How did you two meet?
We met at our church’s youth group when we were teenagers. Cody was 14 and I was 13. He had been homeschooled and didn’t know anyone, so the youth leader put me in charge of introducing him and getting him aquainted. We became inseparable almost immediately, and were best friends throughout high school.
How did the proposal go? What is the story?
I had gone to Kansas for a week to visit my sister and 3 week old niece. When I came home he took me out to dinner at the restaurant we both worked at at the time. It’s a beautiful restaurant in Ogunquit, with a piano bar upstairs. He told me he forgot his jacket in the car, and he’d be right back. He had our door man distract me and talk to me, and he had told me to look at something behind me. When I turned around, Cody was on one knee. The piano player had also learned our song “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley. Everyone bought us drinks all night, it was the best night.
What has been your favorite part of wedding planning?
I think my favorite part has been seeing everything coming together. You work so hard on all the small details, and when you finally start seeing your vision coming together it’s so exciting. I also loved buying our rings. Everything about the wedding has been the party and reception, the rings made it a reality that we’re going to be married.
What is most important to the two of you about your wedding?
We both agreed immediately that we wanted a very small and intimate wedding. We only have about 75 people coming. It’s really important to us that we are surrounded by our closest friends and family. We had such a long engagement because we didn’t want to be stressing out. We had a great time planning!
What is your favorite memory together? Or of each other?
I don’t think I have one specific memory, but I love looking back at when we were young. We were such babies when we met, and it’s crazy to think about how long we’ve known each other. Cody’s Mom has pictures of us from when we were 14 years old, it’s like I’ve known him my whole life.
What was your favorite date?
Our favorite date is definitely one of the nights we spent in Charleston, South Carolina. We spent the day at the beach, and we had swam out to a sand bar. We were just swimming around and talking, and all of a sudden we had about 4 wild dolphins around us. They were close enough for us to touch, and they stayed with us for about 15 minutes. It was incredible. We spend the night at an amazing restaurant on the water, and had the best food and drinks. It was an incredible day, and we always talk about it.
Tell me about your favorite place to go to dinner?
We have a lot of favorites! We both love mexican food, and we pretty much always go to a mexican restaurant when we do go out. We love Boone’s in the Old Port of Portland, and we always go to Mill 67 in Sanford when we visit my Dad. We’re both huge foodies, so we love trying new places!
What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?
Heather- I love Cody’s sense of humor. We’ve been friends for about 12 years, and have been in a relationship for almost 6, and he still makes me laugh every single day.
Cody- I love how compassionate she is. She has such a big heart, and is always the person everyone goes to for advice. All of our friends call her the mother of the group because she’s always taking care of someone.
Heather and Cody created a beautiful rustic Maine wedding on her sister’s farm in Lyman, Maine. Her lace sleeved wedding gown looked beautiful on her and his bow tie and vest complimented the vintage look so well. What wonderful people, full of life and a positive spirit. Heather and Cody are so fortunate to be each others soul mates. Their personalized vows were beautiful promising to support each other in their future and to never forget their past. The flower girls were adorable with their cream colored dresses matching the other bridesmaid dresses which were all individually picked out so each one was different. The fire pits were going so after cake you could cook your S’mores. The apple orchard made for the most beautiful romantic wedding images. Her sister created the beautiful wildflower bouquet from the plants around the farm house. It was such a great backyard wedding with DIY help from the family it couldn’t have been a more perfect day! Bread & Butter catering did a great job with the taco bar and sliders so that the guests could eat throughout the night. I will say one of my favorite memories was of the men dancing to oldies doing the classic Michael Jackson moves.
Catering: Bread & Butter
Hair & Makeup: Kimberly Savage
Florist: Lindsey Harmon
Venue: Windswept Acres
Officiant: Erika Hewitt
Bridal Gown Shop: Andrea’s Bridal
Brides Shoes: Toms
Grooms Suit: Asos
Bow Tie: Macy’s
Wedding Cake: Renee Landry
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
DJ: James McNally
Photography: Kivalo Photography