Amy had one special place in mind for her Maine wedding to Keith—a rural 1797 barn and farm house at the end of a rural dirt road. It’s where the bride, who grew up in New York, spent her summers and holidays growing up.
“We wanted to escape the ordinary with our wedding and create a beautiful adventure that bridged fantasy and rustic themes,” Amy says. “At the same time, I wanted to create an event that was personal, a tapestry of what we love and cherish.”
Amy and Keith drew inspiration from Scandinavian designs and colors as well as the rustic New England setting of the venue. “I didn’t just want a pretty wedding,” she says. “I wanted to create an experience, a departure from the trending conventional wedding.”
Amy Spallone and Keith Sweeney met during medical school at Albany Medical College in 2011. At the time, Amy was looking for apartments. After viewing three, the next on her list was a small, rear apartment. Another medical student named Keith, who lived in an apartment in the front of the building, was scheduled to show the place to her. “I arrived at the address and saw this tall, incredibly attractive guy standing on the front lawn wearing glasses and holding a stack of textbook and his laptop,” Amy says. “A definite nerd dream.”
Keith was all business…showing her the apartment then running off, back to his lab. A few weeks later, while Amy was unpacking her boxes into that small, rear apartment, she cut her finger deeply. She knew she needed stitches. “It was late at night and classes hadn’t started yet, so the only person I knew was my dreamy neighbor, Keith,” she says. She called him and before she could even ask for help, he told her he’d be right over. He drove her to the emergency room and spent the next several hours talking and getting to know each other. “Five years later, I can still see the scar on my finger from that providential night,” Amy says.
Keith’s proposal was a surprise. He planned a fall foliage hike in Saratoga Springs, packing he and Amy an overnight bag. “We set off on our hike, stopping frequently to look at all the beautiful Fall foliage,” Amy says. “At one particularly scenic stop in front of a small waterfall, I was caught in a wearied daze looking at all the leaves. When I turned around, Keith was presenting me with a beautiful sapphire ring. It admittedly took me a few seconds to realized what was going on but once I snapped out of it, I accepted his proposal and we shared a toast in front of that beautiful waterfall and falling leaves.”
Amy and Keith set out to create a wedding that fit them as a couple. “The light-hearted mood and unscripted progression of the whole day was a true reflection of who we are as a couple,” Amy says. “I have a hard time fitting my ideas, inspirations, and creativity inside the confinement of tradition. From my wedding dress to the vows and the reception, we planned a wedding day that was exactly how we had imagined.”
On the morning of her wedding, Amy was up early. Her mom heard her creeping around and got up to make coffee and help her daughter decorate the cakes she had brought from The European Bakery. Before she knew it, Amy was getting dolled up for her First Look with Keith. “I was so excited to see Keith and I could hardly contain my excitement!” she says. The heartfelt ceremony under an old Maple tree ended with a group photograph infront of the barn.
Guests headed to the tent for a cocktail hour, then a reception complete with a true Maine lobster bake. “Our guests spent the afternoon and evening eating, dancing, imbibing, and playing lawn games,” Amy says.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Amy said…
I wish…I could relive our day all over again. We had so much fun!
I didn’t realize…how quickly the day would pass. From sun up to sun down, the non-stop celebration made the whole day feel like it happened in a few minutes.
One of my favorite moments was…standing with Keith near the end of the tent looking over the festivities while our friends and families enjoyed the reception. Both of us had this swell of feelings and overwhelming sense of gratitude and humility as we acknowledged how incredibly lucky we were to have so many wonderful people in our lives who loved us enough to travel from all over the country to share our day with us. It was a truly wonderful moment that I’ll always remember.
I’m glad that…we had a small wedding. We never felt overwhelmed or stressed to visit with each of our guests and the vibe was perfect for our personalities.
I really loved
…my wedding planner! Emily Hricko’s website was full of gushing reviews and a portfolio of events that were absolutely breathtaking. I immediately identified with her style; a charming, elegant, purist eye for details and an incredible ability to create a fluid motif throughout an event. Through the 14 months of planning, she was always available and kept me on track. The day before my event, she was with me all day, helping to organize items/rentals and running through the next day’s schedule with the whole family. The day of, she was there bright and early setting up the ceremony and attending individually to each loose-end, making sure nothing was overlooked. During the wedding day, I kept hearing over and over that my wedding was the most beautiful and most unique wedding any of my guests had ever attended. This is precisely why I chose Emily Elizabeth Events!