Kate-Lyn and Eric met while attending Southern Maine Community College. They decided to go back to where their relationship began to start the next chapter of their lives together.
When Kate-Lyn met Eric, he was on crutches nursing a torn ACL. She offered to help him get caught up on the classes he had missed due to his injury. “Somehow he ended up getting a better grade in the class than I did!” she says. “We connected instantly and soon after became a couple.”
When it came time for Eric to propose, he took Kate-Lyn to one of their favorite spots—Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth. “Kettle Cove is a typical location for our walks with our dog Ruegger, and it’s also where we had our first date,” Kate-Lyn says.” The couple walked along the rocks and stopped at a particularly scenic spot overlooking the ocean. “Eric pulled me in for a kiss and started a sentence with, ‘I brought you here today…’ and I knew at that moment that something was different. He got down on one knee, opened the ring box, and asked me to be his wife.”
Both Kate-Lyn and Eric hail from Southern Maine, so it made perfect sense to get married close to home. Since Eric is a lobsterman, the couple started planning their nautical-themed Maine wedding on the campus of Southern Maine Community College.
The ceremony was held at Fort Preble Bunker overlooking Casco Bay. Eric’s sister sang “Ave Maria” as Kate-Lyn walked down the aisle. “We were both nervous for the walk down the aisle because we knew it was going to be shared with tears,” Kate-Lyn says. After the couple made it official by reciting handwritten vows, the guests headed to Spring Point Lighthouse for a reception.
The couple weaved nautical elements into their day, including boutonnieres made from nautical ties and rope; bridesmaids’ dresses in different shades of blue; escort cards attached to mini buoys that hung off of a lobster trap; and centerpieces made from lanterns and decorated with sea glass.
Guests enjoyed a meal prepared by Fire & Company and a night of dancing. Molly Breton from Molly & Victoria Co. was there throughout the entire day, capturing all of the important moments. “Our photographer was perfect!” Kate-Lyn says. “We didn’t get a chance to meet in person before the wedding, but the second she walked into my hotel room, she jumped right in as calm as could be and took action. She was able to pick up on Eric and my personality and captured us in the most beautiful ways!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about her big day. Here’s what Kate-Lyn said…
I wish…I had taken a few extra breathers and relaxed more during the getting ready process. We had a few hiccups with the hair and makeup vendor, and I was so upset that I couldn’t shake my frustration. Looking back on the day, the issue wasn’t the end of the world, and I should have just enjoyed my time with my girls.
I didn’t realize…how emotionally and physically drained we would be the day after the wedding. We ran on adrenaline and excitement the days leading up to the biggest day of our life. The feelings we felt on our wedding day were almost overwhelming. Our wedding was filled completely with love and the next day was a wash. We laid on our couch, opened gifts, and napped.
One of my favorite moments was…when Eric and I stepped back from it all, slow danced outside the tent, and watched our friends and family enjoying themselves. The smiles were contagious.
I’m glad that…Eric and I wrote our own vows. It was an emotionally hard thing to do, but the personalization from each of us truly mapped out our love for one another.
I really liked…our wedding location. We had the perfect backdrop of Spring Point Lighthouse and Casco Bay.
My advice to other couples is
…to take a minute together during the reception, away from all your guests but still in sight so that you can see the love everyone is sharing with you. It’s magical!
Entertainment: DJ Kirk Killer