Rikki and Ross met during their first month at Bentley College in Massachusetts. They were dating by October and have now been together for nearly seven years.
Ross decided to propose during a weekend getaway to his family’s cottage in Harpswell, Maine. They spent the day leisurely, playing with their dog and enjoying the weather. That evening Ross surprised Rikki with a dinner reservation in town. They stopped for ice cream on the way home—the perfect end to the perfect day…almost.
While Rikki took their dog, Tober, outside, Ross quickly arranged flowers, wine, cheese, and candles and started a fire in the fireplace. Rikki was surprised, and had no idea a proposal was in the near future. Half way through their Scrabble game, Ross got down on one knee and asked Rikki to marry him. Chocolate and Champagne were enjoyed after she said, “Yes!”
Rikki and Ross decided to plan their wedding in the exact spot they got engaged—the family cottage in Harpswell. “We love Maine!” Rikki says. The couple, who live in Boston, spend as much time there in the summers as possible. “There was no question that a Maine summer wedding would be perfect for us.”
The nautical-themed July wedding had pops of navy accents throughout—including ribbons and blueberries. “The cottage has a panoramic view of the ocean,” Rikki says. “The water, the trees, the grass are all so breathtaking already that we wanted our décor to complement it, not detract from it. We wanted the night to feel elegant, romantic, and magical.”
Rikki says that she and Ross are both sentimental people, so they wanted every choice they made to reflect themselves as a couple. “We wanted to make every point of the wedding enjoyable for our guests,” she says. “We planned everything together, and really enjoyed and celebrated the process.”
The couple created signature drinks based on Rikki’s home state of Florida and Ross’s home state of Maine. They named their tables after their favorite places and created favors from the local candy store. Their dog was named “Dog of Honor” and participated in their ceremony.
The night ended with a surprise from the newly married couple—ice cream and a fireworks show! “The fireworks were one of our favorite parts of the wedding and added to the magical feel of the night,” Rikki says. “Our wedding was the best night of our lives, and we wouldn’t have changed a thing!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the day. Here’s what Rikki said…
…it hadn’t poured rain all day the night before and the morning of the wedding! It made it stressful to pull everything together.
I didn’t realize
…how much fun we would have at the wedding. You plan for so long and want it to be absolutely perfect, but don’t really think about how much fun it will actually be. We had the time of our lives dancing with our friends at the reception.
I’m glad that
…we kept the wedding small and only invited those people who wanted to be a part of our married life after the wedding.
I really liked
…having a long, sit down dinner at the wedding. It set the mood for people to talk and get to know each other.
My advice to other couples is
…to hold hands during the wedding and don’t let go. You’re going to want to enjoy the entire wedding side by side. It’s too special of a night to not be together, but it’s easy to get side tracked in separate conversations.
Photography by Steven Fairfield Photography
Catering: Henry and Marty
Florist: Heather Caron Floral Design, Westbrook
Transportation: Custom Coach and Limousine