First Wedding at Tashmoo Spring Building

Kayte Ellsworth and Sam Morris were the first to tie the knot at Tisbury’s old waterworks. — Rich Saltzberg

Updated, 12:20 pm, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

In a silvery satin gown handmade by her mother, Katherine J. Ellsworth, a Brooklyn resident formerly of Gorham, Maine, married Samuel S. Morris formerly of Vineyard Haven and now also of Brooklyn, on the afternoon of June 14, on the grounds of the old Tashmoo Spring Building.

Tashmoo Spring Building Committee Chair Patricia Carlet confirmed that this was first use of the recently renovated property as the site of a full wedding ceremony.

Rain that had fallen in torrents the day before remained in the clouds throughout the wedding day, allowing for excellent photographic lighting. Dozens of lenses focused on a wedding party including Len and Georgia Morris of Tisbury, parents of the groom; Tim and Melissa Ellsworth of Topsham, Maine, father and stepmother of the bride; Sarah Parr Ellsworth of Farmington, Maine, mother of the bride; Seth Charter of Tisbury, best man; Kristen Ellsworth of Tisbury, sister of the bride and maid of honor; groomsmen Luke Bailey of West Tisbury, Gabe and Zack Charter of Somerville, Will Evans of Boston, Joe Tierney of Wilmington, Will Wing of Tisbury, and Mac Young of West Tisbury; Bridesmaids Lily Morris (sister of groom) of Brooklyn, Aimee Seavey of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Melissa Sheehy of Brooklyn and  flower girls Margaret Ellsworth of Topsham, Maine and Carolyn Parr of Farmington, Maine.

Amelia Kauffman of Somerville presided over a ceremony that included readings by family members, an acoustic guitar sing-along led by the groom, and a surprise burst from the spring’s famous fountain at the ceremony’s close. A potluck-style reception later held at the Chilmark Community Center was augmented by cake from the Black Dog Bakery and pressure-fried chicken prepared by Ed Charter, father of the best man.

Dancing went on well into the evening.