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 th

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

Decked out in verdant flourishes, Emma and Graham’s invitations took on a cheerful, garden-inspired tone that complemented the whimsical outdoor affair to come. “We had a loose theme of a British afternoon garden tea party,” Emma says. “We both love this romantic, whimsical style.”
Emma knew from the beginning she wanted a lace wedding dress with a vintage feel. With its A-line silhouette, lace bodice, high illusion neckline and cap sleeves, Emma’s Watters gown was the perfect fit. A blush underlay gave the look an element of warmth and romance, while a tulle overskirt made the her look like she was floating on air as she made her way down the aisle.
Field Floral Studio’s penchant for loose, romantic arrangements made with local blooms had Emma and Graham smitten from the start. The design took daisies (Emma’s favorite flower) and created textured, garden-inspired bouquets around them with an eye-catching palette of white, yellow and green hues that popped against the natural landscape and the dusty rose bridesmaid dresses.
Emma wanted her bridesmaids to wear dresses that they felt comfortable in, which isn’t always an easy feat for a bride-to-be to achieve. Luckily, Emma also wanted the dresses to have a unique look, so she let the girls choose their own dresses, stipulating only that they should be in a shade of dusty rose.
As a nod to his Scottish roots and Emma’s recent year abroad in Glasgow, Graham ditched the expected suit, opting instead to rock his family’s tartan. He paired the traditional threads with brogues, knee-high socks, a sporran, a light gray jacket, a white button-down and a black tie. As a special touch, he adorned his tie with a tie pin from Emma and embellished his boutonniere with a luckenbooth brooch he had given to Emma during high school.
Although the wedding’s theme was British tea-party inspired, Maine holds a special place for Emma and Graham, and the pair wouldn’t let the day pass by without a few nods to their home state. “We wanted to tie in a few Maine details,” Emma says, “so we incorporated a white birch arbor and a canoe cooler for the drinks, and we had our guests sign an old map of Sebago Lake.”
Emma and Graham always knew that they wanted to say “I do” at Graham’s family's lake house on Sebago Lake in Maine. While the pair call Houston, Texas, home, they headed home to Maine to celebrate with their closest family members and friends, hosting the early-summer fete on the water’s edge.
While a British tea-party theme dominated the day, subtle nods to the couple’s Maine roots were woven throughout the day. In lieu of a traditional guest book, Emma and Graham invited their guests to sign a vintage map of Sebago Lake, where the wedding was held.
After a lunch of tea-party-inspired fare, including tea sandwiches, salads and scones, guests indulged in a slice of white cake with vanilla buttercream and strawberries. Tying into the day’s British undercurrents, the cake was inspired by Emma’s love of Victoria sponge cake.