April and Barry met during a work visit in Philadelphia. The girl from Connecticut struck up a conversation with the boy from Ireland, and didn’t stop talking for the rest of the week.
The spark didn’t fizzle once Barry returned home to Ireland. The couple began a long distance romance between Philly and the Emerald Isle. They visited each other every other month. “It was very early on that we both knew this was no ordinary relationship,” April says. A year and a half later, the couple moved together to Australia.
The couple eventually relocated to Dallas, Texas, and a marriage proposal took place over Halloween pumpkins. Being from Ireland, Barry had never carved a pumpkin, which is something April loves doing with her family back home in New England. April showed Barry the technique, but he wanted to carve his pumpkin on the couple’s balcony so April couldn’t see what he was doing. When Barry called April out to see his handiwork, she saw that he had carved “Marry Me?” on his pumpkin. When April turned around, he presented her with a ring.
April and Barry decided to hold their destination wedding in a place that was meaningful to April’s family—the western Maine mountains. “We wanted a place we could have to ourselves, with family and friends, for the whole week and late into the night of the wedding,” April says. “Once we found Ski Esta and saw the views it had over the valley and ski resort, we booked it.”
Their wedding day began with a First Look session with photographer Lauren DelVecchio from LAD Photography at the Artist’s Covered Bridge. “We got to relax a little bit before the craziness began and got some amazing photos with our bridal party,” April says.
The ceremony was held on the balcony, overlooking the valley. “It was such a perfect day, which was lucky because during the past week it had rained almost every afternoon,” April says. The ceremony music was played on a classical guitar, and family and friends stood up to read passages. The rings were from Ireland and had the Celtic word for love engraved on the inside as well as the couples’ initials in Ogham engraved on the outside.
The reception was held under a tent, and everyone enjoyed lawn games and a photo booth. The dancing lasted for hours, and many people stayed at the venue, giving the couple extra time to hang out with their family and friends from near and far.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what April said…
I didn’t realize
…how much work planning a partially DIY destination wedding was going to be! We did as much as we could before flying to Maine, but the extra work we had to do that week took some time away from hanging out with family and friends. We were so grateful for how much help we got so that everything looked amazing and went smoothly!
One of my favorite moments was
…during the First Look. I walked down the bride to Barry and one of the first things he said to me was that I looked like a cake, which made me laugh, as he usually does, and the photographer captured my reaction. Another one was when my parents gave the Polish wedding blessing. My mom had spent a lot of time learning how to say it in Polish and they both teared up. It was a perfect moment we won’t forget.
I’m glad that
…everything came together and everyone met each other! That week was the first time that our family and friends had met each other. The night before we had a rehearsal BBQ dinner at Ski Esta for everyone so that we could enjoy the setting of the house and spend some time with each other before the big day.
I really liked
…that my pastor from childhood was able to perform the ceremony. He has done it for both of my siblings, and he was amazing as always!
My advice to other couples is
…to make sure you communicate your ideas to the vendors clearly and then step back and let them do their jobs. They know what they’re doing!
Photography by LAD Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ski Esta
Catering: The Phoenix
Florist: Designs by Janet Black
Hair & Makeup: I Do Spas
Baker: The Holy Donut
Entertainment: Ceremony, Alan Lee Wilson
; Reception, Time Pilots
Transportation: Sunday River Resort