Raise Your Glass
Kylie & Tim
Kylie and Tim’s love of craft beer played a big part in their northern Maine wedding.
Story By Mimi Pinette | Photography by Morgan Lynn Portraits
Kylie Kennedy and Tim Boyle met thanks to mutual friends who didn’t give up on them. In the Spring of 2013, Kylie was finishing college in Waterville, Maine and Tim lived in New Hampshire. The distance put a damper on their first meeting…but their friends never stopped trying.
Kylie finally decided it was time to meet the guy she had heard so much about, and she and Tim agreed to dinner in Portsmouth. “It was a rainy day and a long drive, but the moment we met, we hit it off,” she says. “We even closed down the restaurant, not realizing we had been there that long!” They continued to see each other weekly, and within three months, Kylie was living in New Hampshire.
The couple had planned a trip to Ogunquit in February 2016 and thought it would be a great time to pick up some “racecar parts” in Portland—a little farther north than their intended destination. Kylie was less than thrilled, but Tim had bribed her with lunch at Gritty’s Brew Pub, so she agreed to the detour.
While they were waiting for the “parts” to be ready, Tim drove Kylie to the Portland Head Light to take some pictures. “This had been one of our favorite places to visit when we started dating,” Kylie says. He convinced her to get out of the car, in the freezing cold, to take some pictures. They walked to a private area that had a beautiful view of the lighthouse and ocean. After helping other couples take some photos, they were alone. Tim dropped to one knee. “He had written a speech on birch bark professing his love and asking me to marry him. He pulled the most beautiful rose gold ring out of his pocket. Of course I said ‘Yes!’”
The couple decided to head to northern Maine where Kylie is from for their wedding celebration. They started to plan their big day at Shin Pond Village. “Shin Pond Village offers outstanding scenic attractions and activities, and it’s located just 15 miles outside the northern entrance of Baxter State Park,” Kylie says. “Most of the vendors I wanted to use were also located in northern Maine, making this decision even easier.”
Most of the décor the couple found for their ceremony and reception came from antique stores or Kylie’s grandfather’s garage. They went for a vintage feel with a beer theme thrown in for good measure. They had whiskey and potato barrels, old wooden crates, metal milk jugs, chicken wire baskets, windows from an old Catholic church, and doors from a home built in the 1800s. “Every table had a growler centerpiece from every brewery we’ve visited,” Kylie says.
Their wedding was on a beautiful sunny day in August. Instead of a unity candle at their ceremony, they had a unity beer pouring to make a black and tan. “We used Geaghan’s Presque Isle Honey blond to represent my Aroostook County roots and a Guinness Stout to represent Tim’s Irish ancestry,” Kylie says. An Allagash Brewing keg sat in the middle of their homemade birch tree arbor, holding their unity beers and customized glasses.
Both of Kylie’s parents walked her down the aisle and their friend, who introduced the couple, married them with personalized readings. The ceremony was short and sweet, and featured vows the couple wrote themselves.
After the ceremony, guests headed to the pavilion to enjoy appetizers and craft beer. “We made lawn games for the guests to play during the cocktail hour, including giant Jenga and corn hole,” Kylie says.
The couple wowed their guests with a barbecue style dinner, including pulled pork, chicken, mac and cheese, and cornbread. “It was absolutely amazing!” Kylie says. Guests danced the night away and enjoyed a dessert table filled with whoopie pies, cupcakes, doughnuts, and pie. A bonfire was started later in the evening and the last song was played around midnight. “We all retreated back to our cabins with tired feet and happy memories,” Kylie says.
In Kylie’s Words
I wish…we could relive the whole day again. It was so much fun and full of love, but went by too quickly.
I didn’t realize…how much work went in to decorating! We battled with wind the day prior, so most of the decorating had to be done the day of the wedding.
One of my favorite moments was…our ceremony and first dance. Those were the two most intimate moments from the day with Tim and myself.
I’m glad that…we decided to hire a videographer. It’s so amazing to be able to watch our ceremony and reception again and see the moments from that day.
I really liked…having our wedding venue where all of our guests could stay after the reception. We were able to spend an entire weekend with them, not just one day.
My advice to other brides is…enjoy every moment. You will miss all the planning and preparation once it’s over.