Madawaska Memories
 
Stephanie and Robby held an epic wedding at the northern tip of Maine for 320 of their closest friends and family. They laughed, cried, and danced the night away.
 
By Mimi Pinette
Photography by Sierra Kristen Photography
 
Stephanie Cyr and Robby Nadeau met right before summer break. Stephanie was attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent and met Robby at the party of a mutual friend of Friday night. They hit if off and reconnected the next day at a barbecue.
           
“Robby wasn’t like the other guys,” Stephanie says. “He was more mature and attentive. He actually listened to what I was saying.” That weekend she looked past the work out black jeans and t-shirt full of holes and began to fall in love. “He told me my smile was infectious! We both smiled all weekend long.”
 
They didn’t really pay much attention to anyone else that weekend. “I couldn’t tell you who else was there,” Stephanie says. “It was like they were all blurred out and it was only us. It sounds really cheesy—but it’s true!”
 
When Robby moved downstate a few days later to work for the summer, he kept the romance alive by driving north—five and a half hours one way—every weekend. They moved in together while Stephanie finished her undergraduate degree.
 
Robby decided to throw Stephanie a curve ball and propose the night before her birthday. She returned home from a rough night of waitressing to a heart-shaped cake that Robby had baked her. He stayed true to the couple’s birthday tradition and got Stephanie two cards—one funny one and one sappy one.
 
“I read the funny one and started laughing. Then I picked up the sappy one, and I’m reading his lovely message and at the end of it he asked me to marry him,” Stephanie says. “When I looked up, he was down on one knee with a ring.”
 
Stephanie and Robby are both from northern Maine—she from Madawaska and he from Plaistead. So getting married at home was important. They held their ceremony at her family’s parish—St. David Catholic Church in Madawaska—which is both gorgeous and large enough to hold all 320 wedding guests.
 
Because of the size of their guest list, the couple didn’t have many options when it came to their reception venue. “The Knights of Columbus Hall in Madawaska was basically the only place that would hold all those people!” Stephanie says. “We got married in my hometown so that everyone was able to come and celebrate with us.” And they did.
 
With the help of Tina Boucher from Interior Accents, the couple transformed the Knights of Columbus Hall into a gorgeous event center using drapes and lighting. They called upon their talented friends and family for other aspects of their wedding—from the cousins who sang during the ceremony and helped with the bouquets to the friends who handled the reception entertainment.
 
Stephanie’s love of jewel-tone colors and peacock feathers played a starring role in her wedding. From her father’s turquoise Chevy pick-up truck to the embellishment on her royal blue high heels—this wedding was a peacock paradise. The couple planned a candy bar with all purple and turquoise candy and Stephanie’s mother made 320 turquoise peacock chocolate lollipops. The groomsmen were even decked out in plumes—their boutonnieres were peacock feathers.
 
The night before the big day, Stephanie and her bridesmaids spent the nigh together at the Four Seasons Bed & Breakfast in Soldier Pond. “In the morning we had three hairdressers come up and do everyone’s hair and makeup,” Stephanie says. “I loved having everyone together, painting our toenails, and enjoying the three hot tubs!”
 
On her wedding day, Stephanie wore a special angel pin that is a Nadeau family heirloom. It belonged to one of Robby’s cousins who passed away while planning her wedding. She had wanted to wear the pin during her wedding, and now all of the family members who get married wear the pin in her honor. “It is something old, borrowed, and blue all at the same time,” Stephanie says.
 
The couple planned a “first look” photo session before their wedding ceremony and the entire wedding party got together in a couple different locations for photos that feature that gorgeous classic Chevy truck and the natural beauty of Aroostook County.
 
“I wish I could do it again!” Stephanie says. “Robby and I had a few wonderful private moments thetehr that day. That is what it’s all about—each other.”
 
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about their special day. Here’s what Stephanie says…
 
I’m so glad that…we exchanged cards, and had a few private moments together that day. That is what the day is really all about, each other.
 
One of my favorite moments was…jamming out to Tom Petty on the ay to the reception with Robby in the Chevy. I also loved watching him belt out the words to the song “No One” by Alicia Keys as the last song of the night!
 
I really liked…having my bridesmaids stay with me the night before, getting our nails done together, and enjoying the three hot tubs at the Bed & Breakfast we stayed at.
 
I didn’t realize…how much love our friends and family have for us! It was astounding the amount of love and support we received!
 
My advice to other brides is…to smile! If you’re enjoying yourself so will everyone else!
 
Maine Vendors
Photography: Sierra Kristen Photography
Ceremony: St. David Catholic Church, Madawaska
Reception: Knights of Columbus Hall, Madawaska
Caterer: Aramark, UMaine at Fort Kent
Décor: Tina Boucher, Interior Accents, Madawaska
Grooms’ Tux: Davis Clothing, Madawaska
Bridesmaid Dresses: House of Brides, Bangor
Florist: Tim Cyr, Season’s Wedding Florals, Caribou
Wedding Bands: Day’s Jewelers, South Portland
Salon: Beth Marin, The Total Look; Niki Voisine, Tangles; Marlene Gendreau, Cut & Curl
Cake: Samantha Berry Boucher, Custom Cake Café, Fort Kent
DJ: Steve Doucette