Annie and Benjy met during their sophomore year at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. “My friend Dan kept telling me about this guy, Benjy, and how much I would like him, long before we met,” Annie says. “When we finally did meet, we were inseparable.”
Benjy planned a surprise getaway for the couple’s fifth anniversary, telling Annie only what to pack. The couple headed out from their home in Brookline, Massachusetts in the direction of the Berkshires. “After a wonderful day at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, hen promised to finally give me my very belated birthday present, which I had become skeptical was ever arriving,” Annie says. “It turned out he had commissioned a song by Max Bemis, a singer and songwriter whose band we both listen to, which was about our relationship. Buried in the final verses of the song was the proposal. I looked over and he had produced the ring.”
Annie, from California, and Benjy, from Milo, Maine, knew people would be traveling from all over the country to attend their weddings. “We knew it would be a destination wedding, and Boothbay was a pretty easy choice after we saw the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens,” Annie says. The couple held their ceremony and their reception on site.
On the morning of the wedding day, Annie and her mom took a walk around the harbor. After brunch, Annie’s bridesmaids, her mom, and some of her girlfriends gathered in the bridal suite to have their makeup done. “It was a relaxing way to spend the day before the photographer and videographer arrived and everything really began,” Annie says.
The ceremony was short and sweet, allowing everyone to appreciate the beauty of the gardens. The cocktail hour fed right into the first dance, then toasts, then dinner. “The food was incredible and the number of people we invited was just perfect for being able to interact with everyone,” Annie says.
A band Annie and Benjy heard at a Prince-themed burlesque show shortly after becoming engaged provided the entertainment. While Niki Luparelli and her band were playing, Annie leaned over to her friend and jokingly asked, “Think they do weddings?” Turned out, they did! “Niki and the band played everything from Talking Heads to Dean Martin to Johnny Cash at our reception,” Annie says. “We were ecstatic how much everyone got into the music!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Annie said…
…we had both eaten more cake. It was an almond cake with vanilla butter cream and raspberries. It was the best cake ever!
I didn’t realize
…that I would cry so much. I thought that I had prepared myself, but I began bawling the moment my dad and I started walking down the aisle. Remember to smile for all the cameras, don’t rub your eyes, and wear waterproof makeup!
One of my favorite moments was
…when everyone hit the dance floor.
I’m glad that
…it didn’t rain on our wedding day! The forecast called for rain, but it didn’t so much as mist on the morning of. We had mild weather and beautiful sunshine when it came time to walk down the aisle. While we had a contingency plan in place, I can’t imagine what our ceremony would have been like if we hadn’t been married in the garden.
My advice for other couples is
…if you feel strongly about something, stand up for it. Those are the things that you’ll remember about your wedding forever.
Photography by Cuppa Photography
Videographer: S/P Films
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Event Planner: Diane York Weddings
Baker: Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott
, South Portland