Marc Sorresso created an elaborate scavenger hunt for his girlfriend and fellow teacher, Lindsey Epstein, which led to a marriage proposal. The couple worked together at Rise Academy in Newark, New Jersey, and the scavenger hunt took Lindsey around nearby Jersey City, where the couple met and were living.
The scavenger hunt began with a bright green envelope that was left for Lindsey to find in the front door. The note inside told her to put on something nice and gave her a clue that directed her to a new location for more information. The scavenger hunt took Lindsey to 12 places that were special to her and Marc. “At each spot along the route, Lindsey found, or was given, a new envelope with the next clue,” Marc says. Many of the familiar business owners were ecstatic to be part of the hunt!
The final location was The Merchant, the restaurant where Marc and Lindsey had their first date. The hostess met Lindsey at the door and brought to the back of the restaurant where Marc gave her the final envelope. Inside was a note that read, “Will you marry me?” Marc got down on one knee and Lindsey accepted. They started planning their Maine wedding soon after.
Even though Lindsey hails from Massachusetts, her ties to Maine are strong. Her father grew up in Maine and the family has been vacationing at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport every summer since she was born. Ten years ago the family bought a home on the beach, and they all spend as much time there as possible. The couple started searching venues in and around the local area.
When they visited Hidden Pond, they knew they had found the ideal spot for their wedding. “It had the rustic charm and simplicity we were looking for with all the amenities of a modern resort,” Lindsey says.
The couple hired Meghan Torrieri from B Merry Events to help plan their big day. Lindsey’s mother, Becky Epstein, also had a hand in the overall coordination and design of the day. Together the two women designed a gorgeous, intimate wedding that exuded rustic elegance.
On the day of the wedding guests arrived at The Farm at Hidden Pond by trolleys and gathered in the garden for cocktails. A quartet filled the air with music ranging from Bach to Coldplay. After the short but sweet ceremony, officiated by a close friend of the couple, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while playing lawn games before sitting down for the evening meal.
“Dinner was out of this world!” Marc says. “People are still raving about it a year later. It was all family style, which was important to us so that our guests could interact.” Trivial Pursuit cards were set on all the tables for guests to play during dinner. Growing up, Lindsey loved trivia games, and particularly loved the tabletop bins of Trivial Pursuit cards on the tables at Alisson’s Restaurant in Kennebunkport. The couple held their rehearsal dinner at Alisson’s, and paid homage to the restaurant by placing Trivial Pursuit cards on their reception tables.
“Marc and I had our traditional first dance to a song that we had both liked when we started dating—“Crazy” by Pat Green,” Lindsey says. However, right after the father/daughter and mother/son dances finished, the DJ played a more recent song that Marc and Lindsey loved and had considered using for their first dance. “Marc had planned it out with the DJ without telling me. Because the song wasn’t popular, and people were leaving the dance area, no one aside from Marc or I took notice. It was a special moment during which Marc and I exchanged looks and got to spend a moment apart from the group. I think that’s the song I’m going to remember the most from our wedding because it was the most personal and intimate.”
Dinner was followed by dancing, dessert, socializing on the patio, and more lawn games. The couple and some of their guests ended the evening at the bar at Earth, Hidden Pond’s restaurant.
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Lindsey says . . .
…we kept the wedding simple. Without speeches or elaborate introductions, we were able to focus on what was most important to us: being with the people we love the most on the happiest day of our lives.
...how much our guests would love the food. They still talk about it to this day.
…I could have the food they served at our wedding night for the rest of my life.
…going to Earth after the reception so that the night didn’t end too abruptly. We had been to so many weddings were no one really knows what to do or where to go after the reception, even though the night is still young. My parents hosted a “stop-by” brunch the next day so that we had more time to see friends and family before they departed.
…to make sure you choose a site and hire people that you can work well with. Otherwise, you won’t enjoy the entire planning process.