Laisee and Luke
Private home | Cape Elizabeth
Luke and Laisee both grew up in Cape Elizabeth and played ice hockey together in high school. In 1999, Laisee’s mom paid Luke $20 to drive Laisee and her date to the prom. Fifteen years later, the two friends reconnected and for their first date, Luke, who founded Luke’s Lobster in 2009, naturally took Laisee out lobstering. Their long history also played a role in the proposal; Luke put together a scavenger hunt with clues and gifts from their time in high school, including a boomerang that Laisee had brought back for Luke from a family visit to Australia. The memorable day ended with Laisee’s surprise when both of their families showed up to help the newly engaged couple celebrate.
For their wedding day, Luke and Laisee wanted “an oceanside ceremony followed by a fun evening of delicious Maine food and nonstop dancing,” says Luke. “We felt very lucky to have the wedding at the house in Cape Elizabeth that Luke’s parents had just purchased,” says Laisee. The night before, the couple hosted a boat cruise around Casco Bay with drinks, pizza, and a stunning sunset, one of Luke’s three favorite memories from the wedding festivities. A second favorite was the “electric” dance floor, which the Felix Brown Band kept full all night long. Luke’s third favorite memory is Laisee’s mother, Halorie’s, speech at the reception. “If you’re a young girl reading Snow White, it becomes pretty obvious that there are two kinds of men in the world: dwarfs and Prince Charming. And the odds are seven to one against you finding the prince. But amazingly enough, Laisee beat those odds. She found the guy.”
Home Grown Love
“Obviously Maine food is a big passion and part of Luke’s life, so it meant a lot to share it with our guests,” says Laisee. Instead of a sit-down dinner, the couple had food stations set up with chicken, steak, lobster bisque, salad, Luke’s Lobster rolls, and grilled lobster tails. All of the ingredients were locally sourced. Drinks were Maine brands such as Shipyard, Baxter, and Allagash beers, and desserts included a wedding cake and cupcakes from Love Kupcakes, plus pies, cookies, and whoopie pies from The Cookie Jar and Two Fat Cats Bakery.
Luke’s brothers Bryan and Mike each gave the couple unique wedding presents. Bryan built tables out of Maine wood for the reception, including one made from reclaimed hemlock for guests to sign with a heat pen in lieu of a traditional guest book. Mike gifted them cornhole boards made from reclaimed oak, personalized with L&L, plus the Georgetown and University of North Carolina logos, Luke and Laisee’s alma maters, respectively.