I eat edamame for breakfast. Today is one of those days.
I filled this survey out a while ago and thought I’d share it here as well – don’t want to forget anything about that fantastic weekend 🙂
Where was your wedding ceremony and reception held? Migis Lodge at Sebago Lake
How did you two meet? Online! On OkCupid.
Tell us about the proposal… George proposed while we were on vacation in Mexico. It was completely unexpected. Which, I know doesn’t sound believable (how much more romantic do you get than a tropical vacation?! Lol) but we had discussed it prior to the trip and he made it very clear it wouldn’t be happening for some time. Something I wasn’t all too pleased about but decided to overlook and just focus on having a nice vacation. Then, on our way down, we were surrounded by newly married couples! Haha We traveled on a Sunday and couples who’d had a Saturday wedding were all over the place. We were joking about it, even though I was a touch perturbed! Our first night down there, George asked me if I’d marry him while we were on the roofdeck of our beautiful rental. https://www.flipkey.com/playa-del-carmen-vacation-rentals/p116234/
Why did you choose to get married in Maine? My family has a special connection to Maine. My mom grew up coming here in the summers to visit her grandparents who worked for a wealthy family in Old Orchard and we continued visiting throughout my childhood. Mostly to York, KennebunkPort and to Bethel, Rangely for the skiing in the winter.
Did you do something that was uniquely you? We got married in the Fall and chose a location where our entire guest list could stay on-site the whole weekend. We’re both the oldest of large families (I’m the oldest of 5, Geo is the oldest of 4) and we are also the first of either side to get married. So we knew it would be special and we wanted everyone to fill comfortable and taken care of.
The night before the wedding, after our rehearsal dinner, everyone met in one of the large cabins and watched a video my father created of Geo and I (and our families) and then we played a huge game of Pictionary. Family vs. Family. We munched on Chicago style popcorn and vanilla ice cream with apple cider donuts that came from a farm stand I worked at as a kid. It was a perfect way to start the weekend.
Take us on a tour of your big day… Breakfast was in the main lodge around 9. It was amazing to go greet everyone and start the day with all our loved ones. The breakfast was absolutely amazing. Some then headed over to one of the cabins for yoga, taught by Geo’s sister, Kiki. While others headed outside and enjoyed that gorgeous weather. It was sunny and in the 60’s, and this was October 25th in Maine. It had rained, poured all week.
As I headed to the cabin where all us ladies would be getting ready, Geo hopped in a kayak and kayaked around the lake with some of his close family friends. This is something he talks about a lot – just how nice it was to share special moments throughout the weekend with our loved ones. It didn’t feel rushed or tiresome, like it sometimes seems for other weddings where you’re only with people for the ceremony. We were with them all weekend, in this beautiful, romantic, rustic environment. It was very special.
Us ladies got ready on one side of the venue and the boys got ready in a cabin on the other side of the venue, close to the ceremony site. Once the girls were all dolled up, they walked over to the ceremony and my dad and I headed over to the boat that would take us up to the ceremony. It’s not as over-the-top or tacky as it may sound! Haha It’s a beautiful, classic Chris Craft boat. It was so nice to spend those moments with my dad, on the water, and very cool to ride up and see everyone waiting for us.
The ceremony was perfectly us. One of my favorite moments was when a ladybug flew onto Geo’s beard, I caught it and it flew off my arm – felt like good luck, for sure 🙂 As we walked down the aisle, together as man and wife, Geos uncle and cousin sang, “Home is whenever I’m with you” – one of our favorites. We had to slow down and even stop at one point, just so we could take it all in. Afterwards Geo and I got on the boat to share a few moments on the lake by ourselves.
Then, we had a short mocktail ceremony (this was an alcohol free wedding) and had our photos taken. The mocktails were amazing and Migis was great in accommodating us this way. We served sparkling drinks, ciders, a pumpkin hot toddy that was delish – and honestly, everyone kept saying that they enjoyed our wedding so much because of the lack of booze. Things didn’t get out of control and everyone woke up the next morning bright eyed and bushy tailed 🙂
Geo and I danced to Neil Young’s, Harvest Moon, and after a couple minutes everyone, and I mean, EVERYONE came out and joined us. It felt like a big hug by our most favorite people. It was a surreal moment.
We then sat down to eat and the dinner was outstanding. I wish I could have kept going but my dress wouldn’t let me! Then my father and I danced to Tupelo Honey and Geo and his mom danced to You’ve Got a Friend.
Then it was time to get down, and we all did! Everyone was on the dance floor which was great because we were a little concerned that the lack of alcohol might affect the dancing – but it didn’t, at all.
We served pies, pumpkin, chocolate pudding, apple and blueberry for dessert, as well as a family favorite: tapioca.
The band wrapped up around 10 pm and everyone went back to their cabins, changed into warm clothes and headed to the bon fire for hot chocolate and homemade cookies. Geo’s family brought out their instruments (they’re all very musical) and had some fun on the lodges porch.
It was perfect – not one thing I’d change about that day. In fact my biggest/only complaint was that during the ceremony the sun was so bright I couldn’t always look at George because my eyes would get watery – I’d say if that’s the only complaint, we’re in pretty good shape J
Please finish the following sentences:
I wish… I could go back in time and experience that day all over again. Not to change anything, because it was perfect, but just to feel those feelings again.
I didn’t realize… How much I’d enjoy our first dance.
One of my favorite moments was… When a ladybug flew onto George’s beard during the ceremony. As well as coming off the boat with Geo to a dock full of loved ones that wanted to celebrate/congratulate us 🙂
I’m glad that… We had a big wedding. For a while we thought we’d do a super small one but now, looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing.
I really liked… our venue. It was just simply amazing.
My advice to other brides and/or grooms is… get as much sleep prior to the wedding weekend as possible! I wish I had made sure to do that, I was so excited and going off adrenaline but each morning I woke up feeling groggy which I wish hadn’t been the case.
Please let us know who you used for vendors:
Photographer: Nadra Photography
Catering: Migis Lodge
Wedding Gown: Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal (Auburn, MA)
Bridesmaid’s Gowns: Anthropologie
Florist: Marcia Davis
Hair & Makeup: Hamilton Hair (Uxbridge, MA)
Here’s a quick peek into the day 🙂
Blogging gives me such sweet satisfaction, it’s amazing to me how long I’ve been able to go without it. I suppose, like most things, it’s all about timing. Timing has brought me back to blogging – everything else in my life is moving forward, so why should my blogging stay paused?
So, I’m back to the blogosphere with a new title, new hosting site and newly found motivation to keep this part of me alive simply because it makes me happy 🙂
Other things that make me happy right now:
Mumford & Sons on Pandora (quite literally, “right now”).
The pre-battered chicken I bought for dinner tonight.
An old friendship, once badly bruised, now slowly regaining strength.
This blog: http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/
My Mom’s happiness and ability to ask for help when life gets to be too much.
A new outlook on my boyfriends obsession with Ulitmate Frisbee (yes, it’s a real sport, one that he plays multiple times a week!).
Birchbox is coming this week – I’m sometimes a bit materialistic. Getting goodies of an unknown nature is so much fun!
My sister, Mattie’s text, “Getting my nose pierced in 15 mins…didn’t tell Mom, Lord help me”. Well, can’t say I’m upset to be missing out on the dinner conversation tonight…
It’s June 4th and summer weather is surely just around the corner 🙂
What is making you happy today?