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Donna Mrowka & Patrice Roy Wedding

Living in Arizona has its advantages: the beautiful mountains, the warm winter months and no snow – at least in the area we live. But, truth be told, we are coastal girls at heart, having lived there most of our lives.

In June 2015, same-sex marriage became the law of the land. Ecstatic with the thought of celebrating our love, we knew we would head to our beloved state of Maine, and so the planning for a destination wedding was immediately underway. There was never any doubt that we would wed in Maine, but the logistics of planning a wedding from 2,600 miles away was intimidating.

First, the venue – after much research, and already knowing we wanted a "Maine feel” wedding, we chose the McKernan Center at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. It is quintessential coastal Maine. We loved the location, the intimacy of the setting, and the fact that there were a handful of guest rooms that could be rented for the event. We also liked the fact that students of Southern Maine Community College staff the facility, and that was a great way to support our home community. They did not disappoint, they were tremendous to work with.

With the help of family, and a very dear friend who took on some wedding planning duties, we were convinced that this was truly going to be an epic event. Having lived in different parts of the country, we can say without a doubt, Maine people are GREAT to do business with. We knew that our out of town guests would experience first-hand Maine hospitality. Planning the destination wedding in our home state allowed us to use the services and vendors that we knew from living in Maine most of our lives. We pampered ourselves with a spa day before the wedding at The Regency in Portland, and we ordered the gluten free wedding cake from Ice It Bakery in Yarmouth. Our friends and family were lifesavers! The week before the wedding friends were busy with flower arrangements and bouquets, and they also provided homemade desserts, which were an extra special treat. We wanted tables decorated with the beauty of fall in Maine, so we used sunflowers to adorn the reception tables. It was important to us that our wedding favors reflect Maine and our love for the great state, so we ordered blueberry jam from Worcester’s Wild Blueberry Products. They were a joy to work with and put our minds at ease. Each vendor who was part of making our day special, from 8th Street Entertainment to CVC Catering Group, was professional and went out of their way to make it easy for us to do business. The wedding photos were DIY style – friends took high-quality photos of the guests, the venue, and the wedding party, with Spring Point Lighthouse as the backdrop.

When October 1, 2016 finally arrived we were thrilled to be surrounded by family and friends in a place that will always be home. With the Casco Bay Ferry passing by, and the Calendar Islands in the distance, the ocean was the canvas for our portrait as we walked down the aisle to the edge of the Atlantic. We were thrilled to recite our vows before those we love as the Honorable Ethan Strimling presided. Thanks to the care and attention provided by the vendors with whom we worked, we could not have imagined a better day for our Maine wedding.

Written by: Donna Mrowka & Patrice Roy

Photography by: Mallory Richter of Brunswick

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