Both Katie and Mike spent every summer growing up on a lake—so getting married on one meant a lot to both of them.
Katie, from Syracuse, New York, and Mike, from Hampstead, New Hampshire, met at a Halloween party in Boston. When Mike asked her out, Katie turned him down flat. “I had just moved to Boston and had no interest in dating anyone,” she says. Two years after the fact, they met on Match.com. “Mike found pictures of us at that infamous Halloween party! One date led to two, which led to an AC/DC concert, which lead to a few more dates before we visited his parent’s lake house. It was there that he asked to start dating me!
Growing up, Katie spent ever summer on Mooselookmeguntic Lake with her family. They’d return to Rangeley in the winter to ski Saddleback Mountain. When she first brought Mike up to Maine, she brought him to hike Angles Falls in Rangeley. “Sadly, the road to the falls was washed out, so we headed to Smalls Falls instead,” she says. The couple hiked up to the top then a bit down the river. Mike and Katie sat down on a beautiful rock for a rest and Mike pulled out a ring. “It was the perfect setting to our perfect story,” Katie says.
And since Rangeley was getting more important to this couple by the minute, they wanted to share it with their friends and family on their wedding day. “Our wish was to allow our guests to feel a small piece of what we got to see every day of every single summer,” Katie says.
They held their ceremony at the Church of the Good Shepherd and their reception at the Loon Lodge Inn—both in Rangeley. The couple was living in Arizona, and planning a wedding from afar. Katie gives a lot of credit to the staff at the Loon Lodge and her parents for helping to bring the big day together.
In Her Words
We asked Katie more about her big day…
I didn’t realize
…how amazing it would feel to have all of our closest friends and family gathered to celebrate. Our friends and our families have always gelled so seamlessly over the years we've been together, but on our wedding weekend, you really could feel the love between our two families and our friends in the air.
One of my favorite moments was
…when the church doors opened and I had the opportunity to see everyone that I hadn’t seen in months and years. Everyone sitting in the church was there for us! It meant the world to me!
I’m glad that
…we had perfect weather and everyone was able to enjoy themselves the entire weekend—whether it was during the rehearsal dinner at Bald Mountain Camps where we had a lobster bake, the beautiful ceremony, or our lakeside reception.
I really liked
…how my husband surprised me with special transportation for my father and me to the church. It was an early 1940s Plymouth Woodie Wagon, which I felt fit perfectly with our theme that captured the beautiful nature of Maine.
My advice to other brides is
…to be selfish! This is your day! Allow yourself to be pampered and take the time to feel the love. No one will be expecting anything from you—enjoy it!
Maine Wedding Vendors
Photography by Samantha Warren Weddings
Ceremony venue: Church of the Good Shepherd, Rangeley
Reception venue: Loon Lodge Inn
Catering: Loon Lodge Inn
Florist: Sunrise View Farm
Entertainment: Dionne Entertainment