Love is All Around
Cassie & Josh
Cassie and Josh’s elegant backyard wedding was bursting with meaningful handmade details at every turn.
If you ask Josh Fournier, he’ll tell you he’s loved Cassie Madden since childhood. Her portrait was on display in the window of a photography studio in Old Town, Maine, and Josh used to tell his friends he was going to marry the girl in the picture some day.
Josh and Cassie grew up in neighboring towns. When they met in middle school, Josh asked her to be his girlfriend—a relationship that lasted all of two weeks. In high school they became friends, then best friends. And they stayed that way for years.
“I had always thought of him as a close friend, but nothing more,” Cassie says. That changed four years ago when they met up for dinner and drinks with mutual friends. That night Josh and Cassie stayed up late talking, and before they parted ways, he leaned in and kissed her. “I knew instantly that he was the one for me,” she says.
Cassie had always wanted to get married at her parents' home in Milford, Maine. Her dad, a third generation logger, and her mom, a floral hobbyist, helped their daughter and her groom-to-be create the wedding of their dreams.
Cassie’s father created a one-of-a-kind arbor out of fallen apple trees. The couple lovingly named it the “Love Nest.” Cassie’s mother decorated it with silk apple blossoms, large crystals, and twinkling lights. An archway was built from cedar trees from Cassie’s parents' wood lot. This 40-foot walkway served as the ceremony aisle, creating a dramatic entrance that led to the stunning apple tree arbor. Her dad also built a reception bar out of old knotty pine boards and hemlock trees, complete with woodpecker holes that were filled with moss and tea lights. Cassie’s Nannie, who passed away in 1998, was at their wedding in spirit, as her pump organ was used as the backdrop to the bar.
“My mother turned every idea I had, and Pinterest picture I found, into reality,” Cassie says. “She and my father were amazing, and since the wedding was held under a tent in their yard, we were able to do a lot in advance. My parents worked all day every weekend for months to make sure our day was perfect, and we can’t thank them enough.”
When Cassie and Josh’s wedding day got close, both families worked overtime to make sure everything was in place for the ceremony and reception. Cassie and her bridesmaids got ready at her parent’s house overlooking the wedding site. “Once I got in my dress, my mother showed me a special surprise,” Cassie says. “She had sewn a blue heart on the inside of my dress, made from one of my father’s old shirts. It read, ‘Today you are a bride, but you will always be my little girl.’”
The emotional wedding ceremony went off without a hitch. The couple asked Cassie’s uncle Glen to perform the ceremony. “We were really lucky that my uncle agreed to marry us, as it made the experience so much more comfortable,” Cassie says.
The highlight of the ceremony was the German log cutting tradition, which signifies the first obstacle the newly married couple must overcome. Cassie and Josh used a two-person saw to cut a log in half. “The tradition tied well into our woodsy theme, especially since the majority of my family are loggers,” Cassie says. “We were able to saw through the log while all of our family and friends cheered us on.”
The couple snuck away with their photographer, Lexi Lowell, before joining their guests for a tented reception. “The reception was amazing,” Cassie says. “I still have people tell me that it was the most fun they’ve ever had at a wedding.” Guests were treated to a late night snack of fresh, hot doughboys and French fries while they danced the night away. “I think every girl dreams about what their wedding will be like, and our wedding exceeded all of my dreams!”
In Cassie's Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Cassie said...
I’m so glad that…we were able to have the wedding of our dreams in my parents’ back yard.
One of my favorite moments was…the log cutting ceremony.
I didn’t realize…how emotional the walk down the aisle would be.
He didn’t realize…how nerve wracking it would be standing up in front of all of our friends and family waiting for me to come down the aisle.
I wish…we could relive the night one more time.
I really liked…that my uncle was able to marry us. It made it so much more personal.
Cake: Dessert Designs by Darcy, Greenbush
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Ira Kramer, Veazie