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Michelle & Brian :: Wedding at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland, Maine

Michelle and Brian.... the wedding that wrapped up a chapter for me. I first met Michelle and Brian last year when she was a bridesmaid at Jodie and DJ's wedding. And then when Jen and Josh tied the knot shortly thereafter. Needless to say, we were great friends by the time the planning started for their own wedding! "My girls", as I started lovingly calling these three ladies, have been a cornerstone to my wedding season for a while. Finally having the trilogy all married has been an absolutely amazing trip. But enough about me!

Michelle and Brian got ready at the elegant Eastland Park Hotel in Portland with all of their bridal party and family. Michelle and her ladies were primped by the super talented L'Salotta Salon while the guys were off golfing their hearts out. The super crew from Lasting Memories Videotaping captured the entire day from start to amazing finish.

After the finishing touches had been applied, it was off to the always incredible Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the ceremony! I know I've said it before, but the Cathedral really does take my breath away every time I'm there. In fact, Michelle and Brian booked the Cathedral sight unseen and told me during a get together this summer that they were tying the knot there. After jumping up and down, I showed them what it looked like for the other amazing weddings I have been honored to capture there and they knew they had made the right choice. It truly is stunning!

Following the ceremony, the entire wedding party hopped in to a limo bus from Maine Limousine Service and headed for the Eastern Prom from the gorgeous "Maine" background of the harbor filled with boats and the islands in the distance. From there, it was time to get the party started back at the Eastland Park Hotel. It truly is hard to chose a favorite moment. Brian's very proud mom getting teary eyed during her dance with her son. Or maybe it was the Eastland Park Signature Flambé presentation from the talented waitstaff at the Hotel. Perhaps it was when Northeast DJs called out other couples, preselected by Michelle and Brian, to kiss each other when the glasses were clinked. But then there was the very last song of the night, Get Low by Lil' Jon. From start to finish, the entire day was filled with memories that I know no one will forget any time soon. I know that I won't!

Michelle and Brian, thank you for letting Alan and I be a part of your day. We are so incredibly honored! And we can't wait to see what the next chapter has in store for you!

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Abbey & Matthew :: Wedding in Portland, Maine

Abbey and Matthew were hitched on a gorgeous, late September day in Portland, Maine. You might remember these two cuties from their engagement session earlier this summer. Needless to say, it was a picture perfect day for these two love birds as they became husband and wife at the always incredible Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. I am so in love with the Cathedral that it takes my breath away every time I step foot inside. And understandably so! It is absolutely amazing.

Abbey wore a stunning, classically style gown from Andrea's Bridal Shop while Matthew was looking super dapper in his black suit. The amazing bouquets and floral arrangements were brought in by the newlywed's family all the way from New York state in a very well air conditioned car (thank goodness the driver didn't freeze!) and were the absolute perfect compliment to their day.

After the Mass has concluded and the couple sealed their vowed with their first newlywed kiss, we made our way to East End Beach as well as the Maine State Pier for portraits before arriving at Ri-Ra on Commercial Street for their reception. After the delicious meal was served, Abbey and Matthew cut the stunning, dark chocolate frosted cake, which was crafted by Cake Extraordinaire. Next up came a very full dance floor as the party really got started!

Congratulations to Abbey, Matthew, and their entire amazing family! Thank you for letting me be a part of your special memories!

 

Amanda & Michael :: Engagement Session at East End Beach in Portland, Maine

I am blessed with incredible clients. I just have to say that outright. Amanda & Michael are awesome. They traveled home to Maine from the midwest back in October so we could get together for some engagement photos (and so they could do some more wedding planning). I won't lie. It was cold! We met right at East End Beach in Portland and I was wearing a down jacket. But these two are die hards. Perhaps its the fact that they are from one of those states that already has snow on the ground. If I had to guess though, I'd say their love kept them warm. They were just so cute all day long. I can't wait until their big day next Summer!