Adriana and Elliot had been dating for four years and had talked about getting married for some time when their plans were sent into overdrive. During a trip home to Central Maine over Mother’s Day weekend in 2013, the couple learned that Adriana’s father had been diagnosed with cancer.
“On the way home we looked at each other and said, ‘how quickly can we plan a wedding? Six months? Yes, good, we’re getting married in November,’” Adriana says.
Both Adriana and Elliot had moved to Maine with their families when they were in elementary school. Since most of their wedding guests were “from away,” they decided to share their home state with people who would have no other reason to visit. “We wanted to provide our guests with a relaxing, getaway weekend,” Adriana says.
The bride, who has always loved libraries, had always wanted to get married in her favorite library—the Camden Public Library. So that’s just what they did. Even though there is a particularly lovely area outside of the library known as the Amphitheater, the couple chose to get married inside the building. They are the first couple ever to exchange their vows inside the library, surrounded by books.
On the day of the wedding, Adriana and her bridesmaids enjoyed getting ready in her suite. They spent time in the sauna and steam room and took turns getting their hair and make up done. Elliot took his groomsmen to the bowling alley in Northport for a morning of relaxing fun. In honor of Adriana’s father, who has always had an amazing and characteristic moustache, the groomsmen had all grown moustaches for the big day.
Along with the couple, most of the guests stayed at the Camden Harbor Inn, which was the venue for the reception. “This really helped maximize our time with the people that are so special to us and who we don’t regularly get to see,” Adriana says. “We had guests who flew in from the west coast, Hawaii, and even Hong Kong!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about her wedding day. Here’s what Adriana said…
…I had gotten more sleep the night before the wedding. I had four girls sleeping in my bed with me, and although it was outrageously and incredibly fun, it wasn’t the most restful beauty sleep that I had hoped for.
I didn’t realize
…that I wouldn’t regret spending so much money on one weekend.
One of my favorite moments was
…dancing The Hora, which was organized on the fly by my great friend Mary Ellen.
I really liked
…everything! It was the most fun wedding that we have ever been to.
My advice to other couples is
…don’t skimp on things that are really important to you. Make a list of “musts” and “maybes” and adjust your budged accordingly. I would also suggest having a wedding planner, at least for the day of the wedding. The bride should not be stressing about trivial things on the day of her wedding. Also, pay all of your vendors before the event. The last thing you want to do is write checks on your wedding day.
Photography by Angie Devenney Photography
Videography: Ogden Media
Ceremony Venue: Camden Public Library
Reception Venue: Camden Harbour Inn
Catering: Natalie’s Restaurant at the Camden Harbour Inn
Tux: Tuxedo on Broadway
, South Portland
Florist: Sesasons Downeast Designs
Makeup: Beauty Mark
Wedding Rings: Maine Gold and Silver
, South Portland
Baker: Aurora Provisions