A Rooftop Rendezvous
Breana & Eric

A chance housewarming party in Boston led to Breana and Eric’s wedding at Portland’s Bayside Bowl.

Story By Reuben Bell
Photography by Julie K. Gray Photography

In 2014, Breana Wood was living in an apartment on the first floor of a house in Brookline, Massachusetts. In early September Eric Malitsky and his roommates moved into the top floor apartment. After settling in and a few chance meetings on their shared porch, the new neighbors invited the girls from downstairs to a housewarming party. Little did they know that this would lead to a wedding in Maine. 
 
After discovering a shared love of 90s Night at a local bar, they decided to go out as a group. After a night of many beers (Eric) and terrible dancing (Breana), the pair became inseparable.
 
Three years later, Breana and Eric planned a trip to Portland, Maine, a city they had always wanted to visit. One of their favorite bands, Guster, was playing in weekend long show in August of 2017 and Eric knew it was the perfect time to propose. An AirBnb was booked and plans were made to spend the weekend. Before the concert, the couple stopped for a late afternoon stroll along the beach and through the woods at Two Lights State Park. After an afternoon of Eric acting “weirdly nice”—according to Breana—he found the perfect sunny spot on the rocks to pop the question. Celebrations started immediately with champagne on the deck at Black Point Inn in Scarborough, and a night of singing, dancing, and rocking out at the concert as a newly engaged couple.
 
“With each big step in our relationship, we’ve never been nervous,” Eric says. “From becoming ‘official’, deciding to move in together, or deciding together to get engaged, we’ve been on the same page and totally excited!”
From the beginning the couple knew they wanted to get married in Portland, and they did not want to have a traditional wedding. After checking out several venues, they visited Bayside Bowl and fell in love with its quirkiness and rooftop view. “As soon as we walked in, and especially after they brought us up to the roof deck, we made up our minds on the spot,” Breana says. “It was the perfect combination of laid back and whimsical that we were looking for.”
 
The early evening ceremony took place beneath a colorful sunset and included two friends singing and playing guitar—including a Guster song. Eric and Breana wrote and recited their own vows, something that was very important to them. In one of those unforgettable wedding moments, Eric prepared to stomp on a glass at the end of the ceremony and realized with a sinking feeling that he had forgotten it in the car. Quickly improvising, he pretended to stomp the glass instead and received a big laugh and round of applause from the crowd. Cocktail hour followed on the deck with guests enjoying two signature cocktails: “The Bre Gets Litsky” and “Eric Gets Wood”.
 
The reception continued downstairs on the mezzanine with ping pong, Rock Band music video game, and lots of great music from a playlist specially curated for the occasion by the bride and groom. Forgoing a traditional dinner, guests enjoyed an all you can eat taco bar and Maine themed desserts, including Maine and lobster shaped sugar cookies, whoopie pies, and other treats. After a ceremonial “first roll” on the bowling lanes (which Eric claims was the most stressful part of the weekend), guests enjoyed the “Woodlistky Wedding Bowling Tournament of Champions”. 
 
Instead of the traditional first dance, Breana and Eric performed a “first Rock Band Song”. “We dazzled the crowd—or so we’d like to think—with high octane singing and guitar solos to ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness,” Breana says. After an unforgettable evening of dancing, drinking, bowling, and laughing, guests wanting to continue the party made their way to Bubba’s Sulky Lounge with its unforgettable light up dance floor. 
 
In Breana’s Words
I’m so glad that…we ended up doing a small “real wedding” instead of our original plan of eloping.
 
One of my favorite moments was…rocking out to our first Rock Band song as husband and wife!
 
I didn’t realize…how powerful and moving it would be to have out best friends and families watch us exchange our vows and commit to a life together. Feeling that love makes everything so worth it!
 
I wish…I hadn’t spent so much time before the wedding stressing about the small things. Once you are in the moment, even if things go wrong, all you remember is the fun stuff!
 
I really liked…being able to celebrate with all of the most important people in our lives. That was likely the only time we’ll ever have that collection of people in the same place, it was amazing to feel so loved! And because we only had 45 guests we were actually able to spend a lot of time with each person.
 
My advice to other brides is…don’t be swayed by anyone else’s expectations, no matter how small the detail. It’s your day and you’re the boss of the event, so make sure to do everything how you want! 
 
Maine Vendors
Venue and Caterer: Bayside Bowl, Portland
Florist: Mimi & Mum
Hair and Makeup: Head Games Salon, Portland
Hot Lather Shaves: Blind Pig Barber Company, Portland
Nails: H&E Paint Bar, Portland
Wedding Cake: Katie Made Bakery, Portland