Ashley and Chris and their families are beautiful people….but not just because they are tall, thin, have long gorgeous hair, and handsome smiles….they are beautiful because they are kind, sweet, classy people who have a great Maine attitude. Honestly it doesn’t get better. They go out of their way for people and care deeply for those they love. It is a wonderful thing to be around people like these. I am so fortunate to have photographed this Spruce Point Inn wedding in Boothbay Maine. Even in the rain the Spruce Point Inn was gorgeous. When I say rain I mean pelting, blowing, plain old won’t give up heavy rain. Jessica Candage and one of Ashley’s bridesmaids did a fabulous job on all the girls hair and makeup. Even in the rain they looked fantastic. The bride wore the perfect dress for her made by Enzaoni and bought at Andrea’s Bridal. The girls wore blush pink bridesmaid dresses from Donna Morgan. The Groom rented a Vera Wang black tuxedo and the groomsmen were in Calvin Klien. The Boothbay Greenhouse did the florals and also the incredible drapery at the back of the most adorable intimate little stone church the Wilsons Memoral Chapel located right on the water. The reception venue was lit by Northeast Event Design. Invitation suite in classic neutral colors was created by Hannah and Ellen Sherwood and the cake was from the Dogs Cafe in Camden Maine. I had the pleasure of working with one of Maine’s best videographers Josh Swan, and listening and watching one heck of a performance from the band Decades by Dezyne.
How did you two meet?
I had a crush on Chris when I was 13 years old. He was basketball teammates with my older brother, and the star basketball player in Maine – so naturally, I would watch him play and say “Mom! I love Chris Markwood!” 🙂 I’m not sure if he knew I existed at that point! Fast forward to my freshman year of college; I was playing basketball at the University of Maine and Chris had just transferred to UMaine from Notre Dame to play basketball. We would see each other daily, passing by in the gym from workout to workout – but were never really close in college. After I graduated, I worked a basketball camp in July of 2007 that Chris was running … we had our first “real” conversation that week. I was still crushing, and according to Chris, he started to crush as well during that week of basketball camp. We became friends first and formed a really amazing foundation & the rest is history 🙂
How did he propose?
Chris whisked me away to Kennebunkport, Maine early on Sunday, October 27th. I had NO idea we were actually going to end up in Maine, because he would not tell me where we were going. The whole way from Vermont, I was trying to guess, Stowe…White Mountains…Boston….but we kept passing through until eventually we entered Maine and I was so excited! I still had no idea what was in store! Chris has a very busy schedule with his job as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Vermont – so he told me we were going to get away for a night before the season really kicked into gear! Of course, I bought it, because Chris is really sweet about planning surprises for me. We arrived in Kennebunkport and checked into a beautiful inn on the ocean called “The Beach House.” Chris planned dinner reservations for 5pm, so we just relaxed until it was time to go. We had time before dinner, so “we” decided to drive around the town, like we love to do, looking at the beautiful homes and views. Chris pulled the car over and we walked up to benches, which were on a cliff overlooking the ocean. At this point, my heart was beating pretty fast and Chris said a few sweet words and got down on one knee. It was the best moment of my life! We cried, took photos, and I screamed in excitement! The whole way over to dinner, I just couldn’t believe we were engaged. We arrived at dinner and my whole family and Chris’s families were there to surprise me! We enjoyed a beautiful dinner, and Chris whispered in my ear that the night wasn’t over yet! Around 7pm, he told me it was time to head out … we ended up at David’s restaurant on the water. We walked in, and were met with cheers from our very best friends who had come to celebrate our engagement! I couldn’t believe it! Chris had planned the entire night so perfectly and made it so special for me. I could not have been happier – it was the best night of my life! I can’t believe our wedding will top that … it doesn’t seem possible! SO much to look forward too!
What is your favorite part of wedding planning?
I am definitely one of those girls that has been dreaming about my wedding for a VERY long time. I think what has been my favorite part, has been watching those dreams and creative ideas come to life! Chris and I have really tried to embrace the process and it has really been a smooth one! My mother and sister have been wonderfully helpful as well! I just love every aspect of wedding planning!
What is the most important to you about your wedding?
It was important to Chris and I to have a small, more intimate wedding with our closest family members and friends. We also wanted our wedding to be very romantic, reflecting our love for each other and for God.
What is your favorite thing about your fiancée?
Do I have to choose just one thing? 🙂 My favorite thing about Chris is that he has a big heart. He has the kindest, most caring heart and is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside!