Kristin and Melissa’s Rockport, Maine Wedding
Last December, when the new marriage law passed, I promised the first couple to book their same sex marriage a complimentary ceremony. Kristin and Melissa from Fort Worth, Texas were the lucky ladies. They set a date of July 27th and arrived for their Rockport, Maine wedding early enough to enjoy a nice break from the heat of summer in Texas. Their friends and family also escaped and traveled to Maine to share the day with them.
We met at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell a few days before the ceremony to get to know each other a bit and finalize some ceremony details. Kristin and Melissa are both just as sweet as can be and I was truly honored to be able to do this wedding for them.
The weather was as welcoming as a Saturday in July could possibly be. The ceremony was held on the patio overlooking the ocean and the guests watched while seated in Adirondack chairs situated in a semi-circle. L.L. Bean missed a great photo-op for their catalog.
I left with the most beautiful wedding favor…A sailboat themed, quilted coaster, hand made by the mother of the bride. It sits on my desk, a constant reminder of why I choose to spend my summer weekends doing this kind of work.
Best wishes Melissa and Kristin!
A reminder that weekends fill up quickly in the summer months, so be sure to call or e-mail early to reserve your wedding date.
In an earlier post, I committed to performing the first Maine same sex marriage booked at no charge. Needless to say, I was delighted when the subject of rates came up last night during a phone conversation and I was able to advise Melissa and Kristin that their ceremony was complimentary as they were the first couple to book.
Melissa must have thought only the ceremony was complimentary, as she asked what the mileage charge would be. I told her mileage was also complimentary and then she asked whether I would need overnight accommodations. I think she might have been a bit skeptical by the time I told her no overnight was needed either. Free is free ladies!
So…Melissa and Kristin are planning a small and relaxed ceremony on the coast of Rockport on July 27th of 2013. And they are traveling all the way from Forth Worth, Texas. They decided a December 29th wedding was not necessary and they could wait until July when it was warmer. As I sit here wearing three layers of clothing with my space heater turned up on high, I fully understand their reasoning.
Be sure to check back in July for updates and details on their ceremony. Perhaps they will even pose for a photo to add to the blog.
Congrats to Melissa and Kristin! I am looking forward to meeting you both and crossing fingers for the best weather that Maine has to offer on your day!
A date is set for Maine same sex marriage!
Town offices are able to issue Maine same sex marriage licenses as of December 29, 2012. Because the 29th falls on a Saturday, some municipalities are generously opening their doors specifically to issue marriage licenses for couples who wish to file their intentions on the very first day. So far, I am aware of some town offices planning to open from 9am to noon and others who plan to open at midnight. Please call your town/city clerk to inquire about special hours for this occassion.
Be sure to bring the following items with you when filing your intentions:
1) Photo ID’s
2) Official/attested document which ended your last marriage if applicable (divorce decree or death certificate)
3) $40 filing fee (best to bring in cash as not all town offices accept credit or debit cards)
Augusta: 12/29/12 – Open from 9am – noon
Gardiner: 12/29/12 – Open from 9am – noon
Portland: 12/29/12 – Open from 12:01am – 3:01am