coastal wedding

Leah & Nick :: Spring Wedding on the Coast at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine

I swear that last weekend must be a dream. The weather was perfect; puffy white clouds in the crystal blue sky, a breeze off the ocean, and everything was in bloom. Leah & Nick's long awaited wedding day at the Samoset Resort in Rockport was finally here. It certainly was a dramatic change from the hurricane that enveloped Kristine & Trevor's wedding the last time I was at the Samoset Resort in 2009.

I first met Leah & Nick at her brother's wedding in 2013. I was instantly taken by how genuine they both were. I knew then that I would not want to miss their wedding when the day came. Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled when Leah contacted me over a year ago asking if I was available. Obviously my answer was an enthusiastic yes! And the past year has flown by so fast; between the emails flying between the three of us and a get together at Novare Res in Portland, it was like reuniting with best friends come the day of.

Leah was absolutely stunning in her sky high Manolo Blahnik cobalt blue stilettos and her sterling organza bridal gown from the White by Vera Wang line at David's Bridal (VW351178) with her bridal jewelry from Etsy. Hoboken Gardens created perfect floral arrangements that complimented the vintage-inspired look for their Maine coastal wedding. Add all of the amazing details to the classic Maine wedding venue of the Samoset Resort in Rockport and it really was a dream wedding in every way. I could not have asked for a better way to kick off my 2015 wedding season than with the two of them and the rock star team they assembled to make it all happen.

It was so hard to narrow down their entire day to just a sneak peek of what is to come. What an amazing day! Be sure to follow Suzanne Simmons Photography on Facebook and Instagram, too.

Nick & Leah, thank you for having Alan and me there with you for your wedding. It was such an honor! I hope you are having a blast on your honeymoon! The photos you've shared with me thus far are making us want to buy a ticket and go there, too.

Date: May 24, 2015  |  Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception LocationSamoset Resort in Rockport, Maine  |  Bridal BoutiqueVW351178 from the White by Vera Wang line at David's Bridal in Sterling  |  Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse  |  Caterer: Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine  |  Ceremony & Reception Music: The Music Man DJ Service in Kennebunk |  Florist: Hoboken Gardens in Rockport, Maine   |  Officiant: Reverend Mark Glovin  |  Hair & Makeup: I Do Spas! from Sidney, Maine  |  Bakery: The Sugar Tree in Tennants Harbor, Maine

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


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!