Kristin Kulsavage + Chris Johnson

Kristin chose a simple bouquet of daisies, created by Angela Fields at Broadturn Farm; pearl earrings were a gift from Tiff any’s.
The golden hour.
Market lights for evening ambiance.
Kristin and Chris steal a quiet moment at sunset.
The meal was a toes-in-the-sand aff air.
Kristin gets ready in The Fellows family cottage, built in 1920.
Bride’s shoes by Manolo Blahnik.
The wedding cake literally had cherries on top.
Kristin’s romantic white dress from Azeeza.
Beach lighting by the couple’s friend, Jim Wilson.
Yummy sliders topped by gherkins
Each guest was gifted a shoe bag and a brush to swipe the sand from their feet.
The perfect moment for a first dance.
Evening settles.

July 23, 2023

Wells, ME

When it came time for this North Carolina-based couple to choose a destination wedding location, Kristin thought back to her younger years when her family would vacation at 100-year-old Fellows Cottage, the seaside home of family friends. It was the perfect choice of venue, with guests arriving from Chicago, Toronto, and California. “We wanted people to experience Maine and love it as much as we do,” says Kristin. “They were blown away!” The couple had been married at a courthouse in 2019, but wanted the full wedding experience. “How often do you get to gather all your friends together? This made it feel as if our coming together was witnessed.”

Kristin says that pulling off their oceanfront wedding was a team effort. “We jokingly called our vendors ‘friendors,’ because most were our good friends who came together and helped us have an incredible day.” She wanted a feeling of “high and low, people wearing tuxes with their feet in the sand. We said bring your children, bring your dogs, we just want to have a fun day.”

The last thing Kristin wanted, though, was an awkward first dance in the sand. “But we got tricked. Everyone came and circled around us for a first dance—and I was wrong, it was one of my favorite, grounding moments with just the two of us. And then everyone else joined in!”

Written by Pat Chaudoin

{Wedding Recipe}

Photography:
Emily Delamater Photography

Dress:
Azeeza, from Bergdorf Goodman

Hair & Makeup:
Reeve Baker, Bath, MEs

Venue:
The Fellows Cottage Moody Beach, Wells, ME

Catering:
Jon Jerman, executive chef, Nantucket Inn, Nantucket, MA

Bartenders:
Karlos Hernandez, head bartender, Frenchette, NYC

Day-of Coordinator:
Julie Strain, NYC

Rentals:
PEAK Event Services

Groom’s Attire:
Edward Sexton

Florist:
Broadturn Farm, Scarborough, ME

DJ:
Jarret Quint, DJ Jay One, Vail, CO

Lighting:
Jim Wilson, Chicago, IL