A Romantic, Waterfront Wedding at Camp Birch Hill in New Durham, New Hampshire

Chrissy Morell and Mike Carter kept things close to home for their wedding, hosting their intimate celebration at Camp Birch Hill, which Chrissy owns and operates in New Durham, New Hampshire. With a striking natural setting, the couple chose details and decor that play up the venue’s unique features, rather than distract from them. “Rather than focusing on small details, I worked hard to keep our gardens vibrant, the buildings painted and grounds beautiful,” Chrissy says. With the help of close friends, the pair got to work beautifying the camp’s grounds, creating a vibrant daylily garden where they would say their “I dos.” 

The day of the wedding, Chrissy and Mike gathered their closest family and friends there for their heartfelt ceremony. A longtime friend officiated, sharing anecdotes and insights that gave the proceedings a truly personalized feel. “The ceremony script was written by Sarah, our officiant, who mentioned all the work we did to make the camp so beautiful, including the garden,” Chrissy says. The couple included family members as much as possible, inviting their mothers to share an Indian and Buddhist prayer and asking Mike’s father to be the ring bearer. After exchanging vows, the couple headed to the waterfront for photos and a few quiet moments together to take it all in, before joining their guests, including those who were not at the ceremony, for cocktail hour and the reception. Cocktail hour took place on the lawn, where guests noshed on fresh, seasonal charcuterie and cheese and sipped on signature drinks and local beer served from a renovated Airstream trailer. Acoustic renditions of Grateful Dead tunes filled the air, where Chrissy and Mike and their families and friends enjoyed lawn games like corn hole and explored the grounds. Dinner and dancing took place in the camp’s rec hall. Farm tables with white French country chairs dotted the room, giving the venue a quaint country feel, while bunches of vibrant dahlias, roses, hydrangeas and wildflowers brought the expansive space to life with their fresh scent and bright palette. Dinner was served family style to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, and strings of bistro lights filled the space with romantic ambiance. “A highlight was when Mike’s band got on stage to perform three songs. Everyone was blown away,” Chrissy says. “Your wedding day is a celebration of your love among family and friends, so enjoy it.” —Libby MacCarthy