Annie and Andrew met online when they were both living in Washington, D.C. When Andrew relocated to Maine, the couple made the long distance relationship a priority.
Andrew often flew back to D.C. to be with Annie, leaving his pup, Penny Lane, at home in Maine. On an October weekend in 2015, Andrew made such a trip. He and Annie were spending the weekend at National Harbour, a resort along the Potomac River. “While strolling the beach, I noticed a little white dog running around, who looked just like Penny Lane!” Annie says. “She ran right up to us and Andrew picked her up. It was Penny! Attached to her collar was a little pouch holding a ring and a note.” Andrew asked Annie to be his wife and she burst into tears. “After I said ‘Yes,’ Andrew’s family came around the corner—they had videoed the proposal!”
In Maine, Andrew had been working to convert the former St. Patrick’s Church into a wedding and events venue. “Andrew said that he couldn’t think of a better place to declare his love for me than the venue he had poured his heart and soul into,” Annie says. Their wedding would be the very first celebrated in the new event center called Agora Grand.
Annie hails from New York, and Andrew is from Florida. Since neither are from Maine, they hosted about 100 guests from all over the world—including England and the Philippines—in Lewiston, Maine.
On the day of the wedding, the groomsmen spent the morning relaxing and catching up while the bridesmaids enjoyed champagne and snacks while getting their hair and makeup done. At 4 p.m., Annie walked to the chapel from the Inn at the Agora to meet Andrew and Penny Lane for their ceremony. “We both tried—and failed—to hold back tears during the ceremony,” Annie says.
Their reception was held in the beautifully restored Agora Grand. Purple uplighting and gold accents created a beautiful atmosphere in the old church. After an evening of food and drinks, Annie and Andrew retreated to the honeymoon suite in the tower room, situated high above the reception floor. They spent their first night as husband and wife surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows in Maine’s tallest spire.
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Annie said…
I wish…I spent less time stressing about little details before the wedding. Everything was perfect.
I didn’t realize…how lucky I truly am until that day. I have the best husband, friends, and family.
One of my favorite moments was…when we got everyone up on the dance floor during our remix to our first dance. Our DJ was flawless!
I’m glad that… I splurged on the things I really wanted. The day was perfect and I really wouldn’t change a thing. I love looking back at pictures and videos. Everything looked like a dream and we all had a blast!
I really liked
…our food! It was amazing, and I’m a bit of a food snob. Our caterers worked with us to have the beautiful presentation we wanted with a taste that guests still rave about months later.