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South­erner and a Yan­kee walk into a bar. So be­gan Matthew Mills and Joshua White’s re­la­tion­ship, but it quickly be­came clear that their con­nec­tion was no joke. Af­ter just two weeks, the Wash­ing­ton, D.C.–based duo—Ten­nessee-born Matt works at a law firm, Mary­land-bred Josh for the Depart­ment of the Trea­sury—were a cou­ple, even adopt­ing a dog to­gether.

Seven years later, the pair in­vited 14 friends for a week in a rental house on Cape Cod, a re­gion where Josh’s fam­ily va­ca­tioned when he was a kid, for Josh’s birth­day. One evening Matt sur­prised him with a pro­posal, and their guests—in­clud­ing rel­a­tives who had come for din­ner—with an en­gage­ment party. Fif­teen months later, the boys were back on the shore, this time at the Newa­gen Sea­side Inn in Maine, to ex­change vows in front of 108 loved ones.

The wed­ding was a coastal af­fair, with a serene blue-and-white pal­ette and a re­hearsal din­ner at a clas­sic wa­ter­front joint. But it also had a South-meets–East Coast theme, with ev­ery­thing from the fo­liage on the chup­pah to the wel­come bags hon­or­ing the grooms’ up­bring­ing. Af­ter a civil ser­vice that in­cor­po­rated Jewish, Chris­tian, and sec­u­lar texts came cock­tails and ap­pe­tiz­ers (in­clud­ing bis­cuits and Ben­ton’s coun­try ham, cured in Matt’s home­town). Then ev­ery­one stepped into a tent for a meal of roasted squash soup, fried green tomato cap­rese salad, and a surf and turf of smoked beef brisket and lob­ster rolls. Next came a dessert buf­fet of the grooms’ fa­vorite child­hood treats, in­clud­ing black-and­white cook­ies for Josh and a hum­ming­bird cake for Matt. The pair’s first dance was to “Fools Rush In,” made fa­mous by Elvis Pres­ley, which fit the speed of their ro­mance and the event’s theme (the King lived in Mem­phis).

The dance floor stayed packed un­til around 10 .., when the band asked ev­ery­one to gather on the lawn, where the un­sus­pect­ing crowd was re­warded with fire­works over the ocean. “We wanted to end the wed­ding with some­thing our guests would never for­get,” says Josh. They ac­com­plished that, and—much as on the night they met—once again made sparks fly. —Shira Savada SOURCES Lo­ca­tion, cater­ing, and desserts Newa­gen Sea­side Inn Event plan­ning and de­sign Kar­son But­ler Events Flow­ers Wa­ter­shed Flo­ral Pho­tog­ra­phy Jodi Miller Pho­tog­ra­phy Of­fi­ciant Sally Bullard of A Maine Wed­ding Day-of pa­per goods Cheree Berry Pa­per for Minted Day-of pa­per goods, cal­lig­ra­phy, and wooden sig­nage Cake Euro­pean Bak­ery, Inc. Mu­sic Rip­cord Rentals La Tavola Fine Linen; One Stop Event Rentals; Sperry Tents Sea­coast Grooms’ suits

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