When Hopie arrived to her house from the salon, she asked if I wanted to hang out with her brother and her cousin while she and her bridesmaids got dressed and she'd be down in a little bit. "It would be more fun for you, right?" she said. I love this about Hopie. No frills, no fuss. But I followed her upstairs anyway.
The day continued in much the same calm flow. We were early to the church. The ceremony lingered just long enough with heartfelt readings and reflections. We extended our post-ceremony spin in an antique car to make a spontaneous stop at Town Landing. Even the sun was agreeable to providing a yummy evening glow as the reception got underway.
Hopie's maids all wore cream colored dresses, too, and Nicholas' guys donned mussel shell boutonniere's and custom wave neckties from Knotty Tie Co., a brilliant find by his mother for this couple who met while surfing. The church and reception decor was simple and classically beautiful — void of any Pinterest knickknacks — garlands of flowers and oversized vessels of the most stunning blooms in every shade. The dinner party and dancing was spirited and fun, boasting a duet by Hopie's brother and her niece, and an emotional toast by her father recounting anecdotal stories from her childhood and her relationship with Nicholas.
"I don't need to give you any advice," he concluded. "Keep on doing what you two have always done: continue to ask yourselves, was I fair enough? Was I kind enough? What could I have done to make today easier for the other person?"
photography: Emilie, emilie inc. photography • ceremony: Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth • reception: Portland Country Club, Falmouth • flowers: Minotts Flowers and groom's mother • band: Sly Chi • cake: Aurora Provisions • hair/make-up: Akari • gown: Love, Yu • maids: Joanna August • guys: Bonobos