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A Weekend of Whimsical Seaside Wedding Celebrations at Aragosta in Maine

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Les Loups

|Planning by 

One & Supp

After getting engaged during a sea kayaking trip, Hanna Wiegers and Fred Bower, who first met as summer camp counselors at Camp Kieve in Maine, knew they wanted to get married in the same state where their love story began. Aragosta at Goose Cove, a restaurant the couple had eaten at before, was the perfect place to host their summer nuptials. The property even has accommodations, so Hanna and Fred could do what they pleased for their wedding weekend with amazing food, wine, and a beautiful setting.

Molly O’Rouke of One & Supp helped the two create their dream aesthetic and pull together the whimsical seaside parties. “We wanted it to feel like adult camp and capture that magic,” Hanna shares. And Happy Menocal Studio set the tone with an illustrated invitation suite.

The bride was already enamored with Danielle Frankel’s Rosalie dress before Fred proposed, so once engaged, she made a beeline for the designer’s showroom and bought her dream gown with pearl drop earrings on the spot. On the day-of, Hanna got ready with makeup artist Jessa Blades, who made her feel like the best version of herself. Her “something borrowed” was her stepmother’s diamond and sapphire tennis bracelet.

The bridal party, which consisted of the couple’s sisters, all wore Ulla Johnson dresses. “They all happened to fall in love with the same one, and they all looked so lovely and different in it,” Hanna says. Fred looked handsome in a custom Brooklyn Tailors suit and an Hermès tie.

On July 17, 2021, guests gathered for the ceremony, centered around a display of spruce bush by Fox Fodder Farm, with the spruce forest in the background. Fred’s childhood priest, David, performed the ceremony, and two of their favorite poems by Mary Oliver and Hafiz were read aloud. “David did the most perfect job capturing what we love about each other and the reasons that we are together,” Hanna shares. “It was happy, poignant, and beautiful in every way. We highly recommend finding someone who can capture that spirit.” Once the couple exchanged their Ursa Major rings and was announced as officially married, the newlyweds excitedly ran back down the aisle to a Curtis Mayfield song.

A delicious and raucous six-course meal was served at the tented reception. Caviar went with the Champagne toast, followed by scallops, oysters, lobster ravioli, cod with tidal broth, and a perfect piece of tenderloin. Once full to their hearts’ content, everyone followed a paper lantern–lined pathway to the party tent.

Chances With Wolves brought the house down, and a fog machine turned on around midnight which brought the party to the next level. “We could have danced all night,” Hanna says. “The best moment was probably arriving in the dance tent with the disco ball and the lanterns and glowy atmosphere. Friends started bar tending and everyone took their shoes off, and it just was crazy and happy in the best way.”

The after-party commenced with a bonfire, kegs, and coolers full of wine and continued until around 1:00 a.m. Late-night bites like fries and pizza kept the energy going. The bride reveals, “Everyone probably went home around 3:00, and some people skinny dipped to close out the night.”