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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

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


 

Catherine & Will :: Engagement Session in North Yarmouth, Maine

Catherine & Will first contacted me this past spring while I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Bri. Anxious to lock me in before her arrival, they booked me just a few days later for their May 2013 wedding (yup, over a year away at the time)! Their enthusiasm was contagious and, when combined with their gorgeous wedding venue, I was/am so excited for the big day! But, before then, we got together for their engagement session at a private horse stables in North Yarmouth, Maine, where Catherine works. For those of you who know me, you know that I'm always up for anything and have done shoots in hurricanes (like Kristine & Trevor's back in 2009) in addition to rain, snow, and any number of other weird weather conditions. But I know that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for non-"bright and sunny" days. Knowing that, I talked to Catherine leading up to our shoot as it became clear that the weather might not be the most ideal. However, they were game and so was I! So I gathered my umbrellas and pulled on my fancy rain boots and made my way to North Yarmouth. In the end, I didn't need any of the umbrellas, which was fine with me. The foggy, misty weather was even better! We wandered around the property chatting about how they met, how Will proposed, and what they have in mind for their wedding. I fell in love with everything about the day. Catherine. Will. Their furry son. Catherine's horse, Hollywood. And the gorgeous, misty weather. I dare say that some of my all time favorite engagement pictures were taken of these two. Love. Love. Love!

Be on the lookout for all of the photos to be ready shortly. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek from their session. To see more, be sure to head over to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button!

 Date: October 20, 2012  |  Location: Private Stables in North Yarmouth, Maine

 

Alicia & Mitchell :: Wedding at the Bowdoin College Chapel and Reception at Captain Daniel Stone Inn, Brunswick, Maine

Alicia and Mitchell wrapped up my 2011 wedding season with their perfect day in Brunswick, Maine, with their ceremony at Bowdoin College Chapel with the reception at the Captain Daniel Stone Inn. I could not have asked for a better way to spend the day! From all of their immaculately planned details to the absolutely perfect weather (who knew we had snow on the ground only a week earlier!), it was perfect from start to finish. The Bowdoin College campus was an amazing location for their portraits with tons of gorgeous spots within such a small area. The setting sun also added to the glow of the day and perfectly illuminated the richly colored leaves that were still clinging to the tree branches. It was easy to be inspired!

Mitchell, thank you for serving our country in the U.S. Navy, and Alicia, thank you for being there to support him while he does it! I am very honored to have captured your wedding day for you. I hope you are both loving being newlyweds as much as I loved photographing your day. Thank you for letting me be a part of it all!

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Meghan & Shane :: Engagement Session in Limington, Maine

Meghan and Shane are tying the knot next August in a very Maine wedding (you'll have to stay tuned to hear all about it!), but we got together this fall nearby where we both live to capture some memories of this special time in their life together. The temperature was a bit nippy out, but their love for each other, for the most part, kept them warm. As we were getting to know each other more, we discovered that Meghan and I (and my husband) all went through (basically) the same degree program for our undergraduate and even have some of the same friends/classmates. It was a very small world conversation! And, much like my husband and I, Meghan and Shane owe their relationship to the University of Southern Maine. Tough guy Shane and all smiles Meghan and a ton of fun together and definitely compliment each other very, very well. We kept each other giggling all day. And their sense of adventure definitely matched mine. "Hey, this spot would be awesome! Would you mind coming..." and suddenly they were right there. I love a trusting couple!

Meghan and Shane, I had a blast hanging out with you two. I can't wait for the big day!

Engagement Session in Limington Maine

Michelle & Brian :: Wedding at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland, Maine

Michelle and Brian.... the wedding that wrapped up a chapter for me. I first met Michelle and Brian last year when she was a bridesmaid at Jodie and DJ's wedding. And then when Jen and Josh tied the knot shortly thereafter. Needless to say, we were great friends by the time the planning started for their own wedding! "My girls", as I started lovingly calling these three ladies, have been a cornerstone to my wedding season for a while. Finally having the trilogy all married has been an absolutely amazing trip. But enough about me!

Michelle and Brian got ready at the elegant Eastland Park Hotel in Portland with all of their bridal party and family. Michelle and her ladies were primped by the super talented L'Salotta Salon while the guys were off golfing their hearts out. The super crew from Lasting Memories Videotaping captured the entire day from start to amazing finish.

After the finishing touches had been applied, it was off to the always incredible Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the ceremony! I know I've said it before, but the Cathedral really does take my breath away every time I'm there. In fact, Michelle and Brian booked the Cathedral sight unseen and told me during a get together this summer that they were tying the knot there. After jumping up and down, I showed them what it looked like for the other amazing weddings I have been honored to capture there and they knew they had made the right choice. It truly is stunning!

Following the ceremony, the entire wedding party hopped in to a limo bus from Maine Limousine Service and headed for the Eastern Prom from the gorgeous "Maine" background of the harbor filled with boats and the islands in the distance. From there, it was time to get the party started back at the Eastland Park Hotel. It truly is hard to chose a favorite moment. Brian's very proud mom getting teary eyed during her dance with her son. Or maybe it was the Eastland Park Signature Flambé presentation from the talented waitstaff at the Hotel. Perhaps it was when Northeast DJs called out other couples, preselected by Michelle and Brian, to kiss each other when the glasses were clinked. But then there was the very last song of the night, Get Low by Lil' Jon. From start to finish, the entire day was filled with memories that I know no one will forget any time soon. I know that I won't!

Michelle and Brian, thank you for letting Alan and I be a part of your day. We are so incredibly honored! And we can't wait to see what the next chapter has in store for you!

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

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

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

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

Charest Family :: Fall Portraits in Falmouth, Maine

I first met Kiersten and Adelynn at Brooke & David's wedding a couple weeks ago. On October 24th we got together again and captured some family portraits for the upcoming holidays with Kiersten's sister-in-law, Dana, and all of their offspring and the men in their lives. Now, this is one photogenic family! Heck, even Robbie's 1.5 year old puppy looked at the camera!

Rebecca & Tom :: Fall Wedding at the Spurwink Church and the Portland Club

Rebecca & Tom were married on October 2, 2010, on a gorgeous, perfect fall day (especially if you ignore the monsoon they had to face during their rehearsal the day before). After a very difficult year, it was just what they both needed. Their love is everlasting and nothing could have gotten in the way of this day coming. They were married in the Spurwink Church in Cape Elizabeth followed by a fabulous reception at the Portland Club in Portland.

Thank you, Rebecca & Tom, for reminding all of us how important every single day is. And for letting us all bask in the glory of your love. The lessons you taught me will stay with me forever.