Shannon and David met at work; they’re both police officers for the City of Bangor. “We love Maine,” Shannon says. “We both grew up here and most of our hobbies are centered around the outdoors.”
David decided to pop the question during one of the couple’s favorite winter activities: snowmobiling! In February, 2016, Shannon and David went on a snowmobile trip to Jackman, Maine with two of their closest friends. David had reserved a cabin with a porch overlooking the snowy, frozen lake. After the proposal they spend the rest of the weekend snowmobiling and celebrating in northern Maine.
The couple love the fall, and decided to have an October wedding in David’s hometown of Dover-Foxcroft. They held their ceremony under a big oak tree at David’s childhood home and the reception at the event space at The Mill Inn. “Because the foliage was so bright, I was really set on everything else being simple and white,” Shannon says. They decorated with white pumpkins and white mums.
Shannon conducted some research on reception venues in the area and came across The Mill, a converted mill that is now home to an event space, café, overnight accommodations, and offices. “I loved the unique, industrial vibe,” Shannon says. They booked it right away. “The reception had a rustic industrial feel. I used all neutral tones, wood crates, metal lanterns, and neutral flowers. It came together even better than I imagined!”
Shannon and David’s wedding was completely DIY and they relied on family members for help. David’s mother created favors from her beehive. Shannon’s sister’s mother in law made the table cards with an Irish prayer. Shannon’s mother and sister put together all the flower arrangements. Shannon painted all the mason jars and made the table numbers. “My hair dresser, our baker, and the officiant were all friends of ours, so that made our day even more special,” Shannon says.
On the big day, Shannon and her bridesmaids woke up at the Inn at the mill and grabbed coffee and breakfast from the café downstairs. They spent time together getting ready with their hair stylist, lounging around in mismatched red flannel and leggings sipping mimosas. “It was the most fun 5 hours,” Shannon says. “We all know each other really well and can get really loud and talkative when we’re together.”
The guys spent the night down the road at Pleasant River Guides Cabins and spent the morning getting the ceremony site set up. David and Shannon had written each other letters, and the last thing they both did before heading to their wedding ceremony was to read them. “Dave’s letter included a beautiful necklace,” Shannon says. “It’s a gold plate with our wedding date in Roman numerals engraved into it.”
It was a surreal experience for Shannon to arrive at the ceremony site. She could see David but he couldn’t see her. Everything they had worked on for so long perfectly came together on a beautiful fall day.
The ceremony was a blur because both Shannon and David were so nervous. After photos at the ceremony site and at The Mill, the couple were announced as “Husband and Wife.” “Our DJ was amazing and kept the flow of the reception going from start to finish,” Shannon says. “It was truly the most fun night we’ve ever had.”
After the reception ended, a group went across the street to Pat’s Pizza for an after party. “The owner kept the kitchen open late for us,” Shannon says. “Our guests joined us for pizza and appetizers, and a few more drinks to finish off the night.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about her big day. Here’s what Shannon said…
I wish…I could relive the entire weekend over and over! It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling when it’s all over. I wish I could put into words how heartwarming and meaningful the entire weekend was! It was truly the best day ever.
I didn’t realize…what people meant when they said the night will fly by! It felt like a matter of minutes from the time we got introduced into the reception, to the last song!
I’m glad that…we had our wedding somewhere personal to us. It made the whole event so much more special and meaningful.
I really liked…that we wrote each other letters for the morning of our wedding day. The last line of the one Dave wrote me said “I will be waiting for you in front of our family and closest friends. It’s finally our day, and I can’t wait to spend it with you.” Every time I pull that letter out and read it, it takes me back to that those last few minutes before we said “I do” and how excited and full of emotion we were. I’m glad we did that, so I always have that letter to look back on and remember how I felt in those moments.
My advice to other couples is
…enjoy every moment. It goes by SO fast. Take in every single moment and make a conscious effort to be present and feel all the emotions!
Reception Venue: The Mill
Hair & Makeup: Jodi, Neyda, and Nicole from Salon Halcyon