Emily and Danny both studied musical theater in Boston, and met during a community theater show. Their characters had a few scenes together, so Danny kept suggesting that they get together to go over lines and dances outside of class. Then he suggested Emily join in for a drink. Then pizza. Emily kept turning him down…but he was very persistent. “By the time the run of the show was over, we were dating and it was great,” Emily says. “Danny always knew, and I’ll always be thankful to him for that.”
Danny couldn’t wait to propose on December 5, 2016. He woke Emily up at 6:30 am to talk, then to play her a song to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel’s “America.” “I was very confused,” Emily says. “It was probably 6:45 am and Danny began to play his song on his guitar, with all new lyrics about our trips and travel and how much we meant to each other. I had no idea.”
Once the song finished, Danny pulled a ring box out of his pocket, opened it, and popped the question.
Emily, from New Hampshire, and Danny, from Massachusetts, decided to get married in one of Emily’s favorite places—Boothbay Harbor. “My grandmother was born and grew up in Boothbay Harbor, and we have a lot of family in town,” Emily says. “I basically grew up there in the summers and have fond memories of boat rides, eating ice cream and lobster, going to band concerts with my grandparents, and swimming in the ocean. It’s a huge part of our family history.” Emily brought Danny to Boothbay Harbor with her, and it’s become a magical place for them as a couple.
Emily and Danny planned their wedding with a lot of wiggle room, options, a second choice, or a back-up plan. But they only had one choice for their officiant—their friend Jon Eldridge. “Jon is basically the reason that Danny and I met,” Emily says. “He’s been Danny’s good friend since grade school and he was our music director for the production where we first met.”
On the day of the wedding Danny got ready at his parents’ rental house with his groomsmen. Emily and her wedding party had their hair and makeup done at the Spruce Point Inn. The photographers, Lexi and Matt Photography, showed up to take some getting ready shots before Emily headed downstairs to the Spruce Point Inn dining room to meet her father before heading outside for the ceremony. “Jon did a fantastic job, and we shed a few tears of joy, but we kept it together for the most part,” Emily says.
During the cocktail hour, the couple snuck away with their wedding party for some photos. “Lexi and Matt took Danny and I down to the dock and we got some amazing photos,” Emily says.
Emily and Danny invited a lot of their friends they met though community theater to their celebration, so there were some pretty talented dancers at the reception. “We danced the night away!” Emily says. “We had this amazing, surreal moment at the end of the night when we were on our last song “I’ve Had the Time of my Life,” famous from Dirty Dancing, and my uncle got all the guests into a circle around Danny and I and we just danced together and were able to see everyone there around us and it was the most incredible feeling.”
In Her Words
We asked Emily more about her big day. Here’s what she said…
I wish…I could do it all over again! One of my bridesmaids early on said she had so much fun planning her own wedding and advised me not to let the details get in the way of how cool and unique this process actually is. I kept that advice with me the whole way and I had an amazing time from start to finish.
I didn’t realize…how magical it would feel to have all of our friends and family together in such a special place to us. It was like walking around in a romantic movie of your own life. We just loved it.
One of my favorite moments was…being announced at the reception by our DJ Kevin as “Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kircher” and walking in to Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”. All of our guests were on their feet cheering and yelling and clapping and we came down this amazing staircase and we literally felt like rock stars. I still get goosebumps thinking about it now-–it was incredible.
I’m glad that…everyone had a great time! We got so much positive feedback after the wedding and we were thrilled that everyone loved the food, music, dancing, decorations, the cake, you name it. It was an overnight destination for most of our guests and we were so happy that people loved it.
I really liked…that we were able to incorporate so much of Boothbay Harbor into our wedding. It really ended up being this amazing love letter to a place that’s so special to us, from the salt water taffy favors to the bridal party gifts from the local jewelry store to saying “I do” out on the deck at Spruce Point Inn, it felt like we brought so much local flavor to what we did that day.