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David & Rachel; Campground Wedding; Lakes NH Wedding Photographers

How about instead of having your wedding at some typical, you know, venue, you decide to completely take over the entire grounds of this gorgeous, sprawling summer camp on a lake, invite everyone you know and love to sleep in cabins and bunks for the weekend, play games and volleyball and swim and bask in the sun and then everyone does their hair and gets into their suits and dresses and gathers around the waters’ edge while you two get married in this beautifully intimate ceremony and then mingle and lounge around and laugh and drink cold drinks under these giant pines until this incredibly hard-driving soul-funk-jazz-rock-you-to-your-core band from Boston starts playing in a tent and no one, I mean no one, can stop dancing?  How about that?

I wish I could say that’s exactly what happened at Rachel & David’s wedding, but it was that & even better.  This brilliant, charming couple decided to have their wedding at a summer camp for girls on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, where Rachel was a staff-hand for years (her dad was actually the doctor-on-premises) — a very, very special place for Rachel & her family.

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David got ready at the campground (being around all those bunks & graffitied rafters brought back terrific childhood memories for me):

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A perfect first look by the waterside:

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An intimate Jewish (pre)ceremony with closest family:

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And then a more public declaration with all guests at hand.  The first time I’ve ever heard Philip Glass’s fifth string quartet (a personal favorite) chosen for the processional!

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After a leisurely and memorable cocktail hour, we made our way to the tent, where a series of heartfelt speeches from Rachel & David’s parents, brothers, and sisters made it clear to all that two families (who incidentally have known each other for a long time) have truly become one family:

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THE. BEST. HORA. EVER:

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And then, the dancing continued.  Nephrok! and his absolutely amazing cohorts, of the Nephrok! Allstars, charged the night with relentless soul-funk music which lit everyone’s groove on fire:

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Rachel and David: we feel so happy to have been your photographers, so happy.  We had such an incredible time, start to finish!  Thank you!

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