Maine Squeeze: The girls get ready

31 March 2011

When we last left off, the gents were getting dressed and having their portraits taken on one side of the Island. Meanwhile, on the other side, the girls were making their own preparations!

Like the sign? You can purchase your own in my Etsy shop!

The original plan was for Kim, my younger sister, to do both my hair and her own. Turns out we definitely didn’t have enough time for that, but luckily, Lauren, a very, very good (and talented!) friend of our family stepped in to take care of my ‘do. Thank you, Lauren!! I decided on a low, curly side ponytail. Kate had had her massive amounts of hair professionally styled in the Harbor earlier that morning.

Everyone was very relaxed and happy, and interestingly, there wasn’t as much emotion going on as I thought there might be. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised — Kate is a very rational, sensible person, and though she was very excited to be getting married, she’s not the type to run around flapping her hands screaming “I’m getting married!!”

Anyway, while we were getting prettified, Meredith was a busy bee capturing all of the details. I love how she set up the stationery suite! She does such a nice job photographing details in realistic environments.

For more details on the invites, click here, and the save the dates, here.

The shoes! Kate asked each of her ‘maids to choose their own pair of yellow shoes (the navy flip flops are my Mom’s).

Kate herself had two pairs — one, I think, for the ceremony, and one for the reception. Both pairs were flats, since we were walking on grass the whole day!

The rings!

And the ring branch! Kate’s ring bearer carried this fine evergreen bough down the aisle, but I modeled it for the detail shot. Our bridesmaid dressed were from J. Crew.

The vows! (Written out by yours truly, though of course, Kate and Cormac chose the words themselves.)

The heirloom necklace! If I’ve got the story right, Kate, my Mom, my grandma, and her mother have all worn this necklace on their wedding days.

Kate’s bouquet! (I call this the Millie Holloman shot… anyone with me?!)

The bridesmaid bouquets! I’m not usually a huge fan of greenery in bouquets, but I loved the big green leaves at the base of our blooms.

The only real hiccup of the day occurred around this time. My Mom happened to be sitting out on the deck, and noticed that the ferry appeared to be stopped in the middle of the river. Turns out it had run out of gas on one of its many trips back and forth from the mainland! There were several surprised guests headed to the ceremony on board, but they handled the situation with good cheer. The problem was quickly solved, anyway — a Whaler towed it back to the wharf, there was (thank goodness) an extra gas can, and the ferry was refueled in no time.

With that, it was time for Kate to get dressed! Jenna was on hand to capture the moment.

Dad approves!

And Kate looks just gorgeous, don’t you think? She wore the “Zuri” by Maggie Sottero, purchased from The Wedding Shoppe in Minnesota.

With everyone dressed, it was time for a few portraits. But first, the veil:

I love this one of Kate with our grandma:

My favorite from our family session:

Hilariously, this was the scene just outside the above frame:

We had a few wayward branches to deal with :)

Didn’t Jenna do a wonderful job with the group portraits? I think she was a bit worried about them (possibly because of my posts (here, here) about how picky I am about family shots!), but we LOVE the photos she took. Thank you, Jenna!!

By this time it was about ten of eleven, which meant it was time to get in place for the ceremony. The real action was about to begin!

All photos by the super talented and lovely Jenna Cole and Meredith of & Unlimited.

We arrive
We prepare
We raise the tent
We rehearse and play wiffle ball
We jump off the wharf
We eat lobster
We wake up very early, and the gents get dressed

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March 31, 2011 1:45 pm

I love these. You are doing a fantastic job. Thank you!

April 1, 2011 4:59 pm

LOVED their vows! I find wedding vows to be either archaic or too personal and mushy. K&C's vows were wonderful- respecting the union by respecting the individual.

Jenna Cole
April 8, 2011 5:23 pm

Haha, this post made me laugh for several reasons.

First because I *was* extremely nervuos about the family shots. I wanted them to live up to your (and Kate's of course!) expectations. I'm so glad you like them.

And I don't know if Kate ever told you the story about the necklace (maybe she forgot in the craziness of the wedding day) but behind the camera I heard your grandma turn to her and ask "what are you wearing around your neck?" and Kate said it was the special necklace that had been worn for generations. Grandma replied with "I have no idea what that is, I've never seen it before!"

Maybe that was a mistake on your grandma's part (you mom probably knows best!) but it made me laugh.

April 8, 2011 11:17 pm

Ahahaha!! I will DEFINITELY have to check on that with all parties and check back!