Linekin Resort is like a summer camp for adults who like amenities. A part time Coastal Maine wedding venue, and part time sailing resort, it has rustic Maine charm with plush comforts. Alicia & Graves fit in perfectly, with their sense of adventure combined with city sophistication. Fresh from med school and democratic campaigning, they escaped the heat of Washington DC for a weekend wedding full of adventure. This Boothbay Harbor Wedding Weekend was a mix of casual, adventure and sophistication. There was also a wee bit of nudity in this mid-coast Maine vacation meets celebration.
We have been to our share of weekend long summer camp weddings, and we adore them. Linekin (pronounced Lin-eh-kin) take this concept to a new level. Located right on the ocean, they have all the fun activities of a summer camp with fewer limits. They also have gorgeous cottages arranged in cabin style throughout the property. Yes, you can bring your hair dryer.
Alicia grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania. Her parents are originally from Bombay, India. Seeking better career opportunities, they emigrated to PA and started a rural farm. Alicia then followed in her mom’s footsteps with med school. Graves is from Cincinnati, but grew up all over. Denver, San Francisco, Chicago. He began working on the Obama campaign which took him all over the country, eventually landing him in DC. Beware, the red hat you see make an appearance is not what you think.
The two met on a mutual friend’s rooftop hottub party. Which pretty much sums up their life of random adventure. Six years later, a love for Maine drew them for their marriage.
So Alicia & Graves’ family and friends joined for Memorial Day Weekend to celebrate a destination wedding in Maine. Saturday evening we took a boat cruise around Boothbay Harbor. Enjoying the ocean breeze and catching the last light of the day. We were let off in downtown to enjoy dinner before meeting back up for music. Linekin provided a shuttle taking guests back to the resort.
Sunday was down to business. The DIY flowers were dropped off in buckets to be arranged. Placecards folded, a seating chart set up. And of course plenty of fun. From impromptu kayak trips, to beach combing, volleyball and canoeing, there wasn’t a dull spot at the resort.
Graves entered the ceremony by boat with his mother. And returned to it with Alicia afterwards. Cocktail hour was outside around the pool. Then into the dinning hall for toasts and dinner. Tables were set up along the length of the room in farmhouse style. It was the perfect arrangement for a slew of insanely funny and clever speeches. The entire room was a roar, continuing during Alicia’s father’s slideshow.
You’re wondering where the nudity came in, right? We haven’t forgotten. Naturally we save the best for last. Moving the party into the hall, full bellies were no match for the dance floor. And as promised, once Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” came on, shirts began flying. The guys from Alicia’s college days had a tradition, and no sense of formality was getting in the way. Graves fought the good fight and landed himself crowd surfing instead of loosing clothing.
It makes a wedding like this hard to top. Oceanside in Maine, for a full weekend, with real beds, great food, amazing people and stunning weather. And most importantly, our gaining of two friends.