Kate Bergstrom and Katelyn Nerbonne re-met in Boston a few years after both graduating from Colgate University. Though they had shared the same sports field for three years at school—Kate playing lacrosse and Katelyn field hockey—they had never really connected. “But we instantly hit it off in Boston,” Kate says.
The women dated for over four years before becoming engaged, and they joked about which one of them would get to do the proposing. They both wanted to give the other that special, excited feeling. “I think Katelyn won a rock-paper-scissors match,” Kate admits. The couple hadn’t talked much about a timeline for the engagement, and then one day Katelyn surprised Kate with a ring on a waterfront pier overlooking the Boston skyline. “[Kate] makes me happy every day,” Katelyn says, “and I couldn’t imagine not sharing all of life’s most special, and most regular, moments with her.”
Kate, 29, and Katelyn, 30, chose William Allen Farm in Pownal for their wedding location. Katelyn’s mother has a home in Maine, so they already loved the state, and a barn just felt like the right vibe for their big day. The women fell instantly in love with the scenic property—and with the owners, Heidi and Al, who made everything easy. “We’re still obsessed with them,” Kate jokes.
The most important thing to Kate and Katelyn was to make the event personal, for them and for their guests, and to reflect who they are as a couple. “We wrote our own vows, which was easily the most special part of the day,” Kate says. “We laugh about it now, but the tears were flowing from the second [the ceremony] started to the second it finished.”
As they moved into the historic barn for the reception, guests found name cards personalized with photos. On the back of each, there was a note explaining why it was so special for that guest to be in attendance. “That was a big hit, and we were glad because it look an unreal amount of hours!” Kate laughs.
The reception was full of these personal touches. Tables were named after significant streets in their lives, cornhole boards from a previous DIY project came out, and signature cocktails highlighting the couple’s tastes (bourbon for Kate, fruity for Katelyn) were served. “We wanted people to have an experience that left them reminiscing about shared times with us.”
Friends and family will always play a significant role in Kate and Katelyn’s life, and most of their free time is spent with the people they love. As they look to the future, the couple envisions happy kids, rewarding careers, and continued traditions like Fiesta Fridays, which involve homemade tacos and local brews. But all they truly want for themselves, Kate says, is to be happy.
“Life is so much more enriching when you’re sharing it with someone you love,” she explains. “It gives you an opportunity to experience joy, laughter, and challenges that are not just your own, but someone else’s.”