Dawn & Tyler’s Bright and Breezy Family Camp Pond-Side Wedding


Shapleigh Pond wedding

Yay it’s Friday and how appropriate, I have a gorgeous wedding with a wonderfully relaxed weekend feel to it. Dawn and Tyler were married at a family camp on the picturesque Shapleigh Pond in Newfield, Maine. Dawn did a lot of the decor herself including the sunflower globes, hand-painted wooden signs, and the guest sign-in table. The central theme of “them”,”home”, and  “family” was apparent throughout their wedding from the childhood and family photos on display down to the Polaroid guestbook and their choice of food and dessert — they cut a pie instead of cake!

According to Allison Corbett Photography (responsible for the beautiful photos you see here). they lucked out with perfect weather with a slight breeze off the pond. They also chose to have their portraits taken in front of the 1866 Washington School, a short walk from the camp. The Dapper Gents entertained the guests, even reworking a song to honor Tyler’s mother, Laurie Wentland.

And here are the lovely pics without further ado. Enjoy!

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Tyler told me that this beautiful wedding is entirely Dawn’s vision and that he was “just lucky enough to be the guy next to her”. Sooo sweet! Here he is to tell you more about temselves & their lovely celebration:

I am originally from Connecticut, and met Dawn when we were freshman at Eastern Connecticut State University, but we did not end up going out until the end of our senior year (because I have awesome timing!). We soon moved in together, spent a year in New Haven, CT, and then moved to York, ME while I worked on my Masters at UNH and she began her teaching career.

I like comic books, lifting weights, and drawing, while Dawn loves crafts, yoga, and the outdoors (surfing, walking, and most of all the ocean!).

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Our wedding, simply put , was “us.” We wanted it to be more of a party incorporating the people, places and things we loved. We love Maine, good beer, the family camp, and being outside. We also love buffalo chicken tenders and turkey clubs, and wanted to have food/drink that could be held on the dance floor.

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

The celebration was ours because we did not feel restricted by the traditional rules. We weren’t interested in being engaged for 2 years, having a multi-course dinner, or a DJ. Every piece was something we had picked up along our lives together these past 5 years, whether that be Redhook IPA or the Dapper Gents!

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Shapleigh Pond wedding

A few helpful words of advice from the groom:

If you feel like you want to incorporate something, and don’t think it will work, ask anyway. Dawn and I had seen the Dapper Gents play the day I proposed. We loved their style, and vibe. I thought she was crazy when she told me she was going to ask them to play at the wedding, but she went for it anyway and it worked! Our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without that band, and if Dawn hadn’t asked, they wouldn’t have come. Just ask and see what happens.  

Shapleigh Pond wedding

Thank you Allison for sending your gorgeous images my way, and congratulations Dawn and Tyler! I wish you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂

Photographer: Allison Corbett Photography
Location: Shapleigh, ME in Newfield, ME (Camp owned by Dawn’s father’s parents)
Flowers (Décor, boutonnieres): FLORA*BLISS at Broad Turn Farm, Scarborough, ME
Bride’s Dress: Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal, Newington, NH
Tuxedo and Mens’ Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Newington, NH
Caterer: Nancy’s Catering, Ogunquit, ME
Musicians:The Dapper Gents (Band) – Jacob McCurdy, Mick Ramos, Clay Shanks, Eric Winter (Portland, ME)
Hair Stylist: Katie Rodriguez, Zinc Salon, Unionville, CT
Tents: Party Plus Tent and Event Rentals, Bidderford, ME

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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