Emily and Brian’s lake wedding in New Hampshire was a dream come true for the bride – she had vacationed on Squam Lake as a girl and dreamt about being wed on Church Island! She arrived on the island with her father on an antique wooden boat and departed on the same boat with her new husband. The newlyweds arrived to the reception in a 1963 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible and on the way they stopped in front of Emily’s grandparents’ former home in historic Sandwich, NH, for a quick photo. / Images by Rodeo & Co. Photography.
Says the couple, “Emily’s grandparents retired to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and Emily always dreamed of getting married on Church Island, where her grandparents worshipped in the summer months and where her grandfather was a trustee. We wanted a chic, rustic wedding and also wanted it to be deeply personal with the choice of location. Colors were navy and hot pink, with a focus on decor that was rustic, but also crisp, clean, and bright.
Photography was really important to Emily – we were thrilled to have found Meg Hamilton who was an incredible photographer and support throughout the planning process. Emily and her Mom also worked very hard with Rachel from Robinson Press on the invitation suite, custom map, etc.
Emily wore her mother’s diamond studs with a baroque pearl dangling below. Emily’s dress also incorporated the buttons from her mother’s wedding dress, and also had sewn in a piece of a dress of her grandmothers’.
Favorite memories? The bride and her father arrived to Church Island in an old wooden boat from a family friend and neighbor. Emily and Brian used the boat after the ceremony, before hopping into a mustang convertible for the ride to the reception. The boat ride and car ride gave the bride and groom some time to relax together and enjoy the day before arriving at the reception.
At the reception, the band played jazz from New Orleans and there was a second line around the barn!
Emily & Brian’s Love Story | After graduating from the University of Indiana and Colby College, Emily and Brian both moved to New Orleans after graduating to join Teach for America. They met through mutual friends and bonded over a love of New Orleans, food & drink, and celebrating with friends! While living in New Orleans, Emily was earning her M.S.Ed at UPENN and was traveling there one weekend a month. One of the weekends she was away, Brian flew to Connecticut in secret to ask Emily’s dad for her hand in marriage. Brian proposed at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans in front of the elephants, where Emily and Brian had shared a romantic evening at a gala a few years back. He also flew in two of Emily’s closest friends to celebrate for the weekend!
Emily and her mom made the escort display, painting a display board in wedding colors, with tiny pink clothespins, ribbon, and escort cards printed from Minted.
Tell us about your favors. We provided guests with larger welcome bags in place of favors. Welcome bags included a nip of New Hampshire maple syrup with the logo from the wedding stamped on the tag, Zapps chips from New Orleans and a praline from Texas (where the groom grew up).
The ‘guestbook’ was a canoe paddle the bride and groom had engraved to say ‘The Darrows, Est. 2017’ that guests signed in paint markers. It now hangs in the couple’s home as a reminder of their big day. Our cake had two flavors as a compromise – marble cake with chocolate frosting for the groom and vanilla cake with white raspberry frosting for the bride! It was reminiscent of the bride’s dress with horizontal stripes, and decorated with flowers from the florist.
Credits: Photography: Rodeo & Co. Photography | Ceremony Venue: Church Island | Reception Venue: McIlvain Estate (private family home) | Event Design: Kate Dawson | Floral: E.H. Floral | Stationery: Robinson Press | Wedding Cake: OOO LA LA Creative Cakes | Rentals: Lakes Region Tent and Event | Hair: Brides and Beauty by Justine | Catering: Carrie Lowell | Day-of Coordination: Annie Stanford | Videography: Memories in High Def | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers | Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Jewelry: Dugan Custom Jewelers | Watch: Martenero