Jim & Darci likely hold the record for how soon after their engagement they talked to me about photographing their wedding. But that's what happens when they are your dear friends! Jim and I work together at the same "9 to 5" job and we've bonded over the years with our shared history of private boarding school and years spent rowing. I knew that there was something special about Darci as soon as he started gushing to me about the new lady in his life. His huge smile, twinkly eyes, and rosy cheeks were a dead giveaway that this lady had him falling.Read More
Double Platinum Celebrations
Earlier today, I finally posted about Kelly & Kevin's gorgeous Maine Maritime Museum wedding being featured in the current issue of Real Maine Weddings. I've had this blog post recapping their day waiting in limbo since shortly after their August 2015 wedding as I awaited the official publication (a birdy told me to be on the lookout).
Here we are. Monthly later. And the time has come to look back on the gorgeous Saturday in August when these two love bird officially got hitched.
I first "met" Kelly & Kevin via a video conference, as I do with many of my couples planning from "away", just under a year before their wedding. For Kelly, their weddings plans were taking her home to the beautiful coast of Maine just outside of Bath. With an ode to the working waterfront, they were preparing for a perfect summer wedding ceremony and reception along the water at the Museum. The venue itself could not be more "Maine" and made for an incredibly historical venue to tie the knot. After they each prepared away from the Museum, they both made their way to their ceremony. I dare say that Kelly's trolley ride with her ladies was the perfect way to "go to the chapel"! You have to love all of the honks and cheers that come from passers by as soon as they see a bride on her wedding day!
To this day, their ceremony is fresh in my mind as if it was yesterday. Kelly and her dad made the long walk from Long Reach Hall down in front of the boulder on the Museum grounds to Kevin, who was waiting patiently along the water's edge for his bride to meet him. Kelly's dad was down right glowing with pride as he watched his daughter take her steps to being Kevin's wife. I've always been an emotional person, but it has certainly been more intense for me to see moments like this ever since I had my daughter. Yes, I was trying to hold back the tears. Once Kelly's dad took his seat next to her mom, the personal ceremony was filled with lots of laughter as the (about to be) newlyweds reflected upon what brought them to this day. And laughed even harder after a few mishaps with their rope tying ceremony. It was the perfect way for these two families to officially be joined together.
After a whirlwind portrait session with their families and bridal party on the Museum grounds, they started their celebrations with a bountiful cocktail hour overlooking the water in the shade of Long Reach Hall before heading inside for their reception. The catering was provided by Churchill Catered Events and highlighted many of the things most people love about Maine: seafood and blueberries! I dare say there were not any empty tummies by the end of the night with all of the amazing options before them. Kelly & Kevin danced well into the night with Kevin of Double Platinum Celebrations keeping the dance floor packed right up until the very end.
When the bell struck 11PM, they newlyweds rushed from the Museum under an arch of waving glow sticks as their family and friends sent them off to begin their new life together as husband & wife. It truly was a day that Alan and I will always remember!
Thank you to Kelly & Kevin for having us capture the story of their day, their parents for helping to plan such a timeless Maine wedding celebrations, and the Maine Maritime Museum for being the perfect spot to host all of their festivities. It really was so perfect!
Date: August 1, 2015
eremony & Reception Venue: Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine
Bridal Gown Boutique: Andrea's Bridal in Portland, Maine
Groom's Apparel: Men's Wearhouse
Bakery: The European Bakery Inc. in Falmouth, Maine
DJ: Double Platinum Celebrations DJ Service
Caterer: Churchill Catered Events in Portland, Maine
Florist: Emily Carter Floral Designs
Officiant: Rev. William Saunders
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
Sometimes I sit down to write my blog posts and I just can't come up with the words to express what I want to say. So it takes me a while to craft the post before I click publish. For Meaghan & Chris, it really comes down to love because, in the end, I love these two people so much than trying to put all my emotions in to writing about their gorgeous, snowy, winter wedding back in January... well, it's impossible. And so, months later, I know I just need to do it and cross my fingers that it comes across ok.
For me, Meaghan & Chris' wedding was personal. Chris is one of my husband's best friends. They've been coworkers for years now and we've spent a lot of time together and, as such, have a lot of history. Chris asked Alan to be one of his groomsmen. Having him in front of my camera instead of behind one of them as my assistant/second shooter was funnier than I can say. As for Meaghan, our relationship has a much shorter timeline. I first met her last year after Chris had been absolutely raving about her to Alan. She brought out a side of Chris that we hadn't seen before. She made him mushy and lovey and goofy right off the bat. If a girl could do that to our truck, mud, and motorcycling loving friend... I knew I had to meet her. What I hadn't expected was just how much I would connect with her through our shared love of Harry Potter and Legos in addition to being my gal pal while our guys were hanging out. When Chris proposed, Alan and I were so elated for them both, especially since it had been clear to us for a while that they were a once in a lifetime match for each other.
Fast forward through a couple whirlwind months of planning (and getting their engagement photos taken care of) and it was time to seal the deal. They wanted a winter wedding complete with big, fluffy snowflakes. They dreamed of temperatures a bit above freezing so that they could stand to be outside super quickly for photos. And they got it all. It was an absolutely spectacular day from start to finish! The entire event was held at the White Mountain Hotel & Resort at the base of Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, New Hampshire. The view is absolutely stunning just about everywhere you look from the cliffs behind you to the view across the valley at Cranmore. Meaghan got ready with her ladies and mom in the bridal suite, which was absolutely massive! I dare say it was bigger than all of my first apartment. It was crazy! Chris, meanwhile, went for one last drive with his cousin/best man on the Kancamagus Highway before walking down the aisle. It was the perfect way to start the day for both of them.
When it was "go time", all of Meaghan & Chris's friends and family filled the hotel lobby awaiting their first glimpse at Meaghan. Chris and his guys waited patiently for her entrance. Emotions were high. I was smiling so much in excitement for the two of them. When Chris saw his bride for the first time... you could just see the love pour over his face. The was meant to be. This moment. This day. As Meaghan walked down the aisle at her dad's side, his pride radiated out as he looked at her. And Meaghan... oh, Meaghan. The pure joy and excitement was so crystal clear. There was no way that she could smile any more than she was. Happiness feels like such an understatement. The ceremony itself was perfect and topped off with vows that they wrote to each other. Then there was the kiss. Oh, that kiss! I think everyone in attendance just melted from it. Meaghan included. Good job, Chris!
Immediately following the ceremony, I whisked the newlyweds outside to capture them at the base of Whitehorse Ledge before the light fell. I am SO jealous that they had this view for their day! Talk about incredible. Cliff behind them and a view of the valley in front of them. Gorgeous, new, white snow everywhere you could see. I love you, Mother Nature.
Once we had finished the family portraits in the dining room and the bridal party portraits outside (quickly enough that the ladies didn't freeze!), it was time to really get the party going! With the majority of the guests staying right at the hotel, the celebrating lasted well in to the night. Highlights of the evening included a very big announcement, Meaghan's dad hitting the dance floor next to his baby girl, some swanky moves from Meaghan's Aunt (hot stuff!), nighttime portraits under a starry sky, and a bridal and bouquet toss that left everyone in stitches. What many missed was the snow angels they attempted at the very end before heading to bed for the night. Yes, they were completely in their wedding attire. Yes, it was very cold for dear Meaghan.
Dearest Meaghan & Chris, thank you, once again, for letting both of us be a party of your day and for letting me be there to capture it all. We are truly blessed to have you two in our lives and we know you two are meant to be together. We can't wait to see what the rest of 2014 brings because we know that your wedding was just the start of one awesome year for you both.
Although their final gallery has been posted for a while and they've received their cute mini albums, be sure you check out their sneak peek over on my Facebook Page and hit like while you are there.
And, to anyone else planning a winter wedding, I'm your gal! I super, duper love winter weddings!
Date: January 19, 2104 | Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Location: White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire | Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Caterer: Stone Cove Catering | Ceremony & Reception Music: Double Platinum Celebrations | Event Coordinator: White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire | Florist: Dutch Bloemen Winkle | Officiant: Denis Duprey | Hair & Makeup: Jill Daigle from Adalia Salon in Westbrook, Maine