venue: Dockside Restaurant and Guest Quarters York, Maine
officiant: Cindy Lovett
florist: York Flower Shop
dj: Tom "Koz" Kozikowski
cake: Simply Elegant Cakes
hair/make-up: Sugarz Salon, Kittery
gown: Marisa at Madeleine's Daughter Portsmouth, NH
invite: Bella Figura at Gus & Ruby Letterpress
honeymoon: Florida Keys
Kristen and Michael's story is a sweet one. A decade ago they dated for a year, parted ways for opposite U.S. coasts, only to be reunited by none other than Facebook, and are now married. Their history together shows, the comfort and ease between them is apparent. Michael seemed to breathe almost a sigh of relief when Kristen returned from her hair appointment to their beautiful rental house, the sprawling Bristol Farm in York, Maine. Michael's mother Judy had just worked her textile magic on Michael's shirt after an ironing snafu, but Kristen's quiet demeanor and radiant smile seemed to bring a calmness to her groom. Even on her wedding day, she was busy telling her soon-to-be sister-in-law the last minute details of place settings, guest gifts, and table assignments. It was unique for me to have one huge house with all the immediate family members there, plus the bride and groom seeing each other and getting ready together. I welcomed the little moments between this family, ones I typically don't get to see, since I'm usually driving between separate locations where the bride and groom prepare. Kristen still saved the dress as a surprise for Michael at the ceremony.
While the winds blew in a chill and some clouds, it still proved to be a stellar day. Kristen maintained her poise and sense of humor when the wind blew her veil off as she walked down the aisle with her father Jack. The cocktail hour and dinner buffet were moved inside, but everyone stayed comfortable for a June wedding. Kristen saw the adorable nautical theme through by making monkey fist knots for her and Michael's table. This wedding day was simple, but every detail thoughtful. From baby's breath in galvanized pails lining the ceremony aisle to the miniature buoys at everyone's place setting to the nautical navigational map of the area near their home in California to the navy striped letterpress invites from Gus and Ruby. The day was extra special as Kristen's grandfather's 93rd birthday was acknowledged and he took the initiative to have a little dance with his newlywed granddaughter.
The day time wedding reception did not inhibit the extraordinary dancing I got to witness. Everyone got down! Kristen and Michael were sent off by their guests as they exited on, of course, a boat -- after all, Michael does sell yachts for a living. Thank you, Kristen and Michael, for allowing me to spend the day with you and your families. It was an absolute pleasure! I'm sure you'll have a relaxing time in the Keys!
How they met, in Kristen's words:
Michael and I met ten years ago in Boston through a mutual friend that Kristen went to college with. We dated for a year and it was a really FUN year! We spent a ton of time with Michael's family in Newburyport on his parents boat. and went to concerts with my parents, etc, etc... His mom, Judy, still calls it the "best summer of her life"! It was one of mine too. Michael decided that he wanted to move to San Diego. I wanted to stay in Boston so we went our separate ways. Fast forward 10 years later, and I saw his name on my girlfriends facebook page (THE friend who set us up in the first place) I sent him a quick message just to say HI! and the rest as they say is history. We talked over email for awhile before reconnecting on the phone. Three months later, he came back to the East Coast to visit his family (and me...) and we met again face to face for the first time in 10 years. We had a long distance relationship until I moved to San Diego in 2011. Michael proposed on a beach in La Jolla - total surprise! And we started planning our wedding...Michael owns his own national yacht brokerage, Kusler Yachts. He is a captain and avid angler. And has shared his love of the water with me. So naturally we wanted to get married by the sea. We are both originally from the East Coast and our families, who we are both so close with, live there so we new we'd be getting married in New England. Friday night we will be celebrating with our guests at Foster's with a lobster bake and Saturday is the big day! We fell in love with Dockside for so many reasons. On the water, in a harbor, boats and the docks, the coastal rocky terrain...plus the food is incredible! I've painted little lobster buoys as small tokens of our appreciation and made tons of "monkey's fists" for the table numbers. The nautical theme will run throughout the wedding weekend but not overboard! It is who we are, what we love and what we do! I am so lucky...