Grace and Ian went to high school together and then years later fell in love and moved all over the US together. They are a kind, adventurous, and laid back couple- the exact type of people who make my job mean so much. When they contacted me about their Camp Waziyatah wedding, I was thrilled because there is nothing better than love celebrated in nature! (I may be biased because it definitely reminded me of my own camp wedding.) Camp Waziyatah is an enchanting spot, nestled in beside McWain pond in Waterford, Maine. The trees are mature, happy, and whimsical, and the cabins are cheerful as it is an active children’s camp. It is definitely a distinctive spot.
It was a cold weekend, the first cold weekend in September. It’s that magical in-between summer and fall season here in Maine. I first found Grace surrounded by her sweet bridesmaids in the most colorful cabin. Grace is an amazing woman, and it was no surprise that all of her bridesmaids were so kind. Grace made personalized hand-stitched gifts for all of her friends- she has reached levels of Leslie Knope status I can only dream of. When I found Ian and his groomsmen, they were joking, in high spirits, and game for anything. The day beamed with positivity and excitement.
Their unique ceremony was performed by a dear mutual friend, and the scene was ethereal with the trees creating a grove-like effect around everyone in attendance. After their sweet and hilarious vows were said, they walked up the aisle hand in hand elated. Their bridal party met with for hugs and cheers. Then without any prompting the groomsmen and bridesmaids all starting tenderly pulling the pine needles out of Grace’s dress. It was such a sweet moment. To travel to the reception from the ceremony site, the couple opted to take the Camp Waziyatah Canoe. They had a champagne toast to celebrate their first quiet moment together married and then headed across the pond. It was such a grand entrance- everyone in attendance watched with glee as the newlyweds paddled in.
Their reception hall looked like a sweet Swiss fairytale. The couple glided in for first dances, followed by pizza, and amazing toasts. The rest of the night was filled with lively conversation, good food, and candlelight. Their Maine Camp Waziyatah wedding was so them, and a joy for me to be a part of. Congratulations, Grace and Ian!
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