The night Tom proposed to his college sweetheart, Tessa, was a warm and starry one in Maine.
The couple, who met in high school but didn’t start dating until college, was sitting around a campfire at Tom’s family’s lake house. After encouraging Tessa to look behind the woodpile to find the bottle of wine and two glasses that he had hid there earlier, Tom got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
Tessa and Tom, who were born and raised in Massachusetts, decided that the lake house in Maine was the perfect place to get married. “The Weaver’s lake house is a beautiful setting and one of our favorite places in the world,” Tessa says. “We have shared countless happy memories there, including becoming engaged, and thought it would feel meaningful to get married in a place that holds so much personal history.”
Family and friends pitched in to make Tessa and Tom’s wedding memorable. Tom, a home brewer who grows his own hops, brewed most of the beer that was served at the wedding reception. Tessa, her mother, Tom’s mother, and Tom’s sister made blueberry jam, which was given out as wedding favors.
“I wish that the day could have lasted forever!” Tessa says. “We had a day filled with happiness, love, and fun. It was amazing to see everyone up and dancing to the fantastic band. Even Gram joined us on the dance floor!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Tessa said…
I didn’t realize
…just how costly weddings can be! We were disappointed to find that our original budget was unrealistic. There is no way that we could have had the wedding that we did without the support of our families.
One of my favorite moments was
…when our officiant said the words, “I now pronounce you…!” What a joyful moment! Another was when the band, some of whom we had known since high school, sang a song written about Tom back when we were in high school. It had been ages since we heard it and it was a great surprise.
I really liked
…seeing all of the people that we know from all different parts of our lives in one place together. Amazing!
My advice to other couples is
…to figure out what things you really care most about. During the planning process, spend your time on those and make sure you create something you are really happy with.
Photography by Becca Wood Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Weaver family lake house, Litchfield
Rentals: Maine Bay Canvas
, Portland and One Stop Event Rentals
, South Portland
Catering: Foster’s Clambakes & Catering
Florist: Laurie Saunders from
It’s Your Day Florist & Event Planning, Gardiner
Hair: Kennebec Cutters and Co., Richmond
Baker: White Flour Catering