Wedding recap

August 22 • 2012

We have been following Brooklyn graphic designer and handmade talent Jen Pepper for more than a year after she moved to Maine and planned her coastal New England wedding. This is the final post in Jen’s series. Congratulations, Jen and Matt!!

We did it<br><a href=http://www.peppersproutdesigns.com target=_blank>Jen Pepper</a>

Matt and I have been happily married for two months now. When everyone tells you that your day is going to go by so fast, they really do mean it. I remember everything, but as the sun went down and the lights came up in our beautiful reception space, I couldn’t help thinking, “Wow. It’s over.” But of course that isn’t really true, it is the beginning of a wonderful life together. It’ really only the end of a party we put together to celebrate this new beginning.

You may remember that I decided I didn’t want a bridal party. But I did ask my two sisters and Matt’s sister to get ready with me the morning of the wedding. It was the best decision I made. They made me laugh, kept me calm, and helped cinch me in my dress. But most importantly they showered me with smiling faces and lots of love all morning long. It made me feel unbelievably blessed that I had such a loving family that was about to get a little bigger.

Matt and I decided we wanted to have a first look and then walk to the boat through the Old Port together. It was a magical experience that was quite possibly the most memorable part of the day for me. We strolled through crowds of tourists, posed for some photos along the way and as we got nearer to the Maine State Pier, where our family was waiting for us, my nerves kicked in. It wasn’t that I was nervous about marrying Matt, it was the anxiety of being surrounded by family all day and being the center of attention. So we made a quick pit stop at the outdoor deck of the Flatbread Company and split a beer (in a fancy glass) just to take the edge off a bit. A great last minute decision.

We kind of expected everyone to be on the boat waiting for us, but as we turned the corner, humming to ourselves our own wedding march (which was actually the Game of Thrones theme song), we saw all of our guests smiling faces waiting on the pier for us. It was a little overwhelming, but it was such a unique experience that I’m glad it happened the way it did. It ended up being a beautiful day. It wasn’t too hot, there was a nice breeze and the sun was shining. I couldn’t have asked for more amazing weather, which is great because we didn’t have a rain plan.

I loved being able to spend so much time with everyone before the ceremony. It was like being at a family reunion, everyone talking to each other, enjoying the views of the Casco Bay and just spending time together. I don’t remember where we were when the ceremony started, but I do remember it was beautiful. There were laughs and tears, even from Matt- which I didn’t expect- but it was wonderful to be surrounded by family and friends in such a beautiful backdrop. I can keep saying that it was amazing, but it really was.

The clouds started to roll in and we turned to shore, after a champagne toast, and arrived at the reception a bit earlier than expected. When we went in things were still being set up a bit, the band was still tuning up and I thought everything was ruined. But really no one cared. Everyone grabbed a drink, the hors d’oeuvres came out and everyone raved about how much fun they were having. Dinner was unbelievably delicious, better than the tasting, and I know we went home after the tasting and dreamt about how amazing the food was. Our guests loved the band, The Cozmik Zombies, who sound like Johnny Cash meets the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and of course everyone loved the cake. Matt and I did sneak off with our photographer, Alexandra Roberts, for some outdoor portraits, where we both were able to take a time out for a moment and just be together. I highly recommend a few time outs during your wedding if you can sneak them in.

Matt and I had decided against booking a limo or town car for us, since we walked to the ceremony, we could walk back to the hotel when the night was over. Another unforgettable moment of the day. Dressed in our finest wedding attire we strolled back through the Old Port amid late night bar crawlers and tourists alike. We even ended up stopping for a scoop of gelato which ended up being the perfect ending to a perfect day.

While I wouldn’t have changed anything about our wedding, looking back there is one thing I would have done differently. I wouldn’t have booked a 10am flight out of Boston the next day. The one thing you are not going to want to do is wake up at 4:30am to get ready to check out of a beautiful hotel room to sit on a train, to transfer to a cab, to wait in an airport to be stuck on a plane, the day after the most amazing day of your life. Just book a later flight, you’ll thank me.

Previous posts in this series:

I’m engaged. Now what?

Decisions, decisions

How to find a wedding venue without leaving the couch

Finding a wedding venue that won’t break the bank

The wedding guest list

Let’s get organized

Wedding weight loss

Finding what’s right for you

Setting the table

Invitation dilemma

The dress(es)

Who is going to marry us?

It’s okay

The two month panic attack

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  1. Love and Lobster
    maria
    22/08/2012 at 2:17 pm Permalink

    yay! congratulations! it’s fun to read your perspective on your day. i’m so glad i was a part of it. it truly was amazing, so that’s just the right adjective to use. i’ll never forget it. ever. all my love, maria! xoxo

  2. Love and Lobster
    maria
    23/08/2012 at 4:15 pm Permalink

    this is awesome, jen! i loved reading this and hearing about they day from your perspective. it really was amazing and i’m so glad i was a part of it! love you guys! xo