Kristina and John weren’t your typical high school sweethearts. While they did date briefly in high school, it wasn’t until nearly six years later, when they were both living in Portland, that they reconnected.
While they were dating, they took a trip to Catalina Island, which is off the southern coast of California where they now live. They spent the day hiking and touring the downtown area. That afternoon, they walked to the other side of the island. They sat down to rest on a secluded, pebbled beach to talk. He turned the conversation to the future, setting himself up to pop the question.
“We took a trip to Catalina Island, off the coast of southern California, and spent the day hiking and touring the little downtown area,” Kristina says. “I had an inkling something was up because he wouldn’t let me carry the backpack all day; he had been carrying around a bottle of wine, plastic cups, a blanket, and the ring!”
The couple currently lives in San Diego, but when it came time to plan their wedding, Kristina and John agreed that the big day should take place in the state where their love story began. When they started to plan the details of the wedding, they worked with friends and family to create a day that was special and unique to them. They found The Mooring Bed and Breakfast in Georgetown to be the perfect venue for their Maine wedding. Not only was it a beautiful location with oceanfront views, it was budget friendly, too.
“It was really a beautiful blank canvas that had lots of potential to make it unique and customized,” Kristina says of the B&B. “I have only good things to say about this venue and the owners and staff who made our wedding day flow seamlessly. This was definitely a hidden gem in our search for a Maine venue.”
They rented the five-bedroom inn for Friday and Saturday nights, which allowed them to set up for the wedding and enjoy the venue even more.
Kristina even had the coordinates of the Mooring B&B engraved on the inside of his wedding band as a surprise.
“One of the best parts about having your reception at the Mooring is that they allow you to provide your own alcohol,” Kristina says. “My father, sister, and one of my bridesmaid’s husbands brewed almost all of the beer.”
The only beer that wasn’t brewed by the wedding party was Blueberry Wheat Ale that came from Portland-based Sea Dog Brewing Co. This local culinary flair carried throughout the rest of the catering, too. Kristina and John chose a lobster bake with clams and traditional sides, including red potatoes and corn on the cob. Island Catering—the company exclusively used by The Mooring—tended the event.
“The owner’s son is a lobsterman, so the lobsters are fresh off the boat and the clams are dug locally,” Kristina says.
The cake for the wedding was actually a part of Island Catering’s menu for the lobster bake, and it was none other than a blueberry cake. But the Maine dining experience didn’t stop there. Even the signature drink for the day was the Maine blueberry margarita.
Kristina and John certainly had anything but a cookie-cutter wedding; details were personalized to a tee. They chose to keep the wedding more casual than formal, but the individualized details gave a whimsical, classic-meets-modern theme. “We did not hire a wedding planner, but we had lots of help from our families and friends,” Kristina says. “My mother and sisters were the main generators of creative decoration ideas and the ones who were able to help with all the DIY since I was planning and preparing for the wedding from across the country.”
Another familial, personal touch was that Kristina’s mother was the florist. “She has a gift for all things flowers and offered to do the flowers for the wedding,” Kristina says.
Her father cut and prepared 100 centerpiece vases, made out of bored out birch tree trunks, to hold succulent arrangements that were also intended to serve as wedding favors for guests to take home and enjoy. The bridal party’s bouquets incorporated the succulents, too, along with roses and other July perennials.
In Her Words
We asked Kristina more about her big day. Here’s what she had to say…
I’m so glad that
…we took the time to leave the venue site and travel down the road about a mile to Reid State Park to take additional wedding photos. While the Mooring has beautiful views, there aren’t as many areas for unique photo opportunities as there are on the rocks at the lookout at Reid State Park. It only took an hour for the photos, and our photographer Patricia Takacs, of Kivalo Photography, was so organized and efficient that it was laid back and a nice period of time to be able to enjoy the moment before having to jump in and talk with guests all evening. We had appetizers, a photo booth, and several games of cornhole for the wedding guests, to help keep the festivities going while we were away.
One of my favorite moments was
…seeing all of the do-it-yourself decorations finally come together. It was always difficult for me to visualize all of the different aspects of the wedding decorations and how they would look next to each other, but it was a great moment to see everything look amazing, set up just the way we pictured it.
I didn’t realize
…how much I would enjoy a wedding. I always said I never wanted a big wedding, but my fiance and family convinced me to have one. I now realize the joy of having our family and friends with us to celebrate our marriage was well worth the stress and expense of putting it all together.
…that every couple would be as happy as we are with our special day!
I really liked
…that the weather cooperated that day. We didn’t have a backup plan if it were to rain, so we just hoped for the best and were very fortunate when the forecast cooperated that day. It was sunny for the ceremony, a bit overcast for the afternoon, and then started to sprinkle around 9:30 that night, when everyone started to leave. I think we got the best of both worlds: a little sun and a little rain for good luck on the wedding day.
My advice to other brides is
…to have as much DIY as possible and have as many family members and friends help out as much as they can. They will offer, so let them pitch in as much as you’re comfortable. DIY details will be a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end to have all of the personal touches and satisfaction of seeing all the hard work finally come together in such a special and individualized way for the big day.
Photography by Kivalo Photography
Ceremony & Reception venue: The Mooring Bed & Breakfast
Catering: Island Caterers
Bridal gown: Andrea’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Macy’s
Bridesmaid gowns: Andrea's Bridal
Wedding rings: Zales
Flowers from: Brick House Succulents
, Etna; Arrangements by Candace Atkinson
Cake: Island Caterers
Entertainment: Jon Strader of Ready DJ