Once upon a time, two girls were a part of a group of twenty something students that took a student trip to Europe. One of those girls was me, and one of those girls was Amy. Our People to People group merged from Southern California and the Boston area of Massachussetts and then went on to tour five countries in Western Europe for about a month. As you might imagine, we bonded during the nine-hour long bus rides from Brussels to Paris and while rooming together across the continent. Nearly 20 years ago (oh man that makes us feel old!) I’m not sure if either of us imagined that one day I’d be photographing her destination wedding on Lake Winnipesaukee, but here we are!

She and Kevin have known each other forever. Kevin and Amy’s older brother went to school together, but they re-met more recently at a Relay for Life benefit. As Amy says, “He was struck by my booty… I mean beauty. HAHAHA”

Amy and Kevin chose The Wolfeboro Inn as their wedding venue. Amy’s family has been spending the summer on the lake as long as she can remember, and right around the time she met me her parents purchased a vacation home on Barndoor Island. Wolfeboro is the closest place to their home and with all their guests coming in from out of town, the inn seemed an ideal location for the festivities. Lake time is really important to the family, so what better location than a favorite summer getaway?

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Amy and Kevin split many of the wedding planning duties. Kevin found their DJ, while Amy put together a few DIY projects like homemade jam for favors and using her brooch collection for her bouquet.

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Kevin and Amy’s ridiculously adorable son Carter didn’t quite make through the ceremony. Their sister-in-law came to the rescue as the little guy finally went down for a nap!

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The the inn is on the lake, the ceremony and reception location is up the hill a ways. They requested many of their portraits be on the water, a perfect way to balance out their wedding photos. And with a sky view like this, who could argue?

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On to the reception, we fell in love this photograph of Kevin. Doesn’t that mischievous expression just say it all?

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Jacques Fine European Pasties provided the cake and cupcakes, fulfilling Amy’s request for a faux wood finish. Nature and family are all in the cards for lake time, adn the cake fit in perfectly.

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As if the location weren’t personal enough, here’s an even better way Kevin and Amy filled their wedding with meaningful photos that matter. Many of the bottles and jars scattered around the reception as flower vases weren’t purchased in a store or rented from the florist. Amy’s father has been fishing them out of Lake Winnipesaukee for years and has an immense collection. Some are decades old! Amy picked some of the bottles with the most character as a perfect decor accent for their reception.

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If you’re planning a destination wedding on Lake Winnipesaukee, you’ve got to include as much of the view as possible!

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Get Down Tonight provided the evening’s music. Since Kevin was in charge of this planning task, he requested to mix a few songs during the reception. He did a great job and everyone loved this additional personal touch! And then he started pulling out all the stops with his dance moves after DJing.

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More dancing, more partying, lots of revelry.

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They ended the evening on a sparkler exit. Amy may have ducked a bit!

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We couldn’t have been more curious to see Amy and her family when we arrived in New Hampshire. Our dear friend and fellow photographer Emily from Pogo Photo was in the state and we asked her along to help – in fact the portraits of Amy above are from Em! We truly enjoy photographing destination weddings, but if you’re looking for a more local photographer, Em photographs summer weddings regularly in New England with her husband and shooting partner, Steve. Having the extra hands of Em made the day so much fun for us and we were so glad to be able to give the gift of additional images to Amy and Kevin!

From one gawky teenager to another, congratulations!