Mackenzie and Josh, both from Massachusetts, met during the welcome BBQ at their medical school. “Josh was struck by my long, flowing locks, and I was appalled by his bushy handle-bar moustache,” Mackenzie says. They had their first date six months later.
Josh knew he had to play it cool for a surprise proposal. “Kenzie guessed correctly every gift I’ve ever given her, so I knew I had to play it close to the chest in order to surprise her,” Josh says.
Each fall the couple takes a trip to southern Vermont, and on the third trip Josh planned to pop the question. He booked the same bed and breakfast they had stayed in during their first trip. It turned out to be the same room, too! After dinner the couple returned to their room to enjoy a private fire in their fireplace, some music, and a bottle of wine. “After a glass of wine to calm my nerves, I asked Kenzie to dance—not a totally uncommon or surprising request on my part,” Josh says. When she put her head on his chest she asked, “Why is your heart beating so fast?” With no witty response, Josh got down on one knee. “Her response of, ‘Obviously!’ made me the happiest man alive,” he says.
Maine has been an important part in both Mackenzie and Josh’s lives. Mackenzie grew up going to Moody Beach every summer and has family in Brunswick and Whitefield. Josh attended Colby College in Waterville for his undergraduate degree. They both love New England charm, hiking opportunities, beautiful views, and seafood! They decided to have a destination wedding in Northport.
The wedding was held at the Point Lookout Resort, which is also where many people stayed. The morning of the wedding found the girls getting ready in one of the resorts’ charming cabins with a hair stylist and makeup artist. While the girls got ready Josh recruited help to bring the final decorations to the Pavilion for the reception.
The girls moved to the Summit Bridal Room to finish getting ready while the guys got ready in the Groom’s Suite. Mackenzie and Josh decided to have a “First Look” out on the lawn with their photographers, Russ and Liz from Russell Caron Wedding Photography. This is when Mackenzie presented Josh with her special gift—a custom surf board decked out in their wedding colors of orange and blue.
After their First Look, the couple headed out around town with their photographers for some more photos. “This was an awesome time to get some one-on-one time and calm our nerves,” Mackenzie says. They returned to Point Lookout for the ceremony, which included signing their Ketubah, which is a Jewish marriage contract.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the deck of the summit following the ceremony. Dinner, drinks, and dancing were held in the Pavilion. “The party really got going with the Hava Nagila and Hora, which got everyone on the dance floor,” Mackenzie says. “That was definitely the highlight of the night!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Mackenzie said…
I wish…we could do it again every year!
I didn’t realize…how lucky we were to have experienced wedding coordinators.
I’m glad that…so many of our friends and family could make time to come to Maine and celebrate with us.
I really liked…having a “welcome dinner” instead of a “rehearsal dinner.” We invited everyone and got a little more time with each person instead of only a couple of minutes in a hurry on the wedding day.
My advice to other couples is
…to do a First Look and get a ton of pictures done before the ceremony. We got to relax and enjoy our own cocktail hour, and it was also a chance to have some one-on-one time with each other.