It might have been risky for Gabe to bring Anna’s engagement ring on a sea kayaking trip, but it made for the perfect surprise proposal.
The couple was sea kayaking off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts with Gabe’s family when Gabe proposed. Anna, completely surprised, asked if the ring was real. She couldn’t fathom that he’d bring an engagement ring into the middle of the ocean. Gabe’s sister had snuck champagne and plastic flutes into her kayak for a mid-paddle toast. The couple were married in Maine on Labor Day, exactly one year after the proposal.
Anna, who hails from Auburn, Maine, never considered getting married outside of the Pine Tree state. “Is there any Maine girl that gets married elsewhere, no matter where her career and live has brought her geographically?” she says.
The couple’s wedding was kid friendly to include all the special little ones in their lives. Anna and Gabe hired two teenagers to watch the kids at the reception, and Anna’s mom decked out a special area of the reception venue where the kids could play games and do crafts.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about their big day. Here’s what Anna said…
…everyone could be so fortunate as to not only find the love of their life, but to get a whole day to celebrate it with everyone else who loves them.
One of my favorite moments was
…our first dance. Everyone thought we’d taken dance lessons, but at Gabe’s urging, we had just watched a few lessons on YouTube a few weeks before and rehearsed a bit in our living room. It was so much better than bob and sway or an off-the-beat waltz. Plus we ended up with one of the best photos from the whole wedding.
I’m glad that
…the weather was absolutely perfect.
I really liked
…that so many of our guests were genuinely complimentary of our ceremony. We very consciously planned the ceremony with our amazing officiant, and relied on input from both of our families for cultural and religious traditions to include.
My advice to other couples is
…to do your best to be humble and gracious, event when it is challenging. You will feel like (and be) a better person for it. It can be easy to get swept up in the excitement and frills, and family members will share many unsolicited opinions, which can result in an “it’s my day, I’ll do what I want” attitude. When we took a step back on our wedding day, what really awed us was the fact that this would be the only days in our lives that all of these wonderful humans we are so lucky to call friends and family would be under one roof, dancing the night away. To us, that is the most beautiful aspect of a wedding.
Photography by Melissa Mullen Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Maine Maritime Museum
Catering: Kitchen Chicks Catering
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
Florist: Centerpieces by Watershed Floral Design & Event Styling
, Portland and Personal Flowers by Kennebec Flower Farm
Salon: Betsy’s Salon and Spa
Cake: Let Them Eat Cake
Transportation: The Bath Trolley
Officiant: Marguerite Stapleton from Wisdom Works
Entertainment: Amazing DJ Music