Maine Wedding • Abby & Derek • York

Posted: March 20, 2013

By Kaylie Reese

Having grown up in Old Orchard Beach, the shores of Maine have always had a special place in Abby’s heart. - See more at:
Having grown up in Old Orchard Beach, the shores of Maine have always had a special place in Abby’s heart.
“Living so close to the ocean, it was important to me that the Maine seacoast was part of my big day,” she says.
Abby and Derek were introduced to one another by mutual friends while they were studying at the University of New Hampshire. During one of their frequent trips to Maine, they visited the Portland Head Light—a nostalgic place for Abby, since she grew up in the area. Knowing that the Cape Elizabeth lighthouse was a place where Abby had fond childhood memories, Derek wanted the location to be a part of her future, too. That day, he had a plan to propose. Coincidentally, Abby had marriage on the mind before she even knew Derek’s intent. Wedding photos were being taken at the lighthouse, and Abby was drawn in.

“I was enamored by a wedding party who were taking pictures in front of us,” Abby says. “He finally said something along the lines of ‘It’s a beautiful day for a wedding and an even more beautiful day for an engagement!’ Of course, that got my attention right away.” 
From growing up on Old Orchard Beach to the engagement at Portland Head Light, the coast has been important in Abby’s life. By choosing a romantic seaside theme, she was able to incorporate it into her wedding. However, Abby was sure to keep her wedding unique with a certain pop of color beyond the traditional beach sand tan and ocean blue. 
“I love the color pink, and anyone who knows me would tell you that,” Abby says. “I incorporated blush pink in my flowers and with the bridesmaid dresses, as well as stationary, favors, and anything else I could.”

In Her Words
We asked Abby more about her big day. Here’s what she had to say…
I wish…I could remember all of that day. Leading up to the wedding, my girlfriends would tell me how much of the day is a blur. It was hard for me to understand how it was possible to forget any part of such an exciting day. Looking back, they were right. I can’t believe how fast everything went by. I wish I could remember every detail!
I didn’t realize…how special I would feel that day. I woke up to a thunderstorm and torrential rain that morning and could not stop laughing. That morning I just knew that everything was going to work out, and it did. Rain or shine, I felt like the happiest woman in the world!
One of my favorite moments was…in the middle of the reception. Our photographer, Casey Durgin, whisked us away to take a few more photos. It was really special to have that time for just us, in the mix of all the excitement. We could hear all our friends and family inside having such a great time; it was surreal. 
I’m glad that…I did so many do-it-yourself projects for the wedding. It really made me appreciate the small details. My favorite DIY project was the invitations. Although it was a lot of work, it was something that I knew I could take on. I was so proud of the way they turned out.
I really liked…having a sweetheart table. It allowed Derek and I to enjoy our meal (which was amazing) and look out at our family and friends who joined us.
My advice to other brides is…to enjoy the journey, from the proposal to the planning, the shower, and, finally, the wedding. This is such an exciting time. Make sure to take a moment every so often to take it all in.

Maine Vendors
Photography by Casey Durgin Photography
Ceremony venue: First Parish Congregational Church, York
Reception venue: York Harbor Inn, York
Catering: York Harbor Inn
Florist: Beautiful Day Events, South Berwick
Cake: Let Them Eat Cake, Kennebunk