ceremony: First Baptist Church, Paris
officiant: Jeff Tacklind
coordinator: Sandy Shapiro-Hurt Bea & Company
caterer: Susie Laidlaw Chi Chi Chef
florist: Bea & Company
dj: Brian Caouette On the Fly Productions
cake: Two Fat Cats Bakery Portland
hair/make-up: Lisa Sathorn Ken Paves Salon, California
transportation: Custom Coach and Limo
gown: Vera Wang at Saks Fifth Avenue
invitations: Pica Press
Californian's Helen and Joe hosted a super sweet rustic Maine wedding where Joe and his family have long spent their summers. He started the day at his family's house, she was at his aunt's house. Then they walked over to the local church. After the ceremony, they walked back over to Joe's family's house for cocktails and bluegrass on the lawn. And then walked to the Paris Hill Academy for dinner downstairs and dancing on the second floor. All of these places are within a block of each other and made for a moving (literally!) celebration. Loved it!
How they met, in their own words:
We met while living and working at the same company in San Diego. We actually were seated next to one another in new hire orientation! All Helen remembers is thinking she was really glad to have started working for a company that hired people as great as Joe. We instantly connected on our East Coast roots, but it wasn't until years later that we began dating. Joe was in Ad Sales and Helen was doing the real work in Marketing :-). We had been friendly coworkers, but it wasn't until Helen was moving to Laguna Beach to take a new job that we really hit it off at her going-away party. From that day on, we were pretty much in love and never looked back. We were long-distance between San Diego and Orange County, and then between Orange County and Los Angeles when Joe took a job with MTV Networks. Helen joined Joe in Los Angeles after the engagement and we now reside in Pacific Palisades.
View their album and a sampling of our favorite images below.
Kids climbing the bell tower.
Helen and Joe arrive to the reception, as seen from the bell tower.
Heading upstairs for dancing.
Adorable! What a treat to get to know you better and we wish you both the best. Hoping Italy has been a blast! Thank you! And congratulations!!