Ryan and Scott had a beautiful wedding this past Saturday. They were married at Ryan’s stunning family home in Brunswick, Maine which was built in 1783. I love old houses and I had to hold myself back from taking a little self guided tour. There were huge wooden floor boards and steep staircases, short hallways connecting room after room and the most picturesque backyard, perfect for a family wedding.
They were married on the back porch in front of friends and family, surrounded by the most fragrant and perfect florals by Honeysuckle Way. It was a sweet ceremony preformed by a man named Ernie Piper- my grandfather’s name was Ernie and I bet you will never guess what my daughter’s name is- Piper! I did track him down later in the night to chat because that is a crazy coincidence.
After a quick formal portrait session the party started. There was an abundant amount of delicious passed hors d’oeuvre and cocktails galore. All was going pretty much as expected until the mention of a sunset canon fire. Come again? Apparently the roots run deep to Marblehead Massachusetts where it is tradition to fire a canon every night (May-October, according to my post wedding research) at sunset. This was news to me and I was curious and very excited to witness and document the happenings. I followed a group of guys up the hill to “prepare the canons.” Honestly, when I saw these one-ish foot sized canons, I was a bit disappointed. I am not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn’t it. The men then started to load the canons with some seriously large ammo. There was a plan that was very carefully plotted to have a canon in specific spots on the property with specific timing in between each fire. The canons were placed, folks gathered outside and I waited, camera in hand. The first canon was fired. WOW WOW WOW I did NOT expect that tiny thing to be so incredibly loud! I literally almost dropped my camera. The explosions kept going along with me not getting used to each ear ringing boom. The bride and groom set off one of the last canons of the night- it was such a cool tradition to witness. I love a little history and extra tradition thrown into a wedding day!
Ryan and Scott- We wish you all the best and thank you for letting us document your beautiful wedding day!