Wedding

Kate & Brendan :: Wedding & Reception in Westford, Massachusetts

This post is coming to you straight from the ether as I reflect on all of the amazing that 2014 held. It was a busy year from start to finish and my lovely lil' blog did not get as much loving as I wish it did. My goal is to change that for 2015. So, let's catch up!

Like many of my couples, Kate & Brendan came to me through another couple that I had the pleasure of working with (thank you, Kari & Joe!). But the story changes when I say that Brendan's sister, Carol Ann, was the one who reached out to me first. And I think that really says a lot about Kate & Brendan and their wedding day. Family. For them, and for me, family is everything.

Kate wore her mother's wedding gown. Carol Ann helped immensely with the wedding planning, especially since Kate & Brendan live on the other side of the country. Their family and friends came to celebrate from all over North America. Kate's sons and several other children were heavily involved in the festivities. The entire day was the story of Kate & Brendan.

Although we only met that day, I left knowing who they are deep down. Warm, loving, caring, and funny! It was such an amazing day!

Date: April 26, 2014  |  Getting Ready & Reception Location: Westford Regency Inn in Westford, Massachusetts  |  Ceremony Location: Holy Family Parish Church in Concord, Massachusetts  |  Portraits Location:  Old North Bridge and Minute Man National Historic Park in Concord, Massachusetts

Meaghan & Chris :: Wedding & Reception at White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire

Sometimes I sit down to write my blog posts and I just can't come up with the words to express what I want to say. So it takes me a while to craft the post before I click publish. For Meaghan & Chris, it really comes down to love because, in the end, I love these two people so much than trying to put all my emotions in to writing about their gorgeous, snowy, winter wedding back in January... well, it's impossible. And so, months later, I know I just need to do it and cross my fingers that it comes across ok.

For me, Meaghan & Chris' wedding was personal. Chris is one of my husband's best friends. They've been coworkers for years now and we've spent a lot of time together and, as such, have a lot of history. Chris asked Alan to be one of his groomsmen. Having him in front of my camera instead of behind one of them as my assistant/second shooter was funnier than I can say. As for Meaghan, our relationship has a much shorter timeline. I first met her last year after Chris had been absolutely raving about her to Alan. She brought out a side of Chris that we hadn't seen before. She made him mushy and lovey and goofy right off the bat. If a girl could do that to our truck, mud, and motorcycling loving friend... I knew I had to meet her. What I hadn't expected was just how much I would connect with her through our shared love of Harry Potter and Legos in addition to being my gal pal while our guys were hanging out. When Chris proposed, Alan and I were so elated for them both, especially since it had been clear to us for a while that they were a once in a lifetime match for each other.

Fast forward through a couple whirlwind months of planning (and getting their engagement photos taken care of) and it was time to seal the deal. They wanted a winter wedding complete with big, fluffy snowflakes. They dreamed of temperatures a bit above freezing so that they could stand to be outside super quickly for photos. And they got it all. It was an absolutely spectacular day from start to finish! The entire event was held at the White Mountain Hotel & Resort at the base of Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, New Hampshire. The view is absolutely stunning just about everywhere you look from the cliffs behind you to the view across the valley at Cranmore. Meaghan got ready with her ladies and mom in the bridal suite, which was absolutely massive! I dare say it was bigger than all of my first apartment. It was crazy! Chris, meanwhile, went for one last drive with his cousin/best man on the Kancamagus Highway before walking down the aisle. It was the perfect way to start the day for both of them.

Getting Ready at the White Mountain Hotel & Resort

When it was "go time", all of Meaghan & Chris's friends and family filled the hotel lobby awaiting their first glimpse at Meaghan. Chris and his guys waited patiently for her entrance. Emotions were high. I was smiling so much in excitement for the two of them. When Chris saw his bride for the first time... you could just see the love pour over his face. The was meant to be. This moment. This day. As Meaghan walked down the aisle at her dad's side, his pride radiated out as he looked at her. And Meaghan... oh, Meaghan. The pure joy and excitement was so crystal clear. There was no way that she could smile any more than she was. Happiness feels like such an understatement. The ceremony itself was perfect and topped off with vows that they wrote to each other. Then there was the kiss. Oh, that kiss! I think everyone in attendance just melted from it. Meaghan included. Good job, Chris!

Ceremony held in the lobby at the White Mountain Hotel & Resort

Immediately following the ceremony, I whisked the newlyweds outside to capture them at the base of Whitehorse Ledge before the light fell. I am SO jealous that they had this view for their day! Talk about incredible. Cliff behind them and a view of the valley in front of them. Gorgeous, new, white snow everywhere you could see. I love you, Mother Nature.

Winter outdoor portraits at the White Mountain Hotel & Resort

Once we had finished the family portraits in the dining room and the bridal party portraits outside (quickly enough that the ladies didn't freeze!), it was time to really get the party going! With the majority of the guests staying right at the hotel, the celebrating lasted well in to the night. Highlights of the evening included a very big announcement, Meaghan's dad hitting the dance floor next to his baby girl, some swanky moves from Meaghan's Aunt (hot stuff!), nighttime portraits under a starry sky, and a bridal and bouquet toss that left everyone in stitches. What many missed was the snow angels they attempted at the very end before heading to bed for the night. Yes, they were completely in their wedding attire. Yes, it was very cold for dear Meaghan.

Reception in the ballroom with outdoor night portrait at the White Mountain Hotel & Resort

Dearest Meaghan & Chris, thank you, once again, for letting both of us be a party of your day and for letting me be there to capture it all. We are truly blessed to have you two in our lives and we know you two are meant to be together. We can't wait to see what the rest of 2014 brings because we know that your wedding was just the start of one awesome year for you both.

Although their final gallery has been posted for a while and they've received their cute mini albums, be sure you check out their sneak peek over on my Facebook Page and hit like while you are there.

And, to anyone else planning a winter wedding, I'm your gal! I super, duper love winter weddings!

Date: January 19, 2104  |  Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Location: White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire  |  Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal  |  Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse  |  Caterer: Stone Cove Catering  |  Ceremony & Reception Music: Double Platinum Celebrations  |  Event Coordinator: White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire  |  Florist: Dutch Bloemen Winkle  |  Officiant: Denis Duprey  |  Hair & Makeup: Jill Daigle from Adalia Salon in Westbrook, Maine

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

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

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

Kelly & Ryan's Westford, Massachusett Saint Catherine's of Alexandria & Westford Regency Inn

I first got together with Kelly & Ryan almost exactly a year prior to their wedding for the Nubble Lighthouse engagement session. The sun that day was bright, the tourists crowded the lighthouse, and the temperatures were just a tad warm. My dream for their wedding day consisted of just a smidge of cloud cover with the perfect temperature so the girls wouldn't freeze, but the guys wouldn't melt either. I. Got. My. Wish!

Driving down to Massachusetts the morning of their September wedding was surreal. I just couldn't get over how fast the time had gone by. Where had the past year and a half since Kelly first contacted me gone? A whirlwind. That's what it was. Walking in to Kelly's suite at the Westford Regency Inn was like walking into a dream: there was the distinct smell of air spray in the air, the poof of makeup powder floating around the window, the pop of the champagne cork as mimosas were made, the smell of the heat from the curling irons ready to be used, and the laughs from the gorgeous ladies as they anxiously awaited the moment when Kelly would walk down the aisle. Before long, the details were finished, the dresses went on, and it was time for Ryan to meet his bride at the end of the aisle at the church.

The Catholic mass wedding ceremony was held at the stunning St. Catherine's of Alexandria in Westford, Massachusetts, which has an incredible cathedral ceiling and gorgeous light streaming in through the side windows. Tears of joy were common place amongst Kelly & Ryan's family and friends as the ceremony started until the ringbearer stole everyones attention as he was carried down the aisle dangling from the hands of his dad, who was a groomsmen, and Kelly's matron of honor. Then the tears turned to laughter. And that was how the ceremony went: tears of joy, spurts of laughter, and lots of smiles. Everyone had been waiting for this day.

At the conclusion of the service, we went back to the Westford Regency Inn for their formal portraits before kicking off the party under a huge tent on the front lawn. And boy does this crowd know how to party! There were so many highlights that it is hard to mention them all. I got to see Keriann & Joe, who were married earlier this year at the Nashoba Winery (I LOVE seeing my past couples!). Kelly & Ryan's cake was huge, gorgeous, AND the cake was purple! (Don't believe me? Check the photos below.) The guests broke out a pile of maracas that enticed everyone to form one of the longest conga lines I've ever seen. One of Kelly's bridesmaids is a die hard Michael Jackson fan and Kelly made sure that the DJ played her favorite song, which resulted in everyone clearing the dance floor just for her (and boy can she dance!). Add in two of Kelly's other friends and you had the recipe for one absolutely awesome, kick butt dance off that went just about all night long. And I would be wrong to not mention Kelly's grandfather who was burning up the dance floor a ton and was rocking out with his grandkids. It was such an awesome night!

Kelly & Ryan (& family), thank you so much for letting me be there for such an absolutely epic day! I hope that we cross paths many times in the future so I can party it up with you more (like in 2015, nudge nudge to your bridesmaid!). You guys are awesome!

I'm getting very close to having their full gallery up on my website, but here is a sneak peek at the massive number of photos that the newlyweds have coming to them to help relive their wedding day.

This first shot is obviously not printable, but the series of shots I took surrounding their bridal party firing off poppers during their formal portraits just screamed at me to do this for them.

And now on to the still frames from the day:

Date: September 14, 2013  |  Ceremony Location:St. Catherine's of Alexandria in Westford, Massachusetts  |  Getting Ready & Reception Location:Westford Regency Inn in Westford, Massachusetts  |  Bridal Boutique:David's Bridal  |  Groom's Attire:Men's Wearhouse  |  Cake Artist:Frederick’s Pastries of Andover, Massachusetts |  Florist:A Belvidere Florist in Lowell, Massachusetts  |  DJ Service: Main Event Entertainment in Londonderry, New Hampshire  |  Transportation:Harris Limo in Lowell, MassachusettsMakeup Artist:Beautiful Faces in Waltham, Massachusetts  |  Hair Styist: Stefanie

Nikki & Brad's Portland Headlight and Mariner's Church Banquet Center, Portland, Maine Wedding

If I had to say that one couple would get a whirlwind portrait prize, I dare say Nikki & Brad would win. They were married on a perfectly overcast day in September on the field by Portland Headlight. With what felt like the whole world watching, they proclaimed their love for each other. It made me giggle hearing the crowds of people as they were anxiously awaiting the bride. "Is she out of the limo yet?" "Where is she walking down?" "Are they bringing her down on a golf cart?" And then hearing the gasps as everyone saw Nikki for the first time. She really was gasp worthy, too. The subtle pink shading in the flowers on her dress were perfectly complimented by the gorgeous sash and super hot shoes. Her tiara added just the right amount of sparkle to her gorgeous bridal updo.

Once they were pronounced and the formal portraits were done, away we went on our whirlwind portraits of the two of them. I don't think I've ever been able to hit such a wide variety of portrait spots with a couple! From the pond and gazebo on the Fort Williams grounds to the gorgeous cobblestone streets of the Old Port to the boat dotted shoreline of Portland (just don't look left or right or you'd notice that the location we were in was not, in and of itself, very picturesque)... we hit them all! Once their shoes were changed and bandaids applied, it was off we went to party with their closest friends and family at the awesome Mariner's Church Banquet Center. From the classics (YMCA and We are Family) to the latest hits, this crowd kept the party going long in to the night! It was such a blast!

Nikki & Brad (and family), thank you for letting me be there for your awesome day! I had such a great time celebrating with all of you. You both are marrying in to awesome families!

Here is a sneak peek of what we captured during their wedding day!

Date: September 7, 2013  |  Ceremony:Portland Headlight at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Reception & Catering:Mariner's Church Banquet Center in Portland, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique:David's Bridal  |  Groom's Attire:Men's Wearhouse
Cake Artist:Good Eats Boutique in Portland, Maine  |  Ceremony & Reception Music:The Music Man DJ Service
Florist:Dodge the Florist in Portland, Maine  |  Hair Stylist:I Do Spas  |  Makeup Artist:I Do Spas  |  Officiant:All in One Weddings
Tent & Rentals:One Stop Party Shop  |  Transportation:Atlantic Limousine & Yacht Center

Alicia & Derek's Wedding & Reception at Clay Hill Farm in Ogunquit, Maine

Alicia first contacted me for her wedding well over a year in advance of the big day when she would married her best friend, Derek. I met the whole family over a cup of delicious TIm Horton's coffee (after a super early departure from Bangor the morning after a wedding). I instantly fell in love with them all. Their story was so true. So filled with love. I knew then and there that I just had to be their photographer. I couldn't help but fall in love with them.

Fast forward to August 30th of this year and it was like a dream come true seeing everyone again. It was as if I was spending the day with old friends and watching two of them get married. The weather was so absolutely perfect. Crystal blue skies with just a small hint of the impending fall in the air. The details that they had done were just so perfect for their Clay Hill Farms wedding: hints of nature thanks to the wood they incorporated, a little bit of rustic added in from the burlap, a smidge of glam with their personalized napkins... it was them. You could tell that it was perfectly Alicia & Derek.

Alicia & Derek (and family), thank you for letting me be there with you all for the wedding. It was such an absolutely amazing day and I am so incredibly honored to have been there for it all.

Here is a sneak peek of the tons of photos that they got from their amazing day.

Date: August 30, 2013  |  Ceremony & Reception Location:Clay Hill Farms in Ogunquit, Maine  |  Catering:Clay Hill Farms in Ogunquit, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique:Andrea's Bridal in Portland, Maine  |  Groom's Attire:JCPenney  |  Cake Artist:Good Eats Boutique in Portland, Maine  |  Ceremony & Reception Music:The Music Man DJ Service  |  Florist:Blooms Florist in Wells, Maine  |  Hair Stylist: Liz, friend of the bride  |  Officiant: Family Friend

Megan & Ian's Wedding & Reception on the Ocean in Phippsburg, Maine

Often times, by their wedding day, I already feel like my couples aren't my clients. They really are like long time friends. For Megan & Ian, who booked me over a year in advance for the big day, it turned in to a family affair when we did their engagement session and they got to meet my baby girl, Bri, and my husband, Alan. They even decided to book a second photographer/assistant to make sure every aspect of their day was covered. My go to person? My husband. I love shooting weddings with him!

Arriving at Megan's family camp on the morning of was like a reunion with good friends we hadn't seen in a while: excitedly chatting about their new home, sharing stories of Bri's latest adventures... ahhh... love, love, love! Add on to all of that the absolutely gorgeous view, perfect weather, fluffy white clouds. It was an absolutely amazing day before it even started. Oh, and can I mention that Ian is British? Yes, complete with the accent. Love him!

It is so hard to describe their entire day in words at this point, not because it was in August, but because it was one fast blur of awesome. Their flowers from Marianmade Farm still make me swoon. The munchkins running around, or being soothed by the "baby whisperers", still makes me giggle. Working with my favorite DJ, Jim, from Premier Entertainment always means that I'll have a blast. The view... oh, the view! To look out on that bay every day would be heaven. The tears shed as the vows were said and the toasts given. Watching the sun set, and the moon rise, over the water with the stars sparkling up above. And the way that Ian looked at Megan all the time with that look that tells you that he knows how lucky he is to have her (and she to have him). It was all just incredible. It was certainly one of those days when calling this a job just feels wrong.

Although the newlyweds have long ago received their images from me, I wanted to be sure to share a sneak peek from their day for those of you who weren't blessed enough to be there. Megan & Ian, I think of you often and we are still very honored that you chose us to be there with you for your wedding. Love you guys!

Date: August 10, 2013 | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence in Phippsburg, Maine | Bridal Boutique:Andrea's Bridal in Portland, Maine | Caterer:Sarah's Cafe in Wiscasset, Maine | DJ Service:Premier Entertainment in Winslow, Maine | Florist:Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset, Maine | Hair Stylist:Tagli in Lewiston, Maine | Officiant: Reverend Todd Dupont | Tent & Party Rentals:One Stop Party Shop in South Portland, Maine | Transportation:Brunswick Taxi in Brunswick, Maine

Keriann & Josemir :: Nashoba Valley Winery Wedding & Reception

Keriann & Josemir found me through Kelly & Ryan as they were all planning their 2013 weddings. When Keriann told me that their wedding would be held at The Pavilion at the Nashoba Valley Winery, I wouldn't help but jump up and down with excitement, hoping that I would be picked to cover the day. The connection was almost instant and they soon made it official that I would be photographing their nuptials. I was one very happy photog!

Fast forward 464 days (Yes, that's right! They booked me over 15 months in advance! Smart couple right there.), and the big day was here. The weather forecast... well... we were all crossing our fingers in the days leading up to it. For the second time this season (just like at Catherine & Will's May wedding), we all crowded around a cell phone to anxiously watch the radar report. And, for the second time, we all let out a huge sigh followed by smiles as we found that the coast was clear and the weather would be in our favor. In our favor? What an understatement! It turned out to be GORGEOUS! And while we're on the subject of gorgeous, can I just say how absolutely stunning Keriann was and how incredible her gorgeous gown was? *sigh* So very, very pretty!

Keriann & Josemir's family and friends gathered around the gazebo next to the pond in the glorious sun as they pronounced their love for one another. They started as coworkers, but that day they became husband & wife. The Reverend perfected his Portuguese in incorporate Josemir's native tongue in to the ceremony, which elicited plenty of giggles and smiles from his family. Each said their vows to one another. The kiss. The smiles and cheers. It was so perfect. Two families from two different countries became one close knit unit. And, now, it was time to party (after the portraits, of course)!

Josemir's best man & step father, Frank, gave one of the best toasts that I have ever heard. He spoke of Josemir's dreams of coming to America as he was a child growing up in Brazil. Of Josemir asking his mother to help him make his dreams a reality. And of his mother doing just that. But, just as Josemir's dreams of coming to America came true, to did Frank's dreams of finding his true love, which he found in Josemir's mother. I had to choke back the tears, guys; his words were so heartfelt and true. But that is how love works, isn't it? A twist of fate brings us together often when we least expect it. Perhaps with someone we would have never guessed. Keriann & Josemir are definitely a match that was meant to be.

The celebrating lasted well in to the late afternoon with a dance floor filled with so many wild characters burning it up: The moms were dancing together like they were long lost friends. One of the guest's hats made the rounds and landed on Keriann's head during when an always popular Michael Jackson song was played. Invisible jump rope had everyone racing to take turns jumping. One thing was always true. Smiles were everywhere. It was a perfect day.

Keriann & Josemir, thank you from the very bottom of my heart for having me capture your day for you. I am so honored. Congratulations on the start to the next amazing chapter in your life together!

Here is sneak peek of what the newlyweds had to relive their day by. You can find more of the sneak peek over on my Facebook page (and make sure you hit that "like" button!). But, even better, you can find all of their photos from the day in their gallery on my website. Once you have the password from Keriann & Josemir, you can order prints of all of your favorite moments right there and have them sent directly to you. You don't want to miss them!

Date: June 29, 2013  |  Getting Ready Location:Courtyard Marriott in Marlboro, MA  |  Ceremony & Reception Venue:Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA|  Caterer:Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA  |  Cake Artist:Bella Cakes in Marlborough, MA  |  Ceremony Music:Musique Makers in Boston, MA  |  Florist:Danielson Flowers in Shrewsbury, MA  |  DJ Services:Kevin Phelan in Billerica, MA|  Officiant: Rev Richard Jones of First Parish in Bolton, MA  |  Bridal Boutique:Camilla's Bridal in Arlington, MA

Catherine & Dan :: Wedding Ceremony & Reception at Portland's Ocean Gateway

I first met Catherine & Dan over a head in advance of their June 2013 wedding over a cup of coffee at my beloved Panera Bread. What struck me first was how genuine they both were and how they really seemed to be a matched set. Their demeanor complimented each other perfectly and I left really hoping that they would chose me to capture their wedding. Fortunately for me, it didn't take them long at all to make it official. Yipee!

Fast forward to this past weekend and all of their hard work and planning came to fruition at the Ocean Gateway in Portland, Maine, a gorgeous venue right on the ocean with an absolutely amazing view of both city and sea. Catherine started the day by getting ready with her lovely ladies at the nearby Residence Inn. They had a great room with tons of space for them all to hang out together and put on the finishing touches. We used the courtyard at the Inn for photos of Catherine & her family and ladies prior to the ceremony, which certainly made the timeline for the day go a lot smoother.

Once it was go time, we all headed over to the Ocean Gateway for their ceremony in the Moon Tide Garden, an absolutely gorgeous spot to start the next chapter of their lives together. The sun was glistening off the way, everyone was beaming huge smiles, and love was in the air. Even when Dan stumbled with his vows, partially due to nerves and partially due to the emotions of the day, we all could tell that he just deeply loved his almost wife. You could feel it.

After the celebratory champagne toasts alongside the ocean and the family photos had been taken, we scurried off to the Eastern Prom with the bridal party for some fun shots of them all together. The bridesmaids requested a jumping shot and I soon found out why. Those girls got game! They blame it on years of cheering and I say it paid off. Once the bridal party departed, Catherine & Dan and I wandered to the other side of the prom for photos of Back Bay and the city for some more variety. And then it was time to party!

Upon our arrival at the Ocean Gateway, the party started up super fast thanks to a notable toast from the Best Man that featured Dan's "Coke" from a party he attended years ago. It sure got lots of laughs! It counterbalanced the tears from Catherine's sisters' toast quite nicely. After a delicious buffet from Lake Region Caterers, it was time to fill the dance floor with tunes played by Don Corman and dance the night away with the sparkling city skyline as the backdrop to the ending of their perfect day.

I am SO lucky to have been there to capture Catherine & Dan's day for them and am so excited that I'll get to see them again as their friends tie the knot later this year. Thank you for letting me play a role, Catherine & Dan. I hope that you are both enjoying summer and the newlywed glow that you are now basking in.

Here is a sneak peek from what I captured during the big day. You can see even more of their sneak peek over on my Facebook page (make sure you hit "like" while you are there!). AND... you can find all of their images from the day in their gallery on my website already and order prints of your favorite shots. You will need a password from the Bride & Groom to see them all though, so hopefully you are on their "cool kids" list!

Date: June 15, 2103  |  Caterer:Lake Region Caterers  |  Cake Artist:Love Cupcakes  |  Ceremony Music: Michael Ladd  |  Event Coordinator: City of Portland  |  Florist:Sam's Club  |  Hair Stylist:Voila  |  DJ Service:Don Corman  |  Officiant: Family Friend  |  Paper Goods:Wedding Paper Divas  |  Rentals:One Stop Party Shop  |  Transportation:Enterprise Rent-A-Car  |  Bridal Boutique:Andrea's Bridal  |  Ceremony & Reception Venue:Ocean Gateway  |  Bridal Getting Ready Location:Residence Inn Portland Downtown

Catherine & Will :: Wedding & Reception at the Barn on Walnut Hill in North Yarmouth, Maine

I first met Cate & Will last October for their engagement session. The weather forecast was not awesome; it said good chance of rain. That meant no sun was just about a guarantee. Given that it was a portrait session, we had the option to reschedule. But Cate & Will was game and so was I. The rain held off and we had a gorgeous, misty day. What resulted are some of my favorite portraits of all time. So, when their wedding day started hitting the 10 day forecast and it started showing rain, I wasn't worried. These two and a little rain? Eh! No big deal!

And I was right. They took the less than ideal forecast and tossed it right back in Mother Nature's face. Will had the radar up on his computer screen all morning while Cate was off getting her hair done with her ladies at 4 Friends Salon in Portland. As "go" time got closer, the decision was made. The ceremony would be outside. Yipee! Meanwhile, Cate and her ladies were busy trying to help, with the assistance of a doctor, one of the bridesmaids fight off a nasty stomach bug. Between the less than ideal weather and the stomach bug issues, I dare say these two can handle anything together!

And thus the ceremony went off shortly after the scheduled time with the guests sitting on plastic bags to protect their bottoms from the damp benches. Cate was absolutely glowing and beaming all day with her infectious laugh warmed us all up as they professed their loved for each other through thick and thin. The colors they picked for the bridesmaids' dresses, the guys' suits, and the flowers complimented the day perfectly. After sealing the deal with a kiss, the newlyweds meandered down the boardwalk path to The Barn on Walnut Hill to celebrate the start of the next chapter of their life together. We quickly snapped their bridal party portraits outside before heading in to the main house for the family photos. Then it was time to get the party started with the help of the always talented Joe Farren. And party they did. It was an awesome day!

Thank you so much for letting me play a role in your big day, Cate & Will. I am so incredibly honored to have been there for you both and to have met your awesome family.

Here is a (big) sneak peek from the big day. There are many more to come and I'll be posting even more on my Facebook page. So many sure you head over there and hit the "like" button to see them!

The Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding
The Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding
The Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding
The Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding
The Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding
The Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding Portraits
The Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding Reception
The Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding Reception
The Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding Reception
The Barn on Walnut Hill Wedding Reception

Date: May 25, 2013  |  Ceremony & Reception Venue:The Barn on Walnut Hill in North Yarmouth, Maine  |  Caterer:The Big Kahuna in Portland, Maine  |  "Cake" Artist: Tony's Donut Shop in Portland, Maine  |  Ceremony, DJ Service & Musician:Joe Farren  |  Florist:The Constant Gardiner in Hollis, Maine  |  Hair Stylist:4 Friends Salon in Portland, Maine  |  Officiant: Bride's Uncle, Thomas Lafferty  |  Rentals:Party Plus Rental  |  Bridal Boutique:Spoil Me Rotten in Falmouth, Maine

Kim & Phil :: Wedding at Spurwink Church and Reception at Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

I first met Kim & Phil in June of 2012 over a cup of coffee at my beloved Panera. My first reaction after that meeting? OMG. I love them. They make me smile. And giggle. A lot. They made that reaction happen yet again when we got together at Willard Beach for the engagement session. Their upbeat outlook on life is just infectious. So, when it came time to kick off my 2013 wedding season with them, I could not have asked for a better couple to work with. Kim was absolutely glowing the entire day and her smile is downright stunning. Phil's antics kept everyone laughing despite the head cold he was fighting off all day. Add to that the amazing weather that they were blessed with and it really could not have been more perfect.

Both Kim & Phil got ready at the Double Tree by Hilton in South Portland in separate towers. No accidentally running in to each other in this place! Once the details were ready, it was off to one of my favorite small, country churches: The Spurwink Church. It's simple facade and interior put the focus right where it should be for the day of. The two lovebirds professing their love for each other in between giggle and tears of joy. I was definitely not the only one trying to keep it together! Upon finishing the family portraits on the lawn of the Church, and a limo ride around the block, it was time to get the party started at the gorgeous Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth. And they kept the dance floor going all night with DJ Nate Hicks and their awesome bridal party and friends. It was an awesome way to start this new chapter of their lives together.

Congratulations, Kim & Phil! May your marriage get better and your love for each other stronger, each and every day. And I hope your head colds were over in a jiffy so you could enjoy your honeymoon.

Here is a sneak peek of what's to come for the newlyweds. To check out these shots and many more, be sure to head on over to Facebook and "like" my page!

Date: May 18, 2013  |  Getting Ready Hotel:Double Tree by Hilton in South Portland, Maine  |  Hair & Makeup Stylists:CoCo Cheveux in South Portland, Maine  |  Ceremony Location:Spurwink Church in Cape Elizabeth, Maine  |  Reception Location & Catering:Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine  |  Cake Artist:Bam Bam Bakery in Portland, Maine  |  Florist:The Ladyslipper in Gray, Maine  |  DJ Services:Nate Hicks  |  Officiant: Janice Gardner from Hitch Maine  |  Transportation:Mainelimo  |  Bridal Boutique:Andrea's Bridal

Beth & Kevin's Wedding & Reception at The Holy Grail in Epping, New Hampshire

Oh, Beth & Kevin.... when you think adorable, you definitely think of these two love birds. For a change of the usual, Kevin was actually the one who found me thanks to Crystal & Jason who were married at Castle in the Clouds. When you ask him about his beloved bride, he starts smiling and just beaming with love. SWOON! And, when you ask Beth about Kevin, she glows and blushes and smiles so much that it melts your heart. That's how amazing these two are together. You cannot help but fall in love with them.

Beth & Kevin tied the knot on November 17, which wrapped up my 2012 wedding season. The weather forecast was for showers and cold temperatures. Fortunately, we missed out on the showers, but the meteorologists were certainly right on with the cold temperatures. It was chilly out! Once they were both ready and the finishing touches had been put together, they decided to do a first look and see each other before the walk down the aisle. They were gushing they were so happy. It was such an amazing moment!

With the sun setting so early this late in the year, we captured their family portraits in the lobby of the Hampton Inn & Suites in Exeter before heading over to the main event at Camelot at the Holy Grail in Epping, New Hampshire. Now, I had never been to the Holy Grail, but oh. my. goodness. I dare say I will be making a trip back. Camelot itself is a quaint, thatched roof building styled as if it was straight out of Ireland. The courtyard in between Camelot and the restaurant was the perfect location to capture more portraits of the (almost) newlyweds as we awaited the arrival of the rest of their guests. Once everyone was ready, we proceeded inside of Camelot to make their perfect union official.

And perfect was how the evening went. From the tears shed as Beth & Kevin said their vows to each other to the precious flower girls gazing on during the ceremony to the jingle of the bells ringing as the couple were pronounced as married (which was a touching tribute to Beth's father who, before he passed, said he would be there on the big day "with bells on"). It had everyone in attendance smiling, laughing, and celebrating well in to the night.

Congratulations, Beth & Kevin, and thank you so incredibly much for letting me play a role on your big day.

Be on the lookout for all of the photos to be ready shortly. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek from their wedding day. To see more, be sure to head over to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button!
Date: November 17, 2012  |  Getting Ready Location: Hampton Inn & Suites in Exeter, New Hampshire  |  Ceremony & Reception Location: Camelot at the Holy Grail in Epping, New Hampshire  |  Cake Artist: The Well Dressed Cake in Epping, New Hampshire  |  DJ Service: Midas Music  |  Florist: Tie the Knot Floral Studio in Dover, New Hampshire  |  Hair Stylist: Statix Salon in Dover, New Hampshire  |  Officiant: Weddings by Kathryn in Exeter, New Hampshire  |  Transportation: Great Bay Limousine in Greenland, New Hampshire  |  Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal