Ending off the week with this dreamy riverside engagement session from Kim Stockwell Photography. The rocks of the James River at Belle Isle in Virginia make a beautiful location at sunset. This couple is so adorably in love and still fresh from the excitement of only being engaged for one month. And of course, the bride’s outfit is perfection with all those layers of soft peach tulle.

dreamy riverside engagement | Kim Stockwell Photography | Glamour & Grace

dreamy riverside engagement | Kim Stockwell Photography | Glamour & Grace

dreamy riverside engagement | Kim Stockwell Photography | Glamour & Grace

dreamy riverside engagement | Kim Stockwell Photography | Glamour & Grace

dreamy riverside engagement | Kim Stockwell Photography | Glamour & Grace

dreamy riverside engagement | Kim Stockwell Photography | Glamour & Grace

dreamy riverside engagement | Kim Stockwell Photography | Glamour & Grace

dreamy riverside engagement | Kim Stockwell Photography | Glamour & Grace

dreamy riverside engagement | Kim Stockwell Photography | Glamour & Grace

What is more summer than ice cream, BBQ, and family? This intimate Maine camp wedding from Jamie Mercurio has all that you love about this time of year, plus a ceremony. Perfectly simple, sweet, and tons of fun. I love all the classic gingham print!

We wanted our wedding to be laid-back, almost more like a family reunion that happened to have a wedding at the beginning. Bradley and I were picturing a fancy picnic with BBQ, ice cream, and lawn games. We didn’t have an official bridal party, opting instead to have our parents and siblings walk in before us to the ceremony.

something blue shoes | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding  invitation | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

pink DIY bouquet | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

We did first look photos before our ceremony and I loved getting to sneak up on Bradley. Our ceremony was extremely memorable to me, from my sister doing our readings, to giving our parents a thank-you-for-raising-me note, to remembering our departed loved ones, to our vows to love what we know of each other and trust what we don’t yet know.

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

We loved the open and airy feel of Camp Ketcha and the fact that we could do the ceremony and reception in one place. Since our ‘bridal party’ didn’t require matching clothes at all our only colors were in the decorations – we chose blue gingham and dusty rose as our main colors.

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

We tried to do as much DIY as possible. We designed our own invitations online through Paperless Post. We designed our own programs, placecards, and table numbers. Our favors were cookies (1 peanut butter and 1 chocolate chip) that I made! My mother was kind enough to draw our guest book Thumb Print Tree for us – which was designed to look like a tree that is two trees growing together and is actually located at Camp Ketcha. While Broadturn Farm supplied our flowers we had volunteer friends arrange them day-of. We would have been lost without my friend Corinne Jagger who organized our friends to help set up and made sure everything on our day went smoothly – she was truly a lifesaver.

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade cookie favors | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY summer camp wedding | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

ice cream bride | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

ice cream truck treats | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Jamie Mercurio Photography | Venue | Camp Ketcha | Florist | Broadturn Farm | Ice Cream Truck | Stone Fox Farm Creamery | Caterer | Buck’s Naked BBQ | Rentals | One Stop Event Rentals | Paper Goods | Paperless Post | Dress | Maggie Sottero from Andrea’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup | Adeline at Bei Capelli | Entertainment | Dionne Entertainment, Dan Dibiase

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bride with grandmother's ring | Stephanie A Smith

Allie with her grandmother’s ring at her wedding | by Stephanie A Smith

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bride with her sister, mom, and grandmother at her wedding | Macon Photography

Meredyth with her sister, mom, and grandmother at her wedding | by Macon Photography

bride wearing her grandmother's necklace on her wedding day | Blueberry Creative

bride Katie wearing her grandmother’s necklace on her wedding day | by Blueberry Creative

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Nana's ring | Nikki Santerre

me with my Nana’s ring | by Nikki Santerre

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