"We're going to be crazy," Stephanie warned when describing how she envisioned her wedding last year over the phone. Crazy FUN!
After covering their rehearsal dinner the night before, we knew we were in for a treat. Hugs all around to start, inappropriate conversation with the legendary Joanne of Joya Beauty as the girls readied and Father of the Bride played in the background, WedBoston to the rescue to sew all of the groomsmen's suspenders to their pants (whoops, no button holes!) and gasps as one by one everyone ditched sweatpants for formal wear (Stephanie's mom's, a custom hot pink number was a season favorite, I think). I believe the only thing that didn't go according to plan was when a blank card was mistakenly delivered to Stephanie with her gift from Sam, hilarious comic relief during an otherwise emotional moment.
We strolled up the street to the Bar Harbor Club at the Harborside Hotel for a picture-perfect September ceremony with peeks of the ocean and billowing white hydrangeas at every turn. After breezing through formal photos ("we only want one family portrait and one bridal party portrait!" Done!), the newlyweds joined their guests for cocktails on the terrace. As night fell, Stephanie let her hair down and this pair wow'ed with a first dance inside that even included a lift (a trademark move for them, I'd later learn). The dance party was ON from the start, with guests taking breaks to hydrate or listen to a few toasts as the dinner's courses were presented.
A confetti finish wrapped the reception in the ballroom as a trio of banjo and guitarists lured guests outside to lead them to an after-party in the pool house. I said good-night as gourmet pizza and nachos were being served and the drinks continued to flow. Even tho they weren't supposed to, I have to imagine folks were in that pool before long. Just a hunch.
How they met:
We met while working at AIG in back to back cubicles. We joke that our real song is probably Rihanna "Fell in Love in a Hopeless Place". We were friends for about 2 years before we started dating. More than anything we are truly best friends. With the bride as an event planner in New York, Sam has been left out of a lot of the details. He loves to refer to this wedding weekend as a big surprise party. Sam's last name is Muhs pronounced "Moose" so we had a great time incorporating moose details in everything from the Save the Date to the welcome bags. Even the aisle runner has gold moose tracks hand painted on the side by the mother of the bride herself! Maine is such a special place to both of use more than anything we are so thrilled to have all of our friends and family here to show off the natural beauty of this place! Not much decor needed for this place!
photographers: Emilie, emilie inc. photography with Rachel • venue: Bar Harbor Club at the Harborside Hotel • planner: WedBoston • flowers: Flora Fauna • ceremony music: Opus Trio • band: Nightshift Entertainment • after party band: Ibex the Revolution • cake: Celebration Cakes • make-up: Joya Beauty • hair: Amy's Salon and Spa • lighting: The Event Light Pros • videographer: Artistic Wedding Films • gown: Amsale • bridal shoes: Giussepi Zanotti • groom: Trunk Club • invitation: Charm and Fig • minimoon: St. Lucia • honeymoon: South America