Rural Elegance
Allison & Anders
 
Allison and Anders took to the Maine woods for their elegant and intimate wedding day.
 
By Alyssa Kavanagh Planeta
Photography by Emilie Inc. Photography
 
When Allison Nold began working at the same law firm as Anders Watson and the two attorneys were introduced, there was an undeniable immediate attraction. They were both privately hesitant to pursue a workplace romance, however, after Anders overheard another colleague trying to set Allison up with a friend, he knew that if he did not act quickly, he might miss his opportunity!

Anders got up the courage to politely tell Allison that instead of her blind date, she should go out with him. A week later, Anders took Allison to the Art Institute of Chicago for the best and last first date of their lives.

A couple years later, Anders planned a romantic proposal to take place during a surprise trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for New Year’s Eve. “On December 30, Allison and I were sitting with our feet in the sand at an ocean front restaurant when an acoustic guitar player and singer began performing Sting’s Fields of Gold, one of our favorite songs,” Anders says. “As Allison looked to me, I was kicking myself that I did not bring the ring!”

Luckily, Allison did not have to wait long. Anders took her up to the rooftop of their hotel the next night and at the stroke of midnight, he proposed to Allison with a brilliant fireworks display as the backdrop.
Allison and Anders liked the idea of a small destination wedding and they wanted a location where they had a personal connection. Anders suggested Maine, a place dear to his heart as he spent childhood summers with his uncle in Deer Isle.
 
“We fell in love while spending long weekends fishing at Anders’ grandparents’ cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin,” Allison says. “I had always envisioned an outdoor wedding and felt drawn to places that reminded me of our days spent on the lake.” The Blair Hill Inn in Greenville, Maine fit the bill perfectly.

As soon as Allison saw the Blair Hill Inn, she knew it was the perfect location for one of the most important days of their lives. “The Inn is small but luxurious, sits atop a magnificent vista, and is surrounded by some of the best fly fishing streams on the East Coast,” Allison says.

The couple chose to get married on September 14, 2013 because the previous day would have been her grandparents’ 67th wedding anniversary. Allison’s grandmother had passed away several years earlier, and it was important that the couple honor her grandparents’ lasting marriage by sharing their anniversary weekend.

The morning of their wedding, Allison and Anders awoke to gray skies and a steady mist. They watched the forecast closely throughout the day and even though the ceremony wasn’t supposed to begin until 4:30 p.m., when they saw a break in the clouds 15 minutes early, they rushed everyone outside. Allison had only just made it down the aisle when the misting turned into a downpour.

“With a huge smile and a small laugh, I turned to the guests, and said, ‘Let’s head to the barn,’” Allison says. “We invited everyone to stand around us in a small semi-circle, and there, with no backdrop, decorations, or flowers, we said our vows. Our string quartet snuck in during the ceremony and surprised us with our recessional, ‘Somebody to Love‘ by Queen.”

The newlyweds emerged from the barn to find that the clouds had parted and the sun was shining. Everyone mingled over a lovely cocktail hour and then sat for a multi-course dinner of locally sourced seasonal offerings. “We are foodies, so it was important for us to avoid the generic wedding menu,” says Allison. “The Blair Hill Inn’s French-trained chef was an important consideration in our venue selection.”

Following dinner, guests indulged in a scrumptious dessert bar and dancing. “The rest of the night felt like a fairy tale,” Allison says. 

In Allison's Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Allison says . . .

I'm so glad that...it rained. I realized later that I did not care for even an instant that we were huddled in an undecorated barn. It was the purest sense of happiness I could ever imagine and a gift I will take with me our entire marriage.

One of my favorite moments was...the toasts from our families at the rehearsal dinner and wedding.

I didn't realize...before I started planning the wedding that it really does take a lot of time.

I wish...I had put my wedding dress on as soon as I woke up. I wasn’t ready to take it off at the end of the night.

I really liked…our succulents. Our guests each received one to take home. I love going into our friends’ and families’ homes and seeing our wedding succulents planted and thriving.

My advice is…to prioritize your photographer. So many brides say I wish I could do it all over again, and it’s absolutely true. Luckily for me, I am able to relive that by looking through our photos and seeing all the small moments that I missed in the whirlwind of the day.

Maine Vendors
Photographer: Emilie Inc. Photography
Ceremony & Reception: Blair Hill Inn, Greenville
Catering: Blair Hill Inn, Greenville
Transportation: Northwoods Outfitters, Greenville