First Names: Andarla & Tim
Current Hometown: Boston, MA
Occupations: Recruiter and Product Manager
Wedding Date: October 16, 2017
Location: Bar Harbor, Maine
Colors: Whatever October in Maine wants to serve up
Vibe you are going for: Intimate, Eclectic, Radical
Let’s hear your love story!
We met while we were both teaching as part of Teach For America in Colorado Springs. TFA held a happy hour where first-year corps members (Andarla) could meet second-year corps members (Tim). The rest is history.
What’s your favorite thing to do on any given Saturday together?
We’re early risers, because our dog likes to wake us up at the crack of dawn. We take a nice walk together, and then ease into the day with coffee, a comically-large breakfast, and a word puzzle or crossword. We then find something fun to do around town (going to a movie and eating way too much popcorn) or head out to the mountains or beaches with our pup. We also like to imagine ourselves as “foodies” (too much Food Network television does that to a person) and are keen on exploring new restaurants.
What is one trait that you love about in your fiancé?
Andarla: Tim is the type of person who can easily catch somebody else’s excitement about something. When we first started dating, I wanted to build a terrarium in a book (I have a long and complicated relationship with Pinterest), and Tim spent hours with me with an Exacto knife cutting dictionary pages. When I wanted to paint furniture, when he had the (really terrible, messy, but still fun) idea of making our own candles, when someone got a deck of Will Shortz NPR Sunday Puzzles and it was all he talked about for four weeks straight, or when he wanted to learn to make fancy cocktails–the list goes on. I really love that Tim throws himself into everything with sincerity and reckless abandon.
Tim: Andarla pushes me in all the ways I need to be pushed. She makes me laugh when I take things too seriously, and makes me take things more seriously when I’m taking them too lightly. She reminds me to slow down to enjoy the things happening in the now, while also pushing me to think about the future. She pushes my thinking about everything. Oh, and she’s way handier than I am around the house, which doesn’t hurt either.
Tell us your engagement story.
We’ve been together for 6 years and have always had good, healthy conversations about what it means to be partners. We decided together that this was an important step in our growing partnership together. In deciding — no rings, no fanfare, a mutual agreement — we were engaged.
How did you decide where you wanted to get married?
We visited Bar Harbor during a camping trip to Acadia National Park in 2015. We both felt such good vibes in that space and in that experience. When we started wedding planning, we agonized over potential wedding venues and could not find anything we liked. When we thought more expansively about possible locations, we both realized that Bar Harbor was a place to which we felt some kind of mysterious and magical connection, as individual people and as a couple. Once we embraced that realization, it was a no-brainer.
What has been your favorite part of wedding planning?
Honestly? Selecting our photographers. It was neat to look through the various options available and to see how photos turn out. It gave us a pretty good sense of the things we wanted and didn’t want. We were glad we were able to find Bethany and Dan, whose work we loved and whose personalities were a great fit for us, too.
What’s one “genius moment” you had while planning your wedding that was a game changer for you?
We decided to elope on a cruise (and get married on the first stop on that cruise). Once we made that decision, planning the wedding became something that we were actually excited about doing. The process became a whole heck-of-a-lot less daunting and way more fun, too.
What do you look forward to the most about being married?
That it won’t be a lie anymore when Tim refers to his “wife” in disgruntled Yelp reviews. Just kidding.
In talking about what we want in our marriage, we look forward to more of the same and a continually evolving and growing partnership. Plus we’ve heard that the tax breaks are pretty awesome.