Romance and Revelry
Meg & Jordan
A family farmhouse provided the perfect backdrop for Meg and Jordan’s romantic Maine wedding.
Story by Melanie Brooks
Jordan Savage knew Meg Williams was “the one” before they even started dating. “Given what a laid back guy he is, friends say they couldn’t believe how persistent he was in trying to nail down a date with me!” Meg says. It didn’t take long for Meg to realize what they had was special. Their relationship became serious very quickly. The couple, who live in San Francisco, made a trip to visit Meg’s family in Maine after just two months of dating.
While they knew early on they were meant to be together, they dated for four years before Jordan proposed. “Despite my impatience, he took his time and planned an amazing surprise proposal,” Meg says.
On a Saturday morning in April, the couple took their dog on one of their favorite hikes. “Half way through the hike, Jordan led me out to this incredible lookout point, got down on one knee, and proposed,” Meg says. When they finished their hike down the mountain, Meg was shocked to see more than 40 of their friends and family shooting champagne in the air, ready to celebrate. Jordan coordinated with Meg’s boss to let her have an extended weekend, and the couple headed up to Inverness, their favorite place in California, for a romantic getaway. “We got massages, drank coffee on the porch of our hotel, drank wine by the fire—it was the best weekend,” she says.
Soon after Meg and Jordan started planning their Maine wedding at Meg’s parents' house in North Yarmouth, Maine. Jordan is from Massachusetts, so an East Coast wedding made sense for both of their families. “My parents' house is a beautiful, 200 year old farmhouse with an incredible piece of property,” Meg says. “They love to spend their summers in the gardens, planning fruit and flower trees, and my dad built a pizza oven by their vegetable garden. It just seemed like an obvious choice!”
Jordan and Meg’s mothers were both instrumental in helping the couple plan their wedding from their home in California. Jordan’s mother is a floral designer, and her team did all of the flowers for the wedding day. The couple also hired Ruby McDermott from RM Designs as a day of coordinator to be their right hand lady on the big day.
It had rained during Meg and Jordan’s rehearsal dinner, so they were relieved when they woke up to clear skies on their wedding day. Jordan and his groomsmen spent the morning of the wedding playing golf while Meg, her bridesmaids, her mother, and Jordan’s mother headed to Portland to have their hair and makeup done. Jordan and Meg did not want to see each other before the ceremony, so everyone got ready at the farmhouse in separate rooms.
Meg’s father had mowed an aisle through a field of Queen Anne’s Lace for the ceremony. The couple hired a bagpiper to play while guests were being seated at the ceremony to pay tribute to Jordan’s Scottish father who had passed away when he was a child. Meg and her wedding party walked down the aisle to the sounds of a local bluegrass band. The field surrounding the wedding erupted with wildlife—swallows, dragonflies, and butterflies took to the sky as a family friend began the ceremony.
“Our ceremony was one of the most cherished times of my life,” Meg says. “The whole experience was deeply moving for Jordan and me.”
After the ceremony, guest enjoyed an extended cocktail hour while Meg and Jordan posed for some photos. The couple served two signature cocktails in old jelly jars—Maple Iced Tea with Bourbon and Mint Lemonade with Vodka—as well as kegs full of Maine Beer Company beer. Dinner was a buffet of fresh, local food, and a night of dancing, ice cream sundaes, and fireworks followed. Late night pizza was served from Meg’s father’s pizza oven and the revelry and celebration lasted until 3 a.m.
In Meg's Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Meg said...
I’m so glad that…we made our wedding as personal as possible without feeling like we had to follow the status quo.
One of my favorite moments was… seeing Jordan at the end of the aisle. I’m really happy we didn’t do a “First Look”—it wasn’t the right choice for us.
I didn’t realize…how much work having a wedding at your own home would be versus a venue. I wouldn’t do anything differently, but the number of details that have to be thought out is overwhelming.
I wish…that we had rented better sound equipment.
I really liked…having a slightly longer cocktail hour with a lot of appetizers, entertainment, and a fun variety of drinks. It’s when I got to talk to the most amount of people and thank everyone for being there.
My advice to other brides is…to do it your way.