A Blizzard of Possibilities
Elissa & Sam

A chance meeting in a New York City snowstorm leads to a romantic Maine wedding by the sea.

Story by Susan Grieve
Photgraphy by Brea McDonald Photography

Elissa Scaduto and Sam Zerfoss had no idea 6 years ago that they would meet their future partners at a birthday party in New York City. The party for a mutual friend was held at a bar called Swift, and happened to be during a snowstorm. The group became snowed in and Elissa and Sam ended up talking into the early hours of the morning. Sam walked Elissa home through snow covered streets to her apartment in the West Village because there were no taxis available. He asked her out for their first date a week later, and the rest is history. 


 Less than a year later, Elissa and Sam spent a fun weekend together in Kennebunk, Maine at Elissa’s family home. It was during this trip that they knew they were “the ones” for each other. “We had a great weekend together exploring the surrounding area from Parson’s Beach in Kennebunk all the way up to Portland and eating all the lobster we could along the way,” Elissa remembers. “The highlight of the weekend was watching the fireworks together at Gooch’s beach.” The engagement didn’t happen right away, though. 


Over the holidays in 2016, Elissa andSam spent time in San Luis Obispo—a small coastal town halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Sam popped the question on a hike along the coast in Montana de Oro State Park. “After she said yes, we celebrated] with one of our favorite Napa Valley wines and watched the sunset while we got a glimpse of the migrating whales along the coast,” remembers Sam. 


For the ceremony and reception, the couple chose The Breakwater Inn, in Kennebunkport, Maine. According to Elissa, “We chose to get married in Kennebunkport because it holds a special place in our hearts as many moments that shaped our early relationship happened there. Specifically, we chose The Breakwater Inn because of its location on the Kennebunk River and views of Gooch’s Beach.” For the reception, Elissa and Sam chose an elegant but casual coastal theme, with mussel shells as the key design element. They used signature florals and décor to celebrate their love of both coasts, and Elissa and Sam were wed on the lawn at The Breakwater Inn, followed by a cocktail hour featuring classic Maine touches—Maine oysters and lobster rolls. The tented reception was full of family, fun, and lots of dancing, and ended with a perfectly executed sparkler send-off. Guests then enjoyed an after party at nearby Federal Jack’s and celebrated the end of a picture perfect day.

In Elissa's Words
I’m so glad that…we decided to have our wedding in Maine! It was so special to share

Kennebunkport with all of our friends and family who traveled from all over the country

to be with us and to make new memories with all of them in one of our favorite places.

One of my favorite moments was…our song dedication of “Harvest Moon” for Elissa’s

parents to celebrate their wedding anniversary. It was so special and moving to

watch them dance together and celebrate 34 years of marriage to that song.

I didn’t realize…how overwhelming the emotions would be having everyone you care

about being in the same place to celebrate you.

I wish… that we could do it all again! We had the most amazing wedding and wouldn’t

have changed a thing.

I really liked…some of the unplanned things that happened. Sam’s second cousin is a

professional musician and he surprised us during the bands break and played his own

tribute to us including “Oy Ye Como Va” by Santana. We loved it and so did our guests!

My advice to other brides is… relax, have fun, and take time to cherish all of the moments

big and small on your wedding day!

Maine Vendors
Photography: Brea McDonald Photography

Day-of Coordinator: Emily Frederick / The Breakwater Inn, Kennebunk

Venue & Caterer: The Breakwater Inn, Kennebunk

Florist: Minka Flowers, Kennebunkport

Makeup, Hair & Nails: Uptown Curl, Kennebunk

Wedding Cake: Beach Pea Baking Company, Kittery

Ceremony Music: Isaiah Bennett, Portland

Transportation: First Student School Buses