Adam was the same high school class as Genevieve’s sister. “Adam came over in ninth grade to work on a school project with my older sister, and I have had a crush on him ever since!” Genevieve says.
The couple had been dating for about four-and-a-half years when Genevieve started suspecting a proposal. “I started getting really dolled up every time he took me anywhere special, just in case,” she says.
In the spring of 2014, right after an ice storm, they visited the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in their home state of Ohio. “It’s so beautiful there on a normal day, and especially spectacular when everything is covered with ice and sparkling,” Genevieve says. “We were walking across a small wooden bridge when I turned and saw him down on one knee with something that was really sparkling!”
Instead of getting married in Ohio, the couple, who are both from The Buckeye State, opted for a destination wedding in Bar Harbor, Maine. “I visited Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in 2012 with my college for a Marine Biology & Ecology of Maine course,” Genevieve says. “I absolutely fell in love with the area. I was obsessed with Acadia National Park and, to get me to shut up about it, my parents booked a family vacation to Mount Desert Island in 2014 to see what all the hype was about.” Genevieve and Adam hired Lexi Lowell Photography to take their engagement photos in Bar Harbor and throughout the park. “We thought it would be fun to do a tour and wedding tasting at the Bar Harbor Inn. Everything was so fabulous that we booked it on the spot!”
They began planning their wedding around the theme, “You’re My Soul Matey” and had the first nautical Maine wedding in family history! “I needed all my loved ones to experience Maine,” Genevieve says. “To me, it’s the most beautiful place in the world!”
On the morning of the wedding day, Adam took his family and friends out to breakfast at Jordan’s and a tour around Acadia’s hotspots. Genevieve’s family and friends went for a hike, careful to avoid Adam. Everyone started getting ready at 2 p.m. for the 4:30 p.m. ceremony on the lawn at the Bar Harbor Inn.
“We had the most perfect weather and our guests were able to enjoy cocktail hour from the Porcupine Room at the Bar Harbor Inn while we took photos overlooking Frenchman’s Bay,” Genevieve says. Guests dined on filet mignon, lobster, and a soup bar with New England classics.
“It was a true Maine experience!” Genevieve says. “Everyone had full hearts and bellies that night.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Genevieve said…
I didn’t realize…I would go deaf coming down the aisle! We had a cellist and a violinist and I never even noticed them. I heard they were fantastic! All I was thinking about was holding on to my beloved daddy and walking toward my handsome husband.
One of my favorite moments was…looking around the Porcupine Room at dinner. I loved dinner so much—not only because I was starving and it was delicious, but because it was my first time seeing our two families as one. Everyone was laughing and talking from table to table. I wanted it to be intimate, and it certainly was.
I’m glad that…we chose to have a destination wedding. It was so easy and laid back! Having such a small guest list kept everything extremely relaxed.
My advice to other couples is
…to enjoy your engagement and don’t think too much about the tiny aspects of your big day. Take the planning process one day at a time and slowly cross things off your to-do list. It isn’t as overwhelming as it seems if you only bite off a little at a time. Go into your marriage focused on the marriage itself, not every tiny little detail of your tablescape.