First Wedding Held at Little River Lighthouse

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The restored Little River Lighthouse in Cutler, Maine hosted its first known wedding on the island since the lighthouse station was established in 1847.

On a picture perfect day this past July 3, Amy Harvey and Rob Gaudet, both of Baileyville, Maine, were married on the rocky shores of the island within feet of the light tower overlooking the great Atlantic Ocean.

The wedding was attended by many family members and friends who were transported to and from the island lighthouse is a variety of boats, including a local lobster boat owned by Trevor Jessiman of Cutler.

The bride, Amy Harvey said, “We wanted to get married by the ocean, but we wanted a special place, and we thought an island lighthouse would be the perfect location to start our lives together.”

The biggest challenge faced by the Friends of Little River Lighthouse was getting the tiered wedding cake to the island. As it was being carefully transported to the island on the station’s boat, a gust of wind came up and blew off the plastic covering, taking with it some of cake’s frosting. But repairs to the cake were quickly made on the island and everyone had a good laugh about it.

After the wedding, the bride and groom attended a reception with family and friends on the island’s picnic tables. Most of them also enjoyed a climb to the top of the tower, toured the restored keeper’s house and hiked the island’s trails.

Tim Harrison of the Friends group said. “We’ve had lots of honeymoon couples spend the night here. In fact, the night before the wedding, we hosted a honeymoon couple from Chicago who were leaving the island as the wedding party arrived. But, this is the first wedding we have hosted on the island and volunteers of the Friends had as much fun as did the bride, groom and guests.”

Released 7/20/10

The wedding ceremony as seen from the porthole of the lighthouse tower.

Mr. & Mrs. Rob Gaudet at the top of the Little River Lighthouse.