February 25, 2022

Megan & Derek’s Gouldsboro Maine Wedding Welcome Party

Megan and Derek decided they wanted to kick off their Gouldsboro, Maine wedding weekend with a welcome party full of pizza, beer, pie, and contra dancing. Megan’s aunt owns a campground in Gouldsboro and had built a new barn recently, so they knew it was the perfect place to have a seaside wedding full of nature while also offering a space for guests to slip out of the cold and dance. If you’re looking for a unique way to welcome your wedding guests to Maine, I highly recommend looking into giving them a new experience, like contra dancing. While guests were hesitant to leave their tables at first, they were having a blast once they trickled out onto the floor and let loose. Also, I had no idea that contra dancing was so fast-paced! I was constantly running, ducking, and squatting to keep up.

Nevertheless, it was a fun and relaxed way to introduce guests before the wedding day— something I highly recommend! And while it’s certainly not necessary to have your wedding photographers there for your rehearsal dinner or welcome party, it is beneficial to get everyone comfortable around the cameras. Plus, so many great candid moments happen there as well!

Many thanks to Rachel Sisson for coordinating the entire weekend and keeping things running so smoothly. It’s always so fantastic and stress-free to work a wedding with her. And to Fogtown Brewing and Ruth & Wimpy’s for nourishing all the hungry dancers.

I can’t wait to share Megan and Derek’s wedding day next week, but for now, here are some photos from their welcome party!

Bride and groom contra dancing at their Gouldsboro Maine wedding welcome party

Pizza from Fogtown Brewing at Gouldsboro Maine wedding

Wedding guest laughing at Gouldsboro Maine wedding welcome party

wedding guest hugs the bride-to-be at welcome party

A baby staring at the camera

Guests standing around a fire at a Maine wedding welcome party

wedding guests mingling at welcome party

wedding guest excitedly greets dog

groom doing a kickline with his friends at wedding welcome party

wedding guests contra dancing

wedding guests contra dancing at Gouldsboro Maine wedding welcome party

wedding guests laughing with the groom at coastal Maine wedding

contra dancing at Maine wedding welcome party

contra dancing

wedding guests contra dancing in Gouldsboro Maine

engaged couple contra dancing at their Maine wedding welcome party

contra dancing

wedding weekend guests having fun contra dancing

contra dancing at Maine wedding

wedding guests kissing at Maine wedding welcome party

bride and groom dance with a guest at their Maine wedding welcome party

two women contra dance together at Maine wedding welcome party

wedding guest laugh together as they contra dance

bride contra dancing with a friend

contra dancing at wedding

bride contra dancing

guests sitting around a campfire at Gouldsboro Maine campground wedding

Vendor Team for Megan and Derek’s Gouldsboro, Maine Wedding Welcome Party:

Venue: Oceanwood Campground

Coordination: Rachel Sisson of R.L. Sisson Events

Photographers: Hailey & Joel Crabtree

Pizza and Alcohol: Fogtown Brewing Company

Dessert: Ruth & Wimpy’s