Erika and Gian marry at St. Luke's Cathedral and celebrate at Flanagan Farm

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Erika and Gian were not deterred by the rain from having a good ol' time on their wedding day.  Their attitudes were great, realizing they can't change the weather, so let's still celebrate!  While Chris, the second photographer, hung out with Gian and the guys at Inn By The Sea in Cape Elizabeth, I was with Erika and the ladies who prepped at the venue in Buxton, The Barn at Flanagan Farm.  The crew from Akari did hair and makeup, while the girls sipped champagne through straws. Erika's about-to-be sister-in-law Alex, on behalf of Gian, herself, and their mother, presented Mikimoto pearls to Erika that had been in their family.  They matched beautifully with the bracelet she wore, which was Erika's grandmother's.  She even donned Nana's fur for a couple portraits.  Erika looked elegant in her wedding dress, the drop-waist, lace, and flowy bottom were romantic.  Her bouquet, from Emily Carter Floral Designs, was similarly pretty with warm white petals and fresh lush greens.   I know her dad Mark was at a loss for words when he saw his daughter for the first time.  He shed some tears, which meant he lost the $20 bet to his other daughter Krista, who banked that he would cry (the $20 bet is a running joke in this family, someone always betting someone that bill of Andrew Jackson!).

The ceremony was at St. Lukes Cathedral in Portland, a beautiful stone church on State Street.  I was happy to see Dean Ben Shambaugh again, who officiated the ceremony.  Once papers were signed, making it official, newlyweds Erika and Gian were wisked away in a Jaguar by their driver from Maine Limousine.  The wedding party and guests followed in a convoy of cars back to Flanagan Farm for the rest of the night's celebration.  While guests huddled in the tent for cocktails and the Americana sounds of Tricky Britches, family photos were taken inside due to the rain.  Jennifer, Jessica, and the 111 Maine crew kept everyone nourished.  Paula Cano and sister Lauren of A Family Affair were busy the entire day making sure all the little details were taken care of.  Soul City Band played their horns and kept people groovin'!  The rain picked up as I headed out, but Erika, Gian, and their friends and family still had a long night of celebrating ahead of them, and I have no doubt the rain did not stop them!

Hope you two had a wonderful time in Italy!  Thanks again for allowing me and Chris to document your wedding day!  Congratulations!

How they met, in their own words:

We met through the world wide web. Erika moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania for a graduate degree in Historic Preservation (history nerd!) and Gian had moved back to Philadelphia after a ski stint out in Colorado. We chatted through email and the phone for several weeks before meeting up in person. We both knew before meeting that we liked eachother. We first met at a park in Philadelphia where Erika insisted they walk (don't get in cabs with strangers) a very long walk to a Mexican joint. While we have many differences at the heart we balance eachother very well. We chose to get married in Maine because Erika's family has a vacation house in Damariscotta and it felt natural to be in a place filled with tradition and family. It also helps that we both love the outdoors and what better place to be than Maine!
   
photographers: Whitney and Chris, emilie inc. photographyceremony: Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland • reception: Barn at Flanagan Farm, Buxton • coordinator: Paula Cano, A Family Affair • caterer: 111 Maineflowers: Emily Carter Floral Designscocktail musicians: Tricky Britchesband: Soul Cityhair/make-up: Akari transportation: Maine Limoinvitations: William Arthur • honeymoon: Italy

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