Becca and Zach first met at a networking function sponsored by Becca’s employer. They exchanged numbers, but Zach never called. Three weeks later, they bumped into each other again at a concert. “I look over and he’s standing three feet to my left,” Becca says. “Before he saw me I sent him a creepy text to be funny that said, ‘I’m watching you.’” They’ve been together ever since.
Ever since Becca, who hails from Bucksport, Maine, moved to Florida, she’s wanted to visit Sanibel Island. “I heard it has bountiful white sand and shelling beaches, which is one of my favorite pastimes,” she says. Zach and Becca planned a weekend getaway to the island, which is when Zach decided to pop the question.
On their last night on the island, Zach grabbed a backpack and a bottle of wine from their hotel room, and they headed to the beach to watch the sunset. “He asked me to take a walk just as the sun was making its final descent into the horizon,” she says. “We stopped, and he starts trying to find the right words. I honestly don’t remember anything he said to me, but I’m sure it was heartfelt and wonderful. I just remember him dropping to one knee and asking him to marry me. Romance at its finest!”
Becca was excited to start planning her wedding in Bar Harbor Maine. “Mount Desert Island has been my favorite place in the world ever since I was little,” she says. “I have some of my fondest memories from my youth on that island. I’ll always be a Maine girl.”
It was important to the couple that their wedding location had lots of accommodations and things to do for their guests. Bar Harbor perfectly fit the bill. “Much of our family lives three to eight hours away, so it was a destination wedding. It brought everyone together for the weekend, not just one day,” Becca says. “I know the people of Bar Harbor, and they are very friendly and welcoming people. We knew we could get expert, professional services second to none, with the friendly demeanor of true small town Maine people.”
The ceremony at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church came and went beautifully. Zach and Becca left their ceremony in a horse drawn carriage, led by two stunning Clydesdales. “The carriage was a surprise from Zach’s parents, and it was something special,” Becca says. Guests took a leisurely stroll from the church to the Bar Harbor Club for the reception.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Becca said…
…I could have again that unbelievably heartwarming feeling I had the day before our wedding, when we were strolling the streets of Bar Harbor, running into family and friends, and having that realization that they all made the journey for Zach and I, to celebrate our families coming together, and to share in our love and happiness.
I didn’t realize
…how easy it was going to be to plan my wedding. I didn’t experience the stress that everyone claims comes with the wedding planning process. After it was all said and done, I look back and never felt that it was a difficult or stressful thing to do. I found planning a wedding in 7 months out of state to not be all that challenging. I used Pinterest to relay pictures of exactly what I wanted for flowers. I selected a cake from our baker’s portfolio so I knew it would be perfect. David’s Bridals are everywhere, so my bridesmaids were able to visit their local store and get fitted. Our event coordinator Deb Jordan at the club was just fabulous. Fabulous. I suppose if I built a reception site out of scratch, or wasn’t familiar with the town we were working with that’d be another story...
One of my favorite moments was
…when I saw my husband walking down the aisle. I could see him say "Wow" and trust me; I was thinking the same thing!
I’m glad that
…the weather held! We married in late October in Maine, and heck, it's Maine, it could have snowed! You never quite know, but the weather all weekend long was amazing. It was sunny and warm during the day, and beautifully cool at night. The indoor/outdoor set up of the ballroom was so comfortable and enjoyable. You could dance your socks off inside and overheat, then walk out onto the granite patio to grab another drink and cool off.
My advice to othercouples is
…once you've made a decision on something, such as your colors, flowers, cake, favors, etc…, rule the decision final! Waffling wastes time and brainpower so try to avoid it. This will help keep the anxiety of too much to do at bay. That, along with hiring professionals who have “done this before” that are competent and confident!
Photography by Closer North
Ceremony Venue: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
, Bar Harbor
Reception Venue: The Bar Harbor Club
Bridesmaids Gowns: David’s Bridal
Florist: Queen Anne’s Flower Shop
, Bar Harbor
Hair & Makeup: Echo Salon
, Bar Harbor
Baker: Celebration Cakes by Janice Strout
, Hulls Cove
Entertainment: Ceremony: Duo by the Sea, Bar Harbor; Reception: High Tech Entertainment
Transportation: Wild Iris Farm
, Bar Harbor
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Jenna & Jason
Jessica & Anthony
Rebecca & Bryce
Christiana & Joel