A Preppy Fall Wedding on the Coast of Maine

Real Weddings

Jackie and Chris grew up in the same small Connecticut town. They played in the same parks, haunted the same ice cream shops, cheered at the same football games. Yet somehow, romance never bloomed.

College separated the pair. Jackie attended a Big 10 school—Chris entered West Point. When he returned home from serving as an Army Ranger, the pair's paths crossed again in their hometown. They've been together ever since, they say.

In September 2011, Chris proposed while the couple was on vacation in Koh Pa Ngan, Thailand.

The tiny coastal town of New Harbor, Maine was the site for this couple's October affair.

They wed inside St. Patrick Church, where greens and white roses lined the aisle.

Jackie wore a lace Anne Barge with a green sash detail. Her flat, practical shoes were from Frye.

The bride's picked-from-a-garden bouquet was made of lavender and white roses and wrapped in ivory ribbon.

While Chris donned his military uniform for the couple's wedding ceremony, he changed into more casual attire in time for their reception. He wore a navy sport coat with khaki slacks and a colorful Salvatore Ferragamo tie.

Bridesmaids wore short lavender dresses by J. Crew, which they paired with custom-dyed pumps from Unforgettable Moments by Lela Rose.

Their bouquets were a mixture of pink dahlias and leafy greens that shared the same just-picked look as the bride's larger, purple bouquet.

Jackie and Chris purchased their wedding bands at Zwikker & Zacher, Ltd. in the Diamond District of New York City.

"We wanted to highlight all the colors of fall, the rustic elegance and purity of Maine, while remaining organic to our vintage style," the bride explains of the couple's choice of simple, natural reception decor, held at The Contented Sole.

Reception details were as organic as this couple's love story. Escort tags were stamped with fall-appropriate pumpkins, while tables were adorned with wildflowers, wooden crates, burlap and gourds. Table numbers were stamped with green ink and bordered with natural Kraft paper.

The couple hosted a cocktail hour, complete with Dark and Stormy and drinks served in mason jars.

The Bradley Inn catered the couple's reception, scooping out "160 mini pumpkins for our butternut squash soup," the bride says. The couple also served surf-n-turf. "Enough said," the bride quips.

After a lively reception—in which the couple danced to Neil Young's Helpless—Jackie and Chris departed for their honeymoon. They traveled to Baja, Mexico.

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick Church || Reception Venue: The Contented Sole || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anne Barge || Bride's Shoes: Frye || Bride's Wedding Ring: Zwikker & Zacher, Ltd. || Groom's Shoes: Gucci || Groom's Wedding Ring: Zwikker & Zacher, Ltd. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Bridesmaids' Shoes: Unforgettable Moments by Lela Rose || Bridesmaids' Accessories: White Owl || Florist: Marianmade Farm Fresh Florals || Caterer: The Bradley Inn || Stationery: Beacon Lane || Pies: Chase Farm Bakery || Entertainment: Wavelength Band || Photography: Cuppa Photography

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