Maine Wedding • Allison & Tom • Portland

Posted: July 09, 2014
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It was Tom’s sweet dance moves that initially caught Allison’s attention. But it wasn’t until her friend pushed her into him that she got up the nerve to start a conversation.

“I spotted Tom from across the bar,” Allison says. “I pointed him out to my friend, Jackie, who told me to go talk to him.” She didn’t have the nerve, so when they were on the dance floor together, Jackie gave Allison a gentle shove, and she bumped right into Tom. “I immediately apologized to Tom, introduced myself, and offered to buy him a beer.”

“I was immediately intrigued because, really, when did women ever buy men drinks?” Tom says. He politely told her she could buy him a Miller Lite, and when she returned with a Bud Lite, Tom gave her a puzzled look. “She simply stated, ‘I don’t buy Miller Lite,’ and I thought this was absolutely hysterical.” They hung out for the rest of the evening, which turned into the rest of the weekend, which turned into the rest of their lives.

Allison had two good friends visiting her in Portland the weekend Tom decided to propose. It was Allison’s birthday weekend, and it was going to be one to remember. Tom had previously informed Allison’s friends and family that he was going to propose at the Portland Head Light, and discussed his plans with Siobhan and Clare, Allison’s visiting friends.

The four of them were enjoying the beautiful day and scenery. As they were getting ready to take their last photos of the Portland Head Light, Allison was led to a small path that lead the group away from all of the tourists. “Clare and Siobhan casually sat down on a bench conveniently located there, and Tom took both of my hands,” Allison says. “He grabbed the ring from his pocket, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. Siobhan and Clare were about four feet away from us the whole time and caught everything on camera. I honestly did not suspect a thing!”

The couple planned a very Maine wedding to share with their out of town friends and family. “Maine is beautiful, especially in the spring and summer, so we thought it was a great place to plan the perfect wedding weekend celebration,” Allison says.

The couple took ballroom dance lessons leading up to their big day. “We shared a choreographed ballroom dance as our first dance to one of our favorite artists, John Legend,” Allison says. “We thought it was appropriate, considering we met on the dance floor.”

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In Allison’s Words
We asked the bride more about her big day. Here’s what Allison said.

I wish…we had had more time to talk to everyone during the reception. We had a plan to hit every table, and missed at least three or four, including my parent’s table!

I’m so glad that…everything went perfectly as planned.

I really liked…our black and white polka dot wedding cake. It was gorgeous and delicious. We can’t wait to eat the top tier in a year!

My advice to other couples is…to enjoy every second of it. The day really does fly by!

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Maine Vendors
Photography by Kate Baker Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Church, Portland
Reception Venue: The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough
Catering: The Black Tie Company, Portland
Wedding Gown: Andrea’s Bridal, Portland
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse, South Portland
Hair & Makeup: Fabu Salon, Portland
Wedding Rings: Jared, South Portland
Baker: Custom Cakes, Portland
Entertainment: Greg Powers
Transportation: Portland Discovery Trolley & VIP Bus Charter Company, Portland

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Alyssa & Nick: 2012 Real Maine Wedding of the Year
Amy & Ben
Lisa & Dan
Ashley & Ryan