Emily & Aaron
Emily and Aaron planned a very Maine wedding from their home on the West Coast.
Story By Melanie Brooks
Photography by Jamie Mercurio Photography
Emily Wallingford and Aaron Caple met while working at Congdon’s Doughnuts & Family Restaurant, a popular stop along Route 1 in Wells, Maine. Shortly after they started dating, Emily started graduate school. “I told him if he could make it through dealing with me during my doctoral program then we would make it through anything!” Emily says.
The couple planned a weekend-long wedding celebration at Live Well Farm in Harpswell. “The road to Live Well Farm is quintessential Maine,” Emily says. “We wanted a place that felt like home for us, and we loved that everything could take place on site. Spending the long weekend in the beautifully redone farmhouse was the perfect way to relax and prepare for wedding activities.”
Planning a wedding in Maine from Seattle poses certain challenges. Paula Cano from A Family Affair of Maine helped Emily and Aaron through the process. “I don’t know what we would have done without her,” Emily says. “All of our vendors went above and beyond to provide insight, recommendations, and assistance well beyond their individual services.”
On the morning of the big day, Emily and her bridesmaids relaxed and prepped in the farmhouse sunroom, overlooking the ceremony site. “Aaron and I decided to do a ‘first look’ prior to our ceremony, and we’re so happy we did,” Emily says. “My heart was racing as I was walking down to him on the beach. Once he turned around and we saw each other for the first time, we both began to shake with excitement with the biggest smiles on our faces.”
Aaron is a musician, so the couple weaved special music and performances throughout their celebration. Aaron’s friends played their processional on acoustic guitar for their ceremony. Their first dance was choreographed by Aaron’s brother, Alden. “Aaron and I had practiced and practiced,” Emily says. Their first dance was the first time the couple performed their dance perfectly. “It was so wonderful!”
The Bob Charest Band performed at their reception. “We had seen The Bob Charest Band perform at a friend’s wedding three years prior,” Emily says. “Aaron was asked to sit in on drums to play a few songs.” For his wedding, Aaron coordinated with the band to play a song so that he and his groomsmen could strut their stuff in a Bruno Mars cover performance. The guests went wild!
Toward the end of the reception, Emily and Aaron snuck away to take a moment to look back on their friends and family dancing and enjoying the band. “We both stood there, hand in hand, acknowledging that everyone there was there for us, to celebrate us,” Emily says. “How lucky we are to live a life surrounded by such love.
In Emily’s Words
I’m so glad that…we did a ‘first look’ and took moments just for the two of us.
One of my favorite moments was…surprising our guests with our first dance!
I didn’t realize…how fast the day would go by.
I wish…we could relive the day over and over again.
I really liked…talking with guests after the wedding day and having them share their favorite moments with us.