Molly, from Nevada, and Joey, from the Netherlands, met in Maine. They were both working at Camp Matoaka in Smithfield when sparks flew.
The couple, who now live in New York City, had only one spot in mind for their wedding. “From the beginning, we knew we wanted to be married at camp,” Molly says. “It’s our home away from home.”
Their destination wedding was held during the only weekend available between the summer campers departing and Molly and Joey returning to New York to work in their education-related fields.
Their guests arrived on Friday and settled into cabins for a weekend of fun. The couple hosted a welcome BBQ, complete with a beverage canoe, live music by the Dapper Gents out of Portland, a campfire, and s’mores. “The Dutch guests were learning American customs the entire weekend!” Molly says.
Everyone was treated to a lavish breakfast buffet on Saturday morning, followed by lake activities where they had the opportunity to mingle and make new friends. After lunch, preparations for the wedding celebration began.
Guests gathered before the ceremony and were treated to beer, lemonade, and signature cocktails—the Maine Manhattan (with a splash of blueberry) or the Fireside French 75. Joey and his friends had made the makeshift beach bar and the birch ceremony arbor while Molly created rustic wedding signs.
The natural floral aesthetic and décor complemented the beautiful lakeside setting, and musician friends from New York and Nashville played during the touching and intimate ceremony. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served after the ceremony while guests conversed on the docks, beach, and grass before moving to the other side of camp for the reception.
Stone Cove Catering provided a premium buffet followed by dancing under the stars. Sparklers ended the spectacular day’s events. Sunday morning breakfast was a fitting farewell as newly made friends shared laughter and stories of the weekend and prepared to journey home to various destinations across the world.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Molly said…
I wish…it didn’t go by so quickly!
My favorite moments were…the ceremony, the waterski shotski, dancing under the stars, forgetting the rings, and everyone enjoying camp life!
I’m glad that…we had some alone time when we snuck away for photos.
I really liked…that we were able to make a whole weekend out of our celebration.
My advice to other couples is
…stay calm. It will all work out.