Alex and Doug, Monhegan Island, Coastal Bliss

Photo by:  Emily Delamater

Photo by: Emily Delamater


Alex has a talent for details, logistics, and all things design. I was excited when she asked me to coordinate all her plans on Monhegan. An island wedding means a lot of extra planning, working around logistical problems that present themselves, like transporting propane tanks and making sure there is enough electricity, while making sure to reduce waste as much as possible.

Monhegan is a destination that has come to shape their relationship. Doug’s family lives on the island year round with only about 60 other residents. It’s truly a special place and these two wanted all their friends and family to be able to experience it in a way that they do. After all, it’s where Doug proposed! Guests began arriving the day before and considering you don’t bring a car, everyone walked about and ran into each other on the streets, in the quaint shops, and on the intricate trail system. It was a magical place for their wedding.

Alex got ready with her best friends at a nearby artists home, where she started her morning with yoga. The guys were at the venue, enjoying the morning themselves. Their first look was absolutely stunning and just steps from their ceremony location overlooking a beloved spot on the island with Manana in the backdrop.

Family and friends wandered the property and took in all the scenery and the love. These two love birds (a theme of the day) visited with everyone while also making time for themselves. Dinner was beautifully presented by a local restaurant (The Trailing Yew) as multiple courses. And while toasts were shared, Alex, Doug and their wedding party sipped a favorite beer. It was followed by a busy dance floor, some cake cutting, and guests singing their hearts out to Hello Newman.

The joy carried into the morning too. Many guests were on the same ferry at 12:00 and Alex and Doug were down at the dock to give hugs and say goodbyes as they prepared to stay on the island for the week. Alex was bundled because the air has a slight chill and she certainly fooled all of us. As the boat launched, they worked their way around the numerous lobster traps and were all of a sudden in their swimsuits! They made the plunge and had everyone on the boat and on shore smiling for them! It was a perfect send off.

The talented vendors who helped make it happen:

Venue: The Cabot House, Monhegan Island

Photographer: Emily Delamater

Catering: The Trailing Yew

Calligraphy, Signage, and Stationery: the bride’s business: Alex Mae Designs

Band: Hello Newman

Floral: On island

Rentals: Wallace Events

Linens: One Stop Event Rentals

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