Kathleen and Chris are high school sweethearts. They met as freshmen and sophomores, respectively, at Hampden Academy in Maine.
Chris decided to pop the question during the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The couple were heading to Kathleen’s parent’s house and Chris suggested it would be fun to visit her childhood home in Owls Head and see the lighthouse she always talked about. But much to his dismay, they made it to the Owls Head Light after dark, and they had to walk to the lighthouse under a bright moon with flashlights.
“Once we got to the lighthouse, Chris asked me to take his picture in front of the moon reflecting on the water,” Kathleen says. “While I was getting frustrated with how it wasn’t coming out, Chris was getting down on one knee. Of course I was beyond shocked—even after 12 years—and eventually said yes!”
Kathleen had always dreamed about getting married on the ocean. They knew a venue in Maine was a must, and Point Lookout in Northport was the perfect spot.
Chris and Kathleen both love sports. Chris is a baseball coach. They decided to incorporate their love into their big day in special ways. “The men wore boutonnieres made from baseball leather, our program was designed as a baseball line-up, and our table numbers were named after stadiums and arenas that had special meaning to us,” Kathleen says.
On the wedding day everyone got ready in the Point Lookout cabins. Kathleen and Chris decided to have a ‘first look’ with their photographer, then took formal portraits of family and the wedding party before the ceremony.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour while the newlyweds headed outside in the freezing cold to get some photos with the winter sunset. The reception was filled with amazing food and amazing dance moves. The party ended in the Point Lookout bowling alley for more hours of fun and celebration.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Kathleen said…
… We had taken time to step away from the excitement of the wedding and take it all in. The day of is such a whirlwind of emotions, friends, and family, and you can very easily get too wrapped up in it all. It truly flies by.
One of my favorite moments was
…the dancing. We had a phenomenal DJ who played the exact music our guests wanted to hear and we had a wedding filled with guests who LOVED to dance and celebrate. It was really incredible.
I’m glad that
…we spent the budget on what we felt really strongly about and saved where we could. That way, we kept our wedding within our means while also creating our dream day.
I really liked
…that we were able to spend an entire day with our closest friends and family in one place. It’s pretty much impossible to have nearly everyone you love in one space, so it’s really spectacular when that happens.
My advice to other couples is
…beyond taking the time to separate yourself from the party to take it all in and slow down, is to hire a videographer! We went back and forth about this expense, but I had heard from other brides that it was their best idea and they were right. Like I said, the whole day is such an incredible blur and we both said, “What even happened?” at the end of the night. Luckily, we now have wonderful footage of the most important parts of our wedding and we are so happy that we are able to look back on it at anytime.
Photography by Rebecca Richards Photography
Videography: Sweet Thunder Video Productions
Venue: Point Lookout Resort
Florist: Seasons Downeast Designs
Hair & Makeup: The Alchemist Salon,
Baker: Sweet Sensations Pastry Shop
Entertainment: DJ Reid Durost, Bangor