Story: Debra Z. Walsh
Photographs: Rachel Bell Photography
If Addy Lord hadn’t been bored, she wouldn’t have attended an engagement party and met her life’s partner, Steve Holston.
Wed on Aug. 13, 2011, the Standish couple’s story began in September of 2007. Meeting up at a Sebago Lake party for another couple, Addy was “set up” with Steve, a landscape company manager.
“I wasn’t going to go to the party,” Addy recalled. “I didn’t know the couple very well. But, at the last minute, I was bored.”
Once there, she scanned the group of eligible men.
“Steve definitely caught my eye,” she said, giggling.
Steve wasn’t aware of the plan until he arrived. When Addy was singled out, Steve said, “I went in to make my move.”
Their conversation continued all evening and Addy gave Steve her telephone number, which he lost. When he retrieved the number, “he called ASAP,” Addy said.
The couple discovered they shared a love of the outdoors, going hiking and camping for the next two years to places like Rangeley Lake, Acadia National Park, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Hatteras.
The relationship took a four-month hiatus when Addy, a nurse, volunteered at a health clinic in Ecuador, something she had wanted to do since college.
“I didn’t like it obviously,” said Steve, but admitted he was proud of her efforts.
When she returned, the romance resumed. The couple moved in together. They got a black Labrador Retriever named Misty and played lots of Pictionary with friends.
Steve realized that she was the one, proposing on Sept. 15, 2010 at Richardson Lake, a favorite camping destination.
The wind was blowing hard and waves were crashing against the boat, Addy recalled. Steve managed to tie up the boat and not drop the platinum cushion-cut diamond engagement ring. As they walked down a path, their dog Misty ran off toward some fly fishermen. Steve stopped Addy from chasing the dog and dropped on one knee, proclaimed his love and proposed.
“Meanwhile, the dog ran wild,” Addy recalled.
The couple wanted an “outside and rustic” ceremony.
Clark’s Cove Farm near Damariscotta offered a “mini-destination” location with lodging for the wedding party and family. Its scenic apple orchard, garden and river were the perfect backdrop for the nuptials. The barn provided would house an informal, but elegant, cocktail reception.
Seven times a bridesmaid and an only child, Addy said that choosing her college friends as attendants was a “no brainer.” Her two maids of honor were Sarah Betack and Eryin Martin along with four bridesmaids.
Steve’s best man was Evan Merritt, a friend since the pair were eight years old. Close friends were the four groomsmen.
The wedding day dawned with “perfectly clear skies.” A yoga instructor worked with the bride and bridesmaids in the orchard that morning.
“It was such a peaceful place before the wedding,” said Addy.
The girls frolicked among the trees while a photographer recorded their play.
Meanwhile, Steve and his groomsmen golfed at the Bath Country Club.
When it was time for the late afternoon ceremony, they were “very relaxed.”
Justice of the Peace William Wilde conducted the ceremony with traditional vows and a touching acknowledgement by the couple that their hands are the ones that will hold their children and each other as they age. Steve’s father, Drew Holston, performed several piano selections.
The barn reception featured carved London broil, grilled seasonable vegetables and small baguettes with aioli served at several food stations.
Four years of exploring the outdoors with each other culminated in a picture perfect day for the couple, making memories to last a lifetime of love.