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Jessica & Matt's Rustic Wedding at The William Allen Farm in Pownal, Maine

Jess & Matt's wedding was one I have been patiently waiting to photograph for just over two years since I first met them both at Sam & Ryan's wedding way back in 2014. As soon as they set the date, a call was made to Sam to get my contact information and they quickly made me officially their photographer for their July 16th wedding. As Jess and I were reminiscing while she was getting ready, she brought up images that I had taken of the two of them at Sam & Ryan's wedding and I immediate said they would be making an appearance on my blog when I posted their sneak peek. Since I like to keep my promises...

Jessica & Matt attending Jessica & Matt at Samantha & Ryan's 2014 wedding at The Woodland's Club

Now, on to their wedding. Jess & Matt's wedding was held at The William Allen Farm in Pownal, Maine, which boasts expansive grounds, a lovely pond, air conditioned quarters to get ready in, and their timeless big red barn with a massive deck. Although this was my first wedding there, I have been driving by it for years now and, ever since Jess & Matt booked me, have been giddy declaring that I was going to shoot there every single time. I oh so love barn weddings!

Jess and her ladies spent their morning prepping in the bridal suite of the Farm. We were all VERY excited to have air conditioning as summer was blazing with a vengeance outside. Meanwhile, the barn was adorned with gorgeous flowers from Jess' parent's flower shop, Flowerland, as well as delicious looking cupcakes from Heavenly Delights Bakery as well as plenty of old lace and burlap. All of Jess' hard work with planning definitely paid off in spades as the entire estate was perfect.

Following a very personal ceremony next to the pond and their formal portraits, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds. Matt's brother roasted him like only a brother can during a toast that included an apple for Jess, who is a teacher, when he was referencing his brother's storied past in school. It definitely brought the house down! After the toasts, dinner, formal dances, and the cake was cut... Jess & Matt opted to take the party outside onto The William Allen Farm's huge deck! A mid-reception dance relocation was certainly a first, but it was gorgeous outside watching the sunset. It was so much fun!

Jess & Matt, thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me to tell the story of your day. It was such an honor! And thank you to Sam & Ryan for playing matchmaker and helping connecting them with me. It was so awesome to see you both again!

Michelle & Jory's Fall Wedding at the Maple Hill Farm Inn in Hallowell, Maine

Oh, Michelle & Jory. What an amazing day! When they first contact me about their wedding more than a year before their wedding day, I was immediately taken by how genuine they were and their unique story that brought them to this point in their life. When you start the story of how you met with "in jail..." you know it's going to be a good one. (And no, they weren't inmates. They were coworkers.) When Michelle and I set up our coffee date to sit down and chat, the humor continued as we found ourselves both at Dunkin' Donuts in the same town. On the same road. But not at the same location. We certainly had more than a few laughs about it while we figured that out! When we then met for their engagement portrait session at the Maple Hill Farm Inn in Hallowell almost exactly a year ago, our shared laughter resulted in some of my favorite shots from the day. I love it when things click so well!

Their wedding day itself was a textbook perfect September day. Crystal blue skies, fluffy white clouds, a slight breeze, cool temperatures... I dare say any couple dreams of weather like theirs. Michelle and her ladies started their day at Lux Beautique in Hallowell, Maine for their hair and make-up time before they went to the Maple Hill Farm Inn in Hallowell to continue their preparations. With the boys lounging down the hall, the ladies assembled their finishing touches before the ceremony.

The front lawn of the Maple Hill Farm Inn in Hallowell features many old growth maple trees that created the perfect canopy covering Michelle & Jory's wedding ceremony. Somehow the llamas got the memo and stayed away from the main event, as much as that disappointed Jory and his groomsmen. Fortunately, the llamas came our for the portrait time which continued the laughs and smiles. And made Jory and his best man, in particular, really happy. The grounds of the Maple Hill Farm Inn feature a wide variety of portrait spots for us to visit before getting the new Mr. & Mrs. and their attendants to their much anticipated reception.

As the hall filled with their guests, the party really got started. Michelle & Jory's friends and family immediately gravitated to the photobooth from High Tech Entertainment. The props were big hits all night long from a flowerly little hat to big glasses to sailor hats. Michelle and her dad had a hilarious dance prepared that energized the crowd. The dance floor itself was hopping with vast amount of entertainment provided by Jory's best man singing several popular hits.

It really was a perfect day for Michelle & Jory to start the next exciting chapter of their life together. And Alan and I are so pleased that we were able to be there to capture it for them.

Michelle & Jory, thank you for having us! We had such a great time with you both. Here is a sneak peek to tide you over as I finish the rest of your images.