Brittany and Kale met in 2009 and quickly realized they were more than just friends.
In the fall of 2013 they decided to jump in the car and take a road trip from Maine to Nashville, Tennessee. “Before we left I asked Brittany’s dad for her hand in marriage,” Kale says. “I told him I didn’t have a plan for the proposal, but that I wanted his blessing just in case.” While making their way through the Grand Ole Opry Hotel, Kale got down on one knee and proposed.
Both Kale and Brittany are from Maine, so having a wedding at home made perfect sense.
Kale’s family owns a campground on Annabessacook Lake in Winthrop. They decided to hold their wedding on the anniversary of their anniversary: 10/10/2015.
“Our campground has never hosted an event like this in its 40 years of existence,” Kale says. “We decided to use my dad’s old airplane hanger for the reception and the beachfront for the ceremony. Two weeks before the wedding we ended up doing a complete overhaul on the hanger on a small budget.”
The couple chose to mill trees on Kale’s family property and redid the walls and ceiling in the hanger. They installed new wiring and replaced windows—finishing just days before the wedding. They had the ceremony site all picked out, but heavy rains washed out their beach. “With enough determination and great help from amazing friends and family, we set up a complete venue the day of our wedding,” Kale says.
Brittany handled all of the decorating and made 180 bags of homemade pinecone fire starters as wedding favors. A friend created escort cards out of slices of wood, and the tables were named after cities that Brittany and Kale had visited since the beginning of their relationship. Brittany’s father made an arbor out of birch wood.
At 4 p.m. the couple tied the knot on the lakefront and made their way up to the reception in Brittany’s father’s classic car. “We had nearly 200 people there to celebrate with us and it lasted late into the night,” Kale says. “Even the DJ was having so much fun that instead of shutting down at 10 p.m. we ended up partying until midnight!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Brittany said…
…the night would have never ended.
One of my favorite moments was
…my new husband grabbing the microphone to sing to me.
I’m glad that
…we decided on a two-year engagement so I had more time to plan the details for our wedding.
I really liked
…everything! I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day!
My advice to other couples is
…to learn how to delegate tasks to people that ask to help. We couldn’t have pulled all of this off without our friends and family.
Photography by Sarah Landry Photography
Venue: Augusta West Kampground
Catering: Famous Dave’s BBQ
Wedding Gown: Patricia Buck Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid’s Attire: JC Penney
Florist: Berry & Berry Floral
Hair & Makeup: Donna Johnson, Winthrop
Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers
Baker: Apple Valley Bakery
Entertainment: DJ Jason Swails