DIY wedding

Jacqueline's Unique Broach Bridal Bouquet

Last week I got the call the kind of call that I wait for. The sister of one of my past bride's is getting married! I absolutely love photographing weddings for the friends and family of my couples since it is like a family reunion for me. And (hint, hint!) it's an easy way to convince me to cancel my planned weekend off!

When I sat down to check my calendar, I was absolutely shocked to see that it has been almost 3 years since Jacqueline & Josh's wedding at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Ocean Gateway in Portland. Thinking back to that day, there are so many moments that flash through my mind. Jacqueline getting ready with her sisters & friends, the emotions that flooded through everyone at their ceremony, exploring the Old Port with their bridal party, and the love that filled the Ocean Gateway as they celebrated their union.

One details that stands out to me to this day is the fabulous broach bouquet that Jacqueline spent so long creating for her wedding day. Each broach was carefully selected to compliment the purple worn by her bridesmaids along with gold, pearls, yellow, and white accents. It was deceptively heavy and gave her more of an arm workout than you would think. After photographing well over 100 weddings, it remains the most unique bouquets that I have ever photographed and, as such, it is certainly one of my favorites.

Jonna & Dave :: Wedding & Reception in Poland, Maine (1 Year Later)

I just can't believe it. I woke up this morning and my phone binged me. It's been ONE YEAR since Jonna & Dave tied the knot. WHAT?!? But I remember it all like it was yesterday.

  • My initial panic when I pulled up to the house Jonna was getting ready in and momentarily thought I was at the wrong place. Backed up the long driveway. Double checked everything. Drove back down. I was right. (Fortunately I'm always early, so it wouldn't have mattered either way.)
  • How handsome their fur baby, Ralf, looked all day long in his bow tie while he basked in his parent's newlywed glow.
  • Every single one of the amazing DIY touched that they put into all aspects of the day from the mass cleaning of the incredible big, red barn to the lupines that lined the aisle. Absolutely incredible. (I still think of Jonna & Dave every time I see lupines.)
  • The laughs that erupted during every piece of Jonna's dad's speech. With Jonna being his "hat trick" of his daughters to get married all within one year of each other, you HAVE to give her parents props for living and breathing weddings while planning all three!

The list could go on. But what I remember the most is this. Jonna & Dave. How happy they make each other and how perfectly well matched they are. It was such an amazing celebration of their love.

Happy anniversary, Jonna & Dave! Hopefully we'll cross paths on the trail again whether on the mountains or that of the path our lives are on. xoxo

Date: June 7, 2014   |  Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Location: Private Residences in Poland, Maine |  Bridal Boutique: Andrea's Bridal in Portland, Maine  |  Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse in South Portland, Maine  |  Caterer: Pizza Pie on the Fly in Portland, Maine   |  Ceremony & Reception Music: DJ Duran from Biddeford, Maine |  Florist: Rhonda Davis from the Windham Flower Shop in Windham, Maine

Kim & Tim :: Wedding & Reception in Northport, Maine

I first "met" Kim when she emailed me back in March of this year. She immediately referenced her amazing Pinterest wedding board and she instantly had me hooked. I just HAD to photograph her wedding to Tim! The two lovebirds and their super adorable little boy Jack call Brooklyn home these days, but chose to come to Maine to tie the knot at Bayview Farms, a rental property on the shore in Northport, Maine. Prior to the big day, I had visited their website stalked Kim's Pinterest boards like crazy and chatted up a storm with her. But none of that would have prepared me for arriving at the site the day of. Oh. My. Goodness. To say that it was 100% Kim's vision would be an understatement. It was bloody amazing!

The home itself could not have been more perfect for this DIY goddess. Every where you looked, Kim decked it out with the most gorgeous paper goods and details I have ever seen. She made TONS of paper chains that draped across the windows and the gift table, hung from their ceiling in the "dance party" room, and just about everywhere you looked. She also made tons of the smallest paper chains I have seen in my life and used them in their cake topper as well as in the bird cage that Jack carried with their rings in it. The bouquets were made by Kim and her lovely bridesmaids with flowers from the local farmers market (LOVE THAT!). The cake and all of the cupcakes surrounding it were also done by Kim with the help from friends. And, drumroll please, Kim even made her own wedding dress! I know, I know. She's officially the queen of the DIY wedding. When asked about how hard it was to sew her own dress, she nonchalantly replied that it wasn't too hard, just throw a couple patterns together. *sigh* If only it were that easy for DIY mortals like me.

And thus is the foundation for the day. Everything was so absolutely perfect. The location, the details, the food... I really don't think they could have asked for a better day. The ceremony was conducted in the backyard, overlooking the ocean with all of the friends gathered around them. After sealing the deal with a couple kisses and capturing portraits with their family and bridal party, we hit the coastline to go throw rocks with Jack (and capture photos of the adorable threesome in the process). The lighting was to die for as was their cuteness. I dare say I have some new favorite photos from these three! The rest of the night was spent celebrating their new union in grand fashion with a delicious clambake, amazing cupcakes, and a dance floor that kept hoping long after I left. Oh, and a little celebrating for Pirates Day just for Kim's mom, who was missing out of the festivities of her favorite "holiday" back home. It was such an absolutely amazing day.

Kim, Tim & Jack, thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so completely honored to have captured your day for you. You three are so adorable. And, Jack, don't grow up to fast! You are perfect just the way you are, you adorable little redhead.

All of Kim & Tim's photos are posted in their gallery, but you'll need the password from the newlyweds in order to see them and order printed goodies. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek from their wedding day. To see more, be sure to head over to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button!

Date: September 8, 2012  |  Ceremony & Reception Location: Bayview Farms rental property in Northport, Maine  |  Caterer: Coast Critters Clambakes  |  Rentals: Party Fundamentals in Camden, Maine  |  Guest Transportation: Waldo County Public Transportation

 

Happy First Anniversary, Brittany & Dan!

Oh, Brit & Dan.... I love you two so much! These two love birds tied the knot a year ago at the Great Island Common in New Castle, New Hampshire, on what just might have been the most perfect day for an ocean side summer wedding. And to say that Brittany is one of my craftiest brides ever just might an understatement considering how amazing all of the details were on their big day. Happy First Anniversary, Brittany & Dan! I hope that you did something amazing to celebrate. I'm looking forward to hitting the trails with you guys this summer.

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And, because I can't help but share them again, here is a flashback to their "Trash the Dress" session we did in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Footbridge Beach in Ogunquit, Maine. It was another spectacular day and a blast to capture their love again after the big day.


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P.S. Happy 100th post, Blog!