April 26 • 2012
Shayna + Michael
Deer Isle, Maine ~ St. Mary of the Sea Chapel and Edgewood Farm
How We Met
Michael and I grew up one town away from each other, but didn’t actually meet until high school. We took the same classes, ran cross country and track together, and (we discovered later) harbored secret crushes on each other all four years. After high school, we went our separate ways; me to university out of state, him to the Army. 15 years went by. We met again when I finally finished graduate school and moved home to Maine. I took a job working at a school for children with autism in my hometown, and, much to my surprise, Michael worked there as well. We went out for beers after work, talked over our lunch breaks, and slowly got to know each other again. We decided to run a 5k together on St. Patrick’s Day, and as we were standing behind the finish line, he asked me to dinner. I think my initial reaction was, “Really? But I’m all sweaty and yucky!” After that, we were pretty much inseparable.
Michael knew I had been working some long hours, so when he suggested a weekend away with a ‘fancy dinner,’ I was all for it. It was November, but we decided to go to the Samoset Resort in Rockport anyhow – we figured it would still be beautiful, and it was. After checking in to our lovely suite, Michael suggested we take a walk on the breakwater. In my defense, it was about 15 degrees outside and the wind was blowing (and I didn’t suspect anything was afoot), so I nixed that idea and told him I’d rather go shopping in town instead. My very patient husband indulged me and, his plans being ruined, had to find another moment. He ended up proposing over a glass of wine in our room after dinner. It was perfect – private, comfortable, and very ‘us.’
Planning the Wedding
We knew we wanted to get married where we grew up – near Mount Desert Island. However, when we went to look at venues for our midsummer date, we found them either already booked, or out of our price range. We broadened the search and found Edgewood Farm just down the coast on Deer Isle. It was just what we wanted, a lovely old saltwater farm with an antique-filled barn and a relaxed, settled atmosphere. We then drove down to Stonington to look at the Catholic church. It exuded the same feeling as Edgewood – very classically New England, white clapboard siding, Maine granite altar, very simple, vintage and calm. We loved it.
Our venue decisions were the easy part – then came the decoration. I wanted to do much of the decor myself, and thus was born a six-month craft binge. We folded, glued, strung and beribboned our way to the wedding of my dreams. We scoured antique and thrift stores for depression glass and antique plates. Much to Michael’s dismay, I took over the garage and recovered chairs and a couch for an outdoor seating vignette. The whole thing was a ridiculous amount of work, but I loved every minute of it.
We bought most of our other wedding items online, including the flowers, my dress, Michael’s suit, and the lace for my veil. I had originally intended to wear my grandmother’s sweet juliet cap veil, but it was too fragile. I ended up taking pieces from hers and my mother’s and my bridesmaids and I sewed it all together the morning of the wedding. It was stressful, but one of my favorite memories. Finding our photographer was another online adventure – we actually met Audra through Love and Lobster! I read all about her quirky-chic wedding and after perusing her cute-as-a-button website, Michael and I agreed that she was perfect for us! We loved working with her, and the photos speak for themselves.
All in all, our wedding was perfect for us. Our settings were lovely, the day was warm and sunny, and we were surrounded by those who mean the most to us in our beautiful home state. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Photographer: Audra Bayette, Photographer