Cati was surprised that Robbie was going to take the plunge so soon. They’d met earlier that evening through mutual friends at a dinner party and had just had an impromptu snowball fight during the first snowfall of the year. But it was surely crazy for him, someone she had just met, to go all in.

“The plunge” was actually a jump into the Casco Bay harbor… in the middle of December… in a snow storm. Robbie took the plunge, and while Cati was skeptical of Robbie’s decision-making skills, a friendship started that night. They remained close friends over the coming year and eventually the friendship grew into romance and a relationship.

Since then, they have followed each other across the country from Portland, ME to San Francisco, CA. Their lives and adventures have taken them to different places and exposed them to new adventures as they share in each other’s passions. They never forgot how they met as friends years ago, and when it was time to take the next plunge, they were all in. Robbie proposed in Mendocino, CA — where it was not snowing but was cold enough on the rooftop terrace that Cati thought it could have been winter in Portland, ME all over again.

When it came time to plan the wedding, we knew we wanted a casual event that brought all of our family and friends together for a fun party with the flexibility to get a little raucous late into the night. Both of our parents were married at home, and the idea of getting married in the yard of a family home really appealed to us as a nod to that. The rest of the weekend’s events were designed to give guests, especially those visiting New England for the first time, a true Marblehead experience – drinks overlooking the harbor, walking around Old Town, a day at the beach.

photography: Emilie and Lindsay, emilie inc. photography | venue: private residence | caterer: Vinwood | blooms: Sweet Annie Floral Design | music: Michael Kingsley, MixMatch Entertainment | tent: The Event Company | transportation: Webb Trans | gown: Hayley Paige at Bridal Galleria, San Francisco | groom: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom | invitations: Scribe Paper & Gift, Marblehead | minimoon: Kennebunkport | honeymoon: Kauai

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