Autumn Bliss
Lauren & Jack
 
Lauren and Jack created a fall-themed wedding that showcased the best of what Maine has to offer.
 
By Melanie Brooks
Photography by Steven Fairfield Photography
 
It had to be fate that brought Lauren Lynch and Jack Delbridge together. They both grew up in Maine, she in Scarborough and he in Bucksport, and attended college at the University of Connecticut. With more than 15,000 students, the odds of these two bumping into each other just once was slim.
 
“I got my first glimpse of Jack our freshman year at the college bookstore,” Lauren says. He made an impression. It would be over a year before she bumped into him again, this time at a fraternity party. They began talking around the bonfire and realized that they were both from Maine. “Two weeks later I saw Jack again leaving the library. As I walked by him he said, ‘Hi Lauren!’ I couldn’t believe he remembered my name.”

Lauren moved into an apartment at the start of her junior year, and guess who moved into the apartment next door? “When I realized Jack was moving in next door, I got butterflies!” Lauren says. He invited her to a party, and then asked her out on their official first date the following day. “From that point on we were inseparable and shared the last years of college madly in love with UConn and each other.”

After graduation, the couple moved to South Carolina, and Jack surprised Lauren with a proposal during a weekend getaway. The couple decided to return to their home state to tie the knot.

“I have always loved the fall,” Lauren says. “The crisp air, apple picking, pumpkins, and the foliage.” She wanted to incorporate all of these elements into her Maine wedding. The couple visited The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton as it was being built. “After visiting dozens of venues, I was decisive on Flanagan Farm. The farmhouse, the rustic authentic barn, and the cute honeymoon cottage out back among the apple trees—it was the total package!”

The couple was married at Sacred Heart in Portland, as it was Lauren’s Nana’s favorite church. The dress Lauren wore was her mother’s wedding gown, handmade by Lauren’s Great Aunt Katie. “The vintage lace gown in its original state was beautiful, but with the help of an amazing designer, we recreated the dress into a more modern style,” Lauren says.

The couple started the event on Thursday, taking out-of-town guests on a boat cruise around Portland Harbor. Lauren, her four sisters, and her bridesmaids spent Friday getting pampered before the rehearsal. “The morning of October 5,

I woke up next to my best friend, my twin sister Alison, at 7 a.m.,” Lauren says. The girls spent time getting ready together, and Alison presented Lauren with a gift from Jack—a pair of diamond earrings.

“Walking down the aisle with my dad was a moment that I had anticipated,” Lauren says. “His arm in mine, I could feel how proud he was of me. There are no words good enough to express the emotions I had meeting Jack’s eyes for the first time. I felt completely blessed to finally marry this unbelievable man! I was elated to hear the words ‘Mr. and Mrs. Jack Delbridge.’ I’m not sure if my smile has ever been that big!”

Lauren wanted to showcase Maine to her out-of-state friends, and did so through her wedding event. With the help of Meagan Gilpatrick from Maine Seasons Events, the event took on a rustic chic feel with Maine influence and vintage accents. The specialty drinks and local beer at the cocktail hour were served in mason jars. A variety of old-fashioned sodas were displayed in a 1950s Coca-Cola cooler. Guests were asked to sign fabric swatches that would eventually become a quilt made by Jack’s mother.

The farm tables were topped with burlap and lace runners with flowers in vintage bottles and milk jars. White mini pumpkins were scattered along the tables, and the tables were named after different apple varieties. Hay bales were turned into a sectional couch and a fire pit was lit outside so that guests could enjoy making s’mores.

The dance floor was filled all night long, as Lauren and Jack drank champagne and cheered to the best day of their lives.

In Lauren's Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Lauren says . . .

One of my favorite moments was...looking over the balcony at the end of the night and seeing everyone having fun.

I didn't realize...how much time is involved when you plan a wedding. Etsy was my best friend.

I really liked…everything! I was taken aback about how beautiful the flowers were.

My advice is…enjoy every second.

Maine Vendors
Photography: Steven Fairfield Photography
Videography: Media Northeast and Sam Frederick and Mike Rodway of Fleet Films
Wedding Planner: Maine Seasons Events
Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, Portland
Reception Venue: The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Buxton
Catering & Baker: 111 Maine, Topsham
Florist: Flora Fauna, Portland
Hair Stylist: David Young Hair Salon, Portland
Makeup: Michael Wormwood, Portland
Reception Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals, South Portland
Transportation: Maine Limousine Service, South Portland