Before finding fame as Quinn on the hit show Scandal, Katie Lowes worked as a wedding planner’s assistant. When the time came to plan her own wedding to actor boyfriend Adam Shapiro, she knew she didn’t want something traditional, because she’d worked “a million” traditional ceremonies for other couples for years.
Instead, she and Shapiro took inspiration from the sleepaway camps they attended, and loved, when they were kids, renting out an entire camp facility in the Berkshires for a week (Kent, Connecticut, 90 miles outside New York City), dubbing their wedding celebrations “Camp Shapirlowes.” Their 215 guests, and the wedding party, stayed in wooden cabins. They had a fire pit, a drum circle, and even had a visit from the cops over a noise complaint.
(Among the guests at the couple’s pre-wedding engagement party were Suits star Patrick J. Adams and his now-wife, Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario, who might have been inspired by the wedding theme – they hosted a camp-themed wedding weekend of their own in California in December.)
In a recent interview with Kelly Ripa on Live With Kelly, Lowes remembered “the best weekend of my life,” sharing a few details and photos.
The couple hosted an ice-cream social for guests to meet and mingle, a giant Colour War, a talent show, dancing, and the main event – the couple’s lakeside wedding on Saturday, June 23, 2012. In a twist on tradition, the couple’s attendants were not a gaggle of bridesmaids and groomsmen – their parents stood beside the newlyweds throughout the ceremony – and it looks like a groomsman and bridesmaid in a floral dress stood further back. Lowes wedding gown was long and flowing, and Shapiro wore a grey suit with checkered shirt and black bowtie.
The couple’s wedding “cake” was pretty unique – Lowes is not a huge fan of wedding cake, so her mother-in-law pyramid-stacked over 300 Oreo cookies (their favourite dessert), and topped it with two plastic Oscars statues pasted with the faces of the bride and groom. At the end of the night, the couple and their guests released fire lanterns into the sky for “the most beautiful send off.”
Their fifth wedding anniversary is even more poignant this year, as the couple is currently expecting their first child.