Maine Wedding • Amanda & Michael • Dedham

Posted: March 13, 2013

By Kaylie Reese
Amanda and Michael met when their professional paths crossed. During Amanda’s birthday celebration at Sedgley Place in Green, Michael asked what goals she had for the upcoming year. Not knowing quite what to expect, Amanda turned the question on him.

“When I turned the question on him, he replied, ‘I’d like to see us married in a year from now.’ I was so surprised, I think my reaction was, ‘Are you serious?’” Amanda says. “It took a few minutes for reality to sink in, but by the end of dessert, I was walking on air!”
Amanda was so excited that she bought her dress within a week of the engagement, even though her wedding would take place two years later, when she finished her master’s degree at Thomas College.

Amanda planned a simple yet elegant wedding. When working out the details, she found that choosing the location for the wedding would be an easy decision.
“The first time I drove by the Lucerne Inn, I knew I wanted to get married there,” she says. “It has a beautiful, breathtaking view of the Maine countryside, and it is easily accessible from Bangor. The staff is also incredible.”
It was through technology, though, that the wedding party was able to come together during the ceremony.
“My maid of honor called to tell me she wouldn’t be able to travel from Alaska for my wedding because she’d be nine months pregnant,” Amanda says. “I knew I had to find a way to get her here.”
Because Amanda works for a cellular phone company, she knew just the solution. “I just Skyped her in!” Amanda says.
Using a tablet, one of the groomsmen walked the maid of honor down the aisle. A table was set up in the gazebo so that she would be able to witness the ceremony.

In Her Words
We asked Amanda more about her big day. Here's what she said…
I wish…we would have hired a videographer. It would be great to go back and watch the day all over again.
I didn’t realize…that no matter the weather, our day would be perfect. I had been praying for sunshine and checking the forecast every day for nearly a month leading up to our wedding. Despite the overcast skies, we still had the best day ever.
One of my favorite moments was…toward the end of the reception. My grandparents asked if I would sing for them. I hadn’t planned on performing, but with the help of our DJ, I took the opportunity to serenade my groom in front of our family and friends.
I’m glad that…I had so much time to plan! We were engaged for almost two years while I was finishing my master’s program at Thomas College, so every detail was planned. The day was practically stress free.
I really liked…working with great vendors: our amazing photographer, Hailey Tash, as well as the DJ, florist, bakers, and of course the staff at the Lucerne Inn. They all helped make our day pure perfection.
My advice to other brides is…to give yourself plenty of time to plan, and don’t make big decisions too hastily! I was so excited to be planning our wedding that I bought my dress within a week of our engagement. Since I hadn’t intended to find “the dress” that day, I missed out on the experience of dress shopping with my bridesmaids.

Maine Vendors
Photography by Hailey Tash Photography
Ceremony and Reception venue: The Lucerne Inn, Dedham
Catering: The Lucerne Inn
Groom’s Cake: Cherry Acres Bakery, Bangor
Groom’s attire: Henry’s Bridal Boutique & Formal Wear, Bangor
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Florist: Hampden Floral, Hampden
Entertainment: Barry Lord, Holden