Love at First Sight
Brea & Blaine
 
It took only moments for Blaine to know that Brea was the one for him.
 
By Cindy Giovagnoli
Photography by Cuppa Photography
 
It is only natural to be nervous before any first date, and doubly so when that date is a blind one! So when Blaine Page arrived early for his date with Brea Obsincs, he expected a few jitters, but when he started sweating before she even arrived, he surprised himself. "I thought I was becoming way too nervous, because I was starting to sweat. That's when I realized that in a nearly completely empty restaurant, I managed to select the seat right in front of a massive fireplace. But it was too late to move, because as soon as I realized it, she walked through the door," says Blaine. They hit it off right from the start, and both of them knew early on that what they had was something special.

"Brea doesn't believe me, but I really think I 'knew' from the moment she first sat down next to me,” Blaine says. “She is strikingly beautiful, with kind eyes and a gorgeous smile. The great conversation and her love of craft beer and sports pretty much sealed it for me right then and there." Brea's own feelings developed quickly as well, and the couple soon moved in together and eventually began working for the same company in Boston.

Living and working in the same office made planning a surprise proposal extra tricky and Blaine, acknowledged to be a terrible liar, had to do some maneuvering to keep everything top secret. In a dramatic whirlwind of events that included a frantic drive from Boston to Manchester, New Hampshire, to pick up the late arriving ring, Blaine managed to adorn their apartment in roses and candles and arranged to have Brea's favorite dinner and craft beer. "Blaine’s proposal was a total surprise to me," Brea says.

"It was supposed to be our Valentine's Day celebration, a few days belated because of travel. He brought out what I thought were Valentine gifts. After five small, very thoughtful gifts, he said that he had one last thing and pulled out a small black ring box, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him! I immediately started crying and said yes!"

They knew right away that they wanted to marry in Maine. Blaine grew up in Maine and shared his love for the state with Brea early in their relationship. It is where they escape from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives and felt like an obvious choice for their wedding. The couple settled on Hidden Pond for both their ceremony and reception and were happily shocked to find that their ideal venue had an opening in just 90 days! They decided to jump in head first and tackle planning their wedding in that short time. Brea's bridesmaids all lent a hand and Kate Talberg from Hidden Pond helped make their whirlwind planning a success. "I can't say enough about working with Kate," Brea says. “She was so on top of every detail! She made our day perfect and working with her was such a great experience!"

As the wedding day drew near, torrential downpours and gale-force winds had the couple nervous about their outdoor ceremony. Despite the looming clouds that began the day, the weather not only cooperated, but actually lent a little magic to the ceremony. "There was this amazing ray of sunshine that followed me down the aisle. I’ve never experienced anything like it," says Brea. "I really believe it was God shining down on me and blessing our marriage and that my grandparents and Blaine’s were sitting right next to Him watching!"

With that auspicious beginning, the day just continued to get better and better. Small, thoughtful details were spread throughout the space, from L.L. Bean boots attached to the escort cards, to the distance sign handmade by Blaine’s father, to the incredible food created by Hidden Pond's renowned chefs, to the Maine-made whoopie pies served in place of cake. Laughter rang out throughout the toasts alongside a few shed tears of joy, and Brea was even able to bring a taste of her own hometown of Pittsburgh to the festivities with the Steeler's "Black & Yellow" anthem and dancing with the famed "Terrible Towels" swinging. They closed the official reception with a sparkler send off and continued the evening with a casual after-party at Hidden Pond's cozy restaurant, Earth.

"The day was perfect, filled with laughter and tears of joy," Brea says. "Blaine and I stayed close during the wedding and got to talk to all of our family and friends. It meant so much to us! I loved every minute of our day."

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

One of my favorite moments was...when our flower girl, Blaine's niece, walked down the aisle. As soon as she finished emptying every last petal she saw her uncle and ran up to him as fast as she could yelling his name. She was so excited to see him, she jumped into his arms and her shoes fell off because she jumped up so hard! It was so sweet and really calmed both Blaine and I down.

I didn't realize...how nervous I would get walking down the aisle. I’ve never been more excited for a day in my life and didn’t have a single question or doubt about marrying Blaine. But having all of those eyes on you as you walk down the aisle and thinking about the importance of the commitment you are about to make really got to me. I was holding on to my dad for dear life!

I really liked…how all of the little details turned out.

My advice is…to have a long first kiss! Our photographer told us to make sure we kissed for at least five seconds so she could get some good pictures because most couples have a really quick first kiss. We had a nice long first kiss and those pictures are some of my favorites.

Maine Vendors
Photography: Cuppa Photography
Ceremony & Reception: Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport
Groom's Attire: Joseph's, Portland
Florist: Beautiful Days, South Berwick
Hair & Makeup: Spa at Rivers Edge, Kennebunk
Invitation & Paper Goods: Papier, Portland
Whoopie Pies: Wicked Whoopies, Gardiner
Ceremony Music: Affordable Elegance Music, Portland
Reception Entertainment: DJ Joe Farren, Portland
Transportation: Intown Trolley, Kennebunkport