A Dream Come True
Hilary & David
Hilary had always wanted to get married at The Cliff House in Ogunquit. When David proposed, the couple decided to make her dream a reality.
By Alyssa Kavanagh Planeta
Photography by Kim Chapman Photography
David Campbell and Hilary Stevens are proof that love can be found in any setting, sometimes when you least expect it! After several months of exchanging smiles at their gym in California, the pair finally exchanged numbers and went on their first date just a few days later. It didn't take long for them to fall in love. The perfect opportunity to propose came when The Lion King tour came to town.
"Since Hilary works in children's theater, we are always going to shows and when possible, Hilary loves seeing a touring play in San Francisco," David says. "I knew she wanted to see The Lion King, so I planned a weekend around going to dinner in the city, seeing the play, and after, going to Top of the Mark."
David was able to surprise Hilary with a corner table at Top of the Mark, a San Francisco restaurant which held a special place in their history as a couple. Just before midnight, with the San Francisco skyline lit up in front of them, David popped the question.
Though Hilary grew up in Connecticut and David is from California, the decision to get married in Maine was an easy one for the couple. Throughout her childhood, Hilary spent summer vacations in Ogunquit and Old Orchard Beach.
Hilary's parents still remember driving past The Cliff House when she was 8-years-old and Hilary saying she wanted to get married there someday. After looking at several venues in coastal Maine, Hilary and David decided on the venue that had been Hilary's dream since she was a little girl. The couple planned a nautical themed wedding with personalized touches woven throughout the ceremony and reception.
"We tried to personalize as much of the ceremony and reception as possible," Hilary says. Hilary’s dad is a decoy carver and made shore birds as their centerpieces and buoys as their place cards. Hilary’s mom made starfish aisle decorations and table numbers. "We can’t thank our vendors enough, but the little touches from Hilary's mom and dad really made the ceremony and reception unique and special for us," David says.
To go with their nautical theme, the couple decided to get married in between two replica boats sitting atop pillars at the altar. The couple worked with Christine at the York Flower Shop to create a design incorporating ropes and greenery that complemented the design.
On their wedding day, the couple awoke to picture perfect Maine weather. After a leisurely morning of getting ready separately with their respective wedding parties, the couple decided to meet in a beautiful labyrinth outside of The Cliff House for a first look.
"Hilary came out of the room, walked to the middle of the labyrinth where I was waiting, removed my blindfold, and she was absolutely beautiful," David says.
After sharing a private moment together, the couple hopped on a trolley with their wedding party and families to take some pictures in Perkins Cove. The entire group returned to The Cliff House shortly before the ceremony was scheduled to begin.
"The ceremony began and the weather, music, and really everything, was perfect," David says. "Hilary and her dad emerged at the top of the stairs, and although I had already seen her and been with her for the last couple of hours, seeing her again at that moment is something I’ll never forget."
The ceremony was intimate with Hilary's brother serving as officiant and the couple sharing hand written vows. The cocktail hour after the ceremony was followed by a reception in the Coastal Ballroom of The Cliff House.
One of the highlights of the reception was Hilary and David's first dance, which was choreographed by a friend of the couple. Some of the couple's favorite memories were the toasts given by Hilary's father and David's brother.
"If you know Hilary's dad, you know he is always making a joke," David says. "But the speech, while funny, was also really special because you could see how much that moment meant to him."
As the reception wound down, guests were invited to the game room of The Cliff House for pizza, beer, and a chance to relax at the end of the night.
Hilary and David admit that they could not have created such a beautiful Maine wedding from afar without the help of a couple very special people. "We couldn’t have come close to the wedding it turned out to be without the help of Hilary's parents," David says.
In Hilary's Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Hilary says . . .
I'm so glad that
…we had an intimate wedding and spent time with everyone.
One of my favorite moments was
...walking through the labyrinth and untying Dave's blindfold.
I didn't realize
...how fast the day would go by.
…I could do it again every weekend.
My advice is
…to take the time to soak in every moment, because it all goes by so fast!
Photography: Kim Chapman Photography
Ceremony & Reception: The Cliff House
Florist: York Flower Shop
Hair, Makeup, & Nails: Kimberly Savage
Wedding Cake: Let Them Eat Cake
Transportation: York Trolley Company