Kate & Stephen
June 12, 2016 • Edgartown, MassachusettsBy Lenore Cullen Barnes | Wedding Photography by Joe Mikos Photographers
Sparks flew when Kate Conde and Steve Foster met—actual sparks from real fire. Their romance ignited while Kate, a paramedic, attended training at the Fire Academy, in Boston, where Steve was an instructor. But the other kind of sparks were also simmering—the kind that lead a couple to pledge themselves to each other for the rest of their lives.
“It’s remarkable to me that Steve could see past the 50 pounds of firefighting gear, smoke and sweat to ask me out the week after graduation,” says Kate.
The couple had crossed paths previously through mutual friends. Kate has lived in Martha’s Vineyard for over a decade and Steve, now a lieutenant in the Edgartown Fire Department, vacationed with his family less than a mile from the fire station where they both now work.
“I never believed in fate, but you have to wonder,” Kate says.
Steve proposed on December 12, 2015, while his family was in town for a Christmas event. En route to Edgartown Lighthouse to watch the sunset, Steve coaxed Kate to stop by their house. There, nestled among the ornaments on the Christmas tree, was a ring box.
The couple chose to host their nuptials at a private residence on Katama Bay, overlooking Norton Point and the Atlantic. “I wanted a toned-down, rustic look to reflect Steve as well as me,” says Kate. “We had rustic tables with soft Toscana runners and lace-edged linen napkins. The white florals softened the rustic look.”
The couple exchanged vows beneath a flower-laden arbor, made by a friend out of driftwood from Chilmark. Seeing their friends spread across the lawn during cocktail hour, while a local bluegrass band played, was a highlight. “It was like a normal day, but extraordinary,” remembers Kate. “From the waterfront views to the flowers, beauty was everywhere we turned, including on the faces of our loved ones from near and far.”