Whimsy & Romance
Sarah & Aaron
Sarah and Aaron created a meaningful Maine celebration for family and friends from near and far.
Story By Mimi Pinette | Photography by Darling Photography
Sarah Lane from Belfast got quite the birthday present when she met Aaron Fischlowitz-Roberts. In 2006, Sarah was working at the Gap and Aaron was working for a local TV station in Bangor. Sarah was out celebrating her birthday when her group ran into Aaron and his friends at the Sea Dog Brewing Company. A couple of Aaron’s friends recognized her from the Gap and they all struck up a conversation. Sarah had no clue that she was celebrating her birthday with her future husband!
“Aaron is one of the kindest, most selfless people I have ever met,” Sarah says. “I couldn’t imagine my life without him.”
Aaron felt the same way, and planned a proposal in a special spot, Lily Bay State Park in Greenville, Maine. “The more I saw how Sarah looked at me, nurtured me, and loved me unconditionally, the more I just knew she was the one,” he says. Aaron asked Sarah to marry him after a picnic lunch with a beautiful view of Moosehead Lake in the background.
Sarah, who grew up in Belfast, always wanted to get married in Maine. Since Aaron’s family is from St. Louis, Missouri, they started looking at venues in Southern Maine to accommodate their traveling guests. “I wanted all of Aaron’s friends and family who had never been to Maine to fall in love with this beautiful state,” Sarah says.
The couple decided to tie the knot at William Allen Farm in Pownal, a 10-minute drive west of Freeport. “Even though I’m ‘from away,’ I was welcomed into the community and really felt at home here,” Aaron says. “Because Sarah grew up in Maine, and we met in Maine, it felt only natural to get married in Maine.”
Sarah and Aaron set out to create a celebration that reflected a sense of whimsy and romance. Sarah says her color palate inspiration was based on a sunset—pale pinks and deep purples with touches of cream and gold. Sarah Goodwin from Daisies & Pearls helped the couple coordinate their vision. “She was super organized and had similar design aesthetics, so it was great to bounce ideas off of her,” Sarah says.
The wedding day started early—especially for Sarah and her bridesmaids. They headed to William Allen Farm early to get started on having their hair and makeup done. Aaron and his groomsmen prepped at the hotel. “It got very real when the shuttle bus arrived from the hotel with the guests,” Sarah remembers.
The couple couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was a picture-perfect Maine summer day; 80 degrees with a slight breeze. Sarah and Aaron had their ceremony under a chuppah on the lawn. Sarah’s sister Meg and Aaron’s friend Eli officiated the Jewish ceremony. “It was beyond special to have a family member and a friend help us tie the knot,” Sarah says. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour before heading inside the barn for a wonderful dinner created by Trillium Caterers. After the plates were cleared the guests danced the night away. “It was amazing for our families to gather together in celebration,” Sarah says. “I literally couldn’t stop smiling throughout the entire day.”
In Sarah & Aaron's Words
One of my favorite moments was…seeing my beautiful wife so happy on our most special day. (Aaron)
I wish…that each special moment could have lasted longer. (Aaron)
I really liked…that we went with a non-traditional wedding menu. Trillium was amazing to work with, and were totally on board for our Mexican themed menu request. To this day we still have guests raving about how good the food was! (Sarah)
My advice to other brides is…to try to find décor that you could see yourself using in your home one day. I have the antique bottles I used as vases on the farm tables displayed on our mantle. The chalk board I used to list the wedding party is now hanging in our daughter’s nursery. I also have the dream catchers I made to hang from the trees at the farm hanging in our bedroom. Weddings can cost a lot of money, so if you can find décor that you can actually see yourself repurposing, you can look at is as more of an investment.
Reception Entertainment: DJ Huzz