July 7, 2013 | Watch Hill Chapel | The Ocean House
Sarah Nash and Casey Veilleux met while working as account executives at WMTW-TV in Portland, Maine — their desks were next to each other. Their background in media played a role in their engagement, when the video of Casey’s proposal went viral! More than 31,000 people have watched the YouTube clip of Casey proposing during their flight to Puerto Rico while en route to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Although the circumstances of their engagement are very much public, the couple had an intimate reason for choosing the setting for their nuptials — the Nash family boasts a prominent history in Watch Hill; one ancestor, Jonathan Nash, was the first keeper of the Watch Hill Lighthouse, and another, George Mitch Nash, built the original Ocean House and donated the land for the Watch Hill Chapel. Although they are residents of Maine, South County was an irresistible location for their summer wedding. “The historical importance of the location to our family, as well as the beauty of the newly renovated Ocean House and picture-perfect location, made Watch Hill our perfect choice,” Sarah says.
Beneath the vaulted ceilings of the Watch Hill Chapel, 133 guests bore witness to Sarah and Casey’s “I dos” before celebrating in the Ocean House ballroom. Enhancing the classic seaside elegance of the space with hues of blue, peach and cream, pink peonies and garden roses filled both the chapel and ballroom to add a sense of whimsical romance. Sarah chose an ivory modified trumpet gown. “It had the right amount of vintage and modern appeal, with a touch of lace,” she says. She was attended by four bridesmaids in cerulean blue Jenny Yoo A-line dresses. Attired in a classic tuxedo topped with an ivory boutonniere, Casey’s look complemented his bride’s perfectly.
The reception included outdoor deck seating and cocktail tables, topped with custom tablecloths. A two-tiered cake — lemon custard with blueberries — was served alongside homemade vanilla ice cream with honey. Photographs of their grandparents’ weddings reinforced the familial theme of the evening. “Being with all of our closest friends and family and seeing all the shared happiness and joy in the room” was so special, Sarah says.
Although the officiant accidentally stood on the veil and ripped it out of Sarah’s hair during the ceremony, the rest of the evening proceeded perfectly. After dancing the night away with family and friends, Sarah and Casey jetted off to St. John for their honeymoon before returning home to Maine.