floor packed and everyone cutting loose -- he played an awesome variety of music, I think I loved every song he played from cocktails to dinner to dancing.  Literally.  And I told him that.  As always, Jayson and his crew at the Inn on Peaks did another fabulous job executing the night on one of my favorite islands in Maine!

Thanks for having Lindsay and I document your wedding day, Kara and Mike!  We had so much fun.  Hope Bermuda was a blast for you newlyweds!

How they met, in their own words:

Kara and Mike met while studying at Sea Education Association's SEA semester in 2007; our junior year of college. Kara was a junior at Colgate University while Mike was attending Bowdoin College. They spent the first weeks of the program in Woods Hole, MA before sailing from Key West through the Sargasso Sea. Everyone always thinks they met on that study abroad program where you sail around the world on a cruise ship, but in reality they were on a 135ft sailing vessel conducting oceanographic research; sleep was a rare commodity and showers were even rarer. "Exclusive relationships" were forbidden on the boat, so the two didn't really end up together until afterward. On the boat, their schedules didn't allow them a lot of time together. The crazy watch schedule made it so that they were only awake and free at the same time about one evening every three days. The two got in to a habit of playing cards together on these nights; Mike never won in six weeks at sea. The summer following our SEA semester was spent driving all over New England together as Mike was working at Bowdoin and Kara in Boston. Weekends were spent swimming and boating at Moose Pond in Bridgton, lazing around an empty Bowdoin campus or in Newport visiting fellow SEA alumni. The intervening years have taken the couple back and forth between New England and Seattle, but Maine continues to have a special place in their hearts.

The experiences of our first spring and summer together really inspired our entire wedding. The coastal Maine location and (hopefully classy, but potentially over the top) nautical touches remind us of when we were falling in love.

 

photographers: Whitney and Lindsay, emilie inc. photographyceremony: St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island • reception, caterer: Inn on Peaks, Peaks Island • flowers: Little River Flower Farmdj: Luke Lanigan, Music Man DJ cake: Two Fat Cats Bakeryhair/make-up: Rejuvenationsgown: Mikaella at Calla Bridal, Seattle • gals: Alfred Sung at L'Elite Bridal, Boston • guys: J Crew • invite: Paper Source • honeymoon: Bermuda

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