Eastern Prom

Brenna & Rob :: Engagement Session on Eastern Prom in Portland, Maine

I first met Brenna (and her mom and girlfriends) last month as she was on a whirlwind trip to Maine to work on the plans for her October nuptials to Rob. Just chatting with them about her vision for their wedding was inspiring. The location, the details, the dress... it was love at first "sight" for me. I was giddy about the day in no time. Needless to say, I was literally jumping for joy when she and Rob decided to book me for their big day. I CAN'T WAIT!

Before that day comes, we got together this past weekend to capture their engagement portraits. While planning the details, Brenna and I decided that the Eastern Prom in Portland, Maine, would serve as the perfect location. She also sent me her Pinterest board to inspire me with the shots she had gathered from around the web. We were all praying for light, fluffy snow and overcast skies to make for the perfect winter portraits. I was stalking the weather the week leading up to our session. It kept flipping around between sunny and snowy. The night before, I asked Siri on my iPad if it was going to snow the next day and she said it was. I took her at her word and she was right! It was the most picturesque snow I've ever seen. Huge, fluffy flakes and temperatures not so cold to make our noses drip but not so warm that the layers made us overheat. PERFECT, I TELL YOU! Before heading outside, we huge out in Brenna's mom's gorgeous apartment with amazingly huge windows letting in tons of natural light. I absolutely love old buildings like hers! It was, well, perfect!

Before I gush about their portraits for the rest of the night, I will just let this sneak peek, which I also posted over on Facebook, speak for itself. We had an awesome time together; their dog, Goose, got tons of exercise racing all around; and Brenna's mom was an epic sidekick/assistant/dog wrangler. In the end, the session was nothing short of amazing. Which means that their fall wedding will definitely be so inspiring that you'll want to come back and check it out. Enjoy!


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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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!

Nicole & J Wesley: MARRIED!

On April 24, 2010, I was honored to capture the absolutely gorgeous marriage of Nicole & J Wesley who traveled to Nicole's home state of Florida to tie the knot in Portland, Maine. Unlike the weather we had this month a year ago, the day was stunningly perfect and just the right temperature.

The ceremony was conducted by the bride's cousin and was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. The Cathedral was so amazing! Everything about the ceremony definitely reflected Nicole & J Wesley's deep love for each other.

In traditional Navy fashion, the newly hitched Nicole & J Wesley had to pass through the sword arch to make it official.

After the ceremony, we went out to the Eastern Prom on Munjoy Hill to take in the gorgeous view.

The reception was held at the Ocean Gateway, right on the waterfront in the Old Port. The entire day went off without a hitch. Even the fire alarm couldn't stop the newlyweds from enjoying every minute of it. We took advantage of it!

Nicole's rings were absolutely stunning, but it wasn't until I learned of the story of the two previous generations that it had blessed that it took my breath away. J Wesley's grandmother and mother both were married with the same engagement ring!

Congratulations to Nicole & J Wesley and thank you so much for letting me be a part of your incredible day. You are such a fun couple and it was very obvious how much you are meant to be together.

For more sneak peek photos of the day, check out my Facebook page!