By Kaylie Reese
An out-of-season snowstorm provided the opportunity for Lindsey and Chris to meet, but it was clever matchmaking friends who took advantage, setting up a dinner party for the two unassuming guests to connect.
Chris had planned to travel to New Jersey for a family birthday party, but a late-season snowstorm prevented his plane from taking off. Already in Portland, Chris decided to try and reconnect with a friend from high school. This friend was dating a one of Lindsey’s close friends, and the couple became inspired to introduce Chris and Lindsey. A few months after Chris’s flight was canceled, Chris’s friends invited him and Lindsey for dinner at their place. Lindsey and Chris began dating after the first night they met.
“Once we met, it seemed as if we had known each other for years,” says Lindsey.
But clever planning didn’t end there. One Friday night, in January of 2011, Lindsey was at the gym while Chris was crafting an elaborate dinner—or so she thought. After returning from the gym, Lindsey found two large bouquets and dinner from her favorite restaurant waiting for her, but Chris’s spontaneity was not entirely unusual, so Lindsey didn’t jump to the conclusion that he had set the stage for a proposal.
“Most people think I probably had some idea at this point, but I really didn’t,” Lindsey says. “Chris is really good at surprising me and thinking of little things when I am least expecting it.”
Just before they were about to enjoy dinner, Chris said he needed to grab one more thing. As Lindsey was turned around, Chris quickly took advantage of the moment. “I turned around and he was on one knee with a ring,” says Lindsey.
After Lindsey accepted, Chris told her he videotaped the proposal and had set up the camera two nights before. “I’m so happy he did this, because it is something I will definitely show our kids one day!” Lindsey says.
“At the beginning of the planning process, the theme was rustic romance,” Lindsey says. “It evolved into an intimate celebration with a lot of romantic details and unexpected, whimsical elements of the fall season.”
Although Lindsey was born in Austin, Texas, she grew up in Portland, and Chris grew up in New Gloucester. Their decision to get married in Maine was an obvious choice for them. The wedding was held in Falmouth at Holy Martyrs church—a parish of the church they attend—and the reception was held in Portland at Grace Restaurant.
“We had a lot of guests who were traveling from away to attend our wedding, so we decided on the reception being in Portland because it is such a great city to visit,” Lindsey says. “It is a city with great history, culture, and of course a great food scene that we knew our guests would appreciate.”
Lindsey and Chris used businesses from southern Maine to service many of the details for their wedding. Jessica Parrott, at Portland-based Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott, made a small cutting cake, cupcakes, and homemade nonpareils for the wedding. Lindsey’s engagement ring and wedding band were from Springer’s Jewelers in Portland. Chris’s wedding band was his grandfather’s, which Springer’s resized before the wedding. The flowers came from Wildflowers in Freeport—the same florist Chris purchased the two bouquets from to stage the proposal.
“We really wanted our wedding to reflect who we are,” Lindsey says. “From handpicking the menu, to featuring our seasonal favorites, to making the cloth and acorn boutonnieres by hand, and creating a wishing tree for guests to leave messages for us in lieu of a guest book, we included thoughtful details and elements in almost every aspect of our wedding.”
Bride’s Eye View
We asked the bride about her big day. Here’s what Lindsey said…
I wish…we could do it all over again! My husband and I still talk about how much fun we had a year later and how we wish we could recreate the day because of how much fun we had with all our family and friends.
I didn’t realize…how quickly the night would go by even though we stayed an extra hour at Grace Restaurant.
One of my favorite moments was…when we walked into our reception. This was the first moment we saw all our guests since we didn't do a receiving line at our ceremony. It was an unbelievable feeling to be surrounded by all of our family and friends to celebrate such a special and important moment in our lives.
I’m glad that…we decided to take extra time to take pictures at the Falmouth Audubon with our photographers. We had so much fun with our bridal party and the setting could not have been more magical. The light, the tress and the apples that were beginning to fall off the trees combined to create a setting that featured all of the things that we love most about fall in Maine.
I really liked…that everyone, including our grandparents, was on the dance floor all night long!
My advice to other brides is…take time during your wedding day to spend with just each other. Even if it is only for five minutes to admire your reception area before your guests enter, take time to try and enjoy every moment of the day because it goes by too fast!
Photography by Emily Delamater Photography
Ceremony venue: Holy Martyrs Church
Reception venue: Grace Restaurant
Rings: Springer’s Jewelers
Cake: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott
, South Portland