Ahh, back to the islands! I normally spend quite a few weekends out on Peaks Island every year, and this season is no different, thankfully I love island weddings!
Lani and Will’s wedding this past Saturday was my first of many trips out to Peaks this year, and it didn’t disappoint. They chose the Lion’s Club property for their laid back lobsterbake reception. The Lion’s Club was actually a new reception location for me, and it was fabulous! I shot a ceremony there once many years ago, but have never had the opportunity to shoot a full wedding day there until this one. If you’re looking for a somewhat rustic, comfortable, and spacious seaside venue with a killer view, I can highly recommend it! It is also within easy walking distance of the ferry dock, which is nice for guests (and photographers!).
Hurricane Arthur thankfully passed by overnight, and the only real remnants we had were some serious gusts of wind. I was shocked that Lani’s veil didn’t take flight during the ceremony, and later I found out that someone had actually pinned it to her dress, smart move! As the evening progressed the wind died down and dancing was held under the stars and fireworks. Guests were treated to Portland’s fireworks extravaganza since it had been postponed due to the weather the night before. Another fortuitous stroke of luck.
As I mentioned, they chose a traditional Maine Lobster Bake for their meal, and it was put on flawlessly by The Maine Lobster Bake Company. A large number of guests came from far, far away (China, Hong Kong, Hawaii and California!), so the meal was especially fun and meaningful. The outdoor dance-floor was a nice touch, and something I’d only seen before in photos, usually from weddings in southern California. The bright, cheerful colors of the local flowers in the bouquets from Carolyn Snell Designs at Snell Family Farm also reminded me of Hawaii, where Lani and her family have always spent their summers.
This was a wedding pulled together by the hard work of many family and friends, and Lani and Will were clearly humbled and grateful for all that went into making their wedding day a fun success.
I hope the sailing adventure is going well, stay safe in the many adventures you two have ahead!