Daniel, from Mexico, and Melissa, from Freeport, Maine, didn’t let a language barrier keep them from becoming friends. They met working at a restaurant in Boston’s seaport district and instantly found a special connection.
“I proposed to Melissa on her birthday,” Daniel says. “I chose this day because I knew that she wouldn’t be expecting it.” They met up with two friends for dinner in the seaport and a cruise through the harbor. “I asked her to marry me on the bow of my friend’s boat, which I later learned was how Melissa’s parents got engaged. Thinking about it now still gives me the same feeling of nervousness and excitement that I felt that night.”
The couple decided on a Maine wedding in the fall to take advantage of the fall foliage. Mount Apatite Farm was the perfect rustic venue for their “Autumn in New England…With Mexican Flare” wedding.
Everything about Melissa and Daniel’s wedding was uniquely them. Their friends and family played integral roles in their non-traditional ceremony and reception. Two of their friends acted as officiants as family friends played music. “As part of the ceremony, we asked two of our closest friends in the wedding party to reads a cherished poem by Pablo Neruda,” Melissa says. “They read the poem together, line by line, one reciting in Spanish, and the other following in English. It was beautiful.” Melissa’s uncle did a bit of research about Daniel’s native “Seri” tribe and recounted for us an old Seri tale from the Sonoran desert.
Family and friends helped set up for the ceremony and reception. Daniel showed the bartenders how to make their signature cocktails: fall sangria and a bourbon cocktail. A live band, again, family friends, entertained guests all night long. “We dined on an incredible selection of fall-inspired dishes, using ingredients from Mount Apatite Farm’s garden,” Melissa says.
The off-and-on rain showers didn’t put a damper on the celebration. Guests still hit the dance floor and enjoyed the bonfire. Carol, owner of Mount Apatite Farm, had prepared some late night snacks and coffee while guests enjoyed a surprise fireworks show. “When the band had to leave, we hooked up an iPhone to some speakers and continued the dance party until, one by one, guests faded into their Ubers or tents or rooms in the farmhouse for the night,” Melissa says.
In Melissa and Daniel’s Words
We asked the bride and groom more about the big day. Here’s what they said…
I didn’t realize…how emotional I would be when the big day arrived. (Daniel)
One of my favorite moments was…looking around during the reception at all of the people from different parts of our life intermingling and really enjoying themselves. It was a perfect celebration of love. (Melissa)
I’m glad that…the rain held off until the reception! (Melissa)
My advice to other couples is
…to have fun and enjoy the process. We planned our wedding in less than three months. IF you had asked me a year prior if we could plan a wedding in that amount of time, I would have said that it’s a crazy idea. But once we found our amazing venue, the rest was really fun. Daniel and I established in the beginning what was most important to each of us, which made decision making easier when it came to the details. My best advice is to focus on the bigger picture, which for us was creating a memorable experience for us and our guests. (Melissa)
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