BANGOR, Maine — Forget the chapel and white wedding. Who needs them? Certainly not Bryan and April Bomes, a Herman couple who decided to forgo a wedding recently. Instead, the two got married in a very unconventional way: in front of a handful of strangers at Camden National Bank in Bangor.
“We didn’t want to plan a ceremony and all that,” April Bomes said.
So instead of shelling out big bucks for a wedding, the couple decided to get married on Aug. 1 in a very low-key way. They were engaged for about six months.
As for the date to get married on? They decided it was the perfect wedding date for them because they’re both a little forgetful, and it would be “easy to remember.”
The pair, who graduated from Hermon High School in 2008 and dated for four years, went to Bangor City Hall and picked up a marriage license. However, to make it official, the couple needed two witnesses. Bryan and April Bomes also would have to agree to marry the other in front of a notary. Someone suggested they go to one of the banks nearby, so they headed to Camden National Bank.
The couple walked into the Exchange Street branch and asked the first person they saw if someone could notarize their marriage certificate. However, they were surprised when staff insisted they hold a small ceremony, too.
Tellers arranged a bouquet for April Bomes using flowers sitting on various desks around the bank, and Assistant Branch Manager Carrie Bishop told the pair she would lead them through a short ceremony.
Bishop had recently performed a wedding ceremony for her sister, so she printed the vows she used for that. The couple was married in front of customers and staff. Branch Manager Traci Tenney said the small gesture of having actual vows to recite seemed to help the pair appreciate how special the moment actually was.
“They weren’t really expecting to have a ceremony, so it was very nice to see,” Tenney said.
A ceremony is not required for a marriage to be official, but there must be two witnesses present, Bangor City Clerk Lisa Goodwin said Wednesday. And while she’s never heard of anyone getting married at a bank, Goodwin said traditional weddings aren’t for everyone.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” she said of the impromptu nuptials. “Some people just want to get married. If it’s at the window at City Hall or somewhere else, they don’t care.”
That was definitely the case for the newly hitched Hermon couple, but they’re no less in love.
Bomes said she doesn’t quite know what it is about Bryan Bomes that makes him perfect for her.
“He’s really honest and sweet, and he’s a hard worker. … I just know,” she said.
The Bomes hope to move to Florida this winter to “get far away from the cold.” But until then, they’ll continue their normal lives with him working at Pine State Trading and her working for Hancock County Soil and Water conservation district as an environmental steward.
And simple, regular life is OK with them for now. After all, happily ever after can begin in the most unlikely of places.