Heather Caron

Samantha & Ryan's First Congregational Church UCC & Woodlands Club Wedding

I'm often asked by other photographers, "How do your couples find you?" Well, the majority of the time, they find me because they have friends and family that I've had the pleasure of working with before. In the seven years I've been photographing weddings, that is by far my biggest source of clients. That's how Samantha & Ryan found me more than a year before their July 2014 wedding (Thank you, Alyssa!). And now I have Samantha & Ryan to thank for one of my latest couples to book for 2016 (So excited, Jessica & Matt!). So I thought it would be only fitting to take a look back at Samantha & Ryan's wedding from just over a year ago as I continue to update this (relatively) new blog.

Samantha & Ryan... seriously, what is not to love about these two? I first met them for coffee in an old bank vault at an Aroma Joe's in Sanford, Maine. We spent forever talking about, well, everything that you could imagine and laughing our tails off. It really was like a coffee date with old friends. Their engagement session was much the same. Lots of love and laughter as we explored Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Samantha's bridal shower at the Salt Water Grille in South Portland was an afternoon spent celebrating. And then came their wedding day on a sweltering Saturday last July.

The love between Samantha & Ryan is the stuff that fairytales are made of. The way that Ryan melts when he looks at Samantha. Samantha's glowing smile and blushing cheeks when she talks of her love for Ryan. They are made for each other. And their wedding day was a testament to that love as well as the love they have for their families.

Samantha and her ladies got ready at the classic Regency in Portland's Old Port before their ceremony at the First Congregational Church UCC in South Portland, Maine. There may have been just a few tears of joy shed prior to the ceremony. And some of them may have been mine.

After their ceremony, we took off for Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth to take their bridal party portraits along the coast. Then it was time to head to The Woodlands Club to really celebrate the newlyweds well into the night.

I am so honored to have been there to see these get hitched and am already looking forward to seeing them at Jessica & Matt's wedding next summer. I dare say that is my favorite part about referrals from past couples. I get to see my old friends again!

Samantha & Ryan, thank you so much for having me with you on your wedding day. I hope that the past year has been filled with what we all know you for: lots of love and laughter. It certainly has flown by!

Christie & Patrick :: Wedding at the Peter McKernan Hospitality Center in South Portland, Maine

Christie and Patrick were married at the Peter McKernan Hospitality Center on the Southern Maine Community College campus in South Portland, Maine. I first met the love birds over a cup of coffee and a french cruller. As they told me their story, the whole idea of opposites attracting was blaring in my head. They met in the Old Port on a New Year's Eve. Patrick was in a band and Christie was out celebrating with friends. He's a classic rocker while she'd rather blare the latest hits. She loves lots of mascara and lip gloss while his hair is normally just as wild as his faces while he plays the drums. And yet they fit together like peanut butter and jelly.

It might have been over 100 degrees the day before the wedding, but mother nature was on our side for the big day and brought in some [very slightly] cooler temperatures. From Christie's gorgeous flower in her hair (made from her dress after alterations were done) to her Matron of Honor Clare's speech and from Patrick's huge smile whenever he looked at Christie to the fabulous cake (from Let Them Eat Cake) and flowers (from Heather Caron Floral Design), I don't think the day could have been any more perfect at all.

Here is a sneak peek of what the Newlyweds have to look forward to from their wedding day. I'll let the photos speak for themselves!

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Thank you so much, Christie & Patrick, for letting me be a part of your amazing day! I hope you had a blast in Vegas!

Date: July 23, 2011
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Peter McKernan Hospitality Center at Southern Maine Community College
Caterer: Peter McKernan Hospitality Center at Southern Maine Community College
Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal's by Sandy
Bakery: Let Them Eat Cake
Ceremony & Reception DJ: The Music Man
Florist: Heather Caron Floral Design
Hair & Make-Up Salon: Adalia's Salon
Videography: Lasting Memories Videotaping