Love in Any Language
Cyan & Martin
Cyan and Martin’s coastal Maine wedding was made more special by their friends and family.
Story by Mimi Pinette | Photography by LAD Photography
Cyan Dana and Martin Steinbuck met at Fryeburg Academy in Maine’s western Mountains. Cyan’s family moved to Maine from New York and Martin, from Hamburg, Germany, was a dorm student. While the couple has since settled in Boston, Massachusetts, a Maine wedding was an easy choice. “Maine brought us together in the first place,” Cyan says. And since they have a particular fondness for the coast, a seaside wedding at the Point Lookout Resort in Lincolnville was planned.
The couple worked hard to make their wedding a personal celebration. Cyan’s brother and sister-in-law acted as officiants, and parts of the ceremony were translated into German by Martin’s sister. “My brother became an ordained minister and pronounced us husband and wife,” Cyan says. “Standing under the arbor with family made the ceremony feel extremely comfortable and relaxed.”
Cyan’s maid-of-honor was also her florist. “I really lucked out there!” she says. “I give her major props for taking on dual responsibilities on my wedding day. She did an incredible job conveying the whimsical feeling I was going for with the floral details.” Cyan’s favorite visual element of the ceremony was the pink carnation curtain that hung behind the couple from the arbor.
After a heartfelt ceremony that included a poem written especially for the occasion by Cyan’s brother and a traditional German log sawing ceremony, the newlyweds snuck away for photos on the beach. “I’m so glad we did that,” Cyan says. “It was great to escape everyone for just a few minutes and enjoy the serenity of the Maine coast.”
When the couple rejoined their guests for the reception, they quickly realized their friends and family had some surprises in store. Cyan’s maid-of-honor and father had prepared separate video clips for Martin and Cyan. After their delicious meal, Cyan’s uncle played the piano while her cousin sang accompanying vocals.
After dinner and the piano performance, guests kicked up their heels on the dance floor. Cyan’s parents hosted a bonfire at their cabin to end the night on a high note.
In Cyan’s Words
I’m so glad that…guests didn’t take pictures during the ceremony. We hired a professional photographer for a reason.
One of my favorite moments was…the day after, when my husband asked me to play the song I walked down the aisle to again.
I didn’t realize…how relaxed I would feel the day-of. There’s so much stress leading up to a wedding. But on the day-of I finally let go, and let Point Lookout’s on-site wedding planner take the reins.
I wish…I had more time to spend with my guests.
I really liked…the little surprises, speeches, and performances our friends and family had planned for us throughout the day.
My advice to other brides is…to ask for help if you feel stuck on a part of the planning. Family and friends actually want to help you out!