A Summer Camp Wedding Retreat with Kristen & Jay

When Kristen and Jay told us they wanted to have a camp wedding, thoughts of Moonrise Kingdom, Wet Hot American Summer, and Salute Your Shorts started running through our heads. And those wild and crazy ideas totally came to life at their Camp Green Lake wedding this past summer.

Because Kristen and Jay were planning from afar, the first time we met them face-to-face was during a walk-through of the camp. As we looked at the cabins, dining hall, lake, and office that just (equipped with a camp-wide speaker system that we later put to good use), we all agreed it was essential for Heart & Dash to embrace our roles as camp counselors whole-heartedly. Whistles and all.

We love when couples are so imaginative about the overall experience for their guests. K&J loved sharing their vision for the whole weekend vibe, and for them, a huge part of that was that they wanted to be able to relax, visit with guests, and celebrate. They enlisted our help, and we worked closely with them to make sure we understood all of the things they were excited to have a hand in, and then they trusted us to run with it (and take on the logistical details that pulled it all together). Many people think that "full-service wedding planning" means we execute our own vision — which is not the case at all. The best weddings are a reflection of the couple, and we see it as our job to make sure we know the couple so we can make their wedding as personal as possible. It should tell their story! That's what we did for Kristen and Jay.

They invited their entire guest list up to the camp for the whole weekend to partake in the Friday night BBQ, a morning of camp activities (swimming, canoeing, ping pong), an afternoon ceremony, an evening reception in the mess hall (adorned with market lights), and a post-wedding pancake brunch on Sunday.

Remember that speaker system we mentioned? The groom worked with us to put together some fun announcements mixed with Revelrie for morning wakeup calls, lunch announcements, and reminders to "get your butt to the ceremony" on time!

Both Kristen and Jay’s family were involved in the whole weekend, helping distribute cabin linens, roasting a whole pig for the reception, and generally making sure everyone was having a blast. Kristen’s parents actually made camp counselor t-shirts for the whole bridal party — and for us!

I don’t think we’ve laughed more in one weekend than with these two and their families!


Venue: Camp Green Lane
Wedding Planning & Coordination: Heart & Dash
Photographer: Jessica Osber Photography
Flowers (arranged by bride & family): Laughing Lady Flower Farm
Hair: Kelly Lyn Designs
Makeup: Rennie Makeup
Ceremony Music: Laura & Scott Haskitt
DJ: East Coast Event Group