The Ocean Gateway, also known as the “Marine Terminal,” is a large space with cover for an ocean side wedding. The Keeler-Lorenz wedding party choose this location for the wedding on August 15th of 2015. The Keeler’s were a fun couple that wanted a perfect wedding where their guest were comfortable and entertained. The Ocean Gateway is a perfect location for both outdoor ceremonies and views.
We’ve performed on multiple occasions at the Ocean Gateway in Portland, ME. This wedding did present some challenges and need for last minute thinking. In order to have a ceremony on the lawn, you need to run power for sound and microphones some 250 feet from the terminal. This is a challenge that can be solved with some long and heavy-duty extension cords. During the ceremony on the lawn at the entrance it began to rain. We had to move everything under cover. Luckily, the Gateway provides an awning that is enough to fit just over 100 guest out of the rain. The pathway to the main room is covered and makes a great exit; see the sparkler exit photos.
After the rain stopped, we learned this would delay dinner because the rain effected the coals. One of the groomsmen had prepared to play a long and opted to perform for us. See the photo below. With last-minute thinking, we added some accent lighting to make him stand out. See the photo below.
After dinner was back on track, the rest of the event went great. This party ended on a high note with guest not wanting to leave the dance floor. We finished with a sparkler exit that will give the Keeler’s amazing photos to remember. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Keeler and the staff at the Ocean Gateway. The Keelers chose a modified Silver Package for their event with a ceremony sound system and wireless microphones.
Lastly, we had a great time with the Keelers. Most importantly, the staff at the Ocean Gateway were great. They worked with us to help us make this event run smoothly. They’re experienced, knowledgable and helpful. I wouldn’t hesitate to have a wedding at the Ocean Gateway in Portland, Maine.