I met with Katie almost exactly a year prior to her and Richie’s wedding day at The Inn at Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island. I’m always amazed at how fast a year goes by. The perception of time changes as the wedding date nears and then suddenly the big day is here. Even from the meeting when Katie and I met, I couldn’t wait for her and Richie’s wedding day. She and I hit it off, and I knew it would be a blast. Katie teaches Emilie’s kids Will and Clara in Falmouth, which was a fun connection. They couldn’t make the trip out to the island on the big day, but their dad and Em’s husband J was at the wedding running the photo booth during the reception. So many laughs in the photo booth!
I love when my day starts with a boat ride on Casco Bay. The weather was cloudy with some intermittent rain, but that I welcomed, considering the forecast had called for thunderstorms all day. After catching the tail end of Katie’s prep and getting in her wedding dress, we were off to do a first look and all the family formals before the ceremony. Katie and Richie were all smiles…. all day. Their happiness was contagious and all the guests were as equally happy celebrating with this couple.
After the chartered ferry, the Bay Mist, dropped guests off, it was wedding time! I think Katie and Richie will go down in history for the fastest ceremony ever, but it wasn’t short on excitement, love, and maybe a few tears from Richie. Richie’s uncle officiated and after three minutes of big emotion, I found myself back-pedaling down the aisle for their recessional. They were married! Boom. With a little chill in the air, it was off to the reception tent where guests relaxed. Emily Carter created some beautiful, simple florals with fiddleheads and ferns, which I loved. While the East End Cupcakes display was being eyed by guests and everyone patiently waited to dig in until the appropriate time (they were gone after the cake cutting!), the candy bar was not so lucky and guests dove right in – that sugar was soooo inviting!
The rest of the celebration was filled with hugs and hellos, cocktails and conversation, glow sticks and dancing. And a cigar-smoking, chicken finger-eating, barefoot bride who was giddy and glowing all day – the best day of her life, she said. Really, Katie glowed an extra amount when she was with Richie. The two of them just light up when around the other and the rest of the world seems to fall away. They’re on the same wavelength. They love and live in the moment. The Jim Ciampi Band kept everyone on the dance floor all night. Paul Simon covers were a crowd favorite and the classic “Shout” made the Roger Williams alumni go crazy. The rain didn’t stop Katie and Richie from taking some photos that night, just before we all hopped on the boat back to town where the party continued at Rira!
Katie and Richie, you two rock! I am so, so happy for you. Thank you for allowing me to document your wedding day! I’m sure the Bar Harbor Inn was a fun mini-moon, but your cross country trip and big move out to Colorado next month will be even more fun! Me and Maine will miss you! Congratulations you two!!photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photography • venue: The Inn at Diamond's Edge, Great Diamond Island • florist: Emily Carter • music: Jim Ciampi Band • cupcakes: East End Cupcakes • beauty: New Leaf Salon and Spa • transportation: Casco Bay Lines • gown: Maggie Sottero from Andrea's Bridal • maids: Bill Levkoff from Andrea's Bridal • guys greens: Peter Millar • invites: bride's uncle • mini moon: Bar Harbor