Alexis and Eric had a unique and beautiful winter wedding at historic Shiloh Chapel in Durham, Maine.
There were so many meaningful details at this wedding, from family heirloom wedding dresses and rings to handmade paper flower bouquets. The bride’s father even hand-carved their ring box and made their arbor. Keep scrolling to read more from the bride’s perspective.Beautiful Bride Alexis and her mother Gerilyn are my cousins, so it was an extra special honor for me to photograph her wedding day!
The unique “vase” for the bridesmaids’ bouquets are shell casings that brother of the bride Anthony brought back from deployment.
Alexis and Eric shared a special *first look* on Shiloh’s porch before the ceremony.
Before these two cousins got a second wind and hit the dance floor they were cuddling and watching videos together:
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Hockaday! Thank you so much for having us be a part of your special day!
Wedding Vendor Information
introductions | “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone
first dance | “You Are My Sunshine” by The Hound + Fox
father/daughter | “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman
mother/son | “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman
last dance | “We Are the Champions” by Queen
Bride & Groom Questions
How did you meet?
Eric and I met on Bumble, the dating app. I downloaded it not intending to use it, but when his profile came up as a coworker and I were scrolling through, she insisted that I “swipe right,” and the rest is history!
How did Eric propose?
Eric and I had talked extensively about our engagement before it happened (I bought my wedding dress over a month before I had the ring…), so it came at no surprise. As I had moved back to Maine for the summer, we had been long distance for a few months, and I eagerly awaited his arrival at Portland airport. He absolutely hates flying, and was exhausted and doped up on Dramamine when he arrived. But he still, in his stupor, was able to get down on one knee before we even left the airport to propose. To this day, he barely remembers it! Haha
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?
For both of us, it was the first look. Both the photographed one where I (the bride) got to sneak up on Eric and tap him on the shoulder, and also the moment we locked eyes as I was coming down the aisle. The twinkle lights and beauty of that little chapel just added to our enchantment with each other.
What was your favorite detail?
So many to choose! There were many mementos of my grandmother, from the kissing balls, her wedding dress (and my mother’s) hanging next to mine, and to the ring I wore on my right hand. But if I had to choose, I’d have to say all the handmade details from my dad. He crafted our ring box, arbor, and guest “book” (which will be a table later this year!), and I loved seeing the heart he put into all of it. Having pieces of my family’s history all around me made me feel so loved and so ready to start my own by marrying my husband!
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
Enjoy every second! Everyone’s right when they say it goes by in a flash. But a more practical one—beware of wedding websites and RSVPs. I thought it would make life easier, but it made things actually rather difficult.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
All the dances were fantastic. Seeing kids running around on the dance floor, watching not only Eric, but members of the bridal party dance with my relatives and friends’ kids I’ve known forever was both hilarious and perfect.
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Eat more of my cake!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Well, Eric and I knew we weren’t going to be able to do a full honeymoon, so we had made reservations at a really nice local hotel for two nights. It had a two-person rainfall shower and jacuzzi! It seemed the perfect way to pamper before our long drive from Maine to Ohio. However, upon arriving at the hotel, we wanted to use the jacuzzi, and we discovered we had no hot water in the room. We ended up checking out early the next day, thinking we’d make a nice little road trip, but we ended up in a terrible motel (that called itself an inn) the next night. Distraught, we went ahead and made a last-ditch attempt at a nice place to stay and made a reservation in Buffalo at a 5-star hotel with intentions to see Niagara Falls. We made it out of the nasty motel, had a truly Narnian drive through the snowy mountains of Vermont, and a lovely stay in the hotel. The next day, we attempted Niagara Falls only to find out it was closed off…after paying for parking…. More misadventures ensued until we finally settled in our little apartment with our cat where we spent the week cooking, playing games, and reading to each other. It’s simple, but it’s perfect. Plus, we actually have hot water!