Christa and Michael were married at The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton. A straight shot down Congress Street from the urban east end of Portland to the fields and forests of Buxton, Flanagan's is a favorite spot of mine in the greater Portland area. In partnership with Maine Farmland Trust, the farm hosts an ongoing dinner series featuring a different Maine chef each month. I have attended a couple, and emilie inc team members have photographed a few.
It's easy to understand why Christa and Mike chose this rustic, rural spot. The
incredibly warm and kind couple are true outdoors people, getting out
and about to hike, camp, and rock climb whenever they get a chance. Their April wedding day was
ever so slightly wet, but the weather did nothing to dampen the spirits
of this crowd. In fact, Christa's smile completely lit up the day, and I
think it's fair to say that smile runs in the family.
The evening culminated in an epic dance party, pretty sure the entire
wedding hit the floor at one point. And in true outdoors-men fashion, the
night wound down by a crackling campfire, very similar to one Christa and Michael met around not so long ago...
Congratulations to you two! It was an honor and a privilege, and a lot of fun!
How they met, in their own words:
Christa originally hails from the sunny lands of Southern
California. After 18 years she grew tired of the good life and decided
to venture forth into the world. Her first foray brought her to the
University of California at Santa Cruz, where she studied psychology and
learned about the separatist state that is Northern California. Having
learned their secrets, she returned to Los Angeles and UCLA to finish
her degree. Yet, having not quite enough record stores, skinny jeans and
fixie bikes, Christa returned to the North to live in San Francisco and
work in education. Eventually she decided to test her weather tolerance
and moved to Boston to pursue a masters degree in education policy from
Harvard. She remained there and co-founded an organization that teaches
parents about how interactions with their children during infancy can
promote healthy brain development. Many winters later, Christa and Mike
met through a shared love of rock climbing and camping.
Mike has basically pursued Christa one step behind for
the last decade or so. After leaving his wintery home of Michigan at age
19, he also went to college at the University of California Santa Cruz.
There he got a degree in molecular biology and learned the sacred ways
of patchouli. Alas, he began at UCSC just three years after Christa had
already left to return to sunny LA. Undaunted though, he decided to move
to San Francisco for graduate school next, where he psychically felt
Christa would be. His intuition was correct, but alas, the future lovers
were not to meet. Except in a fleeting moment at Christa's going away
party to Boston, when they may or may not have seen each other (it is
unknown exactly from that fireworks-driven and boisterous evening).
Nonetheless, Mike did not give up. Another three years later, after
getting his PhD in cell biology, Mike moved to Boston to pursue
post-doctoral research at Harvard. It was then that finally--and just
barely--Mike was able to connect with Christa. They climbed rocks
together, took trips and camped. And Mike knew he had finally caught
photographers: Steve and Lindsay, emilie inc. photography • venue: Barn at Flanagan Farm • caterer: Blue Elephant • florist: Emily Carter • cake: Two Fat Cats Bakery • hair/make-up: Ariel Johnson • bride: Jenny Yoo • groom: Hugo Boss • honeymoon: Italy