venue: The 1812 Farm Bristol, Maine
officiant: family member
caterer: Stone Cove Catering
florist: Cottage Gardens
cocktail musicians: Tricky Britches
dj: Dave Dionne, Dionne Entertainment
transportation: First Student
gowns: Saja at Bella Bridesmaid
Heather and Lisa's celebration in Bristol, Maine, was instilled with a natural elegance. The wedding was held at the 1812 Farm, a quaint and historic site part way down the Pemaquid peninsula. This gorgeous piece of the Maine landscape, with its sweeping lawn and restored barn, was a proper fit for the happy couple's refined rustic style.
While we almost always meet our couples before wedding day, I had yet to meet Heather and Lisa when I arrived to the sweet little bridal suite in the colonial farmhouse attached to the barn. Upon arriving, I could tell these two were going to be a pleasure to work with. The rooms were abuzz with final preparations, hair, and make-up, with good friends and sisters and moms assisting, but both Heather and Lisa maintained a cool that would last all day, and certainly many more to come.
Great ceremonies come in all shapes and sizes, but when a grandmother is the officiant, that takes the cake for me. Heather's paternal grandmother conducted what can only be described as a touching ceremony. Following the ceremony by the pond, guests strolled across the lawn to celebrate with a cocktail hour highlighted by classic lawn games and bluegrass from Tricky Britches. Then on to the gorgeous barn for dinner and dancing, where the celebration really gained momentum. Culminating with a packed dance floor and a variety of whoopie pies, this crowd rocked that 1812 barn.
While Heather is from Maine, Lisa is a left coaster, so many of her friends and family were in Maine for the first time. I find it easy to imagine that Maine will hold a special place in their memories after the treat of attending this beautiful wedding.
Best wishes Heather and Lisa!
How they met, in their own words:
We met at Bates College during Lisa's senior year - Heather graduated the year prior but was back on campus some weekends to visit friends. While we'd noticed each other over the years while both at Bates, we didn't officially meet until one of the nights in the winter of 2006 when Heather was visiting friends. Lisa was being paid to "monitor" the only large screen TV on campus and conveniently was scheduled to "work" while the LWord was on. Heather was upstairs hanging out with her friends and eventually made her way down to watch the show. We hit it off and eventually started dating and have now been together for 6 years!
A few other facts:
Lisa is from a suburb of Los Angeles so it was only with a twist of fate/randomness that she and Heather ever crossed paths. Heather is from Nobleboro, a small town in Maine.
We've had a mischievous puggle named Harley for 4 1/2 years.
We've lived in a condo in East Boston for the last 3 years.
We got engaged in Northampton, MA in July of 2011. The main inspiration of our wedding is pretty simple (and common :-) - create an afternoon/evening that would bring family and friends together to have fun and celebrate our commitment to one another. We've also tried to do this in a way that feels like us - sort of playful and casual... hence the lawn games, bluegrass band, lack of a wedding cake, etc.