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The Devine wedding: An Addison County love story

NEWLYWEDS CYRUS AND Kylie Devine take in the surrounding winter wonderland after saying ‘I do’ last month. The couple grew up in the Vergennes area and still reside here. They were married at The Barns at Edgemont Inn in Moriah, N.Y. Photo by Dana Maharaj of Ethereal-Photography

NEWLYWEDS CYRUS AND Kylie Devine
Photo by Dana Maharaj of Ethereal-Photography

ADDISON COUNTY — It’s easy for newlyweds Kylie and Cyrus Devine to recall the night that brought them together. 

That chance encounter might have taken place nearly two decades ago, but it’s an introduction that changed their lives forever. 

“Me and Kylie met at the (Vergennes) American Legion Post 14 at Tuesday night bingo with our grandmas when we were four or five,” Cyrus recalled. 

Kylie Comeau and Cyrus Devine spent most of the years since then together. Now 22 years old, they both grew up in the Vergennes area and began dating the summer before starting seventh grade at Vergennes Union Middle School. 

After graduating high school, they decided to continue building their lives together in Addison County, where Cyrus proposed marriage at the end of 2022. 

“I was not expecting it at all,” Kylie said of the proposal. “I was graduating nursing school in May, and I thought for sure Cyrus was going to wait until I graduated … On Christmas he told me that he had one more gift for me, and it was a ring.” 

The couple began planning their big day the following summer. They originally set their sights on a July 2024 wedding, but this past January decided to get married in the spring instead. 

They landed on March 23, a wedding date with significance to the pair. 

“My grandparents were also married on the 23rd, just in July,” Kylie explained. “So, 23 is special.” 

THE PLANNING PROCESS

In addition to the date, the pair found several other ways to make their big day more meaningful with personal touches. 

“Cyrus’s aunt Heather has pretty much redone my entire dress,” Kylie told the Independent ahead of the wedding. “That’s been really special, to be able to basically create a dress thanks to his aunt’s abilities.” 

Kylie’s reception outfit also had a sentimental touch.  

“I’ll be wearing my mom’s dress as a party dress later in the evening,” she said.  

Other signature parts of the wedding day included a multipurpose guest book. 

“Our guest book is actually cornhole boards that are signed for us,” Kylie said. “I think it’s going to be so cool to have those for the rest of our lives.”  

The couple said there were a few wedding day non-negotiables that helped guide the planning process, such as their photographer. 

KYLIE AND CYRUS Devine celebrate their engagement this past summer. The couple has spent most of their life together in Addison County and were married just
across Lake Champlain on March 23.
Photos by Dana Maharaj of Ethereal-Photography

The pair chose Dana Maharaj of Ethereal-Photography to capture their wedding. 

“The photographer was already decided before we even knew we were getting married,” Cyrus said. 

Other details fell into place over time.  

The couple chose The Barns at Edgemont Inn in Moriah, N.Y., as their venue. They said the location was both affordable and accommodating. 

“We heard amazing things about it, and they’ve been incredible in working with us on such short notice and helping with everything,” Kylie said. 

Though the wedding took place on the other side of Lake Champlain, the couple still leaned on several Addison County vendors. 

Pratt’s Store in Bridport catered the reception; Vergennes DJ Amanda Rock provided music; and the bridal party had their hair and makeup done by the team at Shear Cuts in Vergennes, which is run by Cyrus’s mother, Hillary. 

The couple also worked with Panton travel agent Martha DeGraaf of Dream Vacations to plan their honeymoon trip to Jamaica. 

“She’s amazing. She basically did it all for us,” Kylie said. 

The pair said working with local vendors was one of the highlights of planning their wedding. 

“The wedding vendors of Addison County were so accommodating,” Cyrus said. 

The couple acknowledged some parts of the planning process were more challenging, such as settling on a bridal party and guest list and finalizing last-minute details.  

“It’s hard to keep your eye on the prize the last week (leading up to the wedding) because there’s so much to do,” Cyrus said. “It’s easy to let the stress get in the way of what will be the best day of your life, but it’s the most stressful week of your life leading up to it.” 

TIPS FOR COUPLES

KYLIE AND CYRUS Devine
Photo by Dana Maharaj of Ethereal-Photography

To avoid some stress, the couple recommends that prospective brides and grooms spread out the planning process. 

“You don’t want to end up making all of your phone calls or all of your decisions in one day,” Kylie said. “I’d say one week, call and find a caterer, and the next week find and call your photographer. Break it down that way so you don’t feel bombarded by phone calls and questions.”  

Planning a wedding can take a village, and the pair credits their friends and family in helping them prepare for the big day. 

They recommended couples lean on loved ones for help during the wedding day as well. 

“Know the people you can trust to help with your day and ask them ahead of time if they would be OK being available on the day for ‘emergency situations,’” the pair said. “We had a few people who did this for us and were so incredible at wrapping up the final details that we couldn’t get to, or forgot about.” 

Reflecting on their wedding day, the couple shared a few other pieces of advice. 

“Make time for eating and for seeing your family,” they said. “We struggled with this, and it is the one and only thing we would have changed.”

The newlyweds also urged those getting married to focus on the big picture. 

“Remember that none of the little things matter. Some things will be forgotten and guests will never know,” they said. “Remember that your day is just about the two of you and that not every detail has to be perfect.”

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