Real Weddings: Melissa & Julie
Melissa Deland & Julie Bourquin
July 9, 2011
Private Residence, Marion, Massachusetts
GROWING UP, Melissa Deland considered “Camp Granny” — her grandparents’ house on the ocean in Marion, Massachusetts — a slice of paradise.
[sidebar]It’s no wonder, then, that two years after meeting Julie Bourquin on Match.com, she proposed by the dock over Memorial Day weekend 2010. Julie returned the favor a couple weeks later back in Boston. “We both feel like every girl should experience the excitement of a marriage proposal,” they explain.
For the wedding, they returned to their go-to getaway and paid homage to the site’s natural beauty with a ceremony in Melissa’s grandmother’s flower garden and a waterfront reception. Julie, a senior associate director of admissions at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and Melissa, who works for Genzyme Biosurgery, each had eight attendants; the group wore blue and green to complement the ocean and the grass.
The day had several hilarious moments, from a wardrobe malfunction during the couple’s first dance (Melissa’s twin sister and childhood friend were the only witnesses, thankfully) to skinny-dipping guests. And there were heart-tugging ones, too, like when Julie’s brother performed a song he had written for the occasion.
“From the spectacular weather to the amazing vendors and having all of our most beloved family and friends in attendance, we really could not have asked for a more memorable or special day,” Melissa says.