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Thank you all so much for letting me share my sister’s wedding! My entire family (and many of our friends) had a hand in putting it together, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. After all the lugging of endless crates of wine, the frantic phone calls between Minnesota, Connecticut, North Carolina, Maine, and back again, and the whole getting-up-at-5-am-the-morning-of-the-wedding thing, it was definitely all worth it. As a final gift to Kate and Cormac, my boyfriend John and I made them this film from the week. It’s not quite up to the standard we usually feature on SW, but it definitely, I think, captures the heart behind the day. Enjoy!

P.S. Since I know not all of you necessarily care about the family vacation/getting ready parts, feel free to skip ahead to 3:53 for the start of the wedding weekend or 6:00 for the morning of the wedding!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar PEggy reply

    Love, love, love the video!!! I have watched it maybe 6 times now and I still cry every time.

  2. avatar brooke @ claremont road reply

    Emily, I love this!! How sweet of you and your boyfriend to make this, and I loved seeing how everything came together. From the cases of Blue Moon (my favorite!) on the boat, to the fast-motion decorating of the tent and the adorable fist-bump between the best man & ring bearer, it showed how everyone they love was involved in making their special day happen. So sweet.

  3. avatar Meredith reply

    So much fun! Kate + Cormac are so lucky to have that video- it’s so much fun to watch it months later, I cannot imagine what it will be like for them to watch it years later. Good job, John & Emily!

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Kate + Cormac’s reception was basically a DIY smorgasbord. We made everything from the bunting to the buffet signage, the wooden directional signs to the drink stirrers, the fork bundles to the guest book circles. We did have some help: the tent and rentals were from Party Fundamentals in Camden, the no-utensils-required spread was by Maine Coast Catering, and the delicious, so-good-people-were-raving-about-it-for-weeks cake buffet was by Sweet Sensations. Jenna Cole and Meredith of & Unlimited outdid themselves on the photo coverage — we can’t recommend them highly enough. The bouquets and boutonnieres were from Boothbay Region Greenhouses, but my family made all of the centerpieces ourselves. A labor of love? Yes, most definitely. Completely worth it? Also, most definitely. Read on for a few words from Kate, and check back later this afternoon for the film John and I put together from the weekend!

See all the photos from Kate + Cormac’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

We set up croquet, bocce, and cornhole for guests to enjoy throughout the reception.

In an effort to reduce costs and do something different, we chose a mix of saltwater taffy, striped candy sticks, river rocks, pinwheels, and a few last-minute bunches of hydrangea for the centerpieces. There was no assigned seating, and guests swapped in and out of the tables throughout the afternoon.

Oh the cakes… quite possibly the best part of the reception, and definitely the most delicious!

Finally, a little more from the bride herself…

Describe your wedding flowers: The bridesmaids and I had white hydrangeas with yellow zinnias, dahlias, freesia, spray roses, and snapdragons. My bouquet also had dark blue delphiniums. The boutonnieres were freesia wound through a rope knot.
Describe your wedding cake: Which one? We had 10! It would have been way too hard to transport a large cake by boat, so we had 10 smaller ones in a bunch of flavors: chocolate with raspberry filling, white cake with fresh berries, yellow cake with lemon filling, carrot cake, and chocolate cake with chocolate mousse. They were absolutely delicious, but we had way too much! We couldn’t even give away all the leftovers at church the next day!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The hardest parts were being so far away (planning a Maine wedding from Minnesota, especially when my wedding planner was in North Carolina!) and also explaining to vendors that everything would have to travel by boat.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The toast that my dad gave at the reception perfectly captured our joy at having our many disparate groups of family and friends all in one place to celebrate with us. That, and when our ringbearer fist-bumped the groomsman after dropping the rings off with him during the ceremony.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? I have two more years of grad school to go – then maybe we’ll finally go on a honeymoon!
Favorite inspirational blogs or sites: Peach and Pearl, & unlimited, Southern Weddings

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many cakes at one wedding! Love it!

  2. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    The photo of the cheeseburger on the plate just might be my favorite! I love it with the teensy flag coming out the top :]. Also, I adore the wooden forks. Super cute!

  3. avatar Whitney @ Southern Weddings reply

    Emily, your sister’s wedding was BEAUTIFUL and now I want to move to Maine immediately (though I might wait until it is a bit warmer). I second Rachel, I love the cakes.

  4. avatar Chelsey | 4th&Folded reply

    This makes me so excited for summer! I can’t wait to be back on the lake with lawn games. And those pinwheels are pretty awesome ;)

  5. avatar Cortney reply

    I loved these recaps! The colors were gorgeous and all the little details pulled everything together so nicely. And the photographer is one of my favorites! She always captures such beautiful moments.

  6. avatar Meg reply

    I love this bride’s color scheme! I never would have thought those colors would have worked but they are amazing and I think the photographer did a great job showing all the details and beautiful colors of this wedding!

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Saturday morning dawned crisp and clear, and I think I might have exhaled a breath I’d been holding since the year before, when we first decided to hold the wedding outside. On an island. Without a very good contingency plan. Of course, when I actually woke up, it was still dark outside, as I and my setup crew (Dad, boyfriend, sister, cousins) had a lot to get done before the 11am ceremony. Bless their hearts, Jenna and her sidekick for the day, Meredith of And Unlimited, practically arrived in the dark, too. And despite a tiny moment of panic when we got word that the ferry transporting guests to and fro ran out of fuel in the middle of one of its runs, the morning went off without a hitch!

But now, on to the details! The invitation suite was my pride and joy, designed by me with some help on the envelope liner from Fourth & Folded and printed by Clinton Press. If you’re curious about the whole process and my materials, you can read more about that here! My best friend, a senior at RISD, made the custom map, and we stuffed the welcome bags a few days before the weekend.

Kate bought both her pairs of shoes from Endless.

Kate + Cormac got ready in different cottages, and we strung each with navy and yellow bunting.

After some portrait fun with the gentlemen it was back over to the ladies’ side for the last pre-ceremony preparations! Kate wore the “Zuri” by Maggie Sottero from The Wedding Shoppe. Her hair and makeup was done by Shear Artistry in Boothbay Harbor, while the rest of us relied on ourselves or a family friend to get prettified!

Kate’s veil was by Simple Beauty Veils and our bridesmaid dresses were from J. Crew.

After portraits, it was off to the ceremony! Kate requested an evergreen branch in lieu of a ring pillow for our cousin to hold as he walked down the aisle, and we made fold out programs for guests to peruse as they waited.

My RISD friend also made the driftwood arch they stood under to recite their vows.

We had a cookies and lemonade table set up right behind the ceremony space for guests to mix and mingle… and fortify themselves for the walk over to the reception! The tags were also made by yours truly.

While most of the guests headed to the reception, the bridal party stayed behind for a quick set of portraits.

Next up? The reception! But first, a few words from the bride herself:

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We went to the same small liberal arts college (Macalester College) in St. Paul, Minnesota. I played on the volleyball team, and Cormac was the student athletic trainer assigned to our team. When I told my parents about Cormac, I accidentally left out the “student” part – they thought he was a lot older!
Describe the proposal. Around our 7th anniversary, we had been wanting to go eat at a particular restaurant that’s over near where we went to school. We ended up going there on the exact day. Anniversaries had never really been a huge deal for us, so I suspected that Cormac didn’t even remember that it was our anniversary…and when I asked him during dinner, he played it off perfectly, acting surprised and suggesting that “since it was our anniversary”, we go walk down by the river (which is something we used to do a lot when we were poor college students). We sat down on a bench and chatted for a while. The conversation turned to what makes us happy, and he said “I know something that would make me happy. Will you marry me?” Of course I said yes. Obviously, he had known all along!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: relaxed, personal, and fun!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: How could I pick one? Emily did such a fantastic job with all of them. My absolute favorites were probably the signs and the photo swing. Cormac’s was the pre-wedding wiffle ball game (and the fact that the ceremony was later held on the ball field!)
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mom and sisters flew out to Minnesota in January, something most sane people would NOT voluntarily do. I had done some looking beforehand, but didn’t really know what would look good on me and therefore didn’t really know what I was looking for. I was pretty sure that I would get a short dress, though, because the wedding was going to be outside and I’d be walking on dirt paths. At the first place we went, the second dress I tried on was perfect…except that it was long. I tried on a bunch of other dresses, and we also found a short one we liked. We went to the rest of the appointments that I had packed into the weekend and I tried on a ton more dresses, but we kept coming back to the two at the first store. Eventually, my mom and sisters convinced me that a long dress would be fine, and I ended up with the second dress I had tried on!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Meredith reply

    What a delightful wedding! Thank you so much for including us!

  2. avatar Sarah Goodwin reply

    I love every single detail. One can see, this was a celebration guests will be talking about for years to come. The color scheme compliments the island landscape. The stationary is absolutely adorable and perfect for the theme. The photography is beautiful and captures so much emotion. These images are going in my inspiration files.

  3. avatar Chelsey | 4th&Folded reply

    Yay! I’ve been waiting SO long to see these photos – Jenna & Meredith did SUCH a great job :)

  4. avatar Hall & Webb Event Design reply

    I LOVE the navy and yellow…what great color combinations!

  5. avatar Lindsey Robinson reply

    I was wondering where you got the mens jackets, ties and shirts? Wonderful combination!

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