Last Saturday I found myself once again out on Peaks Island, but this wedding was far different than any other that I’ve shot there before. Bridget and Chris are island residents, which gave their wedding a completely different vibe; one of community, togetherness, and relaxed comfort. It was a dream!
Their ceremony was held at St. Christopher’s parish, where they are active members. They both also had readings during the ceremony, something the priest remarked was a first for him to witness. After the ceremony concluded, everyone strolled down to the town dock to board a boat for a lobster dinner cruise around Casco Bay. The weather was perfect all day, save for a small thunderstorm that popped up during the dinner service, just enough rain to bring good luck according to Chris, but not enough to ruin the party!
After the boat docked, the group wandered back up the street to Bridget and Chris’ home where they were greeted by the Peaks Island Ukulele Band singing their hearts out! Though Bridget and Chris are relatively recent transplants to Peaks Island, it is clear that they have become a much-loved part of the community of year-round residents. All evening islanders wandered in, most carrying a platter of homemade food, and a bottle or two of wine. They stayed to socialize, dance, and celebrate alongside Bridget and Chris’s family and friends. These two have clearly committed not just to each other, but to the future of the island itself by buying a home there. They’re in the process of renovating that old Victorian, and their reception was held on the home’s front lawn. Everyone pitched in to make the day what it was, a cozy backyard fête brimming with love and joy.
As I pulled my car away I could hear the music still rising from the glowing tent set back among the trees, I think that Bridget and Chris would agree that the day could not have been more perfect! Congrats!