Thanks to a promotion at work, and some motherly advice, Deb and Mark met and fell in love.
Deb was working at a bank as a customer service representative when she was offered a promotion and a move to another branch. At first she balked. “I was very comfortable where I was, and wasn’t looking for a move,” Deb says. But her mom told her to take the job…that she would meet someone. And she did! “I’m over 50 years old and still taking mom’s advice!”
Both Deb and Mark hail from Massachusetts, but they also love Maine, and Sebago Lake in particular. Mark proposed to Deb on the shores of that lake. On their first visit to Migis Lodge, which is perfectly situated on Sebago, they fell in love. But the resort only had dates in June available, and Deb and Mark didn’t want a June wedding. On the couple’s second visit over Memorial Day weekend in 2011, they were told that the couple holding that very same holiday weekend in 2012 had cancelled. They booked the resort and started planning.
Their wedding theme was “All Things Maine.” “We started with Maine blueberries and chose the design for our cake and went from there,” Deb says. They made goodie bags for their overnight guests, and included Maine-made products.
Deb and Mark’s daughters stood by the couple during their ceremony. The couple had a lot of DIY touches to the wedding day, as Deb loves homemade things. Instead of a guest book, the couple made a wedding wishes tree where guests could write their wishes and hang them on branches. They gathered pinecones and used them as seating place cards. The couple also asked guests to write their names on a reproduced image of the lake. “That is now framed and hanging in our home,” Deb says.
In Her Words
We asked Deb more about her big day. Here’s what she said….
I didn’t realize
…how happy I could be.
One of my favorite moments was
…when I came around the cove in the 1936 Chris Craft boat with my Dad by my side and saw everyone waiting for us. And then I saw Mark standing there and it was perfect.
I’m glad that
…we chose a venue where our family and friends could stay the night with us. We were able to enjoy a campfire after the reception and all met in the morning for a huge breakfast under the pine trees.
I really liked
…when the sky cleared as soon as the boat started, and the sun came out and it was a beautiful day.
Photography by Samantha Clark Photography
Venue: Migis Lodge
, South Casco
Invitations: Natale Blake, Monmouth
Hair & Makeup: Amanda Meyer of Inspirations Hair Studio
Officiant: Andrea Rohde, Kennebunk