This gorgeous couple celebrated their anniversary in late June and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than reminiscing on their sweet day! Congratulations you two! I remember this day like it was yesterday – a mid summer wedding on the coast of Maine at the beautiful Breakwater Inn. The weather was overcast, but their energy and love for one another brought an undeniable light to the day that stole the show.
I knew from the first time I met Katie and Grant that this day would be one for the books. Katie’s keen attention to detail and Grant’s fun loving personality was the best of both worlds, creating an intimate day that was uniquely theirs. We’re thrilled to be sharing with all of you today!
Katie and Grant met over eight years ago while both living in Boston, and believe it not, working for the same company. The first time these two met was when Grant opened the office door during Katie’s first job interview – though excited for the opportunity, I’m sure she didn’t expect what was about to come her way!
“The interview was for a graphic design position,” explained Grant. “I saw right away how artistic and talented she is. She’s very pretty so it was hard to take my eyes off her as well, but first and foremost, I saw her talent and great personality.”
Needless to say, Katie got the job, along with a loving friendship with Grant that quickly transformed into a blossoming relationship. Their first date was spent dining at a local restaurant and enjoying each other’s company.
After that first date, there wasn’t the slightest question of what would follow. These two spent the next six years together nurturing a loving relationship that only grew stronger over time. Before long, Grant knew the time had come to start planning a proposal, quickly setting his sights on the coast of Maine as the perfect destination.
“I planned a getaway in Kennebunkport, and had picked up some good ideas for engagement weekend activities from the hotel we were staying at. I wanted to surprise Katie by taking her to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. My only challenge was to keep it as much of a surprise as I could – even as we drove past the exit for Kennebunkport. Unfortunately, we hit traffic, and that gave Katie a little extra time to spend exploring the Internet. She found the engagement weekend section on the hotel website, so she was pretty confident she knew what I was up to, but she let my plan play out.”
And right she was! Despite the suspicion, Katie was over the moon once they reached the Botanical Gardens, surrounded by serene nature and beauty as far as the eye could see. Their proposal was the perfect mix of spontaneity and thoughtfulness, serving as the most ideal way to kick off their memorable weekend in Maine. This set the foundation for what would soon become their stunner of a wedding day in the same beautiful state. A huge shoutout for Greta Tucker Photography for capturing the magic.
Katie looked effortlessly gorgeous in her Pnina Tornai gown and classic headpiece.
Creating this day with Katie and Grant was effortless. We worked with these two in a design and styling capacity, allowing our creativity to be front and center throughout the process. They had a concrete vision for the day from the very start – a timeless, romantic design that felt warm and inviting to their guests. Their color palette of dark grey and emerald green set the mood, and included pops of gold to add some drama throughout.
We incorporated these colors and ambiance into all aspects of the day – from the seating chart and table numbers, to the hand lettered and crafted with velvet ribbon calligraphy place cards. We made sure personal elements of Katie and Grant’s style were evident throughout.
We see you Minka Flowers…. those centerpieces?! Yes please! I can never get enough white roses and peonies. Round tables were adorned with lush centerpieces in gold compotes and gold mercury votives. For the rectangular tables, dramatic lush garland and fern foliage was complimented by incorporating dark green taper candles in brass candlesticks, giving height to the low arrangement.
For the tablescapes, we used a soft white linen so the dreamy colors could shine. A gold rimmed dinner plate and beautifully patterned salad plate created a gorgeous foundation for the place setting. Atop, we placed a dark grey pocket folded napkin to allow the hand crafted menu to be situated within. As an added detail, we affixed a single strip of ribbon to each place card, creating a multifaceted look by adding a velvet texture to the design. And sneakily enough, the color of each ribbon also served as the meal choice as well – talk about a subtle, personal touch!
Katie and Grant said “I do” at The Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise, ME, just a short few miles away from The Breakwater Inn. The natural beauty of the church was a focal point, with its brightly colored stained glass windows and beautiful wooden cross hanging for all to see. Lush florals were used throughout to make the room more romantic and intimate for the occasion.
As guests entered into the church, Katie and Grant kept each other company in this adorable, coastal themed nook. I’d say their nerves had calmed at this point – because talk about a fierce Bride and Groom! These two shared their final moments together before meeting at the alter and officially becoming husband and wife.
Alright friends get ready for this one. You KNOW we’re a big fan of mamas over here, so just imagine how touched we were when we heard that Katie’s mom would be marrying her and Grant on the big day. That’s right – that stunning lady is not just a minister, but none other than Katie’s lifelong sidekick and biggest fan. Our hearts burst with joy at a such a special moment.
It’s official! Seven years in the making and finally husband and wife. Katie and Grant’s traditional ceremony was truly touching. Katie’s mom beamed with pride, Grant’s loving eyes never wavered from gazing into Katie’s, and of course, Katie’s sweet soul shone bright as the two exchanged vows, rings and many laughs throughout. Their energy was magnetic, and it was an honor to be part of such an intimate occasion.
As guests exited the church post-ceremony to greet the newlyweds on the lawn, they were pleasantly surprised to find a bagpiper playing tunes to commence this sweet part of the day. With cocktail hour awaiting them, guests enjoyed a carefree ride to The Breakwater Inn thanks to Intown Trolley, excited to see what the remainder of the day had in store.
This cocktail hour certainly did not disappoint! Guests enjoyed a beautiful outdoor setting just steps from the rocky shoreline and picturesque river. Lawn games were present (anyone else notice the flower girl killing it at giant jenga?!) while his and her specialty cocktails were passed around for all to enjoy.
Up next for this crew was a first dance from the newlyweds, toasts from family and friends during a delicious dinner of steak and salmon, and a WHOLE lot of fun on the dance floor.
“Our personalities compliment each other,” explains Grant. I’m more of an enthusiast and always has have a lot of ideas. Katie is focused and has a great eye for detail. She always provides the perfect finishing . touches to all of our projects.”
“We enjoy spending time together and try not to take ourselves too seriously,” adds Katie.
This crew celebrated late into the night, sipping cocktails, tearing up the dance floor, and basking in the joyous, love-filled occasion.
Katie and Grant – thank you for allowing us to be such a special part of your day. We’re forever grateful for you! Your positive energy and fun-loving personalities are contagious, and we wish we could relive this day time and time again.
We had the best time helping to style this timeless day with such beautiful souls. Wishing these two the best of luck on their adventure in life together!
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And a special thank you to all of the vendors who made this day one to remember:
Ceremony Venue: The Church on the Cape | Reception Venue: The Breakwater Inn |Event Rentals: Exeter Event and Tents / Details Event Staging| Specialty Rentals: A Family Affair of Maine (yes, that’s us!) | Tent Rental: Sperry Tents Seacoast | Photography: Greta Tucker Photography| Floral Design: Minka Fine Flowers | Catering & Bar: The Breakwater Inn | Ceremony Musician: The Church on the Cape Pianist| Reception Band: Chicken Slacks| Bridal Hair and Make Up Stylist: Stacia Tetrault Beauty | Bridesmaid Hair Stylist: Lindsey L. Green| Invitation Design: Minted | Wedding Dress Shop: Kleinfeld, NYC| Wedding Dress Designer: Pnina Tornai | Bridal Shoe Designer: Valentino | Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Cristina’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom | Groom’s Suit and Tie: Main Event Tuxedo | Bride’s Engagement & Wedding Rings: Kwait, NYC | Groom’s Wedding Ring: Long’s Jewelers | Welcome Boxes: Weekend schedule, San Pellegrino sparkling water, prosecco, chocolate covered gummy bears and Cape Cod potato chips.