Weddings

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

Jacqueline & Josh :: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Wedding & Ocean Gateway Reception in Portland, Maine

Every year there is a date that is just so incredibly popular that it feels like everyone that contacts me is looking for the same one. This year, it was July 13th. I had seven(!!) couples contact me. I always give the first couple to contact me the opportunity to book me first and, fortunately for Jacqueline & Josh, that meant them! They first got in touch with me just over a year prior as they were planning their wedding from "away". I met Jacqueline and her mom and sister to chat about their shared vision for the day and how I could help them capture it all. Knowing that they had chosen by all time favorite church (The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception) and one of my top wedding venues (the waterfront Ocean Gateway), I was secretively praying that they would like me, I mean REALLY like me, and book me for the big day. My wishes came true in August when they made it official!

Fast forward to last weekend. Normally you think of July. In Maine. And those of us "locals" envision it being so hot that we spend every second we can in a lake or the ocean. But not July 13th. It was the most picturesque wedding day I think I have ever had. There were high, puffy white clouds in the sky to diffuse the sun just enough to not have harsh shadows. There was a cooling ocean breeze in downtown Portland. It was perfect.

Jacqueline got ready at her mother's condo on the north side of Portland with all of her lovely ladies. I had been anxiously waiting to see her dress for the past year since I heard she had made the trip to NYC's Kleinfelds. It did not disappoint! I loved the lace, the corset back, and the fact that it wasn't strapless. (If I had to do my wedding over, I'd seriously reconsider my choice of strapless.) It was gorgeous! And her ladies were dressed in perfect, short purple dresses each chosen to match their own taste and style. Love it! (I'm sorry to my ladies for not doing the same.) To add the cherry on top, Jacqueline made her own broach bouquet, which is definitely my all time favorite at this point. It was incredible and definitely worth all the time I know she put in to it. Once the ladies were all dressed and the details had been finished, it was off to the Cathedral for the formal Catholic Mass wedding ceremony, which was made extra special since Jacqueline's Great Uncle performed it. I love when family is so involved in the big day!

After doing the formal portraits in the Cathedral, we all loaded on to the party bus and cruised around the Old Port while taking more portraits of their newlyweds with their bridal party. Jacqueline & Josh made sure to schedule plenty of time for their portraits and allotted me almost two hours! That certainly was a record in my books and was SO amazing! We got tons of pictures of them with their friends but, more importantly, some of my all time favorite portraits of just the two of them. Seriously, it was awesome! They planned for their reception to start a bit after the ceremony to give their guests time to enjoy the Old Port a bit before partying and it worked out so well. Brides & Grooms, take note! If you want tons of awesome portraits, make sure you give yourself time in your day to make it happen.

Following our trip around Portland, it was time to get the party started at the Ocean Gateway! The toasts by Jacqueline's sister and Josh's brother were funny and heartfelt (with a few tears shed for good measure). The Ohio clan rocked it out early screaming O-H-I-O at the top of their lungs during their theme song (it was hilarious)! Jacqueline & Josh's siblings swarmed the dance floor all night and definitely kept the party going for a long time. Lake Region Caterers made sure everyone had the delicious fuel they needed to keep dancing. They always do such a great job!

Jacqueline & Josh, I hope that you are both enjoying your honeymoon in wine country on the West Coast! Thank you so much for letting me play a roll in your perfect day. It was such an honor. Congratulations!

Here is a sneak peek of Jacqueline & Josh's photos from the day. For more, be sure to head over to my Facebook page (and hit the "like" button while you are there). And, within the next couple days, you'll find their complete gallery of photos from the day posted on my website. There are a TON more photos to come and you definitely will not want to miss them.

Jacqueline & Josh's Wedding: Getting Ready
Jacqueline & Josh's Wedding Ceremony
Jacqueline & Josh's Formal Wedding Portraits in Portland's Old Port and East End Beach
Jacqueline & Josh's Wedding Reception Formalities
Jacqueline & Josh's Ocean Gateway Wedding Reception Party
Jacqueline's DIY broach bouquet, Jacqueline & Josh's rings, and a nighttime view of Portland's Ocean Gateway

Date: July 13, 2013  |  Caterer:Lakes Region Caterers  |  Cake Artist:Two Fat Cats  |  Ceremony Music: Organist from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception  |  DJ Services:MRK Entertainment  |  Officiant: Jacqueline's Great Uncle Alfred Jacques  |  Invitations:Cotton Ink Invites  |  Rentals:A Plus Party Rentals  |  Transportation:Mainelimo  |  Bridal Boutique:Kleinfeld Bridal  |  Ceremony Location:Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine  |  Reception Venue:Ocean Gateway in Portland, Maine

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!

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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

Christine & James :: Wedding at Days Ferry Congregational and Taste of Maine in Woolwich, Maine

Christine & James were married on one of the most picturesque November wedding days I have ever seen. There was just a little bit of crispness to the air, but the sun was shining brilliantly and there were just a few puffy white clouds in the sky. Christine and her ladies, as well as most of Christine's family, got ready at the Day's Inn in Brunswick, Maine. The biggest attraction of the entire morning was Christine & James' new puppy, who I caught curled up in a tiny ball taking a nap. She is so adorable!

The ceremony itself was at the very "Maine" Day's Ferry Congregational Church in Woolwich. It featured the most gorgeous ceremonial music I have every heard and the most professional flower girl from any wedding I have ever attended. The music matched the day perfectly and everyone was mesmerized by the duos vocals. The flower girl had the biggest smile ever as she careful dropped the flower petals on her way down the aisle without even looking down at her basket once. I swear she must do it professional because she was awesome!

After snapping the formal portraits at the Church, it was off to the oceanside Taste of Maine to celebrate the newlyweds. The centerpieces were some of the most elaborate and gorgeous pieces I have ever seen. The cake... oh, the cake! European Bakery, as usual, outdid themselves with an absolutely stunning three tiered masterpiece that smelled, and I'm sure tasted, amazing. The couple shared their first dance in addition to dances with their parents and an anniversary dance that kept several couples on the dance floor well after the 30 year mark. It was impressive! Even more impressive was watching James' on the dance floor with one of his groomsmen. They were awesome to watch!

Congratulations, Christine & James, and thank you so much for letting me be a part of your day. It was such an honor!

All of Christine & James' photos are posted in their gallery, but you’ll need the password from her in order to see them and order printed goodies. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek from her senior portrait session. To see more, be sure to head over to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button!

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Date: November 3, 2012  |  Getting Ready: Days Inn in Brunswick, Maine  |  Ceremony: Day's Ferry Congregational in Woolwich, Maine  |  Reception & Caterer: Taste of Maine in Woolwich, Maine  |  Cake Artist: European Bakery in Falmouth, Maine  |  Florist: Debbie's Garden in Harpswell, Maine  |  Hair & Makeup Artists: Tranquility Salon & Spa in Brunswick, Maine  |  DJ Service: The Music Man DJ Service in Kennebunk, Maine  |  Transportation: Affinity Limousine in Portland, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal


 

Kathryn & Nicholas :: Wedding at St. Albans and Reception at the Seasons in Portland, Maine

By the time the wedding came, Kathryn & Nick felt like old friends to me and not just clients. These two high school sweethearts found their way to me two years in advance of their wedding day thanks to Kathryn's brother, who I had in a college photography class I taught. The venue hadn't been decided on. The details were far from finalized. But they knew that I was their photographer. A year after booking me, we got together for their engagement session during an unseasonably warm fall day in 2011. We were all dressed for fall weather and mother nature had other plans. It was down right hot! The highlight of our time together that day, for me, was getting to meet their (furry) "baby", Auto, who is about the size of a house. He's a huge lovebug! Throwing a stick for him meant chucking a log. He was hilarious!

And so, when the big day arrived, I was struck by how it felt like such an end of an era to me. After all of the years of planning, the shot lists, the details... it all came down to this one day. And then it would flash by before we knew it. They always say that. I always say that to my couples.

The day started with the ladies primping in their room at the Howard Johnson in Portland, Maine. The weather was gorgeous with the sun shining brightly. The forecast had been for rain, so it was a welcomed change (not that we weren't crossing our fingers anyways). The bridesmaids' dresses reminded me of Greek goddesses with their gorgeous chocolate brown color with just a hint of sparkling gold. Kathryn's sister/matron of honor, looked especially fitted for the part with her long, curled dark hair. To say they were all stunning is such an understatement.

The ceremony itself was held at the always amazing St. Albans Episcopal Church in Cape Elizabeth. I had driven past it on several occasions, but had never had the opportunity to visit. It is such a gorgeous spot! Kathryn & Nick's family and friends filled the church as the couple started this new chapter of their life together. Nick, upon seeing his bride walking down the aisle, got teary eyed, which almost made me follow suit. This day that they had been waiting for for so long was finally here and happening. Love, love, love.

Following the ceremony, the bridal party as well as the newlywed's families scurried down to Fort Williams for portraits. From the look of the sky and the smell of the air, I knew our finger crossing wasn't going to last much longer. Mother nature had other plans. And she made them quite clear shortly after we managed to capture shots of the happy couple as well as them with their families. A made dash back to our vehicles was in order!

We concluded our portraits back in the lobby of the Howard Johnson as their guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the Seasons Event and Conference Center. Upon wrapping it up, it was time to get the party started! There were toasts by family and friends. My favorite of the night, and by far one of the most memorable ever, was given by Kathryn's sister, who gave her blessing to Nick marrying her sister knowing that he would take as good care of her as she would. There were also some choice insider jokes exchanged, which led to many, many laughs.  The remainder of the night was spent celebrating and dancing to the music played by local band Higher Ground. I dare say that Kathryn & Nick could not have asked for a better way to start the next chapter of their life together. The only downside now that the day is over is just what will encompass all of their new found time now that wedding planning is done. With Kathryn's sister being married last year and now Kathryn, I'm not quite sure what their family will do. But we're all hoping that baby shower planning time isn't too far away....

Kathryn & Nick, thank you for letting me be a part of your day and of the past two years of your life together. I am so incredibly honored! I hope that you had as fabulous a time on your honeymoon as your pictures seem to show and that your "baby" wasn't too mad at you when you got home. Give him a snuggle for me! And definitely keep in touch.

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!

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Date: October 6, 2012  |  Getting Ready Location: Howard Johnson in Portland, Maine  |  Ceremony: St. Albans in Cape Elizabeth, Maine  |  Reception & Caterer: Seasons Event and Conference Center in Portland, Maine  |  Cake Artist: Good Eats Boutique in Portland, Maine  |  Florist: The Ladyslipper in Gray, Maine  |  Band: Higher Ground  |  Transportation: Atlantic Limousine and Yacht Center in Westbrook, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal

Kari & Dustin :: Wedding & Reception at the Great Outdoors in Turner, Maine

Kari & Dustin first found me through Dustin's sister, Ashley, who married Jeff this past June at the lovely 1812 Farm in Bristol. First off, I absolutely LOVE when I get to work with families for multiple events and milestones. Two events in one year? Now I am one lucky lady! For some reason, both weddings really loved to tempt the weather gods though and neither had a stellar forecast leading up to the big day. In fact, I drove through sprinkles for both. But, when it came time for the wedding, the rain cleared out and the day was perfect for their outdoor ceremonies. I dare say these are two very lucky couples!

These two college sweethearts waited a long time for the big day to finally come and they chose The Great Outdoors in Turner, Maine, to host their lakeside vows followed by their camp lodge, rocking reception. Kari got ready with her attendants in an adorable cabin right at The Great Outdoors, which made it very convenient for checking on all of the details of their reception throughout the morning. Her bridesmaid (and hairstylist friend), Amber, took care of her gorgeous hair style while her other bridesmaid, Taryn, handled Kari's stunning makeup. I dare say any girl would be lucky to have these two ladies as friends because, not only are they awesome to be with, they are super talented, too! Once the finishing touches were put on, it was time for Kari & Dustin's intimate wedding on the beach of Pleasant Pond. Their closest family and friends joined them as they said their vows with the sun just starting to peek out through a cloud covered sky. There were more than enough tears and plenty of smiles to go around. Kari, the sentimentalist, chose the perfect verse for her brother to read while Dustin, the joker, was unable to find something that he felt was perfect for the day. So he wrote a hilarious piece, in jest, for his new bride, which he had Ashley read. It definitely resulted in a fair amount of laughter! And as did Justin's reaction as they were pronounced husband and wife and he thrust his fist in to the air with unbridled love and pride. I dare say it has to be my favorite pronouncement moment ever!

Following their portraits on the beach and a woodland clearing nearby, it was time to get the party started!  The evening had several toasts by the bridal party who offered up a wide range of stories of the couple all the way from when Dustin was young and one of his groomsmen had the hots for Ashley to when Kari invited her "bridesman" to be her wingman on the first date ("And I'll give you a sign if its going well and you can leave..." Hilarious!). Dustin also gave an emotional speech to his new wife and to all of the people in attendance telling them how much they all meant to him and how much of an impact they had on his life. It was heartfelt, very moving and, at time, very funny. But the moral of his story was clear. Don't take anyone you have for granted and live each day like it is your last. Because you never know what will happen. So go out and tell everyone how much they mean to you. Best to say it now, while you can. Once all the tears had been dried and the delicious buffet, their guests partied to the tunes played by the band SideTracked, got their sugar rush on with delicious (& adorable) cupcakes from Vallee Cake Company, and then acted like crazy people in the photo booth. It was such a perfect day!

All of Kari & Dustin’s photos are posted in their gallery, but you’ll need the password from the newlyweds in order to see them and order printed goodies. 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!


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Date: September 22, 2012  |  Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Location: The Great Outdoors in Turner, Maine  |  Caterer: Hurricane's Cafe & Deli in Hermon, Maine  |  Bakery: Vallee Cake Company in Oxford, Maine  |  Florist: The Flower Girl Wedding Florist in Wales, Maine  |  Band: SideTracked from Lisbon, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal




Kim & Tim :: Wedding & Reception in Northport, Maine

I first "met" Kim when she emailed me back in March of this year. She immediately referenced her amazing Pinterest wedding board and she instantly had me hooked. I just HAD to photograph her wedding to Tim! The two lovebirds and their super adorable little boy Jack call Brooklyn home these days, but chose to come to Maine to tie the knot at Bayview Farms, a rental property on the shore in Northport, Maine. Prior to the big day, I had visited their website stalked Kim's Pinterest boards like crazy and chatted up a storm with her. But none of that would have prepared me for arriving at the site the day of. Oh. My. Goodness. To say that it was 100% Kim's vision would be an understatement. It was bloody amazing!

The home itself could not have been more perfect for this DIY goddess. Every where you looked, Kim decked it out with the most gorgeous paper goods and details I have ever seen. She made TONS of paper chains that draped across the windows and the gift table, hung from their ceiling in the "dance party" room, and just about everywhere you looked. She also made tons of the smallest paper chains I have seen in my life and used them in their cake topper as well as in the bird cage that Jack carried with their rings in it. The bouquets were made by Kim and her lovely bridesmaids with flowers from the local farmers market (LOVE THAT!). The cake and all of the cupcakes surrounding it were also done by Kim with the help from friends. And, drumroll please, Kim even made her own wedding dress! I know, I know. She's officially the queen of the DIY wedding. When asked about how hard it was to sew her own dress, she nonchalantly replied that it wasn't too hard, just throw a couple patterns together. *sigh* If only it were that easy for DIY mortals like me.

And thus is the foundation for the day. Everything was so absolutely perfect. The location, the details, the food... I really don't think they could have asked for a better day. The ceremony was conducted in the backyard, overlooking the ocean with all of the friends gathered around them. After sealing the deal with a couple kisses and capturing portraits with their family and bridal party, we hit the coastline to go throw rocks with Jack (and capture photos of the adorable threesome in the process). The lighting was to die for as was their cuteness. I dare say I have some new favorite photos from these three! The rest of the night was spent celebrating their new union in grand fashion with a delicious clambake, amazing cupcakes, and a dance floor that kept hoping long after I left. Oh, and a little celebrating for Pirates Day just for Kim's mom, who was missing out of the festivities of her favorite "holiday" back home. It was such an absolutely amazing day.

Kim, Tim & Jack, thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so completely honored to have captured your day for you. You three are so adorable. And, Jack, don't grow up to fast! You are perfect just the way you are, you adorable little redhead.

All of Kim & Tim's photos are posted in their gallery, but you'll need the password from the newlyweds in order to see them and order printed goodies. 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: September 8, 2012  |  Ceremony & Reception Location: Bayview Farms rental property in Northport, Maine  |  Caterer: Coast Critters Clambakes  |  Rentals: Party Fundamentals in Camden, Maine  |  Guest Transportation: Waldo County Public Transportation

 

Meghan & Shane :: Wedding & Reception at DiMillo's in the Old Port of Portland, Maine

I first met Meghan & Shane in October of last year to chat about their wedding. What struck me the most about them right from the start was how genuine they were and just how well matched they are for each other. Ok, and maybe Shane's smile did, too. We followed up our cup of coffee with a chilly engagement session in Limington, Maine that surprisingly did not result in icicles at the end of our noses. Flash forward to August 25th and the chill was replaced with the most perfect summer weather that they could have asked for.

Meghan got ready with her ladies at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland with an absolutely amazing view of the Old Port. Between the hair spray from all of the up-dos and the bubbly in the mimosas, there were more than enough laughs and smiles going around. Once the primping had concluded and Meghan was in to her stunning gown, it was game time! They held their ceremony and reception at the most quintessential Maine restaurant, DiMillo's, right on the waterfront in the Old Port. The majority of the guests were traveling in to town to celebrate with the lovebirds and they wanted to make it a true Maine destination party for them. And I dare say they got their wish! From the seashell themed centerpieces and amazingly yummy cake from The European Bakery to the stunning view of the waterfront... the entire day was very "Maine".

Congratulations, Meghan & Shane, and thank you so very much for letting me be a part of your 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!

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Date: August 25, 2012  |  Getting Ready Location: Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine  |  Ceremony & Reception Location: DiMillo's in Portland, Maine  |  Bakery: The European Bakery in Falmouth, Maine  |  DJ Service : DJ Fahey  |  Florist: Harmon & Barton in Portland, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: Madeline's Bridal in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Danielle & Joe :: Wedding & Reception at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine

When Danielle & Joe first contacted me about their wedding in June of 2011, they hadn't set a date yet. August 4th or 11th of 2012 was all that they knew. I immediately told them that I was partial to the 4th since it was my own wedding anniversary. Less than a month later, we met over a couple frosty drinks from Dunkin' Donuts (it was summer in Maine and during a wicked heat wave) and chatted about how they envisioned their day and how I could help to capture it. The date was set as August 4th. The Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine was the location. The ceremony would be in the garden and they would be surrounded by all of their family and friends from across the globe (hello, Alaska family!). Fast forward more than a dozen months later and their visions came to life. It was the perfect day. The temperatures were warm, but not sweltering (unlike my own wedding day when we all melted!) especially with a gentle breeze blowing through the ceremony. Swing Shift had the dance floor hoping all night. The food (& flowers) from the Harraseeket Inn were incredibly! I heard the lobster shots during the cocktail hour were a huge favorite and everyone was gushing about all of the amazing plates during the plated dinner service. From start to finish, I dare say that my anniversary twins could have asked for a better day.

Congratulations, Danielle & Joe! I hope that you had an incredible trip to Napa. I can't wait to hear all about it! Thank you so much for letting me play a role in your day. Good luck starting off the new school year, my fellow educators!

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: August 4, 2012  |  Ceremony & Reception: Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine  |  Bakery: The European Bakery in Falmouth, Maine  |  Band: Swing Shift  |  Florist:  Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine  |  Hair Stylist: Jamie Gagnon  |  Make-up Artist: Ginger from I Do Spas  |  Bridal Boutique: Castle Couture in Marlboro, New Jersey

 

Sarah & Ray :: Wedding & Reception at the Lucerne Inn in Dedham, Maine

I first met Sarah & Ray, and their adorable furry son, over a cup of coffee. What struck me first about them is just how in love they are with each other. Ray's eyes light up when she looks at Sarah and Sarah absolutely glows when she looks at or talks about Ray. To say they love each other seems like such an understatement. It's like calling ice cream just a frozen treat (in my house it's a food group). I'm not sure there is a word for what these two feel for each other. And I think that anyone else there on that gorgeous day that they tied the knot would say the same thing. Sarah's smile was the most infectious, glowing smile I think I have ever seen. And one look at Ray's face whenever he looked at his bride and my knees just about gave out. *sigh* Oh, love! Much like their love, the day that they said "I do" was the definition of a dream wedding day. The sun was blazing, but the hilltop location of The Lucerne Inn allowed for the most glorious breeze; just enough to cool you off, but not to the point that you reached for a sweater. Sarah managed to hold back the tears as she put on the finishing touches before her trip down the aisle although a special gift from her parents almost put her over the edge. The ceremony, conducted by one of Ray's friends/coworkers, was personal and heartfelt from start to finish. After the formal portraits on the grounds of the Inn, the newlyweds and I escaped to Sunset Rock with their Matron of Honor and Best Man to capture some more personal shots with what I might just call the most amazing view I've ever had for portraits before in my life. It was so awesome! Back at the Inn, the incredibly amazing wedding coordinator from the Inn, Danielle, made sure the day ran as perfect as it possibly could. The catering staff from the Inn provided some of the most gorgeous plates of food ever (the filet was potentially the very best I've ever had!) and the mother of the groom created a GORGEOUS cake that I could smell the moment I arrived (yay for sugar and delicious flavors!). Jeff from MaineDJ.com Mobile DJ Services in Waterville kept the dance floor hoping all night long and drew in a bunch of "wedding crashers" that helped the couple celebrate the amazing day. From start to finish, it was nothing short of amazing.

Thank you, Sarah & Ray, for letting me play a part of your incredible day. I am so honored! I hope that you have had an amazing time in Saint Lucia! Be on the lookout for your 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: July 21, 2012  |  Ceremony & Reception: The Lucerne Inn in Dedham, Maine  |  DJ Service: MaineDJ.com Mobile DJ Services in Waterville, Maine  |  Videographer: St. Croix Video Productions in Bangor, Maine  |  Bakery: The Groom's Mother  |  Florist: Chapel Hill Floral in Bangor, Maine  |  Hair Stylist: Fringe Hair Art in Orono, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: Andrea's Bridal in Portland, Maine  |  Officiant: Paul Danforth, friend of the Bride & Groom

 

Brooke & Travis :: Wedding & Reception at The Woodlands Club in Famouth, Maine

Brooke and Travis  are two of the most caring, warm and *wait for it* drop dead gorgeous people you will ever meet. Upon arriving at Brooke's stunning home to capture her getting ready, Brooke immediately offered up water knowing how hot it was outside their comfort of the air conditioning. And, Travis, as soon as I met him at the Woodlands, asked me if I needed anything. Seriously... hearts of gold. And did I mention they are both gorgeous? Oh, I did? Well.... they are. And when you get them near each other, I swear you can see the sparks. Their love for each other can honestly light up a room. Needless to say, I am one lucky duck photographer.

Brooke and Travis tied the knot at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth, Maine, with their closest family and friends from around the continent including a real party contingent from California. To say it was warm that day is an understatement. It was downright sweltering! But that didn't stop anyone from celebrating the happy couple well in to the night with a dance floor packed with the youngest guest, Travis' 8 month old niece, to the most seasoned partiers around, like Travis' Grandmother. I dare say that no one that was there that day will ever be able to forget it. I know that I sure won't!

Congratulations, Brooke and Travis! And thank you, once again, for letting me be a part of your wedding. It was such an amazing day!

Here is a sneak peek of the big day. To see these, and many more, head over to my Facebook page (and make sure you "like" it while you are there)!

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P.S. Tracy and Marc, you better have more weddings to attend. I love running in to you two!


 Date: July 14, 2012  |  Ceremony & Reception: The Woodlands Club in Falmouth, Maine  |  DJ Service: Music by Duran  |  Florist: Prestige House of Flowers in Biddeford, Maine  |  Hair Salon: HairCrafts Plus in Scarborough, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: Andrea's Bridal in Portland, Maine

Jennifer & Jared :: Wedding at Bates College Chapel and Reception at Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn, Maine

Back in August, I got together with Jennifer & Jared at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine, to chat about their wedding plans and to take their engagement photos with their furry son, Sam. Fast forward 323 days and it was time for their wedding day! When they say that time flies, it certainly was the case with these two love birds. They came back to Jennifer's home state to tie the knot on a very steamy day day in June. Jennifer and her stunning ladies got ready at Sarah Jeanne's in Lewiston with a lot of smiling, a boat load of laughing, and even a few tears. After the primping had concluded, it was off to the amazing Bates College Chapel in Lewiston for their ceremony. Having never been in the Chapel before, I have to say that it certainly made me speechless. The detailed woodwork and the stunning stained glass complimented Jennifer & Jared's style so perfectly. The ceremony itself started with tears as Jennifer started down the aisle, brought looks of shock during the minister's sermon, and concluded with some of the biggest smiles I have ever seen as the newlyweds came back down the aisle. It was so perfect!

After a quick stop at the Veteran's Memorial Park for some groomsmen portraits, perfect for Jared being the history buff he is, and bridal party portraits by the falls we made out way to the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn to get the party started. Jennifer's sister and Jared's childhood friend toasted to memories of the years gone past complete with bowl cuts thanks to Jennifer's mom and backyard shananagains instigated by Jared. Needless to say, there was a LOT of laughing going on! Following the dances with their parents, Jennifer & Jared got the party started with the help of Jim from Premier Entertainment, who kept the dance floor packed all night long. It was an amazing day!

Jennifer & Jared, congratulations, once again, on your nuptials! It was an absolute honor to capture your day for you. I hope that you enjoyed your "mini-moon" here in Maine. You certainly had perfect weather for it!

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!

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Date: June 30, 2012  |  Ceremony: Bates College Chapel in Lewiston, Maine  |  Reception: Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn, Maine  |  DJ Service: Premier Entertainment  |  Hair Salon & Make-up Artist: Sarah Jeanne's in Lewiston, Maine  |  Bakery: A Beautiful Wedding Cakes in Lewiston, Maine  |  Ceremony Music: Stretta Ensembles in Portland, Maine  |  Florist: Sweet Pea Designs in Lewiston, Maine  |  Bridal Boutique: Potomac Bridals in Hagerstown, Maryland

Happy First Anniversary, Brittany & Dan!

Oh, Brit & Dan.... I love you two so much! These two love birds tied the knot a year ago at the Great Island Common in New Castle, New Hampshire, on what just might have been the most perfect day for an ocean side summer wedding. And to say that Brittany is one of my craftiest brides ever just might an understatement considering how amazing all of the details were on their big day. Happy First Anniversary, Brittany & Dan! I hope that you did something amazing to celebrate. I'm looking forward to hitting the trails with you guys this summer.

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And, because I can't help but share them again, here is a flashback to their "Trash the Dress" session we did in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Footbridge Beach in Ogunquit, Maine. It was another spectacular day and a blast to capture their love again after the big day.


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P.S. Happy 100th post, Blog!

Happy First Anniversary, Crystal & Jason!

Growing up, I lived a couple towns over from the amazing Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. For those of you who have visited the gorgeous estate, you can certainly understand why, when I began photographing weddings, I dreamed of the day I would capture a wedding at the Castle. Well, a year ago, Crystal & Jason (& Brandon) made that dream a reality! It feels like just yesterday they were tying the knot in the Castle's garden with the gorgeous view of the valley behind them, the sweet scent of the blooming lilacs in the air, and their family's love and support surrounding them as they officially became a family. Where has the past year gone?

Happy first anniversary, Crystal & Jason (& Brandon)!

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Happy First Anniversary, Jeannie & Derek!

It is hard to believe that Jeannie & Derek were hitched a year ago already! These two love birds tied the knot under the big pine trees at Derek's family business, which has been in the family for several generations. It was the quintessential spring day with tons of John Deere inspired accents to add to perfect finishing touches. The tented reception at their family's private estate was a huge hit and lasted well in to the night. I am sure that, like me, their family and friends will never forget what an awesome day it was! It certainly was the perfect way to start their married life together.

Happy 1st Anniversary, Jeannie & Derek! And congratulations on the newest addition to your family. What an awesome first year it has been for you two!

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