This was my view this past weekend as I sat on the porch checking in on work. The only real noise came from birds, a calm in the air emanated through the fog, and there was no where to be with any sort of urgency.
It was beautiful, calm, and so far from my norm that I started to actually get peace driven anxiety. I officially fail vacation.
The good news is that I managed to rein it all in and march on like a normal(ish) person thanks to the incredible surprise gift of wifi and was able to check in virtually to the happenings in Charleston and Charlottesville. I’m not going to say I wasn’t sad to be missing out on what looked like some amazing packed classes of my favorite people, followed by the first UVa Football game in Charlottesville and beach trips in Charleston, but I had something a little more rare waiting for me in the afternoon — one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen (pinterest wedding boards included).
The wedding was held on a beautiful property in Weld, Maine, recently purchased by Linda Bean (of L.L.Bean), with the ceremony looking over the lake and the reception in an incredibly beautiful and newly renovated barn…that was almost immediately filled with 140 screaming, dancing, and laughing people.
The wedding details and decor were gorgeous, and even more impressively, were largely created and arranged by the Bride’s family members. I have always known Emily to be artsy (exceptionally amazing at cookie design), but I had no idea that it was such a strong family gift.
In addition to this being a beautiful wedding for two beautiful people, it was also a mini-reunion with one of my very favorite people from college. I met Laura while we were both undergrads at UVa, and she quickly became my workout, healthy eating, and too-many-selfie taking friend who was a constant in the rest of my college career.
After graduating from UVa we both moved to Philadelphia, Laura to go to med school and me to return for my first job in my hometown. Over the next three years I got to meet her growing friend group from medical school, which included her brother Daniel (groom) and his now wife, Emily. Amazing people all around, and the faces that can be seen in a majority of the pictures from my early – mid 20’s.
All in all this was one of the most beautiful and rustic weddings I have ever been to, and was complimented nicely with the high energy, major love, and complete involvement of both families and all of their friends. And there’s not much that can top that.
The remainder of the long weekend was wrapped up back in Belgrade Lakes, in the kitchen with my Aunt, making a pretty awesome Monday night dinner before what turned out to be the worst / longest travel day of my life on Tuesday. More on that later 🙂
Thanks to the Spectors and Godbouts, and all that fall in between, for making the #takethelake #spectorwedding such a beautiful experience. And, of course, many happy years to Emily and Daniel as they grow their own arm of the family.