It was such an honor to photograph Stacey and Eric’s June 3rd, 2017 wedding! The wedding ceremony took place at the Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth, Maine and was followed by an elegant reception at the Hilton Garden in Downtown Freeport. After the parents, wedding party and bride and groom were announced into the reception, they received heartfelt toasts and speeches from the best man and maid of honor. Everyone then enjoyed a buffet-style dinner which included various salads, roasted vegetables, chicken and carved beef. Stacey and Eric took the dance floor and shared an unforgettable first dance, followed by Stacey’s dance with her father and Eric’s dance with his mother. After the cake cutting, they did a bouquet and garter toss and the rest of the evening, the dance floor was open to everyone. All in all, it was a beautiful day. I asked Stacey to share a few more details about their special day:
When and where did your engagement take place? Please describe the proposal.
Eric proposed to me by China Lake in China, ME two days before Christmas 2015. Eric and I went out for a drive and made a pit stop at China Lake. Sometimes we do this to just enjoy the beautiful views of the lake, so I didn’t really think anything of it. We got out of the truck and before I knew it, he was on one knee with a ring in his hand asking me to marry him. It all happened so fast and was a complete surprise to me!
What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?
Prior to planning, we thought we wanted something small and low key. As we got into planning and really envisioning what the day would look like and who we wanted to be there, the wedding grew to be a much larger event. In the beginning we were toying with a country theme, maybe a barn wedding like so many do these days. However, as we looked at venues, our vision changed to a more elegant look—we eventually settled on a church in Yarmouth and a reception location at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. We were very happy with our choice!
What was your color palette and your style vision?
Our wedding was a mix of rich royal blue and even toned yellow colors. We were going for a summer feel and the colors ended up being beautiful together. It’s funny because one of the main colors for my mom’s wedding was royal blue---I had no idea when I chose my colors, but it just goes to show the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It’s something I will always look back on with a smile.
What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?
The favorite moment of the wedding day was being able to share the experience with all of our closest family and friends. It was a day filled with love, laughter, and contentment. Oh, and saying “I do” was pretty great too!
What song did you do your first dance to?
Our first dance song was Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not by Thompson Square. That has been “our” song since we started dating 6 years ago so we knew it had to be the one we danced to on our wedding day.
Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.
As I mentioned, the wedding colors were royal blue and yellow---the bridesmaid dresses were royal blue, so the flowers were yellow. The bridal bouquet was a mix of yellow roses, yellow carnations, green hydrangea, and baby’s breath. The bridesmaid bouquets were a mix of yellow carnations, green hydrangea, blue irises, and baby’s breath. The blue irises in the bridesmaid bouquets were my favorite.
My wedding gown was by far my most favorite part of planning the wedding. The satin gown featured an illusion neckline with a gorgeous lace back. It fit like a glove!
Venues: Sacred Heart Church and Hilton Garden Inn
Second Photographer: Autumn Wells
Florist: Wildflower Florist
Hair: Epic Image Salon
Dress: Blush Bridal
Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Rings: Day’s Jewelers
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Andrea’s Bridal