A Wedding Weekend at Maine's Camp Wohelo

Photo: Nina Westervelt
01 of 17

Teresa and Pepin

Nina Westervelt

Neither Pepin Gelardi nor Teresa Herrmann attended traditional summer camp growing up. He was more of a Space Camp geek, and she did diving and gymnastics programs during school breaks. "As kids, we were both fascinated by the idea of sleepaway camp," Pepin says.

It was just one thing they had in common when they met in 2001 as freshmen at Columbia University in New York City. They became tight pals and stayed that way after graduation, when each moved to Maine in 2006, he to save up for grad school and Teresa to be a baker for the summer. It wasn't until a friendly vacation to Italy that she started seeing him in a new light: "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, Pepin, hello.'" That was just what he'd been hoping for. "I had been smitten with her," he admits. A few months later, they were an item, eventually moving to Brooklyn and getting engaged in 2012.

When it came to wedding planning, the duo -- today, she's a stylist for One Kings Lane, and he's an industrial designer -- knew they wanted one big, communal setting that would bring all of their friends together for a long weekend.

Teresa and Pepin decided to give themselves the summer-camp experience they'd never had. So the couple transformed Maine's Camp Wohelo into Camp TeePee (a playful use of their first initials). Ninety of their 130 guests stayed on site, participating in hall meals, morning yoga, and nightly campfires.

02 of 17

Outdoorsy Elegance

Nina Westervelt

The groom wore a Shipley & Halmos suit and Ted Baker shirt and the bride donned a custom dress by Savania Davies-Keiller of The Little House. Pepin's mother gathered the flowers, herbs, and grasses in Teresa's bouquet from her and her friends' gardens.

03 of 17

The Campy Stationery

Bryan Gardner

The invite suite (designed by Guts & Glory) included a wheel for finding your spirit animal and a guidebook with packing tips and spoof ads.

04 of 17

The Bride's Entrance


The walk down the aisle commenced at the dining hall, a coming-together spot that also hosted arts and crafts, as well as a talent show, that weekend.

05 of 17

A Waterfront Ceremony

Unkempt Willow Branch Wedding Arch with Pink and Orange Flowers
Nina Westervelt

During the August 31, 2013, wedding's nondenominational lakeside ceremony, officiated by a friend, a neighbor played music as they walked down the aisle. Though it was cloudy, the rain held off throughout the vows. Friend and environmental designer Sam Wheeler, of Aux Armes Etc., built the ceremony arbor from timber found on-site.

06 of 17

Designed with Love

Pepin's cousin designed Teresa's gown, which used lace from her mother's dress.

07 of 17

Bridal Booties

Nina Westervelt

No. 6 lace-up heels helped the bride navigate the terrain.

08 of 17

A Lake Break

Nina Westervelt

"Everybody said we should take a moment for ourselves," Teresa says of her impromptu, postceremony canoe ride on Maine's Sebago Lake with new husband Pepin. "So we paddled away!"

09 of 17

DIY Details


Teresa and Pepin relished homemade, organic details, including their wedding arbor constructed by a friend.

10 of 17

Little Lights

Nina Westervelt

Pepin's dad constructed 25 mini paper teepees to cover votives.

11 of 17

Sweet Touch


Teresa's mother, Marion Herrmann, who also made the littlest attendants' dresses, had to bribe the flower girls with gummy bears to complete their duties.

12 of 17

A Special Song


Camp TeePee even boasted its own theme song, by Anna Muessig and Patrick Gerety, written and performed in lieu of a speech.

13 of 17

A Casual Dinner


Pepin and Teresa opted for a family-style dinner. "It was important to us to take the formality out of it," says Teresa. As for the tent, the pair wanted a clean aesthetic. She adds, "The camp itself is really pretty; we wanted to make sure people were looking up and looking around."

The skies cleared during the dinner of grilled Atlantic salmon and chimichurri-dressed hangar steak -- and then it poured, sending the festivities indoors. There, everyone danced into the wee hours yet still managed to rally for Sunday's color war and talent show.

14 of 17

Fun Favors


To play up the camp theme, the couple had a teepee design, made by Guts & Glory, printed on tin cups to give as favors.

It was just like real sleepaway camp, with one exception -- no one got homesick. In fact, the newlyweds are now "camp-sick." The cure? They're already planning an anniversary trip back to TeePee with family and friends.

15 of 17

The Love Boat

Nina Westervelt

The lemon-ricotta pound cake was decorated with simple piped icing and fresh greenery and wildflowers, with a special topper as the finishing touch.

16 of 17

A Mini Keepsake


Bob Collins, family friend and husband of cake-maker Kate Adams, carved the tiny canoe and oars that now sits on the couple's fireplace at home in Brooklyn.

17 of 17


Nina Westervelt

Location: Camp Wohelo

Catering: Kitchen Chicks Catering

Wedding Arbor: Aux Armes Etc.

Photography: Nina Westervelt

Stationery: Guts & Glory

Music: The Resolutions

Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals

Makeup: Nancy Neville of Merle Norman

Bride's Gown: Savania Davies-Keiller of The Little House

Accessories: [shoes] No. 6; [cuff] Catbird

Groom's Suit: Shipley & Halmos

Accessories: [tie] Theory; [shirt] Ted Baker; [shoes] Helm

Beer and Wine: Good Life Market

Dance Instructor, Flash Mob Coordinator, and Yoga and Pilates Instructor for the Weekend: Philippa Anderson

Officiant and Singer: Adam Schatz

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles