Kirk surprised Alex with a Christmas Eve proposal. Kirk was puttering around the couple’s Portland apartment when he should have been getting ready for Christmas Eve mass. “I kept telling him he needed to get going or he was going to miss church!” Alex says.
Kirk, who was sitting on the couch, asked Alex to grab something for him in the kitchen. There she found a long box wrapped on the counter. “We said we weren’t doing major gifts that year, so I was already surprised,” Alex says. She sat down on the coach and opened the box to find a beautiful rose gold bracelet with a diamond in it. “My response was, ‘Oh my gosh it is so beautiful! This is the first diamond anyone has ever given me.’ Kirk’s response was, ‘Well if you like that diamond, how do you like this one?” He pulled out a beautiful engagement ring and the couple spent the rest of the evening celebrating with both of their families.
Both Kirk and Alex grew up in Portland, even attending the same elementary and middle school. When they were deciding where to hold their wedding celebration, they both knew they wanted to be on the water in Maine. “Maine is a big part of who we are,” Alex says. “It’s where we grew up and where we want to live long term.” Sunningdale Lodge on Sebago Lake was the perfect venue. “We rented the property for the whole week, so we were able to spend time with our loved ones just relaxing on the lake.”
On the day of the wedding the girls sipped mimosas and got ready in one of the cabins while the guys played wiffle ball and lawn games. The couple had intended to not see each other before the ceremony, but rain was on the way and they decided to have a “first look” outside before the storm.
The outside ceremony was moved into the rec hall. Since Kirk is Catholic and Alex is Jewish, the couple honored both of their religions and families by having a Rabbi and a Priest officiate the ceremony together. Their friend Keelan was their ceremony musician, playing an original song as the wedding party walked in.
Following the ceremony the couple hosted a cocktail hour in the lodge before moving to the ceremony under a tent on the lawn. Guests enjoyed spiked lemonade with blueberries, which provided refreshment from the 85 degree day. After a dinner of BBQ and scrumptious sides, the guests hit the dance floor for a night full of dancing. Late night pizza was served and the event ended with a dip in the lake and snuggling around the campfire.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Alex said…
…that we could go back to Sunningdale every summer and relive the moment.
I didn’t realize
…how hot it was going to be! We had heating lamps ordered just in case it was going to be too cold. For some reason we never thought it was going to be 85 degrees on August 31.
One of my favorite moments was
…our first dance. It was Kirk’s favorite moment, too. We danced to “Oh! Darling” by the Beatles. There was something really natural and intimate about the moment. We didn’t practice, and it felt like it was just the two of us there.
I’m glad that
…we had the whole week at Sunningdale to celebrate. Our wedding was right around 200 people, so throughout the week we got to greet our guests and spend quality time with our closest family and friends. This allowed the two of us to have more time together at our actual wedding and we didn’t feel like we were rushing around to make sure we greeted every single person.
I really liked
…that we had our rehearsal dinner on Friday and the wedding on Sunday. Kirk’s mom suggested this and the day in between really allowed everyone to relax and recover. We had a yoga instructor come out and teach a class, which was really refreshing and fun. We spent Saturday lounging by the lake and did a big potluck with our guests that were staying on site. This was easy because each cabin had a kitchen/grill so everyone could contribute.
Photography by Cait Kimball Photography
Wedding Planner & Florist: Sandy Shapiro-Hurt of Bea & Company
Venue: Sunningdale Lodge
, Sebago Lake
Catering & Baker: Chichi Chef Catering Co.
Wedding Gown: Spoil Me
Hair: David Young Hair Salon
Makeup: Katie from Ollo Hair Salon
Rings: Springer’s Jewelers
Tent: One Stop Event Rentals
, South Portland
Reception Entertainment: Jim Ciampi Band
Transportation: VIP Tour & Charter Bus Company