My favorite memory from yesterday’s wedding was when Abigail saw Ryan for the first look. The waves were crashing making great surf….but everything melted away except them. They shared a moment and all the anxiety was washed away and they were ready to tackle the day together. Abigail’s dress fit her perfectly and looked stunning. One of her sisters gave an amazing toast just before dinner….and her Dad left them with excellent marriage advice. It was a perfect day. The guests including the bridal party were surprised when Abigail and Ryan arrived at cocktail hour on a sail boat. I was so lucky to be able to photograph this beautiful coastal Maine wedding.
How did you meet? Match.com
How did he propose? As luck would have it I was working on my birthday, for 12 hours. Yuck! Ryan decided we would celebrate that Thursday, May 16th. He told me he would make me breakfast in bed and we would go out for dinner. What a great guy!! I was looking forward to Thursday because my school semester had finally ended and I had nothing to do that day except sleep in! Well Ryan had other plans…he woke me up at 8 AM and asked if I wanted coffee. After politely declining, I told him that I wanted to sleep a little longer and wake me up in an hour. Literally 5 minutes later he asked if i wanted coffee again…so at this point I guess I wasn’t going to be sleeping in.
Ryan made coffee and brought Peanut and I breakfast in bed. He made scrambled eggs with cheese, hash browns, and sausage. Perfect birthday breakfast!!! Peanut even thought it was good. Ryan cleared the dished and as Peanut and I laid in bed he came back into the room, this time carrying another plate, “round two” as he called it. I thought it might have been an apple fritter from the donut place down the street, which are my favorite. I wasn’t paying much attention until he was right beside me. As he brought the plate to eye level I saw an amazing thing! There was the most beautiful diamond ring with rose petals around it (thanks for the birthday roses Dad!!). I have no idea what happened after that. Ryan tells me that he got down on one knee but I don’t remember. I don’t even remember if I said yes!! It was one of the most amazing moments and it was perfect.
What is your favorite part of wedding planning? I bought my dress at Kleinfeld in NYC. It was such a great experience!! Also, I have really enjoyed bringing Maine into the wedding. Maine has been such a big part of my life and it is part of my fairytale to be married there. I love looking at Pinterest for different ideas.
What is the most important to you about your wedding? The pictures. I know that the day is going to fly by. I look forward to looking back with the pictures of the memories.
What is your favorite thing about your fiancée? He is my greatest support system. He makes me laugh. He loves my dog, almost as much as I do. He will clean the house. He cooks me dinner. He takes me out to dinner. The list goes on and on. It amazes me to this day that I have been lucky enough to meet him.
Dress: Kleinfeld, NYC. Monique LHuillier is the designer || Venue: Nonantum || DJ: Fred Pappalardo || Cake: A Little Something Bakery, West Hartford, CT || Florist: Durocher Florist, Springfield, MA || Photography: Kivalo Photography