My Best Friend’s Wedding

While we were home this summer, we had our third and final wedding of the year.  It was a big year for weddings for us – my cousin Meghan and her husband Mike in March in Boston, our friends Alex and Kathy also in March but in Barcelona and then Michelle and Dave up in Maine this summer.

This was a much anticipated wedding.  My forever single best friend, single no more.  And getting married to just the nicest guy that we all love and are looking forward to getting to know more.  The kids actually asked if they should call him Uncle Dave (I said it’s up to them).

For me it’s been strange talking about weddings with Michelle.  We’re in our 40s now and while I always hoped for this moment for her, as we grew older the expectations just changed.  I don’t mean that I didn’t think she would find someone as I always hoped that there was someone special out there – but more so I was just used to her always being single.  She would fly to visit us in Europe every summer and there were no ties holding her back.  When we lived in the US, I would stay overnight in her studio with her on occasional weekends…same when we would visit in the summers.  But now there’s a “boy” there!!!!

So the dynamic has been changing.  For me, it’s been a little hard to get used to but at the same time, I’m so excited for the adventure she has now embarked on.  And I’m excited for us to have this in common now.  But most importantly, I’m beyond thrilled that she has found the love of her life – her soul mate.  And someone who is willing to share that tiny studio apartment and not kill her 😉

I missed the bridal shower back in June which broke my heart.  Josh was in the US for work and we just don’t have the support system here to have someone watch the kids so I could be there too. It’s been hard being abroad for an event like this.  More than anything I wanted to be more involved in the planning, helping to pick out a dress, etc.  But with the 6 hour time difference and challenge to our schedules, that wasn’t meant to be so I did what I could from the Netherlands.

Thankfully, I was able to make it to the bachelorette weekend (which was way more mellow than I expected after having known Michelle for almost 40 years) and loved spending time with her and her other friends that weekend up in Portsmouth, NH.

The wedding was weeks later up in upstate Maine, not far from Bar Harbor.  Dave’s family has a beautiful island, Pond Island, off the coast of Milbridge.  The island is rustic in the perfect New England way.  It was a 6 hour drive up from Boston.  Josh flew in the 2 days before and the 4 of us drove up to Milbridge the day before the wedding.  There’s not much around Milbridge but we enjoyed a welcome evening and I got to see a lot of Michelle’s family that I hadn’t seen in years which was so great, especially introducing them to my little family!

The wedding day was perfect.  The weather was so much cooler than the 90s that it had been in the Boston area.  It was perfect for a wedding.  She had asked me to be the photographer for the wedding – something I was honored to do but also a bit terrified as this is a WEDDING – a huge day in someone’s life and I didn’t want to screw it up.  I took pictures of her getting ready and then it was time to head over to Pond Island.

They’d rented lobster boats to take the guests over to the island since it’s a private island with no ferry service.  I have never seen such a relaxed bride in my life. It doesn’t surprise me, that’s just her personality.  Though I’m sure the beauty of the ocean and the 20 minute boat ride also played a role with it’s magic.img_7949

We got to the island and it’s just stunning.  I wish we’d explored more and we’ll have to do that the next time we visit.  It’s just the perfect summer retreat – no mobile service, off the grid, an adventure waiting around every corner.  You really can’t beat it.

The wedding was held along the water near the edge of a small cliff.  The fog rolled in around the time the wedding started but it actually made it all the more mystical when the bag piper started – a surprise for Dave from his bridge.

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The ceremony itself was lovely and involved a lot of family – something that is so important to both Dave and Michelle.  There were tears and there was laughter and most importantly, there was a lot of love.  Love for each other and love for them both.

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It took all my energy to focus on taking pictures and not crying my eyes out at the beauty of everything around me – two of the most wonderful people I know celebrating their love and all the love that was around them.  It was overwhelming in the most beautiful way.

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The rest of the day was spent playing outside – cornhole, scavenger hunts, rope swings, frisbee and hula hoops.  I think everyone had a great time!

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Thank you Michelle and Dave for including us in your special day!!  We love you both!

Love,

Julie, Josh, Aidan and Liam

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