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Best Wishes

Different locations, different couples, different tastes with one shared goal: to create a personal, authentic, perfect day



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Nicole Chagnon &

Zachary Siswick


Isleboro, Maine | June 22, 2007


There was never a question for Nicole and Zachary where their wedding would take place. Zac grew up on a small island in Maine and the couple had spent many happy days there during their seven-year courtship. “Honestly, the entire inspiration for the wedding was where we were having it,” says Nicole, a Marin native who works as a media relations manager for Macy’s West. “Isleboro is kind of similar to the Northern California coast: not all smooth beaches and perfect—kind of wild and rugged. We knew right away it was going to be there.”

Once they had the location, all they really knew was that they wanted their wedding to be something that truly reflected their personalities. “We wanted it to be simple and a great party. And we wanted it to reflect island life, something that would make people understand why it was so important for us to have it there.”

They incorporated that sense of place into every aspect of the event—from serving seafood to saying their vows under an arbor that Zac’s mom made from native cedar. “My mother-in-law weighs about 100 pounds and she made this gorgeous arbor,” says Nicole. “She was out in the woods with an ax and a chain saw. It was huge—it must have been nine feet tall.”

The other details were equally homespun. Table linens were hand-sewn by the bride and groom (“we had our own little sweatshop set up in our house,” say Nicole). The bride’s sister did her hair and makeup, and a family friend played music for the ceremony—“Beautiful” by Gordon Lightfoot for the processional and the Beatles’ “Blackbird” to accompany the newlyweds back down the aisle.

Planning a wedding in Maine from her home in Marin was the only difficult part. “Not only is there a time change,” Nicole says, “but there was island time. People work differently on island time.” Still, it all came together magnificently. “There were problems,” she allows. “It was hailing and raining the morning of the wedding, but for some reason it didn’t stress me out. I was in this weird ultra-blissful mood and I figured I can’t control it so I just let it happen.”

The clouds parted in time for the ceremony in Zac’s mother’s backyard and the day was beautiful. “It’s hard to describe it,” Nicole says. “‘Fun’ is too simple. ‘Perfect’ is too cheesy. I guess it was authentic. Everything felt right. It was about everyone who was there, and it was just such a good day.”


Ceremony: Groom’s mother’s garden

Reception: Islesboro Historical Society, 207.734.6733

Photographer: Alexandra Daley-Clark, classicmainewedding.com

Caterer and cake: Trillium Caterers, trilliumcaterers.com

Music: Pre-ceremony, processional and recessional: David Letellier, 413.532.3026; reception: an iPod playlist compiled by the groom plus an impromptu live jam session featuring Letellier
and the bride’s father

Invitations: Zachary Siswick, tank-tank.com

Dress: Narciso Rodriguez, off the rack from Loehmann’s

 

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