Jennifer, from Southport, Maine, and Henry, from Gainesville, Florida, first met in Denver, Colorado.
Henry planned a surprise proposal at the Denver Beer Company. “He told my friend to invited us to get drinks with her and her husband at the brewery,” Jennifer says. When they were outside, Henry bent down to ‘tie his shoe’ and pulled out a ring box. “My friend and her husband were nearby sneaking photos of the whole thing! What was even better was that both Henry’s parents and my mom were in town visiting, so we were able to celebrate with them after the proposal!”
Jennifer grew up on Southport Island. “It’s always been my dream to get married in Maine in the fall, with the changing leaves and the cooler weather,” she says. They planned a celebration at the Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay in the middle of October. “We really lucked out on weather and foliage. The day after our wedding was rainy and foggy!”
The wedding festivities started at their rehearsal dinner. Jennifer and Henry had invited all of their guests to Fisherman’s Wharf Inn in Boothbay Harbor for a good old fashioned lobster bake. “We made sure everyone who had never experienced eating lobster fresh out of the shell was able to enjoy it,” Jennifer says.
On the morning of her wedding day, Jennifer met her bridesmaids at Heads of the Harbor Salon to get ready. “This salon is where I used to get my hair cut while growing up!” Jennifer says. “Lora and her co-workers made our morning super special with muffins, fruit, quiche, and mimosas.” The guys got ready quickly…and ended up enjoying some lobster rolls in their suits before the ceremony.
The ceremony and tented reception were held at the Boothbay Railway Village. Jennifer had a family friend who let them borrow several antique cars for the wedding party transportation. The groomsmen drove a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado to the ceremony, the groom’s family arrived in a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, the bride’s family arrived in a 1991 Bentley and the bride & bridal party arrived in a 1927 Pierce Arrow brougham. Guests enjoyed a trolley ride!
“The ceremony was short and sweet,” Jennifer says. “Henry’s brother-in-law, who has an amazing sense of humor, married us.” After the vows, guests explored the railway village museums and a train ride around the property before enjoying a drink at the cocktail hour. “No one was bored waiting around for the wedding party to take photos!” Jennifer says.
After hilarious speeches and a fabulous dinner, the couple cut their cake and danced the night away. “A couple of our Denver friends are semi-professional dancers, so they really kicked off the evening with some amazing break dancing,” Jennifer says. “Some people even asked if we had hired them!”
Henry and Jennifer ended the night surrounded by several other night owls for a nightcap.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Jennifer said…
I wish…my dad had been alive to walk me down the aisle, though my brother did a great job. My father was very involved in the Boothbay Railway Village for a lot of his life. He had a huge passion for trains and put most of his time and energy into the Model Railroad project at the Boothbay Railway Village, where he also served on the board of directors.
I didn’t realize…that everything you’ve been planning and deciding—you don’t really get to enjoy much of it! It’s really a party for your friends and family to enjoy. I didn’t get any of my awesome fall-themed dessert bar! I had to re-live a lot of the details I missed through photos.
One of my favorite memories was…seeing Henry cry as I walked down the aisle. I knew he would. I think I was too nervous to cry…I think I was giggling instead.
I’m glad that…I was never too stressed out by wedding planning. A lot of the vendors told me I was the least “bridezilla-ish” than a lot of the brides they had worked with. I know I would sometimes get upset by certain decisions, but in the end, I knew the entire thing was going to be amazingly fun and beautiful, regardless of tiny mishaps or changes along the way. Plus, I got to marry my best friend, so how could I be upset on my wedding day!
I really liked
...having all of our favorite people in one place, and to have all of my Denver friends get a glimpse of the small town I grew up in. A lot of our guests had never been to Maine, so I was really glad our wedding could also be a mini-vacation for many of them!
Baker: Kara Cyr (friend of the bride)