Chris + Tracee
REAL WEDDINGS-February 2013
APRIL 28 | PORTLAND
Photographs by Denise Farwell and Stephen Phillips of emilie inc. photography
After spending seven years together, Tracee answered with an unequivocal yes! when Chris popped the question. Married by Chris’s uncle, their wedding was pure fun—modern meets traditional, stylistically. They used the Old Port as a playground, taking photos in the streets, collaborating with local vendors, and getting wild at Grace for their reception. The couple, both University of New Hampshire graduates, wowed 180 guests with a first dance they had spent months rehearsing to the song “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! A variety of mouth-watering appetizers was served instead of a sit-down dinner, so as not to impinge on time spent dancing, which the Bob Charest Band made easy to do.
“WE LOVE PORTLAND! WHEN I SAW GRACE I KNEW IMMEDIATELY THAT IT WAS WHAT I HAD BEEN ENVISIONING FOR OUR WEDDING.”
Tracee and Chris always try to support local businesses when they can, and had a wonderful experience working with the jewelers, Lily in particular, throughout the entire selection and purchasing process.
that reception venue?
“Grace is an absolutely stunning place,” says Tracee. “It was perfect for our cocktail reception—it needed minimal decoration and the staff was so great to work with and the food is phenomenal!”
Tracee went to Fabu on a friend’s recommendation. Lucy did her hair and makeup, and knew the exact look she wanted to achieve. Even Chris, who prefers Tracee’s natural beauty, mentioned how much he liked it. “She did such a stellar job and was so friendly,” adds Tracee.
“East End Cupcakes really goes into bold flavor territory and even custom-built a larger cupcake that we could feed each other, instead of the traditional cake cutting,” says Tracee.
The couple went for all things local, including the groom’s favorite beers which he specially requested: Oxbow Farmhouse, Peak Organic, Maine Beer Company, and Allagash.