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Our Own Rustic Canoe Wedding

So, the photographers behind the Dreamlove lens have finally found themselves on the other side!  :)  Max and I got married on Snow Pond (which also happens to be in our backyard) on October 15th of 2011 and we’re just now getting around to sharing some of our favorite pictures from the day. Of course, the first obvious question is, “Who was YOUR photographer?!?”… and for us, it was the easiest decision of all. Our friend and fabulous photographer Yoon Byun of the Boston Globe documented our day. The majority of photos in this post are his, although family and friends also contributed… all credits will be listed at the bottom of this post.

Getting married, after years of photographing other people getting married, made our own wedding day incredibly insightful and magical… in a Cinderella sort of way. Max proposed to me the day before my birthday in December of 2010. We had spent the day in the White Mountain National Forest with our new 8 week old puppy Zelda, in search of the perfect Christmas tree to chop down, Clark Griswald style. Once we were home, with holiday music playing and a good fire going in the wood stove, we started to decorate the tree with our VERY eclectic mix of ornaments, that I imagine are typical of a couple’s first ornament collection. I grabbed a chair to tie a white ribbon on the very top of the tree, and apparently, Max saw me up on the chair and was overwhelmed with proposal emotion. He had secretly been hiding the ring for months, and went to get it. When I came down off the chair, I turned around, and there he was… down on one knee. It was all so perfect. We celebrated with lots of phone calls, and lots of champagne.  :)  I can honestly say, it was the happiest day of my life.

We spent a few months just being blissfully engaged… and then started wrapping our heads around having an actual wedding. We knew that we wanted a smaller wedding, and after looking at venue after venue, we decided that everything we were looking for was literally, right in our own backyard. Usually when people ask us about our own wedding, we tell them we were married on the pond behind our house.  Then they say, “Oh that’s nice!  On the shore of the pond…” and we reply, “Actually, no…. we really got married ON the pond.  On a dock, with our guests in canoes!” Our good friends and neighbors Tom and Hili offered their large dock for our ceremonial vessel… and everyone helped decorate the dock with arched trees and gorgeous bows of colorful leaves and berries from our property. We had guests pair off and canoe out to the dock… and we even had Max’s guitar teacher canoe out and play some of our favorite songs as my dad rowed me to the dock in our neighbor’s vintage wooden rowboat! It certainly was an alternative ceremony, and despite being blown from the center of the pond all the way to the end, we wouldn’t dream of having done it any other way.  Everyone at our wedding helped make our day amazing in one way or another, and we are so grateful for that.

I had been subconsciously collecting details and ideas that I loved from previous weddings, and incorporated a few of our own too. I think my favorite details were the vintage Viewmasters on tables, with guests having to find their seat based on finding the “reel” of where they were coming from… my bouquet which Max’s mom created from vintage brooch pins (found on Etsy and in antique shops), and my robin’s egg (or turquoise blue?) cowboy boots. I also loved setting off the wish lanterns that a good friend brought as a surprise for the night! We tried to source all of the food locally, and found a great local lobstermen’s association in Maine for our main course. Sarah Hipple, an amazing personal chef, who catered our event was so helpful in trying to buy as many local and organic ingredients as possible.

And although I could go on about detail after detail that I loved about our day… when I look back on everything, the one thing that makes my heart swoon the most, were hearing Max’s vows to me. It’s amazing how much work I felt like I put into every little detail… the decoration, the food, the invitations… and looking back, I now realize that this one tiny thing – deciding to write our own vows – is what meant the most to me on our wedding day. Which just goes to show that a wedding is about two people promising to take on the world together, and professing their love out loud. The Viewmasters were cool, but nothing compared to that.

Vendor Credits:

Photography – Yoon Byun
More photographers – Fred Barnes, Chris Barnes, Mike Lising, Joel Sager, Max Bittle
Videographer – Travis Haas
Officiant – Tom Fredenburg
Tent decoration help – Hili Thomson
Caterer – Welcome Home
Ceremony coordination – Chadd Meerbergen
Bride’s dress – All For Dress
Bride’s shoes – Corral
Bride’s ring – Tiffany & Co.
Hair and makeup – Molly Van Rheen
Groom’s suit – Zara
Groom’s ring – Down the Wire
Florist – D. McCleod
Brooch bouquet – Lynn Bittle
Music – Hannah P. Johnson
Live music – Chris Barnes & Nora Kennedy
Itinerary card design – Andrea Martucci
Paper circle signs – Dreamlove on Etsy
Cake toppers and handyman extraordinaire – Fred Barnes
Wedding Quilt – Jeanne Barnes

Hillary Speed -

LOVE it! You two are TOO cute. And I love your brooch bouquet — what a nifty idea! I wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

Sarah Goodwin -

I am so in love with this wedding! The ceremony on a raft is beyond unique. Beautifully captured, one of a kind details.

ashley turner -

Katie! I LOVE it. What an amazing day you guys had! I am in love :)

Connie Grimes -

Oh Katie and Max,

Such lovely pictures, I’m sappy, but your photos of your special day brought tears to my eyes. As someone not very creative, I’m awed by your creativity and the special touches you incorporated and I’m so glad my 3 oldest kiddos share a piece of your genetic code, especially Erin, I see in here some of this great Liston artistic flair. Thank you for sharing!

Kevin Belford -

Made me tear up a bit! You two are so wonderful :)

hannah -

the guests in canoes… i am obsessed.

John Scanlan -

Katie, I’m so happy for you. Your wedding was as special and wonderful as you are! Thank you for sharing the joy. Max is one lucky man.

Heather Gray -

Congratulations Katie! What a magical and beautiful wedding, perfect in every way.

Leslie Baird -

I have so many favorites…but the one that made me giggle in most delight was your dad rowing you out to the altar :D

sheila -

the first i knew of “katie and max” was the blogpost about your waterlogged cameras. i loved the image of those camera bodies together, getting through the rough times. a great start! congrats to you and max and wishes for a lifetime of loveliness.

Lindsay Flanagan -

This is one of the coolest weddings I’ve ever seen. Love all of the details, your dress and the fact that your guests watched your ceremony from boats! The photos are gorgeous too! Congrats!

Emmy -

Wow – what an incredibly beautiful wedding. I love love love the on the pond ceremony. So unique in such a thoughtful and personal way. I have to ask though did that guys camera survive the swim?!!

Fred -

A unique and beautiful wedding for 2 unique and beautiful people. All the happiness and love in your new life together.

emilie inc. -

Oh gosh. What a tremendous wedding! I’m a little obsessed with it! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!!


Kate Rose -

i love that you had your wedding ceremony in the middle of the lake…that’s one of the sweetest things i’ve seen :) looks like such a happy beautiful day…

D.L. Anderson -

Mazel Tov! Thank you kindly for finding the time to share these purdy snaps from your hitchin’ day. It brings me mounds of joy to see the love you two share . . . and with such style.

Ray Aguilar -

Pretty dope shots.

Andrew McBride -

Really creative shots. Love the use of the mirror in some of the indoors shots and the way you used the natural lighting.

Teri Trush Cormier -

I work in a bridal shop and see many creative ideas and thought the quilt was so sweet and special!

Carolyn Cowan -

For my friends who plan on marrying…

Chris Zuzze -

I love these pictures!!!! What a beautiful couple!!!!

Rschael Graham -

Beautiful rustic wedding. Loved all the ideas!

Laura -

gah… these images got me all emotion-like and stuff! what a darling wedding celebration – the joy is so apparent everywhere. <3

Laura Widness -

love love love.

susan heartquist -

My son and his girl are planning a very rustic wedding on the Organic farm that he manages in upstate NY can’t wait to show this to them. The Wedding will be this summer or fall when all the best “crops are in” and plentiful. Thanks for the great ideas!!

Supadee Katwangkuang -


Kimberly Steward-Justice of the Peace -

I’m a Justice of the Peace in NH and think this is absolutely beautiful. I would love to perform a ceremony like this one, or on kayaks, rowboats…..anything on the water.

Tom Liston -

These are some great photos. Just one thing… I wasn’t upset at all that I wasn’t on the invitation list. Until I saw the menu. You served LOBSTER? Lobster? And you didn’t invite ME? Unforgivable, Kate. Unforgiveable. (However, you can atone by buying me a lobster dinner sometime in the future.)

Mindy Gray -

This wedding is beautiful! I love fall, its my favorite time of year! I love all the pictures but I think my favorite is the one with both the bride and groom in the middle of the road with there wedding vows on the outside. That is just a beautiful idea! I think everything was very creative and came out beautifully. Being actually married on the pond? What a great idea! And everyone sits in a canoe.. how cool is that! Congratulations and best wishes for joy and happiness for the rest of your lives!

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Melissa Hall -

So adorable & creative! I’m a photographer and am looking through local Columbia, MO photographers for inspiration ;). (may be visiting in the Fall)

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Deborah Belaus -

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