A Perfect Day in Boothbay
Katie & John
John and Katie had lots of help from a bevy of friends and family members to plan their Maine wedding from Minnesota.
Story by Mimi Pinette
John Matulis knew on their first date—a ski trip to Sugarbush Resort in Vermont—that Katie King was “the one.” “Combined with her many attributes—responsibility, beauty, intelligence, and, most importantly, patience—it was a no brainer,” John says.
The ski trip wouldn’t have even happened if it hadn’t been for Katie’s colleague, Danielle. The three of them worked at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire in 2011. It was Danielle who suggested to John that Katie would be a good intermediate skiing partner. John had met Katie in the hospital before, but thought that she was likely too mature, too grounded, and too professional to be interested in a goofball like him. But John decided it wouldn’t hurt to send her an email and see if she’d be interested in skiing sometime. He was surprised and delighted when she took him up on his offer.
The couple enjoyed many adventures together after that first ski trip. They went hiking in Newfoundland, Canada and New Hampshire’s White Mountains. They ran the Burlington Marathon in Vermont in 2015. They continued to ski together.
John knew his proposal would have to be special. Despite his dedicated and continuous effort, he could count on one hand the number of times his antics genuinely fooled Katie over their four-year courtship. “Katie’s attention to detail, perceptive nature, and keen nose for sniffing out a prank made a surprise proposal a tall task,” John says. Even harder, Katie knew a proposal was coming! John’s frugal and semi-impulsive nature wouldn’t let him buy an engagement ring without at least finding out what she would like.
John deployed a delay tactic. Holidays came and went—with no proposal. So when John suggested a getaway at Bretton Woods for Katie’s birthday, no alarm bells went off. John often teased Katie about what her life would have been like had she never left her home state of Maine and moved to the Upper Valley in New Hampshire. He decided to create a Choose Your Own Adventure story on his iPad to use in his proposal.
John had planted some decoy birthday gifts for Katie, including a remote car starter and some warm clothes for their impending move to Minnesota. At last he showed Katie his special story. She fell for it hook, line, and sinker. When she got to the last screen, out came the ring.
A Boothbay wedding was an easy decision for Katie and John. She grew up visiting family in Boothbay; it’s always been a special place for her. She also wanted to make sure her grandmother, Florence King, was able to make it to the wedding. Florence celebrated her 95th birthday in the summer of 2016!
“Boothbay is a wonderful destination for those family and friends from away,” Katie says. “Boothbay is such a gorgeous place; it needs to be shared!”
They held their ceremony in the King family church—Our Lady Queen of Peace in Boothbay Harbor. Their reception was held at Linekin Bay Resort.
“We had a lot of family and friends involved in the wedding details,” Katie says. “This helped tremendously and made our day feel very unique and special.”
Katie and John both woke early on their wedding day, giving them time to relax and reflect on the events ahead. Katie spent the morning with her bridesmaids, first on a run around the Linekin Bay Resort grounds, then in Boothbay Harbor having their hair and makeup done. John enjoyed the picture-perfect morning with his dad, brother, and uncle.
The ceremony was touching and beautiful, thanks to Father Morse, the priest at Our Lady Queen of Peace. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a trolley ride between the church and Linekin Bay Resort. “Nobody had to worry about driving after a drink or two, getting lost, or arriving awkwardly early or late,” Katie says. The wedding party enjoyed prosecco on their ride to the reception, and the newlyweds ventured out onto Linekin’s boat, the Lyman, for a memorable cruise around the bay.
Guests mingled at the cocktail hour, then sat for dinner in Linekin’s main dining room. After memorable speeches from the Maid of Honor and Best Man, the party was in full swing. The music ended at 10 p.m., but that didn’t stop an impromptu pool party from organizing around Linekin’s heated saltwater pool. “Being surrounded by close friends and family will leave memories that we’ll forever cherish,” Katie says.
In Katie's Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Katie said...
I’m so glad that…we chose to be married in Maine. Linekin Bay Resort was the perfect spot for us in Boothbay!
One of our favorite moments was…when we took a brief break from dancing and enjoyed the nighttime view from the upper deck of the East Lodge overlooking Linekin Bay.
I didn’t realize…how much fun I would have!
I really liked…how easy it was. Our vendors were such a pleasure to work with, and Linekin Bay knows how to host a great party!
My advice to other brides is…to let go of the details, involve family and friends, and, if you’re married at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.