Meet Our Couples: Ian and Eliza

(The Photo: Driving up the Pacific Coast Highway in 2015)

First Names: Eliza and Ian

Current Hometown: South Portland, Maine

Occupations: Eliza is a high school advisor at TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Southern Maine. Ian is director of Mano en Mano / Hand in Hand, a nonprofit in Milbridge, Maine.

Wedding Date: October 14, 2017

Location: Grace Restaurant, Portland, Maine

Colors: Burgundy and Navy

Vibe you are going for: Laid-back with plenty of time for our family and friends to get to know each other.


Let’s hear your love story!

We first met in May 2011 when Eliza visited an event where Ian works. In the fall, we happened to be taking the same class at College of the Atlantic. That October, we met up to chat and didn’t leave until several hours had passed. We had our first date a little while later (Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor!). Since then, we’ve spent lots of time together, had opportunities to travel, and settled into our first home.

What’s your favorite thing to do on any given Saturday together?

Ian: making breakfast together and relaxing.

Eliza: that’s what I was going to say!

What is one trait that you love about in your fiancé?

Neither of us could narrow it to just one! We both like how we balance each other out and push each other. It was hard to write this all without sounding too cliché so we’ll save the rest for our vows 🙂

Tell us your engagement story.

We decided to get engaged on the fifth anniversary of our first date. Eliza planned a few walks on the coast and lunch, and Ian offered a special necklace and (the) ring at Fort Williams State Park as the sun set and the moon rose over the water. We finished the beautifully warm fall day at Grace, where we’ll be celebrating our wedding one year later (well, 364 days later).

How did you decide where you wanted to get married?

 We wanted a place that was close to home, unique, and easy for our guests to enjoy their visit to Portland.

What has been your favorite part of wedding planning?

We enjoyed making our wedding website (and Google Maps of our favorite spots in town) and invitations. They helped us focus on what was important to us and what we wanted our guests to experience.

What’s one “genius moment” you had while planning your wedding that was a game changer for you? 

Focusing on what we (and our guests) would enjoy most instead of just worrying about tradition. We’re having our “rehearsal dinner” as a Welcome to Town at a local brewery and we’re forgoing the wedding party. Although we both love outdoor weddings, having our wedding at Grace means we don’t have to worry too much about the weather (or transportation).

What do you look forward to the most about being married?

Seeing our wedding photos from Bethany and Dan! In all seriousness (and that’s serious too), right now there is so much going on that we’re most looking forward to our honeymoon where we’ll get to spend two weeks together in South America.

See their engagement session here.

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