Jim & Darci likely hold the record for how soon after their engagement they talked to me about photographing their wedding. But that's what happens when they are your dear friends! Jim and I work together at the same "9 to 5" job and we've bonded over the years with our shared history of private boarding school and years spent rowing. I knew that there was something special about Darci as soon as he started gushing to me about the new lady in his life. His huge smile, twinkly eyes, and rosy cheeks were a dead giveaway that this lady had him falling.Read More
This post has been waiting in the wings ever so patiently since Katie & TJ's perfect summer wedding last weekend. Truthfully, I have been looking forward to it for just about a year since I first met Katie & TJ over a brew at Some Brewing in York. A couple who travels to Maine on a week day to chat about their wedding over a beer... well, it's obvious why I've been so excited!Read More
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...
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!
- Wedding Date: July 16, 2016
- Getting ready, ceremony and reception: The William Allen Farm in Pownal, Maine
- Bakery: Heavenly Delights Bakery
- Bridal Salon: Madeleine's Daughter
- Catering: Hurricane Phil's
- DJ: James McNally
- Florist: Flowerland, Jess' parents' flower store
- Groom's Apparel: Men's Warehouse
- Hair Stylist: Jordyn, Jess' friend, and Jackie, Jess' mom's friend
- Makeup: Heather, Jess' friend
- Transportation: VIP
- Photographer: Suzanne Simmons Photography
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!
- Date: July 12, 2014
- Getting Ready: The Regency in Portland, Maine
- Ceremony: First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in South Portland, Maine
- Reception: The Woodlands Club in Falmouth, Maine
- Bridal Gown: Madeleine's Daughter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse in Newington, New Hampshire
- Florist: Heather Caron Floral Design in Westbrook, Maine
- DJ Service: Jim Smith from Maine's Premier Entertainment
- Officiant: Pastor Tom Teichmann in Amherst, New Hampshire
- Desserts: Two Fat Cats Bakery in Portland, Maine
Last weekend's wedding was eight(ish) months of planning, but I first met Christina & Peter back in November 2012 when Peter's brother, Kevin, married Beth. I absolutely love it when family members book me for multiple weddings because it feels like a family reunion to me to see them all again. And last weekend was no different. Christina & Peter were married beneath a canopy of old growth trees on the top of a hill with a gorgeous view in Buxton, Maine. The private residence was immaculately groomed for their celebration and all of the gardens were in bloom. The tree lined road leading us there was like something out of a storybook. It truly was a dream spot.
Christina arrived at their ceremony in her father's immaculately restored red 1966 T-Bird with her parents, daughter, and their beloved dog. With their dog serving as the flower girl and their daughter as her maid of honor and a boat built by Peter in his youth floating in the pond behind the ceremony giving off slight ripples, it was a family centric ceremony in every way.
The celebration was featured a delicious dinner and an extensive dessert spread from the Bar Mills Community Church in Buxton, Maine while Ben & Diane Taylor kept the kids on the dance floor with tons of popular tunes. There was even a round of hookie pokie that was super popular! The candy bar was a huge hit, as always! By the end of the night, Christina & Peter watched the sunset over the valley as the day eight months in planning came to a close. What a wonderful way to start the next chapter of their life together.
Christina & Peter, thank you so much for letting me play a role in your wedding! I will always remember the day I cried first and when I became a ringbearer. I hope the past week has been filled with love, laughter, and lots of relaxing without wedding planning!
- Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
- Getting Ready, Ceremony, and Reception Venue: Private Residence in Buxton, Maine
- Bridal Salon: Madeleine's Daughter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- Catering: Bar Mills Community Church in Buxton, Maine
- DJ: Ben & Diane Taylor
- Florist: Patty's Flower Design in Buxton, Maine
- Hair Stylist: Kristi Letarte in Saco, Maine
- Officiant: Katie Gregoire
Ally & Mark made one of my dreams come true last weekend. Yes, I know. It was their wedding day. Not mine. But when Ally contacted me 15 months prior to their wedding day almost immediately following their engagement, I jumped up and down in excitement as she told they were hoping to have their reception at Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine. I'm a huge Grace fan and I've always wanted to capture a wedding there. Flash forward to this past weekend, and they made that dream come true.
And what a day it was! Ally spent the morning at Knaughty Hair getting dolled up with her hair being styled by Liz (amazing work!) before putting on the finishing touches at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland. Meanwhile, Mark was spending time with his brothers just a few floors away. With the details put together, it was off on the trolley to the quintessential Maine landmark: Portland Headlight. With the couple choosing Maine for their destination wedding, it was such the perfect spot to tie the knot. Combine that with their spinning pinwheels lining the aisle, the hand fasting ritual they did, and their grandparents serving as the ring bearers and flower girl (SO CUTE!)... it could not have been more perfect.
One of the most awesome aspects of Grace Restaurant is just how darn picturesque it is in that area of Portland never mind the Grace itself. I loved that Ally & Mark planned their timeline such that we were able to explore the area while taking more fun portraits of them with their bridal party and still made it back in time for some of their cocktail hour.
Their reception was held in the totally unique hall in the lower level of Grace Restaurant. The windows, the pillars, the chandeliers... what an awesome space! And then you see the food.... queue the jaw drop. It was so delicious! Then there were lots of laughs and a few tears during the toasts by Ally & Mark's siblings and Ally's dad. Reenactment of that leaping dance move from Dirty Dancing during Ally & Mark's first dance (so awesome!). An incredible unfrosted wedding cake that the bride and her family prepared. And even a surprise from their ladies and guys with a prepared dance off. Needless to say, perfect in every way.
We wrapped up the night watching the sunset over Portland's Back Bay. It was a great way to reflect on the day and how fast the past 15 months have flown by.
Ally & Mark, I hope that your trip home as newlyweds went smoothly. Thank you so much for having me there to capture your day for you. It was such a blast! Here is a sneak peek of all the images you have coming your way.
Date: June 6, 2015 | Getting Ready Location: Courtyard Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Maine | Ceremony Location: Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, Maine | Reception Location: Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine | Bridal Boutique: Madeleine's Daughter in Portsmouth, Maine | Caterer: Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine | Ceremony Music Duo: Harbor Island Duo | Ceremony & Reception Music: The Music Man DJ Service in Kennebunk, Maine | Florist: The Manchester Flower Studio in Manchester, New Hampshire | Officiant: Nick Hammer | Hair & Makeup: Knaughty Hair in Portland, Maine