Ski Esta

Erica & Mike's Our Lady of the Snows Wedding in Bethel and Ski Esta Reception in Newry, Maine

When I think about all of the wedding venues I have been fortunate enough to work at over the years, Ski Esta in Newry, Maine, is definitely towards the top of my list. Needless to say, when Erica contacted me in April of 2014 about her wedding plans with Mike for at Ski Esta, I was practically jumping out of my chair with excitement while shouting "PICK ME! PICK ME!" at my computer. Getting to know them both as we chatted about their plans and captured their engagement portraits in Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine, later that summer only made me look forward to their wedding day even more.

Fast forward to September 19th. Their wedding day.

If you could order up weather for your wedding day, I don't think it could have been much more perfect. The sky was amazingly blue with very few light, fluffy white clouds. The temperature might have been a smidge on the warm side, but I dare say they'd take that over the rain we've been having here in Maine today. The view from the deck of Ski Esta as they both prepared for their wedding day festivities was breathtaking. It really was, at the risk of sounding cliche, a picture perfect day.

Erica & Mike were married at the nearby Our Lady of the Snows in Bethel surrounded by all of their family and close friends. The anticipation mounted as their personal ceremony, conducted by Deacon Dennis Popadak, was carried out. Being pronounced and sealing their union with a kiss led to instant smiles and cheers from everyone in the sanctuary.

Following their ceremony, the newlyweds began to celebrate at Ski Esta with plenty of amazing food & beverage from the Good Food Store. As the sunset on their first day as husband & wife, Alex from Sirois Sound Production got the dance floor hoping with just about everyone in attendance getting out there. It's a good thing Ski Esta's dance floor is so expansive! The party lasted well into the night long after the sun set and the stars took over the sky. It was a beautiful day to start the next chapter of their life together.

Erica & Mike, thank you so much for having us play a role in your day and capture your story. We are truly honored!

Tegan & Stephen :: Wedding at Ski Esta in Newry, Maine

Tegan and Stephen made the journey from their home in Massachusetts to the quaint town of Newry to get hitched at the ever incredible Ski Esta, which is a private estate looking out over the gorgeous mountains of northwestern Maine. The entire day, from perfect start to incredible finish, was nothing short of breathtaking. A risk of rain showers couldn't keep the two lovebirds from having the day they've always dreamed of. With an enormous house, like Ski Esta, the bride and groom each got ready in their respective rooms while the always talented Melanie from Blissful Beginnings Wedding & Event Design took care of every single, tiny detail (she's awesome!). The ceremony took place on the expansive back porch of Ski Esta with the sun peeking out from the storm clouds and the foliage on the mountains across the valley just about to reach peak color. Needless to say, it was absolutely stunning! The incredibly cute ring bearer did a fabulous job carrying the rings down the aisle while escorted by one of Stephen's daughters. Tegan's cousins were by her side along with Stephen's oldest daughter while three handsome men were there to support Stephen as the couple was married by one of Tegan's relatives. After the vows were sealed with a kiss, Tegan's brother surprised them both with the bagpipes. He was amazing!

At the conclusion of the family portraits on site, the newlyweds and I (along with the super talented Via-Vision Video) went down to a picturesque covered bridge and managed to capture a rainbow in the process. (It was actually the second wedding that Via-Vision and I have shot together that involved rainbows. Remember Amanda & Justin from last year? They had a triple rainbow! We must be the rainbow magnets.) Top off the entire day with a delicious meal from Gourmet in a Pinch, an absolutely incredible rock show from Time Pilots and homemade limoncello and you have the makings for a perfect wedding!

Tegan and Stephen, thank you for letting me be a part of your amazing day. I am so incredibly honored to have been a part of it.

Jennifer & Joshua :: Spring Wedding at Ski Esta in Newry, Maine

I'm a bit behind on my blog posts since I've been posting all of my sneak peeks over on my Facebook fan page. However, not wanting to leave my brides (& grooms) without the love, I'm going back in time to blog some photos from the weddings I have been blessed to capture this summer. For this first rewind, I'll go all the way back to June 12 and revisit Jennifer & Joshua's day at Ski Esta in Newry, Maine. It is one of the newer venues to open for weddings here in Maine and, once you see it, you can understand why Jennifer & Joshua chose to start their life together in this location. It was absolutely gorgeous!

Congratulations, once again, Jennifer & Joshua. I hope that marriage is treating you as well as the day it all started.

Flowers at Skiesta

I'm getting ready to head out of my office for the long holiday weekend, but I can't help but keep sharing with all of you out there in Blog land.

A couple weeks ago I had the honor of capturing Jennifer and Joshua's wedding at Skiesta in Newry, Maine. The location was absolutely breath taking and the weekend, as a whole, could not have been more perfect. As anyone who has planned a wedding can tell you, the vendors that you chose for your big day can seriously make (or break) you on the day of. Especially if you are planning from out of state, like Jennifer was, and looking in remote locations such as Newry. Fortunately for Jennifer and Joshua, all of their planning paid off immensely and it definitely showed. Here is a look at the gorgeous, bright, and happy flowers that Jennifer had envisioned for her day. The florist at Pooh Corner Farm in Mason Twp, Maine, definitely helped to make her vision become a reality!

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Thank you, once again, Jennifer and Joshua for letting me be a part of such a big day in your new life together. You two are absolutely incredible together. Congratulations on making it official!