On a gorgeously sunny day in August, I made my way up the coast to one of my favorite quintessential Maine towns. As a professional wedding Officiant, I go above and beyond to offer my clients peace of mind that everything will run smoothly on their wedding day. I took a road trip to Camden, Maine a day in advance of Erik and Skye’s wedding to kick off their wedding weekend by gathering their whole wedding party for a fun ceremony rehearsal that evening.
Natural Beauty meets Simple Elegance on Wedding day in Camden, Maine
As I drove up the hill just beyond Mount Battie to the private home of the bride’s family friend, I was met with the most breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. As I grew closer, I took in the pristine greenery, natural landscape and salty air. It was the perfect setting for their intimate ceremony, where their closest friends and family would gather to witness the exchange of their vows. After months of getting to know each other, I had worked very closely with the couple to create a ceremony that reflected the story behind how they got here and what they looked forward to most about their future together. I was able to use their own thoughts and feelings and put them into words that flowed together gracefully and naturally – creating a meaningful, yet light-hearted ceremony and personal vows that they felt confident and eager to recite on their big day.
Their story took us all the way back to their very first days on earth, where they coincidentally ended up in the same hospital nursery. Reconnecting as young adults, they reminisced on the night they remember as a turning point in their relationship – the way he made her laugh and she, the girl from the rival town that showed sympathy for the guy on crutches at the time. They were growing on each other… In the eight years following that night at a friends house, there were so many little moments shared together that helped build the foundation in which led them to walking down the aisle that day in August.
A Sweet Wedding Ceremony
Erik and Skye valued having a ceremony that felt personal and unique – unlike any they’d witnessed before. Guests were welcomed to the sounds of live acoustic musicians and a breathtaking view of the ocean behind the arbor. I offered suggestions on different types of elements that would fit well within their ceremony and together, we curated the various pieces that flowed together. These included a reading done by Skye’s sister, personal vows to each other and a rope tying unity I’d written for them to complete the ‘true lover’s knot’, symbolizing the two of them coming together and the love they share. With the groom being a tug boat engineer and the bride having grown up by the ocean, this was a very meaningful moment for them.
After pronouncing them husband and wife, they were soon whisked away by boat to continue celebrating into the evening at their reception in the neighboring town of Rockland. It was truly a pleasure to collaborate with Erik and Skye to create their once-in-a-lifetime wedding ceremony. I am so thankful to hear them say that we worked so well together and how my support and dedication made them feel like they had the perfect wedding ceremony experience.
- Officiant – Vivianna Adams, Gateway Celebrations
- Photography – Annie Paige Photography
- Ceremony Location – Private Home, Camden, Maine
- Reception Venue – The Boat House, Rockland, Maine
- Florals – Seasons Downeast Designs
- Hair – Danielle, Rockport Salon
- Makeup – Quinn, Beauty Mark
- Rentals – Unknown
- Music – Creatures of Habit
- Cake – Unknown
- Planner – N/A
- Dress – Midcoast Bridal
- Videographer – N/A
- Lighting – N/A