Ally Girasole + Clinton Hayes

October 2, 2021

Naples, ME

A summer camp in Maine turned out to be exactly what Ally and Clinton were looking for as a place where family and friends could gather to celebrate their wedding day. “I’ve been to a million weddings, and I knew we wanted something different, a place where we could be with our family and friends for more than fours hours the day of,” says Ally. They chose Camp Mataponi for its idyllic setting on a beautiful piece of property with a lake. Of the couple’s almost 200 guests, about 140 were able to stay on site in guest cottages, making it a weekend to remember. “It really was special that we had lots of people around us,” she adds.

Part of the fun was their “Flannel Friday” welcome party. “We were at a summer camp, so I figured why not,” says Ally. “I think one of my favorite memories is of our Friday night bonfire. It was so neat to see 100 people meeting each other and talking and making s’mores around the campfire.” Family friends played an important part of the evening, including the couple that brought a weed wacker with a blender attachment to make margaritas. For the reception, a college friend of Ally’s—whose family owns Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms—brought the raw bar of 400 oysters as her wedding gift.

Ally says her favorite memory is of the ceremony itself, with her best friend and one of her maids of honor, Anna Gillespie, serving as officiant. “I really loved the ceremony, even though the running joke was that it was sort of put together last minute.”

Written by Pat Chaudoin

{Wedding Recipe}

Heidi Kirn Photography

Brenda Brochu of BB’s Events & Rentals, Livermore Falls, ME

Venue & Catering:
Camp Mataponi, Naples, ME

Blue Fern Design, Yarmouth, ME

Flair Boston, Boston, MA

Groom’s Attire:
The Black Tux

Keezing Kreations, Boston, MA

Parrydise Salon & Spa, Portland, ME

Samantha Marceau

Furniture Rental:
BB’s Events & Rentals, Livermore Falls, ME

The Carmine Band, New England