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.”

{the wedding recipe}

Ceremony/Reception
Fort Constitution
New Castle, NH

Dress
Celia Grace
Amherst, MA

Flowers
Flowers by Leslie
Portsmouth, NH

Catering
Flavor Concepts
Dover, NH

Photography
Chattman Photography
Greenfield, MA

Wedding Planner
Nicole Mower
Portsmouth, NH