The True Meaning of Maine: Coasts, Barns, and Bohemian Inspo Stun at this Autumn Wedding
Sadie and Michael both grew up in their hometown of Lewiston, ME. They always lived within a mile from each other but never met until after college. It was July 4th, 2017, and Michael's family was hosting their annual holiday party in Lewiston, ME. It was like any other year, full of friends and family, but this year had some extra "fireworks" in-store. Sadie and Michael were introduced that night over some lawn games and a late-night trip to a local favorite pub in their hometown - The Blue Goose. Exactly 3 years later on July 4th, 2020 Michael proposed. Michael and Sadie were at his family's camp in Rangeley, ME (a favorite place of theirs) celebrating the holiday. That day they decided to hike Bald Mountain. Michael assembled his troops (a.k.a. his brothers, Matt & Andrew) and sent them up the mountain early to capture the special moment. Once they reached "the spot", Michael guided Sadie to an unfamiliar scenic overlook 3/4 of the way up the mountain, and with ring box in hand, Michael dropped to one knee and asked the girl of his dreams to marry him. The rest - as they say - is history! Keep scrolling to see all of the beautiful photos of their coastal Maine wedding by Emily Delamater. Daisies And Pearls planned every detail, and Chevaughn Marie Designs created all of the amazing florals for this special day at Marianmade Farm. You can see all the images in the full gallery here, but make sure to read on to hear more about how this day came together!
Because they got engaged at the height of COVID, the bride and groom had a fire under them to start the planning process immediately. They started with the major tasks: securing a venue, catering, etc., because they knew everything was booking fast! They worked off of their “non-negotiable” list to help make these decisions. Most importantly, they wanted all of their out-of-state guests to get the quintessential Maine experience, and they couldn’t think of a better town than Wiscasset/ Boothbay Harbor, ME. The overall planning process was a breeze because of their incredible planner, Sarah Goodwin from Daisies And Pearls, and their dream vendor team. It was an all-hands-on-deck effort, including their parents, and they couldn’t have pulled it off so successfully without everyone’s help. Staying organized is key, which includes following a strict timeline that includes payment deadlines!
Since they had an October wedding during peak leaf-peeping season in Mid-Coast Maine, they really wanted to incorporate those warm fall colors. Sadie had always been drawn to bohemian-style décor, which she was able to sneak in with the pampas grass, palm leaves, woven baskets, and textured glassware. Both the bride and groom wanted people to arrive at their wedding and feel as if it was a true reflection of them as a couple. They are avid skiers, so of course, they had the shot-ski for guests to sign. They also included cocktail napkins that had fun facts about them as a couple. Sadie and Michael also had the ability to play with personalizing several spaces, between the outdoor ceremony, tented dinner, and barn for dancing. Their dinner tent was one of the most magical spaces of the night! During the day, they could admire the hanging floral installation and beautiful tablescapes, and at night the tent was illuminated by glowing taper candles and lantern light fixtures from Griffin & Griffin.
~ Their ceremony was extra special because they had Michael’s papa as our officiant. It made the ceremony more personal and meaningful to have a family member marry them. They also chose to write their own vows and (completely unplanned) had a few of the same lines in their notes. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, whether it be from laughing or happy tears!
~ After the ceremony, their planner suggested that Michael and Sadie take a few moments to themselves before joining the party. They had a glass of champagne and some hors d’ oeuvres waiting for them, and they raved about how nice it was to have that time to share their thoughts on the vows and ceremony, and make a private toast together!
~ Their families and friends are big dancers, so they reserved a few hours of the night dedicated to tearing up the dance floor! They had an impromptu limbo competition, snake train, and Hora dance. It was certainly a night to remember. The best part was that they had about 15 disposable cameras scattered throughout the venue for their guests to take photos (half of which were on the dancefloor), and they had a blast reliving the night together through the eyes of their guests.
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