A Garden Tea-Party-Inspired Wedding at a Private Home in Sebago, Maine

Since Emma Cameron (24 and an art gallery attendant) and Graham Hegeman (23 and a biology teacher) are both of Scottish decent, it was fitting that they would host a garden tea-party affair with British flair for their early-summer wedding on Sebago Lake in Maine. The day unfolded at Graham’s family's lake house, an intimate spot that allowed the couple to truly make the day their own. The pair said their “I dos” at the water’s edge under a handcrafted birch arbor. Bagpipes played as the couple made their way down the aisle, where hand-stitched pennant flags made by Emma’s mother flapped gently in the summer breeze. “The location had meaning for both of us and allowed the wedding to be entirely ours, without having to compromise with a venue on various rules or having to worry about additional costs,” Emma says. The tea-party theme was apparent throughout the reception, with Emma and Graham kicking off the festivities with a champagne toast in vintage English teacups. Pimm’s Cup, a U.K. summertime essential, served as the couple’s signature cocktail, and tea-party fare such as scones, salads and tea sandwiches were served. After lunch the newlyweds treated guests to a slice of naked cake with vanilla buttercream and strawberries, a nod to Emma’s favorite dessert: Victoria sponge cake. Pennants were hung throughout, lending a playful note to the decor, and bouquets of brilliant yellow blooms filled the open-air space with vibrancy and life. A tip from Emma and Graham: “Worry about the things that really matter to you and are going to have an impact on your day and your guests. Don’t sweat the small stuff, unless it is really critical to your plan. You’d be surprised by how easily things fall into place, especially with the help of friends and family. Don’t feel pressured to adhere to any traditions you don’t like or care about. You can make the day whatever you want.” —Libby MacCarthy