Matt, who was born and raised in Minnesota, moved to Maine in 2012 in pursuit of a girl.
Matt and Katie met while working at Moose River Outpost, a Christian outdoor adventure camp located in northern Maine. The first summer they worked together, Katie had a crush on Matt—but he liked another girl. The second summer, Matt liked Katie—but she was seeing another guy. The following spring, Katie headed to camp to lead a whitewater rafting trip. Matt asked her to go fishing. “Fishing led to more fishing, then sunset campfires, which led to dinner, and more fishing,” Katie says. “That third summer we fell in love.”
The night of the proposal, Matt took Katie on a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride and candlelit dinner in Freeport, where the couple had gone on their first dinner date. Throughout the night, Katie’s hopes and suspicions of a proposal rose and fell. “It was a wonderful evening, and I suggested we continue by grabbing dessert at our favorite gelato place,” Katie says. “Any hopes of a proposal died when Matt said no. He suggested that we go to my parent’s house because my dad had told him that he hadn’t seen me much that week. A romantic, much anticipated date over at 8 o’clock. I was less than thrilled.”
When they arrived at Katie’s parent’s house, Matt reminded Katie that a meteor shower was happening that night, and started pulling her into the yard. “I protested, in my black stilettos,” Katie says. “I suggested running inside to grab some boots, but my protests and ill-suited footwear were no match for a determined college defensive end.”
Much to her surprise, Matt carried Katie to her childhood playhouse, which had been transformed into a scene from a fairytale. Luminaires and rose petals created a path to the tiny cabin, which was glistening with white lights. The inside was decked out in red roses, evergreen boughs, and candles. After dancing to their favorite song, he got down on one knee to propose.
Katie had always dreamed about getting married at her parent’s house, so that’s exactly what she did. “It is a beautiful place that holds so many wonderful memories from my childhood, our engagement, and now our wedding,” she says.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Katie said…
…that I had stopped decorating and started getting ready sooner. I think that one of the hard things about getting married at home and doing so much myself was that there was always one more thing that I could do.
I didn’t realize
…that picking out my dress would be so easy. I am well known for my indecisiveness, but went into Andrea’s Bridal with a good idea of what I wanted. As soon as my best friend pulled it from the rack and I put it on I knew I wanted to get married in it. The owner, Julia, worked with my budged and made the dress of my dreams within reach. After trying on only four dresses I had made my choice, and everyone was shocked.
One of my favorite moments was
…seeing each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle. It made the day suddenly become real.
I really liked
…that the wedding was truly a family affair. I am very close to my family, and it was so special to have the people that I love most with me along the way. My older sister designed the save-the-dates, invitations, and programs. One of my brothers built a gorgeous altar from trees and salvaged wood. My other brother manicured the extensive lawns meticulously. My mom and younger sister baked the beautiful bundt cakes. My dad cut log accents and polished his antique tractors.
Photography by Lexi Lowell Photography
Catering: The Flaky Tart
Wedding Gown: Andrea’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Gowns: The Formal Image
Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers
and Day’s Jewelers
Rentals: Maine Bay Canvas