Ruth and Dana grew up summering on Squirrel Island, named as such because the shape of the island resembles a squirrel. People on Squirrel sure love squirrel decor! I spied squirrels atop buildings, carved onto front doors, and branded onto flags, baseball hats, even salt and pepper shakers. Squirrel's a pretty neat place, one of the neatest I've visited. It's accessible by ferry from Boothbay and encircled with wooden boardwalks all the way around. There are a few gators and one golf cart, but otherwise it's a walking-only island. A post office, a library, a church, tennis courts, the town hall and the tea house are all within a few steps of the ferry landing. It's a residential island, so fortunately tourists don't spoil the unique throwback nature of it all.
I had the pleasure of welcoming back our former studio manager and photographer Megan from New York City as my second photographer for the day. She hadn't yet experienced the magic of Squirrel and was intrigued enough to make the trip. I'm so glad she did! She spent the morning with Dana and his guys at his family's cottage while I was with Ruth and the girls at their home. We watched thick fog roll in and out, listened to spunky music, marveled at Ruth's sister Decia's amazing champagne bottle print socks and the quick wit of Ruth's namesake and grandmother.
Ruth and Dana met with their dog, Whaler, for a first look in their garden. Dana rounded the corner of the house and had the cutest expression when he spied her waiting on some rocks! After a little catch-up (ie: nerves be gone!), Heather of Cairn Events fastened Dana's boutonniere and then he was off to the church with his guys.
And what a church it was! An historic structure with gorgeous dark beams and pews with two aisles, Ruth was radiant when she met Dana on its elevated altar. The island manager married them, recalling personal stories from knowing them as children and now as adults. Special readings punctuated the formalities – which were just formal enough – including one by Shel Silverstein that also encouraged group participation (if you were at the wedding, you'll be impressed with what I did there).
Following the official pronouncement, cocktail hour kicked off with a receiving line and later a drive-by hello from the newlyweds on the island fire truck en route to portraits. Glasses clinked and high heels were kicked off well into the night in the just-finished Town Hall. On the patio, our photo booth was crazy popular and food from Dandelion Catering wowed until the final ferry home. Somehow, tho, I hope it won't be my last time on Squirrel Island or with this dynamic couple.
Congratulations, Ruth and Dana! Love and hugs to you and yours! See you again soon!
Be sure to also peek at their rehearsal dinner at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens here and their engagement session here.
photographers: Emilie and Megan, emilie inc. photography • coordination and personal flowers: Cairn Events • catering: Dandelion Catering • flowers: Danielle's Designs • cake: Eat Cake, Newburyport • band: The Sweetbeats • lighting: Wallace Events • transportation: Balmy Day Cruises • gown: Cristina's Bridal • maids: LulaKate • guys: Brooks Brothers • paper: Gus and Ruby Letterpress • photo booth: Maine Snapshot Studio