Romance and Revelry
Mary & Luke
Mary and Luke share their love of Maine with family and friends in an intimate weekend event on Southport’s shores.
By Cindy Giovagnoli
Photography by Brea McDonald Photography
When Mary Bucci headed off to Bates College, she was looking for what most college freshman are looking for: education, experience, and a little adventure! What she did not expect was Luke Feinberg, and a love story that would eventually lead them both to stand by the sea in Maine on a gorgeous summer day exchanging wedding vows.

Two years after graduation, they discovered they were both living in Boston, and soon realized that their years of friendship had created a foundation upon which even deeper feelings could grow. “We quickly fell head over heels for one another,” Mary says. “It was meant to be!”

In 2012, Mary and Luke planned a getaway to the beaches of Turks and Caicos to escape the New England weather. After exploring on their first day, Mary was ready to dive in and go for a swim in the tropical water. Luke had a secret prized possession in his pocket, however, so he convinced Mary to join him on a short hike instead. At the top of the hike, with a view of the entire island, Mary turned to Luke and found him on bended knee. “It was wonderful,” she says.

Having first met in Maine, Mary and Luke knew it was where they wanted to be married. Between their shared love of the ocean and a desire to keep their wedding as relaxing as possible, they selected the Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport, Maine for their wedding as well as their rehearsal dinner. “We had the place to ourselves for the entire weekend,” Mary says. “It was incredible to be surrounded by all our friends and family in such a beautiful setting.”

When their big day arrived, it dawned sunny and bright without a cloud in the sky. Mary began the day with a run around the Newagen property. “I was up early,” she says, “so I tried to get some of my wedding nerves out with a little exercise.” The morning was spent getting ready with her bridesmaids and Mary was thrilled that they were able to strike the perfect balance of never feeling rushed nor waiting around. Luke meanwhile shared his active morning with his friends and family before he and Mary met to do a “first look” prior to their ceremony. Their photographer, Brea McDonald, suggested a private location for their first look, where they would be shielded from their guests and have a moment to connect privately before their ceremony.

The couple was excited to incorporate personal elements into their wedding day. They were especially keen to share their interfaith ceremony. Mary is Catholic and Luke is Jewish and it was important to them to integrate traditions from both religions. “Our ceremony was short, sweet, and deeply meaningful,” Mary says. They read passages from the New and Old Testaments, created their own version of The Seven Blessings, broke the glass, read a variation of traditional Catholic vows, and recited a poem together, all under a chuppah, hand-built by Luke, which had been used in the weddings of three other family members. Following their ceremony, Mary and Luke stole away for a celebratory glass of champagne and a few quiet minutes together. “It was so nice to catch our breath, reflect on the moment, and take time for us rather than rush to the next thing,” Mary says.

As their guests were welcomed into the reception tent, they were met by more personal touches. Table numbers were created from old photos of Mary and Luke as well as of their guests. Fun fabrics were incorporated into the centerpieces. Mojitos were the signature drink of the day and toasts were made by loved ones. “We didn’t have a particular theme,” Mary says, “but our graphic designer described it as ‘girly but grounded,’ which I loved!” Their colors were pink and navy and blended a feminine and nautical feel. Even the favors, tote bags featuring a map of Maine marked with places the couple spent time together, struck a personal note.

The party began with Mary and Luke’s first dance to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and the band made sure that it didn’t slow down all evening, even during a power outage! Opting to forego cake and have pie instead, they did a quiet pie cutting without disrupting the dancing. They finished the evening on a private note. “We slipped away from the tent and enjoyed a slow song to ourselves under the stars,” Mary says. “It was a magical moment!”

In Mary's Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here's what Mary says . . .

One of my favorite moments was...when the power went out in the middle of the reception. The band just kept playing an acoustic version of the song, and all our guests kept the energy going, with an extremely enthusiastic hand clapping, knee slapping, sing along. It was amazing and was really a testament to how awesome our band was and the great time our guests were having.

I didn't all our guests would have their own experience at our wedding. It’s been fun hearing other people’s stories from the weekend.

I really liked…that we took a few minutes to be alone following our ceremony before jumping into photos and our cocktail hour. It was so nice to catch our breath, reflect on the moment, and take time for us rather than rush to the next thing. I also really like that we did a “first look.” Seeing each other for the first time on the big day was an intimate moment and we didn’t want 180 sets of eyes on us for it! Because we had already seen each other and had the chance to connect, I wasn’t at all nervous walking down the aisle, just incredibly excited.

Maine Vendors
Photography: Brea McDonald Photography
Ceremony & Reception: Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport
Florist: Emily Carter Floral Designs, Freeport
Hair: Aura Hair Design, Boothbay Harbor
Wedding Pie: Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport
Rentals: Marshall Tent & Event Rental, Kittery