Kate & Jon
A chance meeting was the start of something beautiful for this
By Melanie Brooks
Photography by David Murray Weddings
Kate Tuller and Jon Tetirick’s initial introduction in the spring of 2009 is the handiwork of one of Jon’s friends from high school. Megan just so happened to be at the same Washington, D.C. bachelorette party as Kate, and decided she had to play matchmaker.
After dinner with the bachelorette party, Megan suggested they head to a dive bar called The Big Hunt before they lit up the dance floor of a local club. The Big Hunt is where Megan’s boyfriend and Jon were hanging out. “Unbeknownst to me, she had been calling her boyfriend and telling him that she had met the perfect girl for Jon—me,” Kate says.
They were introduced and realized that they both lived in New York City and even had some friends in common. However, the charming encounter was short lived as the girls headed to a dance club—where the guys happened to appear minutes later.
“Much to his dismay, Jon was unable to penetrate the “bachelorette force field” and headed home, promising to call, but never actually asking for my number,” Kate says.
Back in New York City, Jon emailed a very busy Kate. It wasn’t until they bumped into each other at an event that they actually made plans. After that first date, their relationship quickly progressed, and the couple spent many nights dining out and attended a Red Sox/Yankees baseball game and the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. “We enjoyed exploring new places near and far, and sharing our passions and interests with each other,” Kate says.
Fast forward to November 2010 and the New York City Marathon. The couple had plans to take a vacation in Arizona after Jon crossed the finish line, but a broken-down train caused them to miss their flight and delay their trip until the next morning. Looking to cheer up his disappointed girlfriend, Jon took Kate out for a bit to eat at one of her favorite restaurants.
“After a yummy dinner, Jon and I headed back to our apartment and stopped at our favorite overlook spot in Wagner Park that has a view of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty,” Kate says. “After a few romantic exchanges and awkward pauses, Jon popped the question and I said yes!”
Kate, who grew up in Kennebunkport, knew exactly where she wanted to get married. “During the summer, my family spends the weekends sailing around the Kennebunkport area and up the coast of Maine,” Kate says. “We always watch summer weddings taking place at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church. The church, which is situated on a little peninsula, has the most amazing view of the ocean. My parents were married there in 1978 and I always knew I wanted to get married there, too.”
Jon and Kate love the outdoors, so a wedding reception at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust fit the bill. “Jon and I knew we wanted a reception outside to enjoy the fall weather and create a personalized space,” Kate says. “We knew we wanted both an ocean and a rustic vibe.”
The couple kicked the weekend off with a lobster bake at Kate’s grandmother’s house, which is a family tradition. “We wanted to give everyone a taste of Maine and welcome guests to Kennebunkport in a low-key fashion.” The rehearsal dinner was a nautical affair at the Arundel Yacht Club and featured ice cream that was flown in from Graeter’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a tasty representation of Jon’s hometown.
The couple asked Kate’s brothers to read at their wedding ceremony and Jon’s cousin to sing “Amazing Grace.” The Reverend Peter Cheney’s sermon message was about never losing the joyous, carefree feeling that children have. “It was perfect for Jon and I,” Kate says. “We are adventurous and enjoy exploring; getting pleasure out of the simple things in life.”
Their wedding reception was held under a tent in a field behind the main Kennebunkport Conservation Trust building. After a dinner of salmon, butternut squash and pumpkin ravioli, and beef tenderloin, the guests hit the dance floor while the couple took some time to step outside the tent and take in the scenery. “We stayed together the whole night,” Kate says. “We greeted guests during dinner together and danced the night away. It was nice when everything was over to know that we truly celebrated and appreciated the day with each other.”
In Kate's Words
We asked the bride more about their special day. Here's what Kate had to say…
I'm so glad that
…I was relaxed and not nervous. I knew that when the wedding day came, nothing mattered except enjoying the moment. No one would notice if something was out of place.
One of my favorite moments was
…waiting to enter the church with my dad. I was so excited to and couldn't wait to see Jon and all of our friends and family.
…I had taken more time to enjoy the delicious food—from the hors d'oeuvres to dinner. We got so many compliments on how amazing everything was.
I didn't realize
…how fast the day goes! Everyone tells you it will go by in a blur, and it is true.
My advice to other brides is
…take time to enjoy the day. It is ok to take a break and step back to watch your friends and family celebrating. I would also say, stay with your groom. One of my best memories is that Jon and I were together during the night—we truly experienced our wedding day, celebrating together.
Photographer: David Murray Weddings
Ceremony: St. Ann's Episcopal Church
Reception: Kennebunkport Conservation Trust
Caterer: Kitchen Chicks Catering
Salon: Studio 41
Makeup: Cottage Breeze Day Spa
Cake: Let Them Eat Cake
Paper Goods: Village Paperie, Kennebunkport
Guest Transportation: Intown Trolley
Getaway Car: Kennebunkporter, Kennebunkport