Allyson and Seth
Wedding at the Evergreen Chapel | Gorham, ME

Maine wedding photographer at Evergreen Chapel

How did you two meet and when?

We met in June 2015 at celebratory cook-out at our great friend Alisha’s house 😊 She got a promotion at work and Seth, who has traveled for work mostly in the Mid-Atlantic since 1999 and was hardly ever home, just happened to be working in New Hampshire for the summer and came to the party. It was exciting for everyone there (old friends and family of his who are also great friends with Alisha and her now husband) because they hadn’t seen him and so long. I was the only new face there and it was nice to meet him, everyone said he was such a nice guy who was so funny (and sure enough he was!) but was just always away for work. We talked some but to me he was handsome, sweet and funny but worked a lot far from home and to him I was pretty and humorously quick-witted but he wasn’t in a place to take on a relationship because of his job. A year later (while planning Alisha and Adam’s wedding!) everyone joked about he and I going to the wedding together. We went on our first date and the rest is history!

Brides: First impressions?

This guy has the most genuine laugh I’ve ever heard. He is really listening to me, he asks questions, he makes me laugh and is never missing an opportunity to make me feel beautiful, respected and admired.

Grooms: First impressions?

I asked him this and he said, “THAT girl is going to go out with ME?” Haha

He said he was “smitten” with me – I was smart, independent, beautiful, hilarious and genuinely wanted to spend time with him. (which he says he still isn’t quite sure why haha)

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First date details:

He came to my house to pick me up and he brought me flowers. I have never, ever had anyone bring me flowers on a first date. They were beautiful and smelled amazing. We went to dinner and stayed there for 3-4 hours talking about what we do for work, our hobbies, our families and our past. I remember he was really amused that I ordered a vegetarian quesadilla with chicken. I explained that you get the good veggies in the vegetarian version that you don’t get in the chicken version (broccoli, zucchini, roasted red peppers, etc.) – he still says he loves how resourceful I am and uses that as an example haha. We then went to this little dive bar in town that I used to go to in college. We had a drink and played ping pong (that is why it was a fan favorite) – we also still talk about how I beat him at 4 games in heels. We had each other in stitches laughing so much, it’s been that way ever since.

Describe the proposal:

It was so special. It was at the top of Quill Hill in Rangeley, ME. At the top of this “hill” you have a 360 pano view of Maine into Canada – gorgeous snow capped mountains and all the surrounding lakes. He had some close friends that live up there and we’d gone up at least once or twice a year to visit. We went up there to visit once and that is where he told me he loved me. We went up to visit one weekend in October in 2017. When we got to Rangeley he suggested we arrived at the right time to go see the sunset at the top of Quill Hill. When we got there, we got out and he walked to me to the same spot he told me he loved me, kissed my forehead and said he couldn’t imagine and didn’t want to imagine a life where we weren’t together. He got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful sunset as the backdropped. We popped a bottle of champagne he had hidden in the truck!

What makes you special as a couple?

For both of us, this is the best relationship we’ve ever been in. When we first met we both had just gotten out of long, unhealthy relationships. If I think of all the qualities that a great relationship should have, we have them all and sometimes I have to pinch myself. It’s not always perfect, life is so unpredictable but having a best friend for always with which you share everything is such an amazing experience. There is always trust, respect, honesty, thoughtfulness, appreciation, communication and so much unconditional love. Life happens anyway, so why not make it awesome by having someone that loves you dearly by your side?

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What are some unique aspects of your wedding day?

I’m biased but our wedding was the most fun one I’ve been to haha

We had a unique playlist for everything – the reception, cocktail hour, first dances, etc. We listened to some playlist we saw on Spotify or online that others had made and just realized it wasn’t “us”. When I met with Craig, our DJ, I was upfront about our style and when he asked me to elaborate I explained that I wanted our first dance to be to Steelheart. He said, “say no more, this is going to be awesome.” He was so fun to work with and planning the playlists was one of my favorite things to do with Seth.

We also had a caricature artist for our favors – this was amazing. I recommend this to anyone who will listen to me. It was so fun and I still hear about how special it was.

My bouquet was huge! I selected each flower that was in there and hand picked half from local farms. Alisha made it for me and it is actual 2 big bouquets that we zip tied together! 😊

Our cake topped looked like us and our pups!

Also, we got married at such a special place. Not only was this imagined and built by our best friends for their own special day, but we got to pick and plant the flowers for the surrounding gardens ourselves. All of it was so special to us and that meant a lot.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We went to the Samoset Resort in Rockland, ME. We were gifted a week there and we were so incredibly grateful. It was SO relaxing. We spent a day at the spa, a day hiking the local mountains, walked the breakwater and visited the local towns and shops. The most special thing about it though was a whole week together which we hadn’t had in so very long.

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Wedding Planner + Design: Alisha helped me plan! My day-of-coordinator was Ariel Thompson.

Wedding Dress Shop: Blush Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer: Essence

Bridal Shoe Designer: J. Renee (Finding a size 12 bridal shoe… one of the hardest things I’ve ever done haha)

Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Flowers and a family heirloom hairpin

Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole (from Men’s Warehouse)

Groom’s Shoes: Joseph Abboud Oxfords (from Men’s Warehouse)

Wedding Rings: Jared’s Galleria of Jewelry

Engagement Ring: Jared’s Galleria of Jewelry

Bridesmaid Dresses: Andrea’s Bridal and RenzRags Design of CA (Alisha’s Dress)

Groomsman Suits: Kenneth Cole (from Men’s Warehouse)

Ceremony Venue: Evergreen Wedding Chapel

Reception Venue: Evergreen Wedding Chapel

Event Rentals: Party Time Rentals

Photographer: Joshua Atticks Wedding Photography

DJ: Craig Ibarguen

Hair/Makeup Stylist: Hair: Jenna Richardson Make-Up: Elise Pierce

Invitation Design: Pretty Little Papers – Etsy

Floral Design: Alisha! Florals from Boston Flower Market, Ossipee Trail Garden Center, Little River Flower Farm and Broadturn Farm

Caterer: Personal Touch Catering

Wedding Cake/Desserts: Wedding Cake: Our Aunt Sandy Gluten Free Desserts: Bam Bam Bakery All Other Desserts: Cakes by Babbs

Wedding Favors: Caricatures by Melita Lewis of YOUR CARICATURE