Erika Peace & Michael Behrmann

September 20th, 2014
New Castle, NH

Erika and Michael’s engagement started with a work of art and culminated with a sunny wedding by the ocean.

In 2013, Michael proposed to Erika by commissioning an original artwork, called a sound form, that depicted his voice saying “Erika, will you marry me?” A year later, they were married on a summery day at Fort Constitution, a Coast Guard station on Portsmouth Harbor in New Castle, NH.

Erika arrived at the ceremony with her bridesmaids in a vintage Volkswagon van. She was initially nervous. “When I walked down the aisle with my dad and saw Mike, I was flooded with emotion,” she says. “We wrote our own vows and when we said them to each other, Mike choked up, then I teared up. We were really caught up in the moment.” Fortunately, they were surrounded by friends and family, including Erika’s grandmother, who presided over the ceremony. Afterwards, the couple shared a private moment down by the water. “My favorite moment was hanging out after the ceremony alone with Michael,” says Erika.

The reception was relaxed and fun and included a get together later on the deck of Martingale Wharf. “There were no bouquet tosses or chicken dances,” says Erika. “We focused on having a good time.”

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Fort Constitution
New Castle, NH

Celia Grace
Amherst, MA

Flowers by Leslie
Portsmouth, NH

Flavor Concepts
Dover, NH

Chattman Photography
Greenfield, MA

Wedding Planner
Nicole Mower
Portsmouth, NH