Jillian Bannister + William Shaheen

September 30, 2017

Wiscasset, ME

On a crisp October day, off the coast of Boothbay Harbor, ME, Jillian and Bill hopped on a friend’s boat, headed for Squirrel Island, where Jillian’s family owns a home. That’s where Bill proposed, adding another reason for Jill to think of it as her “happy place.”

Jillian envisioned an outdoor September wedding. The first venue Bill and his father visited, Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset, ME, proved to be the only venue the couple considered.

Bill was excited about the farm and, based on his excitement and the photos he shared, Jillian agreed, even though she didn’t visit the farm in person until later. The couple knew right away it was the perfect fit.

Jillian and Bill were hands-on throughout the planning process, bringing in professional help with details and day-of coordination. Their roadside rehearsal dinner was a “long night with great friends, family, and food,” says Jillian. Their friend, Ben, officiated the ceremony, and their band, Ripcord, surprised the couple by learning and playing one of their favorite songs, “Flowers in Your Hair” by The Lumineers. “The barn was packed with all our friends and family dancing up a storm; time on the dance floor was a high point for us,” Jillian says.

-by Maggie Sutherland

{the wedding recipe}

Leigh Doran of Nadra Photography

Marianmade Farm, Wiscasset, ME

Refinery Events, Camden, ME

Fire & Co., Portland, ME

Ceremony Bridal Shop, Boston, MA

Becky Buck, New Leaf Salon & Spa, Hollis Center, ME

M.K. Benatti, Newburyport, MA (Jillian)
Amoroso Jewelers, Boston, MA (Bill)

Two Fat Cats Bakery, Portland, ME

Michelle Peele, Alna, ME

Table Arrangements
fleurish, Marblehead, MA

On Bended Knee, Haverhill, MA

Ripcord, Boston, MA