Lisa and Dan met for the first time, face to face, on New Year’s Eve 2010. The couple had been introduced through mutual friends, and had only sent each other text messages before their NYE blind date. They stayed up talking until 4 am.
Dan decided to pop the question during a trip the couple took to Burlington, Vermont in March 2012. Dan had attended the University of Vermont was excited to share his love of the city with Lisa. After dinner the couple returned to their hotel room to watch TV and enjoy the bottle of champagne they had bought earlier in the day. “Dan had planned to propose outdoors, but since it was 5 degrees out, he improvised,” Lisa says. “He got down on one knee and gave a speech that I honestly don’t remember because I was in shock. Since it was midnight, we decided to wait until the morning to call our family and friends. It was the longest night ever.
Lisa and Dan decided to get married in Portland, where they met and where they live. Lisa also had had her eye on the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for quite some time. “We are both Catholic and wanted to have a church wedding,” Lisa says. “What better place than the beautiful cathedral?”
Lisa says that walking down the aisle on her wedding day towards Dan was surreal. “I knew there were a lot of people around, but it felt as though it was only us,” she says. After the ceremony, the couple had a 1962 Bentley pick them up to transport them to The Portland Club for their reception. “Driving around in that car was amazing!” Lisa says. “It was the first few minutes of being married, and people were honking and waving.”
The night flew by, and before the couple knew it, their guests were holding sparklers for their send-off. After, Lisa and Dan met some family and friends in downtown Portland to continue the celebration. “Dan and I arrived at The Armory in our wedding attire, and once inside met a couple that was celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary,” Lisa says. “They were just about to have a champagne toast with their friends and gave each of us a glass and toasted to us as well. It was truly awesome.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Lisa said...
I wish…we could do it all over again. It was amazing and humbling that all of our guests were there in support of us. Best day of our lives—so far.
One of my favorite moments was…the sparkler send-off at the end of the reception. It was the best way to end such a wonderful day.
I’m glad that…it poured rain the day before our wedding and was cloudy on our wedding day. We were lucky in that everything went perfectly. I don’t think all couples cay say that, but we can.
I really liked…taking photos on Wharf Street. Portland makes a beautiful backdrop.
My advice to other couples is
…to do exactly what you want for your day and not to be afraid to ask vendors questions during the planning process. Dan and I are happy that we were active in the planning and vocal about what we wanted.
Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland