Ryan and Arianna were married on a perfect day on the coast of Maine in mid-July. This couple tasked us with finding a venue where the majority of their 250+ guests could stay onsite so that instead of a few hours worth of celebration, they'd be able to celebrate with their friends and families for days. And celebrate they certainly did! It was an incredible weekend for this couple that was filled with laughter, live music, dancing, and shenanigans... which are pretty much their favorite things!
Design-wise, Ari and Ryan were looking to keep things classic with a modern, colorful twist, and wanted to incorporate some nautical touches but not have nautical take over as the theme of the day. We kept most of the decor relatively neutral and brought in bright, bold florals (complete with fresh blueberry branch, because, Maine) to infuse color into the day, and used striped napkins, lanterns, and sailor's rope to bring in a nautical touch.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with some seriously beautiful views of the coast of Maine before heading into the tent for a beautiful dinner, hilarious and heartfelt toasts, and a three hour long dance party that included (but was not limited to): guests taking lead on vocals with the band, a tradition that had everyone doing pushups and taking swigs from a bottle of Greek liquor, a singalong that could be heard miles away, and more sweat than I've ever seen on a dance floor. These people partied HARD. I've never wanted to be a guest at one of our weddings more. It was epic!
I'll never forget the first time India emailed me and described her upcoming wedding to Todd. Among other things, she said "The event is going to be an english country garden / bohemian style very relaxed very easy day. we are getting hitched in the groom's parents back yard, behind a 300 year old white house and in the shade of a sweet little rustic barn. Very low key, very love filled." Very low key, very love filled. It's easy to see why the soon-to-be Grinnell-Beauforts and I were smitten from the start!
Todd and India live in Los Angeles and were originally planning a wedding there, but ultimately decided it didn't feel enough like them. So, they scrapped their plans and agreed that Todd's parents backyard in West Newbury would be the perfect fit, and even serve as the perfect halfway point for their friends in LA and the bride's family in England. And that it certainly did - almost 200 of their nearest and dearest came from all over the country and from across the pond and filled that backyard with so much joy, so much laughter, and so much love. It was palpable throughout the evening, and can even be felt through these magical photos.