Browsing CategoryReal Seacoast Weddings 2019

Monica Bellevue + Daniel Markham

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June 30, 2018 North Hampton, New Hampshire Monica jokes that she met Dan “the old-fashioned way”—mingling at a Boston bar. The couple had been together for five years when Dan surprised Monica with a trip to Scotland for Thanksgiving. Another surprise awaited Monica after their arrival. With Edinburgh Castle behind him, Dan proposed. “He must’ve hidden the ring in his luggage,” Monica says. Monica was eager to marry on the New Hampshire Seacoast, where she grew up. The couple exchanged vows on a hot summer day in the picturesque Union Chapel on Little Boar’s Head, overlooking the ocean. Afterwards, the…

Emma Staley + Liam Batchelder

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September 23, 2017 Strafford, New Hampshire When Liam came to haul away the, um, manure at the farm where Emma was working and training in dressage, she made sure she was wearing her cutest outfits. Clearly, she saw past the muck, and soon their relationship bloomed. Liam grew up on a farm and Emma was raised riding horses, so they knew they’d want to celebrate with a barn wedding; Kitz Farm in Strafford delivered. Arriving in a horse-drawn carriage, wearing a lace corset and full skirt, Emma knew the day would be everything they’d hoped for. “Kitz Farm was the…

Lauren Bailey + Michael Pratt

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July 29, 2017 North Hampton, NH Family and tradition were interwoven throughout Lauren and Michael’s festive summer wedding. The couple met their freshman year at St. Joseph’s College in Maine, the same school where Lauren’s parents had met years before. Her parents and sister were all married at St. Theresa Church in Rye, New Hampshire, where Lauren and Michael ultimately decided to marry. “It’s an important place for my family,” Lauren says. “It’s beautiful.” Lauren was even able to use a family home to get ready before the wedding: her grandfather’s home down the street from the church. After the…

Jami Styrczula + Sean Hayden

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June 30, 2018 Ipswich, MA Jami and Sean are childhood sweethearts who started dating in 7th grade. The couple was relaxing on the Newburyport, Massachusetts, waterfront 16 years later when Sean, a fervent letter writer who had sent numerous letters to Jami during their relationship, handed her another one. “As soon as I finished reading it, he got down on one knee and proposed,” says Jami. A careful planner, Jami gave herself two years to map out the wedding; so, the day of the festivities, “I was beyond calm!” she says. The day included many details important to the couple.…

Emily Smith + Alexandre Klevitch

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October 2, 2017 South Berwick, Maine Fall was a recurring theme of Emily and Alexandre’s wedding at historic Hamilton House in Maine. “We wanted a beautiful outdoor venue,” says Emily, “and even though we were a little early for the most dramatic foliage, we were lucky enough to have a warm fall day.” Pumpkins were part of the day’s festivities. “When we were in college, the school had a glass-blowing major, and each year we bought a handful of glass pumpkins the students made, which we decorated our reception space with,” says Emily. The couple’s escort cards were white pumpkins…

Megan Morgan + Nate Pelsinski

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September 8, 2018 Forest Lake, Maine Talk about making an entrance! Megan waterskied into her wedding at her family’s camp on Forest Lake, wearing nothing but a white bikini and a shower cap protecting her updo, to the shock and delighted surprise of everyone except her dad, who drove the boat. As she landed at the dock and ran to the house to change, Megan looked back and grinned at Nate, who waited on the dock with the bridal party for what they thought would be a traditional father/daughter processional from the house. “Nate’s expression was priceless!” she says. Following…

Jennie Shoemaker + Jeremy Galvin

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June 16, 2018 Lee, New Hampshire When Jennie and Jeremy each described the same qualities they were looking for in a spouse to the same friend—commitment and devotion to family—their brilliant friend set them up. After their first date, Jennie knew Jeremy was the one. A year later, Jeremy asked Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville, Maine to help him with a surprise proposal at a romantic lunch among their rows of grapevines. Jennie was surprised again to take home the first wedding dress she tried on. “I knew as soon as I put the dress on that Jeremy needed to see…

Virginia Robbins + Derek Olson

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October 13, 2018 Harpswell, Maine Despite meeting in a very 21st century manner—through the dating app OK Cupid—Ginny and Derek’s wedding was filled with nostalgic details. Owner of a vintage clothing store in Chicago, Ginny’s roots are in Maine, where her family owns a lakeside camp. Derek proposed one day during late summer, as the couple was standing on the dock for their final moments of the season at the lake. “I decided to ask her right there,” says Derek. A small group of family and friends joined the couple for a weekend-long wedding celebration at picturesque Live Well Farm…

Hilary Szymujko + Andy Howe

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July 14th, 2018 Southport, Maine It was an international affair that brought Hilary and Andy together for their Seacoast wedding. “We met in London, then lived in Hong Kong for 3 ½ years, and then moved to New York,” says Hilary. “Since I’m originally from New Hampshire and he’s from Massachusetts, having our wedding in New England was like a homecoming for us.” Hilary estimates that more than a third of their 130 wedding guests were from London and Hong Kong. “We loved that it was like having a destination wedding, but in our own hometown. We wanted a venue…

Christina Chow + Sam Kocsis

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Ipswich, Massachusetts Christina and Sam’s intimate wedding was the perfect way to celebrate their marriage. The couple met in India and reunited in New Hampshire, so being married in New England was important to them. “This is where our relationship really developed,” says Christina. “We planned our wedding for September so we could show out-of-town guests a New England fall.” Since their grandparents couldn’t travel to the wedding for health reasons, Christina displayed family photos of parents and grandparents on their wedding days. There was no bridal party: the couple’s siblings were part of the wedding ceremony, tapped to do…