Back in August, I met Meghan & Hunter for the first time for their engagement session. Normally a couple might look at the weather forecast, see the rain as just about a definite, and then opt to reschedule. But these two lovebirds decided to roll the dice and opt to go for it. Worst case scenario, they would get wet! But their fingers, and mine, were crossed with the hope that handling the rain for their portraits would result in perfect weather come their wedding day.Read More
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Oh my, what a perfect way to kick off my "busy season" with weddings! Molly & Brandon first reached out to me in March of 2015. well over a year in advance, with fingers crossed that I was still available. Lucky for them, and me, I was!
Fast forward through several months of phone calls, emails, and coffee dates... and we arrive at last weekend. The forecast was picture perfect leading up to the day of and Mother Nature did not disappoint. From the light and fluffy clouds, warmth of the sun on our skin, a slight breeze in the air, flowers in bloom, new leaves on the trees... when you think of springtime in Maine, you think of that day. It was perfect.
Molly & Brandon chose the Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown as the setting for their day. It is unique in the hotel wedding scene in that they offer the picturesque park right next to their property as well as the Old Town Hall for your ceremony, accommodations on site (obviously), and their ballroom for your reception. Having everything for their day in one location certainly made for a very smooth timeline. Of course, Molly's attention to detail and their desire to have plenty of time to get ready meant that everything went off without a hitch and was timed.
When I think about their day, there are aspects that stand out to me the most. The most notable in my mind was watching Brandon & Molly interact with their parents. Their extremely strong family ties were very evident. From the way Brandon's parents looked at him as he was getting ready to how he embraced his mom during their formal portraits; from Molly being surrounded by her family as she ready for the ceremony to how she was embraced by her father during their formal dance together. It was so clear to me that family, and their faith, was of utmost importance to them and their relationship as they took this momentous step together.
Capturing the start to this chapter of their lives together was more of a honor than I could ever put into words. I know that their wedding day was just the next chapter in their incredible love story, which has so much more in store for these love birds.
While they are off enjoying their honeymoon, here is a sneak peek of what is in store for the new Mr. & Mrs. once they return. I hope that you love them as much as I do!
- Date: May 21, 2016
- Bridal Down Boutique: David's Bridal
- Grooms Apparel: Men's Wearhouse
- Bakery: Family friend of Molly & Brandon
- DJ: Joel Crowley of Adaptive Entertainment in Windham, Maine
- Caterer, Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown in Freeport, Maine
- Florist: Downeast Flowers & Gifts in Kennebunk, Maine
- Hair & Makeup: Samantha Miles
- Officiant: Kyle Gabri from Pathway Vineyard Church in Brunswick, Maine
Tamara & Cory's wedding was arguable one of the chilliest I captured in 2015. But mother nature couldn't get in their way. Tamara got ready in the top suite in one of the townhouses at the Village by the Sea in Wells, Maine. The view alone made up for the chill in the area! What a gorgeous spot to get ready! In addition, Tamara's hard work planning the big day could not have paid off better. Their classically toned palette of blush pink with classic black and white just might have made it my favorite of the year. Her attendants wore stunning full length gowns from David's in blush pink while Tamara was a classic beauty in a stunning white gown with lots of sparkly details. So beautiful! For one last perfect matching detail, Tamara officially became my first bride to ever equip me for their wedding when she handed over her adorable pink Instax mini-8 instant film camera to snap photos of her details, getting ready... and just about anything else that suit my fancy! As a photographer with roots in film first before digital, I was so excited to add her camera to the mix. Talk about a blending of high and low technology!
For these love birds, my favorite moments of the entire day were centered around their son. From getting ready with the boys and looking so handsome in his tux to when he cut the corner during the processional so he could get to the gazebo faster. Then he brought tears to everyone's eyes during his toast to him mom during the reception before dancing with her. He certainly stole the show a number of times.
Cory, you have come so far since I first met you all those years ago. From the high school student in my classroom to a married man with an adorable son. Time certainly flies! Congratulations, Tamara & Cory, and thank you so much for having me there for your special day! I am so excited to see what life has in store for the two of you as you start your new life as husband & wife.
- Getting Ready, Ceremony, and Reception Venue: Village by the Sea in Wells, Maine
- Bridal Gown Boutique: David's Bridal
- Groom's Apparel: Men's Wearhouse
- Bakery: Let Them Eat Cake in Kennebunk, Maine
- DJ: M & M Entertainment in South Portland, Maine
- Caterer: Blue Elephant Cafe & Catering in Saco, Maine
- Ceremony Music: M & M Entertainment in South Portland, Maine
- Florist: Downeast Flowers & Gifts, 1 High St, Kennebunk, ME 04043
- Hair and Makeup: Nicolette from Biddeford Hair Excitement
- Officiant: Andrea Rohde from Kennebunk, Maine