ceremony: Brackett Memorial Church Peaks Island, Maine
officiant: Thomas Longstaff, professor of the bride/ Maine representative
reception venue: Inn on Peaks Peaks Island, Maine
caterer: Inn on Peaks
florist: Melissa Wirth, Minott's Flowers
dj: Scott Arrington, Murray Hill Talent
cake: Two Fat Cats Bakery, Portland
videography: Morgan, emilie inc. multimedia
hair/make-up: Sarah Arrand Head Games Salon
transportation: Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours
gown: Liv Harris at Vows, Watertown, MA
invitations: Joanna Walker Design, friend of the bride
Laura and Patrick met in Maine and so it seemed fitting that they should marry in Maine, too. Drawn to the experience of taking a ferry to Peaks Island, they chose to have a friend marry them at the Brackett Memorial Church on the island and celebrate at the very popular Inn on Peaks. Their guests were a very fun crowd, yielding "a first" photo for emilie inc- a pyramid group shot! Enjoy their sweet story and fantastic images by Whitney below.
How they met, in their own words:
From: Patrick Kenney
Date: Fri, May 5, 2006 at 10:04 AM
Subject: Hello Laura
I am Pat Kenney the other newbie RD at USM. Just wanted to drop you a line and say a quick hi, and that I look forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks.
University of Southern Maine
Little did Pat know that the day he sent this email to introduce himself to me (his soon to be coworker at the University of Southern Maine) that Kate, my roommate at the time, and I analyzed his email and began wondering what this new male coworker would be like.
While working with Pat at USM, we discovered we had vastly different approaches to getting the Resident Director (RD) job done. I proved to be more of a “caring and compassionate” RD who preferred sitting around talking to students, while he excelled at keeping his residents in line and focused on the more judicial aspects of the job. He made working at USM exciting and provided constant entertainment. If not for Pat, my time living and working in Maine would have been much shorter, as Boston still felt more like home.
In the Fall of 2006 and Winter of 2007, we attended a conference together which involved a fourteen hour car trip, went out to dinner together at Wild Willy’s Burgers, went Christmas shopping together in Freeport, watched the movie Miracle, and spent a weekend together in Boston visiting some of my friends. Very quickly it was becoming clear to me that Pat would be much more than a coworker and friend. We had a blast together and laughed constantly when we were around each other. Before long, we found ourselves letting our boss know that we were dating.
In the Spring of 2008, we decided that we were ready to move on from the RD position, and we searched for jobs in Boston. The timing was perfect, and we both found positions that started within a month of each other. Pat threw his belongings in some large tubs in the back of his family’s truck, and I packed up all 150 [well-labeled] boxes of photo albums, books, and binders from past classes, and we moved to Boston to begin the next phase of our lives together. Fast-forward two years through many visits with our families in NH and CT, ski trips, beach trips, getting our dog Maggie, and many other fun memories, and on January 9, 2010, I found myself at dinner next to Pat at the Capital Grille in Boston with a gorgeous new ring on my finger. It’s been a fantastic four years, and I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to get to spend the rest of my life with Pat!
Pat’s Version of the Story
It was a bright and sunny day in Gorham, Maine in the late spring of 2006. At the time I was working at the University of Southern Maine (USM) and had been recently hired to be an overpaid babysitter, otherwise known as a Resident Director (RD) at USM. Due to a large turnover of staff and new hires that were coming on board, the Director of Residential Life hosted a staff retreat at the Pine Crest Inn just a short walk from campus. As per usual I arrived a bit late for the fun-filled event and grabbed a seat at the “cool kids table” while waiting for things to get started. Now mind you, I arrived with my aviators on, a polo shirt with a popped collar, and my straw cowboy hat (pretty typical attire for me at that time.) I was counting down the minutes until my trip to Colorado the next day and was not really interested in the day of team building events but more focused on how I could make this day fun. As the day started we went around the room and introduced ourselves and said something interesting about us. As we went around the room we got to the “newbie” RD, Laura. I do not remember exactly what she said to introduce herself but being the new staff member she made an easy target. As the day went on we did more ice breakers and team builders and of course I gave Laura a hard time. At one point I was told not to scare her away by one of my supervisors. During the day we were doing a “spider web” team builder when Laura told the group a dark secret, she was a Yankees fan! This made my job so much easier. A lone Yankee fan among a group of Red Sox fans - it was like shooting fish in a barrel. Throughout the day Laura endured my playful teasing and still amazingly talked with me.
As the spring turned to summer and summer to fall Laura returned to Maine and I returned from my vacation. We began the RD job together. We spent a lot of time together during the first few weeks of the school year learning how to be RDs together and training our staff. During this time Laura and I went on road trips, to Wild Willy’s Burgers, to the Maine Mall, to Freeport, and even for a visit to Colby College. As time went on I got to know Laura and thought, “Man, I kinda like this girl.” We continued to date and as time went by I learned to learn to look past the fact that she was a Yankees fan. (The fact that the Sox won the World Series [and kicked the cr** out of NY] didn't hurt much either.)
Needless to say, the last four years have been absolutely fantastic. The time I have spent with Laura has been amazing, and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with her.