Ollie is Leigh and Noah’s rescue pup. Ollie can be an anxious dog, so the pair thought she would stay in the cabin for their Maine camp wedding festivities. But Ollie wouldn’t stand for missing out on the fun. He came out to celebrate, hung out with the groomsmen, went to their first look, followed them for all of their portraits, group portraits, and cocktail hour.
Who could blame Ollie for making an appearance after seeing the gorgeous style, cozy cottages, lakeside views, and twinkle lights. It was a camp wedding none could forget — rustic meets glam meets completely them.
Give us a few offbeat highlights from your wedding. Was there a theme to your wedding? What was the general gist?
The highlight? All of it! We wanted a wedding that was rustic, bohemian, simple and relaxed: what we felt was a true celebration of families coming together.
We met and live in Raleigh, NC with family and friends scattered across the U.S. Noah is from outside Philadelphia and I’m from outside Portland, Maine. My heart is tied to Maine with much of my family living there. After his first visit six months into our relationship, Noah’s never missed a semi-annual trip. For the first time, we had the opportunity to introduce our favorite people to one of my-turned-our favorite places.
Tell us about your ceremony. We especially want to READ YOUR VOWS!! Or hell: share your ENTIRE CEREMONY SCRIPT!! Seriously, we are really REALLY into this part. Tell us everything! TELL US EVERYTHING!!!
Our ceremony was on the lawn at Camp Mataponi overlooking Sebago Lake. We had a rough script for vows and flow, but left the majority of the ceremony in the very capable hands of family: Noah’s cousin Dr. Marco Vespignani and my uncle David Ray. We knew we wanted our ceremony to focus on family and include people who knew and loved us. We exchanged ideas, calls and emails, but left a great deal of it to them. Their exact words were a beautiful surprise.
What’d you do at your reception? What activities did your guests do? Got any funny stories or ideas to steal?
We embraced local beer and local food big time. Our guests loved eating some classic Maine summer dishes and raved about the beer and wine – a list of our favorites from Maine and travels. Camp Mataponi brought an incredible sunset and people relaxed mingling outside with lake views.
Our sweet, shy pup Ollie joined us for the wedding weekend. We knew she’d be most comfortable near us and with all our best dog sitters in attendance. One special surprise was how much fun she had with our guests and how much of a ham she was in front of the camera during our wedding photos. For our first look, wedding party and family shots, Ollie stole the show. Seeing our day from Ollie’s point of view was so fun. We even created a wedding photo album just to celebrate her on the big day. It’s our favorite coffee table book!
What was SINGLE MOST the most important lesson you learned?
Photography: Leslie Swan Photography • Planner and florist: Lulu & Co Events • Venue and caterer: Camp Mataponi • Officiant: Marco Vespignani, Noah’s cousin • Live Music: East Coast Soul • Makeup Artist: Theresa Novicky • Hair Stylist: Randi Preis • Dress: Gilded Bridal, Anais Anette, Margot dress • Suit: The Groomsman Suit • Rentals: Savvy Event Rentals and Maine Event Lighting
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