I was nervous about possible holiday traffic for my drive up to Boothbay Harbor for Sarah and Brett's wedding at Spruce Point Inn, so I left extra early. Of course, there was no traffic in my direction. I had a couple hours to kill and parked at the little lot overlooking the harbor. Soon after, I couldn't help but notice a group of dudes riding Huffy beach cruisers. I had a hunch these were groomsmen entertaining themselves before a wedding. My eyes spied the groom Brett, and I grabbed my cameras - couldn't miss the pre-ceremony activity! Brett and the guys were just happy to be outside and dry, considering the torrential downpours that saturated much of coastal Maine the couple days prior.
Though high winds were swirling in the air, the short and sweet ceremony on the Oceanfront Deck was a go. Brett and Sarah officially tied the knot after six years together and a dreamy, surprise proposal in Cuba, one of Sarah's bucket list locales. The couple had opted for some family formals to be taken pre-ceremony, so we finished up the rest post-ceremony to allow Mr. and Mrs. some time to enjoy the end of their cocktail hour with guests. The sun even began to peek out.
Pemaquid Hall hosted the rest of the wedding celebration. The room was filled with lots of love and laughter from about 130 friends and family, with the exception of Sarah's brother Andrew and his wife Alice who was overdue with their first child - cell phones were nearby in case there was news of grand-baby #3! Not to worry, Sarah's twin brothers Paul and David carried on the toast (er, roast), a family tradition for the newlyweds. Both the bride and groom's fathers, Don and Wylie, spoke heartfelt and humorous words. Carolyn and crew at SPI kept the day on track, and the Lisa Love Experience kept the guests on the dance floor (emilie inc. couple Courtney and Tim tore it up, Denise photographed their engagement session and wedding last year). Lisa used her special powers to get the groom to make snow angels on the dance floor with the bride's brother (she also played at his wedding!), and managed to get the bride to sing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" while doing a tambourine solo! Sarah, if you ever quit your day job, you've found your calling.
While the reception ended with sparklers illuminating the happy couple outside the Pemaquid (the first round of sparklers inside doesn't count!), the after party was about to kick off at the Inn!
Sarah and Brett, enjoy your mini-moon to Acadia and your southeast Asia trip this winter! I had a blast at your wedding, meeting your friends and family. Safe travels back to Chicago, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day!
How they met, in Sarah's words:
We met over six years ago in Boston. I was working at The GreenLight
Fund, a venture philanthropy nonprofit organization that had office
space in Brett's consulting firm, The Monitor Group. Brett had organized
a pro-bono consulting project for the GreenLight Fund and soon after we
met each other through work, Brett went to Australia to work on a
project and we didn't reconnect until several months later. Since 2008,
we have lived in Boston, maintained a long distance relationship while
in business school (Brett went to Kellogg in Chicago and I went to Duke
in North Carolina), and we are now settled in Chicago.
This past November, Brett took me on a surprise trip to
Cuba, where he proposed! He knew that Cuba had long been on my bucket
list, so he secretly arranged for a vacation with my co-workers and
planned everything down to the last detail. It was an incredible trip
filled with outdoor adventures, delicious food, awesome music, and fun.
Since we got engaged, we both knew we wanted to get
married in our home state, Maine. In planning the wedding, we have
looked to combine our love of the state with our many adventures and
experiences around the world. We're thrilled to be celebrating this next
step with our family and friends.
photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photography • venue, catering, beauty: Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine • officiant: Sally Bullard, Maine Weddings • flowers: Kim Michel, Blue Cloud Farm • ceremony music: Affordable Elegance • band: Lisa Love Experience • cake: Sweet Sensations • gown: Vows, Watertown, MA • maids: Lula Kate • guys: Brooks Brothers