Today’s bride, Annie, tells us: I met Hayden on the first day of my sophomore year of college. A few weeks later, he gave me a note that said, “Will you be my girlfriend?” with check boxes for “Yes,” “No,” and “Maybe” below. The answer was easy. After 3 years of long distance, 5 cities, 2 countries, and 6 apartments, we decided it was about time we got married! Hayden proposed on our 7-year anniversary at our favorite restaurant, Fish & Game, in Hudson, New York. He couldn’t wait until dinner to propose, so he popped the question at the restaurant bar. Once again, I said, “Yes.”
How adorable is that?! Annie and her family have been going up to Kennebunkport every summer, for the last decade. Hayden started joining them years ago, and when the two when they got engaged, they knew it had to be the place! A+H planned to see multiple locations in town, but as soon as they saw Hidden Pond, they said they found their dream wedding location.
As Annie works in fashion (and the two of them LOVE getting dressed up for formal events), it had to be a black tie event. We adore the juxtaposition of Hidden Pond’s rustic aesthetic with everyone dressed to the nines.
Let’s head to the woods in all the photos snapped by Lindsay Hackney Photography!
Aren’t those Stuart Weitzman rockin’?!
Michelle from Minka Flowers utilized lots of greenery, deep reds and plums, and cream tones for a romantic feel.
The Wedding Party
All the ladies are lookin’ so LUXE! Want to create a similar style? Here are a few of our faves:
Now that’s a look we LOVE for the groom!
Minka Flowers create an atmosphere that felt like an enchanted forest. Isn’t this color palette dreamy against the pines?
Two moments really stick out to us. The first is the ceremony. We really wanted to keep it short and sweet, so we worked closely with our officiant, Julie Draper, to focus on just the most important things to us. She went above and beyond to deliver such a touching, personal, and memorable ceremony. She had everyone laughing and crying, and our guests still come up to us to tell us how special it was.
The second is the dancing. Hayden is well known for his epic dancing skills, so our guests were looking forward to it all night (and probably, year). He did not disappoint, and I just tried to keep up. We spent several weeks building our perfect playlist with our DJ, so it was a blast to hear our favorite songs play and dance the night away with our family and closest friends. The dance floor was packed all night long!
Processional: Wedding Party: Stay by Sam Smith; Groom: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran; Bride: At Last by Etta James
Recessional: We Found Love by Rihanna
First Dance: Don't Worry Baby by The Beach Boys
Hayden had his tailor, Nita Fashions, create a burgundy tux jacket that worked perfectly with the touches of deep red we incorporated throughout the wedding.
Isn’t Annie’s gown positively STUNNING?! She tells us: I worked with Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal to design a wedding dress that pulled together the woodsy yet elegant vibes.
The Reception Tent
We had dinner in a tent behind the barn, under the stars with all the people who matter most to us. As we ate, our family and friends gave beautiful toasts. Our guests still tell us how the blend of the tall trees, formal gowns and tuxes, twinkling candle light, and stunning flowers made the whole night feel magical
Enjoy the process (as much as you can!) and do what feels right to you. Have fun working together as a team, and don't forget to take time out for yourselves during the planning process to unwind and think about something other than planning. It all goes by faster than you think!
Congratulations to the newlyweds! For a deeper look into their (GORGEOUS) day, take a peek at this clip OTD Collective put together:
photography: Lindsay Hackney Photography // venue name: Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, Maine, USA // planning: Lana Wescott Events (Day of Coordination) // florals: Minka Flowers // wedding dress: Rebecca Schoneveld // wedding dress boutique: Schone Bride // bride's shoes: Stuart Weitzman // bride's ring: Ferrigini Designs // bridesmaid dresses: Reformation // groom attire: Tux from Nita Fashions and Bowtie from Tom Ford // groom's shoes: Gucci // groom's ring: Ferrigini Designs // videography: OTD Collective // paper goods: Bonomo Paper Co. // calligraphy: Bonomo Paper Co. // catering: Earth at Hidden Pond // cake: Earth at Hidden Pond // tabletop rentals: Be Our Guest // furniture rentals: A Family Affair of Maine // specialty rentals: Tent from Sperry Tents // music: The Music Man DJ Service // officiant: Julie Draper // photo booth: TapSnap // bride's reception dress: Fame and Partners // bride's leather jacket: Janine Doherty Designs