Derek popped the question on a perfect April day in the middle of Boston Common. “I was completely surprised,” Meghan says. “People were clapping as I said ‘Yes!’”
Derek is from New Mexico and Meghan is from New Jersey. The couple met in North Carolina and moved together to Portland, Maine. The couple, who had spent the last three years living in the Pine Tree State wanted to show off their new hometown to their friends and family, and decided to get married here. “We wanted to make sure our guests, the majority of whom were traveling to be here, understood what a beautiful, peaceful, and rustic place it is,” Meghan says. “We were all about sharing this perfect part of the country and introducing it to our loved ones.”
The couple’s wedding day was the perfect expression of who they are as a couple: romantic, fun, and a little bit old fashioned. Meghan asked her grandparents to write her and Derek a letter describing make makes lasting love, and that letter served as one of their readings during their ceremony. “My grandparents are elderly and live in New Jersey and are unable to travel, so unfortunately they couldn’t be at our wedding,” Meghan says. “We loved the way we could have them be a part of our wedding even though they couldn’t physically be present. They have been married 60 years and have 11 children, 15 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. We figured they’d give us some pretty good advice about a long, happy life together.”
From Meghan and Derek’s ceremony, to the cocktails, to the reception, each detail was meant to embody Maine’s rustic charm. Their colors of soft gray and white with pops of yellow was meant to feel both feminine and masculine. “The overall vibe was both modern and rustic; romantic and edgy,” Meghan says. “We wanted to day to be about romance and, of course, a really awesome party!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Meghan said…
…someone had told me to wear a lighter dress! By the end of the night, it was soooooo heavy! I also wish we had had more time with each guest. I wish I had more time to dance, more time to talk, and more time to drink and eat. It feels like it’s gone in a heartbeat.
I didn’t realize
…how quickly it would all be over! Fortunately, I was given advice before hand to savor every moment. That’s exactly what I tried to do.
One of my favorite moments was
…actually two moments. Number one, at the top of the aisle while on my father’s arm, just taking a moment to breathe, look around, and take it all in. If I close my eyes I can still see our guests, the flowers, the minister—all as if it just happened. I love reliving that moment. The second, believe it or not, was the rain during our outdoor ceremony! We exchanged vows in a very lush and heavily tree-shaded outdoor area. The leaves on the trees stopped the rain, but you could hear it falling softly. Everyone stayed dry, but the sound of the rain added a romantic touch.
I’m glad that
…I didn’t trip while walking down the aisle. I was so worried I would!
I really liked
…seeing our closest friends from all different parts of the country become friends and get to know our families. Even though some had just met for the first time on our wedding day, there was a closeness that you can’t describe, you can only feel.
My advice to other couples is
…don’t stress about being stressed! I think couples make wedding planning worse when they think it should be smooth and easy all the time. You will, inevitably, hit bumps in the road during the process. It’s ok to get frustrated. Having said that, just know that the best day and night of your life is at the end of the tunnel. The greatest part? You are married to the love of your life when it’s all said and done!
Photography by Becca Wood Photography
Venue: The Barn on Walnut Hill
, North Yarmouth
Catering: Kitchen Chicks Catering
Wedding Gown: Andrea’s Bridal
Florist: Emily Carter Floral Designs
Makeup: Studio Heleni
Wedding Rings: Jared
, South Portland
Baker: Love Cupcakes
, The Holy Donut
, and Two Fat Cats Bakery