After a week of keeping the kids home from school fighting icky illness ('tis the season?!), we headed out to participate in our first official family Halloween. Our road doesn't have trick-or-treating (I know) so we drove three miles down the Foreside to join the neighborhood parade we've been hearing about since we moved to this area. Will and Clara, dressed as a ghost and a cow (their choices, thank you etsy!), cautiously spied their costumed counterparts at the beginning noting their favorites (a horse, a grown-up Elmo, a taco dog). As we rolled along, both shed any shyness and eagerly jumped into the door-knocking mix. Clara learned the word 'candy.' The sky turned pink. We spied the ocean in between houses. We took a family selfie. My heart was so happy.
Heidi and Dan thought they were going to marry in Maine alone, but Heidi's dad Rich got wind of the nuptials and expressed his desire for wanting to be present for such a big moment. Dan's mom Nancy and dad Mike were just as interested in being present. And of course Heidi's mom Dru didn't want to be left out either. So all four made the trip out from Ohio to Inn By The Sea in Cape Elizabeth to witness Heidi and Dan wed -- a momentous occasion after dating for 11 years, starting at the end of their senior year of high school. Heidi and Dan love the fall season and October in New England was the perfect time of year for their wedding. Halloween is a favorite holiday of Heidi's so they were headed to historic Salem, MA the day after they wed before going home to the midwest. While a little rain was in the forecast for their Salem visit, their wedding day was absolutely gorgeous (and hot!) for a mid-October day. Heidi and Dan donned their J.Crew wedding garb well, as we made sure to capture the New England spirit with the fall colors of the changing leaves, the Adirondack chairs on the property, and the must-have Maine coast beach photo. Congratulations, Heidi and Dan! So glad you decided to marry in Maine and that I was there to document it! And extra lovely to meet both of your parents on such a big day!
How they met, in their own words:
Heidi and Dan were introduced by a mutual friend in 2002--when they were
just seniors in high school. They began dating shortly thereafter.
When Fall of 2002 rolled around, Heidi left home to attend college at
Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. After one semester apart, Dan decided
to leave Ohio State and transferred down to Athens to be with Heidi. 11
years later, during the fall of 2013, Dan proposed to Heidi while they
were at a cabin in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. Family members
joked: "Do we need to wait another 11 years for the wedding?!"
I first met Katie eight (!) years ago when her brother Nat married sweet Jess at Moraine Farm in Beverly, Massachusetts. I was newly engaged and remember soaking up the events of the wedding day in a new light. Both of us married and with two children each now, it was fun to reconnect again with so many familiar faces in attendance.
The day started at the Sheraton in Portsmouth for prep, everyone keeping a close eye on what was happening outside. Would it rain? Would it be sunny? Oh, what would be the fate for this outdoor ceremony? After shouldering everyone's opinions, Katie ultimately decided being inside was the safest option. So indoors it was, a close and cozy intimate ceremony led by friends and loved ones. Afterwards, we enjoyed being outside (fortunately it never did rain!) for group photos and a quick walk over to neighboring Hancock Wharf on the York River for a few formals.
I never know what to expect with country club weddings, but this setting was a wonderful surprise. Set back from the golf course and overlooking the river with buoyed boats and trees adorned with bright orange leaves, it felt more like a boat house. Inside, a central room that opened to a second floor with a balcony and vintage golf memorabilia offered a bird's eye view for the ceremony and dancing. A wrap-around porch served as the dining area for toasts and some playful table fun.
Once refueled, guests hit the dance floor thanks to Boston's fab Rare Form (Nat and Jess' band, too!) and turned that old country club into a bumping current club. I was impressed with the dance moves the younger guests pulled out while the older ones either joined in or watched in awe. Donuts and a make-your-own sundae bar kept energy levels high until the very last note.
Congratulations, dear Katie and Ben. What a pleasure to spend my last wedding season Saturday with such a beloved family. Best wishes!! xoxo