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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!

Kari & Dustin :: Wedding & Reception at the Great Outdoors in Turner, Maine

Kari & Dustin first found me through Dustin's sister, Ashley, who married Jeff this past June at the lovely 1812 Farm in Bristol. First off, I absolutely LOVE when I get to work with families for multiple events and milestones. Two events in one year? Now I am one lucky lady! For some reason, both weddings really loved to tempt the weather gods though and neither had a stellar forecast leading up to the big day. In fact, I drove through sprinkles for both. But, when it came time for the wedding, the rain cleared out and the day was perfect for their outdoor ceremonies. I dare say these are two very lucky couples!

These two college sweethearts waited a long time for the big day to finally come and they chose The Great Outdoors in Turner, Maine, to host their lakeside vows followed by their camp lodge, rocking reception. Kari got ready with her attendants in an adorable cabin right at The Great Outdoors, which made it very convenient for checking on all of the details of their reception throughout the morning. Her bridesmaid (and hairstylist friend), Amber, took care of her gorgeous hair style while her other bridesmaid, Taryn, handled Kari's stunning makeup. I dare say any girl would be lucky to have these two ladies as friends because, not only are they awesome to be with, they are super talented, too! Once the finishing touches were put on, it was time for Kari & Dustin's intimate wedding on the beach of Pleasant Pond. Their closest family and friends joined them as they said their vows with the sun just starting to peek out through a cloud covered sky. There were more than enough tears and plenty of smiles to go around. Kari, the sentimentalist, chose the perfect verse for her brother to read while Dustin, the joker, was unable to find something that he felt was perfect for the day. So he wrote a hilarious piece, in jest, for his new bride, which he had Ashley read. It definitely resulted in a fair amount of laughter! And as did Justin's reaction as they were pronounced husband and wife and he thrust his fist in to the air with unbridled love and pride. I dare say it has to be my favorite pronouncement moment ever!

Following their portraits on the beach and a woodland clearing nearby, it was time to get the party started!  The evening had several toasts by the bridal party who offered up a wide range of stories of the couple all the way from when Dustin was young and one of his groomsmen had the hots for Ashley to when Kari invited her "bridesman" to be her wingman on the first date ("And I'll give you a sign if its going well and you can leave..." Hilarious!). Dustin also gave an emotional speech to his new wife and to all of the people in attendance telling them how much they all meant to him and how much of an impact they had on his life. It was heartfelt, very moving and, at time, very funny. But the moral of his story was clear. Don't take anyone you have for granted and live each day like it is your last. Because you never know what will happen. So go out and tell everyone how much they mean to you. Best to say it now, while you can. Once all the tears had been dried and the delicious buffet, their guests partied to the tunes played by the band SideTracked, got their sugar rush on with delicious (& adorable) cupcakes from Vallee Cake Company, and then acted like crazy people in the photo booth. It was such a perfect day!

All of Kari & Dustin’s photos are posted in their gallery, but you’ll need the password from the newlyweds in order to see them and order printed goodies. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek from their wedding day. To see more, be sure to head over to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button!

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Date: September 22, 2012  |  Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Location: The Great Outdoors in Turner, Maine  |  Caterer: Hurricane's Cafe & Deli in Hermon, Maine  |  Bakery: Vallee Cake Company in Oxford, Maine  |  Florist: The Flower Girl Wedding Florist in Wales, Maine  |  Band: SideTracked from Lisbon, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal