This Couple Returned to the Exact Spot of Their Engagement Their Intimate, Homey Wedding
Andrew and Charles Vance-Broussard met in Dallas, Texas, when they were introduced by a mutual friend. "I remember what a big, beautiful smile he had," Charles says of his first impression of Andrew. "He was an interesting and funny individual," Andrew counters, though he didn't think much of it as he was seeing someone at the time. But several months later, they went on their first date.
Soon after, they tested out their new relationship on their first trip together. The travel-loving pair headed to New York City, where they showed one another their favorite spots around town. From then on, traveling the world together became a huge part of their bond. In the summer of 2016, the couple headed north to Kennebunkport, Maine, for celebrate Fourth of July weekend. Charles planned to propose over dinner but a man at the neighboring table kept blowing his nose loudly into his napkin and it ruined the mood, so he decided to wait for the fireworks. They were sitting on the rocks as the tide came in. Andrew was taking photos of the fireworks and Charles kept trying to get his attention. Finally, Charles grabbed Andrew's phone and told him to look at him instead of up in the sky. He popped the question and Charles signaled to his friends nearby that Andrew said "yes" and they all started yelling and cheering.
A little over a year later, on September 1, 2017, the couple and just 50 loved ones returned to Kennebunkport (and that exact same spot of their engagement) for their wedding. Since the couple visits the Maine town a few times a year and because of its significance in their relationship, it was the perfect location for their nuptials. The grooms, who both work for Jackson Durham Events, a floral and event design company, set out to create a celebration that felt residential and familiar to all of their guests—like a big family holiday. Since it was an intimate group, they wanted everyone to experience their aesthetic but in a natural way.
The Stationery Suite
The couple's crest was an important element in the design of the wedding, starting with their invitation suite. Charles drew the house where the reception was held, which was foil-stamped onto one side of the save-the-date, with the crest and basic details on the other. The invitations, by Invited Paperie, featured Tara Jones's calligraphy in gold. Guests responded with postcards from Charles' great grandmother's collection.
Welcome to Maine
Getting to Know You
Charles wrote short bios for each person and had them printed in a booklet to include in the welcome tote so that friends and family could get to know one another.
A Special Touch
Under the collar of their jackets, Andrew and Charles had their initials and wedding date embroidered.
It's in the Bag
Charles' best man, Heath, personalized a sailcloth bag with the wedding date and tucked a few items for the couple's new home inside.
The ceremony took place on the lawn of the Oliver Davis House, a home of a dear friend of the couple's, where they stay when they visit Kennebunkport. Johann Sebastian Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze" played as Charles and Andrew walked down the aisle separately, then Charles' cousin's husband, an Episcopal priest, performed the ceremony, and Andrew's brother-in-law read Colossians 3:12–17. The couples' best man and best lady stood by their sides throughout. "Blest Pair of Sirens" by Hubert Parry sounded as they happy couple recessed up the aisle.
Hitching A Ride
Guests rode a classic trolley from the ceremony to the reception, which lent a true New England feel to the party.
By the Water
A Champagne toast took place at the same overlook where Andrew proposed to Charles. "Being able to tell our story and bring guests to a place that meant so much to us was a special way to kick things off," Andrew says. "You could feel the energy," Charles adds. "The sun was just perfect along the horizon and the breeze was cool."
Guests mingled, Andrew's father gave a toast that brought tears to everyone's eyes, and, before hopping back on the trolley, the entire group paused for a photo.
Taking in the Scenery
The couple took a stroll on the rocks where they became engaged before heading to the reception.
After a celebratory round by the water, everyone went to the Daniel Walker House
(which dates back to 1784) for the cocktail hour on the lawn. Custom bars from Jackson Durham Events brought clean lines and the day's signature color to the forefront. The shelves behind were styled with items both practical (vintage-inspired glasses for drinks) and pretty (framed Audubon prints and other "found" items that looked like they were plucked out of the living room in one of the area's estates). Butter-poached lobster on mini pommes maxim with beurre blanc, fried oysters on the half shell with horseradish sauce, and
mini biscuits were homemade pimento cheese and candied bacon were served.
The Grand Bevy crafted a trio of signature cocktails based on the three main locations in Charles and Andrew's lives—The Lone Star Old Fashioned (they met in Texas), The Peachy Keen (they live in Georgia), and The Blueberry Rake (where they got married).
Lounge areas were created so that guests could feel at home and comfortable in the space. Pops of green and blue (in the flowers and pillows) dressed up the otherwise neutral setup.
Under the Tent
A 48-foot round Sperry sailcloth tent with wood floor was erected in the backyard of the Daniel Walker House. Arrangements of blue and white hydrangeas greeted guests.
To focus on a traditional New England-inspired color palette, the reception was designed in shades of blue, green, and white, while maintaining a masculine and residential feel. Green was the main color, with natural tones grounding the event.
The Place Settings
The grooms wanted a Southern-inspired menu and worked with a private chef friend to prepare the meal, which began with a fried green tomato with crawfish and crème and followed with an arugula salad topped with roasted golden beets and sweet figs, goat cheese, and candied pecans. Three entrée options were given—one of which was a nod to the couple's favorite chicken dish at a restaurant back in Dallas.
Each guest's name was calligraphed at the top of the menu, which sat atop patterned plates and a rattan charger. "The mix of china lent the appearance that these pieces could have been pulled from the cabinet inside the house and mixed together to create the perfect combination of pieces," says planner Hannah Kohler of Brooks and Barnes Weddings and Events. "We focused on patterns in the linen and china that would complement, not compete, with one another. The little touch of blueberries used in the tablescape was our nod to what makes Maine so famous!"
For their first dance song, the couple chose Michael Bublé's "You and I," and danced with their moms to Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me." "Georgia Bridgwater and her trio were amazing, and one of the most memorable parts of the reception," Charles says of the band.
A version of the wedding crest was piped on to small vanilla cakes by The Cake Cottage. "We didn't want a traditional cake cutting but we wanted cake," Charles says. "We thought it would be nice for everyone to have their own special cake."
Desserts from the Kennebunkport area—including blueberry pie from the famous H.B. Provisions—were set out on pedestals and in silver bowls.
Photography, Abby Jiu Photography
Event planning, Brooks and Barnes Weddings and Events
Flowers, Jackson Durham Events
Beverages, The Grand Bevy
Officiant, Reverend Gabriel Lamazeres
Stationery, Invited Paperie
Calligraphy, Tara Jones Calligraphy
Cake, The Cake Cottage
Music, Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra
Grooms' suits, Suitsupply
Transportation, Intown Trolley
Tent, Sperry Tents