Lindsey and Bennett met at a party in Washington, D.C. When they found out that they both hailed from southern Maine—Bennett from Cape Elizabeth and Lindsey from Kennebunkport—sparks started flying.
On a trip with Bennett’s family to France in the spring of 2012, Bennett proposed. “We were scheduled to arrive in Paris several hours before the rest of Bennett’s family,” Lindsey says. The couple headed into the city and wandered through Les Jardins de Tulieries, the gardens by the Louvre. It was a beautiful sunny and warm day, so the gardens were busy with locals and tourists alike. When Bennett found a perfect, private spot, he asked Lindsey to marry him.
Even though the couple lived in Washington, D.C., there was no question that they would return to Maine to get married. “I always knew that I wanted to get married at St. Ann’s in Kennebunkport and have my reception on the banks of the Kennebunk River at the historic and scenic Breakwater Inn,” Lindsey says.
The couple took advantage of Bennett’s parent’s talents on their wedding day. “Bennett’s mother is a master preserver and his dad is a beekeeper,” Lindsey says. “Our wedding favors were small jars of spiced blueberry preserves, made with blueberries grown, preserved, and canned by his mother, and wild flower honey extracted by his father from his bees in Freeport.” The couple created custom labels for the jars: “Spread the Love” for the jam and “Meant to Bee” for the honey.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about their big day. Here’s what Lindsey said…
…our late grandparents had been able to spend this amazing day with us. Both of us were very close with our grandparents, and we wish they all had been able to be there for our wedding day. Thankfully, Bennett’s grandmother—our last surviving grandparent—was able to attend the wedding and gave a beautiful reading at the wedding ceremony.
I didn’t realize
…how quickly the wedding day flies by. By the time we were leaving for the airport for our honeymoon on Sunday, we could not believe that the entire weekend was over. Thankfully, we both made a point to visit with all of our guests and we took time to see every detail and take in the entire experience.
One of my favorite moments was
…when Bennett serenaded me with our favorite song from one of the first concerts we went to together, accompanied by the Jim Ciampi Band. Bennett secretly coordinated practicing with the band and surprised me, and all of our guests, at the reception!
I’m glad that
…we were able to share the perfect celebration and feature our home state with our closest friends and family. The majority of our friends from Washington, D.C. had never been to Maine before, so it was special for us to be able to introduce them to our home through the experience of our wedding weekend. Most of our friends are planning return trips to Maine, so we think we were pretty good ambassadors!
My advice to other couples is
…enjoy every moment of your wedding day, and don’t let any small hiccup get in the way.
Photography by Russell Caron Wedding Photography
Event Planner: Vaida Labzintyte of The Breakwater Inn and Spa
, Kennebunkport; Kristin Mills Events
Wedding Ceremony: St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Kennebunkport
Reception Venue: The Breakwater Inn
Event Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
, South Portland; Details Event Staging
Florist: Calluna Fine Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Fringe Hair Art
, Kennebunkport; Laurel Wiley of Laurel Makeup
Baker: The Cookie Jar Pastry Shop
, Cape Elizabeth
Transportation: In Town Trolley
, Kennebunkport; Motorland Vintage America
, Biddeford; HydiDrive
Entertainment: The Jim Ciampi Band