Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Some Of The Best Days Of My Life

Ten years ago this September I went on "vacation" with my fiancee and unbeknownst to our families, we eloped.
In June of that year we were dancing away at my mother's wedding when my never~been~married~before~fiancee announced "I don't want to do this. Any of this" as he motioned around the room. A good friend of ours who was dancing nearby and overheard us suggested we elope.
"You guys love Maine...you're going there soon too aren't you? Just get married there!" she said.

The following day when we were a little more ahem, clearheaded...I asked him if he was really serious about no wedding.
It wasn't because I needed to have a traditional wedding, I was divorced and had had as traditional a wedding as a former punk could possibly have.
(Except I wore pink, had our son walk me down the aisle, celebrated with a brunch reception so I could catch an early evening flight to London!But stay tuned because I plan to share that one too!)

He was dead set against a big wedding, and liked the idea of getting married while we were up in Maine in September.
So I put the wheels in motion.
We had already rented a house in Hull's Cove on Mount Desert Island Maine.
I had a custom dress made in duchess satin in NYC from Serafina Silhouettes.
I bought him a suit and got my son some fancy duds too.
I built a relationship with the town clerk of Bar Harbor who agreed to marry us herself.
We decided it would be September 6th on Otter Cliff in Acadia National Park at sunset.
I obtained permits and started to seek out a photographer per word of mouth.
My husband asked his childhood best friend if he and his then girlfriend would come up from NYC to be our witnesses. They agreed and we invited them to stay the rest of the week with us to hang out.
I waited too long to look for shoes for myself and the only white ones I could find in late August/early September were awful ones that were a size too big!
But I didn't even care...the thought of this was too exhilirating!
I was marrying the man who had become my best friend, an amazing stepfather, and the love of my life.
Want to see for yourself???

Ah, yes...I wasn't a blonde back then...I had an awfully crooked tooth that has since been fixed...and if I do say so myself, I had some pretty diesel arms, huh?

We took photos on the Shore Path in downtown Bar Harbor, Asticou Gardens and Eagle Lake in Acadia.
Winding it all down at sunset on Otter Cliff.
After we were officially hitched, we ate at The Burning Tree at our officients recommendation and my husband still talks about how phenomenal that meal was today.

I have started to look for a rental for this summer up there.
I can't think of a better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary than to go back with our children!

*excuse the crappy pic quality, i have no patience to scan photographs, i just took pics of them with my iphone and an unsteady hand!*


  1. No wonder you love Maine! :) Must must tell me if you will be up there this summer. In fact...DM (via twitter) me and I'll see it my sis knows of any rental deals in the Cape area.

    Such lovely photos. You both look so happy.

  2. I love this post. You can just see how happy you are and your son is adorable! Sharing the setting with your kids on a trip now sounds like a wonderful idea.

    And no fair that you are just as pretty with dark hair as you are blonde!!

  3. how sweet!! i love it. <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

  4. what a wonderful story!! i love your pictures. you look so in love and happy. happy anniversary!!

    i never saw myself getting married in a traditional wedding, either. i will probably elope as well. that sounds so romantic to me.

  5. Gorgeous!!! I love this post!! I also love Maine! ha ha...my Mom is from Maine and we used to go to Big Diamond Island every summer..

    What a uniquely beautiful story!! Love it!

  6. That is a really sweet story! I think if I could do it again... simple would be the way to go. Simple and full of love.

  7. what an amazing story...thanks for sharing...I feel like I know you better already:)

    You looked beautiful...and the happiness that you, your fiance and son had in your eyes is undeniable.

    Now I am dying to hear the pink dress story...don't keep me waiting too long.

  8. What a truly beautiful story, Eleanor. I think it's so easy to get caught up in the wedding day and lose sight of what should really be celebrated: the shared life to be spent together. It's clear that you two are just as much in love as you were when you were engaged -- it's wonderful!

    I especially love the picture where your son is standing behind you with his arms raised above his head. He looks so adorable and joyful!

  9. You have such great stories!! i wanna hear about the punk wedding though :)

  10. That is the best story EVER!! I did not want a wedding at all..this would have been more my style for sure. I love that it was just done on the fly- and just a few people. So perfect.

    You look so happy and in love.

    CONGRATS on your anniversary!!!


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