Elle and Preston met through mutual friends in Boston. And it only took two marriage proposals to seal the deal!
The first proposal happened on the couple’s third anniversary. Preston met Elle outside of her office in Boston, Massachusetts, with a dozen red roses. He took her to dinner at the Top of the Hub in the Prudential building for a wonderful dinner and wine pairing. When they returned home, Elle was greeted with red roses on the steps leading up to their apartment. Champagne and a giant, gold glitter covered box met her at the top.
“I truly thought he was just going all out for our anniversary and didn’t realize what was about to happen,” Elle says. He presented her with his junior rung from the Coast Guard Academy and asked Elle to marry him. “Of course I said ‘Yes!’” He explained that he wanted her input in picking out the engagement ring, and that’s why he had proposed with his Coast Guard ring.
Both of their mothers immediately offered to let the couple use the diamonds from Preston’s grandmother’s ring and Elle’s Nana’s ring—both who have passed away. “We gladly took them up on their offer because we had the opportunity to design a custom piece that would be a beautiful blending of both of our pasts,” Elle says. “We came up with a design that incorporated as many of the stones as we could.”
Preston took the lead on getting the ring designed, so Elle had no idea when it would be ready. And then on Friday evening when she returned from work, she was pleasantly surprised to open the door to a recreation of the proposal months earlier. “Preston presented me with the most beautiful ring I have ever seen,” Elle says.
The couple knew they wanted to get married in New England in the fall because of the beautiful foliage. Since Elle grew up in Saco, Maine, her home state quickly became the focus. “Once we visited the Nonantum Resort, it became clear that that was the perfect fit for us,” Elle says.
Their wedding day started out with a gorgeous October day. “The leaves had started to turn and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky,” Elle says. She spent the morning with her bridal party in the Nonantum’s bridal suite having their hair and makeup done. The men were practicing the sword arch, which is where the groomsment hold their swords over the couple as they exit their ceremony site as husband and wife. “The sword arch of Coast Guard members was such a great way to incorporate Preston’s background,” Elle says.
Elle’s brothers walked her down the aisle and the ceremony was officiated by a Navy Chaplain that Preston had met while deployed in the Middle East. “We wrote our own vows, which were a perfect reflection of our relationship,” Elle says. “Love and laughter were sprinkled throughout.”
The couple took a horse and carriage ride to the breakwater for some photos and returned to the Nonantum on a sailboat for the reception festivities. “The reception was just incredible and more than I could have ever expected,” Elle says. “The dance floor was packed the entire night and we are still getting comments from people on what a great time they had. I went to sleep that night with the biggest smile on my face.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about her big day. Here’s what Elle said…
I wish…that all future brides and grooms can enjoy their big day as much as we did.
I didn’t realize…how nervous I would get right before walking down the aisle.
One of my favorite moments was…when everyone was on the dance floor during Drop Kick Murphy’s “Shippin’ up to Boston.” The band knocked it out of the park with that one.
I’m glad that…so many friends and family members were able to make it to our wedding.
I really liked…working with Tim Ames at The Nonantum. He was incredible!
My advice to other couples is
…to enjoy the day. Things are going to happen that aren’t part of the plan, or something isn’t going to happen that you wanted to, but just go with the flow and enjoy every single second, because it will be over before you know it.