Ohhhh boy have we got a treat for you today! As a Maine girl at heart, I am in love with Chelsey + David’s nautical nuptials. Their wedding was a true DIY affair, with everything from the rope boutonnieres to the amazing cake to the gorgeous invitations made in-house. Of course, we would expect nothing less from a Bee. Recognize a familiar face? Chelsey is better known in the blogosphere as Miss (now Mrs.!) Gloss of Weddingbee. Her and David’s ceremony took place on the S.S. Katahdin, a tugboat anchored off the Maine coast. One exception to the DIY rule? The ladies’ personal flowers, which were put together by The Cottage (207-695-0777). Huge thanks to Meredith of & Unlimited and Erica Lyn for sending this wedding our way!
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We started ‘going out’ my sophomore year of high school and have been together ever since! I would say our relationship started on the tennis courts, but we kept each other close by teaching ski lessons together and even working at a State Park for a few summers. When we finally tied the knot, we had been together for almost a decade.
Describe the proposal. We had been house hunting for a little while, so each day at work he would send me links to properties he liked to see what I thought. At about 3:00 on ’E-Day’ (which was a Friday), I got an email with a link to a property. I clicked on it and while scrolling through the pictures, I recognized a few of them as ones we had taken together at the park we used to work at. The last image had directions to meet him at the end of Long Wharf in Boston. I walked to the wharf to find David waiting for me. All I can really remember after that was this:
David: “Hi… do you want to be embarrassed?”
Me: “Um… no, not really”
At this point he pulled me behind one of the brick pillars so we were hidden from the view of everyone hanging out on the wharf, and proposed and, of course, I cried. He had made dinner plans at Mare, an Italian restaurant in the North End. So we ate good food, drank good wine and obviously followed the meal with gelato. When we arrived back at our apartment, he had a bottle of wine that he had been saving since he had come to visit me when I lived in Italy. So we relaxed with more delicious wine and called our parents to tell them the good news!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Relaxed, classic and charming.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? We wanted a classic New England wedding that was a true reflection of us. Since we decided our ceremony was going to be on a boat, we threw in a little dash of nautical.
What was your favorite design element of your big day? I loved all of our paper goods, especially our invitations. I hand printed them on 220# Crane Lettra which gave weight and importance to an otherwise casual invitation design. I painted the edges a bright yellow, to add an unexpected splash of color.
Your favorite detail of the wedding was: Can I say everything? I loved every detail, from the jars of homemade jam with the strawberries my mom handpicked, to the laser-etched escort cards with knots as table names. Most of all, I loved how all my family and friends came together to make the day perfect for us. So many people offered their time to help out and that is something I will never forget.