Mary and Mark met while living in Brooklyn. “We met online, but we only lived a few blocks apart!” Mary says.
On at rip back to Mark’s home state of Wisconsin, he decided to pop the question. “We had planned a fall weekend in Door County, Wisconsin,” Mary says. “We were hiking I a state park and stopped to sit on a bench, that happened to have a heard carved in it, overlooking Lake Michigan. Mark kept stalling on continuing the hike, and then proposed. He surprised me with my maternal grandmother’s ring. I had always admired it, and mentioned that to him in passing.”
The couple decided to have a destination wedding in Maine. Mark grew up visiting Maine every summer to see his grandparents and other family members—a tradition his family continues to this day. “When we started dating we would go together and quickly realized that we loved the time we spent there,” Mary says. “Maine is a special place that we enjoy together, and we wanted to share it with our friends and family.”
Mary and Mark wanted a personalized ceremony, so they asked a friend to act as their officiant. “We worked with her to design the ceremony to reflect what was important to us,” Mary says. “We incorporated personal anecdotes, readings that resonated with us, and elements of family tradition into our ceremony.”
The morning of the wedding began like most of Mark and Mary’s Maine mornings do—waking up in a house on Pemaquid Point, drinking coffee on the dock, and a morning swim. “We spent the rest of the morning together doing a few last minute things at the venue,” Mary says. “A few friends joined us to help out, and after lunch we went off to finish our separate preparations.”
The couple arranged for a First Look before the ceremony. “Mary looked stunning, and even though we’d been apart for only a bit, the smiles captured in those first photos together capture our excitement and joy,” Mark says.
The wedding was equal parts a blur and amazing memories for Mary and Mark. “It went by fast, but we also had so many opportunities throughout to reflect on what an incredible night it was,” Mary says. “The venue, the weather, the food and drink, the music, and the guests all made for an unforgettable experience!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Mary said…
…we could do it all over again. It was so much fun!
I didn’t realize
…everything could go so smoothly. If there were any hiccups on the day, we never knew about them.
I’m glad that
…the weather was just perfect and we had a gorgeous sunset. It would have been great no matter what, but the day was spectacular.
I really liked
…that we actually got to spend a lot of time together on the day of our wedding, which made us relax and really focus on what the day was all about.
My advice to other couples is
…not to sweat the small stuff. Hire wonderful vendors who you trust and let them take care of things. Don’t waste time and energy worrying about small details that no one will notice.
Photography by Windy Hill Photography
Venue: Clark’s Cove Farm
Catering: Stone Cove Catering
Florist: Kim Michel, Blue Cloud Farm
Hair: Bonnie’s A Cut Above
Entertainment: Marcel Leclair, Dionne Entertainment
Transportation: Country Coach Charters