Destination Celebration
Elaina & Tuyen

Elaina and Tuyen’s remote, romantic getaway on the coast of Maine was the perfect way to celebrate their love story.

Story by Melanie Brooks
Photography by Peter Greeno Weddings

Elaina and Tuyen met when she started working at an accounting firm in California’s Bay Area. Since Elaina was new to Silicon Valley, she asked one of her managers to introduce her to some of his friends—one of whom was Tuyen. 
 
“Elaina effortlessly fits into my network of friends and family, and even brings together my loved ones better than I ever could,” Tuyen says. When he met Elaina he was in the process of deciding where to attend medical school. He chose to stay in the Bay Area for his studies and his relationship with Elaina grew over the next four years.
 
“When the day finally came to rank his residency programs, we decided he would try to get into a program that allowed me to move with him,” Elaina says. “When he switched his rank list to prioritize the cities I’d want to live in, I knew he was The One.”
 
Elaina and Tuyen made the move across the country to Boston, and Tuyen knew he was ready to propose. He took the opportunity during a trip to Belize to pop the question. “I’m a lousy planner, so the actual proposal just happened organically,” he says. He hid the engagement ring in his luggage and waited for the opportunity. “We went on an aerial tour to see the Great Blue Hole in Belize, and I knew that this would be the day. As I sat on the plane, I put together my words and gathered my courage.” Once the couple returned to the resort, Tuyen asked another guest to take a photo of him and Elaina. That’s when he got down on one knee.
 
“It all happened so fast,” Elaina says. “His words were perfect and thoughtful, and he was calm and sincere. When he got down on one knee I couldn’t say ‘Yes!’ fast enough!”
 
It was difficult for the couple to decide where to get married. They both grew up in the Bay Area of California, but the idea of planning a wedding close to their new home in Boston was appealing. “We picked a weekend to visit several venues from Rhode Island to Maine,” Elaina says. “Once we visited French’s Point we fell in love with it.” 
 
Because most of the guests would be traveling from the West Coast, Elaina and Tuyen wanted to make sure their friends and family were able to enjoy themselves before and after their celebration. They rented a neighboring farm house to accommodate their entire wedding party and urged other guest to rent nearby cabins so that they could take advantage of the Maine coastline. “We wanted it to be a weekend to remember,” Elaina says. 
 
It was important for Elaina to include bits of her mother’s Japanese traditions and her father’s English traditions into their big day. The ceremony music played by Maine Bella Musica were orchestrated versions of various hits by The Beatles. Elaina also made 100 Japanese paper cranes for her guests to take home. 
 
The couple asked Elaina’s sister and one of Tuyen’s best friends to officiate the wedding. “It was a perfect blend,” Elaina says. “The words they put together were a highlight of the entire weekend.” The ceremony was one of Elaina’s favorite aspects of her celebration. “I looked out into the crowd of all our friends and family. I knew this moment would be amazing, but I don’t think I knew what looking outwards and seeing every important person in our lives looking at us, smiling, crying, and genuinely happy for us would feel like.”  
 
In their Words
I’m so glad that…we made a weekend out of the wedding. We got to spend quality time with our guests and not feel rushed during the few hours on the actual day. —Tuyen
 
One of my favorite moments was…getting away for 15 minutes during the sunset to be alone and take some pictures. —Tuyen
 
I didn’t realize…how important an engagement shoot would be. Not only was it important for us to learn how Peter works and get comfortable with the entire process, but it was equally important for him to know what pictures and angles of ourselves we did and did not like. Having your photo taken is a bit awkward so getting a trial run was definitely valuable. —Elaina
 
I didn’t realize…how much impact a DJ can have on your party. Ours was awesome! —Tuyen
 
I really liked…everything! I think the venue was the best decision we made. It was beautiful, remote, elegant, and gave the entire evening the perfect vibe we envisioned. —Elaina
 
My advice to other brides is…do not plan to be responsible for anything on your wedding day. Hire teams you trust to run your dream wedding seamlessly the day of. —Elaina
 
Maine Vendors
Photography: Peter Greeno Weddings
Videography: OTD Collective
Venue: French’s Point, Stockton Springs
Day of Coordinator: Nicole at French’s Point
Caterer: Bar Harbor Catering Company, Bar Harbor
Florist: Watershed Floral, Portland
Baker: Bear Brook Bakery, New Gloucester
Hair: Jenna Richardson Hairstylist, Westbrook
Makeup: Elise Marie MUA, Scarborough
Ceremony Music: Maine Bella Musica, Bangor
Reception Entertainment: Premier Entertainment, Belgrade
Transportation: Northeast Charter and Tour Co., Lewiston