Chris and Kelsie performed a lively duet called “Old Fashioned Wedding” at their theater-themed wedding.
Kelsie and Chris Camire met on the stage during Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre’s production of “Jekyll & Hyde.” In that production, Kelsie played Emma Carew, Dr. Jekyll’s fiancé.
Chris was cast in the role of Simon Stride, who early in the show confesses his feelings for Emma and tries to sway her decision to marry Jekyll. Rejected, his love unrequited, Stride is ultimately murdered by Hyde, Jekyll’s alter-ego in the climatic wedding scene in which Jekyll himself dies, leaving Emma, literally, at the altar.
Life, in this instance, did not imitate art.
“I was turning Chris down on stage every night,” said Kelsie. “He took it as a challenge to win me offstage.”
Not long after that performance, Chris and Kelsie created their own production, “Two Are Better Than One,” a theatre-themed wedding expressing their love for one another, as well as their love for the stage.
To celebrate their midsummer nuptials, the couple wanted to do something with a theme, said Kelsie, “So it would be memorable.” They decided on the theatre theme because it is how they met, and it is what Kelsie studied in school.
Kelsie’s love for everything theatrical began as a child. Growing up in Oxford, Kelsie collected old playbills. So, naturally, for this one-day-only show, they designed playbills for the wedding like a program: Act I Scene I, bride’s entrance … Scene 6, the kiss.
“We also had a red carpet, including velvet ropes,” said Kelsie, who made most of the flowers for the wedding herself out of paper, including the ones in her own bouquet, using sheet music from various shows.
Matching the elegance of the red carpet, Kelsie’s sister, her maid of honor and her only bridal attendant, wore a dramatic red dress, and Chris’ best friend since the fifth grade stood as his best man.
At the reception, the 125 guests were invited to find their tables using “tickets” listing both their names and a theatrical production.
Each table at the reception was named for various theater productions and had a corresponding playbill to match. “We used old theatre books to make the flowers for our centerpieces,” said Kelsie.
Enhancing the theatrical ambiance of the wedding reception, Chris and Kelsie sang, “Old Fashioned Wedding,” a lively duet from the musical theatre production, “Annie Get Your Gun.” And in true theatre fashion, even the couple’s first dance was choreographed.
To thank their guests, instead of buying favors the couple set out large glass jars of varying shapes and sizes filled with the candies that one would find at the theater. “We gave everyone a bag to fill at the reception’s Concession Stand,” said Kelsie.
“Immediately after the wedding we shipped off on our honeymoon,” said Chris. “We called it intermission. We went on a cruise to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and when we got back we had a big party for everyone who couldn’t make it to the wedding — we called it Act II.”
The couple’s families got a kick out of their chosen theme, said Chris, and they were especially “happy that I married a girl who would keep me on the stage.”
Kelsie added, “They knew how stressed out I was for it to come out right, and they helped a lot, with everything … and the whole day came together perfectly.”
And the wedding was memorable indeed. For Kelsie, her favorite moment happened as she was walking down the aisle. When Chris saw her, she said: “He burst into tears.”
For Chris, it was the duet. “I really enjoyed performing at our reception.”
True to their art, Kelsie and Chris will be on stage again this winter with Lyric Music Theatre in South Portland. Opening on Valentine’s Day, like their wedding, “’Into the Woods’ is a spinoff of classic fairy tales,” said Chris.