October 27, 2021

Kary & Mike’s Wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

I always try to find the positive in any bad situation, and one of the few positives of all of the postponements that happened last year was getting to hang out with Kary and Mike not twice, but three times. Though I’m sure they would’ve loved avoiding the stress of having to change their wedding plans, it was so lovely spending time with just the two of them during their engagement session in Ogunquit, then at the intimate ceremony and dinner they held last year once they realized their dream wedding would have to be put on hold, and finally with everyone they love in 2022 at their big wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire.

Since these two had already tied the knot by the time this shindig came around, the ceremony turned into a vow renewal. One of my favorite moments was watching Kary and Mike walk in together, then their guests giving them a standing ovation. They both started laughing, and Kary flashed her wedding ring to the crowd. It was such a celebratory moment—after all of the planning and postponing, everyone was together. The joy was palpable!

Another sweet moment that stands in my memory was during Mike’s brother’s best man speech. While incredibly funny at times, he told a story from their childhood about an adult who used to heckle the kids as they walked to and from school. If I recall correctly, the weather was bad and Mike’s brother was struggling with an umbrella, so the man teased him. Mike stepped in and said something along the lines of, “Hey, I’m with my younger brother. Go to Hell” in a very calm, yet confident tone, and it stayed with his brother all these years. Mike, please correct me if the wording is a bit wrong, but I think anyone with an older sibling can agree that this is the coolest thing your big sibling can do if you’re getting picked on.

We had been given a bit of a sneak peek at their wedding style at their small event in 2021 (Kary had collected stunning decor for their dinner table), but I was still blown away as I entered the cocktail hour and reception spaces. It was the seaside wedding of my dreams with nautical books, buoys, model ships, a lobster trap as a place card holder, messages in bottles for guests… Need I say more? When I mentioned how gorgeous everything was, Kary told me that it was all stuff from her house that she had collected over the years. I now picture the two of them living in the loveliest nautical museum.

On to the photos! Here are some of our favorites.

bride and groom on cliffs at sunset during wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

bride and friends at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

bride and bridesmaids sitting on driftwood at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

groom and groomsmen at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

groom and groomsmen at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

bride and groom walking by the ocean during wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding portraits on a rock wall at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding portraits on a rock wall at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding portraits on a rock wall at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding portraits on a rock wall at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

bride and groom walking together at wedding

wedding ceremony decor at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding ceremony decor at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding guests at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

mother of the groom kissing his cheek

wedding guests

bride and groom enter ceremony at Seacoast Science Center wedding

wedding ceremony at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding ceremony at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding ceremony at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding ceremony at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding ceremony at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding ceremony at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding ceremony at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding ceremony at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding ceremony at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

first kiss at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

bride and groom exiting wedding ceremony

coastal wedding decor

coastal wedding reception decor at Seacoast Science Center

wedding table decor and lobster dinner at Seacoast Science Center

wedding reception table decor

wedding guests laughing at cocktail hour

baby eating during cocktail hour

A sailboat passing cocktail hour at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

wedding guest hugs bride at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

guests signing guest book at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

wedding guests at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

mother of the groom and wedding guest during cocktail hour

first dance at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

groom spins bride on the dance floor at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

father-daughter dance at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

father-daughter dance

bride hugs her brother at Rye, NH wedding

mother-son dance at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

mother-son dance

a seagull stops by cocktail hour at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

wedding reception at Seacoast Science Center

wedding guests cuddling at Rye, NH wedding

groom laughing with his mom

bride and groom holding lobster at Seacoast Science Center wedding

bride and groom at sunset

bride and groom cuddling at sunset at Rye, NH wedding

bride and groom cuddling at sunset during wedding at Seacoast Science Center

wedding portraits at sunset during wedding at Seacoast Science Center

bride and groom and a lobster trap

bride and groom laughing during toasts

wedding toasts at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

bride hugging her mom during wedding reception

bride and groom laughing during toast by the best man at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

wedding toast

bride hugging maid of honor after toast

wedding guests standing on cliffs at Sunset in Rye, NH

wedding guests being photographed at sunset

Silver Arrow Band performing at wedding at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH

dance floor at wedding reception

wedding guests dancing at wedding reception

wedding reception

wedding guests kissing on dance floor at Seacoast Science Center

wedding guests dancing

groom gives a thumbs up on dance floor at wedding

wedding guests dancing

dancing wedding guests

father of the bride kissing bride's brother on the cheek

father of the bride on the dance floor

wedding guests about to kiss at wedding reception

wedding guests having fun on the dance floor at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

sunset over the reception tent at wedding at Seacoast Science Center

Rye, NH Vendors for Wedding at Seacoast Science Center:

Venue: Seacoast Science Center

Planning & Coordination: Love Affair Suite

Photographers: Hailey & Joel Crabtree

Band: Silver Arrow Band

Catering: Kitchen Chicks Catering

Flowers: Flower Kiosk

Hair & Makeup: Jo Louise Beauty

Tent Rental: Sperry Tents

Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah Bridal

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