Lindsey and Jon spent the first five years as a couple in a long-distance relationship. They first met in middle school, playing for the same ice hockey team. They were friends through high school and started dating the summer before her senior year of high school and his freshman year of college. For the first five years of their relationship, they traveled between their two colleges to see each other on the weekends.
Jon surprised Lindsey with a proposal on his birthday. As she was preparing dinner, he beckoned her outside to hang out. While they sat at the picnic table, Jon asked her why she never wrote him poems for his birthday and their anniversary before. Lindsey said that she was not gifted with words like Jon was, and he urged her to try. Jokingly she recited, “Roses are red, violets are blue…” before he stopped her to poke fun at her effort. “You can’t just take someone’s poem,” Jon says. “You need to write it yourself. Like, your hair is red, your eyes are blue, and I have a question just for you.” He got down on one knee, opened a small box containing Lindsey’s great grandmother’s ring, and proposed.
The couple, who had moved to Michigan, decided to return home to Maine to get married on Peaks Island where Jon’s parents grew up. “We wanted the whole wedding to be uniquely ours, nothing by the books,” Lindsey says. As a graphic designer, Lindsey put her skills to work. She created the wedding invitations herself and chose postage stamps that had meaning to each guest. “For example, all of our Michigan friends got a Michigan Statehood stamp, dog lovers got the Puppy Love stamp, and everyone got a Portland Headlight stamp,” she says.
The lobster buoy was the centralized element to their wedding theme. Lindsey’s mother, an art teacher in Portland, hand painted wine corks to resemble buoys for escort cards. She also used wine bottles and driftwood for the table design at the reception. Centerpieces were wooden buoys that held tea lights. Each one was painted by Jon’s father in their wedding colors, and then given a distressed look by Lindsey’s mom.
To avoid having to rent everything, the couple collected mismatched silverware from thrift stores and yard sales, they used mason jars for wine glasses, and bought 100% compostable plates for the reception.
Lindsey and Jon woke up together on the morning of the wedding, relaxed with their dogs for a short while, before splitting up for the day. Lindsey’s two cousins helped the bridal party with their hair and make up before Lindsey’s parents showed up in her grandmother’s car to escort her to the ceremony. “This almost made me cry,” Lindsey says. “My grandmother had passed away a little over a year earlier, and had wanted to badly to be at the wedding. With the sun shining and her car ready, I knew she was there with us.”
The couple’s dogs were on their best behavior as they walked down the aisle and waited patiently for the ceremony to be over. Being announced as Mr. and Mrs. Hutchins for the first time at the reception was a high point for Lindsey. “The rest of the night went by really fast!” she says. “It was a perfect day.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about her wedding day. Here’s what Lindsey says…
…we could do it all over again, the exact same way. It was such an amazing day with an amazing group of people.
I didn’t realize
…how many details went into planning a wedding. We did a lot of it ourselves, and had great help from friends, family, and the vendors we used. We couldn’t have done it without them.
I’m glad that
…the tropical storm that came through Friday night during the rehearsal dinner decided to leave the island Saturday morning.
I really liked
…that over half of the wedding guests were able to get housing on the island. Everyone loved the experience.
My advice to other couples is
…to enjoy every minute. Keep in mind that if something does go wrong, or doesn’t get put in the right place, only you and a few others will know. Just go with the flow and live in the moment. It will be a wonderful day with all of your friends and family there to celebrate.
Photography by Kristina O’Brien Photography
Wedding Planner: Brandi Lawrence Event Design
Wedding Venue: TEIA Club,
Catering: Local Sprouts Food Co-Op
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Heather Caron Floral Design
Wedding Rings: D. Cole Jewelers
Baker: Love Cupcakes
Entertainment: Joe Farren, Portland
Other Peaks Island weddings you might like to see:
Cori & Paul
Bethany & Dan
Alison & Steve