Nick and June met on the medical surgical floor at Stephen’s Memorial Hospital in Norway, Maine. The registered nurses started off as best friends, spending time hiking, skiing, and snowboarding the mountains throughout New England.
Their relationship turned romantic when June injured her ankle on one of their hikes. Nick helped June avoid a panic attack and hobble down the mountain. That day, June realized that there was no one she would rather have had there to make her feel safe. Nick realized that there is no one else he would rather take care of.
Nick proposed to June on top of Sugarloaf Mountain—the same mountain the couple skied on for their official first date.
“We decided to get married in Maine mostly because we are Maine natives!” June says. She grew up in Norway and Nick is from Millinocket. The couple started planning their wedding to take place during their favorite season—winter!
The couple decided to downsize their wedding and have a cocktail and hors d’ouvres reception. “It made things much more manageable to plan and was a wise financial decision,” June says. “We had just purchased a new house the month before!”
On the morning of the wedding, June relaxed at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch with her bridesmaids. They enjoyed an early morning yoga session led by her friend and wedding officiant before heading to the hair salon. Nick also spent his morning at the HGI Riverwatch with his friends and family. The couple, their friends, and their family all pitched in to decorate the Peter Gomes Chapel at Bates College for the ceremony and DaVinci’s Italian Eatery for the reception.
“Nick and I decided to write our own wedding ceremony, which started with a poem called “Love” by Roy Croft,” June says. “Our ceremony was intimate, short, and sweet—very perfect and fitting for us.”
After their ceremony the couple headed outside for some photographs. The weather in Maine is predictable unpredictable, but on this February day the weather was perfect. The snow was perfectly clean and white, the temperature was around 45 degrees, and the sun was shining. “Our photographer, Jessie Dineen, was professional, kind, flexible, and has a smile that could light up a room!” June says. “We couldn’t have asked for anyone better!”
Nick and June made it a point to spend a lot of time visiting with their guests during their reception. After their first dance, they spent the rest of the afternoon mingling. After some wonderful speeches, the wedding wrapped up at 4:30 pm and the couple headed to Portland to spend their first night as husband and wife.
“It was truly special to be able to have a relaxed evening with just the two of us,” June says. “We had time to open our gifts together and enjoy a spectacular meal before returning to our hotel.” The next morning the couple hosted a brunch at their home in Pownal with family and friends. “Nick and I look back on our day with so much happiness and joy.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about her big day. Here’s what June said…
I wish…we hadn’t been so anxious about the details because everything fell in to place perfectly.
I didn’t realize…how stressful planning a wedding can be!
One of my favorite moments was…laying eyes on each other for the first time walking down the aisle.
I’m glad that…we were able to decide on the perfect wedding venue. My husband is Catholica and I do not currently practice any religion. The Bates College Chapel was the perfect middle ground for us.
I really liked…having an organist play at our wedding! We first met John Corrie at our rehearsal. As soon as he started playing for us, the organ began to fill the chapel and everything felt so real. Nick and I both looked at each other with the biggest grins on our faces. It was a special moment and John was incredibly kind and helpful in choosing songs for the wedding.
My advice to other couples is
…be true to what makes you happy! There is a lot of pressure when planning a wedding that revolves around pleasing others. It’s your day, do what is going to make you happy.
Bakery: Bernadette’s Bakery