Katie and Brandon grew up in neighboring small towns on the coast of Downeast Maine. They became best friends in high school…until their senior year. “We realized our feelings were much more than a friendship,” Katie says. “We decided to attend Thomas College together and, as they say, the rest was history!”
In May, 2015, Katie and Brandon decided to head to their hometowns to spend the long weekend with their families. “There were a ton of family activities planned over the weekend, one of them being family pictures with my family on Cape Split Beach,” Katie says. Brandon went along for the event, hanging by the sidelines.
After she was done with the family photo shoot, Brandon passed Katie her cell phone and unbuttoned his shirt, showing a t-shirt that read, “Scan Me” with a huge barcode. As Katie did as she was instructed, a sweet message popped up on the screen. After she read it she looked up to see Brandon down on one knee, asking her to marry him.
“We chose to get married in Maine because it’s where we both grew up and a place we know we’ll always call home,” Katie says. “It was important for us to get married on the water, as we grew up on the coast and love spending time together in the summertime by the ocean.”
The couple searched the entire state, top to bottom, trying to find a wedding venue that spoke to them. “We wanted something with ocean views that had room for an outdoor tent to accommodate our large guest list,” Katie says. “We wanted something different where no one we knew had gotten married before.” Just as they had almost given up, they found Portside Manor in Searsport. “An old high school friend told us about her families’ new wedding venue. The first time we saw it, we just knew we had to get married there. We were the very first wedding held there.”
Katie and Brandon had a large wedding party—10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen! Everyone stayed right on property at the house at Portside Manor. The best man and maid of honor did a great job keeping the house divided and making sure the bride and groom were separated at all times.
On the morning of the big day, Katie’s grandfather and Brandon’s father cooked a huge breakfast for the entire wedding party. The girls spent time together getting ready while the guys finished setting up and handling some last minute preparations.
At 3:30 the ceremony started. Mother Nature offered the perfect weather for their outdoor ceremony. It was short and sweet and had two special readings—one from the bride’s cousin and one from the mother of the groom.
The wedding party kicked off the reception with a dance to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Dinner, cake, and more dancing followed and the entire group partied the night away.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Katie said…
…we had hired a videographer. The day truly goes by so fast and even though you’re trying to take it all in and remember every detail, you can’t help but forget with time. I would love to watch the best day of our lives and relive it over and over again.
I didn’t realize
…how many people we had in our lives who truly care about us. We had over 200 people at our wedding and had the best time celebrating with everyone. It was amazing to see how many people wanted to come and enjoy our special day with us.
One of my favorite moments was
…when my dad walked me down the aisle. I’m a Daddy’s girl through and through, so walking down the aisle with one of my favorite guys looking down at my other favorite guy was such an emotional and extremely special moment that I’ll cherish forever.
I’m glad that
…the weather was everything we could have hoped for. Weather in Maine can be super unpredictable, and with an outdoor wedding, we prayed for good weather and sunshine. That’s exactly what we got!
I really liked
…our Maid of Honor and Best Man speeches. Everyone commented on how they were two of the best speeches they’ve ever heard at a wedding.
My advice to other couples is
…to make sure your wedding party is full of people you love and hold dear to your heart. They make everything so much more fun and we couldn’t have imagined not having each and every one of them in our wedding.
Photography by Lexi Lowell Photography
Venue: Portside Manor
Catering: Big Cat’s Catering
Wedding Gown: Andrea’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Blush Bridal & Formal
Wedding Rings: Day’s Jewelers
Florist: Jennifer Neal Floral Designer
Baker: Frank’s Bake Shop
Entertainment: Doug Folsom, Premier Limousine and DJ