Maine Wedding • Amanda & Matt • Winthrop

Posted: January 28, 2015
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Matt’s proposal to Amanda took seven long months—but it’s the most creative proposal we’ve ever heard of!

The day Matt left for deployment in Afghanistan, he gave Amanda a post-it note with the beginning of a letter written on it. Every day he was gone, for seven months, Amanda received a post-it note in the mail. Together the post-it notes created one long, beautiful letter.

“When I finally got to pick him up, he handed me one last post-it, asking me to marry him,” Amanda says. “He got down on one knee right there in the middle of the airport. It was such an amazing moment!”

The couple started planning a summer wedding to be held at the YMCA Camp of Maine in Winthrop. “It was a pretty rustic affair, with burlap and lawn games,” Amanda says. “We just wanted everyone to have fun!”

The couple had their families and friends help them set up for the wedding the day before, allowing them to feel less stressed about the details on their big day. “Renting the camp included the cabins, so everyone who wanted to could spend the night,” Amanda says.

Their ceremony down on the water was personal and informal—just the way Amanda and Matt planned. The reception included delicious brick oven pizza, lawn games, and dancing. Later that night the couple enjoyed the night with their guests around a bonfire. “It was a day that we will never forget,” Amanda says.

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In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Amanda said…

I wish…I had taken more time to step back and take it all in. It’s so overwhelming to have so many people who love and support you all in one place.

One of my favorite moments was…standing up with Matt and reading our vows. He whispered them to me, to every else’s dismay, but I thought that it was very sweet.

I’m glad that…my family was so supportive and involved. My father owns a flower farm in Maine and made the most beautiful arrangements and hanging baskets for the ceremony and reception hall. It completely transformed the entire venue. My mother and grandmother hand made all of the boutonnieres and bouquets. They put so much hard work into the day and it was stunning.

I really liked…that we did a lot of the work and planning on our own. It made it that much more personal.

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Maine Vendors
Photography by Kivalo Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: YMCA Camp of Maine, Winthrop
Catering: Harvest Moon Pizza, Waldoboro
Tux: S&J Tuxedos, Lewiston
Florist: Gingerbread Farm Perennials, Wayne
Hair & Makeup: New Identity Salon, Manchester
Baker: Allegra Norton, Wayne