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