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Hurricane Threat Didn’t Dampen the Third Green Wedding Giveaway of 2011
Sept 8, 2011

With the threat of Irene bearing down, slated to slam the Maine coast on August 28th, the third of the three Green Wedding Giveaway 2011 winners to marry at Clay Hill Farm in Cape Neddick, Maine, exchanged vows inside the restaurant. As the wind kicked up and the rain intensified, Samantha Smith of Buxton, Maine and Jeffrey Court of Arundel, took the weather in stride and refused to let Mother Nature’s mood dampen their commitment. Braving the elements for some outdoor ‘umbrella’ shots on Clay Hill Farm’s eleven private acres, the couple proudly entered the Reception to the Scorpions’ classic, ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’. Smith and Court were the third finalist winners in Clay Hill Farm’s annual Green Wedding Giveaway contest, a challenge that encourages engaged couples to ‘pick their shade and shout it to the world’, celebrating the real people making a difference in the world with their commitment to the Earth and each other. As finalists, Smith & Court created a community garden at an engineering institute in Worcester, Mass, as well as educating people about waste reduction with their “Trash the Trash” campaign. The couple blogged about ways to reduce your everyday waste in their five-week campaign, proudly producing the potato chip bag that held their

With generators at the ready, the lights never flickered during the Reception, but a few nervous gasps were heard as the lights were dimmed for the first dance. With abundant donations from the Green Wedding Giveaway sponsors, including; floral package by Blooms Flower Shoppe, photography by Shane Corcoran, DJ services by Scott Langlois of CREA, classical guitar by Pat Keane, cake by Kristin F. Simmons, pastries by Hippie Chick Bakery, favors by Robin’s Chocolate Sauce, bridal accessories by Eco-Chic Couture, videography by AF Media, formalwear by Event Central, honeymoon suite courtesy of Meadowmere Resort, Mexican honeymoon arranged by Travel Experts of York and hybrid transport courtesy of Regal Limousine, Smith and Court embraced the novelty of a hurricane wedding and celebrated their green wedding journey with 75 friends and family members. “We had a wonderfully memorable day with all of our friends, family and Hurricane Irene. The threat of a hurricane could not stop something that was almost ten years in the making,” said the newly pronounced Mrs. Court, a lawyer in Massachusetts chuckling over the irony of her new surname.

Clay Hill Farm is an award-winning restaurant and wedding venue on a private 11-acre wildlife habitat and bird sanctuary in Cape Neddick, Maine, just 2 miles west of Ogunquit Village. The Green Wedding Giveaway is the headlining event in Clay Hill Farm’s community outreach calendar of initiatives to encourage environmental awareness and green connectedness through the celebration of real people making a difference.

CONTACT: Jennifer Lewis-McShera
Photo credit: Shane's Wedding Photography