Intimately Unforgettable
Evelyn & Jason
 
Evelyn and Jason’s destination wedding was filled with perfected details and family tradition.  
 
Story by Mimi Pinette  
Photography by Casey Durgin Photography
 
Evelyn Yip and Jason Comrey had moved to New York City after college graduation to begin their careers. They met at work and, over time, a relationship blossomed. “Our initial attraction escalated to a relationship of mutual respect, dedication, love, support, and trust,” Evelyn says.
 
Jason pulled out all the stops to propose in a thoughtful and romantic way. At the end of 2013, the couple was in the midst of moving to a new apartment in their building. They had access to both apartments for a while, and when Evelyn returned home from work one day she found a Post-It note on the door of their current apartment. The note asked her to go to their new, empty apartment. 
 
When Evelyn opened the door she saw that the apartment was softly lit by the glow of dozens of tea candles. An abundance of red rose petals were scattered across the bare floors. Their dining table was in the empty living room, all set up for a romantic dinner for two. Jason had prepared all of Evelyn’s favorite foods; she was impressed. “On the outside, I was trying to keep it cool, but on the inside, my heart was fluttering,” Evelyn says. Eventually, Jason got down on one knee and proposed.
 
Evelyn, from British Columbia, and Jason, from Pennsylvania, had a similar vision for what they wanted for their wedding day. The couple had attended the Rockland Lobster Festival toward the beginning of their relationship, and decided to find a barn setting in Maine and plan a destination wedding. “We aimed for an intimate gathering with a casual, fun, laid-back style, located in a gorgeous, unforgettable landscape,” Evelyn says. “When we saw the Barn at Flanagan Farm, we immediately fell in love.”
 
With help from Lani Toscano Event Planning and Design, the couple started planning their event. “Lani took the time and care to truly understand our vision,” Evelyn says. “She was the perfect balance of allowing us to be creative and keeping us realistic!”
 
The farmhouse at the Barn at Flanagan Farm was the home base for the wedding party. All of Evelyn’s bridesmaids stayed there the night before the wedding, and everyone was able to get ready for the big day together. “The moment started getting very real when I put my wedding dress on,” Evelyn says. 
 
The ceremony was held outside in a lovely wooded area. Evelyn’s heart pounded in her chest as her parents walked her down the aisle. “It was an incredible moment walking past our friends and family, and then meeting with Jason in front of the arbor,” Evelyn says. After a sweet ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the patio lawn while Evelyn and Jason held a private Chinese tea ceremony for Evelyn’s family and Jason’s parents. “During the tea ceremony, family members took turns sitting on chairs while Jason and I kneeled before them and served them tea. Advice and congratulations were given and we received lucky red envelopes.”
 
Guests enjoyed lawn games, dinner, and dancing. “We had such amazing food!” Evelyn says. “Everything lived up to and exceeded our expectations.” The revelry carried on inside the barn with drinks, plenty of dancing, late night snacks, and a sparkler send off. 

In Evelyn's Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Evelyn said...
 
I’m so glad that…Jason and I had opportunities throughout the wedding day to step away, reflect, and just let the moment sink in. 
 
I wish…the whole event could have lasted longer and I had more time to spend with all the guests.
 
I didn’t realize…how stress-free it could really be when you have the right people in charge.
 
I really liked…how everything came together to create the aesthetic and ambiance we were looking for. When you’re working with so many different vendors and pulling together so many different moving pieces, it’s hard to tell if your vision will really materialize in the way that you have imagined. 
Even more spectacular was how our photographer was able to capture the visual beauty along with the emotions of the wedding day.
 
My advice to other brides is…to remember to breathe and relish every moment of the day because it truly does fly by. Leave everything to your trusted advisors—they can handle it.
 
Maine Vendors
Caterer: 111 Maine, Topsham
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals, South Portland; Heartwood Essentials, Cumberland Foreside
Hair, Makeup, & Nails: Chhoeun Thiv, Biddeford
Cake: Scratch Baking Co., South Portland
Reception Lighting: The Event Light Pros, Scarborough
Transportation: Bo-Mar Transportation, Topsham