I was so happy to see Katherine and Joe again, as I had photographed her sister Laura's wedding to Bob at Migis Lodge in 2012. These two opted for the seaside feel at the Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport and save for a quick rain shower after the ceremony, it was a gorgeous day.
The entire day felt very relaxed, with no rushing from place to place, last minute decisions, or stressed bridal parties. I think the laid back personalities of both bride and groom set the tone for everyone else to just relax and enjoy the event. It was also Katherine's parents' 35th wedding anniversary, so there was definitely a lot to celebrate.
Katherine and Joe, thank you for being so lovely to be around from the first minute to the last. I hope you have an amazing time in Saint Martin!
How they met, in their own words:
We met after college in 2009 when we were both living in Boston. We were
both at a bar with a group of mutual friends. We started talking and
the rest was history. Katherine was drawn to Joey's easy going nature,
sense of humor, kindness, and charm. Joey loved Katherine's confidence,
smile, and adventurous spirit. Fast forward two years later when
Katherine got into graduate school in California and Joey said he had no
choice but to go with her. So we drove across the country together and
aside from one minor car issue when we broke down on the side of the
road in beautiful Swanton, Ohio, the trip was awesome and brought us
closer together. In December of 2012, we went to Maine to be with my
parents for Christmas and Joey asked their permission to marry me. We
went down to Boston on December 27th and made the last minute decision
(or so I thought...) to stay in a hotel rather than staying with friends
before our flight to San Jose, CA (Joey's hometown). We went out to our
favorite restaurant, Neptune Oyster, for lunch. The whole time, I was
trying to make dinner plans with our friends and didn't notice that Joey
was sort of on edge and never took his hand out of his jacket pocket
where he was hiding the ring. After lunch, we went for a walk along the
Boston Harbor and as Joey was going to propose in a smooth, spontaneous
moment, he realized that the ring was not placed correctly in the box.
So he made me close my eyes, at which point I figured out what was
happening, and when I opened them, he was on one knee with the ring box
open and asked me to marry him. The first words out of my mouth? "Holy
crap". Then I proceeded to cry and, of course, said yes (which was a
relief to Joey since "holy crap" was all he had to go on until then).
Since then we have been working hard at graduate school and work, and
planning our big day. I always wanted to be married in Maine because
it's the most beautiful place with so many happy memories from my
childhood, and ever since Joey lived in Boston, he has loved the
northeast as well. We wanted our wedding to be as authentically Maine as
possible so all of our vendors are from Maine, our rehearsal dinner is a
Maine lobster bake, and we chose classic desserts and beer from Maine.
photographers: Denise and Lindsay, emilie inc. photography • venue, catering: Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport, Maine • officiant: Sally Bullard, A Maine Wedding • flowers: Sarah Lapine, Watershed Floral • band: Time Pilots • sweets: Labadie's Bakery • make-up: About Face • hair: Bonnie Erskine, A Cut Above • transportation: Custom Coach Limousine • gown: Maggie Sottero • maids: J Crew • invitations: minted.com • honeymoon: Saint Martin, French West Indies