Sonya and Lucas honestly don’t know when they first met. It may have been in the halls of Plummer-Motz Elementary School that they first laid eyes on each other, or perhaps it was on the playground at recess, or on Nelly’s Bus 13. It’s likely their first interaction was sometime in the mid 1980’s in Falmouth, Maine — but it’s tough to say exactly when that was.
Growing up in the same small town in Maine means Sonya and Lucas had lots of the same experiences. They knew the same places, had the same teachers, and some of the same friends. But this is not a tale of childhood sweethearts… like all good things, this one took some time.
Lucas graduated from Falmouth High School in 1997, attended Brown University and moved to San Francisco. Sonya graduated in 1998, attended The College of William and Mary and then moved to Burlington, Vermont for medical school. It would have been tough for the two of them to get much further apart! Fast-forward 10 years to New York City, 2008: Lucas had recently moved east to follow his passion for music. Sonya had completed medical school and was doing her internship at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
One summer night, a friend of Sonya’s who also happened to be a college friend of Lucas’s invited Sonya to see a concert on 5th avenue. Lucas just so happened to be playing the drums, and Lucas and Sonya reconnected. Time passed, emails were exchanged … then, one cold day in February Lucas was invited to Sonya’s birthday party. He went, they had a great time, and soon after they went on their first date.
Sonya describes their proposal: We got engaged on a beach near our house in Connecticut, called Penfield Beach in Fairfield CT. I should have known because I woke up that morning to Lucas whipping up banana bread french toast (Lucas is not known for his cooking, so to see him in the kitchen was a big surprise!) Then we went for a nice walk and at the end of the point, Lucas proposed!
Sonya and Lucas chose Camden, Maine as their wedding location because a friend of Sonya’s had been to Camden for her honeymoon and texted Sonya 2 days after her own wedding to tell her that she and Lucas had to get married there. (Lucas and Sonya were not engaged yet!) When they did finally get engaged, and their wedding planner, Meagan of Maine Seasons Events, suggested the location as well, they drove up to visit and just fell in love with the spot, it was gorgeous/romantic, and very classic “Maine.” Perfect.
Working with Maine Seasons Events to design a sophisticated nautical Maine wedding, a color palette of navy blue, pink and gold was chosen. Sonya chose blue stripe elements throughout, inspired by her stationery design from Parrott Design Studio, including custom table runners from Maine Seasons Events and her shoes from J.Crew.
The design incorporated nautical elements of gold lanterns, vintage milk glass and mercury glass, bubble gum pink napkins and gold and pink paper lanterns. Romantic flowers designed by Emily Carter Floral Designs consisted of pink flowers and blue berries. Parrott Design Studio created the escort cards, that were pinned with gold pins in a vintage frame by Maine Seasons Events.
Retrospecticus band kept the dance floor full all night, even inviting Lucas up to play drums with them. There were some notable performances from friends of the couple as well, singing with the band at the end of the evening. The beautiful celebration closed with a gold sparkler send off at the harbor’s edge.
Photography: Michelle Turner Photography / Event Design & Planning: Maine Seasons Events / Props & custom linens: Maine Seasons Events / Floral Design: Emily Carter Floral Design / Dress: Vera Wang, Ghillian / Shoes: J.Crew / Navy sash: Britex Fabrics / Veil: Lucy’s Alterations, San Bruno CA / Bride’s Jewlery and flower girl necklaces: custom made by All Things Tinsel / Cinematography: McCormick Media / Invitations: Parrott Design Studio / Cakes and desserts: 3 Dogs Cafe / Reception: Camden Yacht Club / Rings: D. Cole Jewelers / Groom’s Suit: Freemans Sporting Club / Groomsmen Suits: Classic Tuxedo / Bridesmaids Dresses: Ports 1961 via Rent the Runway / Bridesmaids shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid clutches: ao3designs / Beverage Dinghy: Downeast Nautical Salvage / Band: Retrospecticus / Ceremony music: Stretta Ensembles / Officiant: Jay Erickson, friend of the bride and groom / Tent & rentals: One Stop Party Shoppe / Catering: Trillium Caterers / Ceremony/reception signs: handmade by Erin Gries, friend of bride and groom / Hair: Kim Doll, Camden ME / Makeup: Laurel Wiley / Lighting: John Griffin / Groom’s socks: SockBroker / Ties: Solid Color Neckties / Ring box: Groom’s grandfather’s, pillow handmade by mother of groom / Flower Girl dresses: Olivia Kate Couture / Bridesmaid robes: silkandmore / Wedding Favors: Blueberry Basket at Brock Farm / Tote bags: East Side Screen Printing