BANGOR, Maine — After newlyweds Erica and Wayne Dyment were married at St. John’s Catholic Church Saturday afternoon, they still had another Church to go to after the wedding reception.
The couple, all the bridesmaids, all the groomsmen, and several other family members and friends shed their formal wear — well, most of them did — to attend a concert at the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion featuring country singers Eric Church and Toby Keith.
“We’ve been planning this almost ever since they announced the date,” said Wayne Dyment, a private first class in the U.S. Army National Guard and graduate of Wisdom High School in St. Agatha. “We got them all tickets as their gifts.”
When the July 9 date was first announced, it wasn’t with a sense of excitement or anticipation that Dyment responded to the news.
“At first I was wicked excited to see Eric Church, but then we found out it was on our wedding day, so I was bummed, especially after I missed him when he was here in Bangor last year too,” he said.
An Army National Guard member for the last four years, Dyment’s leave to come home from his Mideast deployment and see now-9-month-old daughter Emma was up Oct. 2 last year, the same day that Church opened for Miranda Lambert at the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion.
“I was bummed out I couldn’t go and I figured I’d have to miss him again because it was our wedding, but Erica said ‘why not have the wedding and then go to the show?’”
The couple not only attended the show, they did so in their wedding finery: Erica, whose maiden name is Hayes, in her white, strapless wedding dress with a train and Eric in his rented tuxedo.
“We got married at 1 p.m. and had the reception and then our whole wedding party went with us to the concert,” said Erica, a surgical tech at Acadia Medical Arts in Bangor.
The couple stayed in Bangor Saturday night and won’t have to go too far for their honeymoon.
“We’re going to Bar Harbor for a few days,” said Erica.
“We’re going to do whale-watching, kayaking, hiking … all kinds of Maine things,” said Wayne.
Saturday’s hot and sunny weather didn’t go unnoticed by the newly-married couple.
“It wasn’t too, too bad. It was really hot at first,” Erica explained. “I had the train pulled up and all kinds of people around me at the concert were helping me try to keep it up, but the back of it is covered with mud.”
Wayne’s tuxedo fared at least slightly better, although it didn’t escape getting dirty.
“Um, no, I’m not going to say that,” he said with a chuckle. “Me and my groomsmen may have a little bit of a cleaning bill. And yeah, it was pretty hot, but the nice, cool beer helped me out.”
The Dyments were hoping to meet either Church or Keith, but were unable to before both artists had to hit the road in a hurry to make their next show in Canada.
That disappointment and clothes cleaning bills notwithstanding, it was well worth it for the young couple, who both graduated from high school in 2006 (Erica from Brewer).
“This was my first time seeing him,” said Wayne, who grew up in Tennessee. “My best friend got me hooked on Eric Church and I played him all the time when I was overseas.”