Love From Coast to Coast
Hillary & Brian
Hillary and Brian fell in love on the East Coast, got engaged on the West Coast, and returned to the East to get married in Maine.
By Kaylie Reese
Photography by Casey Durgin Photography
Hillary Bullard and Brian Schara were friends while they were studying at Keene State College. But things changed after graduation, when Brian drove two hours from Connecticut and appeared on the doorstep of Hillary's Boston apartment with a pumpkin in one hand and a bottle of wine in another. It was on that crisp October day that their romantic relationship began.
They were separated by a two-hour drive for seven years before they decided to move to San Diego together. For five years, they explored the West Coast, falling in love with travel and each other. During one of their adventures at Crystal Pier Cottages off Pacific Beach, Brian proposed. They spent two nights at a cottage over the ocean, watching waves and surfers, before Brian whisked Hillary away in a limousine destined for a fall wine tasting in Temecula, California. After the engagement, the two turned their sights to New England, to plan their wedding and be closer to family and friends.
Hillary worked as a wedding photographer's assistant throughout high school and college. Her experience working with wedding vendors in New England made planning a breeze. "This helped me know exactly what I would want, when it was time for my own special day," she says.
After searching all over the New England seacoast, they decided that the Greystone Manor, in Cape Neddick, was the perfect spot for their special day. "We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony and wedding celebration on the seacoast of a private estate in Maine," Hillary says. "When we drove on the grounds of Greystone—the lovely 1850s-era manor on the Atlantic Ocean—we just knew this was exactly the magical spot we had been searching for."
Located a few miles north of York Harbor Beach and a few miles south of Ogunquit, the property features a perfect view of Nubble Lighthouse in the distance and served as the perfect location for their fall wedding.
Once they decided on a location, the rest of the details were planned out. Hillary tackled flowers, color choices, and dresses, but Brian stepped up to lead the rest. "Brian and I worked together to plan each aspect, but I have to give him credit for taking on the majority of planning and coordinating with each and every vendor, planning our wedding to perfection," Hillary says. "He was hands-on and a true partner in crime for planning this very detailed event."
In addition to the autumnal color palate, features of the season were present throughout the ceremony. "Pumpkin" trees, made of ornamental eggplant, were used as centerpieces and in Brian's boutonniere, and miniature white pumpkins were scattered about the tables.
The weather was dreary the morning of the wedding, and Brian and Hillary needed to make a tough decision, whether to stick to the plan and hold the ceremony outside or stay safe and have it inside. They took the risk, and the rain held off until the end of the celebration.
A trolley brought Hillary and the bridal party to Greystone Manor, where they had their hair and makeup done. When the trolley was pulling up to the manor, Hillary saw the ceremony chairs outside and the vendors setting up. "I began to cry," she says. "I was overwhelmed with joy and couldn't believe the day had finally arrived. All our details were falling into place." Hillary's father drove her to the ceremony in his vintage 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Once there, they joined Hillary's mother and walked down the aisle as a family. "All moments I will cherish throughout my lifetime," Hillary says.
The ceremony went off without a hitch. Hillary and Brian exchanged vows they wrote to each other, with the Nubble Lighthouse on the horizon. The reception featured a classic surf-and-turf dinner with Maine flair—filet and a fresh Maine lobster. Festivities carried on throughout the night.
After the live band got everyone on the dance floor, a beach bonfire under the full moon drew everyone to the shoreline, where everyone reflected on the special day.
In Hillary's Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Hillary says . . .
I'm so glad that
...we had a daytime wedding. It allowed us to take beautiful pictures.
One of my favorite moments was
...when I walked down the aisle to my groom and held his hands. He was more handsome than ever. It was the happiest day of my life!
I didn't realize
...thow much work goes into planning a wedding!
…I could relive the day all over again.
I really liked
…having a smaller, more intimate wedding. We were able to spend quality time with our wedding guests.
My advice is
…when the planning gets overwhelming or stressful, remember what's truly important and that you're marrying someone special. All of the other things will work out in the end.
Ceremony & Reception: Greystone Manor, Cape Neddick
Event Planning & Catering: Kitchen Chicks Catering
Florist: York Flower Shop
Cake: Confection Art
Transportation: Ogunquit Trolley Company