Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 18 : Fall 2013 - Page 12

If you have never had the opportunity to visit the Ulmans and see their magnificent cabin, I urge you to take the time to do so. The Rocking S Ranch is a beautiful location, and the rustic cabin by the riverside is the epitome of peace. Sitting high on a hill, the cabin has an unobstructed view of the Aroostook River. It was ideal for the ceremony. The Ulman’s were very gracious and helped immensely by seeing that the cabin and its surrounding areas were ready for us. The ceremony was simple. Keeping with the rustic theme, the men were dressed in khaki pants and white shirts and the girls, including the bride, wore cowboy boots with their dresses. Sunflowers, daisies, and burlap in their bouquets, boutonnieres and hairpieces, and mason jars of flowers completed the décor. Certainly not what I expected from the little girl who wanted to walk down the aisle of St. Patrick’s Cathedral or say her I Dos in front of Cinderella’s castle, but just as beautiful. Having recently lost his grandfather, Rhon wished to honor him in some way. To accomplish this is in a subtle way, two potato barrels from his grandfather’s farm served as the foundation for the makeshift altar. The Sperrey name branded on the barrels faced the guests - a fitting tribute to his grandfather who was a long-time Washburn farmer. The reception at the F.A.R.M. Park continued the rustic, County theme. Used for many of outdoor events such as the Gospel and Bluegrass Festivals, the park is another striking Fort Fairfield locale. The potato fields were in bloom and luckily, the rain held off and the wind died down. Although, it could have been warmer. With a few decorations the pole barn was transformed and was just as charming as any indoor wedding reception setting. While I could go on about the details of the wedding and bore you with my gushing, that is not the point of this essay. What I hope everyone takes away from this article is that even though we don’t have everything Southern Maine has, we have many riches they do not possess. I will be the first to admit that I complain about living here. I’m not an outdoors person like my daughter. 12 FALL 2013