When Natasha moved back to the town she was born in—Dover-Foxcroft, Maine—at the age of 16, she was the new girl in school. She was introduced to Dustin through his childhood girlfriend, and sparks instantly flew.
The couple attended college at the University of Maine in Farmington, spent a winter at Sugarloaf, and eventually moved back to Dover-Foxcroft to settle down. “I don’t know if either of us imagined we’d move back, but it’s home,” Natasha says. “We both love our small town. It’s the perfect place to raise a family. We see a lot of opportunity here.”
Dustin spent the summer of 2012 apprenticing at a farm in Brooksville, Maine, 80 miles away. The distance meant the couple only saw each other about once a week. During a trip home to celebrate his birthday that July, Dustin asked Natasha to marry him in front of his family and close friends. “I was completely shocked,” Natasha says. “I was totally not expecting I would get a gift on his birthday!”
The couple started planning their wedding at Dustin’s family camp on Sebec Lake—the same place his parents were married. Their wedding had a vintage, antique, country feel, and they designed and made most of the wedding day elements themselves.
Natasha spent the morning of her wedding day hanging out with her bridesmaids. “Our ceremony wasn’t until 4, so the girls and I had some mimosas to ease the butterflies,” she says. They spent most of the morning hanging out at their neighbors’ camp, which had generously been donated for the occasion.
Dustin’s brother, the best man, arrived at the camp to pick Natasha up in a 1938 Chevy truck and brought her to the ceremony. Her grandfather walked her down the aisle in his traditional Scottish kilt while Luke and Will Mallett, from the Mallett Brothers Band, played her processional.
After the ceremony, guests were asked to leave a thumbprint on Natasha’s handmade “guest book,” which was a drawing of a birch tree. The couple had a friend make cribbage boards for wedding favors, and Natasha's mother baked over 30 pies for the reception. Everything, from the lounge by the porta potties to the reception tables, had personal touches.
After dinner, guests had the pleasure of dancing the night away to the sounds of The Mallet Brothers Band playing on the pier overlooking the lake.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about her wedding day. Here’s what Natasha said…
…there were 48 hours in a day. I don’t wish I could redo anything, but I wish the time had passed more slowly.
I didn’t realize
…how stressful making out a guest list would be.
I’m glad that
…we did a receiving line. It was the only chance we had to talk to each of our guests.
I really liked
…everything! The weather, the location, the food, our guests, and the band!
My advice to other couples is
…not to stress! At the end of the day, all that matters is you were married to the love of your life. Try to cherish every moment—it goes by so fast. Make it happy!
Photography by T.Dow Photography
Catering: Spring Creek BBQ
Rentals: Maine Equipment and Party Rentals
Tux: Classic Tuxedo
Florist: Laurie Bennett from Flowers and Friends Farm, Guilford
Hair & Makeup: Taylor Dow-Witham
Wedding Rings: Day’s Jewelers
Baker: Tressa Folson from Fawnly Photos and Natasha's mother
Entertainment: The Mallett Brothers Band