Megan & Mark
Megan and Mark’s love of nature and animals brought them together.
Story By Melanie Brooks | Photography by Kivalo Photography
Megan Gorman met Mark Jennison when he was doing some construction work on a farm in Massachusetts where she had horses. “Even though we didn’t get to spend much time together before he returned home to Maine, I knew there was something special about him,” Megan says. “I loved the way he could make me laugh, but it was his kind heart and love of animals that completely won me over.”
The couple dated long distance for a year before Megan moved to Maine to attend pharmacy school. “It was like all the pieces of a puzzle fell into place,” she says. “I got to be with the man I loved, in a place I loved, pursuing a career I loved.”
Mark and Megan didn’t wait to start planning their life together. They had been together for eight years before Mark proposed. “I honestly thought I would probably know a proposal was coming because Mark is terrible at keeping anything secret,” Megan says. “I couldn’t have been more wrong!”
As a Christmas gift, Mark surprised Megan with a trip to Quebec City for their Winter Carnival in February. “I was super excited about the upcoming getaway because we rarely go on vacation,” Megan says. The weekend of the trip was terribly cold, and while they had fun taking in the scenes, Megan couldn’t figure out why Mark wanted to wander around outside given the frigid temperature. Little did she know he was trying to find the perfect proposal spot.
On the final night of their stay, Mark told Megan he had gotten her a present. “I was confused because I couldn’t figure out when he would have had time to get me something since we were together the entire trip,” Megan says. When she turned around, Mark was down on one knee, holding a ring box.
The couple decided to get married at home in Maine. Mark has owned a local restaurant—Woody’s Bar and Grill—for two decades. It was the perfect spot for their reception. “We have spent many nights there, met many of our friends there, and have made some really wonderful memories there over the years,” Megan says. “It took us several days, and lot of help from family and friends, to transform it into our reception place. It was fun to have so much freedom to do whatever we wanted.”
The couple spent time personalizing their vows to include the things they loved most, like their beagles and pet pig. “One of my most treasured things from the wedding is the bench my dad made for us to have our guests sign,” Megan says. “It’s something we will treasure forever.”
The couple’s friends and family helped them with the ceremony and reception site set up the night before the wedding, getting everything done in time for the big day. “We are so incredibly lucky to have so many amazing people in our lives,” Megan says. “Our wedding wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the help of our friends and family. I was truly overwhelmed by all of the love and support we received.”
Megan and Mark promised each other the day before the wedding that they wouldn’t let anything bother them on their wedding day. Megan tried to shrug off the foggy forecast that greeted her on the morning of her big day.
By the time the ceremony began, the sky cleared and the sun came out. “As my dad walked me down the aisle, and I saw Mark standing there waiting for me, my heart was filled with so much love and happiness,” Megan says.
Before the couple headed out to their reception, they made a special stop to see Megan’s grandmother at the local hospital. She had made the trip north from Massachusetts to come to their wedding, but was admitted to the hospital that morning for difficulty breathing. “I was so excited to be able to see her, and she was thrilled to see Mark and I all dressed up,” Megan says.
After being introduced at their reception for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Jennison, they ate a delicious dinner, cut their cake, and shared their first dance. “Mark doesn’t enjoy dancing, so it was a real treat to get him out there for an entire song,” Megan says.
The rest of the night was filled with a lot of dancing, smiling, and laughter. Guests filled up to-go bags with a variety of homemade cookies as they left. “We left the reception around midnight, completely exhausted from enjoying every second of the best day ever,” Megan says.
In Megan’s Words
I wish…we could experience our wedding day all over again. We had so much fun, but it went by way too fast!
One of my favorite moments was…our first dance. Time seemed to slow down and those few minutes with my husband were some of the best. It gave us the opportunity to take a deep breath and just enjoy being in each other’s company.
I’m glad that…we decided to have the wedding in Greenville. I was excited that my family from out of state could see the beauty of where we live, and having the reception at the bar we own was very special. It was a lot of work getting everything ready, but totally worth it!
I really liked…our wedding vows. I’m happy that we spent the time that we did on our vows to make sure they represented us. They were heartfelt and also light-hearted.
Baker: My Three Cakes, Greenville
Makeup: Mallarie McNinch, Greenville
Hair: Lea’s Styles n’ Cuts, Greenville