April Weddings in Maine
I love April weddings in Maine, I really do. My wife and I got married in April. Yes, you may save a little money because it's considered off season by many wedding industry professionals, but there are so many more reasons to love an April Wedding. In many cases it's our first month where we see consistent temperatures above freezing. The sun feels so good, even if it barely hits 50 degrees.
By the end of April we're pretty close to shirt sleeve weather. It's certainly close enough to be comfortable in a full suit or for a nice matching shawl. Just as with November weddings, any snow is very short lived. Even if it does snow on your wedding day, it's gone a couple days later, like a movie set you don't have to clean up.
As always likely in Maine in April, there was a weather scare. It actually turned out to be much ado about nothing, leaving us with a beautiful mid 40 degree spring day.
The Wedding Ceremony
Troy and Rebecca chose the Saturday after Easter, a perfect weekend for a church wedding. They got married at Gorham Congregational church in Gorham Maine. What makes the week after Easter so right for a church wedding are the Easter flowers still decorating the church. It really makes for a naturally beautiful scene truly fitting spring. After the ceremony, their guests walked over to Spire 29 on the Square where upbeat jazz, Hors d'oeuvres, and Limoncello shots awaited. We'd all worked so hard preparing for this day with our newlyweds, and I was excited for them!
Troy's parents arrived first, and I had a really nice chat with them. Soon after the rest of the Bridal Party followed. I gave them a few minutes to relax and warm up before coming down to greet everyone. I gave the best man and maid of honor a pep talk (and a few microphone tips), and got everyone lined up for introductions.
The Wedding Reception!
They entered to You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates. Their first dance was a shortened version of Haley Reinhart's Can't Help Falling In Love to match a choreographed routine they learned. It was absolute magic! Troy danced with his mom to a very shortened version of Forever Young by Rod Stewart creating a really sweet moment.
The toasts followed by Best Man Jacob, Maid of Honor Jessica, and brother of the bride James. They went from off the cuff (Jake) to extremely structured (Jim). All were beautiful and heartfelt with many fun stories. Dinner followed courtesy of http://www.lakeregioncaterers.com/ who put together an amazing meal for everyone. Once dinner was over, people began to mingle and enjoy the photo lounge set up in the balcony at Spire 29. I enjoyed watching people dancing to the peppy end of dinner tunes while waiting their turn to snap a fun photo.
When the newlyweds came back from the photo booth it was time to cut the cake, and get the dancing going! The floor was packed in short order, and stayed brisk for the majority of the evening. There were breaks for The Anniversary dance, the bouquet toss, and the newlywed game, or Shoe Game as it's become known. I wish I could have bottled the energy in the room! The guests learned more about what the Bride and groom new about their new spouse - including a fun story of how they first meet, and a challenge for the rowdiest family.
Happily Ever After...
Dancing and Merriment continued until the last song. At the end of the night, the newlyweds began their happily ever after with Home by Michael Buble. Then they were off to begin their lives together.
Thank you so much Rebecca and Troy, for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of your wedding day! It's been an honor and a pleasure, and I wish you all the best in your journey through life together.