Maine

Kristan & Greg :: Old Port Engagement Portraits in Portland, Maine

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of meeting up with Kristan & Greg in Portland's Old Port for their engagement session. They'll be kicking off my 2016 wedding season and were the first to book me for next year. Needless to say, these two have their A-game on! Combine that with Kristan being childhood friends with my 2012 bride, Jess, and I knew we'd hit it off and have a blast. And I was so right. With love lock in hand, we put their lock on the fence along Portland's waterfront. But, instead of tossing the key into the harbor (poor fishies!), they opted for the nearest trash bin to keep the harbor cleaner (love it!). And then I learned of how Greg took Kristan to Street & Co. for their first date, which set the bar pretty high for all future dates. When I took them down allies or had they smooching tons in an elevator, they were game with no questions asked. Then, to seal the deal, I knew we were meant to be when we crossed paths after their session was over at my all time favorite gelato spot, Gorgeous Gelato. Alan and I are so excited to photograph their wedding in Portland in 2016! It's sure to be an awesome time.

Old Port Portland Maine Engagement Portraits

Samantha's Bridal Shower at the Saltwater Grille in South Portland,Maine

When Samantha's mother contacted me about photographing Samantha's bridal shower as a surprise, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to see her again and to meet all of her gals. (I captured her engagement photos last year, with her husband to be Ryan, at Two Lights State Park and had an absolute blast with them. Check it out again by clicking here!) Add in the fact that the shower was held at the stunning, oceanside Saltwater Grille in South Portland, Maine, and I was giddy before I even got there!

Samantha's mother and maid of honor planned a really lovely bridal shower for Samantha with fun games, a mimosa bar, and lots of delicious food. One of my favorite moments included pin the ring on Samantha where her guests tried to place the ring on her finger on a canvas print of one of their engagement photos. It definitely resulted in lots of laughs! There were also Samantha Scattergories which included several laugh worth moments over sand, sailors, and sandals as everyone came up with words beginning with the letter "S" to fill in the blanks.

I am so excited to see all of these ladies again next month as Samantha & Ryan tie the knot!! Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Google + to see their wedding sneak peek as soon as I post it. In the meantime, here is a look back at the bridal shower. What an amazing day it was!

Samantha's Bridal Shower at the Saltwater Grille in South Portland, Maine

April & Dan :: Winter Engagement Portraits at Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

With just over a week to go until this wedding, I've been saving this blog post for April & Dan just as life gets crazy with the finishing touches for their wedding in Portland, Maine. I'll be honest that one of Dan's good friends won the honors of photographing their wedding, but I got dibs on their winter engagement session with their two adorable pups, Willy & Bella. I'll take it!

I met up wit April and Dan back in February on one of the most gorgeous winter days ever. The crystal clear blue sky poured sunshine upon the snow covered grounds of Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth. Although midday is normally not ideal for photography because of the lighting, the white snow acted as amazing reflector and bounced the light everywhere. Including up to these two lovebirds who first met five years ago at Sugarloaf Mountain. But, after hearing their story, I dare say that it was fate that brought them together as their fathers were friends before that faithful night.

Fast forward to our session date together at the always popular Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth. The awesome thing about it in the winter is that there are far less tourists than during the summer! The less awesome? Navigating pathways that are unplowed turned... well... interesting for us all. I'm super thankful for my husband buying me tall winter boots so I was able to go off the beaten path and let the lovebirds stay where the snow was a bit firmer. We had a great time wandering around the park with Bella & Willy for a while before we put them back in the comfort of the car so we had some time pup free. What struck me most about the entire day was the way April turns gooey when she looks at Dan and how proud and happy Dan is to have April by his side. It may have taken them years for their paths to finally cross, but I dare say they are stuck together now.

April & Dan, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your engagement portraits for you! I had such a great day and am so happy that YOU are happy with all of the awesome photos we got together. Best of luck with the next week leading up to the big day! I'll be thinking of you both lots as I'm off at another wedding in Massachusetts!

Here is a peek of what April & Dan have from their session with me. There are lots more to see, so hopefully, if you know them personally, they've shared the password for their event on my website with you!

Winter Engagement Portraits at Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

April & Dan :: Winter Engagement Portraits in Buxton, Maine

I love winter. I love fresh white snow, I love being able to bundle up to stay warm (as opposed to seeking AC to stay cool), and I love the light that often comes with the angle of the sun. Sign. Me. Up!

When April contacted me about her June wedding to Dan, the son of one of my former coworkers, and expressed interested in doing their engagement photos in the winter, I was obviously all over it! Choosing a location for your session, especially in the winter, can prove to be difficult. I love it when the location itself has special meaning to the couple so that the photos are more reflective of them. For April & Dan, it doesn't get much more meaningful than their home that they bought together last summer. Dan was a trooper and came waltzing out with shovel in hand, prepared to SHOVEL A PATH to anywhere on their property. Seriously, ladies, you can be jealous now. How many of you who have a man that would do that without being asked? I dare say he was raised right!

We tromped out to the middle of a clearing and April made the first move that told me their wedding was one to look forward to. Within 5 minutes of starting, she had pushed him in to the snow, totally not worried about the cold or snow that was going to cover them both. I could not stop laughing! Dan got her back later though, so they were even in the end.

Winter Engagement Session in Buxton, Maine

Dan & April told me of their lengthy history together that started way back in high school where they first met. They told me of their first kiss on New Year's Eve heading in to 2012. April gushed over the amazing ring that Dan proposed to her with. (Seriously, it's amazing! I can't wait to take lots of photos of it on the wedding day!) With Dan working out of state for a month at a time, we talked about the challenges that come with that distance and the planning the April has been doing to create their dream wedding this summer. Needless to say, it was a great time hanging out together even with the snow up past my knees. At least it was warmer than it was on New Year's Eve for my last wedding! And, at the end of the session, they sent me on my way with a dozen eggs from their eighteen chickens. How awesome is that?!?

Winter Engagement Session in Buxton, Maine

Alan and I are super excited for their wedding this summer and know that we'll have lots of laughs with April & Dan that day. This is just a sneak peek of the large number of photos that these love birds have coming their way. You can also check them out over on my Facebook page to see them in a larger format! Thank you, April & Dan, for choosing me. I can't wait for the big day!

Lauren & Jon :: New Year's Eve Wedding at Ocean Gateway in Portland, Maine

Sometimes, when a couple contacts me about their wedding, I have to dig real deep to not jump up and down screaming "PICK ME!" like a crazy stalker. That's pretty much what happened when Lauren contacted me (on my birthday) back in February about her New Year's Eve wedding with Jon. Seriously. I could barely contain myself. The idea of ringing in the New Year at one of my all time favorite venues, Portland's Ocean Gateway, with such an awesome couple was more than a little exciting to me. By Valentine's Day, they made my wish come true and I was booked for their wedding. THANK YOU! I was so excited. Then we met up in the Old Port in September for their engagement session and I was jazzed up once again simply because Lauren & Jon are two of the most caring, loving, thoughtful people that I have ever met. Add in the fact that they are just so cute together? Yup. They make my "job" easy and so hard to call it that. I was instantly excited just to see them get married not to mention all of the other awesomeness.

December 31st finally came and my husband and I geared up and headed to the Residence Inn in the Old Port for Lauren getting ready with her fab ladies. The temperatures? Yeah...single digits at best. I bought a long down coat from LLBean just so I wouldn't freeze (and to warm Lauren up should she need it). Suffice to say, it was chilly. Lauren and all of her gal pals were just putting on the finishing touches while wearing their super cute monogrammed dress shirts when we arrived at their suite. Then I saw Lauren's gorgeous gown from Andrea's Bridal and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. It was stunning! Add the fur wrap and the muff... oh my goodness. I knew Jon was just going to die when he saw her.

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The ceremony itself was held at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland. I love shooting weddings there because of the amazing wrap balcony, which makes it perfect for a wide variety of shooting angles. My second shooter (otherwise known as my best friend and husband), Alan, covered the balcony during the ceremony. I dare say some of his shots are my favorite ceremony shots from the entire year (and a big reason why I waited to compile my 2013 posts). The ceremony itself was performed by Reverend Ronald Franklyn, who is a family friend of the groom's. I absolutely love it when the ceremony is performed by someone that has known the couple for a while. His sermon was heartfelt and moving and detailed the progression of Jon & Lauren coming to that moment. I had to choke back the tears as we heard of how their families had come together and the positive changes that they had brought to each other. Their love is really the kind of love that you read about. Heartfelt. Pure. Meant to be.

Given the frigged temperatures outside, we decided to make short work of their formal portraits at the church and then head to the Ocean Gateway to get their party started!

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In true "party of the year" style, Lauren & Jon brought in their good friends of Pardon Me, Doug to perform at their rocking party reception. And boy did their friends keep the dance floor rocking all night long! From the props they brought in for the photobooth to the delicious platters that were generously refilled by Bread and Butter Catering all night long to the signature drinks at the bar... it was one heck of a way to end 2013 and ring in 2014 in style. The toasts given by the best man (who happened to be Lauren's brother and the reason the lovebirds met in the first place), Lauren's maid of honor (who knew she HAD to be friends with Lauren when she first saw her on the other side of the cafeteria at college), and the speeches given by the fathers (Lauren's dad actually performed a song with the band for the newlyweds while Jon's dad made everyone cry) were some of the most memorable of all time. It was all too obvious to everyone how special this night was for everyone, not just for Lauren & Jon. They were just so incredibly awesome.

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As midnight approach, the champagne was poured and the 2014 glasses, hats, and masks were brought out in full force. This was what they had been planning for all year. Everyone's' eyes turned to the countdown clock as the seconds ticked by. With his arm around his wife, Jon's excitement was contagious. Lauren was beaming and glowing. Their crowd of family and friends was pulsing behind them in jubilation. 3...2...1... HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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And what a New Year it was. Cheers erupted everywhere. The entire dance floor was like a giant mistletoe was hanging over it. You could feel the love. See the love. This was what the newlyweds wanted: "a pretty rad New Year's eve wedding". And boy did they deliver. Alan and I both agree that we've never had such an awesome New Year's before. It was such an awesome night!

Congratulations, Lauren & Jon, and thank you so much for inviting both of us to be there for your rad wedding. It was such a complete honor. You are both fantastic people and together you will go so far. Give lots of hugs, kisses, and treats to your furry baby, Sadie, for us.

This is just a sneak peek at the almost 900 photos that will be coming their way shortly. You'll be able to see them all in their event on my website as soon as they are ready. In the meantime, you can see them all over on my Facebook page as well (be sure to tag, share, and hit the "like" button on my page)!

Date: December 31, 2013  |  Getting Ready Location:Residence Inn Downtown Portland in Portland, Maine  |  Ceremony Location:First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland, Maine  |  Reception Location:Ocean Gateway in Portland, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique:Andrea's Bridal in Portland, Maine  |  Groom's Attire:Men's Wearhouse  |  Caterer:Bread and Butter Company  |  Cake Artist: Jessica Ennis  |  Ceremony Music: Dan Moore  |  Hair Stylist: Friend of the Bride  |  Band:Pardon Me, Doug  |  Officiant:Reverend Ronald M. Franklyn  |  Stationary:Wharf Industries Printing, Inc.  |  Rentals:A Plus Party Rentals  | Transportation:Custom Coach and Limousine

Meaghan & Chris :: Engagement Portraits in Sebago and Naples, Maine

When one of your husband's best friends, who you see as the wild and never settle down type, meets the love of his life and decides to make his house a home with her you can't help but have your heart melt. And it gets even better when you spend time with the woman who stole his heart and it feels like you've been friends with her forever. That is pretty much the story behind Meaghan and Chris. I am SO excited that Chris found such an amazing woman to build a life with and that we get along so well. Now, when my husband is being a grease monkey in the garage working on projects with Chris, Meaghan and I are inside laughing our butts off and having girl talk time. Come time for their engagement portraits, we got together at their home in Sebago to snuggle up with Chris' beloved truck he is working on restoring and Meaghan's furry baby, Jack. The freezing temperatures, albeit before the snow flew, gave us a run for our money and we were making frequent trips inside for coffee to warm up. After the pup and truck had been thoroughly photographed, we moved down to the Causeway in Naples for portraits along the lake. The wind ripping off the lake make it even colder, but their love and Meaghan's smiles kept us all warm. And I dare say that it was worth it for the shots we got!

I am so excited for their wedding next month in New Hampshire! It's going to be such an awesome weekend filled with lots and lots of love (and snow, I hope). Congratulations, Meaghan & Chris! I am so honored to be a part of your festivities!

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Cerelia & Jim :: Biddeford Pool Wedding and North Dam Mill Reception in Biddeford, Maine

As I wrap up the gallery for Cerelia & Jim's gorgeous November wedding, it is the perfect time to reflect on the day. When I first met Cerelia and Jim, it was exactly eight months to the day before they were to walk down the aisle. I met them in the North Dam Mill in Biddeford, Maine, where their reception was to be held. I drank my fancy coffee from the amazing Perk Cafe. I crossed paths with one of my favorite DJs, Jim Smith from Premier Entertainment, as he was leaving his consultation with them and I was just heading in for my own. It was as if it was a sign of how awesome the actual wedding day would be.

Come the day of, the sun was shining brightly and the temperature was just warm enough to not be unbearable, but it was definitely still November. The crispness in the air was definitely there. Cerelia and her girls got ready at the Hampton Inn Biddeford-Saco and I arrived just as their makeup and hair was being finished. Hairspray was sprayed on their hair. And in their shoes (to prevent slipping). Dresses were pulled on. Tears were shed. It was a beautiful day to get married. Deciding to see each other prior to the ceremony, Jim first saw Cerelia as the elevator doors opened. A smile broke out on his previously nervous face. And her dad, also seeing her for the first time as a bride, was more excited than anyone. He was one proud dad!

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We captured their bridal party portraits at the Inn before heading to Biddeford Pool with the bride & groom in a school bus with their bridal party and family. The coral that Cerelia chose to dress the bridal party in was the perfect pop of color against the blue ocean and the greenery of the trees.

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The ceremony itself was held at the perfect little Union Church in Biddeford Pool. Between the warmth of the love between Cerelia & Jim and the heat wafting out of the floor vents, everyone soon forgot the quickly dropping temperatures outside as the sun began to set. For theirs guests who had traveled from far and wide, this was what they came for. To see Cerelia marry Jim, who she had pursued on her own despite him being her boss. Go, Cerelia! When she knows what she wants, she goes and gets it.

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The celebratory reception was held in the awesome North Dam Mill in Biddeford. The building's character in combination with Cerelia's eye for detail and design led to an experience that no one will soon forget. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Cerelia & Jim danced the night away in each others arms. Completely and utterly in love. Basking in the glow of newlywedness.

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Cerelia & Jim, thank you so much for letting me play a roll on your awesome day. It was so incredible! This is just a small sneak peek of the many, many more photos that will be coming to you shortly. I can't wait to show them all to you!

Date: November 16, 2013  |  Getting Ready Location:Hampton Inn in Saco, Maine  |  Ceremony Venue:Union Church in Biddeford Pool, Maine  |  Reception Venue:North Dam Mill in Biddeford, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique:David's Bridal  |  Groom's Attire:Classic Tuxedo  |  Caterer:Union Pub in Biddeford, Maine  |  Cake & Dessert Artist:Perk Cafe in Biddeford, Maine  |  DJ Service:Premier Entertainment  |  Stationary:Etsy  |  Rentals:Party Plus Rentals in Biddeford, Maine  |  Makeup Artist: Dan Shackley in Portland, Maine

The "G" Family :: Mackworth Island Family Portraits

With the Christmas cards officially sent out (and I got one, YAY!), I can now safely share a couple shots from my mini session with the "G" family this fall on Mackworth Island. I have been very fortunate to have known Heather and Mike since before there were munchkins running around and watching them grow in to a family of three and then in to a family of four has really been a blessing. You may remember their daughter from her newborn session, complete with an LLBean boat tote, almost exactly a year ago. I dare say, at this point, that hanging out with me and my daughter could very well result in photos being taken! That's so awesome!

Choosing even a couple photos to share from our mini session is absurdly hard with a family as cute as this one. But here is a small selection of what we captured together this time. Does it get any cuter? I think not!

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Heather & Tom :: Engagement Session in Biddeford Pool, Maine

I first met Heather & Tom at Patrice & Aaron's wedding in May of 2011 when Heather was her sister's maid of honor. I always get excited when I meet friends and family of a couple on their wedding day who are in serious relationships. Could this be the one? Seeing new love blossom gets me giddy! It makes me even more excited when I see when the couple takes the next step (what did we ever do without Facebook?) and gets engaged. That dream scenario happened for me with Heather & Tom. And it only gets better when the newly engaged contacts me for their wedding AND I'm available. I absolutely LOVE working with couples who know my other clients. It turns weddings in to a reunion of sorts for me and makes the day even more special for me. When Heather & Tom contacted me for their wedding and told me where their reception is going to be held.... jaw meet floor. I'm so stoked for their wedding next summer! I am not even going to tell you where the party is happening because it is so awesome that I want your jaw to hit the floor when you see the photos. In the meantime, we got together for their engagement photos this past weekend. When I was helping them decide on a location, they told me they'd love the coast of Maine. So I Google Mapped my way along the coast until I found the East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool. It looked awesomely perfect for a chilly November day on the coast, so we called it a date. I had such a blast getting to know these two and seeing their relationship in action. Both are insanely smart with numbers, their heights are perfectly matched for proper snuggling, and Tom makes Heather laugh. A lot. Ok, he makes me laugh, too. I am so blessed to have such awesome clients!

As you all anxiously await their wedding day like I am, here is a sneak peek from their engagement session to tide you over. You can check them out (and hit like) over on my Facebook page, too.

Heather & Tom, I am so excited for the big day! Thank you for choosing me!

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Alicia & Jeff :: Engagement Portraits in Naples, Maine

I first met Alicia at Jess & Aaron's October 2012 wedding. When I saw that Jeff had popped the question this past April (thank you, Facebook!), I immediately got all excited and giggly hoping that they'd contact me. Needless to say, I was so stoked when they did! This fall we set a date to get together for their engagement session. I love it when couples chose a location that has special meaning to them and, for Alicia & Jeff, the newly redone Causeway in Naples, Maine, is just such a place. Having not walked around the area since the construction was finished, I was looking forward to having the excuse to check it out. It's gorgeous! I had a great time getting to know the lovebirds as we explored the area together. Upon meeting Jeff, you would think he was a big tough guy with a gruff exterior. And yet he turns to mush as soon as he looks at Alicia. I caught him looking at her while she was telling me about their story and you could just see his eyes twinkling. Point out that I caught him in the act and he blushes. It makes me want to say "I think you love her" in that sing songy way that kids say to each other when they are young. Add Alicia's bright, bubbly, cheery personality and you just know they are well matched for each other. I am SO excited for their 2014 wedding!

Here is their sneak peek from our time together. You can always see them (and like) my Facebook page as well. :)

Trish & Rob :: Engagement Portraits at Fore River Sanctuary in Portland, Maine

Trish & Rob come from a long line of awesome couples to come my way from one of my dearest friends, Jess, who happens to be Rob's sister. Meeting them for the first time (since we last met years ago at another wedding) when we got together for their engagement session was like meeting up with old friends. When deciding where we would meet up, I immediately thought of the puppy friendly Portland Trails since it gave us a wide variety of woodland areas to shoot in right within city limits. The Fore River Sanctuary is one of my favorite spots in the trail network since there are boardwalks, wooded paths, marshlands, and even a waterfall at the far end of the sanctuary from where we started. For Rocky, their adorable, big lab, he LOVED me for picking Portland Trails since the tide was out and the mud flats were just way too inviting to not jump right in to as soon as he saw them. You're welcome, Rocky! As for Trish & Rob, he has this tough exterior that seems hard to crack open. But, get him around Trish, and the smiles come out. He. Loves. Her. A lot. That's what Trish seems to do to Rob. She opens him up. The two of them together seem so well matched with each bringing out the strengths of the others. Needless to say, I can't wait for their summer 2014 wedding to see their planning come to life!

Here is a sneak peek from our time together. You can also check them out over on my Facebook page. Be sure to hit like while you're there!

Trish & Rob, I had a great time with you two! I'm sure our paths will cross many time before the big day. I'm so excited!

Jenelle & Joe :: Wedding & Reception at Kingsley Pines Camp in Raymond, Maine

I swear that the end of my peak wedding season always hits me like a ton of bricks and I am astonished that another year has come and gone. Of course, with as short a "peak" season we have here in Maine, it really isn't that long at all. I am always filled with mixed emotions when the big day comes. I'm super excited to see my family on the weekends more and to get a bit of a break to recharge, gear up, and learn over the winter to make the next season better than ever. And I'm also sad that the time has flown by so fast and that I won't be seeing couples tie the knot [what feels like] every weekend. With that in mind, I always want my last wedding of the season to be epic to the point that it gets me through until next season.

Jenelle & Joe... you guys delivered!

When I arrived at the quintessential Maine summer camp of Kinglsey Pines, it seriously took my breath away. The air was crisp, there was a nice cloud cover in the sky, the lake was incredibly still, and the foliage on the trees... well, I don't think it gets any better than it was. When a bride and groom decide on a fall wedding, this day is what they envision. I spent the morning with Jenelle, her two sisters, and the rest of her closest girlfriends as they primped and got ready for the afternoon ceremony. Joe, being the typical guy, spent the morning hanging out and playing games with his friends. He was also recovering from sleeping on the beach the night before. Yup. Night before his wedding and he slept outside. I won't get in to the stories that I heard that morning of everything that happened, but suffice to say that I think they'll be talking about it for years to come.

Jenelle's parents decided to surprise her with a horse drawn carriage to bring her to the ceremony by the lake. I was one of the only ones who knew (just them, me, and the guy with the carriage) until shortly before her departure. I LOVE THAT! As soon as she walked out of the cabin to go to the ceremony, her jaw dropped. It just does not get better than that. And, with their other two daughters getting married between now and June, they will be hard pressed to top that kind of surprise! It was the perfect way for the two of them to spend time with their first to get married daughter before she started the next chapter of her life.

Then it was time for the ceremony next to the lake under a HUGE, gorgeous tree with brilliant red hued leaves. Fairy tale? Yes, indeed. Joe was grinning from ear to ear, completely oblivious to the carriage that was sneaking to the top of the aisle with his bride. The secret came out as their flower girl came running down the aisle holding her dad's hand screaming "NEIGH NEIGH! NEIGH NEIGH!" It. Was. Hilarious. Joe's look turned to stunned as his almost wife stepped off the carriage with her hand in her father's with her very proud mother smiling next to her. As the ceremony started, a slight breeze picked up and the leaves started streaming from the tree's branches as if Mother Nature herself was celebrating their union.

After a whirlwind trip of portraits that made me so happy that my heart could burst (can you say ah-maze-ing?!?), cocktail hour by the fireplace (which was definitely needed to warm the ladies up) and a delicious lobster feast in the dining hall, it was time to head across campus to the barn to get the party started. With Music by Duran spinning the tunes and a readily available supply of sweets, everyone soon forgot about the chill in the air outside. As the party really got going, Jenelle & Joe even had an onsite brick oven pizza company start throwing dough and giving everyone the much needed sustenance to get back on the dance floor to keep the party going until the wee hours of the night. It was the perfect way for these two to begin this new chapter of their life together.

I am beyond happy to be able to see Jenelle & Joe next June when Jenelle's younger sister, Jonna, marries David. Families like this are why I do this. The love, the happiness, the smiles, the happy tears, the laughs... ending my 2013 season on this note was seriously a dream come true. Jenelle & Joe, thank you so much for letting me  be there for it all. It. Was. Epic!

Date: October 12, 2013  |  Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Location:Kingsley Pines Camp in Raymond, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique:Andrea's Bridal in Portland, Maine  |  Groom's Attire:Men's Wearhouse  |  Caterer: Lucky Catch in Portland, Maine  |  DJ Service: Music by Duran  |  Hair Stylist: Haircrafts Plus in Scarborough, Maine  |   Officiant: Friend of the Couple

Brenna & Rob :: Wedding & Reception at Frontier in Brunswick, Maine

Sometimes you get a moment where there is a light bulb that goes off above your head. Whether it is an idea or a thought, it is often a source of inspiration. For me, I had a bulb light up as soon as I first met Brenna, her mom, and her bridesmaid over an awesome latte at Panera Bread. I had to photograph her wedding. There was pretty much nothing in the world that I wouldn't give to be there. The vision they had, the details they planned, the time of year, the venue... all of it was like a dream come true to me. And I wasn't the one getting married! We talked of how Brenna met Rob and how they had been across the country (and back) together. The conversation turned to what last details they were looking to book for the day and, eventually, to the cake. With Brenna not being a fan of the traditional cake and looking for something more unique that fit their day, I immediately suggested donuts. But it couldn't be just any old donut. It had to be special. It had to be Maine. It had to be Holy Donut in Portland. They loved the idea. And, as if I thought it was possible, I was even more hopeful that I would get to be there to see this all come together.

They picked me. They picked ME! I was ecstatic. A gorgeous fall wedding AND a winter engagement session. (If you haven't seen their portraits from last winter, you are seriously missing out because they are seriously some of my favorite ever.) I am one lucky lady!

Fast forward to this fall. It. Was. Amazing! I was blessed with an incredible overcast sky (my all time fav weather conditions!) and a temperature just cool enough to keep the gentlemen cool and comfortable but not so cold that the ladies were shivering and blue. It was fall in Maine. It does not getting better than this. The bridal party gathered at the gorgeous Inn at Brunswick Station to get ready: the ladies in one suite with the guys on the other side of the wall. The primping for the girls started much earlier than the guys. So typical! I always say that the guys are “boxers and beer” until it was go time and that held true that day. Once the details were finished, Brenna debuted her attire to her ladies in waiting for the first time: tears, gasps, huge smiles... one of their best friends was about to marry their best friend.

Brenna went to meet her dad. It was one of my favorite moments of the whole day. The pride gushed from him as he embraced his baby girl just moments from walking down the aisle to Rob. Bouquets were passed around, we captured portraits on the gorgeous side porch of the Inn, and away they went to what has to now be one of my favorite wedding venues ever. The call was made for the boys to come down. Boutonnieres were pinned. Jokes were made. And then we made our way to Frontier.

The ladies waited in a side room as the guests arrived with the buzz of excitement of a new chapter for these two lovebirds. Seats were taken in the theater with their friends and family gasping at how absolutely amazing Frontier was. Frontier is located in the Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick. It has gorgeous, huge windows with this amazing light pouring in. A movie theater boasting the latest from the documentary and art film world. And a huge art gallery with views of the mill courtyard.

The ceremony was filled with high emotions as these two families became one. The tough firefighter showed his soft side as he watched his bride being led down the aisle with the veil pulled over her face. Brenna was so stunning while holding on to the arm of her very proud dad leading her to her almost husband. That moment. It will always choke me up. I have to watch myself and make sure I don't cry. This is the time. The time that they become husband and wife. This is what the day is all about. The vows. The ring. The kiss. They are now one. More so than they were prior to this day.

Following a whirlwind family portrait session next door in the gallery, the newlyweds and I loaded in to a Brenna's stepfather's car and took off for the footbridge down the street. The foliage was amazing. The light could not be more perfect. The timeline was arranged perfectly to maximize the time I had with the couple (did I mention that I LOVE them?!?). We buzzed around the bridge managing to not slip on the newly fallen red leaves while avoiding disrupting the other people taking in the views. I was making my now infamous happy noises like no tomorrow. What I was seeing... what I was capturing... Oh. My. Goodness. Love love love...

The party continued at the Frontier as the newlyweds' family and friends celebrated what they all knew was meant to be. Brenna and Rob. Married. At last. The smiles, the cheers, the tears... it was all for them. And I was right there with everyone. Brenna and Rob may have started the planning process as clients. But, as many of my couples do, the day of became a day of seeing my friends marry each other. And to have it happen in such a amazing venue like Frontier with the amazing details like theirs and the delicious donuts from Holy Donut (Yes, they did take my suggestion!) and Cinnamon rocking the joint like they owned it, I dare say that the day was even better than any of us had ever imagined. I want to relive it right now. And I didn't even get married that day!

Brenna & Rob (and your family and friends): You are all so amazing. Really. You are. This journey with you both to this day has been incredible. I will forever hold in my heart our wandering around the East End in Portland overjoyed with the huge, fluffy snow flakes that Mother Nature blessed us with and with how absolutely perfect your wedding day was. I am honored to have been there to capture it all. And Alan and I are already looking forward to our trip back to Frontier for a date night (you guys rock!).

The newlyweds already have all of their awesome photographs from the day on my website, but I certainly did not want to keep their sneak peek from you. So, here it is! (And you can also catch it over on Facebook, so be sure to like my page!).

Date: October 5, 2013  |  Getting Ready Location:The Inn at Brunswick Station in Brunswick, Maine  |  Ceremony & Reception Location:Frontier in Brunswick, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal  |  Groom's Attire: JCPenney  |  Donuts:The Holy Donut in Portland, Maine  |  Cake Artist:Bam Bam Bakery in Portland, Maine  |  Florist: Pauline's Bloomers in Brunswick, Maine  |  Hair & Makeup Artist: Ariel Johnson  |  Band: Cinnamon  |  Officiant: Rev. Erika Hewitt  |  Tent & Rental: One Stop Event Rentals in South Portland, Maine  |  Transportation: Brunswick Taxi