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April & Dan :: Winter Engagement Portraits at Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

With just over a week to go until this wedding, I've been saving this blog post for April & Dan just as life gets crazy with the finishing touches for their wedding in Portland, Maine. I'll be honest that one of Dan's good friends won the honors of photographing their wedding, but I got dibs on their winter engagement session with their two adorable pups, Willy & Bella. I'll take it!

I met up wit April and Dan back in February on one of the most gorgeous winter days ever. The crystal clear blue sky poured sunshine upon the snow covered grounds of Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth. Although midday is normally not ideal for photography because of the lighting, the white snow acted as amazing reflector and bounced the light everywhere. Including up to these two lovebirds who first met five years ago at Sugarloaf Mountain. But, after hearing their story, I dare say that it was fate that brought them together as their fathers were friends before that faithful night.

Fast forward to our session date together at the always popular Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth. The awesome thing about it in the winter is that there are far less tourists than during the summer! The less awesome? Navigating pathways that are unplowed turned... well... interesting for us all. I'm super thankful for my husband buying me tall winter boots so I was able to go off the beaten path and let the lovebirds stay where the snow was a bit firmer. We had a great time wandering around the park with Bella & Willy for a while before we put them back in the comfort of the car so we had some time pup free. What struck me most about the entire day was the way April turns gooey when she looks at Dan and how proud and happy Dan is to have April by his side. It may have taken them years for their paths to finally cross, but I dare say they are stuck together now.

April & Dan, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your engagement portraits for you! I had such a great day and am so happy that YOU are happy with all of the awesome photos we got together. Best of luck with the next week leading up to the big day! I'll be thinking of you both lots as I'm off at another wedding in Massachusetts!

Here is a peek of what April & Dan have from their session with me. There are lots more to see, so hopefully, if you know them personally, they've shared the password for their event on my website with you!

Winter Engagement Portraits at Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Lani & Nathan :: Backyard Wedding in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire

Lani and Nathan.... where do I even start? Honestly, I could gush about these two (and their amazing families) for pages and pages. Lani first contacted me about their wedding in her hometown of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, last summer. Being a bride (and groom) planning from out of state, we spent a long time emailing back and forth about their vision for their day and, of course, about what their interests were (besides each other). They met while in the Caribbean, they both love the outdoors, they love their family.... oh, yes, and he's a (fantastic, super amazing) nature photographer. No pressure! But any pressure that I was feeling leading up to the day (and, yes, I was certainly feeling it) disappeared as soon as I met them. Nathan is a warm hearted guy deeply in love with the absolutely stunning Lani. They are both the most genuine people I have ever met. Together, they just glow. You could tell just by the way they looked at each other that they are bonded deep down.

And that is how the whole day was. Filled with this glow that emanated from all of their loved ones that traveled from far and wide to be there to witness the start of this new chapter. Coming home to Lani's hometown and the backyard of her parent's gorgeous home was a natural decision. The entire day fit them like a well worn, toasty winter glove.

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Lani and Nathan (and family), thank you so much for letting me be a part of your day as your two families officially joined together. You are absolutely incredible individuals and a power house as you come together. I am incredibly honored to have been there to witness it. I cannot wait to see where your adventures take you next. I know it will be amazing.

Keep your eyes open for more photos from their day in their gallery on my Facebook page for even more photos from their sneak peek.