By Kaylie Reese
While man’s best friend wasn’t the best man at their wedding, Bruce and Nicole’s dog, Brock, certainly played a pivotal role in their walk down the aisle.
Nicole and Bruce always looked forward to spending Sundays together while they were dating. Bruce would make breakfast, and they would make plans to spend the day together. One Sunday, they planned to take the dog for a walk after breakfast. While Bruce was beginning to cook, Nicole lay in bed a bit longer, but she heard the dog become excited as Bruce was putting his collar on.
“I called the dog over to calm him down and take his collar off, since we were not ready to leave yet,” Nicole says. “Brock jumped on the bed, and as I went to take his collar off I noticed something hanging…my engagement ring. While I was still in shock, Bruce came walking in and asked me to marry him.”
Bruce and Nicole held their wedding in Portland at First Parish. Bruce is a native Mainer but Nicole grew up in Massachusetts, so Portland was a fitting middle point for their families to convene.
“With my family from Massachusetts and Bruce’s family living in central Maine, we felt that Portland was a great spot to get married,” Nicole says. “It allowed for out-of-towners to enjoy the whole summer weekend in Portland.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride about her big day. Here’s what Nicole said…
...the day lasted longer and I was able to spend more time with all our guests. The day went by way too fast!
I didn’t realize
...there were so many little details to plan for the wedding.
One of my favorite moments was
...walking down the aisle and seeing Bruce. I barely remember anyone around us at that point; it felt like it was just he and I.
I’m glad that
...all our hard work in planning paid off and our guests enjoyed themselves!
My advice to other brides is
...don't stress too much with the planning, enjoy it and remember it's about you and your husband and that everyone is there to celebrate the love you share.
Photography by Aja Stephan Photography
Ceremony venue: First Parish
Reception venue: Holiday Inn by the Bay
Wedding gown: Andrea’s Bridal
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
, South Portland
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Cake: Cakes Extraordinaire
Florist: Sawyer & Company
Entertainment: JT Entertainment, Lewiston