Today’s wedding has a venue you might not have thought of, camp! Lindsay and Ryan wanted a relaxed weekend of fun for their 250+ guests, so a camp wedding is the perfect solution. I am completely in love with the cute s’mores bar and all the rustic details. Plus, it comes from one of my favorite photographers, Lauren Piper! Most definitely a do not miss!

The lovely bride Lindsay shares all the great details:

Ryan and I were engaged in May of 2010, after 9 years of friendship, and only 4 months of dating! We lived at a distance, and didn’t want a long, drawn out engagement. Moving to the same state and starting our lives together was priority one. When planning our wedding, Ryan and I focused on one thing…COMMUNITY. Our guest list was plentiful, with near 400 guests to invite between our families, friends, and ministry students. Without hesitation, we went straight for a camp, which would give us the comfortable, yet rustic, outdoor, and community-based venue we envisioned.

Our wedding took place at North Bay Adventure Camp in North East, Maryland. Young Life, the company Ryan works for, rents this camp each winter and summer, takings swarms of kids to experience what the company calls “the best week of their life”. We rented out North Bay to give our loved ones “the best weekend of their life”…and the added bonus of seeing us get hitched! Our guests relaxed all weekend with activities like hiking, high ropes courses, zip lines, Frisbee golf challenges, cabin vs. cabin dodge ball tournaments, late nights around the fire, and so much more. North Bay offered us a one-stop-shop from staff, hotel-like lodging, and food, to entertainment, activities and fire pits! Our guests were able to live together, eat together, and play together. Having our wedding at North Bay also gave Ryan and me the ability to relax and visit with our friends for a weekend, rather than only for those short, blurry reception hours.

We built our wedding around our personalities and the things that are important to us like nature, faith, friends, family, and food! Guests walked around all weekend quoting how so very “Lindsay &  Ryan” each event was. Our color pallet was simple with earth tones used in everything from the décor to the dresses. Lanterns, also used in our engagement, lit the aisle way, the ceremony stage, and the reception tables. We recycled tree trunks and limbs and fallen leaves, which had been knocked down by storms, to decorate things like the stage and our guests’ place cards.  We even used the bark from the trees to create natural vases to hold the hydrangeas on the tables.

The most memorable part of our wedding was the dance party that ensued, hands down. Take 250 extroverts, some beverages and joy, throw in some of music’s classics, a disco ball, and glow sticks, and you’ve got yourself one memorable dance party. Our DJ even stayed an extra hour to accommodate the fun!

Photography | Lauren Piper Photography

Venue | North Bay Adventure Camp

Rentals | A & M Tent Events

Invitations | One Lonely Apricot

DJ | Entertainment Exchange

Dress | Nicole Miller

Bridesmaid Dresses | Banana Republic

Hair Stylist | Blue Iris Day Spa and Salon

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  1. Jenna @ Heartcarry Press
    August 9, 2011 10:00 am

    WOW. I've become obsessed with s'mores this summer, so this wedding is like my happy place! I'm dying over that ring shot, love it! This looks like such a blast- what an awesome experience for L+R and their lucky guests :)
  2. The Perfect Palette
    August 9, 2011 10:08 am

    Oh my goodness! I'm loving this wedding and all of these fabulous details. Oh and what's not to love about smores?

    xoxo, chrissy
    The Perfect Palette
  3. chandra ~ oh lovely day
    August 9, 2011 10:56 am

    so fun! love the camp theme and it looks like it was a great party too!
  4. Courtney from Cocroft & Delbridge
    August 9, 2011 11:01 am

    Oh my goodness. My fiance and I are super involved with Young Life and actually met at North Bay on a leaders weekend! It is such a small world! What a wonderful venue for a wedding, thank you so much for sharing! :)

    p.s.- I am loving the s'mores!
  5. Christie O. {Hindsight Bride}
    August 9, 2011 11:12 am

    Adorable. I love the picture of the bride with the basketball!
  6. emma | emmaline bride
    August 9, 2011 12:04 pm

    Ah, the smores shot is my favorite! What a beautiful wedding :)
    -E.
  7. Courtney from Cocroft & Delbridge
    August 9, 2011 12:22 pm

    Aanndd after telling my fiance about this wedding, he informed me that his best friend was actually in this wedding (Wes). Haha...so great!
  8. Kristen
    August 9, 2011 1:00 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! I had so much fun designing the invitations for such a unique wedding location. I loved being able to see the photographs, which is not usual for me as just the invitation designer! Best wishes to Lindsay and Ryan. So happy to have been included in your special day. :)

    Kristen of One Lonely Apricot
  9. jacin {lovely little details}
    August 9, 2011 2:38 pm

    i LOVE the lighting in these images, and the bride is so gorgeous!!
  10. Sarah {A Paper Proposal}
    August 9, 2011 3:07 pm

    Such a cute venue, and I LOVE the illustrated maps! So fitting with the whole camp theme!
  11. Katie {Simply & Forever}
    August 9, 2011 6:11 pm

    LOVE these pictures! Such personalization and of course I adore s'mores! Love that ring shot and I really love her necklace! Such a beautiful wedding!
  12. Erika {Borrowed&Bleu}
    August 10, 2011 7:39 am

    This is so fun! I absolutely love the wedding map and the s'mores table is amazing!
  13. Lauren Piper
    August 10, 2011 9:59 am

    This was definitely one of my favorite weddings to shoot. The entire wedding party was so much fun and the location was gorgeous all day! Thank you for letting me share in your most special of days!
  14. Bloomsbythebox
    August 10, 2011 3:47 pm

    All they needed the entire wedding was hydrangea and calla lilies! I would say thats a great way to DIY! I love it!
  15. Christine {BestWeddingSites}
    August 10, 2011 9:30 pm

    What a great theme, and I especially love the Smores station - Truly unique!
  16. Corinna
    August 10, 2011 9:45 pm

    A ballin' bride? They made it work! Gorgeous couple and gorgeous shots!
  17. Sabina
    August 11, 2011 10:48 am

    Interesting ring pillow...love it
  18. Wisteria
    August 14, 2011 8:10 am

    That a very unsual wedding venue, love it. I adores the cute wedding map, would happy to have one too. :) I think the guest would really enjoy the barbeque too!
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