Before Erin and Jonathan, I had never been to Spring Point Light or Fishermen’s Point in South Portland. I have lived in Maine all my life, yet still – never. As soon as I made the trip to check out their spots before the wedding day came, I understood immediately why these places hold such a special place in Erin and Jonathan’s hearts, and why they had chosen these locations to make their commitment to each other. They had expressed to me how important it was to them to be grounded in nature on their wedding day, and as I stood on Fishermen’s Point with the salty sea air whipping up over the ledge and between the little fishermen’s shacks, I could not imagine a more perfect place for these two to tie the knot.
Erin and Jonathan officially met 8 years ago through mutual friends at a party, but it wasn’t until 2017 that their paths crossed again and they realized just how right they were for each other. Erin’s best friend, Molly, decided to treat Erin to a trip to Ireland to celebrate her 30th. It was decided that on the trip would be Erin, Molly, Erin’s mom, and a few friends. At the last minute, when one of their friends was unable to go, Jonathan happened to be the replacement, and Erin and Jonathan “met” again at the Boston airport. Below, you can read their love story as told via answers to questions they received separately on questionnaire’s I send to all my wedding clients.
Getting married during a global pandemic is a feat in and of itself, but despite plans constantly shifting, Erin and Jonathan were determined to make it work. The ultimate plan was for a small elopement with just 15 guests, all of them having been tested prior to the wedding day. Erin and Jonathan were very cautious and considerate of the health and safety of all of their guests and vendors, and Erin’s friend, Becky, even sewed handmade masks for everyone to wear! (Pictured below.)
By the time their wedding day came, things had fallen into place. The weather could not have been more perfect; low 70’s with a breeze, and overcast. From Erin’s maid of honor’s apartment in Portland, to Jonathan’s hotel, to Spring Point for their private vows, to Fishermen’s Point for the ceremony and Willard Beach, then finally Saltwater Grille for the reception, I walked through their wedding day in awe of the attention to detail and love they put into every little aspect.
Erin and Jonathan’s wedding day was the first time I was asked to photograph private vows. We were able to find a somewhat quiet spot behind Spring Point Light at the end of the breaker, and the two of them stood in the breeze and read some of the most genuine and heartfelt words I have ever heard, and let me tell you – the tears were rolling on the other side of the camera, too.
After the winding road to where they are now, Jonathan’s admiration for Erin only grew.
Keeping with their Irish beginnings, Erin and Jonathan, together with their officiant, Emica, incorporated an Irish blessing stone ritual into their ceremony. It made they day even more special, and gave each guest the chance to share their wishes with Erin and Jonathan during the ceremony.
All in all, witnessing these two tie the knot was definitely a day I will never forget. The love between these newlyweds is not something you see every day. Every moment of their day was full of loving intent. All of their words were tender and genuine. There is no doubt in my mind that they both intend to keep every promise they made to each other. I am absolutely thrilled for them and was honored to be a part of their wedding day.
Wedding Gown: BHLDN
Wedding Bands: Day’s Jewelers
Officiant: Emica Beaudet / Cottontail Couples
Hair + Makeup: Stephanie Lyman / Flawless Professional On-Site Hair and Makeup
Videographer: Elliot Gagnon / Elliot Gagnon Productions
Florist: Heidi Cook / Mountain Roots Farm
Cake: Taylor Whitcomb / Village Baking Co.
Reception Venue: Saltwater Grille