Amy found Kerri on Myspace about 6 years ago. “She messaged me and simply wrote, ‘Hi, you’re cute.’ I responded excitedly with ‘Hi, you’re cute, too.’ We became really great friends for three years before we started dating,” Kerri says.
Amy planned a surprise getaway for Kerri to in order to propose. She suggested they hit the Kittery outlets and to drop their dogs to the kennel for the day, so they wouldn’t have to rush back to their South Portland home to let them out.
On the way south, Amy decided to take a detour to Kennebunkport. Kerri was totally surprised when Amy drove them to a gorgeous Bed & Breakfast. “Amy said, ‘Surprise! I already book us a room here!’ I was shocked,” Kerri said.
Once the couple had settled in to their room, they walked into town to explore and have dinner. The couple had returned to their room, lit a fire, and enjoyed some wine when Amy dropped something on the floor. “When she went to pick it up she was on one knee with the most beautiful ring,” Kerry says. “Of course the first thing out of my mouth was, ‘Are you serious?’ I cried, she got teary, and I never said the word ‘Yes” more certainly in my entire life.”
Since most of their close friends lived in the area, they set about planning a November wedding at the Mariner’s Church Banquet Center in Portland. With Amy hailing from Lewiston, Maine and Kerri from New Hampshire, they knew Portland would be an easy destination for their families to travel to.
Even though it was November, and a bit chilly, the couple had photos taken outside in Portland’s Old Port district. “When we went outside people were shouting their congratulations,” Kerri says. “It felt amazing to have that kind of support from people that didn’t even know us.”
In their words…
We asked Amy and Kerri more about their big day. Here’s what they said…
…the reception had been longer. We had so much fun! (Kerri)
One of my favorite moments was
…after I read my vows, Kerri responded with “I KNEW yours were going to be better than mine!” Everyone went from crying to laughing, which seemed to be the theme of the ceremony. (Amy)
I’m glad that
…the most important people in our lives were able to attend. (Kerri)
My advice to other couples is
…start planning early and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Photography by Justine Johnson Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Mariner’s Church Banquet Center
Catering: Mariner’s Church Banquet Center
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
Tux: Antoines Formal Wear & Tailor Shop
Florist: Emily Carter Floral Designs
Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers
Cake: Two Fat Cats Bakery