Emma and Dale decided to keep their wedding close to home, and planned their event in a friend’s field in beautiful Castine, Maine, where the couple grew up and now live.
“After nearly 10 years together and buying a house together, we thought we may as well make it official,” Emma says. “We both grew up in Castine, and I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to be married. It meant even more that it was on our friend’s property.”
The couple planned an upscale BBQ/lobster bake reception with a chartreuse and ivory color scheme. They went for a rustic and simple theme with lots and lots of wild flowers.
“We did every ounce of food on our own,” Emma says. “We were very fortunate that lobsters were less expensive than hot dogs this year, and that my father has a noncommercial fishing license!” Their floral design was another DIY project where Emma and Dale’s mothers planted all the flowers for the wedding. “They also spent hours collecting flowers from other people’s gardens the week of the wedding,” Emma says.
The couple opted for a dessert table rather than a traditional cake, and Emma solicited the help of her aunts and friends to help make the desserts. “I spent days making cupcakes; my mom made countless cookies,” Emma says. “We had more desserts than we knew what to do with!
Emma and Dale skirted tradition with their ceremony. “We didn’t want traditional vows, we wanted something light, funny, and most importantly, quick!” Emma says. Their friend Jeff performed the ceremony while Kirk and Libby performed the couple’s first song at their reception. “It was probably my favorite part of the evening. They nailed it.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Emma said…
…someone had recorded our ceremony.
I didn’t realize
…how amazing our friends and family were until they showed up in droves to help with the set up.
I really liked
…having all of my favorite people in one place, even if it was just for a few hours.
My advice to other brides is
…to not take things too seriously. There are a million things you won’t be able to control and at the time you may think it’s the end of the world—chances are you’re the only one who noticed.
Photography by Briana Daily Photography
Wedding gown: The Henry’s Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear
Rings: Pyramid Studios