Meet Our Couples: Aimee and Mitchell

imageFirst Names: Aimee & Mitchell
Hometowns: West Hartford, CT & Scarborough, ME
Occupations: I’m the Director of Administration for a Head Start agency, he’s the Executive Chef for a fine-dining restaurant

Wedding Date: 8/8/2015
Location: Deering Farm in Scarborough, ME
Colors: Well, we started with rust orange, mustard yellow and sage green. At this point, it’s pretty much every color in the rainbow :-).
Vibe you are going for: Up-scale summer picnic with a vintage feel.

Let’s hear your love story!
When I was in my third year of college and Mitchell had just graduated from Johnson & Wales and started his cooking career, my best friend from high school, Lyndsey, and her then Boyfriend, Ben, invited me to a New Year’s Eve party in Boston. The party was being hosted by two of Ben’s best friend’s, Mitch and Rob. The whole drive up to Boston, Lyndsey and Ben were giving our other girlfriend all of the reasons she would LOVE Mitchell and should consider commencing flirtation with him; from his kind heart to his amazing cooking skills.
Turned out: that lovely lady didn’t stand a chance. When I was introduced to Mitchell (I can remember the moment like it was yesterday), I felt the butterflies that every cheesy romance movie alludes to. We both knew something would come of that connection. That crazy party was followed by an incredible weekend at Lyndsey and Ben’s apartment, lots of snow and delicious food. Mitchell and I then dated long-distance for about a year before we parted ways. I moved to Austin, TX, and he stayed in Boston to pursue his career in the restaurant industry.
There were several times over the next few years that Mitchell and I reconnected. In fact, we would both contend that we always knew the other would be there in the end. Fortunately, in July of 2012, we each played a role in Lyndsey and Ben’s wedding, and haven’t let go of each other’s hand since.

Thanks to Lyndsey and Ben, we’ve found a love that’s worth waiting for and worth fighting for. It is also thanks to them that we found Bethany & Dan!

View More: http://bethany-dan.pass.us/lyndseyandben

(A photo from Lyndsey and Ben’s wedding way back in 2012!)

What’s your favorite thing to do on any given Saturday together? Well, considering it is a very rare occurrence that Mitchell have a Saturday off, let’s change this to “Any given Sunday” (no, that movie was not written about us). Most weeks, Sundays are our only full-day with one another. We try to make the most of them; usually by choosing a delicious meal to either cook together at home or enjoy at a restaurant, going for a walk at the Arnold Arboretum (around the corner from our Boston apartment), going to a Red Sox game, or, if Mitchell wins the fight: bowling “a string” at Kings or hitting a bucket at the driving range. We also love to canoe and he loves/I try to love fishing. Our Sundays tend to be pretty unpredictable, but as long as we are spending them together, they come out OK.

What is one trait that you love about in your fiance? Mitchell is the most thoughtful and considerate person that I know. When it comes to purchasing a gift or making someone feel special, Mitchell has a way of “seeing” you, even if you are a difficult person to “see”, if that makes sense? I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never be as good of a gift-giver as he is, but I will die trying :-).

How did you/he pop the question? Mitchell and I went to visit his Family in Scarborough for Thanksgiving, 2014. We drove up in the middle of what turned-out to be a very intense snow storm; I was driving our brand-new Subaru and had white knuckles the entire way up. On Thanksgiving morning, Mitchell insisted on bringing me across the street to where the local nursery was growing Christmas trees on his Family’s land so that we could pick ours out to bring home after the Holiday. We drove the Subaru, and proceeded to get it stuck in over 2 feet of snow. After his Dad saved the day and traded us for his pick-up truck, we drove into the field to get closer to where all of the trees were planted. We hiked up the hill, taking our time exploring each tree; Mitchell would shake the snow off, I would give a yay or a nay…until we reached the top of the hill and looked down. At that point, I saw a tree that had been decorated with Christmas ornaments and began to inquire about it (“Do your cousins do that every year?”). As we approached the tree, Mitchell took my hand and walked me around to where I found a note wrapped up in a bow. He got down on one knee, and I cried like a baby.

Who was the first person you told about your engagement? We rushed back to Mitchell’s parents where his Mom was desperately waiting in the window, toasted over champagne and then I called my Mom and Sisters, followed by my Aunt, my Grandparents, and a group text sent to all of my best friends.

How did you decide where you wanted to get married? We’ve known all along that when it was time to get married, it would be on Mitchell’s family’s land. We love the outdoors, and we love Maine. It was a given!

What has been your favorite part of wedding planning? My favorite part of wedding planning is the experience of doing it all with Mitchell. After watching so many people that I love plan their own weddings, I am in shock at how involved Mitchell has been from day one. He wants to know about every detail, and he’s supported me through all of it. I’ve fallen even more in love with him as a result!

What do you look forward to the most about being married? I am so excited to call Mitchell my Husband. I’ve known him for almost 10 years and we have been through a lot, and it amazes me every day that it is possible for me to love him more than the day before. We are so excited to start a family together and to see what life has to offer us, our wedding day is like turning the ignition switch to the rest of what will come!

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  1. So sweet!! Sounds like a fairy tail or a best selling novel. I especially loved how he proposed.
    I’m sure your life together will be a continuation of the love story you are now living.

  2. I adore both of you and every single word of this! The pictures on this page are beautiful. We cannot wait to see you in person! So, so happy for your happy every after! Love you – Sara, Ryan, besher and Isaac <3

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150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville

Last March, I went to the 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Bentonville in Four Oaks, NC. I had never been to a reenactment before so I was very intrigued by it and looked forward to going for a few weeks leading up to it. (Thanks mom for the invite and ticket!) It was a marvel witnessing the sheer number of people who saddled up, dressed up, and showed up to do this. The uniforms were incredible, each unique while still being historically accurate. I found myself in the woods, completely by accident, as they marched to the battlefield! It was a perfect opportunity to photograph everyone up close since during the battle there was not much access for anyone to photograph since it was so far away on a flat field.

I still find it hard to imagine that the Civil War was only 150 years ago. Brothers and Friends fighting one another in the backyards of regular citizens. I wont get political here so I’m not touching “the discussion” with a ten foot pole, but for Dan and I, this war has always been fascinating. I highly recommend reading the book “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara and it wouldn’t hurt to watch the classic (1993) film “Gettysburg” if you really want to nerd out. (We own it….)

Here’s a rundown of what this battle was all about: http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/bentonville.html

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Happy Mother’s Day 2015

Happy Mother’s Day to our Moms.

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Photos thanks to Mike and Allie Photography.

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Meet Our Couples: Bevin and Thom

426708_815030664981_1052532237_nFirst Names: Thom and Bevin

Hometowns: Hamden, CT and Garden City, NY

Occupations: Thom is a writer, rock star and super hero. Bevin is a freelance theatre director and the Associate Producer at the Huntington Theatre Company

Wedding Date: June 20th, 2015

Location: Dorset, VT

Colors: Navy, Fushia, Blush, Orange and Red

Vibe you are going for: Just a simple, relaxed, Ol’ Fashioned Good Time.

Let’s hear your love story! 

It depends on which one of us you ask…but since you’re asking me, we worked together at the Huntington Theatre. A co-worker remembers gossiping about the cute new guy in our marketing department when Thom started to work in our office. We started to hang out at various openings and events and one night he walked me home and ended up kissing me. The rest is history.

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

We both have very busy schedules and Saturday nights tend to be work nights for me, so Saturday’s are usually spent going to see a show together but on nights we have off we cook a little dinner have a little boxed wine and home brew and sit on the couch and watch a movie. It’s heaven.

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

I only get to say one thing?! That’s hard. If I had to pick one I would say his open and friendly demeanor. Thom can start a conversation with anyone and anywhere, see their point-of-view and become friends with them.

How did he pop the question?

It was very us. I guess he had been planning it but didn’t have a real plan yet and one morning I was in the shower and I thought about some specific plans for our wedding that were very important to me and I got pretty emotional about it. I walked out of the shower and up to him in our kitchen, dripping wet and in a towel, I explained to him why I was crying and he got up and walked away. I thought “if he’s not going to get a ring right not I am going to smack him upside the head” but he was and he did and I said Yes.

Who was the first person you told about your engagement?

We both called our parents and then his sister and my brother.

How did you decide where you wanted to get married?

Like I said, I’m a workaholic. We were looking at venues in Boston (where we live) and Thom wisely said to me that if we did it in Boston that I would be working right up until the moment I said “I do”. He suggested we go to the only place that I am able to step away from work and relax, Dorset, Vermont. My parent’s have been up there for a few years. I love sitting by the quarry and the Barrow’s House is just down the road from my favorite place on earth.

What has been your favorite part of wedding planning?

Can I admit here that I actually haven’t loved wedding planning? I plan events and shows for a living, which should make it easier, but it feels too much like a job to me. There have been a few things I have enjoyed…spending time with Thom has been lovely, working together towards something. Everything in dealing with the dress has been a lot of fun. I went shopping in NY with my mother and in Boston with two girlfriends. I even loved the first fitting, I work at a theatre and one of the women in the shop is doing the alterations.

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

Getting to introduce Thom as my husband.

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  1. Congratulations Thomas & Bevin! I’m Tom’s mom’s cousin. I’ve never met him, but I know him through the Christmas pictures I received every year & the stories his mom tells. If Tom is anything like his mom, he is quite a character and Bevin you are in for quite a ride. I wish you both a lifetime of love & happiness. Best of luck Cousin Terry

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Out of the Office: We are in ICELAND

Hi readers! We will be out of the office from now until May 4, traveling to Iceland and then moving into our new apartment in Portland. We will get back to everyone as soon as we can once we are back in the USA and have a desk set up.

Since we have never been to Iceland, we dont exactly have a great landscape photo to share with you so here are our bags and our boots, packed and ready to go! Farewell for now! See you again soon!

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