Meg and Sam are an adventurous and fun-loving couple who celebrate life every step of the way. As I learned throughout their planning process, their wedding was 11 years in the making! Given that fact, and the joy I heard in their voices when talking about their wedding plans, I couldn’t wait to be a part of their big day.
We couldn’t have asked for a better day for Meg & Sam’s wedding at The Wolfeboro Inn. It was sunny & warm, and the views of Lake Winnipesaukee were breathtaking. When I arrived mid-afternoon and began putting the final details in place, I found Sam hanging out with his groomsmen, excited and ready to go. Halie from By Halie was busy capturing all the getting ready & details shots as Meg and her bride tribe had the final touches of their hair and make-up perfected by the team from 5 Diamond Salon. After slipping into her elegant halter dress from BHLDN, it was time to make her way outside for a few private moments with her soon to be husband as they had their first look!
Mid-afternoon, guests began arriving in an open-air trolley from Molly the Trolley and eagerly made their way down to the water for the ceremony. With guests in their seats and DJ Whit Merritt playing the first notes of “She Lit a Fire”, the official festivities were under way. As the bridal party took their place under the wooden arbor, the music faded out and “Bloom” by Paper Kites started to play as Meg was escorted down the aisle by her parents. The ceremony was officiated by Meg’s grandfather Paul and had guests laughing from the first moments as he politely asked guests to put their phones away as there would be plenty of time to take his picture later! The rest of the ceremony set the tone for the entire day as love and laughter were paramount.
After Meg & Sam sealed the deal with a kiss, they snuck away for a ride around Lake Winnipesaukee on the Millie B with Halie who was capturing amazing shots! Guests made their way to the tent for cocktail hour and took in all the little details that Meg and Sam put so much thought into. Gold lanterns encircled with white roses and greenery added a touch of elegance to the tables. Navy napkins tied with nautical rope complimented their theme perfectly, and the large maps of the lake with the escort cards pinned to them were super fun and a unique idea I haven’t seen used before. Everyone was enjoying themselves but you could tell they were all waiting with anticipation for the newlyweds to get back and for the party to really get started!
You could tell it was going to be a fun night by the exuberant reaction of family & friends as Meg & Sam were introduced into the reception. After a touching thank you from the bride & groom, guests were provided with a delicious meal by the staff at The Wolfeboro Inn. While they ate and drank, they were treated to speeches from Meg’s father Mark, maid of honor Molly, and best man Jack. All were heartfelt, personal, and funny, but my favorite part was when Meg’s sister Molly said that when they were growing up she asked her parents to put Meg up for adoption!
After cutting into their pretty cake from From Scratch Baking Co., everyone watched as Meg and Sam had their love on display while they shared their first dance. Following a touching dance between Meg and her Dad, Mark, the party got started as Sam and his Mom, Mary, showed off excellent dance moves as they grooved to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart. As that song faded out, family & friends flooded the dance floor as DJ Whit Merritt spun festive tunes had everyone ready to dance the night away. Meg & Sam's wedding was a lively and special event that was a true testament to love and family.
Meg & Sam – I hope your adventures continue for a lifetime. It was such a pleasure getting to know you and watching all your plans come to fruition. If I ever get into a situation that involves pepper spray, I’ll be reaching out to find out the brand new way to get it out of my eyes (I’m so curious!). xo
The photos below provided by the talented & kind Halie from By Halie.