Shelly and Nick both grew up in Southern Maine—she in Kennebunk and he in Biddeford. Their paths crossed in 2011 when they were both working at a local, restaurant in Kennebunkport.
Fast forward to 2015 and Nick was planning a proposal at Earth at Hidden Pond. Nick told Shelly that he could only get a 9:30 pm reservation…which is past her bedtime. She tried, in vain, to convince Nick that take out Thai food was a better way to celebrate their anniversary. He told her to take a nap and be ready for a fabulous and romantic evening.
Before dinner the two walked hand in hand on Goose Rocks Beach, enjoying the gorgeous sunset. As the two stood there in a warm embrace, Nick began to express his love for Shelly. He looked her in the eye, got down on one knee, and proposed…while Shelly sobbed. She finally replied with the answer he was hoping for. “I could barely walk back to the car, as my knees were shaking and I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going because I couldn’t stop staring at my gorgeous ring!” Shelly says. The two headed to Earth at Hidden Pond to celebrate with champagne and dinner.
There was only one place for this couple to get married—Maine! “We’re both from Maine,” Shelly says. “Our families have homes on various lakes and beaches. L.L. Bean Boots are our footwear of choice in any season. I wear lobster jewelry. Nick is typically found wearing flannel. We basically bleed blueberry juice.”
The couple planned their winter celebration at the Red Barn at Outlook Farm in South Berwick. They planned their wedding with two people in mind who were watching their wedding from heaven—Shelly’s father and Nick’s grandmother.
These two people were Shelly and Nick’s best friends and a huge part of their hearts and souls. Special accessories were weaved into their celebration to remember these special people. Shelly wore charms on her wedding shoes with photos of her and her father. “This was my way of having my dad there to walk me down the aisle,” she says. Nick wore his grandmother’s signature close to his heart in the form of a white gold pin.
After the heartfelt ceremony, dinner and dancing ensued. “My brother tried to break it down and shake it freestyle during our dance together,” Shelly says. The traditional father/daughter dance was an emotional detail to plan. When the moment came, emotions were running high so a laugh was needed. “Tom started to shake his booty in an interpretive and comical manor, which he knew would make me laugh. It was perfect.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Shelly said…
I didn’t realize…how important the “getting ready” part of the wedding day is. The fact that all my favorite women were in one place, bonding over mimosas and goofy stories, was an amazing sight to see. My heart was overflowing with love. I recommend taking extra “getting ready” time and planning for longer than you may need.
One of my favorite moments was…my dance with my brother. Many brides would have been frustrated with someone not sticking to the plan, but this surprise was perfect.
I’m glad that…we simplified everything in the last couple of months of planning. In this day and age, there is so much appealing new wedding trends out there and beautiful inspiration. When you begin the planning process, you think you need to have it all. Although it’s the biggest and most important party of your life, stick to the details that are most noteworthy. Let these things inspire your day.
I really liked…that we took the time to research all vendors and read all online reviews. Every one of our vendors was excellent and played a big role in our day being perfect. Our utmost appreciation of these talented professionals can never be put into words.
My advice to other couples is…to do a little week by week to plan for the big day. We set our wedding date well over a year in advance. We each did a little bit each week and stayed organized and didn’t get overwhelmed.
Photography by Clare Norton Photography
Videography by Haley Harrington of On This Day Collective
Venue & Caterer: The Red Barn at Outlook Farm, South Berwick
Wedding Rings: Jared Galleria of Jewelry, South Portland
Entertainment: Mike Pomp of The Music Man DJ, Kennebunk