I was psyched when I learned Kate and Rob's wedding would be on Cliff Island. Having lived on Peaks Island for five years and having worked as a deckhand for almost four years on Casco Bay Lines, I have a slight love affair with Casco Bay. Until Kate and Rob's wedding, however, I had never stepped past Pearls Seaside Market, where deckhands would grab a quick snack on one of the ferry boat runs that has a longer wait before departure back towards Portland. I love Peaks Island dearly, but Cliff offers inviting quiet and solitude with just about a 30-minute water taxi ride, if the weather is calm.
Kate and Rob had a laid-back vibe for their island wedding, opting for a casual celebration with help-yourself, heavy tapas stations, cooked up by the delicious Dandelion Catering (my mouth watered at the sight of a table prepped for mini sliders as I headed out to catch a water taxi home). The fabulous Heather Cuzzi of Cairn Events orchestrated the day's events with her stellar assistant and beloved pal Audra. Kate's family's seaside home served as the ceremony location and weather even cooperated, holding off until cocktail hour. Kate gifted her bridesmaids nautical map wine totes from the enviable Sea Bags. There were a plethora of other Sea Bags items and it fit the island theme perfectly - flower buckets, guest book, a custom bag that would be sewn together after guests signed the interior.
To kick off the reception, Rob said some words of thanks and had the band and guests sing Happy Birthday to his sister Patience and dad Joel, who share the same birthday and now Kate and Rob's wedding anniversary -- September 13th will be a big day in the McCann family for years to come! Thoughtful and definitely funny toasts were given by Kate's parents Pat and Bill, the best man Jared, and maid of honor Megan - who delivered an impressive, witty, original poem with style. Then the dancing commenced! The rain did not dampen anyone's spirits, and the band Unity, kept everyone groovin'. It was so fun for me to see some familiar faces as guests, too!
Kate and Rob, thanks so much for having me and Lindsay document your wedding day! We had a blast! I have no doubt you two enjoyed your honeymoon to Taormina- congratulations again on tying the knot!
How they met, according to Kate:
Rob and I have known each other since we were young teens. We both
spent the summer's on Cliff Island growing up. Kate was older, and
mainly hung out with her girlfriends, while Rob was two years younger
and mainly hung with his group of guys. Kate and Rob's friends started
hanging out when they were teenagers, but Kate and Rob did not get close
until the fall of 2010 when Rob got back from his first deployment from
Afghanistan (he was a Marine). Kate had just moved from Pittsburgh to
Portland and didn't know many people in the city. Rob had just gotten
back from an 8 month deployment and was on leave. They began hanging
out as friends - Rob introduced Kate to some of his Portland friends.
They kept in touch when leave was over when Rob went back to his base in
North Carolina. They did not start dating until shortly before Rob's
second deployment to Afghanistan in June 2011. They kept in touch
throughout Rob's second deployment (he was gone from June through
December) via letters and phone calls. When Rob returned home, they had a
long distance relationship (Rob was in Jacksonville, NC and Kate in
Maine - weekend trips to and from down south were abundant). Rob had one
more short (2 month) deployment to the Syrian board of Jordan in May
2012. Rob was honorably discharged from the Marines (he served 4 years)
in October 2012, and he moved back to Portland, and in with Kate. In
March 2013, Rob and his best friend Jared started their 2,000+ mile hike
on the Appalachian Trail. Rob raised money throughout his hike for his
fallen Marine and friend, Kyle. Throughout the 6 month walk, Rob and
Kate kept in touch through phone calls and visits (Kate visited him in
Roanoke, VA, Washington DC, Great Barrington, MA, and again when the
boys stopped by Sebago for a few days of fun on the lake). Rob finished
hiking the AT in early September.
During the last week in September, Kate's parents left
their house on Cliff Island for a wedding in MA, and Rob and Kate were
going to spend the weekend dog sitting on Cliff Island. Rob (who had
been planning a time to speak with them to ask for their permission in
asking Kate to Marry him) took the opportunity to ask Kate's father,
Bill the big question when Bill had given Rob the keys to his boat for
the weekend. Rob, Kate and their friend Annie went out to Cliff on
Friday Night. Rob had to leave on Saturday for a fundraiser in Rhode
Island (on the way down picking up the engagement ring from Springer's
with his dad, Joel) and came back to the island Sunday morning. After
seeing Annie off on the boat, Kate and Rob decided to take a run around
the Island and then Kate suggested a picnic at South Point (a beach on
the south end of the island). After enjoying a picnic, Rob and Kate
went out on the rocks to look at the tide pools. While looking at tide
pools Rob casually asked, "Are you ever going to marry me?" to which
kate said "of course" (he had asked this question a lot in recent
months, so it was nothing out of the ordinary), and when Kate turned
around, Rob was on one knee with a ring in his hand, and said "Then will
you marry me?"
photographers: Whitney and Lindsay, emilie inc. photography • coordinator, flowers: Heather Quinn Cuzzi, Cairn Events • catering: Dandelion Catering • music: Unity • hair/make-up: Head Games Salon • tent: Wallace Tent • transportation: Casco Bay Lines • invites: Papier • gown: Amsale • honeymoon: Sicily