Whitney and Kyle first met as students at the University of Maine. But they didn’t start dating until a year later when they ran into each other years later in Portland, Maine.
“Kyle and I had left school and began our careers,” Whitney says. “Kyle was living in Boston and I was in Portland. We spent just our weekends together until I moved to Boston to be with him.”
One of Whitney and Kyle’s traditions is to attend the Nutcracker Ballet every December at the Boston Opera House. Kyle decided to turn this tradition into the perfect proposal. Plans were set for the show and dinner after. It was a Friday, and Kyle and Whitney had worked all day, rushing to the Boston Opera House just in time to grab a glass of Champagne before the show.
“Throughout the entire ballet Kyle was breathing heavy and I thought he wasn’t feeling well,” Whitney says. “He insisted on going to dinner after the show, even though he was clearly ill.” They ate at a French restaurant on nearby Boylston Street and, after dinner, Kyle suggested that they take a walk through the Boston Public Garden. “I attempted to talk him out of this idea because it was raining and we only had one umbrella…but he insisted.”
The couple strolled to the footbridge where Kyle suddenly dropped to one knee and proposed. “I can’t remember the rest, but it was my most favorite night!” Whitney says.
Whitney grew up in Bethel, Maine, and Kyle in Bar Harbor, Maine. They chose to get married at The Bethel Inn Resort because of the gorgeous scenery, and because the resort’s wedding coordinator is Whitney’s mother, Tammy James.
The couple began their wedding day by enjoying breakfast together with their wedding party. “Kyle and I were both nerve for the day, and eating breakfast together was a nice way to ease into the busy day,” Whitney says.
Whitney and her bridesmaids retreated to one of the Bethel Inn’s town houses to get ready for the day. “Before I could even think about being nervous, it was time to get into my dress!” Whitney says. The couple had planned a first look before the ceremony to share an intimate moment before celebrating with friends and family. “It was one of the only moments during the day that we had together.”
They chose to have a close friend officiate their ceremony, which was held outside on the Bethel Inn golf course. “It was important to us that we be married by someone who knows us both very well,” Whitney says. After the short and sweet ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails in the Bethel Inn rose garden.
The inn’s main dining room was the site for Whitney and Kyle’s reception dinner. Dancing was held outside under a tent. “The party was amazing!” Whitney says. “Our guests enjoyed the photo booth and danced the night away!” At 10:30 p.m., guests moved back inside to the tavern bar for late night pizza.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Whitney said…
I wish…that I could wear my wedding dress again.
I didn’t realize…how nervous I would be to walk down the aisle.
One of my favorite moments was…the expression on Kyle’s face during our first look.
I’m glad that…we had our friend officiate the ceremony. This was very special to us and also made us more comfortable while saying our vows.
I really liked…spending the entire day surrounded by family and friends.
My advice to other couples is…to make sure to plan a honeymoon!
Kyle & Whitney Wedding from Firefly Aerial Solutions LLC on Vimeo.
Photography by Michael Wilson Wedding Photographer
Videography: Firefly Aerial Solutions, Biddeford
Wedding Planner: Tammy James, The Bethel Inn Resort
Venue: The Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel
Wedding Gown: Andrea’s Bridal, Portland
Florist: The Flower Girl Wedding Florist, Sabattus
Baker: Piece of Cake by Carri McPherson, Hanover
Entertainment: The Celebration Corporation with DJ Alex Sirois, Minot