University of Connecticut alums Jessie and Doug met while working at Hammonassett State Park after their freshman year of college. “During our second summer of working together we started dating,” Jessie says.
Their relationship continued after graduation and through Doug’s deployment in Afghanistan. Doug is a First Lieutenant in the Army and was stationed in Germany at the time. Once he returned from his deployment, Jessie joined him on a trip to Venice, Italy. It was after a romantic moonlit dinner on their first night in Venice that Doug got down on one knee to ask Jessie to marry him. “He had worked with my mom and sister and his mom while deployed to pick out the engagement ring—and I knew nothing about it!” Jessie says. “The proposal was a magical moment that we will never forget.”
While the couple both hail from Connecticut, they decided to get married in Maine. Jessie’s family has been visiting Down East Maine for generations. “When Doug and I started dating, the first trip we took together was to Maine,” Jessie says. “It instantly became a special place for Doug as it has been for me my whole life.” Jessie’s parents own a house in Lubec, Maine, and the couple quickly made the decision to make it their wedding destination.
Jessie and Doug’s wedding ceremony site was held on a rock by the ocean. Jessie and her dad walked down the aisle to a song played by her brother on acoustic guitar. “It was so emotional seeing everyone’s smiling faces as I walked down the aisle,” she says. “To see Doug standing on the rock waiting for me—it was a perfect moment.”
Doug’s father officiated the emotional and personal ceremony. “The wind was blowing my veil all around and it looked just magical!” Jessie says. After the ceremony was over the couple joyfully mingled with their family and friends who had all traveled so far to be with them on their big day.
Since the couple was based in Germany for Doug’s job, they drank from the traditional German Wedding Cup, which two people can drink out of simultaneously. Good luck will be bestowed upon the relationship if the couple can drink without spilling a drop.
Doug and Jessie, who both love beer, asked the local brewing company brew a custom beer for their wedding day. Lubec Brewing Company obliged and called it “Doug and Jessie’s Matrimony Ale.” “It was a huge hit at the wedding and at the pub the week leading up to the wedding,” Jessie says.
The reception was held under a tent in the yard. After dinner, everyone danced the night away. “It was such a blast to have everyone we love in our special place up in Maine,” Jessie says.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Jessie said…
I wish…I hadn’t been so nervous before the ceremony and had enjoyed getting ready more.
One of my favorite moments was…the moment right after we were married and we turned to see all of our friends and family and we were pronounced Mister and Misses Doug and Jessie Palmer. Everyone cheered! There was so much happiness and love in that moment. Even though there were close to 90 people there, it still felt very intimate, because it was everyone we love.
I’m glad that…we did almost everything ourselves because it made the day very personal. We thought of every detail and it paid off.
I really liked…having all of our friends and family in our special place. The week leading up to the wedding was a blast. We had a lot of work to do, but as friends and family started arriving, it was fun spending time with everyone.
My advice to other couples is
…definitely enjoy the time leading up to the wedding—don’t let the stress get to you.
Beer: Lubec Brewing Company, Lubec