Justin, who met Kaitlyn at a high school dance in Watertown, New York, hatched a monumental plan to ask for her hand in marriage.
Justin devised a story to whisk Kaitlyn to Maine. He had a total of seven surprises for Kate on this weekend, as they had just celebrated their seventh anniversary 17 days ago. The first surprise was that they were not going to spend the day Rhode Island with his brother, as Kate was told—they were going to Maine.
The couple enjoyed massages, lunch in Ogunquit, and a proposal on Marginal Way. Even the two-night stay was a surprise to Kate. “I had been stealing her clothes for about a week to pack for her without her knowing,” Justin says. “When we woke up on Sunday, Kate thought we had to get going home, but I had already called her supervisor to get Monday off so we could stay longer.”
The couple decided to plan their wedding near where they got engaged—in York, Maine. “Kate and her family have been vacationing in Maine since she was 7 years old,” Justin says. “When we were planning the wedding I asked her where she would ideally like to get married. She said, “Maine!” and we never looked back.”
Kate and Justin gave each other thoughtful gifs on their wedding day. She gave him a basket that included one item per year they had been together. Justin wrote a letter for every year they had been together (nine, total) and had them delivered to her through bridesmaids, family, and friends each hour leading up to the ceremony. “Each letter highlighted that year and had something small representing that year along with it,” Justin says.
Their wedding day was equally as thoughtful. A slideshow played at the couple’s cocktail hour depicting each of them throughout their lives. They gave their guests homemade applesauce as favors, a nod to their love of apple picking. After Kate surprised her new husband with a live rendition of their first dance song, the dance floor at Stage Neck Inn was packed for the rest of the night!
In Her Words…
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Kaitlyn said…
…We would have gotten a videographer.
I didn’t realize
…how fast the day goes by!
I’m glad that
…I married my best friend.
I really liked
…being on the water, how the photos turned out, and how the dance floor was packed all night long.
My advice to other couples is
…to be on the same page from the start and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Photography by Patrick McNamara Photography
Reception Venue: Stage Neck Inn
Wedding Gown: Andrea’s Bridal
Florist: Calluna Fine Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Harbor Hair Co.
Baker: Simply Elegant Cakes by Maryann Kane
Entertainment: Fred Pappalardo Disc Jockeys
Transportation: Ogunquit Trolley Company