Will & Zoë's
We are looking forward to seeing you in Maine this September! Here is a resource for information about the wedding day, the region of Southern Maine, and other details. Please reach out with any questions you may have beyond this information.
*** You will find the RSVP and Registry forms at the end of this page***
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Saturday, September 29th
First, a note on climate:
Many of you will be visiting from down south, so this portion is also intended to help you gauge what the general temperature and weather will be like for your visit. Contrary to what Will thought while growing up, Maine is not always snowy! With balmy days and crisp nights, September is a gorgeous time of year to be here.
By late September, the days are still quite comfortable with average temperatures ranging from 60-65 degrees. Nights are cool in the upper 40s. Here on the coast there is a steady amount of sea breeze that can make day or night feel chillier.
Even if the weather isn't exactly beachy (by non-Mainer standards), the ocean still is. If you're interested in bringing your swimsuit, the Gulf of Maine is as warm as it gets by September, after absorbing all of the sunshine that summer had to offer. The clear air, the late summer light, and the post-beach season tranquility make September arguably the best time of year to visit.
Our wedding ceremony will be held outside in the Cliffside garden of Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth. The sprawling park is home to the Portland Head Light, built under George Washington's leadership. From the cliffsides, one can also view the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse & the Ram Island Ledge Light Station, several islands in the Casco Bay, and the tip of the Portland peninsula.
The simple ceremony will be held standing in a grassy amphitheater. We will bring a small number of chairs that can be provided for those in need. If you'd like a seat, please let us know when you fill out your RSVP below.
Time: The ceremony will begin gathering at 1 pm and is expected to conclude no later than 1:45 pm.
Attire: We want our guests to be comfortable, and will suggest "garden attire" as a guiding term. If "semi-formal" is your cup of tea, by all means!
Parking: There is ample free parking nearby the ceremony location, and elsewhere around the park.
Restrooms: Fort Williams Park maintains portable restrooms, and there are no indoor facilities.
Rain plan: If we are unlucky with the weather, the ceremony will be held at Atlantic Hall of Cape Porpoise, instead, where the reception will take place. If needed, an update will be prominently announced on the top of this page by 11:30 am on Saturday.
After the ceremony there will be an open period of time for guests before the reception at Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise, which will begin at 4:30 pm.
If you want to arrive in Cape Porpoise before 4:30 pm, there is some sight-seeing along Pier Road, which continues all the way to the Cape Porpoise Pier. It's a 1.5 mile walk, round-trip, from Atlantic Hall to the pier if you are interested in finding your parking spot first (see parking instructions in the upcoming Reception section) and then strolling down the quiet village road.
There's also some parking at the pier, and a place to get a drink. From this destination you can see the Goat Island Lighthouse in the harbor. You might even see a lobster boat coming in to the working waterfront.
Atlantic Hall is a special building that was originally the town's firehouse, and now serves as its library and community center. Zoë's late grandmother, Clementina, loved to visit Cape Porpoise, and so we have chosen to celebrate our marriage there in her honor, and in tribute to all our beloved grandparents.
Time: The reception will begin at 4:30 pm and will continue until midnight.
Attire: Same level of relaxed formality as the ceremony – though if you feel like changing in between, we want you to feel comfortable dancing.
Food: Black Betty's Bistro will serve a buffet with many delicious vegetarian, pescatarian, omnivore and carnivore dinner options.
Parking: Atlantic Hall does not have a parking lot, but there is street parking on one side of Langsford Road, which runs alongside Atlantic Hall, off of Main Street. There are other nearby side streets, just make sure to check the parking signage.
Known as the "Vacation State," Maine has many pleasant hideaways. Cape Porpoise is a coastal village that is part of the larger town of Kennebunkport. Kennebunkport is just 2.2 miles from Atlantic Hall, and is full of lodging options. There's even a Franciscan Guest House.
Kennebunkport is an all-around great place to stay. If you're interested in exploring the city of Portland, it is also a convenient, and fun choice. We both highly recommend at least visiting the Portland peninsula, if possible. We live downtown, and would love to recommend food & drink spots, or adventures to seek out.
Routes: When driving between Greater Portland and Kennebunkport, the quickest route is a combination of I-95 and I-295.
I-95 is a toll road (attention, Southerners...) that will cost a couple of dollars when coming from Portland to Kennebunkport, and vice versa. Alternatively there is Route 1, a smaller highway that runs alongside the interstate, if you wish to take the scenic route. Both Fort Williams Park and the Atlantic Hall are easily found by GPS navigation.
Wherever you decide to stay, if you have any questions about your location and its surroundings, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We want your visit to Maine to be easy and enjoyable!
Southern Maine Highlights
Scarborough Marsh Nature Center
The Portland Museum of Art
The Lobster Shack at Two Lights of Cape Elizabeth
Peaks Island via the Casco Bay ferry
Maine Maritime Museum of Bath
Eastern Promenade of Portland
The Portland Observatory
L.L. Bean of Freeport
Rugosa Lobster Tours of Kennebunkport
Allagash Brewery of Portland
The Pier at Old Orchard Beach
Morris Brothers Seafood of Portland
Sweetser's Apple Barrel & Orchards of Cumberland
Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farm
R S V P
Please include all the names of the guests in your party if you are able to attend.
In the place of a traditional gift registry, we have instead created a donation page for you to help us reach a warm, foreign place for our honeymoon. If you would like to make a contribution, please click the button below. After our honeymoon, you'll be able to see photographs of the trip here on Will's website!
We do understand, and would also greatly appreciate, if you would prefer to give a specific gift. For this, we have created a gift registry via Zola, which you can visit by clicking the button below.