Karen O’Shaughnessy & Charlie Traver

August 29, 2015
Dover, NH

Karen and Charlie dated for eight years before he proposed the day after Christmas. A pilot, Charlie got home at 2 a.m. Karen waited up for him. When Charlie insisted that she open a few of her gifts, Karen reluctantly agreed. One of them was a ring. “I saw it and thought ‘oh no, here I am wearing my reindeer pajamas and he’s proposing’!” she says.

The couple wanted a relaxed wedding, “nothing typical,” Karen says. She discovered Three Rivers Farm, a large estate in Dover, while researching vacation homes. The property’s beautiful wooded setting, including a pool and expansive grounds, appealed to the couple. Together with their families and close friends, Karen and Charlie spent four days at the farm, enjoying everything it had to offer. They hosted a lobster bake in the onsite barn for their rehearsal dinner; the ceremony, officiated by Karen’s uncle, was held on the lawn; the reception was held outdoors next to the main house under a tent. The day after the wedding, everyone enjoyed a summer day by the pool. “It was so beautiful and relaxed,” says Karen. “It all was perfect.”

{the wedding recipe}

Ceremony/Reception
Three Rivers Farm
Dover, NH

Dress
Madeline’s Daughter
Portsmouth, NH

Flowers
F…as in Flowers
Exeter, NH

Photography
Nadra Edgerley & Leigh Doran
Scarborough, ME

Caterer
The White Apron
Dover, NH

Planner
Blissful Beginnings
Bedford, NH