Kate and Nick met at Waterville High School. They both played ice hockey—she was the only girl on the team! They went from teammates to friends to high school sweethearts. After graduation they both headed north on I-95 to attend the University of Maine in Orono.
Nick decided to incorporate their love of hockey into his proposal. He popped the question while the couple were in Boston attending the National College Hockey Championship. “He asked me to go for a walk around midnight…and I was skeptical,” Kate says. “We ended up along Boston Harbor, all alone under an arbor with twinkling lights. I was completely surprised!”
They planned a very Maine wedding at the Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor. “Nick and I love Maine,” Kate says. “We have both lived here all our lives, went to college here, and have chosen to settle down here and build our life together. We couldn’t think of a place we would rather be, and certainly could not think of a better place to get married and celebrate our love and relationship with all of our friends and family.”
On the big day, Kate and her wedding party got ready in the bridal suite for the early afternoon ceremony. “It was a great way to spend time with my best friends on such a special day,” Kate says.
Once they were prepped, an antique 1962 Rolls Royce came to pick them up! Kate went to the church with her father and sister—her maid of honor. After the ceremony, the newlyweds headed to a secluded park to take some photos before meeting up with the rest of the wedding party. “It was a great way for us to step back and take in that we were now husband and wife!” she says.
The cocktail hour was hosted on the oceanfront deck at the inn. “It was a wonderful way for us to spend time with all of our guests,” Kate says. “When we arrived the sun had just come out and the harbor was sparkling.”
Their ceremony was held in the Pemaquid Hall. “It was filled with love, laughter, and plenty of dancing!” Kate says.
In Kate’s Words
We asked the bride more about her big day. Here’s what Kate said…
I wish…we had had an unplugged ceremony. Looking back at all the pictures, we saw many guests had their phones out during the ceremony. I think it’s more special to be fully present and in the moment, and taking pictures of the ceremony is why we hired a photographer.
I didn’t realize…that having 120 guests still feels like a lot of people! There are so many people you want to talk to and spend time with that it felt like the perfect number of people to have at the wedding.
One of my favorite moments was…a special “anniversary” dance we had at the reception. Coordinated by our amazing DJ, all married couples were invited to the dance floor. Next, the DJ asked couples to leave the dance floor depending on how many years they had been married. The couple who had been married the longest was the only one remaining. My grandparents, who have been married 57 years, were the last ones dancing to Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Nick and I hope to be the last ones on the dance floor someday.
I’m glad that...we were able to attend our cocktail hour. It allowed us to see more of our friends and family before the reception started…which left us with more time for dancing during the reception!
I really liked
…having an outdoor element to part of our wedding day. The sun came out just in time for cocktails, and our guests got to spend some time overlooking beautiful Boothbay Harbor. It allowed our guests to get a glimpse of the natural beauty of Maine.