When Kerri first contacted me about filming her big country backyard wedding, I got excited. Growing up on a farm, I immediately fell in love with her vision– hay bale pews, red barn backdrop, live country band, & cowboy boots
I first met Jenna, Brad, & their entire wedding party (Brewer included!) over a warm Bud Light at Sunday River Ski Resort. It was a snowy March day (Snowy is an understatement… it was one of those days where I pray to Ullr that my Subaru makes it from Point A to Point B in as few pieces as possible). They had already booked for their September 13th wedding, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get to know them on my home turf. There was something about these two that let me know that their wedding was going to be an absolute blast to film– and they did not disappoint!
What is better than a day spent with all of your closest friends & family as you commit your life to another? What is more beautiful than an event of epic proportions, flower garlands, live music, and silk invitations?
A simple Maine elopement.
I’m not a writer, so I feel as if any blog post that I compose on the subject will fall flat. Nothing I could possibly construct will display the seriousness of the subject. All I can say is that it’s often those with the loudest laughs and the biggest smiles that are suffering the deepest.
“Speaking of Judaism, I once asked Jared if I was a bad person for not being very religious. And he said ‘you’re not a bad person, you’re just a bad Jew.’ I’d like to point out that we’re about to be eating lobster in a few minutes.”
Ski bums tend to have a few characteristics that go with the lifestyle. Generally, they are a laid-back bunch. They know how to have a good time, and they are always looking for a reason to celebrate (Full moon? Hooray! Powder day? First round is on me!) Justin & Caity combined their love for the mountains with their love for each other in a celebration that rang loud through the Sunday River Valley.
Caity grew up skiing at Sunday River, so having a slopeside ceremony overlooking an important piece of her past seemed all too fitting. In true ski bum fashion, she and her father skied into the ceremony site surrounded by friends, family, & the occasional curious stranger. My personal favorite touch to the ceremony: Each bridesmaid was sporting a vibrant purple North Face jacket, as Marvin Gaye’s Pretty Purple Snowflakes rang over the speakers. There could not have been a more perfect song to set the tone of the entire day. The ceremony was short & sweet, officiated by a close family friend. After the “Will you’s” & “I Do’s,” family & friends joined in for a few runs with the new Mr. & Mrs. Jones– In true Ski Bum fashion.
The reception took place at the beautiful Bethel Inn Resort in the heart of downtown Bethel. After taking a horse drawn sleigh ride around the property, Caity & Justin were introduced to a high-energy reception that only seemed to pick up speed as the night progressed. They immediately made me feel like a part of the family, which is a true sign of the love, support, and kindness that these families embody. I didn’t want to pack up my gear at the end of the night– the party was still alive, electric, and showed no signs of stopping! On my way out, Caity & Justin corralled me, one on each arm, and escorted me to the bar. They would not be happy until I had a chance to be a guest, not a vendor, at their celebration. I got a Bud Light & toasted the new Mr. & Mrs. Jones. In true Ski Bum fashion.
Photographer: Carol Savage
Ceremony: Jordan Hotel, Sunday River
Reception: Bethel Inn, Bethel Maine
DJ: Alex Sirois
Florist: Pooh Corner Farm
Cake: Doreen’s Creative Cakes
Additional footage by: Dave Pecunies, Sunday River TV
Music: Landon Austin, Ready for Anything. Licensed from The Music Bed