I personally think it’s pretty amazing that we get to work in a job in which it’s okay for us to tear up from time to time. And that’s good, because I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been known to do just that. At Ashley and Max’s wedding, it is not an exaggeration to say that I had tears welling up in my eyes no less than five times. This was not a bittersweet wedding, it wasn’t solemn in any way. In fact, it was utterly and completely joyous. The tears came from watching true and unrestricted expressions of love - from Ashley and Max to one another, from their parents, from their siblings and friends. This is a couple who are not afraid to completely lay bare just how they feel about each other. It’s clear that they are able to do so because they each come from an environment that has encouraged them to completely realize themselves and to wholeheartedly love another person without an ounce of fear.
It was all of that made what was already a spectacular seaside, tented wedding even more special. From the location, selected in part to honor Ashley’s late grandparents who had a home in Kennebunkport, to the personal and thoughtful touches throughout the day, every piece had a special meaning. And then, there is the energy. If Ashley and Max could bottle their chemistry, they would make a fortune. They are fun and silly and sweet with one another. They danced in to their reception and ran from table to table greeting their guests with high fives. Ashley playfully teased Max during the cake cutting, having him chase her on the dance floor to get his bite. Their happiness is undeniable and it is contagious. You can’t hep but look at them and know, these two are clearly meant for each other.
As the sun was setting and the reception was getting into the full swing, streams of light peeked through the clouds and shone down onto the water, right above the location where Ashley’s grandparents had brought her and her siblings during so many summers. It was one more in an evening full of beautiful moments, worthy of bringing a tear to your eye.
Bridal Gown: Alvina Valenta | Tuxedo: Russo Tux | Hairstylist: Taylor & Company of Kennebunkport, Maine | Make-up: Jackie Angelini | Invitations & Paper: Designed by the Bride Produced by Invitations & Co. | Calligraphy: Antea Amoroso Design | Flowers: Winston Flowers | Trolley: Intown Trolley Company, Inc. | Event Design & Coordination: Salvatore DeGeorge of DeGeorge Signature Events | Ceremony Location: St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport, Maine | Reception Location: Breakwater Inn and Spa in Kennebunkport, Maine | Cake: Gayle Forte of Let Them Eat Cake