Maine Seaside Destination Wedding: Georgia & Sarah
July 18, 2015
Georgia and Sarah met at a “lesbian dive bar” in Greenwich Village, New York. They talked for a long time, maybe an hour, but didn’t exchange numbers that night. A couple of weeks later, they ran into each other at an art gallery opening. It was completely serendipitous to meet a stranger in New York twice. However, they had a lot in common – Georgia is an artist and Sarah is a curator, which lead them both to be at the art opening that night.
Georgia proposed to Sarah in the threshold of their Brooklyn apartment. She had planned to propose at their favorite brunch spot, and had even coordinated with the staff there. But, when she picked up the ring, she took the train home and just couldn’t wait another minute. She knocked on the apartment door, got down on one knee holding the ring out, and waited. Nothing happened.
She went downstairs to the little gym in the basement and peaked in the window. There was Sarah on the elliptical working out while watching TV and laughing hysterically. Georgia waited in the hall until Sarah went back to the apartment, and then again, knocked, got down on one knee, and waited. This time Sarah opened the door in her gym clothes and was completely, blissfully surprised.
Ogunquit, Maine is special to Georgia and Sarah. Georgia has been going there with her family every summer since she was a little kid. She and Sarah spent many vacations there and love the town, which is a gay vacation destination. They appreciate how welcoming and accepting it is.
They were drawn to their venue because of its location, but the general manager sealed the deal. She was so professional, helpful and understanding. She was a huge part of why the wedding was such a success.
Georgia did almost all of the planning, with some assistance from their moms. Georgia’s helped pick the flowers and details at the venue, and Sarah’s helped choose the photographer. Planning an East Coast wedding from the West Coast was the most difficult part for Georgia, along with finalizing the guest list. They wanted a wedding for 40 guests, but ended up compromising at 63, which was the absolute maximum for the space. In the end, the compromise was the right decision.
Georgia and Sarah shared their favorite wedding detail, and both chose the same thing – their wedding bands. Georgia said, “For me the wedding bands were particularly special; I had a very particular idea of what I wanted, which was for us each to have a ring with each other’s name, not etched inside, but actually carved into the ring. I also wanted a more square-cut ring for myself, like my Dad’s wedding band. I worked with a jeweler and together we were able to come up with the perfect design for me and Sarah– I love my ring and I love seeing Sarah’s name on my finger.”
Sarah agreed, saying, “I love our rings, too! I love that my ring says Georgia’s name and that it isn’t a totally traditional wedding band. It pairs perfectly with my engagement ring, which is a very traditional ring. I was also wearing earrings that had belonged to my great-grandmother and a bracelet of my grandmother’s.”
While Georgia and Sarah are Jewish, they didn’t have a Jewish wedding ceremony. They still wanted to incorporate some of the traditions such as breaking the glass. When it came time, Georgia jumped in the air with both feet and landed on the glass. It was a surprising, exciting and joyful moment.
Georgia’s favorite wedding memory was when the music started and it was time to walk down the aisle. She shared, “I spent so much time picking the music, I really wanted it to be perfect and it was. The song was a Vitamin String Quartet cover of Towers, by Bon Iver. I knew that if I didn’t listen to it all the time I would just burst out crying when I heard it during the wedding, so I practiced listening to it over and over for weeks. When it finally came on I had a big smile on my face, and Sarah started crying! I was like, I told you so! It’s an incredibly beautiful piece of music and when I hear it, I still feel like I’m holding hands with Sarah, walking toward the ocean. It is such a happy feeling.”
Sarah’s advice for other gay couples, and really, all couples, is to make sure you’re surrounding yourself with people who love and support you so you can fully celebrate. Georgia added that couples should make sure your venue and all of your vendors are same-sex couple friendly, as well as experienced. Their photographer, for example, had experience with shooting same-sex couples and understood that photos should not be staged as if one of them was the “man” and one was the “woman”. That kind of equity was important. Even though Georgia wore a suit and Sarah wore a dress, they both wanted to look feminine and beautiful in their photos, and for them not to be overly hetero-normative. Ultimately, they were thrilled with their photos and felt that they captured the spirit of the day.
Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors
Photographer: Aphrodite Wedding Photography // Jewelry: Adamas Fine Jewelry // Dress Designer: Nicole Miller // Shoes: Pour La Victoire // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Sharpe Suiting // Event Venue: Beachmere Inn // Floral Designer: F…as in Flowers
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