Drew decided to propose to Nicole during a long weekend on Martha’s Vineyard.
The couple, who are both from Massachusetts, were attending the wedding of a close friend on Cape Cod. They planned on extending their weekend getaway the day after the wedding and took the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard for the night. After checking into the inn, Drew suggested they take a walk down by the docks and grab a bite to eat.
“We walked down there and he started saying all these really nice things,” Nicole says. “He got down on one knee, held up a ring, and asked me to marry him. We always tell each other that we are on each other’s ‘team’ so he asked me if I wanted to be on his team forever.” Nicole, who was completely surprised, said “Yes!”
The couple started planning a Maine wedding in Portland. “We had gone to Portland together for a weekend getaway before we got engaged,” Nicole says. “Neither of us had ever been there before and we totally fell in love with it!” On that trip the couple had a drink at Grace Restaurant. “We thought it was such a unique and beautiful place. When we got engaged, we found out that they did weddings and our decision was made.”
In planning their wedding, Nicole and Drew tried to add personal touches that reflected their personalities. Nicole’s uncle became ordained and performed their ceremony, which meant a lot to the couple.
On the day of the wedding, everyone got ready at the Portland Regency Hotel. The girls enjoyed breakfast and mimosas in their suite while they had their hair and makeup done. Drew and the guys had breakfast on the waterfront and headed back to the hotel to get dressed.
Nicole and Drew opted to have a ‘First Look’ session in the lobby of the Regency Hotel. They invited their immediate family and wedding party to witness their first look. “The first look was pretty emotional,” Nicole says. “It is definitely something I am glad we did because it eased our nerves a bit as well. Plus, we got some beautiful photos!”
The group hopped aboard a trolley to head to the Eastern Promenade for formal photos. “We chose to do these photos before our ceremony because we did not want to miss out on a minute of our party,” Nicole says.
The ceremony was held in the upstairs area of Grace called the Sanctuary. “I was a bundle of nerves, but once I walked through the doors I felt much better,” Nicole says. The cocktail hour started immediately after the ceremony in the same space. “It was super convenient because our guests were able to just turn around and order drinks from the bar without being shuffled to a new location,” Nicole says.
The reception was held downstairs in the Great Room. “Our guests said our main course was one of the best meals they had ever had,” Nicole says. “The food at Grace is really outstanding and the staff was wonderful and accommodating as well.”
The dance floor was packed all night long, aside for a short break to cut the wedding cake. The couple served late night snacks to their guests, and everyone had a great time.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Nicole said…
…that I could relive that night again! I honestly cannot think of anything I would change.
I didn’t realize
…that it would be such an emotional day. During all the planning for this one day, it did not hit me how happy/exciting/nerve-wracking/overwhelming it would be to actually marry Drew. It sounds cliché, but it truly was the happiest day of my life.
One of my favorite moments was
…during one point in the night, the entire wedding was on the dance floor surrounding me and Drew, stomping and shouting to the song “Shout.” I remember both of us looking around, laughing, and having the best time.
I’m glad that
…we decided to do a first look before the ceremony. It meant so much to us to be able to see each other for the first time in a more intimate setting, and it totally helped ease my nerves. I was a VERY nervous bride!
I really liked
…the flow of our events. We tried to transition as smoothly as possible and did the traditional events—speeches, first dances, etc…—early in the night, which left us time to dance.
Photography by Andrew Davis Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grace Restaurant
Florist: Emily Carter Floral Designs
Baker: Grace Restaurant
Entertainment: DJ Jeff Rockwell
Transportation: Maine Bus Rentals
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