Alison and Steve met online, which they both admit they were hesitant to try. “We both had minimal success and went on a lot of bad dates because of it,” Steve says. But the couple chatted and became Facebook friends. Their first date—they met for a drink at the Armory, a Portland bar—lasted three hours. Two days later they met for lunch and ended up spending the rest of the day together. After their third date, they didn’t spend a night apart ever again.
Ali knew the proposal was coming, so it was important to Steve to throw her off track. “I created some misdirection in, by asking her cousin Kristin to "slip" and let Ali know that I was inquiring about her on-call schedule for New Year's Eve,” Steve says. He created a fake holiday dance at the school he worked at and made a fake work calendar to post on the fridge in their Westbrook home.
One night, after a massage with a friend (which Steve purchased on the sly) Alison’s friend Alicia suggested they get a drink at the same bar where she and Steve met. Steve had cleared out the section of the bar where they shared their first drink and got the bartenders in on his proposal. “Ali started crying when she saw me,” Steve says. “I had had successfully fooled her! I did my thing, the bartenders brought out champagne, and Alicia got photos of the event. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life.”
The couple decided to treat their guests to a very Maine wedding at the Inn on Peaks Island. “We had a lot of family and friends come in from out of town, some of whom had never been to Maine,” Ali says. “We thought a summer ferry ride on Casco Bay would be a really cool and fun way to show off Portland.”
The ceremony, held right at the inn, was a perfect mix of laughter and tears. “From the first dance to the speeches by our friends to the amazing food and hilarity on the dance floor, it was just a perfect wedding,” Steve says.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about her big day. Here’s what Ali said…
…I could do it all over again, but as the bride and as a guest. I missed so much! I needed 2 or 3 of me there.
I didn’t realize
…that I had huge blisters on my feet from dancing all night until after it was all over. I also didn’t realize how much saying our vows in front of all of our friends and family would impact me. It was really big and way more meaningful that I expected.
One of my favorite moments was
…the reveal. We took photos before our ceremony, so it was just us, our immediate family, and our bridal party. When he turned around, it was as if everyone else melted away. It was just us and I was so happy.
I’m glad that
…we did a “first look” and took pictures before the ceremony. It gave us a chance to enjoy each other and take it all in. From the time I walked down the aisle to the last dance, it was a whirlwind.
Maine Wedding Vendors
Photography by Carrie Pellerin Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Inn on Peaks Island
Wedding Gown: Andrea’s Bridal
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Springer’s Jewelers