Maine Wedding • Aislinn & Charlie • Portland

Posted: November 04, 2015

Aislinn and Charlie met while out with friends in Portland. They quickly realized that they were next door neighbors; their windows looked into each other’s apartments! “We knew it had better work out,” Aislinn says. Luckily it did.
Charlie popped the question on the morning of Aislinn’s 28th birthday. “Charlie woke me up with a present he wanted me to open right away!” Aislinn says. “We had planned to have all of our friends from Massachusetts and Maine over for a fun day of birthday celebration at his parent’s farm in Cohasset, Massachusetts. The proposal made it even more special.”
Both Charlie and Aislinn moved a lot growing up; he’s originally from southern Maine and she from Wisconsin. “Maine has always been this steady, special place for us,” Aislinn says. “We both went to college in Maine and made our lives post-college in Portland, where we fell in love.” A Maine wedding was an easy decision.
In preparation for the wedding celebration, Charlie’s brother, JT, and his girlfriend, Kaitlyn, designed their wedding stationary. “It was uniquely us,” Aislinn says. “We spent a lot of time going over each piece, and we were absolutely in love with the outcome.”
The rest of the wedding was just as personal. They named their 17 tables after all of the cities they had lived in both separately and together. Aislinn had both her father and stepfather walk her down the aisle. “Both are so special for different reasons,” she says. “It only felt right for me to have both of them there to share that special moment with me.”
The weekend-long celebration started on Thursday evening with a lobster bake at Charlie’s grandparent’s house and ended in the same spot on Sunday with a brunch catered by Aurora Provisions. 

In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Aislinn said…
I wish…September weather was more predictable, and it would have been just a tad warmer that day.
I didn’t realize…how happy we would be to get on the plane for our honeymoon!
One of my favorite moments was…when my cousin, an amazing singer and professor of music at Ithaca College, had a song commissioned especially for us and performed it at our wedding. It was beautiful. Charlie’s cousins, also professional musicians, accompanied him on violin and cello. It was incredible. Our biggest regret was not having it videotaped.
I’m glad that…the day after our wedding weekend, before we got on the plane to Greece for our honeymoon, we were able to get back into our wedding outfits and surprise my grandpa Bob, who was recovering from an illness at the hospital. He was so upset not to be able to attend the wedding, so instead, we brought a piece of the wedding to him. It was such a special, fun moment that we will always remember.
I really liked…when Charlie’s 91-year-old grandfather, Papou, had enough scotch in him to ditch his walker and dance!
My advice to other couples is…to hang out with each other during the wedding. It’s easy to get sucked into seeing all of your guests, but the most special moments of the day will be together.

Maine Vendors
Ceremony Venue: First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Portland
Reception Venue: The Portland Company, Portland
Catering: 111 Maine, Topsham
Hair & Makeup: Ollo Hair Salon, Portland
Baker: 111 Maine, Topsham
Entertainment: The Waiters, Portland
Brunch: Aurora Provisions, Portland