Every year Julia and Tyler throw a Christmas Eve Party at their home in Brunswick for all of their friends. It was at this party that Tyler surprised Julia with a marriage proposal.
The couple, who hail from Maryland, decided to hold their wedding in Maine where they live. “We wanted to share our love of this area with all of our friends and family,” Julia says. They chose to hold their wedding ceremony and reception at the YMCA Camp of Maine in Winthrop.
The camp provided accommodations for their guests, so everyone had a very Maine experience! On the wedding day Julia and her bridesmaids got ready in the camp library. The ceremony was officiated by one of Tyler’s close friends, a Cherokee who performed a Native American wedding ceremony on the water’s edge. “Our friend Shawn’s wedding ceremony was truly beautiful,” Julia says. “He talked about the importance of us working together as a team and how everyone there was a support team that we could rely on in hard times.”
Tyler and Julia’s infant son acted as the Best Man and Ring Bearer and family and friends rounded out the rest of the wedding party. While the couple took post-ceremony photos, guests enjoyed lawn games, appetizers, and beer. The group dined on kabobs, baked beans, potato salad, and green beans with whoopie pies for desert. Everyone enjoyed the sunset on the lake and partied into the night!
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Julia said…
I didn’t realize
…the number of questions people would ask me the day before! If you don’t have a wedding planner and are setting up the venue yourself—be ready!
One of my favorite moments was
…the ceremony. It was so wonderful and intimate to have a close friend do it for us.
I really liked
…being able to marry my best friend and the wedding venue we picked. It was more than perfect.
My advice to other couples is
…to stay calm. Realize your family and friends are valuable resources. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks.
Photography by Spitzer Photo
Venue: YMCA Camp of Maine
Catering & Baker: Country Catering & Bakery
Wedding Gown: Andrea’s Bridal
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Lux
Her Wedding Band: John Edwards Jewelry & Designs
Favors: L&L Pops
, North Yarmouth
Entertainment: DJ Greg Kilen, High Output, Portland