Jill & Alex, How it all began
Jill & Alex meet in high school. All they knew at the time is that they enjoyed each others company. At one point Alex asked her out, and took her to a restaurant that had been a favorite of her families for years! From there things just kept getting better. In a quiet moment at home a few years later, Alex popped the question. He did it right, got down on one knee and surprised the heck out of her (in the best possible way!).
Pleasant Point Inn, When you're here, you're family!
Now here we are at the Pleasant Point Inn on Kezar lake in Lovell ME. The inn has been in Jill's family since 1900! I've enjoyed getting to know Jill and Alex, but hadn't meet them in person til this moment. They and their friends and family were so warm and welcoming. They made me feel right at home. Jill's grandfather offered me a cookie when he greeted me at the door. I knew at that moment this was going to be an epic day 🙂
Jill was beautiful, and Alex was sharply dressed as well. I had the opportunity to work with the super talented Brittany Jones who, along with her side kick Zach took amazing photos and video.
The ceremony was on the side lawn of the Inn with the breathtaking view of Kezar lake just feet away. The bridesmaids came down the aisle to an instrumental version of A Day without Rain by Enya. After a brief pause the brides dad walked her down the aisle to the instrumental version of Haley Reinhart's Can't Help Falling In Love With You.
The ceremony was sweet and emotional with a few light moments courtesy of their officiant Price Hutchins. After a kiss The new Mr & Mrs England were formally presented to their guests and they walked up the aisle to an instrumental version of You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban. It was a chili, but absolutely beautiful day. Even still guests were as much inside as outside enjoying all the beauty and elegance Pleasant Point Inn and Kezar lake have to offer.
Let the Party Begin!
When the time came, guests were invited into the ballroom, champagne was poured, The bridal party was introduced with the newlyweds coming in to Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson. When they got to the dance floor the bride laid her flowers down on the table while the groomsmen did a sweet dance step with the groom, and then The new Mr & Mrs Alex and Jill England took to the dance floor for their very first dance as husband and wife to Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce.
Deception at the reception
Alex handed his bride over to her dad for their dance. The chicken dance started, played for a few seconds, and the bride burst out laughing, and the correct song began playing, Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. It was a nice light moment. Next it was Alex's turn to dance with his mom, and it was only fair that he get pranked as well. As they took to the dance floor, "Hit The Road Jack" began playing. Everyone laughed including his mother Pamela, while Alex looked a bit surprised, and the correct song began - My Wish by Rascal Flatts.
To the Newlyweds!
The toasts followed. Best man Christopher Griffin began with a masterful presentation. Maid of Honor Emily O'Connor followed with a sometimes emotional, heartfelt toast. With that, dinner was served. a bountiful feast to be sure. The energy was high, and the guests would be ready to dance. Sure enough, as the dinner music gets more modern and peppy and we get into Motown and early 70's toes start tapping, heads start bopping, and voila, they are dancing!
We take a brief break as loud booms begin outside... Fireworks! The guests all head outside for an amazing fireworks display. Fairly short, maybe 10-15 minutes, but just awesome! Everyone came back in, Alex and Jill cut their wedding cake, and we danced like crazy people to everything from Grand Funk's Some Kind of Wonderful to Prince Royce. It was a grand evening, and I am so grateful to have been a part of it.
Happily Ever After...
Congratulations Jill & Alex! Thank you for asking me to be a part of such a very special day. I wish you all the best and hope you will stay in touch!