Nicole and Brian met through a mutual friend, Caroline, while enjoying a beautiful spring day hanging out in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The women ran into Brian, one of Caroline’s medical school classmates from Stony Brook. He invited them to a house party later that night, then out for a night of dancing.
When the girls showed up at the house party, Brian was awkward and ignored them. The girls were miffed, and left, only to be called by Brian later on when the group was heading out dancing. Nicole and Caroline really wanted to go out dancing, so they met up with Brian.
It didn’t end well. Brian was awkward and aloof, and when he asked for Nicole’s number she was shocked. Irritated at his behavior, she gave him a fake number. Brian returned to Stony Brook to finish out medical school and Nicole figured that was that. But he and his Baltimore friends had set up a co-ed softball team and were in need of some girls. Brian thought about his classmate’s friend whom he had met a couple of weeks earlier. He decided to ask her to join.
Nicole was surprised to hear from the guy she gave the wrong number to. She felt nauseous even thinking about playing softball, a sport she was terrible at, with complete strangers. Still, she decided to step out of her comfort zone and give it a try.
From then on, Nicole and Brian would carpool to every game, talking about family, cats, and sports. Their team went on to have a successful 6-2 record, and Nicole and Brian started a relationship.
Nicole helped support Brian through his residency. “She did everything for me,” he says. “From bringing me dinner during my overnight calls to emotionally supporting me through the struggle of finding a residency. I knew how lucky I was to have her.”
Brian had been looking at rings long before he and Nicole went shopping for one. He knew he wanted to propose…but how? With a three-month rotation looming, he knew he had to act quickly. He decided to pop the question during a vacation with his family to Croatia. Brian went crazy trying to plan the perfect proposal during their trip. He decided to propose during a hike to a mountain peak. With the picturesque Adriatic in the background, he dropped to his knee and asked Nicole to marry him.
“Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to get married in Maine,” says Nicole, who grew up in Winslow, Maine. “Brian’s family, from California, didn’t quite understand why I wanted to get married somewhere cold, but once they arrived it all made sense. There is an indescribably magic to the foliage and crisp air that comes with Maine in October.”
Nicole and Brian’s families and wedding party all stayed at The Mountain House on Sunday River for the celebration. They hosted a lobster bake at the farmhouse to welcome everyone to Maine!
On the big day the women hung around the house and had their hair and makeup done while the guys enjoyed a morning hike. The couple had a First Look with A Perfect Day Photography before the ceremony. Afterwards everyone enjoyed the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing.
“The stars were out and we all took a moment during the reception to watch the launch of International Space Station cargo,” Nicole says. “I loved dancing the night away under the stars with our family and friends.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Nicole said…
I wish…the wedding weekend never had to end. We had such an amazing weekend surrounded by our family and closest friends.
I didn’t realize…how hard it was going to be when the weekend was over. Everyone had such a wonderful weekend together and heading back home, scattered all across the country, was a struggle.
My favorite moments were...when we were able to slip away and be alone together. Practicing our first dance the day before, our First Look, and slipping away to the apple trees for some photos during the reception.
I’m glad that…the family and bridal party were all able to stay at the houses at the venue for a long weekend. It really helped our families get to know each other more intimately.
My advice to other couples is
…to get all the stressing and planning out of the way before your wedding weekend. Although we had a lot of DIY details to do, everything was planned out so it was stress free, and we got to enjoy the weekend. Our wedding day was so relaxed and enjoyable!
Catering: Mountain House Catering, Newry