Vanessa and Matt's Saco and Old Orchard Beach Maine wedding

by Anonymous

Vanessa and Matt's wedding day was an intimate affair with just immediate family in attendance.  Despite there being only 13 of us, including me, the day was chock-full.  First a drive to the Saco church through some traffic of beach-goers headed to Old Orchard, keeping in mind an art fair downtown that prompts a partial Main Street road closure.  Father Dickinson lead a wonderful ceremony, sincere in his words for Vanessa and Matt to have a happy marriage and that he would be there for them as they embark on this new journey together as husband and wife.  After some ooo's and aahhh's over Matt's new bling, we took family portraits outside at the church, before walking down the road to Vic and Whit's for a wine tasting that the bride and groom surprised their guests with.  Beth, Mark, and Gene served up the tasting, along with the mouthwatering meats and cheeses.  Such a great idea for a small wedding!  Next, I jetted off with Vanessa and Matt for some portraits as we made our way back to Old Orchard Beach, where Vanessa spent her summers and where her parents now live.  Their day was capped off by champagne and hors d'oeuvres on the lawn of Joseph's by the Sea, before their multi-course meal began in their private dining room. 

The weather was hot and the celebration was memorable.  Good food, good wine, good company -- all for a very good reason.  So happy I could witness your wedding and document the first moments of your marriage with just you and your families, Vanessa and Matt!  Extra special -- thank you for having me there.  Amsterdam and Paris will be amazing!  And a birthday celebrated at the Eiffel Tower? You won't forget that, Matt!  Congratulations, newlyweds!

How they met, in Vanessa's words:

We met on a blind date. My college friend and old roommate, Stephanie, wanted me to meet her husband, Mike's, friend. I was living in NYC at the time and Matt was living in Connecticut. I had just sold my apartment in Brooklyn and was planning to move back to Boston the following summer to attend graduate school. We met at a bar in the village on our first date, had a great time and I left for two weeks in India a few days later- wasn't sure if Matt would have lost interest by the time I got back. Alas, he emailed me the day I got back and everything fell into place- we have been together since and I never did make that move to Boston!
photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photographyceremony: Most Holy Trinity, Saco • wine tasting: Vic and Whit's, Saco • dinner: Joseph's by the Sea, Old Orchard Beach • hair/make-up: Illusions Hair Salon, Saco • gown: BHLDN • honeymoon: Amsterdam and Paris

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