Ashley & Luke's Rainy Perkins Cove Engagement Portraits

Have you ever had one of those days that makes you look around for Murphy to see where that Law wand of his is waving? For Ashley & Luke and myself last night, I dare say that was the case! After a week with bright sun, warm temperatures, and generally summer weather, Mother Nature threw us a curve ball last night for their engagement portraits in Ogunquit's Perkins Cove. With an eye to the sky and dark clouds forming, I managed to catch just enough data connection on my phone to tell that rain was coming near and, from the looks of it, it was going to get wet. Sure enough, a bright red blip appeared inshore of us and we were in the direct path.

This is where being prepared for anything comes in handy. A quick jog to my car to grab a few of my umbrellas and these two love birds hit Marginal Way with me for a wet walk along the water. Despite offers of $100 for their umbrella from those who were walking by and getting drenched, Ashley & Luke cuddled up and stayed (mostly) dry.

Putting up with the storm gave us the most amazing light after the clouds. Gazing out to sea, the horizon and the sky seemed to blend together as if they went on forever. The sun just peeked out enough from the clouds to give us a smidge of warmth. And we were able to tuck those umbrellas away for another day. And that won't be their wedding in 2017 because we've had our fill of rain when it comes to their nuptials. Hey, if it has to rain, let it be during your engagement portraits.

Ashley & Luke, I am so very happy to be a part of this chapter of your life together and am glad that our paths crossed a few years ago to lead us to now. Alan and I can't wait for your wedding next summer! Thank you, Jen, for being our matchmaker!

Erica & Micheael's Perkins Cove Engagement Portraits in Ogunquit, Maine

It is hard to believe that it has been well over a year now since I first met Erica & Micheael. And yet here I am preparing my equipment for their wedding this weekend. You know what they say about time! I have been feeling so much nostalgia for their engagement portrait session that I just had to share it again now that the count down is on. (And, since I launched this blog since their session, I never had the chance to share it here in the first place.)

Erica first contacted me about photographing her wedding way back in April of 2014 as they were starting their wedding planning. After six years of courtship, it was time for them to make it official! With a love of the great outdoors and Maine itself, like me, we made a connection fairly quickly. As they officially booked me to photograph their Maine wedding, we set to work on planning their engagement session. For a juxtaposition to their wedding venue (you'll know where after this weekend), we went to the coast and opted for the quintessential coastal village of Perkins Cove in Ogunquit for their sunset portrait session.

Looking back on their session, it is hard for me to chose what I loved the most. Having never been to Perkins Cove, I was struck by just how picturesque the area itself was. The fishing boats and dinghys in the harbor. The smell of the sea in the air (yes, that fish smell, too). The shingled siding of the storefronts and homes. And then the cute little spots tucked away in obscure corners.

But then there was Erica & Micheael. Erica navigated the village walkways in awesome, sky high heels with such perfection (and, goodness, does she have awesome shoes). Her outfits were perfectly matched to the seaside town. Meanwhile, Micheael doted on Erica so much that it was easy to see why they were together. Planning a wedding was a natural fit for these two. And, boy, are they naturals in front of my camera.

As the sun went down that night, they left to celebrate Erica's birthday. And now, just over a year later, we're getting ready to celebrate their marriage. I cannot wait to see the two of them (and their family & friends) this Saturday. It's certainly going to be an awesome day!

Here is a look back at some of my favorite images from their engagement session in Perkins Cove. Stay tuned to see their wedding sneak peek! You surely won't want to miss it.

Patrice & Aaron :: Wedding at Clay Hill Farm, Ogunquit, Maine

Patrice and Aaron were married on May 21, 2011, which was one of the only sunny, gorgeous days that Maine had seen in quite a while. I dare say that Patrice's prayers for 70 degrees and sunny were granted! The whole day was absolutely perfect from the amazing birdhouse theme capped off by brilliant birdhouses made by Aaron and his father and step father all the way to the music provided by Music Fantasy Weddings from North Hampton, New Hampshire. And Clay Hill Farm in Ogunquit, Maine, was absolutely perfect and a stunning location for Patrice and Aaron to start the next chapter of their lives together. Here is a sneak peek of what is to come. Be sure to check out my website and "like" my Facebook page in order to keep up to date and see other sneak peek photos.

Clay Hill Farm in Ogunquit, Maine, was an absolutely picture perfect place for these two love birds to tie the knot. Every single detail was taken care of and you could not have asked for a better day. The food was amazing, the cupcakes were to die for, and the estate itself was breathtaking. Rachel, the wedding coordinator from Clay Hill Farm, and her crew were absolutely fabulous!

Aaron is such an amazing guy. He knew that Patrice's grandfather wouldn't be able to make the trip to Maine. So, knowing that his (now) wife would be missing him, he drive to New York a couple weeks ago and filmed her grandfather sending his best wishes for the couple (including a line about the fact that if Patrice changed her mind he'd "take care of it" because "that's what Grampas do"). Patrice was completely surprised and there was not a dry eye in the house.

Bob and Nancy Fauci from Music Fantasy Weddings kept the dance floor hopping all afternoon and entertained the guests with an awesome game to give away the amazing bird house centerpieces that Aaron and his [now] father-in-law had made. It was definitely a battle because everyone wanted them!

A tradition for Patrice's family is to break out the chicken hats her grandmother made and dance in them, in her honor, to the "chicken dance" song. She has passed away now, but she was definitely there in spirit during this crazy rendition of it. You have to love the hats!

Thank you again, Patrice and Aaron, for letting me be a part of such an amazing day. You two are so perfect for one another and I think every single one of your guests can testify that your love was flowing strong today. You are so amazing!

Amber & Zeb :: January Wedding in Ogunquit, Maine

It has been a couple months since Amber & Zeb tied the knot at the Meadowmere in Ogunquit, Maine. Although I know that the family saw the sneak peek on Facebook, I couldn't help but relive the day again here for those of you that missed out.

Amber's sisters helped her get ready during what might have been one of the most gorgeous, but chilly, winter days in Maine we had this year. The sun was shining brightly on these two love birds! Amber & Zeb had originally planned on a beach wedding in the summer, but a change of plans meant her dress would be for the winter instead. But Amber was a trooper and rocked her dress for outside portraits despite the frigid temperatures. Amber & Zeb's closest family and friends were witnesses to the start of their new life together. From the youngest munchkin (including one nephew that had yet to make his appearance) to the proudest dad of them all, I dare say a great time was had by everyone in attendance. Charles, the bartender, even got the memo from Amber's nephew to wear his argyle sweater.

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Thank you to Amber & Zeb for letting me be a part of the start of this chapter of your lives. I hope that your marriage is as perfect as the day it started. And that you'll get to enjoy a trip to a Caribbean beach at some point in the future!

Samantha & Adam :: Wedding on Footbridge Beach in Ogunquit, Maine

On May 30th I had the pleasure of capturing Samantha & Adam tie the knot in a sunset ceremony held on a beach. It was emotional, intimate, and definitely demonstrated their deep love for each other as well as their families. Although this video was original posted on my facebook page, I wanted to post it here to share with any of you that have not become a fan of my page (yet). Enjoy!

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