Summer camp is an experience full of fond memories for many of us, so it’s only natural it serves as a wonderful wedding locale. A Family Affair and Snell Family Farm were charged with the task of creating a relaxing and charming day that was, above all else, fun — is there any better challenge? — for sweethearts Kendra and Ted. All captured by Jamie Mercurio.
From the bride, Kendra: It was really important to us to create an environment in which we could actually spend time with our friends and family. We wanted to host an event that was relaxed, personal, and FUN! When we saw Kingsley Pines summer camp, we knew it was perfect! Kingsley Pines is set in the woods on a beautiful lake in Maine, and it allowed us to host a weekend-long party full of lawn games, sports, swimming, music, bonfires, and more.
We had about 120 guests at our wedding, and almost everyone stayed in the cabins at Kingsley Pines. Most guests arrived on Friday, when the festivities began. Our first big event was the “Triumphalon,” planned by Ted and his friends — a series of sporting events in which many of our guests participated. The Triumphalon included, for example, a trail run, dodgeball tournament, wheelbarrow nose golf, chariot races, water balloon baby pool catch, a swim in the lake, and the traditional end-of-Triumphalon Mountain Dew shotgun. Following the event, our guests met on the lawn for a casual cookout dinner with bluegrass music by the Tricky Britches.
Saturday began with breakfast and more outdoor activities, including rides on an 8-person banana boat (pulled by a motor boat). Everyone got ready on site, and we met under a big tree by the lake for our ceremony, which Ted and I wrote ourselves and which was officiated by Ted’s sister-in-law. Our cocktail hour was held outside and our dinner was held in a large barn at the camp, which we completely transformed with the help of all of our amazing vendors. We really wanted our whole wedding to be personal, laid back, and most-importantly FUN! We cut out lots of traditions that were not important to us and which we thought would take away from our (and our guests’) party time. We didn’t do mother/father dances, bouquet tossing, cake cutting, or even a cake at all! We had a family style dinner, followed by an assortment of delicious pies, and LOTS of dancing! And it couldn’t have been any more perfect.
From the event designers, A Family Affair: Kendra and Ted are incredibly gorgeous and so in love, and their wedding day was the kind you dream about from when you’re a little girl. They decided to come from their New York City home up to Kingsley Pines Summer Camp in beautiful woodsy Maine to tie the knot. Planner and designer Paula Cano of A Family Affair lent her amazing skill to completely transform the summer camp dining hall into the most beautiful dinner party you’ve ever seen. Jewel-toned linens and candles covered the tables while gorgeous florals by Carolyn Snell added texture. An amazing installation of greenery plus Edison-style vintage lightbulbs strung over a ladder lit the head table. Kendra’s simple and chic Austin Scarlett dress was accented by Carolyn Snell’s giant dreamy bouquet filled with everything from dahlias to spider plants. The bridesmaids wore nude color tones and their bouquets were made entirely of fresh herbs – mint, eucalyptus…the smell was just incredible! There were so many unique accents to this wedding day all coming together to create one gorgeous scene -a photographer’s dream. When it was time to dance, ten-piece Boston-based band Soul City had everyone completely rocking out until the very end of the night.