When Downeast Magazine contacted me back in the Fall of 2007 for story ideas for the magazine’s upcoming wedding supplement, it was hard to decide which wedding to share because we had so many terrific weddings in 2008. But Nina and Matt’s May wedding, despite an off and on rain, kept coming to the top of the list because of the unusual location–a girls’ and boys’ summer camp.
Camp Kingsley Pines near Raymond, Maine, which hosts overnight camps for eight to fifteen year olds in June, July and August, also offers itself for wedding in the shoulder seasons before and after camp. And it was the perfect spot for Nina and Matt to gather their families (from Old Town and Cape Elizabeth) and friends (from all over) for a long weekend wedding celebration.
Located on Panther Pond in Raymond, Maine, the site boasts an expansive scenic lakefront, docks, a sandy beach, swimming, boating, a rope swing, tennis courts, basketball, tether ball, a baseball field, campfire sites, and plenty of buildings for taking the party inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate. In fact, the weekend started with a pre-rehearsal softball game. Nina, captain of one team, and Matt, captain of the other, took turns picking teams members.
A huge oak on the Kingsley Pines waterfront is the favorite ceremony site, and Nina and Matt rehearsed their vows there, but a light rain on Saturday moved the ceremony indoors to the camp lodge. A slight break in the rain let guests enjoy a cocktail party out of doors before moving inside again for dinner (in the dining hall) and dancing afterwards in the barn. Motor Booty Affair, which bills itself as “the ultimate disco party band,” got the dancing going while decked out in retro Afro wigs and sixties gear.
Nina and Matt’s wedding appears in the January issue of Downeast, which should be on the newsstand for the rest of the month. Special thanks to New Hampshire photographer Julia Russell, who filled in as second shooter when Angie was not available.