Portland Maine

Anne & Derek's Wedding at Portland's Ocean Gateway

Anne & Derek's Wedding at Portland's Ocean Gateway

When Anne & Derek reached out to me in early December, the snow covering the ground and April seemed like a distant thought. Before we knew it though, the snow was melting, the grass was starting to look a little less grim, and the days were getting a bit longer. The chill of winter was hanging on by a thread as I arrived at the Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront to meet Anne & Derek on their wedding day. Yet they were troopers as we made our way to Portland's Fort Allen Park for their first look next to the Fore River. The chill in the air made for good cuddling weather as they spent some moments together taking it all in.

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Praise from Emily & Coleman

Praise from Emily & Coleman

★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

"WOW, where do I begin?!?! Susie was incredible and the best money I could have spent on our wedding. When my husband and I got engaged, I spent weeks looking for the perfect photographer. There were so many, I couldn't make a decision. Had I known then what I know now after working with Susie, it would have been a no brainer. The entire day of my wedding I was blown away by her talent, her organization, discreteness, and efficiency."

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Rachel & David's Nautical Wedding on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine

Rachel & David's Nautical Wedding on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine

Thinking back on Rachel & David's nautically inspired wedding just shy of three weeks ago, a smile instantly comes over my face. And how could it not with a wedding this awesome and a couple this cool. I knew that I wanted to be their photographer way back in September of 2015 when Rachel and I met for a cup of coffee and chatted about their day, how they met, and seemingly a wide range of topics beyond wedding preparations for well over an hour. Arriving for her bridal preparations on their wedding day was truly like meeting up with a long time friend. I love it when that happens!

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Katie & TJ's Ocean Gateway Wedding in Portland, Maine

Katie & TJ's Ocean Gateway Wedding in Portland, Maine

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!

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Katie & TJ's Engagement Session in the Old Port of Portland, Maine

Where has the past year gone?

That is pretty much my reaction when my couples' wedding days come a year after they first contacted me. For Katie & TJ, that is certainly the case. We spent a few weeks conversing over email before finally meeting face to face last August at SoMe Brewing Co. in York, Maine. Shortly thereafter, they made my day by telling me that Alan and I were their pick for their wedding photographers. Yipee!

Fast forward to this past weekend after several rescheduled engagement session dates thanks to poor weather conditions. And, thankfully, Mother Nature kept the curve ball to herself this time and gave us awesome conditions for wandering around the Old Port in Portland, Maine, together while catching up on all of the awesome things they have planned for their wedding in the city later this month. I'd like to think that I had a hand in the weather working out since I opted to wear my big rain boots just in case of rain and wound up only needing them for my puddle hoping.

I think what stands out to me the most about Katie & TJ is simply their ability to make each other laugh and smile. A lot! Sometimes it was all I could do to keep my camera up while chuckling at their antics. Hearing about their secret plans for their wedding at the end of the month also made me even more excited for their big day (as if that was really possible in the first place).

Katie & TJ, we are so excited to see you both again in just a few short weeks! Enjoy every minute leading up to the big day. We'll see you soon!

Jacqueline's Unique Broach Bridal Bouquet

Last week I got the call the kind of call that I wait for. The sister of one of my past bride's is getting married! I absolutely love photographing weddings for the friends and family of my couples since it is like a family reunion for me. And (hint, hint!) it's an easy way to convince me to cancel my planned weekend off!

When I sat down to check my calendar, I was absolutely shocked to see that it has been almost 3 years since Jacqueline & Josh's wedding at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Ocean Gateway in Portland. Thinking back to that day, there are so many moments that flash through my mind. Jacqueline getting ready with her sisters & friends, the emotions that flooded through everyone at their ceremony, exploring the Old Port with their bridal party, and the love that filled the Ocean Gateway as they celebrated their union.

One details that stands out to me to this day is the fabulous broach bouquet that Jacqueline spent so long creating for her wedding day. Each broach was carefully selected to compliment the purple worn by her bridesmaids along with gold, pearls, yellow, and white accents. It was deceptively heavy and gave her more of an arm workout than you would think. After photographing well over 100 weddings, it remains the most unique bouquets that I have ever photographed and, as such, it is certainly one of my favorites.

Trish & Rob's Spurwink Church & Mariner's Banquet Center Wedding in Portland Maine

It is hard to believe that it's been almost 10 months since Trish & Rob tied the knot, but now is as good a time as any to look back at their fun, family focused wedding last September. Why? Because I'm celebrating the arrival of their baby girl! Yipee!

Trish & Rob were married on a super sunny (aka hot) September day in a very touching ceremony held at the Spurwink Church in Cape Elizabeth. It's hard to pin point which memory stands out the most. Trish's bubbly smile from her pure excitement (and nerves)? The fact that Rob couldn't stop smiling the entire ceremony? Or were it the tears that were shed as their vows were said? Hard to say for sure, but it was clear that these two were destined for this day.

Their formal portraits were taken at Kettle Cove before heading to Portland's Old Port for their couple's portraits. There is nothing like a bride in Portland's Old Port! You are guaranteed horn honks, shouts of congratulations, and the random tourist snapping your photo. The always amazing staff at the Mariner's Church Banquet Center hosted their reception right in the heart of the Old Port.

Their friends and family kept the immense dance floor packed well into the night celebrating the awesome newlyweds. Everyone certainly had a great time and I dare say it was a night they won't soon forget. Congratulations, once again, Trish & Rob, and thank you for letting me capture your day. I cannot wait to meet your little one!