First Name: Colleen
Hometown: Exeter, NH
Occupation: Assistant Director of the Honors Program at Northeastern University
First Name: Dan
Hometown: Attleboro, MA
Occupation: Administrative Coordinator in the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School
Wedding Date: September 26, 2015
Location: Camp Mataponi – Naples, Maine
Colors: All the colors…but mainly dark teal with grey and pops of chartreuse
Vibe you are going for: Whimsical and relaxed camp wedding
Let’s hear your love story!Â Â The world wide web was our matchmaker. We connected over our mutual love of Hall and Oates andÂ Friday Night Lights which led to our first date where Colleen awkwardly raised the roof while walking up toÂ the restaurant. It was then that Dan realized what he had gotten himself into.
Whatâ€™s your favorite thing to do on any given Saturday together?Â If Dan had his druthers weâ€™d make or go out for brunch and go on a walk around Jamaica Pond namingÂ strangersâ€™ dogs. That happens on occasion though sometimes delayed a bit by Colleen taking a ZumbaÂ class. Though as long as we are together anything can be made fun and itâ€™s own little adventure. ExceptÂ for trips to Ikea. That is a relationship crucible.
What is one trait that you love about in your fiance?
Colleen: Dan is a complete weirdo but as Dr.Seuss said â€śWe are all a little weird and lifeâ€™s a little weird,Â and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall inÂ mutual weirdness and call it love.â€ť He is also incredibly thoughtful and funny – Iâ€™m very grateful I found myÂ weirdo match.
Dan: Colleen is an incredible teammate in every sense of the word. She is constantly supportive of thoseÂ around her and knows when to make a joke or to light a fire underneath someone. She can adapt to anyÂ situation in order to give those around her what they need and Iâ€™ve benefited from this more often thanÂ anyone. Also, she makes a mean white sangria.
How did he pop the question?
Dan: Before I actually asked Colleen to marry me, a lot of people knew it was going to happen. MyÂ family knew because I was refitting my grandmotherâ€™s engagement ring to use as the one I would give toÂ Colleen, her family knew because I had asked her parents for their blessing a few months before, and allÂ of our friends knew because I couldnâ€™t stop talking about how much I loved Colleen and wanted to make itÂ legally binding. But most of all, Colleen knew it was happening because surprising her simply isnâ€™tÂ possible. Sheâ€™s too smart (Colleen: sidebar – I didnâ€™t make him write that).
We had planned a weekend in Bar Harbor and I figured Colleen knew it would happen that weekend, but IÂ could at least keep the exact moment a surprise. We went all around Acadia National Park with meÂ vaguely hinting that it could happen at any time. Iâ€™m sure she loved that! Finally, we got to Jordan Pond,Â the place where I knew I would ask her to marry me. I told her that she was my best friend and asked herÂ if she would continue to go on adventures with me for the rest of our lives. She said yes, and we took aÂ bottle of champagne to the top of Cadillac Mountain to celebrate. Looking back, Iâ€™m not exactly sure ifÂ that was â€śstreet legal,â€ť but it was an incredible moment.
Who was the first person you told about your engagement?
We were incommunicado on Cadillac Mountain and around Acadia National Park for a few hours butÂ once we had service again we called our families who knew it was coming but didnâ€™t know when.
How did you decide where you wanted to get married?
We knew we wanted to get married outside and near water and in a relatively relaxed atmosphere andÂ Maine has always held a special place to us. When we stumbled upon Camp Mataponi we knew it wouldÂ be the perfect place to bring all our crazy friends and relatives together.
What has been your favorite part of wedding planning?
Colleen: Seeing all of the pieces come together and finding ways to be creative.
Dan: Earning Colleenâ€™s trust to put the stamps on all of the invitation R.S.V.P. cards. It was a big momentÂ for me.
What do you look forward to the most about being married?
Colleen: Filing jointly…wait, no…getting a dog!
Dan: In addition to getting a dog, and to spending the rest of my life with my best friend (likeÂ one does), Iâ€™m pretty excited about the switch from saying â€śfiancĂ©eâ€ť to â€śwife.â€ť