The love story of Zoe and Theo

October 17 • 2012

Zoe + Theo

9.8.12

Sorrento, Maine

Although we now live in California, Theo and I knew that we’d have to get married in the tiny town in Downeast Maine where we first met ten years ago. The place was so special to us that we had to share it with our friends and family, even if it meant some long flights for them.

I had some concerns about planning a wedding from the opposite side of the country, but as soon as we found our wedding planner, Sandy Shapiro-Hurt, I knew that everything would come together beautifully. Sandy made planning a wedding surprisingly painless because she totally understood what sort of wedding we wanted and she made it happen. She was invaluable throughout every step of the process, especially in the days leading up to the wedding when I started to get a little nervous! She took care of all the details and also talked me through worries about the guest list and the weather and other intangibles. Finally, she designed all our flowers and they were just gorgeous — she even incorporated some flowers from my mom’s garden into my bouquet and the other table arrangements.

Lodging in our part of Maine is limited, so we rented houses for our guests to stay in for the week and encouraged them to come to Maine early and make a vacation of it. We started things off with a cocktail party on Thursday night, and we invited everyone to a lobster bake on the Town Green overlooking the harbor and Mount Desert Island for our rehearsal dinner on Friday. As soon as our first guests arrived that week, Theo and I both started to get pretty excited. It was all happening!

We’d had questionable weather the week leading up to the weather, but by our wedding day I didn’t care anymore. It was a bit windy, but I’d only later learn that the wind was a result of Hurricane Leslie kicking up some weather. Nonetheless, I did some yoga outside with my maid of honor and then it was time to start getting ready! Theo and I didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, so he took photos with his groomsmen and I took photos with my bridesmaids and parents before the ceremony. The weather turned out to be a boon as the light in these photos is stunning!

The ceremony went by in a blur (I surprised myself by crying during the vows), and then we were married! Emilie, our photographer, was great at doing the family portraits really quickly because we didn’t want to miss too much of our cocktail hour! After the family portraits were done, Theo and Emilie and I hopped in a limo to take some photos by the town dock. This turned out to be a great part of the day — it was just us and Emilie and we had a chance to be together and let the reality of what had just happened sink in. There may have been some fist pumping and a good amount of kissing.

Of course I’m biased, but our wedding reception was the very best. My cheeks hurt from laughing so much all night, and everything went off without a hitch! Sandy decorated the historic library where we had our reception (and where Theo and I had our first kiss!), with the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen, and the food and the cake and the drinks were delicious. Our DJ managed to get every single person dancing the whole night, and our Jewish friends even hoisted us in chairs for the Hora at one point. Our vendors were all wonderful, and we’re very thankful that they made our wedding so easy for us and so pleasant for our guests. Theo and I feel very lucky that everything came together so well — we had done so much groundwork with Sandy and with arranging a long weekend for our family and friends that when our wedding day finally arrived we were able to relax and focus on the joy and fun of the event.

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photographers: Emilie and Megan, emilie inc. photography

ceremony: Church of the Redeemer, Sorrento, Maine
officiant: Rev. Tim Morehouse
reception: Sorrento Public Library, Sorrento, Maine
coordinator, flowers: Sandy Shapiro-Hurt, Bea & Company
caterer: Cleonice
ceremony/cocktail musicians: Fiddlehead
dj: Logan Feeney, Sidekick DJ
hair/make-up: The Alchemist Salon
invitation: Lettuce Press
honeymoon: Turkey

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