My friends. I was married on a beach in Key West because we just dug the funky vibe there, plus it was warm in November and so it checked a lot of boxes for me. But I have to say...had I stayed in Maine for my wedding, this venue, and in particular, the way Sam & Bec hosted their wedding, is exactly how I would want my own wedding to look and feel.
Bec and Sam's wedding at Josias River Farm was an intimate event with only close family and friends in attendance. It had the feel of a quiet family gathering with lots of laughter, conversation and heartfelt connection.
Josias River Farm is a 250-year-old Maine farm situated on 20 acres of land with classic new england stone walls, enchanting perennial gardens, white picket fences and a rustic barn. It's about as picturesc as you can imagine.
Sam and Bec got ready together in the farmhouse in a private room set aside for them.
I really love it when couples get ready together. This quiet time leads to shared butterflies and sweet moments.
Bec & Sam put special attention into their suits with Sam flying to New York for a custom fitted suit that looked phenomenal. Their floral ties brought a touch of the gardens to their look.
Bec wore the watch Sam had given her as an engagement present.
Right after they dressed we spent a little time on portraits. I highly recommend scheduling your portraits before your ceremony because it frees you up to enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests with all of the "work" behind you.
The grounds here are just loaded with lovey spots and its just a few minutes from the ocean.
My favorite part of the grounds were these gorgeous crab apple trees where cocktail hour was held.
The Miners Creek Bluegrass Band played in the garden during cocktail hour which lent a relaxed feel to the day.
Sam & Bec's ceremony was incredibly emotional. I always appreciate a slightly longer ceremony with thoughtful readings with personal vows because of the deeper meaning it brings to the day. I love the care they put into the ceremony, it really amplified the meaning behind the day.
Bec and Sam walked themselves down the aisle, coming together as they walked beneath the arbor.
Bec paused during the vow reading to hug it out.
Following the ceremony guests gathered under the apple trees for champagne and cocktail hour while the soft sounds of blue grass music drifted through the air.
A slow and relaxed cocktail hour gave way to a lobster bake with The Maine Lobster Bake Company inside the barn. Bec and Sam instructed out of town guests how to eat their lobsters and it was fun to watch them dig in!
Guests were seated family style inside which led to lots of laughter and conversation.
Alright, let's talk cake for a minute. If you know me...you know cake is my favorite food. Bec and Sam didn't have just one cake...they had THREE gorgeous, made-from-scratch, luxurious cakes. Take a moment to take this in.
Feel free to linger here...I am.
Are you ready to move on yet? No? Okay....here's another.